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Of the many brass bands that have flourished in Britain over the last 200 years very few have documented records covering their history. This page is an attempt to collect together information about such bands and make it available to all. Over 8,400 extinct bands are recorded here. Where "active" dates are given these indicate documented appearances - the bands may well have existed beyond those dates quoted. Bands which folded for more than 1 year (apart from during WW1/2) with a successor band being later formed are regarded as "extinct". Any contributions of material, information, pictures, or suggestions, references etc. are more than welcome. Where the material warrants it, a separate page or archive will be established for particular bands. Minor name variations, e.g. X Brass Band, X Silver Band, X Silver Prize Band, are not cross-referenced, unless it is clear that they were separate entities. Counties referred to are the historical counties of the UK (see www.county-wise.org.uk). A few non-British bands are included. Finally, if any band appearing on this list is still active, please let me know!

An augmented version of this list "British Brass Bands - historical directory" is now available as a PDF document

See also: Brass Bands Genealogy - for information on current bands' dates of origin and name changes
See also: Brass Band Ancestors - for those seeking information on people and bands
See also: Vintage Brass Band Pictures - for images of early brass bands
See also: Vintage People Pictures - for images of early bandsmen (largely unnamed)
See also: Brass Band Historians and Researchers - for details of those seeking information

Please send any additions, corrections, comments or material to  gavin@ibew.co.uk


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D Company Band, 2nd Volunteer Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment
See: Rugeley Company Band
D and L Redcar Works Band
See: Dorman Long and Company Works Band
D'Hautree Brass (Jersey)
Active in the 1980s
Dagenham Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1880s to the 1920s. Conductor in 1902 was J. Ketley, in 1882 was Mr Kingsnorth.
Dagenham Home Guard O.C.A. Band (Essex)
Active in the 1940s to late 1950s. The Old Comrades Association of the Home Guard kept up links between wartime Home Guard and other forces members.
Dagenham Silver Band (Essex)
Active in the 1970s, folded around 1980. Later known as Barking Concert Band. Remaining players help to form the Becontree Brass Band in 1981
Daisy Hill Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s through to the 1950s. Louis Allison took over as conductor in 1905.
Daisy Hill Subscription Band
See: Daisy Hill Brass Band
Dalbeattie Old Band
See: Dalbeattie Town Band
Dalbeattie Town Band (Kirkcudbrightshire)
Active in the early 1900s. Probably folded at the start of WW1. The band's instruments were given to the local Volunteer Training Corps in 1915.
Dale Abbey Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1860s through to the early 1900s
Dalkeith and Bilston Glen Colliery Band
See: Dalkeith Burgh Band
Dalkeith and Westfield Trades Band (Midlothian)
Founded as Westfield Brass Band - it was in existence 1876, and also in 1892 when it led a procession to welcome a visit from William Gladstone. In 1904 the band changed its name to the Dalkeith and Westfield Trades Band in order to gain a wider support. That same year the band led a parade in honour of Winston Churchill. In 1905 the band received a grant from the town council after a vote. There's no trace of when the then band went out of being, but it must have been before 1911 as it didn't take part in various reported occasions thereafter.
Dalkeith Burgh Band (Midlothian)
Formed after the end of WW1 as the Westgate band. Changed name to Dalkeith Burgh Band sometime before 1929, as it led the Gala Day procession in that year, in the gap left by the earlier Dalkeith and Westfield Trades Band. It played at the local gala day crowning in 1953 in King's Park - the same day as the Queen's coronation. Merged with Monktonhall Colliery Silver Band in 1989 to form Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band.
Dalkeith Trades Band
See: Dalkeith and Westfield Trades Band
Dalmeny Brass Band (West Lothian)
Active from the 1870s to 1890s. May have merged with the Queensferry Brass Band at some time.
Dalry Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in 1872, when they participated in the celebrations for the opening of the new Orange Hall in Irvine. In October 1903 the Kilwinning Co-op Society's new £7,000 building in main Street was formally opened following a procession round the town comprising nearly 1000 persons and led by Dalry Brass Band. In January 1905, at a singing competition under the auspices of Dalry Silver Band, Miss Anniw Frew, New Street, Stevenston, was winner of the gold medal. In September 1905 the Dalry Silver Prize Band provided musical entertainment during the afternoon of the Grand Quoiting Exhibition Game, held under the auspices of Dalry Quoiting Club,
Dalry Silver Band
See: Dalry Brass Band
Dalston Village Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1886
Dalton Amateur Band
In January 1897 the annual meeting of the Dalton Town Band was held at the Wellington Hotel. Very soon after this meeting had taken place, there was some disagreement among the members of the band which made some of them terminate their association with the town band and start a band of their own. This was officially formed as the Amateur Brass Band at a meeting held in the Wellington Hotel in March 1897. Mr. A. Baker was appointed as conductor of the new band which survived for many years, and frequently performed at concerts, parades, etc. A Baker later went on to conduct the Brotton Old Band, the Anaconda Copper Mines Band (U.S.A.), then to the Barrow Iron and Steel Works Band in 1921.
