Edinburgh Brass Band was formed in November 2011 by a group of enthusiastic brass players who wished to continue their brass playing in a fun and social environment in the heart of Edinburgh. The brass band was set up as a non-auditioning community brass band, with a focus on the fun of playing music, rather than concentrating on competitions and test pieces. This appears to be a winning formula and the band has been growing steadily since it's first rehearsal in April 2012. The standard of the band has also continued to improve over the years and guest conductors are often hugely impressed by the level of playing that has been achieved by this relative new community band.
The players in the band range from school age to retirement. Many of our players had previously given up their playing but were tempted back by the convenience, flexibility and social nature of Edinburgh Brass Band. If you're a percussionist or brass player and are interested in joining us please get in touch.
Edinburgh Brass Band is just starting out. However, Edinburgh has always had a strong brass band tradition. The newly formed Edinburgh Brass Band follows in the footsteps of the 'City of Edinburgh Band' which after its formation in 1925 was active for more than 55 years. The 'City of Edinburgh Band' was a very successful contesting band and its reputation led to invites to play at a number of high profile performances including broadcasts from Edinburgh's own BBC studio. The local Edinburgh communities also supported the band enthusiastically, with football fans even adopting the band as the 'Hearts' band' in recognition of its regular spot performing before games in Tynecastle Park.
After officially disbanding, the 'City of Edinburgh Band' donated all its instruments and documents to the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments where some of them can still be seen today. The documents have been used to compile an excellent book detailing the band's full history; 'City of Edinburgh Band 1925-2005' by Eugenia Mitroulia.