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Our History

The history of The Wigston Brass Band can be traced back to the late nineteenth century, when it was originally founded as ‘The Wesleyan Mission Band’. In 1902, the band changed its name to ‘The Wigston Temperance Band’ under the baton of a local musical shop owner, Charlie Moore. Charlie continued to conduct the band throughout a significant period of the band’s development, which included many appearances at some of the country’s most prestigious venues including The Crystal Palace and Belle Vue Halls in Manchester.  In the 1950s Charlie passed the baton to his son Ted, who continued the family tradition by taking the band to many contests including the National Finals on several occasions.  You can see some of the early success the band enjoyed in the results table below.

Date Contest Position Conductor
7th May 2016Wood Farm Brewery Contest (First & Second Section)3Garry Sleath
12th Mar 2016Midlands Area (First Section)6Garry Sleath
22nd Nov 2015Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (First Section)8Garry Sleath
4th Oct 2015Bolsover Entertainment Contest (First Section)WUnknown
16th May 2015Wood Farm Brewery Contest (First & Second Section)3Garry Sleath
7th Mar 2015Midlands Area (First Section)13Garry Sleath
22nd Feb 2015North East Midlands Contest (First Section)4Garry Sleath
23rd Nov 2014Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (First Section)WGarry Sleath
5th Oct 2014Bolsover Entertainment Contest (First Section)9Garry Sleath
8th Mar 2014Midlands Area (First Section)7Garry Sleath
23rd Feb 2014North East Midlands Contest (First Section)6Garry Sleath
24th Nov 2013Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (Second Section)3Garry Sleath
21st Sep 2013National Championship of Great Britain (Second Section Final)15Garry Sleath
28th Apr 2013Buxton Festival (Second Section)4Garry Sleath
10th Mar 2013Midlands Area (Second Section)2Garry Sleath
25th Nov 2012Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (Second Section) 2Garry Sleath
29th Apr 2012Buxton Festival (Second Section)4Garry Sleath
11th Mar 2012Midlands Area (Second Section)4Garry Sleath
27th Nov 2011Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (First Section) 11Garry Sleath
20th Nov 2011West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (1st section)3Garry Sleath
12th Mar 2011Midlands Area (First Section)11Garry Sleath
28th Nov 2010Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (First Section)13Garry Sleath
21st Nov 2010West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (1st Section)4Garry Sleath
3rd Oct 2010Bolsover Entertainment Contest (1st section)WUnknown
18th Sep 2010Wychavon Contest (1st Section)9Garry Sleath
13th Mar 2010Midlands Area (First Section)17Garry Sleath
23rd Jan 2010Butlins Mineworkers (First Section)21Garry Sleath
29th Nov 2009Leicester Contest (First Section)8Garry Sleath
22nd Nov 2009West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (1st section)3Garry Sleath
4th Oct 2009Bolsover Entertainment Contest (1st/2nd Section)5Garry Sleath
20th Sep 2009Wychavon Contest (1st Section)7Garry Sleath
17th May 2009Weston-super-Mare (Championship & First Section)8Garry Sleath
14th Mar 2009Midlands Area (First Section)9Garry Sleath
22nd Feb 2009North East Midlands Contest (First Section)Unknown
23rd Nov 2008West Midlands BBA Contest (First Section)4Garry Sleath
16th Nov 2008Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (First Section)12Garry Sleath
8th Mar 2008Midlands Area (First Section)6Garry Sleath
25th Nov 2007West Midlands BBA Contest (First Section)6Garry Sleath
7th Oct 2007NEMBBA Bolsover3Garry Sleath
10th Mar 2007Midlands Area (First Section)10Garry Sleath
26th Nov 2006West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (2nd section)Garry Sleath
19th Nov 2006Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (Second Section) 1Garry Sleath
8th Oct 2006Bolsover Entertainment Contest2Garry Sleath
12th Mar 2006Midlands Area (Second Section)4Garry Sleath
21st Jan 2006Butlins Mineworkers (Second Section)12Garry Sleath
27th Nov 2005West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Second Section)WUnknown
24th Sep 2005National Championship of Great Britain (Second Section Final)13Garry Sleath
12th Mar 2005Midlands Area (Second Section)2Garry Sleath
22nd Jan 2005Butlins Mineworkers (Second Section)12Garry Sleath
21st Nov 2004Leicester Contest (First Section)2Garry Sleath
6th Mar 2004Midlands Area (First Section)15Garry Sleath
30th Nov 2003West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (1st section)Garry Sleath
23rd Nov 2003Leicester Contest (First Section)Garry Sleath
1st Mar 2003Midlands Area (First Section)15Garry Sleath