Dalton Glee Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1879. A small brass ensemble.
Dalton Rifles Band (Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to the early 1900s
Dalton Union Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s, near Huddersfield.
Dalton Volunteers Band
See: Dalton Rifles Band
Dalton-in-Furness Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1866
Dalzeil Steelworks Silver Band (Motherwell, Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1920s
Danby Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1856, when the conductor was Mr Robert Duck
Dandenong Brass Band (Australia)
Formed in 1885 and amalgamated with the Dandenong Railways Band in 1895, disbanded in 1939
Dandenong Railways Band (Australia)
Formed in 1892 and amalgamated with the Dandenong Brass Band in 1895, disbanded in 1939
Dannemora Prize Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1891
Dannemora Steel Works Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1884. Won the selection contest held in Doncaster at the Salutation Inn on 14 April 1900. Active in 1931. Competed in the Junior Shield in 1962, conducted by E. Foster. Active in 1965
Dannemora Steelworks Band
See: Dannemora Steel Works Brass Band
Dapto Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1910
Darcy Lever Brass Band (1) (Lancashire)
James Halliwell joined Darcy Lever Band at the age of 12 in 1853 and played with them for 15 years while their uniform was a Black Frock Coat, tall hat and white waistcoats. The band dispersed in 1874, where upon Mr Halliwell went as bandmaster to the 9th Lance Volunteer Band.
Darcy Lever Brass Band (2) (Lancashire)
In 1886 James Halliwell reformed the Darcy Lever Band and was bandmaster until the band dispersed for the last time in 1906. James Halliwell died in 1924. Several members of the Halliwell family played in the band
Darenth Home for Boys Band (Kent)
Active in 1911
Darenth Vale Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s to 1910s
Darfield Brass Band
Active in 1863 to 1895.
Darfield District Band
See: Houghton Main Colliery Band
Darfield District Houghton Main Colliery Band
See: Houghton Main Colliery Band
Darlaston Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1860s to WW1.
Darlaston Havelock Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s.
Darlaston Town Band
See: Darlaston Brass Band
Darley Abbey Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1874, 1883
Darley Dale Brass Band
Formed on the 16th August 1880 and rehearsed in Wensley. The band was a typical village brass band, taking part in local traditions and events. Apart from a break during the Second World War, it continued until the early 1960's when the numbers in the band began to dwindle, and in 1965, the band admitted defeat and ceased to exist, selling all the instruments to the County Education Authority along with the music and all other equipment. A successor band was formed in 1984.
Darley Silver Band
Formed in 1901 as Darley Temperance Band. Seven of its members were of the Skaife family and five others were Housemans. Their first conductor was Redford Procter from Dacre, was in demand for agricultural shows around the district, for which in the early days it was necessary to hire a wagonette and horses for the journey. They played at annual village school fetes, and at the Darley Hospital Sunday Event on Stocks Green, local hospitals benefiting from collections at this event and others at churches and chapels. They led the procession through Darley at the Annual Rechabite Band of Hope Festival on Whit Monday, and were involved locally whenever there were national festivals, coronations, peace celebrations etc, and at many other local events, performing in their uniform of blue, red and gold. From 1932, the band rented a room in Wall, Square for their weekly practices. They kept going when many such bands disbanded, two members, Joe Furniss and J R Houseman, completing forty-five and thirty-eight years service respectively. Rename Darley Silver Band by the 1940s. When it was in a low period in 1936 Walter Aldon bought new uniforms to boost the morale. As with all the other bands it ceased to function during the war but re-formed in time to play for the opening of the Memorial Hall in 1947. The band merged with Summerbridge and Dacre Band in 1959
Darley Temperance Band
See: Darley Silver Band
Darlington Brass Band
See: Darlington Borough Band
Darlington Borough Band
Active in 1930 and into the 1950s
Darlington British Legion Band
Active in the 1920s
Darlington British Railways Band
See: Darlington North Eastern Railway Band
Darlington Forge Band
Active from 1919 through to the 1930s. Newspaper report from April 1924 - "Opening of Darlington's new lake. With 3,000 people watching and Darlington Forge Band playing, the Mayor stepped ceremonially into a motor boat, which promptly failed to start."
Darlington Forge Company Band
See: Darlington Forge Band
Darlington L.N.E.R. Band
See: Darlington North Eastern Railway Band
Darlington Music Centre Band
See: Darlington Youth Brass Band
Darlington N.E.R. Band
See: Darlington North Eastern Railway Band
Darlington North Eastern Railway Band
Formed in the late 1830s and became all brass by 1860. Active in 1913 and through to the 1960s
Darlington Operatic Brass Band
Active in 1870s and 1898, conductor J.A. Hoggett
Darlington Philharmonic Band
Active in 1864
Darlington Regional Schools Band
See: Darlington Youth Brass Band
Darlington Rifles Band
Active in the 1880s
Darlington Saxhorn Band
Formed in 1858. From a newspaper report in 1862 - "Darlington Total Abstinence Society sponsorted a new water fountain and it was ready for opening on June 10, 1862. Led by Dr Fothergill's successor as president, William Thompson, and the Darlington Sax Horn Band, the abstainers paraded from the Mechanics Institute, in Skinnergate, along Blackwellgate and High Row and up Bondgate to the fountain. There Mr Thompson, whose bankruptcy in the late 1870s allowed Darlington to acquire a vast chunk of South Park very cheaply, ceremonially drank the first glass of water from the fountain." Still active in 1876.
