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This page is part of an archive of historical details from existing or defunct brass band websites. This is being maintained to provide a record of this information in the event of a band folding, its website disappearing or other loss of the historical record. Where possible, and appropriate, the information cached will be updated from time to time - and any corrections or updates are welcome.

Chorley Silver Band

In 1996 two Salford University students, Dave Chadwick and Stuart Pullin, started Chorley Silver 'Youth' Band with instruments and backing from Chorley Silver Band.

The Youth Band grew from twelve players in its inception to a strength of more than 80 players in four different ensembles. It's two 'top' ensembles regularly performed at money raising events and concerts. The Youth Band quickly became both strong in membership and financially viable.

In contrast, by the year 2000, Chorley Silver Band was in difficulty with falling membership and flagging finances. It's remaining members, anxious that Chorley Silver Band continued to promote Brass Band Music in the town, agreed to the Youth Section becoming Chorley Silver Band.

The Band regularly entered competitions such as the 'Brass at the Guild', the North West Championships and the Whit Friday Marches, gaining prizes at all of them. More recently they entered the National Youth Championships at the Royal Northern College of Music and gained a creditable bronze award. All this with an average age of just 12 years!

In 2003, Chorley Silver Band became a registered charity, allowing it to apply for grants and funding. However, the Band had to remain financially viable in its own right in order to maintain its charitable status. As a result, during the year the Band takes bookings to play at different venues, keeping vital revenue coming in. Summer and Christmas are an especially busy time when they are marching and carolling at venues across the North West.