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Earby Brass Band

Earby Brass Band founded in approximately 1840, no one knows for sure, but the band has been a constant in the town ever since.

Earby Band' first uniform in 1885. The bandsmen at that time: Will Rushton ( conductor), Squire Firth, James Wormwell, James Smith, Charles Wilkinson, Thomas Lowcock, John Cowgill, Wm Waddington, Wm Duxbury, Joseph Sephton, Wm Holmes, John Wilkinson, Fred Wright, Henry Bailey, Richard Bailey, Stephen Bailey, Wm Cowgill, James Rowley, Hartley King, Thomas Turner and Joseph Boughton.

The band now became very eager to enter into competition, and they appeared at some of the best open contests all over the country. No record has been kept, but the following list is an indication of what they attempted :- London (3 times), Belle Vue ( 3 times),Kirkcaldy (fourth place), Whitby (first prize),Malton ( second prize) Bowness (second prize) Black Dyke (first prize twice), Ovenden (first prize). They also appeared at local contests at Colne, Trawden and Barnoldswick. During the contesting period the band were able to secure the best professional tuition, and they were trained by Fred Birkinshaw, E. Swift, John Gladney, Alex Owen, W. Heap, John Paley and Peter Fairhurst.