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Peter Dalton

Donna Jackson



Today representatives of City of Chester Training band and main band joined a packed congregation for the funeral mass of Peter Dalton.

Peter had taught generations of brass players and we were very lucky that , for many years, he taught many of our training band.

Many of Chester's past and present players had been taught brass by Peter, and Kirsty Blain , who he introduced to brass 19 years ago, is continuing his legacy coaching the next generation of brass players.

Our deepest sympathy to his wife , Kate, and family.

The most fitting tribute to Peter was the verve with which the congregation sang the hymns , however as the congregation was composed of many members of the choirs Peter had led , as well as many other musicians it was , perhaps , not surprising.

Blackpool beckons

Donna Jackson


The band will be in Blackpool on Sunday 24th February to take part in the North West Regional Contest which decides the bands' ranking.


Sun or rain it's a grand day out and tickets can be bought on the day. We will be competing in the third section. 

Good luck to all involved. 




Success at Brass at the Guild

Donna Jackson


An early and earnest start to rehearsals paid off for the band , when on Sunday 27th February , under the musical direction of Matthew Birkett they came in third place in the third section at Brass at the Guild in Preston.

Almost as importantly they had a good day out meeting up with friends and rivals , followed by a pub lunch reward for getting up early on a Sunday. 

Our band master Matthew Birkett has now an enviable record in conducting Chester in competition, conducted twice and third place both times. 

No rest for the band though as they continue to prepare for the regionals in Blackpool in February.




End of year thanks

Donna Jackson


With one more rehearsal and two more jobs we would like to take time for thanking those who have made 2018 special

The junior , training and senior bands who have turned up rain , hail , snow and , occasionally, sun and not only made music but also a spirit of camaraderie through good and bad

The families and partners who have put up with the time commitments and have supported and acted as photographers , chauffeurs, roadies , practice reminders and supporters

The committee who have kept the show on the road and who have committed to ensuring a vibrant future for the band

All those involved in training and junior band , at a time when one of our student members returned home to play in his home bands last ever concert before disbanding , we are lucky to field a combined band of over 70 people , due to the hard work of all particularly those who conduct , run and tutor junior and training bands

Our MD Ewan. He inspires us to improve even when playing swing .

Those who provided us with fabulous playing opportunities. We performed 48 times this year with audiences ranging from a few weather resistant stalwarts to over 15,000. A particular mention must be made of tip top theatres production of Brassed Off. All of us thoroughly enjoyed participating in a special production and it was wonderful to have the cast join us for the real Whit Friday marches.

Finally thank you to our audiences. Music is nothing if it is not heard . Our audiences have made our music making worthwhile and , as a self supporting band, their financial contributions means we continue to play and teach the next generations the joys and traditions of brass band music.

Wishing all the peace and joy of the season.

Junior band debut

Donna Jackson


Tonight junior band made their debut performance with training band and senior band at St Mary's in Chester. Their performance was much admired by both audience and senior band. Well done. 

Winnington Concert

Donna Jackson



After a sensational debut by the junior band at St Mary's , the main band will next be out on Friday at Winnington. 

Showcase concert at St Marys

Donna Jackson


For the first time all three bands will be in concert together. This Wednesday at 7.30 at St Mary's creative centre (tickets £5) the City of Chester Brass band junior,training and senior bands will perform a showcase concert hosted by Chester Music Society. Our youngest performer will be 7 and our oldest won't reveal their age in public . For further details see http://www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk/index.php/club-concerts-2/150-city-of-chester-brass-band-and-training-band

Santa's arrival at Grosvenor garden centre

Donna Jackson


The next time you can see the band is at Grosvenor Garden centre on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25 th November at 11am to welcome Santa . For further details https://allevents.in/chester/santas-arrival/20001251061399

Chester Christmas parade

Donna Jackson


The band will be out on Friday 16th November leading the spectacular Chester Christmas parade. It starts at 7pm and for further details see http://bit.ly/2D5TRO5


If you want to know what we are up to , over Christmas , click on our what's on tab and click on dates highlighted in blue  Enjoy. 

City of Chester remembers

Donna Jackson



The band is privileged to be marching and playing at two acts of Remembrance this year.
On Saturday 10th November we will be playing at 10.30 at the Malpas act of Remembrance
On Sunday 11th of November 9.30 to 11.30 we will , once again, be in Chester for the Remembrance parade and service.

100 years after the end of the First World War we are honoured to be part of our communities ceremonies.