Welcome to the website of West Bristol Concert Band

WBCB are a community wind band based in Southmead (BS10) where the emphasis is on achieving high standards of performance through enjoyment.  The band is always interested in recruiting new players and all enquiries are most welcome. We have taken part in many diverse musical events over the years, ranging from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and the Rugby Union World Cup (we didn’t win!), to concerts at St George's Brandon Hill and the Colston Hall. 




Many thanks to all those who supported our concerts at St Marys, Shirehampton (with West Bristol Big Band) and Trinity-Henleaze URC (with UMM Symphonic Winds and Horfield Primary School), as ever your support is always greatly appreciated.



Upcoming Event

Summer Concert
Monday 8th July 2019  - 7.30pm
St Mary's Church Shirehampton

I do hope you are able to join us.




January: 7th; 14th; 21st;
February: 4th; 11th; 25th;
March: 4th; 11th; 18th; 25th;
April: 1st; 29th;
May: 13th; 20th;
June: 3rd; 10th; 17th; 24th;
July: 1st;


The band was formed in September 1976, originally as an evening class organised by West Bristol Community Education, and based at the Public Hall in Shirehampton. The rationale behind starting the group was to provide a musical outlet for that part of Bristol and in particular students and ex-students from  the local Portway Secondary School, which under the outstanding leadership of its’ Head of Music, John Berry, was responsible for inspiring large numbers of pupils to get involved in instrumental music (I played in the Portway School Band).

After ten years the band had to leave the Public Hall due to major maintenance work, and so began a slightly nomadic existence for the next twenty plus years involving Lawrence Weston , Portway Lower and Upper, the new Brightstowe and Little Mead Primary Schools as the rehearsal base. Since 2010, the band has established a new home at the Bristol Centre for Music and the Arts, on the Fonthill campus in Southmead. The move to Southmead does not mean the links to our spiritual home have been lost as the band still performs in Shirehampton at least three times a year, on Remembrance Sunday and our January Winter Concert at St Mary’s, as well as the now famous (or is it infamous?) Carols on the Green on Christmas Eve.

Philip Sims has been the Conductor and Organiser throughout and must surely be due for parole soon!



Many thanks for visiting the West Bristol Concert Band website.

If you would like to contact our Musical Director Philip Sims, please use the contact form below or alternatively contact him on 07971 926282.

Many thanks


Audio Gallery

1. Gordon Jacob: Prelude to Revelry

2. Guy Woolfenden: Illyrian Dances (Rondeau, Aubade, Gigue)

3. Percy Grainger: A Lincolnshire Posy (Harkstow Grange & The Brisk Young Sailor)

4. Brahms arr. Geoffrey Brand: Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Theme and Variation VI - St Anthony Chorale)

5. Bryan Kelly: Oxford Scherzo

6. Fauré arr. Percy Grainger: Tuscan Serenade

7. Percy Grainger: Shepherds Hey!