About Us

Welcome to the ‘Official’ Web site of the City of Southampton (Albion) Band.

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We are a brass band based in Southampton that rehearse at the Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre, just below Broadlands Road.   Parking is available in the centre’s car park, via Hampton Park Way just off Broadlands Road. The postcode is SO17 3AT.

We are available for hire for all sorts of fetes, weddings, reunions and other events. Please contact our secretary for information on how to hire us.

We rehearse every Monday evening, Practice starting at 7.30pm, until 9.45pm.

We always make new players welcome, even if they are just visiting the City.  If you are interested in coming along then drop us a line. We are particularly looking for cornet, trombone and percussion players at the moment.

The City of Southampton (Albion) Band was founded in 1920, and since then it has been part of the City’s heritage, cultural, and community scene playing at the Dell, (Southampton Football Club’s old ground ) for over forty years and at leading local events such as Remembrance Day, VE and VJ Day parades and at the FA Cup Final celebrations in 1976. 2016 marked the 40th Anniversary of this event and the band helped to recreate the experience on 1st May.

The recent COVID epidemic has hit the band hard and we ended up having to cancel our 100th anniversary celebrations as a result. Now that lockdown has lifted the band are beginning to rehearse again albeit under strict COVID separation conditions. We have a few engagements for the rest of 2021 including Romsey Bandstand in August, Remembrance Sunday and Christmas carols around the Southampton area. We’re also intending to visit Portugal in May 2022 which is a trip postponed from last year.

In 2019 the band played a number of concerts around the south of England including concerts in Winchester Cathedral, St. Mary’s Stadium and Romsey. We also did a short tour to the Isle of Wight playing at the Needles and at the County Show just outside Newport.

We hope to celebrate our 100th anniversary next year and are planning some exciting events for 2022. As always we’ll try and keep our events page up to date so that you can see where we are performing.

You can also follow us at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/southampton.brass.band/ 

Nick Dawson, the Band’s Director of Music, has been its conductor since 1993 and gained his earlier experience in the 1980’s with Roger Swift, Director of Music at Knellar Hall and with Jerry MacCall of the Coldstream Guards.