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Current Brass in Concert & NW Regional Champions
|Motto||World Class Entertainment In Brass|
|Legal status||Registered Charity (No. 1129485)|
|Headquarters||14B Boxer Place, Moss Side Industrial Estate, Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 7QL.|
|Affiliations||Yamaha, University of Central Lancashire|
The Leyland Band was established in 1946 in the heart of industrial Lancashire as the Leyland Motors Band, taking its name from the world famous truck and bus company. Now an independent group of some thirty musicians, the Band has retained its local connection and now proudly bears the name of its home town.
The last twenty five years of the Bands existence has been the most consistently successful in its history. After a meteoric rise through the various sections, the Band has witnessed scores of prize awards at all the major competitions in the brass band arena.
Leyland Band has also rightly earned its reputation as an unrivalled concert entertainer by producing dynamic and unique performances both at home and abroad. Leyland Band has always fostered a strong sense of originality. In 1980, the ensemble was the first western brass band to tour Japan, a country it revisited along with South Korea in the 1990s. In the last decade, four coast to coast tours of the United States of America are testament to the Band’s far-reaching appeal. Numerous performances on continental Europe have been a feature of the band’s work on the concert platform. It has also had great success at the Brass in Concert Championship of which it is the current title holder.
Leyland Band has appeared in numerous television and radio broadcasts, specifically for the Granada Band of the Year, BBC Radio 3 and Listen to the Band. It has an impressive discography and has recorded many commercial CDs.
- Leyland Motors Band (1946 - 1979)
- Leyland Vehicles Band (1979 - 1988)
- Leyland DAF Band (1988 - 1992)
- BNFL (Leyland) Band (1992 - 1997)
- JJB Sports Leyland Band (1997 - 2000)
- Champion Band of Great Britain: 2005
- British Open Champions: 1994
- All England Masters: 1989, 1992, 2003
- Brass in Concert Champions: 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2011
- North West Regional Champions: 1982, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013
- Grand Shield Champions (Spring Festival): 1981, 2008