Welcome to the website of the world famous Besses Boys Band. The band was formed in 1943 and has now been making music for over 60 years. The band is a second section band based in Whitefield just outside Manchester and regularly give fine concert and contest performances both in the local area and further afield.

Rousing BBB Performance at Butlins 2017

Besses Boys Band gave a dynamic and engaging performance at the Butlin's Mineworkers Open Brass Band Festival in Skegness last weekend.


Performing the set piece 'Inclusion' by Paul Sharman, the band took their place amongst 17 other second section bands hoping to impress adjudicators Brian Rostron and Allan Holdsworth.


Their performance, described as 'thrilling, edgy, colourful and exciting' by brass band website 4barsrest, took every opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent from within the band, capturing the atmosphere and creating some magical moments.


The band has recently undergone a number of changes, replacing almost a third of its members since last year's winning performance, and were rewarded for their hard work by taking 7th place, just behind the two widely-tipped favourites, Haydock and City of Coventry Brass.


MD James Holt said: “Today has been a good day for the band, after what has been an intense two weeks’ preparation. The players did all I asked for and more, and should be very proud of their efforts. We were rewarded with some excellent comments from the adjudicators, which sets us up well for another year. It was also a fantastic social outing for the band and I know a great time was had by all. On behalf of myself and the band, I offer sincere congratulations to all prize winners today.”


The band are now back to some serious rehearsing in preparation for the NWABBA Regional Championships in Blackpool on February 26th.