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Radcliffe Band was formed in 1913 and their first engagement was at a Whit Friday Walk in 1914 with the Band wearing straw hats and waistcoats.
The Band took on the name Radcliffe Prize Band, changing to Radcliffe Borough Band in 1935 when Radcliffe Urban District became Radcliffe Borough.
In 1937, the Band had it's finest hour, when it won 1st Prize at Alexandra Palace, London, beating 31 other bands to the supreme award under the baton of Wilfred Riley, who was a loyal servant of the band for over 30 years. The Band's performance was put onto the screen during a film show at the Picture Drome Cinema in Radcliffe the night of the competition.
Since this early time, Radcliffe Brass Band has gone through a difficult period, but during the 1970's a tremendous resurgence was seen. It can be said that this revival was due to an unrivalled band spirit and the skilful handling of the Musical Director, Charles Randall. The result of this combination was at the W.D & H.O. Wills Championships in London in April 1973, when Radcliffe Brass Band became British and European Champions 3rd Section.
1973 also saw the band get onto vinyl, when they recorded their winning testpiece performance of 'Swiss Festival Overture' at the Christopher Wren School, Hammersmith on 14th April.
Radcliffe Band was known briefly as the McKiernan Group Heating Band before finding fame in the 1970s as the East Lancashire Paper Group Band, when they progressed to the Championship Section and won the Grand Shield at Belle Vue in 1977.
The Paper Mill gave up their sponsorship to the Band in 1987 and the Band became The Radcliffe Band.
In 1992, Prestwich Band broke up, with 4 members joining Radcliffe Band, bringing with them music and instruments, from the defunct Prestwich Band. This brought on the next change to the Band, when they became Radcliffe & Prestwich Band.
In 2000, a decision was made to make a final change to the Band name, and it became the Radcliffe Brass Band we know and love today.