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Est. 1943

Besses Boys' Band


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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 over 78 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. For Booking queries click HERE and for all other enquiries please Contact Us. 

The band was extremely proud to celebrate our 75th birthday in 2019. The bands rich heritage and successes are a result of our member’s commitment and to all who have supported the band and donated their time to this great organization over the years.

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To celebrate our recent milestone anniversary the band have released a commemorative CD of our 75th Anniversary Concert.


The CD is a live recording taken from the Victoria Halls and features the 2018 Besses Boys' Band, a reunion band of former players and a massed bands finale. These commemorative CD's are not to be missed and only available whilst stocks last.




Coronavirus Update


The Government has announced Stage 4 of its recovery roadmap. Despite the relaxations in specific COVID-19 mitigations, the legal requirement for bands to follow actions to minimise risks to members remains due to the pre-pandemic health and safety legislation.


Besses Boys' Band continue to work closely with BBE and follow their advice on this subject which remains under constant review. In line with all other bands, our priority is and will remain, the health and well-being of our supporters, members and committee personnel.


We are reviewing the situation regularly and have started future planning as restrictions relax so that we can maintain a focus on the objects and powers of the organisation. This is to ensure we are in a position to perform, compete and participate in community events, once restrictions allow.


The band are now inviting booking enquiries. For all enquiries please do not hesistate to contact us. 


Read more here.


Remembrance Sunday 2021


Besses Boys' Band were delighted to lead the parade and service at Prestwich Cenotaph on Sunday 14th November 2021 - Our first engagment since the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.


Hundreds of people attended a moving Remembrane Day Service and the event began with a parade, led by Besses Boys' Band. Crowds followed the band as we marched from the Longfield Suite, down Rectory Lane, to Pados House and it was welcoming to be accompanied by local Councilors, Armed Forces, Veterans, Schools, Scouts and Public Service personnel.


Both young and old turned out to honour the fallen and the last few minutes before 11am were filled with sombre hymns, played by the band, as flag-bearers solemly watched over the Cenotaph. As the clock struck 11, crowds fell silent as the bands Principal Cornet, Claire Holt performed the last post - a truly moving moment followed by a two minutes silence and Revielle. 


Political and religious leaders, war vetereans, armed forces, community groups and public service representatives came forward to lay wreaths as the band played Edward Elgar's Nimrod before concluding the service with the National Anthem. 


Although the service was allowed to happen this year with no restrictions, the band remained cautious and took all necessary measures to ensure the safety of players and the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 


Lest We Forget.



EGM Notice 2022


An extra-ordinary meeting of Besses Boys' Band has been called to agree a change in constitution and subsequent application to The Charity Commission in order to help protect and support the long-term future of the band. The proposed application, if approved by Trustees, will see Besses Boys' Band become a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Association Charity, registered in England and Wales under Charity Law.


The EGM will take place at Lady Wilton Hall, Simister Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2SB on Sunday 23rd October 2022, and will start at 10:00.


Attendance is not mandatory for band members however this notice has been published in the spirit of openness and transparency. We trust the EGM will be beneficial for the organisation to gain support in pursuance of this objective in the best interest of the band.