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Longridge Band

The first mention of the Longridge Band is in the Preston Chronicle for the 17th May 1845 when at the Goosnargh Club Day held on Whit Tuesday the members of the Independent Order of Mechanics were accompanied by the Longridge Band. The Preston Guardian of the same date refers to them as the Longridge Brass Band.

In the 1880's the band became more involved in the social life of the village. The first annual ball organised by the band was in 1882 and throughout the following years the members of the band provided the music for dancing usually in the form of a concert followed by a ball. The band was most certainly involved in village life from this time onwards in a great variety of ways.

In addition to the concerts the band played around the streets at Christmas timeand the band became more and more involved in the world of brass band contests.

Brass Band contests began around the middle of the 19th Century. The attraction to the bands was partly financial: the 4th Lancashire Rifles Volunteer Band from Bacup won prizes totalling 1,370 plus instruments to the value of 300 in the years between 1862 and 1871. Members of the Longridge band were well aware of this. Secondly there was the challenge of playing new music.

The Belle Vue Brass Band Contests began in 1853 and in 1855 each band had to perform a piece of their own choice and a new concert overture Called "Orynthia".

Longridge Band entered the Belle Vue Contest in 1909. Rules for the contests were very strict.

At Belle Vue, to give encouragement to bands without success, winners were barred at that venue for a period of two years and with the exception of the conductor all musicians must be amateurs.

In the early years bands were varied in the number of members involved but for contesting 24 players became the norm by 1909.

The end of hostilities following the second world war did not mean that service personnel were instantly released to resume their civilian activities but those bandsmen who were available were determined that the band should become active again as soon as possible.

A series of fund raising concerts were organised involving the famous Fairey Aviation Works Band, Elgar Clayton was the conductor of this Championship winning Band and although he had left Longridge Band many years earlier he was still concerned with the welfare of the band.