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Alford Silver Band
There has been a band in Alford since the 1860s, when the town formed a Rifle Brigade Band, in common with many other towns and cities throughout the country. This early band later became the Excelsior Band until 1900, when it divided into two separate bands.
The outbreak of World War I and the loss of many players to the armed forces caused the suspension of the brass bands in Alford, and it was not until the 1920s that a band reformed. This was initially in the guise of the British Legion Band, but which then changed to become the Alford Town Band, the first to bear the town's proud name. Sadly, the outbreak of World War II saw the demise of this band.
The modern Alford Silver Band reformed in the 1960s and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Today, this popular band has over 60 playing members, including a large Training Section (predominantly youngsters but also with a number of adults who have decided to learn a brass instrument in their more mature years).