25th birthday celebrations concert

Forest of Dean Brass start their year long  celebration of the formation of the band at a concert at Parkend Church on the 6th October at 3pm.

Forest of Dean band was formed 25 years ago with the amalgamation of Coleford Town Band and Yorkley Onward Band.

Bekki Berrow commented "combining the bands was a difficult decision to make, trying to understand all the ramifications the change would bring  for the players. As always some were happy and some were not so happy, but realistically it was the only way forward. The new band has been successful over the last 25 years, but always mindful in the need to adapt to the changing pressures on brass bands but sticking by the core tasks set out during the amalgamation: enjoying our hobby of playing music with likeminded people, teaching others the skills required to be a bander and have a giggle along the way"

The band will share the stage with the Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir who are also celebrating an anniversary this year - 35 years.

Come and join the band at this birthday celebration especially if you have played with the band during the last 25 years. It would be great to see you.