The band was formed in Coventry in 1944 by the late Jack Major as the Air Training Corps Band. During the earlier years the band had a number of name changes including the Coventry Boys Band, Coventry School of Music Band and the Coventry Festival Band.


In 1982 and for the next twenty years the band was known as The Rolls-Royce (Coventry) Band. In September 2002 the band entered into its latest chapter and became known as the Jaguar (Coventry) Band and in 2011, to further align with its sponsor the band became the Jaguar Land Rover Band.


Jack Major retired in 1970 after which the band had a number of conductors including Philip Cooper and Dick Arrand. In 1988 Dave Lea became the Musical Director a partnership that continues to the present day.


2014 saw the band enter into its 70th Anniversary and to celebrate the band has launched a CD entitled 'In Celebration'. This CD recognises both the band reaching its 70th milestone and the 25 years of dedicated service from former Musical Director, Dave Lea.

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"The performance was superb and it is easy to understand why the band has enjoyed so much success in recent years. From my point of view every aspect right from our initial dialogue through the final performance was carried out in a very professional manner.


Dave Richards