Our History

Belle Vue Brass logoBelle Vue Brass Band was established in 2005 with the dedication and hard work of its founding members. The band today has around 32 players associated with the band and the band has an open door policy whereby any one of any standard can come and join the band.

In late 2005 the band took part in a television commercial and in conjunction with the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund this provided the resources to give the band a firm grounding. With the help and support of Manchester Airport the band has been able to acquire high quality instruments and this has had a positive impact on the continued growth and development of players within the band.

In 2007 the band took part in took part in its very first Tameside Whit Friday Band contests for the first time we went out with “Lynwood”, and came 3rd in the 4th section at the Millbrook venue. The following year in 2008 the band went out with the “Waveney” and came 21st at the Bush in Droylsden. This year we are yet to decide what March we are going out with however we trust in the Judgement of Pete and we hope to improve on last years performance. Over the years the band has performed for German TV & starred in the annual Bisto Gravy advert. Belle Vue Brass was playing outdoors at Gorton Market to raise funds when they were spotted by the film crew, who asked them to feature in an advert they were filming for Bisto Gravy.
The band appears in the background, although their music is not used in the advert. The advert features people in the street talking about family and life values, and young band member James Metcalf, who plays cornet, has a speaking part.

The band has come on leaps and bounds in the last 5 years, thanks to the regular members, new members and the band’s management team.

2014 saw the appointment of Chris Neufeld as Musical Director (previously of Reddish Prize Band), joining Peter Brannigan, the existing Directorof music, leading the band through many successful engagements and contests.

2016 saw the appointment of Keith Reeves as Musical Director to take the band on it’s next journey.

October 2017 seen the appointment of long standing friend of the band, Martin Moyse as Musical Director who is looking to take the band onwards and upwards in 2018.