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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.

Cobham Band

The Cobham & District Band (now known more simply as The Cobham Band) was formed in 1887 and at that time had strong connections with the Ancient Order of Foresters. It started out as a drum and fife band but from earliest records the band contained both brass and woodwind players. Lt Col C A Gordon Clark CMG DSO was the first recorded president, in 1910. Excerpts from the parish magazine of the late 19th Century show that the band took a lively part in village life and was at that time a marching band.

Social evenings are also spoken of, and the balance sheet showing the band's financial affairs differs very little in its general terms from that produced today, save for one item - 'members fines'. We are left to wonder what misdemeanor in those far stricter days merited a fine! There are financial records dating from just after the turn of the century showing monies raised from the annual carol playing sessions each Christmas - the band went around the large houses in the area playing to the local gentry and their staff.

At the beginning of both world wars the band was temporarily disbanded and reformed in peace time. In the 1950s the band came under the auspices of the St John's Ambulance Brigade, becoming an independent organization again in 1959, when it ceased being a marching band. In 1970 it became an 'All Brass' band with the death of the last surviving reed player, William Haynes (Bryan Haynes' father - see Our Players).

Since then the band has gone through many phases, with some wonderful successes and not a few frustrating failures, but through it all its members and friends have always supported it and cheered it on.