West of England 1st Section Champions 2012

Promoted to Championship Section 2013
2007 - 2013

West Of England 1st Section Champions 2012
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National Second Section Champions 2011
National Third Section Champions 2009
West Of England 2nd Section Champions 2011
West of England 3rd Section Champions 2009
West of England 4th Section Champions 2008

Brunel Brass was formed in December, 2006 when the tutors and older members of the newly formed Great Western Youth Band wanted to establish an adult band that could perform concerts and compete in competitions against other brass bands. Brunel Brass is based in Swindon, Wiltshire and practices once a week on a Thursday evening under the Musical Direction of John Winterflood ARCM LGSM.

The first public performance for the band was the West of England Regional Championships in March, 2007 at the Riviera Centre, Torquay. Brunel Brass were drawn to play number one in a large 4th Section of 23 bands - they had only 10 rehearsals before the contest so were delighted to have been placed 5th overall. Brunel Brass was established! The band has since had an unprecedented record of success, winning the 4th section West of England Regional Contest in March, 2008 and making their debut performance at the 2008 National Brass Band Championships in Harrogate where they were placed 4th. This led to promotion to the 3rd Section in 2009, where Brunel Brass won the 3rd Section West of England Regional Contest and once again an appearance at the National Championships in Harrogate. This time Brunel Brass won the finals and the title National Third Section Champions 2009 which automatically won them promotion to the 2nd Section in 2010. The performance at the Regional contest gave them a creditable 5th place against a field of 15 bands. In March 2011 Brunel Brass won the 2nd Section West of England Regional Contest and once again performed in the National Championships in Cheltenham. The band was crowned 2nd Section National Champions 2011 after a winning performance. Brunel Brass made a debut appearance in the West of England 1st Section Regional Championships in Torquay in March, 2012 and amazingly were successful in winning this competition to be crowned West of England 1st Section Champions 2012 and another invitation to the National Finals later this year. The band will also be promoted to the Championship Section in 2013. This record has been unequalled by any other band in the West of England.

Brunel Brass is a mix of talented young players and experienced and talented adults which has been the hallmark of the band.
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