Syston’s Busy Banding

Syston Brass Band has been part of the local community for over 100 years and can trace it’s history back to the 1920’s basket weaving industry. In recent years, the band has gone from strength to strength with a number of good contest results followed by a bit of a rollercoaster ride up and down the competition sections (for those that don’t know competitive brass bands have sections, similar to football leagues!). Currently back in the fourth section the band bounced back from the COVID lockdown with a resounding Christmas Concert performance to an appreciative audience and continued to build on the enthusiastic return to playing, preparing for the first contest performance for two years with energy and confidence.
In 2019, just a few months before COVID lockdown the band set up the Chris Moore Foundation Fund ‘Brass Kids’ Group (CMFF) a legacy of our former Principal Cornet who sadly passed away earlier that year. Chris’ wish was that young people should be able to benefit from the joy of music without financial barriers and this is what CMFF has achieved. Lessons continued over lockdown with a lot of our ‘Brass Kids’ growing up into talented young people before we knew it. Their first opportunity to play with the band was to take part in the Area competition in March and we are incredibly proud of them for their hard work and confident participation.
For more information about our CMFF Brass Group and funded lessons get in touch. (see contact details below)
Famous Competition Success
FRIDAY 10th JUNE saw the band travelling to take part in the famous WHIT FRIDAY BRASS BAND CONTESTS in Saddleworth (if you know you know – if you don’t, watch Brassed Off!) The band had been planning the trip for some time and decided to dress-up 1970’s Village People style and march along to YMCA. We all travelled up to Yorkshire early on Friday and booked into our hotel. After a delayed start due to traffic issues, we made our way to our first village of Lees. Our march to YMCA created a fabulous party atmosphere (check out the video on our facebook page) We finally made our way to our last village of Denshaw at 10.20pm exhausted and a little merry, we played our competition march Under the Double Eagle and won the first prize in the Third Section achieving Syston Band’s first every trophy at the WHIT FRIDAY COMPETITION and a very good time was had by all.
A more recent addition to Syston’s band community is Syston Swing Band, the band’s first ever performance was at Syston Social Club in June 2017 and with a year out in 2020, so far the band has only had three years to build it’s reputation of a lively, entertaining, enthusiastic group of musicians. The band has a packed diary this year of local bookings and was very excited to be asked to take part in the Great Central Railway Jubilee weekend event.
Celebrating the Jubilee
A few musicians play for both the Brass Band and the Swing Band which led to an extremely busy weekend over the Jubilee with four events between the two bands over the bank holiday and weekend.
Thursday – the Swing Band enjoyed playing to a lively audience to end the first day of events at the Great Central Railway. We were very excited to have The Queen and Churchill as part of our audience!!
Saturday – A small group of players from the Brass Band played at the Riverside Festival, Soar Point to a very enthusiastic participative audience and we felt very much appreciated.
Sunday – A small group of Brass Band players played at Thurmaston for a Jubilee lunch, again to an appreciative audience.
Sunday PM – The Swing Band relocated indoors due to the weather made the best of it by squeezing into the Queen Victoria Pub Restaurant to finish off the weekend locally in swinging style!


Syston is very lucky to have a fantastic music community. We are extremely grateful to our local community businesses for offers of help in recovering from lockdown. Huge thanks to our local clubs, Syston Conservative Club, Syston Brookside Club and Syston Social Club for their support in allowing us to use their premises free of charge for rehearsals.
We also appreciate the support from our local council as we discuss plans for longer term facilities for our vast amount of equipment and more appropriate facilities to ensure our bands stay a lively part of our community as they are now for many years to come.
Current Rehearsal Days and Times
All bands offer a warm welcome to new members and guest players at any time.
Brass Band – Monday 7.30 – 9.15 Syston Conservative Club
Swing Band – Tuesday 7.30 – 9.30 Brookside Club
CMFF Group – Wednesday 6.30 – 7.30 Social Social Club
If you want to make an enquiry about bookings, please contact us by email.
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Upcoming Events
Brass Band
Saturday 6 August 1.30pm at Grosvenor Snooker Club
Sunday 14 August 3pm at Monks Rest Gardens
Sunday 28 August 12.30pm Scarecrow Festival Desford
Satruday 3 September Syston Summer Fayre 12noon.
Sunday 4 September 3pm Melton Park Bandstand
Swing Band
Sunday 7 August 3pm at Queen Victoria Pub
Saturday 29 October 7.30pm at Rearsby Village Hall
Saturday 26 November 7.30pm at Queniborough Village Hall
Now taking bookings for 2023
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