Welcome to the ‘Official’ Web site of the City of Southampton (Albion) Band.
We are a brass band based in Southampton based 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 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 Band has a very full and varied engagement list in addition to the above, including formal concerts, bandstands, charity events, Christmas carols, and regular tours abroad. In recent years the band has visited Madeira in 2011, Portugal in 2014, Germany in 2015 and are planning on touring Dubrovnik, Croatia in October this year.
In 2016 the band played a number of concerts around the south of England including concerts in Winchester, Torquay, London, Lymington and Romsey. The highlight of the year was the aforementioned re-creation of the FA Cup Final celebrations in May. The band played in front of the original open top bus that took the Saints on their tour of the city after their historic win against Man Utd. They were also featured on Radio Solent and South Today on the day before the event. In June the band played at the Shipping Festival Service at Winchester Cathedral followed by a concert in the Dean’s garden. The Dean retired this year and the band played a special arrangement of Winchester Cathedral in his honour. During the summer the band played at a number of bandstands and events around the local area. For 2017 the band are planning concerts in London, Romsey, Bishops Waltham and Southampton. In October the band will be visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia which will be a new venue for the 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.