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Croft Silver Band
Croft Silver Band was formed in 1913 when it was then known as the Croft Brass and Reed Band. Due to the outbreak of World War One the band was forced to close in 1914.
Eventually in 1918 after the hostilities had ceased, some of the former members decided that they would restart the Band under a new name, this time to be called Croft Brass Band, conducted by Billy Hutchinson. In July 1925 Charles Moore took over the conductors post and for the next several years the Band progressed very well under his leadership.
Charles Moore was also involved with another local brass band and other Choirs and Orchestras; he was also one of the prime movers in the formation of the Leicestershire Junior Band association. In 1931 the decision was taken by the Band to replace Charles Moore with George Heath A.T.C.L. The band carried on making good progress until the outbreak of the Second World War, when yet again the band was forced to close down.
In 1946 and after the war had finished the band restarted with some old and new players. Over the next few years the band built up its membership playing at Engagements and giving Concerts. Their funds were building up and eventually a new set of instruments was purchased.
One of Crofts most successful periods was when Graham Sutton took over as Musical Director throughout the 90's. He managed to take the band from the 4th section up to the 2nd section. The band collected prizes along the way and qualified to play at the National Finals twice. Graham left the band as he felt he had taken us as far as he could.
In 2003 the then Musical Director decided to leave the band and the band then went down to only 8 players. After some hard work by a few, Croft managed to get attract more players and also persuaded Steve Burton to come in as Musical Director. Over the next few years the band managed to regroup, gain more members and even start a Junior Band.
In 2007 Steve had to leave due to work commitments and Ian Needham took over the reigns and is still there today.
Ian Needham (Neddy) took the band to the National Finals in 2008 after coming second in the Area Contest. After a run of good results Croft will enter the 3rd section in 2011