A warm welcome to Oddfellows Brass

Oddfellows Brass is a friendly, happy brass band based in Leicestershire and sponsored by The Oddfellows. We play across the length and breadth of Britain – and sometimes further afield – and have a varied repertoire. We are all about making music, having fun and making friends, and we look forward to seeing you at a concert very soon

About the band

Oddfellows Brass started life as a youth band under the name of Unity Brass in 1981. A steady evolutionary process has, over the years, enabled the band to maintain its reputation as a friendly and informal organisation which achieves excellent musical progress.

The band has made a steady progression in the National Brass Band rankings, achieving qualification for the National Brass Band Finals on six occasions, including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The band was runner-up in the Second Section Finals in 1995, and reached the First Section Finals in September 1998. In 1999, the band was promoted once again, this time to the elite Championship Section.

The Band has undertaken several international tours, including four visits to the Caribbean island of Barbados, and has continued to grow to enjoy its status as a well supported, happy and successful brass band. We undertake a varied range of concerts throughout the year and remain proudly sponsored by The Oddfellows.

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Meet our new musical director

The new Musical Director of Oddfellows Brass is Ben Smith. Despite being one of the youngest musical directors in British banding, Ben has a long musical history – he started playing cornet at age seven with Harborough Band, before switching to percussion and then euphonium at 11. He was Principal Euphonium for the Northamptonshire County Training Brass Band and also played with Foresters Brass for two years.

Ben progressed on to the award-winning County Youth Brass Band and became Principal Euphonium in his second year with Foresters. Ben was also a member of the European Championship-winning Youth Brass 2000.

He went on to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (graduating with First Class Honours in 2021) and in the meantime rejoined Foresters Brass as Principal Euphonium. In 2020 he took up Second Euphonium with Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Oddfellows Brass is Ben’s first Musical Director position and he has settled in well, guiding the band to second-place and fourth-place finishes in their first two contests together.

Events diary

Throughout the year, Oddfellows Brass is in action up and down the country, playing concerts for Oddfellows groups and taking part in brass band contests and other events. Below is our schedule for the coming months. All concert enquiries to Rob Boulter on 07761 716863

13 August
2pm, St Helens & Warrington Oddfellows Concert
World of Glass Museum, Chalon Way East, St Helens
julie.webster@oddfellows.co.uk

4 September
Garden party, Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire

10 September
Derby district Oddfellows Concert

24 September
Vale of York Oddfellows Concert
St Edward the Confessor Church, Dringhouses, York
peter.needham@oddfellows.co.uk

8 October
Nene & Welland Oddfellows Concert

30 October
Hartlepool Oddfellows Concert
St Hilda’s Church Hartlepool TS24 0JB

26 November
3pm, Leeds district Oddfellows concert
Castle Grove Masonic Lodge, Castle Grove Drive, Leeds
helen.bullock@oddfellows.co.uk

1 December
Christmas lights switch-on, Stoke Golding, Leicestershire

Music

Enjoy a few snippets from the Oddfellows Brass album Perfectly Polished, CDs of which are available to buy. If you are interested, please drop us a line using the email contact form below

Player vacancies

Oddfellows Brass is always on the look-out for new players, and below is a list of our current particular needs. If you play any brass instrument, or wish to get back into playing, then please get in touch via our contact form below, or call Rob Boulter on 07761 716863

Vacancy:
tuned percussion

Vacancy:
BB Bass

Contact

Rehearsals

Wed 8-10pm
Sun 7-9pm

Concert secretary

Rob Boulter
07761 716863

Bandroom

nr Markfield, Leics
LE67 9PU

Musical director

Benjamin Smith

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