About Us

Wingates Brass Band are an innovative musical ensemble with a contemporary outlook on brass band music.

Wingates Band is a Championship Section brass band based in Wingates, near the town of Westhoughton. Our musical director is Paul Andrews, an ex Euphonium player and founder of Wire Brass. Wingates Band was formed in 1873 by members of the local Independent Methodist church's Bible class. Reflecting this origin, the band was originally known as the Wingates Temperance Band. Early in the 20th century Wingates rose to become a member of the elite of brass bands. In 1906 it achieved the "double" by winning the British Open brass band championships and the British National championships. The following year, in 1907, the band repeated its success and retained both titles, completing the first "double double" in the British banding world. The feat was not matched for over 70 years. In total Wingates has won the 'Open' seven times and the 'National' on four occasions. The band won the French Open brass band championship in 2004 and 2006.

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