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The History of The Farnham
Brass Band

Marching in Farnham Carnival 1992

The 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.