1st Dec 2002West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Second Section)1Garry Sleath
24th Nov 2002Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (Second Section)3Garry Sleath
2nd Mar 2002Midlands Area (Second Section)5Garry Sleath
2nd Dec 2001West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Second Section)2Garry Sleath
18th Nov 2001Wilkinson Northern Open (Section B)4Garry Sleath
11th Aug 2001Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (2nd/3rd Section)10Garry Sleath
3rd Mar 2001Midlands Area (Second Section)4Garry Sleath
3rd Dec 2000West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Second Section)1Garry Sleath
19th Nov 2000Wilkinson Northern Open (Section B)WGarry Sleath
24th Sep 2000Wychavon Contest (2nd Section)9Garry Sleath
4th Mar 2000Midlands Area (Second Section)9Garry Sleath
26th Sep 1999Wychavon Contest (Second Section)8Garry Sleath
6th Mar 1999Midlands Area (Second Section)16Garry Sleath
14th Feb 1999Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (2nd and 3rd Section)4Garry Sleath
6th Dec 1998West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Second Section)8Garry Sleath
1st Nov 1998London & Home Counties BBA Harrow Contest (Second Section)2Garry Sleath
7th Mar 1998Midlands Area (Second Section)16Garry Sleath
16th Nov 1997Pilkington Northern Open (Section B)12Rob Hunt
1st Mar 1997Midlands Area (Second Section)13Rob Hunt
1st Dec 1996West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (2nd section)5Rob Hunt
27th Oct 1996Pontins (Second Section)17Rob Hunt
2nd Mar 1996Midlands Area (Second Section)5Rob Hunt
12th Mar 1995Midlands Area (First Section)20Elaine Knight
4th Dec 1994West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (1st section)WElaine Knight
18th Sep 1994Wychavon Contest (First Section)9Elaine Knight
5th Mar 1994Midlands Area (First Section)4Elaine Knight
7th Mar 1993Midlands (North) Area (First Section)Robert Boulter
21st Jun 1992Rhyl Festival of Brass (Championship/First Section)Robert Boulter
8th Mar 1992Midlands (North) Area (First Section)Robert Boulter
24th Nov 1991City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)Robert Boulter
3rd Nov 1991Watford (Third Section)1Unknown
26th Oct 1991Pontins (Third Section)8Robert Boulter
14th Apr 1991Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)Robert Boulter
30th Mar 1991Pontins Brean Sands (Third Section)1Robert Boulter
9th Mar 1991Midlands (North) Area (Third Section)Robert Boulter
25th Nov 1990City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)Robert Boulter
4th Nov 1990LHCBBA Watford Contest (Third Section)1Robert Boulter
27th Oct 1990Pontins (Third Section)9Robert Boulter
20th May 1990Northants & District (Section B)1Robert Boulter
20th May 1990Northants & District (Entertainment)Robert Boulter
13th May 1990Weston-super-Mare (Third Section)3Robert Boulter
14th Apr 1990Pontins Brean Sands (Third Section)4Robert Boulter
10th Mar 1990Midlands (North) Area (Third Section)Robert Boulter
26th Nov 1989City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)G. Boyce
29th Oct 1989Harborough Band Contest (Section A)3G. Boyce
7th May 1989Northants & District (Section B)1G. Boyce
25th Mar 1989Pontins Hemsby (Third Section)G. Boyce
11th Mar 1989Midlands (North) Area (Third Section)G. Boyce
12th Feb 1989Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)G. Boyce
27th Nov 1988City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)G. Boyce
20th Nov 1988West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Third Section)4G. Boyce
30th Oct 1988Harborough Band Contest (Section A)3G. Boyce
11th Sep 1988Championship of Leicestershire Brass Band Festival - Section Three1G. Boyce
2nd Apr 1988Pontins Hemsby (Third Section)6G. Boyce
5th Mar 1988Midlands (North) Area (Third Section)G. Boyce
14th Feb 1988Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)G. Boyce
29th Nov 1987City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)3G. Boyce
15th Nov 1987West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Third Section)2G. Boyce
15th Nov 1987West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Open section)G. Boyce
11th Oct 1987Harborough Band Contest (Section B)G. Boyce
11th Oct 1987Harborough Band Contest (Section A)G. Boyce
20th Sep 1987Championship of Leicestershire Brass Band Festival - Section Three1G. Boyce
10th May 1987Northants & District (Section B)2G. Boyce
10th May 1987Northants & District (Entertainment)G. Boyce
18th Apr 1987Pontins Hemsby (Third Section)6G. Boyce
21st Mar 1987Midlands (North) Area (Third Section)G. Boyce
8th Feb 1987Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)G. Boyce
30th Nov 1986City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)1G. Boyce
