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Bollington Band

Bollington Band was founded in the 19th century and was active in the town well into the 20th century, when sadly the fortunes of the band declined and on the eve of World War Two the band ceased to exist. The present band owes its foundation to a group of enthusiasts who, in 1972, met together at 13 Shrigley Road, the home of the late Geoff Wood. Under the musical direction of Dr. John Coope the band began to take in new members. 

In 1983 Dr. Coope stepped down and Roy Sparkes became the musical director. For the next two years the band progressed under his leadership and took part in a contest for the first time. Roy was succeeded in 1985 by Brian Taylor and the progress of the band was quite spectacular, gaining promotion from the fourth to the second section. Tragically, Brian died in September 1994, but the band was fortunate to be able to appoint Bob Wyatt as Brian's successor. Under Bob's leadership, the band has gained further successes and recognition in the brass band world. Tim Power was appointed musical director in September 1998 and, under the leadership of a man of considerable musical talent and commitment to brass bands, the band was sure to make further progress. Finally, Peter Christian became the musical director in 2002, and under his guidance the band was placed second at the National finals in Dundee and were therefore promoted to the first section.