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Bradwell Silver Band

Bradwell Silver Band was founded on January 15th 1901, most of the original members living in the North Buckinghamshire villages of Bradwell and Stantonbury, later to be renamed Old Bradwell and New Bradwell respectively. These areas are now part of the ever expanding development of the new town of Milton Keynes.

Bradwell Band is a self-supporting organization whose activities are financed with the support of the local community, a Supporters Club and fees received from a wide variety of engagements.

The Band has always enjoyed strong local family connections and this is still the case with no less than three father and son, two husbands and wives and two brother and sister combinations all part of the Band's current membership. A strong emphasis is put on our Junior Band which will produce the players of the future. Instruments and tuition by senior band members are provided to learner members completely free of charge.

The Band has recently enjoyed a number of contest successes which have culminated with promotion to the Third Section with effect from January 2000, the Band's highest placing in their long history.

Bradwell Silver Band is very popular and kept busy with appearances at a wide variety of engagements, from local fetes to much larger gatherings. For instance, the Band performs in the grounds of Woburn Abbey, entertaining members of the De Havilland Tiger Moth Association who travel from all over the world for their annual flying week-end.

In 1990 we played at the occasion of a Royal Film Premiere of "Presumed Innocent" in the presence of the Duchess of York and have appeared several times on television. In December 1997 the Band were featured on the Anglian news because of its longest running tradition.

Every Christmas morning since 1901, whatever the weather, and starting at 6:00 a.m., Bradwell Silver Band has played Christmas Carols around the streets of New Bradwell. Tradition has it that children are not supposed to open their presents until they have heard the band play in their street!