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Creetown Silver Band

  • 1880 - Mr. John Barr and Mr. Rob Elliot raised 20 and purchased 20 brass instruments. There were 20 bandsmen who, at the start, knew nothing about brass band music.
  • 1881 - After about two years of practice the band made its first public performance under John Barr. Each member paid four pence per week.
  • 1887 - Trade declined and many members left the district, some emigrating to the USA.
  • 1890 - A revival. The band entered its first contest at the Floral Fete at Newton Stewart.
  • 1900 - Mr. John Barr retired as Bandmaster. Mr. Felix Slevin took over.
  • 1901 - Second place at a contest in Castle Douglas. First place in a contest at the Dalbeattie Show. Awarded Championship of Galloway
  • 1905 - Won Ernespie at Castle Douglas. Willie Barr best Solo Cornet and Alex Young best Euphonium. "Prize" inserted in the name of the band. Felix Slevin leaves to conduct the Darvel Band. Mr. Robert Hughes appointed bandmaster.
  • 1906 - First prize again at Castle Douglas. Willie Barr best Solo Cornet and Robert Hughes best euphonium.
  • 1909 - Granite trade declines and several members including Mr. Hughes emigrate to America. Mr. James Harvey agrees to become Bandmaster.
  • 1912 - New uniform purchased. Band is placed first in the March and second in the waltz at a contest at Newton Stewart.
  • 1914 - Bazaar arranged to raise money for new instruments. Cancelled due to war. A loan was given to buy 18 instruments.
  • 1916 - Band forced to stop playing. Instruments stored.
  • 1919 - Band restarted.
  • 1920 - Bazaar held and 271 raised.
  • 1922 - Mr. Harvey resigns and Mr. Louis Barr takes over.
  • 1923 - Mr. Robert Hughes returns and takes over as conductor.
  • 1923 - Retiral of Rob Elliot
  • 1924 - A new uniform is purchased.
  • 1925 - Second to Dumfries in a contest at Newton Stewart. New instruments purchased.
  • 1935 - 135 raised at sale.
  • 1939 - Most bandsmen at the war. Activities cease till 1942.
  • 1942 - Veterans and retired members restart to lead a Church parade.
  • 1949 - Contest at Dumfries. Contest at Brampton. In prize list, W McKie won prize for best solo horn.
  • 1950 - Won march and third in selection at Dumfries.
  • 1951 - Second place at a contest at Dumfries. Placed fourth out of sixteen bands at a contest at Edinburgh.
  • 1952 - Mr. R Hughes retires due to ill health. Two other stalwarts also retire, J Campbell and J Kirk.
  • 1953 - James Harvey takes over as conductor.
  • 1959 - Peter McCleary becomes the new conductor.
  • 1962 - Alex McDowall appointed conductor.
  • 1979 - Peter McCleary again as conductor.
  • 1980 - Peter McCleary steps down due to ill health. Alex McDowall takes over.
  • 1983 - Stuart McNab appointed as musical director.
  • 1985 - 4th section contest at Motherwell. 16th place
  • 1986 - 4th section contest at Falkirk. 12th place.
  • 1987 - 4th section contest at Motherwell. 9th place.
  • 1987 - Whitburn invitation contest.
  • 1988 - 4th section contest at Falkirk. 14th place
  • 1989 - 4th section contest at Motherwell. 15th place.
  • 1990 - 4th section at Falkirk. 2nd place.
  • 1990 - British finals at Westminster Halls, London. 25th place.
  • 1991 - 3rd section contest at Motherwell.
  • 1994 - 4th section at Falkirk. 3rd place.
  • 1994 - Hardraw Scar contest .2nd prize in 4th section.
  • 1995 - 4th section at Motherwell. 9th place.
  • 1995 - Acquired new hall using grant from the Foundation for Sports and Arts.
  • 1996 - 4th section contest at Falkirk. 6th place.
  • 1997 - Opening of new hall. 27th April by Mr. John Gracie, a past member of the band and now Principal Trumpet with the RSNO.