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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.


Rochdale Contest

Donna Jackson


The band will be out in competition at Rochdale on Sunday. It's a beautiful building ( if Hitler had won the war he wanted to transport it back to Germany ) and a bargain £7 will allow you to listen to all the bands who are playing own choice pieces. It's a great way of listening to a huge variety of  test pieces and there's a weatherspoons nearby. https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/events/57657/events-in-rochdale/rochdale-brass-band-contest

Happy return to Alford

Donna Jackson


The last time we were here our principal horn player married our percussion player Alex. 


Hopefully our return visit will be just as full of joy and good music.



music . 

Kings of the Castle

Donna Jackson


City of Chester Brass Band at Chester Castle
Sunday 16 September
11:30am - 12:10pm and 1:00pm - 1:40pm

City of Chester Brass Band will be performing again with us at Chester Castle. This year the Band will be warming back up after their summer break for an autumn season of contesting and concerts by playing a selection of well-known tunes at the Chester Castle.

This is the last weekend opening of the Castle this summer. The Castle will open Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s from 10.30am to 4pm with free entry to the grounds.

This year visitors can also climb to the top of the Agricola Tower for a unique panorama view from the roof. There will be a small charge of £2 per person to climb the tower.

Outdoor games
Come and have a go at Giant Jenga, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Beanbag toss, skipping in the castle yard.

‘Ecce Iterum’ (Latin for see again) is an exhibition at the castle featuring the work of three Chester based artists. Kate Gater, Alexandru Modoi and Estelle Woolley have created new art works that reflect and respond to the Castle and its history. The artworks include sound, photography and sculpture, to draw attention to some of the castle’s hidden features. The artworks will be on display throughout the opening of the Castle. 



Welcome freshers Chester 2018



Congratulations to all those attending Chester University. Here at City of Chester we have a long history of welcoming students, many of whom make Chester their permanent home. Our recent committee meeting is possibly unusual in that the majority of members of the committee are under 30 and we have a few students in various sections to welcome you aboard. Contact us for a warm welcome for whatever brass or percussion you play. 



Summer Break



Both the Training Band and Junior Band will be taking a hard earned rest from Monday 16th July until Monday 3rd September. As in the past we have struggled to have even half a band over the summer holiday season we have stopped rehearsals over this period. Both Bands will return on September 3rd in preparation for an event at Huntington on 8th September. When this is over it will be a mad dash to get ready for the annual band Solo Competition being held on September 23rd at Aldford Village Hall.      

Prepare to be dazzled

Donna J



We are a busy band at Chester and our season continued at Pulford on Saturday. The beautiful sun shone on everyone but was particularly dazzling on a few members of the band who have bought their own shiny new instruments!

Despite our very healthy numbers we welcome anyone who fancies coming for a blow , on our not quite so shiny band instruments.




AGM 2018

Donna Jackson


Wednesday 13th June was City of Chester Brass bands AGM.

What a busy and successful year all three bands have had.

The learner band has increased in numbers and members are now starting to sit in with training band playing with confidence and increasing skill and musicality.

Training band continues to be successful , with many members achieving both success in grades 1 to 5 but also in playing in an ensemble at many public occasions . At a time when schools are often too straitened to provide musical education Chester Brass provides instruments,tuition and playing opportunities at very little cost .

Main Band has had a very busy, successful and varied year winning prizes at Preston and the Whit Marches, taking part in Brassed Off to much acclaim , and having very many,varied and enjoyable opportunities to spread brass music to appreciative audiences. We have once again welcomed new members from Chester University and elsewhere whilst retaining a stable and full band which still welcomes new players.

Finally two awards are made

To James Flynn (trombone) the musical directors award , selected by Ewan Easton MBE for musical progress during the year. Ewan awarded the shield commenting that James had worked hard during the year to develop an impressive trombone sound which was continuing to develop.

To Donna Jackson bandsman of the year (voted for by members) for contributing on several different instruments during the year and ,most importantly , a good spaghetti Bolognese during rehearsal of Brassed Off!

If you are interested in joining our musical journey as a player, parent of a player or if you wish to book training or main band for your occasion please contact us via this page or via our facebook page City of Chester Brass Band. We also have a twitter (devabrass) and instagram account (CityofchesterBrass Band)


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Junior Band Exam success



One member of the Junior Band has had Exam success this past week with a Grade 2 Distinction Pass on Trumpet. Very well done to Jake and keep up the good work.