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The Band was formed in 1992 by some of the woodwind and brass players from the Suffolk-based Community Light Orchestra. The band began life with nine members and the first rehearsals took place at the Ipswich home of Ted Finch. Together with his wife Maureen, he managed the running of the band for nearly 15 years.

As the band began to grow larger rehearsal venues were used including the Chapel at St Clements Hospital and the Henley Village Community Centre. The current rehearsal venue is Dumbarton Hall in North-East Ipswich.

The band rehearses weekly on Wednesday mornings. Every year they perform in both formal concerts and at summer fetes and other functions. As well as performing in various Suffolk venues the band has performed to appreciative Kent audiences at the Herne Bay and Broadstairs Bandstands.

The membership of the band has swelled over the years and currently numbers over 35 players. Since 2006 their Musical Director has been Tom Rumbold, an Ipswich-based freelance musician and music teacher.