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Burbage Band (Buxton)

Established by local quarry owner Robert Broome and fellow industrialists in 1861, Burbage Band is one of the oldest brass bands in the world, and proudly maintains its original aims and objectives. Formed as a village band, with the patronage of the Church and Duke of Devonshire, to teach music without charge, provide a healthy and constructive pastime, develop community spirit and entertain, the band has an unbroken history, teaching many hundreds to play.

The Burbage community spirit actually became so strong that during World War One, rather than disband, all the members signed up and marched together to the Somme as a band. Once back from the war the band raised both standard and ambition. Indeed in the late 1920s the band became so successful that they were able to engage the famous cornet player Harry Mortimer as a professional conductor. Under his baton the band entered several contests in which they were successful and, under different conductors, the band has been contesting ever since. After the Second World War the number of local bands halved with the demise of Buxton Band and Harpur Hill Band, but Burbage continued to new strengths.

In recent years, under the leadership of present conductor and Musical Director Steven Critchlow, the band has been recognised as the highest placed High Peak band in their contest section.

The band is indebted to the renowned Roy Newsome for his advice and services as professional conductor, and to the world famous Foden Courtois band for their assistance with rehearsals.

Today the band continues to promote and represent Burbage and Buxton both locally and abroad and has active members from every generation. The band is one of the most successful, busiest and friendliest bands in the area and is renowned for having trained most of its own players as well as many now playing with more famous bands. Lessons, instrument loan and insurance are provided free of charge to anyone with the commitment to learn. This provision is popular with all ages, but particularly where pupils also use the instruments at school.