The seeds of the Mount Charles Youth Band were sown in the early 1970s by Morley Bennetts who started a teaching class. This soon developed into a junior band. The instruments in those days were old but great things were achieved. Success soon followed, Mount Charles Youth Band soon became a face in the contest world and in 1992 under the baton of David Pope, they gained a 6th place in the National Youth Finals, held in London. Over the past 11 years the band has been on a winning streak and have achieved many honours and national titles. They are recognised nationally as being one of the top youth bands in the country.
In April 2005 under former musical director, Bryan Hurdley the band took part in the Besson National Youth Championships of Great Britain, held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. They were presented with a gold award, prize money and were crowned National Community Champions of Great Britain. Following this great achievement the band was presented with a Special Good Citizenship award by the Mayor of the local borough in recognition of their high standards and outstanding contribution to the prestige of the town.
More success followed from a regional music festival held earlier in 2005, the band were invited to take part in the Music for Youth finals, held at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Here under the baton of Jon Small, the band received an Outstanding Music Award and were deemed National Music for Youth Champions 2005.
As a result of their success in Birmingham the band were invited to perform at the Music for Youth Schools Prom in November 2005, which was held at The Royal Albert Hall in London. At the SWBBA Entertainment Festival, which was held at the Pavilions in Exmouth 2005, the band performed The Showcase, which the adjudicator, Philip Harper described as pure class from beginning to end. The band entered the stage and took the audience by storm performing their entertainment programme all from memory and oozing with showy choreography, whilst still maintaining superb quality playing, creating something quite unique.
The Mount Charles Band held the title of South West Youth Champions for eleven consecutive years 1995 - 2005. This has been maintained by recruiting youngsters from our Junior Band, where they have been taught to play a brass instrument, which the organisation encourages immensely. Hard work, commitment and the enthusiasm to rise to a challenge are the key words for the success of this very ambitious youth band. In recognition of winning the SWBBA Championship Youth Section consecutively over eleven consecutive years, the band received an achievement award which was presented to the band by the SWBBA secretary Mr Brian Elliot. The band have continued their success at the Championships by winning and presented best instrumentalist in 2014 under the baton of Jeremy Taylor.
This is a statement of intent by the Mount Charles Band that demonstrates a commitment to safeguard from harm in children/young people age 18 and under and vulnerable adults. In that
a)The welfare of the child/young person/vulnerable adult is paramount.
b)Ensure opportunities for children/young people/vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, to be able to participate in brass banding in an enjoyable and safe environment.
c)Taking all reasonable steps to protect child/young person/vulnerable adult from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings.
d)Taking action swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse.