British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles

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British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles
Legal statusNon-profit organization, BASBWE Education Trust - registered charity no. 803415
PurposeSymphonic bands and wind ensembles in the UK
Region served
UK wind ensembles and symphonic bands
Philip Robinson
AffiliationsRNCM, Canford School
RemarksPublication: Winds Magazine

The British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles is an organisation that represents symphonic bands and wind ensembles, also known as concert bands, in the UK.


It was founded in July 1981 by Timothy Reynish at a conference for symphonic bands and wind ensembles at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester.


Wind ensembles are often found at universities, and are more prevalent amongst younger people, who have more opportunity and encouragement to join like-minded musical people, e.g. at some schools. Older people would not be able, by definition, to join these bands. The existence of a wind band at a particular school is strongly associated with more successful schools. However a successful school need not have a wind band or orchestra.


It is partly funded by the PRS Foundation.

Members include:


It publishes Winds Magazine and runs the BASBWE Education Trust, which was formed in April 1990 and registered as a charity in June 1990.

The charity funds young people to attend the Canford Summer School of Music BASBWE Wind Band Conductors Course.

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