Bournemouth Concert Brass (BCB) are a Championship Section brass band with a local history going back over 100 years incorporating various titles involving "Boscombe Silver" and "Boscombe Temperance". The band settled into it's current brand in 1975. All the players are amateur musicians who freely give of their time and talent. The band is able to maintain it's momentum in developing a high level of performance in two ways.
2014 saw the band play at Yeovil entertainment contest, the West of England area competition in Torquay, and the Spring Festival contest in Blackpool. Although the band didn't fare too well in these competitions we learn from the experience and move on.
The band has a current World Ranking of 93rd.
The band has an extensive repertoire of music which includes traditional marches and hymn tune arrangements, music from the classical world, film, show and pop music arrangements and a collection of fine instrumental solo arrangements to allow our principal players to shine.
The band has an established relationship with the Regent Centre in Christchurch and presents three concerts at this venue every year.
January is always our "almost world famous" New Years Viennese concert with a variety of well known Strauss arrangements mixed with other familiar music from that genre. Over 300 attended this years concert, which was a 5 year record attendance. The summer has our Hollywood and Broadway concert with, as you have guessed, a selection of music from well known musical and film scores. Autumn is a packed house for our "Last Night of the Proms" concert. This is always greeted with enthusiasm and anticipation of the finale trio of Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance and of course Jerusalem. Visit the engagements page and book early.
For the last 23 years (2014) the band has played in the Pinewalk bandstand in Bournemouth Gardens, the band is very proud of its association with the people of Bournemouth and enjoys entertaining the crowds within the gardens in the summer.
The band is always looking to develop new concert venues where the objectives are to (1) Explore and play new and exciting venues, (2) Engage with local Bournemouth business and (3) Share concert profits with local charities. Talk to us if you have any ideas or would like to come on this venture with us.
The band can also provide a 5 piece or an 10 piece ensemble to suit individual requirements.
Join us? - The band are looking to recuit a number of key players in the cornet, trombone and baritone sections in the coming months following the loss of some players through work moves out of the area. If you are interested in joining us then contact our Chairman or Secretary. The band is always looking to attract players with good brass band experience in Championship or First section bands. Young local players looking to learn their brass band trade should also talk to us.