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Hook Norton Brass Band
The band has been in existence since 1886 when a group of migrant workers constructing the Great Western Railway joined together with local villagers to form a band.
The first bandmaster, and founder member, was a Mr. John Harris who was also a director at the Hook Norton Brewery and it was there that the first rehearsals were held. The band flourished during the first part of the 20th century but after the second world war local banding fell into steady decline. Most village bands gradually disappeared, but in the early 1980's the band survived by moving to Banbury and changing its name to the Hook Norton and District Silver Band.
The band reached its peak in the late 1980's under the direction of Ron Glynn, gaining 1st prize in the Oxfordshire Brass Band Contest and making trips to Germany, France and Gibraltar. It was soon after these visits, following a change in leadership that the band started to decline and went through a long difficult period. However, through changes of Musical Director, culminating in the return of Ron Glynn to the position, a new management team and help from many members of the local community, the band has rebuilt it's membership and developed a promising Training Band.
The band is now established in Banbury drawing its membership from the town and surrounding villages, but retains strong ties with the village and recently changed its name back to The Hook Norton Brass Band. As well as supporting many local charities, the band has promoted Brass Band music, provided instruments and helped train people to play. As recognition of this work the band was granted Charitable status in 1999.
Since the band's inception all those years ago, the brewery has continued to feature in its life. Another director of the brewery, Mr. Bill Clarke, was for 35 years until his death in 1982, the band treasurer. The brewery continues to sponsor the band.