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Est. 1943

Besses Boys' Band



The world famous Besses Boys' Band are a 2nd Section brass band based in Manchester, North West England. Established in 1943 we are a local band providing music services to the local community and beyond for 75 years. Our varied programme of events can be found on our Events page and include concerts, community events, charity events and private bookings. Besses Boys' Band are available for any occasion. Please Contact Us for more information.

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Whit Friday Brass Band Contests


Friday 25th May 2018

Tameside, Greater Manchester

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The band will be marching through various towns and villages over the course of the evening. To keep up to date follow -






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  • Local Businesses Back The Band­

Businesses from across the borrough help out to 'Mute' the band.

  • North West Area, Blackpool 2018

Best percussion prize awarded to Besses Boys' Band

  • Butlins Mineworkers Contest 2018

Besses travel to Skegness to compete in the annual brass band championship

  • Besses Boys Band Annual Chocolate BINGO !

Community Delight at prizes donated by Award Winning Pastissier and Chocolatiers.


From 'Umchucks to Cadenzas by Gordon Higginbottom


The brass banding life of the legendary tenor horn virtuoso Gordon Higginbottom has been put in print thanks to this new new book.


From 'Umchucks to Cadenzas' 'The Highs and Blows of Higgy' is the life story of a player who started his career at Kearsley Band, before enjoying periods with the iconic CWS Manchester under Alex Mortimer, exciting times at Besses Boys' Band and Besses o'th' Barn and Wingates and ground breaking brass music making with James Shepherd Versatile Brass.

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Take a look at Higgy's Book
Glossop Band Club 2018