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Stone Town Band
There has been Band Music in Stone since the early 1800's and the present Stone Town Band has continued this tradition for over half a century, the band's 50th anniversary having been celebrated in 2004.
The band formed in 1954 under the direction of Mr Ted Dixon, who led the band until 1972. This period was a very successful one for the band, which contested at Belle Vue in Manchester. They were placed 2nd out of 22 bands in 1969. The band continued to contest under the direction of Mr S Aucock, gaining 3rd place in the Newcastle Jubilee Carnival Contest in 1977. The last recorded contest that the band entered was in 1996, contesting then being put on hold due to the lack of sponsorship and the difficulty of getting a full band to turn out.
In 2000 the band organised a Festival of Brass in Stafford at a local high school, the event being a great success. It attracted 5 other bands, with Rode Hall Band winning the festival contest.
Since then, the band has performed mainly local activities. It contributes to civic parades and events in the town and is well known for arranging entertainment in the area, each year there is a busy programme of day and evening concerts.
During the summer season the band is in demand for a full programme of appearances in parks and at fetes which produces an income to fund its charitable activities and cover expenses.
SOME GENERAL BAND MILESTONES
1954 Band founded. First public appearance, Remembrance Day, Stone
1955 Occupied first rehearsal room, Bridge Inn, Stone
1975 Celebration dinner for band's 21st birthday
1977 Performed series of concerts for the Queen's Silver Jubilee
1979 Band's Silver Jubilee year
1981 Moved to present headquarters at Frank Jordan Community centre
2000 Organised and hosted Festival of Brass for North Staffordshire bands
2010 Resumed contesting as an un-registered band
2011 Registered as 4th Section contesting band