The Sellers International Brass Band was known as one of Britainís most acclaimed and most renowned brass bands. It was founded in January of 1986 and at one point the band was led by Philip McCain. Its original name was Huddersfield Tecol Band and in November of 1987, just one year after its formation, the band's name was changed to Sellers College Brass. It was again changed to The Sellers Engineering Band and finally, the members settled on Sellers International Band, a name which lasted and was passed on to the junior band, the Sellers International Youth Band, in 1998.
Unfortunately, in 2007, the band dismembered, largely due to the loss of sponsorship. Sponsorship was lost because of a failed attempt to win the Yorkshire Area Brass Band Contest and as a result, mismanagement claims were made and internal conflict and chaos ensued. Though the senior band did dismember in 2007, the junior band, still known as the Sellers International Youth Band, continues on even today as a prestigious brass band. They carry on the name of the Sellers International Brass Band proudly, though the senior band could not overcome its misfortune. One of the band's members, however, named David Root, did release a solo CD. David Root played the Tenor Horn with the Sellers International Brass Band and his album featured his band as a tribute to his time spent with them. The Sellers International Band is still remembered today as one of Britain's greatest brass bands.
Sellers International Youth Band
The Sellers International Youth band began in May of the year 1998.
The group was formed because of a grant that was offered to the
Sellers International Band for the purchasing of instruments for the
young people. Many of the young people who joined the Sellers
International Youth Band had no experience when it came to playing
brass instruments. Their very first concert was held at Dewsbury
Town Hall in December of their founding year. After leader and
instructor David Essex and his replacement Richard Wilton had moved
on, Mark Bousie led the program, beginning in May of 2002.
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