16th Nov 1986West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Third Section)G. Boyce
12th Oct 1986Harborough Band Contest Section BG. Boyce
12th Oct 1986Harborough Band Contest Section AG. Boyce
27th Sep 1986Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (3rd Section)3G. Boyce
27th Sep 1986Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (Open Section)10G. Boyce
7th Jun 1986Skegness Entertainment ContestUnknown
4th May 1986Buxton Festival (Section B)WG. Boyce
29th Mar 1986Pontins Hemsby (Third Section)G. Boyce
8th Mar 1986Midlands (North) Area (Third Section)G. Boyce
9th Feb 1986Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)1G. Boyce
1st Feb 1986CISWO Nottinghamshire (Third Section)G. Boyce
24th Nov 1985City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)G. Boyce
26th Oct 1985Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (3rd Section)4G. Boyce
26th Oct 1985Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (Open Section)6G. Boyce
13th Oct 1985Harborough Band Contest Section AG. Boyce
13th Oct 1985Harborough Band Contest Section BG. Boyce
22nd Sep 1985West Midlands Police Brass Band Entertainment ContestWG. Boyce
20th Apr 1985Midlands (North) Area (Third Section)G. Boyce
6th Apr 1985Pontins Hemsby (Third Section)G. Boyce
10th Feb 1985Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)4G. Boyce
2nd Dec 1984Best of Brass Entertainment ContestG. Boyce
25th Nov 1984City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)Peter Pollard
14th Oct 1984Harborough Band Annual ContestPeter Pollard
14th Oct 1984Harborough Band Annual Contest, Section "A"WPeter Pollard
17th Mar 1984Midlands Area (Third Section)22Peter Pollard
19th Mar 1983Midlands Area (Second Section)20Robert Gallacher
12th Feb 1983Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Second Section)WPeter Pollard
28th Nov 1982City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (2nd Section)Peter Pollard
25th Sep 1982Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (2nd Section)5Peter Pollard
25th Sep 1982Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (Open Section)7Peter Pollard
23rd May 1982Joshua Tetley Leeds Open (Second Section)Robert Gallacher
8th May 1982Midlands Area (Second Section)Robert Gallacher
6th Feb 1982CISWO Nottinghamshire (Second Section)3Unknown
29th Nov 1981City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)Robert Gallacher
15th Nov 1981West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (3rd section)1Robert Gallacher
26th Sep 1981Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (3rd Section)WRobert Gallacher
26th Sep 1981Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (Open Section)WRobert Gallacher
2nd May 1981Midlands Area (Third Section)Robert Gallacher
8th Feb 1981Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)3Robert Gallacher
30th Nov 1980City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)Robert Gallacher
16th Nov 1980West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Open section)3Robert Gallacher
26th Apr 1980Midlands Area (Third Section)Robert Gallacher
10th Feb 1980Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)2Robert Gallacher
10th Feb 1980Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Second Section)3Robert Gallacher
25th Nov 1979City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (3rd Section)2Robert Gallacher
29th Sep 1979Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (3rd Section)2Robert Gallacher
29th Sep 1979Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (Open Section)5Robert Gallacher
5th May 1979Midlands Area (Third Section)Robert Gallacher
19th Nov 1978West Midlands Brass Band Association Contest (Third Section)1Robert Gallacher
30th Sep 1978Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (3rd Section)2Robert Gallacher
30th Sep 1978Leamington Spa (Warwick District Council) Contest (Open Section)8Robert Gallacher
22nd Apr 1978Midlands Area (Third Section)Robert Gallacher
12th Feb 1978Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival (Third Section)3Garry Sleath
30th Apr 1977Midlands Area (Second Section)D. Hughes
28th Nov 1976City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (2nd Section)3D. Hughes
24th Apr 1976Midlands Area (Second Section)D. Hughes
30th Nov 1975City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (2nd Section)D. Hughes
19th Apr 1975Midlands Area (Second Section)D. Hughes
24th Nov 1974City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (2nd Section)Unknown
27th Apr 1974Midlands Area (Second Section)D. Hughes
28th Apr 1973Midlands Area (Second Section)D. Hughes
26th Nov 1972City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (2nd Section)C. Hutt
