New Forest Brass is a dedicated group of brass players of all ages drawn from all walks of life.
We rehearse in Hounsdown, Totton, near Southampton. We are a contesting brass band who are in the second section of the West of England region.
New players are always welcome to come along, although we would be particularly interested in filling the positions shown as vacant. If you would like to join us, then please contact us or come to a rehearsal.
We also have a non-contesting community band providing a friendly environment for brass and percussion players of all abilities and ages to enjoy making music together. The community band may be particularly suitable for those who have recently taken up an instrument or are returning to playing after a break from music. We also provide a training ensemble where more recent beginners can access tuition and learn to play with others for the first time. We have instruments available for loan to members and so can provide access to brass playing even for those who may struggle to afford to buy an instrument. More information can be found on our community band and training ensemble pages.
NFB Community Band
8 July 2023 New Forest Brass invite you to share in celebrating the renaming of our Training Band - introducing the New Forest Brass Community Band. Over the years since its formation in 2012 our Training Band has gone from strength to strength. It has enjoyed the progression of its members whether they be new to playing brass instruments or having returned to playing after a period away from banding. Under the expert direction of their Musical Director Chris Gane, and other main band members who have supported and mentored, they are no longer a training band and have earned their new name. Our beginner group will now become our Training Ensemble. We congratulate all 3 of our New Forest Brass Bands and look forward to the future of making great music together. We are always looking forward to welcoming new players to our bands, so if you are interested in finding out more then please contact us.
NFB's best regional result this century!
12 March 2023 After a three year absence due to Covid, we returned to Torquay for the West of England regionals, and were delighted to be awarded 6th place for our performance of Rodney Newton's "A Pilgrim's Progress". This is our highest placing in the banding pyramid since 1996! Thank you Ian and the band for all your hard work on what was a very challenging piece.
Success at Wessex contest
26 November 2022 We won the prize for best second section band at the Wessex Winter Contest in Bournemouth. We played Viking Age by Thierry Deleruyelle. Well done to Ian and band for a good performance. Now we will wrap up warm for carolling season before getting to work on a challenging test piece for the West of England regional contest in March.
NFB raise over £900 for Motor Neurone Disease Association
17 July 2022 NFB Main and Training bands put on a lunchtime concert at Sunnyfields Farm, Marchwood, with all proceeds going to Motor Neurone Disease Association. Thank you to everyone who supported the event, which helped raise over £900 for a fantastic cause.