Derwent Brass . . .
. . . has proven to be a major success story in the Midland’s proud heritage of brass banding. Formed in 1992 with the aim of producing a quality brass band in Derby, Derwent Brass quickly established itself as a most popular concert attraction. With wide reaching repertoire, innovative programming and working closely with some of today’s leading brass composers, this has been sustained to this day and the band is constantly in demand across the region, in the UK and occasionally venturing abroad.
Originally formed in the 3rd section, under the sole leadership of musical director Keith Leonard Derwent Brass quickly climbed to the Championship Section (the equivalent to the Premiership in football terms) where they are now firmly established. Along the journey the band held the number one position in both 3rd and 2nd section league tables consecutively and have totalled six appearances at the National Final Championships. The band and its soloists continue to decorate the band room with silverware from nationwide contests including the Midland Regional Championships, National Finals Championships, Bolsover Festival of Brass, Leicester BBA, Wychavon, Buxton, ODBBA, NEMBBA, GBBA and more, making them the number 1 ranked brass band in the county. Other non-contesting accolades include Excellence in the Community (Derbyshire) and Voluntary Arts (Epic Awards) titles.
In its time, the band has performed at over 750 events and has shared the stage with over 50 artists and groups. Recent highlights were performing as part of the British Sea Power ‘Sea of Brass’ tour, a 27-show run of the award-winning production of ‘Brassed Off’ and earlier this year featuring in Gary Clarke’s COAL tour, in addition to the band’s own ‘Stage and Screen’ sell-out summer show, all at Derby Theatre.
Though initially from Derby City, for several years now Derwent Brass have established their roots as a non-for-profit organisation in Belper where they have formed very close relationships with both the ‘Strutts Community Project’ and Belper Town Council. An important part of the band’s charitable status (Registered in England and Wales 1146146) is the promotion of brass music whilst also supporting others and the local community. Since it was founded the band have organised and performed at charitable events year on year, helping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for worthwhile causes and also commit annually to a nominated ‘charity of the year’, the 2017 nominee being ‘Brass for Africa’. As part of this mission and regional engagement the band organise brass performance and brass composition workshops, alongside supporting musical education and tuition activities.
2017 marks the band’s silver anniversary and, stronger than ever, it is determined to lead the way in brass music and entertainment as Derbyshire’s Premier Brass Band.
For more about Derwent Brass visit our website.
Tel: 01773 384121
Fax: 0844 3572118