10th Sep 1972Leamington Spa Contest (Open Section)Edward Moore
6th May 1972Spring Festival (Junior Shield)Edward Moore
1st May 1971Midlands Area (Second Section)Albert Chappell
27th Feb 1971City of Nottingham - Second SectionEdward Moore
28th Nov 1970City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (2nd Section)2Albert Chappell
10th Oct 1970National Championship of Great Britain (Second Section Final)Albert Chappell
23rd May 1970Midlands Area (Second Section)2Albert Chappell
21st Feb 1970Nottingham Championship (Second Section)Edward Moore
29th Nov 1969City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (2nd Section)1Edward Moore
3rd May 1969Midlands Area (Second Section)Albert Chappell
22nd Mar 1969Derby & District Festival (Second Section)Edward Moore
4th May 1968Midlands Area (Second Section)Edward Moore
20th May 1967Leicestershire BBA Entertainment Contest (Section 1)3Edward Moore
3rd Dec 1966Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (First Section) Edward Moore
15th Oct 1966National Championship of Great Britain (Second Section Final)Edward Moore
23rd Apr 1966Midlands Area (Second Section)3Albert Chappell
30th Oct 1965City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (1st Section)2Albert Chappell
12th Jun 1965CISWO Nottinghamshire (Championship Section)Edward Moore
29th May 1965Leicestershire BBA Entertainment Contest (Section 1)2Edward Moore
24th Apr 1965Midlands Area (Second Section)Edward Moore
25th Apr 1964Midlands Area (Second Section)Edward Moore
28th Apr 1962Midlands Area (Second Section)Edward Moore
2nd Apr 1960City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)2Edward Moore
19th Apr 1954Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)5Edward Moore
14th Apr 1952City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)4Charles Moore
8th Mar 1952Midlands Area (Championship Section)Unknown
8th Dec 1951Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (First Section)1Charles Moore
26th Mar 1951Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)Charles Moore
9th Dec 1950Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (First Section)1Charles Moore
10th Apr 1950Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)Charles Moore
12th Feb 1949Midlands Area (Championship Section)Unknown
1st Feb 1947Leicestershire BBA (Leicester) Contest (Open Section) 1Charles Moore
2nd Nov 1946City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)4Charles Moore
20th Apr 1946Midlands Area (Championship Section)3Charles Moore
5th Mar 1938City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)Unknown
7th Mar 1936City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)4Charles Moore
25th May 1935Melton Mowbray Contest (Section 1)3Unknown
29th Sep 1934Crystal Palace (Grand Shield)Charles Moore
3rd Mar 1934City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)Unknown
30th Sep 1933Crystal Palace (Grand Shield)Charles Moore
26th Aug 1933Shardlow Contest4Unknown
1st Oct 1932National Championship of Great Britain (Crystal Palace)Charles Moore
26th Sep 1931National Championship of Great Britain (Crystal Palace)Charles Moore
4th Apr 1931Birmingham ContestUnknown
7th Mar 1931City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (Championship Section)Charles Moore
27th Sep 1930National Championship of Great Britain (Crystal Palace)Charles Moore
1st Mar 1930City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (1st Section)4Charles Moore
28th Sep 1929Crystal Palace (Grand Shield)2Charles Moore
17th Aug 1929Oxford Annual Contest (Section 1)3Charles Moore
2nd Mar 1929Leicester Brass Band Festival (1st Section)3Charles Moore
29th Sep 1928Crystal Palace (Grand Shield)Charles Moore
3rd Mar 1928City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (1st Section)Unknown
24th Sep 1927Crystal Palace (Grand Shield)4Charles Moore
25th Sep 1926Crystal Palace (Grand Shield)Charles Moore
26th Sep 1925Crystal Palace (Junior Cup - A)2Charles Moore
18th Jul 1925Oxfordshire & District Contest (Section 1 - Open)Unknown
27th Sep 1924Crystal Palace (Junior Cup - B)2Charles Moore
8th Mar 1924City of Leicester Brass Band Festival (Second Section)5Unknown
29th Sep 1923Crystal Palace (Junior Shield - A)2Charles Moore
23rd Sep 1922Crystal Palace (Junior Shield - B)3Charles Moore
16th Aug 1913Lutterworth ContestWUnknown
21st Dec 1912Camberwell Contest1Charles Moore
28th Sep 1912Crystal Palace (Consolation Cup)Charles Moore
25th May 1912Lincoln ContestCharles Moore
18th Nov 1911Camberwell Contest4Charles Moore
30th Sep 1911Crystal Palace (Preliminary Cup)Charles Moore
1st Oct 1910Crystal Palace (Preliminary Cup)Charles Moore
5th Nov 1887Market Harborough Contest2Mr Gilbert

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