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Foss Dyke Band
The Foss Dyke Band is a nationally graded 1st Section Brass Band and is a member of the Brass Band Association.
Founded in 1986 from the North Hykeham Band it is one of the few bands to have gained promotion to the Championship Section over a period of seven years. This was mainly due to the leadership and inspiration of the then Musical Director Mr Walter Ritchie MBE.
Foss Dyke moved to its own purpose built band room in the early 1990s. This is located on the Waddington Village playing fields with its own off road parking facilities. The band has developed a strong concert and contesting programme – it usually contests 3 times a year at Butlins in January, the Regionals in March, and at a contest in the Autumn. It also has regular concerts at the Drill Hall in Lincoln, Terry O'Toole Theatre in North Hykeham as well as now having a commitment to a Charity Concert each year.
Foss Dyke is proud of its reputation in the 1st Section and has achieved a 7th and 5th place in the Regional Contest in the last two years respectively. This will place the band at the head of the Grading Tables in 2010 going into the next Regional Contest.
The origins of the band date back to 1974. In the early days there were a few adult players and a nucleus of children.
In 1983, the band were ready for contesting and re-formed to play in contests and concerts under the name of Foss Dyke Band.
Since 1983 prizes have been won in the Association contests.
1986 saw the first of the major wins: first place at Pontin's and for three consecutive years, and in the National Brass Band Midland Area qualifying contests the band achieved 4th place(1986), Champions (1987), Runners-up (1988), and in October 1988 Runners-up in the National Finals. 1989 saw the band promoted to the 3rd Section and became Area Champions in the same year.
This qualified the band to compete for the 3rd consecutive year at the National Finals, where they were placed 6th. Also the players have won individual prizes for "Best of the Day" on their particular instruments.
In 1990, the band was promoted to the Second Section and in addition were able to open its new bandroom in Waddington, now the permanent home of the band.
The band's progress has continued and they were promoted to the First Section in January 1992. In the same year they were placed 4th in the Area contest and in 1993 became Champions of that Section. In addition they gained 1st place in the Chesterfield Entertainment Contest.
In the 1994 Area contest the band won the runners-up prize and qualified for the 2nd consecutive year to compete in the Natinal Finals, where they were placed 8th.
As a result of the band's continued success they were promoted in their 21st Anniversary year (1995) to compete in the Championship Section, only the 2nd time in the history of brass bands (c. 1850) that a Lincolnshire band had qualified for the Championship Section.
Over the years, the band has become well known for its contest successes and concerts throughout the UK.
The band has also toured on a number of occations in Europe.
1996 saw the band back into the First Section due to streamlining of the Championship Section; however, still retaining their title as Lincolnshire's Premier Brass Band.
In 1997, the band were pleased to become associated with their Associate Sponsor, the Lincoln Co-operative Society.