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We are a non-contesting band based in the market town of Ross-on-Wye. Our aim is to provide entertainment for the people in and around the town of Ross.
New players are always welcome in all sections, and if you have ever dreamt of playing a musical instrument, we have a very active training band, where everyone is welcome, and we will teach you all you need to know and even lend you an instrument!
We meet every Friday for friendly rehearsals.
The Band was formed in 1924 and thrived in the pre-war years and competed at both Crystal Palace and Alexandria Palace. After a break for WWll the band reformed in 1947, the band prospered until the late 1970’s when it once again disbanded, but only for a short time, in 1984 a public meeting was held to see if the band could be reformed, and in January the following year the new band started rehearsing with just 13 players we have gone from strength to strength since then.
The Bandstand is situated off Wye Street, in the Caroline Symonds Gardens. The Mayor of Ross in 1987, Cllr David Fishpool, a keen musician and member of the Ross Town Band, had the original idea of providing a bandstand for the town and made it his Mayor's project. However, although he was able to raise funds for the project, it never got any further until the Ross Lions took the project on some 15 years later. The Bandstand, or Outdoor Pursuits Building, as it was officially named, was finally opened in 2005 and handed over by the Ross Lions to the Town Council.
The Town Council arranges a series of free Sunday afternoon band concerts during the summer between 2.30pm and 4.30pm with a collection by a local charity.
Other events are organised by different groups during the year. The space can be used for various kinds of concerts and displays, as a starting and finishing point for organised walks, for outdoor theatre or charity exhibitions and stalls. If your group would like to hold an event there, please read the letting conditions and return a complete a booking form to the Town Clerk.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.
Caroline Symonds Gardens, 14 Wye Street,
Ross on Wye,
Limited Seating, Bring your own chair / blanket