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About the Manx Concert Brass

THE BEGINNINGS


Manx Concert Brass was formed in 1995 as a direct result of the Manx Youth Band’s own success in promoting music for young people in the Island. As the years passed, more and more players beyond the age of 19 expressed a desire to remain and, as a result, Manx Concert Brass was created as part of the organisation with no upper age limit.

CONTESTING

Ever since the mid-1990s, Manx Concert Brass has competed in the North West Regional Championships of the National Brass Band Championships, enjoying many excellent results. These include becoming crowned 4th Section National Champions of Great Britain in 1996 and numerous top three finishes. Indeed, Manx Concert Brass has qualified for the National Finals on four different occasions.

The band is now well established in the 1st Section and in 2020 finished in a fine sixth place.

Over the years, Manx Concert Brass has also enjoyed top three finishes in the prestigious Pontin’s Brass Championships and the Northern Open Brass Band Championships.

Closer to home, the band has enjoyed much success in the annual Manx Music Festival, affectionately known as ‘The Guild’, and in 2019 had a clean sweep of all the major classes, as well as many top individual prizes and ensemble sections.

PERFORMING

Manx Concert Brass plays regularly throughout the year at a variety of venues around the Island.

It also performs a monthly ‘Brass at Braddan’ concert at Braddan Church which is free to attend and each July the Villa Marina Royal Hall plays host to its annual gala concert.

In July 2020, MCB was invited to perform as the official band at the Tynwald Day ceremony in St John’s for the open-air sitting of the Manx parliament.

The band can also be seen in festive mood playing carols and seasonal music each Christmas.

ON TOUR

To mark Manx Concert Brass’s 25th anniversary and the Manx Youth Band’s 50th birthday, the organisation was invited to perform at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France, in August 2020.

Although that has been cancelled due to Covid-19, it is hoped to mark the milestone (albeit 12 months later than planned!) at next year’s festival

OUR HOME

As a public subscription band, donations are key to the organisation's success, and in 2011 one of our most ambitious fundraising projects paid off as the band completed the purchase of its first permanent home. It was Jim Crosbie's dedication to teaching brass to young students in the early 1970s that has led to the success of the Manx Youth Band and it is in honour of this dedication that we decided to name the building The Jim Crosbie Memorial Bandroom.

From this base, the organisation runs both Manx Concert Brass, the Manx Youth Band and a training band, providing free tuition to more than 70 players.