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Mendip Brass Band

A relatively new name to the banding scene, Mendip Brass Band has evolved from the former Wells Community Band. The Wells Community Band existed for many years under the musical directorship of its fundraising founder Ivor Lewis, together with huge support from his wife Doris. The band consisted mainly of young people plus a few adults.

As band membership began to decline, Jim Perkins, a band member, began an active membership recruitment programme of mainly adult retired people from the Mendip area, many had no previous experience of banding or music. Jim devoted much time to these recruits with one to one instrumental tuition.

James Perkins

In 2009, Ivor decided to retire and passed the band leadership to Jim. That same year it was decided to rename the band Mendip Brass Band to accurately reflect the area covered by band membership and performances.

With ever improving ability and increasing repertoire of traditional brass band and light concert music, the band performs for local organisations, in park band stands, church concerts, fêtes and carol services.

In 2010, the band performed a concert at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon and followed with a concert in Chilcompton, in conjunction with Westfield Ladies Choir for the Help for Heroes charity which raised a tremendous £1,556.

The band rehearses twice a week, on Monday morning and Thursday evening at Chilcompton Church Hall.