About Us

Welcome to the ‘Official’ Web site of the City of Southampton (Albion) Band. This year we are celebrating our 100th anniversary.




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 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, Croatia in 2017 and are returning to Portugal to celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2020.

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.

To celebrate our 100th anniversary this year we are planning some exciting events for 2020 including an anniversary concert at the Turner Sims Concert Hall on 19th September. Tickets are now on sale from the Turner Sims box office. Also during 2020 we are hosting a joint concert with the Nidaros band from Trondheim, Norway and will be performing at bandstands and events throughout the region. Look at the engagements page for details.

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.