Portsmouth Music Scene

The Portsmouth Music Scene
Military type bands


Portsmouth City Band 1970's on South Parade Pier


Portsmouth City Band and the Milton Glee Club at the Guildhall, Portsmouth.

In the early 1980’s the Portsmouth City Band and was conducted by Harry Rowe at the time and John Mason was the Secretary/Manager.

Brass and Silver Concert Bands


Southsea Silver Band


Dr Denis Wright OBE conducts Southsea Silver Band mid-late 1960's.
Fred Monk was the usual conductor. Denis Wright was a celebrity in the Brass Band world ( composer and conductor)
he came down once in a while to put the band through its paces. Fred's son Peter Monk was principal cornet.

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The Southsea Silver Prize Band at Mayfield Road School
Musical Director: Ernest Johnson (Johno) Solo Cornets: Fred Monk, Peter Monk, Harry Wrightson, John Thorne, Albert Smith, ??,
John New, ?? Tenor Horns: Ted Stoakes, ??, Bill Thorne Baritones: ??, Vic Restall Euphoniums: Les Greenhalgh, Albert Tracy
Tenor Trombones: Harold Bartlett, Ernie Watts, ?? G Bass Trombone: Bob Player EEb Basses: Ken Metherall, ?? BBb Basses: Taffy Lloyd, ??

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The Southsea Band
Back Row: Jock Claperton, ??, John Churchill, Peter Monk, John Winn, Roger Hammond, ??, Kevin O'Connell, ??, Helen Baker, John Pugh, Bob Wiffin
Middle Row: Jack Gold, ??, May Carpenter, Harry Stevens, ??, ??, Adrian Greenhalgh, Wes Garner, Bob Player, Ernie Watts
Front Row: Sam Peacock, Alf Drage, Les Greenhalgh, Fred Monk, Albert Tracy, George Flett, Arthur Tracy

1958. March 8th The Southsea Silver Band gain 3rd place Southern Counties Area Band Championships at St Pancras Town Hall, London.
1958. April 25th The Southsea Silver Band in concert at the Globe Theatre, Royal Marine Barracks, Eastney.
1958. May 25th The Southsea Silver Band play in the open air on Southsea promenade, at Children’s Corner and will every two weeks.
1958. June 7th The Southsea Silver Band conducted by Mr. R Morgan, is one of 16 competing in the Open Brass Band Festival at Brighton.
1958. August 4th The Southsea Silver Prize Band play at a Fete on the Castle Field Southsea for the next three days.

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The Solent Band 1967 -------------------- Gosport Silver Band 1968.


Gosport Silver Band, changed it's name in April 2011 to the Gosport Solent Brass.

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The Gosport Solent Brass Band in 2018


David Carter age 93 ??? - 28th May 2018 trombonist with Gosport Silver Band

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Cosham Concert Brass

Cosham Concert Brass Band
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Fred Chandler with the Cosham Concert Brass Band in the 1980s

The Highbury Area Band, Portsmouth

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Solent Youth Concert Band


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Paulsgrove Brass Band

You may be amazed to discover that there really was a Brass Band in Paulsgrove, started by the Portsmouth Music Hub and they even made a public appearance at one of the Paulsgrove Summer Festivals.
It ran through 2014 to 2016 but sadly is no more.


Blendworth Brass Band

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