Spring and Summer Events 2018

Wells City Band are pleased to give you an early preview of some of the exciting events we will be playing at later this year:

Sunday 12th Aug – 2.00 – 4.00pm, Blake Gardens band stand, Bridgwater.

Sunday 16th September – 9.00am – 5.00pm, The Bandstand at Wells Recreation Ground.  A celebration of music from brass bands around the region.

Saturday 27th October – 7.30pm, Royal British Legion poppy appeal launch concert, Wells Town Hall.

Sunday 11th November – 7.00pm, A Nations Tribute – Beacon of Light, Wookey Hole in the marque by the hotel.

Friday 16th November – 6.00pm Wells Carnival.

Saturday 8th December- 10.00 am – 1.00pm, carols for shoppers at Morrisons in Wells

Sunday 9th December – The Reindeer Parade

Tuesday 11th December – 6.30 – 7.30 pm, carols at Easton Green

Saturday 15th December – 7.30pm, Christmas concert, Wells Town Hall

Friday 21st December – 7.00 – 9.00pm, carols for shoppers at Morrisons in Wells

Saturday 22nd December – 1.30 – 3.30 pm, carols at the Bishop’s Palace chapel

Monday 24th December- 6.00 – 9.00 pm, Christmas carols at various locations around the City of Wells

Band Celebrates Awards

The annual Christmas concert is a special occasion in the band’s calendar when the Wells main band is joined by both the training and intermediate bands to present this festive event.  Each section delighted the packed audience at Wells Town Hall with a lively and varied programme of traditional and modern Christmas tunes. To add to the festivities the band celebrated special achievements with the presentation of awards.  Dot Poole, Musical Director presented the awards with help from Tania Climo, Training Section M.D. and the Mayor of Wells, Cllr John North.  Cllr North presented Tanya Climo with a long service award having played with and supported the band for an incredible 30 years!  Well done and congratulations to all of our awards winners.

Best Bands Person of the Year – Geoff Baker-Hytch

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Most Improved Player – Sharon James

2017 presentation

Training Band Award – Jess Milverton

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30 Year’s Service – Tanya Climo

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6 Years Service Award – Angela Humphries

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Best Supporter – Vikki Milverton

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History

Brass band playing in Wells goes back to the 18th century Somerset militia. The first mention of specifically a Wells band comes in 1852 and then in 1854 the Wells Journal recorded that “250 children belonging to the Central School of the City, having been preceded by a Band from the school to the Market House which was appropriately decorated with laurels and banners, partook of an abundant supply of tea and cake.”
Various bands flourished in Wells in the late 19th century, in particular the Factory Band of Hilliers Brush Manufacturing. But it was the Wells City Band which performed at official occasions and important funerals.
In 1913 the Wells City Band almost came to a tragic end. The Wells Journal of 28th February that year reported that eleven members of the Wells City Band were returning in a horse drawn carriage from the village fete in Binegar when the metal band around the wheels came off and rolled away. The journal conjectured that if this had happened on the steep hill from Binegar “without doubt the spokes of the wheel would have smashed.”
The years of the Great War and immediately afterwards were lean, with so many young men away. By the 1920s the band was back in full swing, practicing each week in the Bishop’s Barn. Soon it had 20 active members under Band Master Don Loxton. It had a black uniform with a silver braid and played at football matches and official occasions as well as at dances in Wells and nearby villages.
The Second World War was another fallow period. The Bishop’s Barn was taken over by the army. When it was released in 1946 the Town Clerk, Mr Dodd was informed that some of the band equipment stored there during the war had disappeared. This was a serious loss for the Wells City Band and an ex-gratia payment of £73 was made by the military. The band was back in business.
In 1989 the Wells Blue School Band was invited to continue as “Wells City Band”. Ivor Lewis was Band Master for thirteen years. His valuable contribution to banding can be seen in the young people he trained who are now adults playing in the Wells City Band, and other bands nationwide.
By this time several important changes had been made since the inter war years. Women were made very welcome and the band uniform became less sombre, with a burgundy red jacked and black lapels.
The band developed its membership and expanded its supporters club throughout the 1990s. It became an important feature at civic functions, church services, nearby village fetes, charity concerts and Christmas events.
With over a century of serving the community behind it the Wells City Band is looking to build an even stronger future. We will continue to rely heavily on recruiting new musicians and on the enthusiastic support of the community.

Playing for Stephen!

5 local bands joined forces to raise money for local trombone player Stephen Sykes.

The event organised by Wells City Band brought together Wells City’s Main and Training Bands, Wincanton Silver Band, Street Drum and Trumpet Corps and the newly formed Beckington Bandits Concert Band. Audiences were treated to wide range of music from the groups with some youngsters enjoying their first public performances after months of hard work.