Besses o' th' Barn Band is one of the oldest and most famous brass bands in the world.

We have been around since 1818 and have been wowing audiences all over the UK ever since - and a hundred years ago, the band undertook two world tours! A remarkable achievement.

We currently rehearse twice weekly at our band room on Moss Lane in Whitefield.

Please explore our site to find out more about our history, what Besses can do for you, what you can do for Besses, our upcoming concerts and events, image galleries etc.

Thanks for your continued support.

Besses o' th' Barn Band needs to thanks lots of people for their continuing support and help they have offered over the years.

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We really appreciate all the general support that the band currently gets from audiences, players, families, other bands and the community in general but we are always keen to foster individual support.

This happens currently through two main ways:

  • Friends of Besses - where people can sign up, paying a yearly subscription, to receive quarterly newsletters about the band, reduced concert entry fees and other benefits.
  • Sponsorship - costs that the band incurs in its day to day running need to be paid for, and kind sponsors help out with this.

To find out more about either of these two ways of support Besses o' th' Barn Band, please check out the links on the left.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, we are always pleased to hear them - click Contact Us on the left to get in touch.

What does your support mean?

Put simply, without your support, Besses o' th' Barn Band could not survive. With support, both financial and social, we hope the band can once again rise to heights of success it used to know, providing high quality music and entertainment for our local community and on a national level. We may even be able to begin thinking about a return to the international stage, as Besses did a century ago. (To find out more about, this click on "About Besses".)

Your support really is vital. "Support" can be anything from simply dropping us an e-mail to tell us you've seen the website and telling us about a typo (they are there, somewhere, we're sure!), joining us at one of our concerts in the audience, offering to help us with transporting the gear to and from a concert, right up to sponsoring our transport costs for the year or even sponsoring the entire band's operations.

Thank you for your support - long may it continue.

The 1937 Band - Winners of the Belle Vue Championship Contest, September 6th 1937

Like all bands we have players that come and go for various reasons. We thought it would be good to have a pictorial database of past players, conductors and concerts to remind people of our glorious history as we enter our 3rd Century of existence in 2018.

Some of the photographs on these pages are from our extensive records that go back a long way but some will be of players who have been with us in recent years. In addition there is a page which allows us to show some of the memorabilia we have in our records which date back to the 1800's.

We hope you enjoy exploring!

Easy Fundraising

Help us raise funds for the renovation of the band room through Easy Fundraising.

Besses and You

Want to see Besses peform? Check out our Live page.

Would you like Besses to perform at your venue or event? Contact us to get the ball rolling.

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