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Denton Brass

Denton's very first band was formed in 1818 and began playing in public for various celebrations. The townspeople, and especially the hatter Joseph Howard, had subscribed generously to the appeal for funds. They were able to buy a set of instruments, music paper and instruction books for a grand total of 210.The big drum was duly painted with the title 'Haughton & Denton Band'. Haughton, however,was at that time, a separate town and the Dentonians,who outnumbered the Haughtonians, objected to this and so the name was eventually changed to 'Denton & Haughton Band'. It was very popular and played for many years. Up until 1869, it led the Saint Lawrence's Sunday School Scholars'Walk at Whitsuntide. But since 1859 it had a rival.This was the Baxendale's Band, named after their small factory at the top of Taylor Lane.

Thomas Baxendale formed a brass band at his works, which was known for a time as Baxendale's Band, but afterwards became the Denton Original Band.

The Denton Original Band began its existence in 1859, its promoters recieving the generous support of some of the hat manufacturers and local gentry. The first headquarters were at Baxendale's, at the top of Taylor Lane, but after a short time they were removed to a room behind the Bowling Green Inn.

The band has a wonderful record, the crowning triumph coming in London in 1900 when the Denton Band won the thousand guinea cup which was open to Great Britain and the Colonies. There were great rejoicings in Denton when the result of the Crystal Palace contest became known. The magnificent cup was kept at Denton Town Hall and security of 1,000 pounds had to be given for its custody.

After this the band ranked with the highest class bands in the country and was in great demand in all parts. During the twentieth century the band maintained its reputation as one of the leading bands of the Manchester district. Unfortunately, following a fire at band room in 1993 the band folded. However, Denton Original band had a second band "Denton "B" Band". Just prior to this time the "B" band split with the main band and became Crown Point Brass which thanks to the efforts of Mr Roy Prescott and Mr Jack Hansford (conductor) struggled along for another six years keeping the tradition of banding alive in Denton.

In 1999 The committee decided to re-form the band under the name Denton Brass which is the current band. Due to the hard work and dedication of the Players, Musical Directors, Committee and the Band's late Chairman, Mr Peter Gee, over the last eleven years Denton Brass has grown from just a handful of players to the band it is today.

The following is all the information we have at present regarding conductors of the band

1900 A. Owen Champion 1000 guineas cup
1901 A. Owen Champion
1902 J. Locker Champion
1903 J. Locker Champion


Known conductors since 1950's

Ernest Clifton
Jack Ralf
George Kemp
Danny Williams
Alex Ashcroft
Jim Hunter
Ted Harrison............................. 1979 4th Section
John Golland.............................1978 - 1981 4th section
Peter Cookson..........................1982 - 1983 4th section
Frank Cork
R. Jackson............................... - 1989 6th place 3rd section 1989
I.K. Tinsley .............................1990 -1992 2nd place 4th section Area contest 1991. 5th 1990. During 1990 1991, 4 first prizes a second and a third in local contests
Jack Hansford..........................1993 - 1997
Jim Hunter...............................1997 - 1998
Kevin Ackford ........................1998 - 2004
Clive Fox................................2005 - 2006 15th place area contest Pontins 2005 17th 06 16th
Jonathan P. Davies..................2007 - 2008 Fleetwood 2nd Pontins 2007 6th
Graham Smith..........................2009 - 2009 Areas 2009 16th, Tameside 2009 11th, Buxton 4th
Colin Myers..............................2009 - Present Areas 2010 22nd