History of The Farnham
Marching in Farnham Carnival 1992
band was formed in 1975 after an advertisement appeared in a local
Newspaper: "If you are interested in learning to play
a brass instrument contact Les Graham".
The aim was to give youngsters the opportunity
to learn to play brass instruments together.
In 1978 Crosby & Co. Ltd took over
sponsorship of the band and it become known as "The Farnham,
Crosby Concert Band". This support lasted until 1982 when
Crosby were unable to continue their support because of economic
factors. At this point, the band changed its name back to "Farnham
Brass Band", a name that it has retained ever since. Having
moved from its original rehearsal facilities at Wrecclesham Youth
Centre to Crosby's the band had to find alternative accommodation
and moved to the recently opened Farnham
Maltings. In 1992 the band moved to the new location of the
Gostrey Club, later moving to the band's current rehearsal
location at the Tilford
Institute Hall, just outside Farnham.
Throughout the years the band has had a
varied and interesting life playing in and around Farnham and they
also have taken part in some international tours. In 1982 the band
visited Mertloch in Germany as guests of the pipes and drums of
the local volunteer fire brigade and proved to be a great success
with the locals. After this initial visit it took until 1989 to
organise a repeat visit by Farnham Brass Band! They returned to
Mertloch to a very warm and enthusiastic welcome. Two days of
playing in the Beer Tent and sightseeing were enjoyed and the
audience was also very appreciative.
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