Darlington Sons of Temperance Brass Band
See: Darlington Temperance Band
Darlington Temperance Band
Formed before 1860 and still active in 1920
Darlington Volunteer and Operatic Brass Band
See: Darlington Operatic Brass Band
Darlington Volunteer Band
Active in 1904
Darlington Youth Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s. Conducted by ARJ Price in the early 70s and A. Hind thereafter.
Darnall Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s through to WW1. In 1913 Henry Sybray Wall and Charles Foster, both members of the band committee, came to blows at a committee meeting over remarks made about free beer. Charles Foster was summoned and fined 10s, with £1 4s 6d costs.
Darnall Club and Institute Band
See: Darnall Silver Band
Darnall Silver Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed some time after WW1. Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Darnall Working Men's Club Band
See: Darnall Silver Band
Dartford and Erith Silver Band (Kent)
Formed around 1953 by the merger of Darford Borough Band and Erith British Legion Band. Active into the early 1960s.
Dartford Borough British Legion Band (Kent)
Active in the 1930s through to 1953, when it merged with Erith British Legion Band to form Dartford and Erith Silver Band. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s.
Dartford Borough Silver Band
See: Dartford Borough British Legion Band
Dartford Silver Prize Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s through to the early 1930s
Dartford Town Band
See: Dartford Silver Prize Band
Dartford United Brass Band (Kent)
Active in 1921
Dartford Volunteer Silver Band (Kent)
Active in 1903
Dartmouth Borough Band (Devon)
Active in 1939, when the Bandmaster was J. Courtney, and 1947. When it folded the equipment was passed on to the Kingsbridge Band. Some of the historic pieces, including a drum, were returned to Dartmouth Museum.
Dartmouth Town Band
See: Dartmouth Borough Band
Darton Main Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1918 and 1927, conductor Noel Thorpe.
Darton Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Darvel Brass Band
See: Darvel Burgh Band
Darvel Burgh Band (Ayrshire)
Formed in 1846 as Darvel Brass Band, adopted "Borough" in 1901. In 1879 it took part in a procession in August to inaugurate the Kilmarnock Burns Monument and Kay Park, accompanying the Kilmarnock wood-workers. In 1935 it performed a concert at the National Government Fair held at Loudon Castle, on Saturday June 29th. Still active in 1949.
Darwen Borough Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1962
Darwen Borough Prize Band
See: Darwen Temperance Band
Darwen Rifle Corps Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s to 1900s. Also known as 2nd Lancashire Rifle Volunteers Band and Over Darwen Rifles Band
Darwen Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1840 on strict teetotal principles. In the event of breaking a pledge of abstinence a member had to pay a fine of 2s, 6d, for the first offence, for the second offence he would pay 5s and the third time he was expelled. It is believed that a couple of the founder members had to re-mortgage their own houses in order to buy their instruments. At first the band had no rehearsal room and therefore they had to practise in various member's houses. Finally they were able to move to a bandroom in Foundry Street, Darwen. The band took part in the British Open contest in 1872. In 1901 the band changed from the Darwen Temperance Band to Darwen Borough Prize Band. The band struggled to survive due to the effects of World War I. Local rivals Pickup Bank Band gained the upper hand, partly due to backing from local firm Carus mills. Following World War II Hoddlesden also struggled to find players. In 1950 It was requested that both bands have a joint committee meeting to discuss the shortage of players. The conclusion was that both bands amalgamated to form the Darwen and Hoddlesden Silver Band.
Daubhill Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1924, the band packed up when most of the lads joined the forces in 1939. Three of the bandsmen, Billy Holt, Walter Price and Ralph McCarthy were killed in Japanese POW camps. It competed in the Senior Cup contest in 1937. From the Coventry Evening Telegraph, of March, 1954: "The brass band associations of the Evans family began many years ago in Bolton, where John Evans and his two brothers, all keen bandsmen, decided to form a brass band of their own. Under the title Daubhill Temperance Band, the Evans brothers gathered together a group of brass instrument players, several of them relatives. As time passed, the membership of the band became more and more predominantly Evans, until eventually all its 24 players had either been born in, or married into, the family. Then, in 1936, John Evans' oldest son decided to move south from Lancashire to try his hand at a job in Coventry. He settled there with his family. Gradually, on his recommendation, other members of the family followed, until Bolton's Daubhill Temperance Band had to be abandoned due to lack of (Evans) membership. The pioneer of the family, who first came to Coventry, was killed during the war, but three of his brothers are still active players with Coventry Silver Band"
One tale of this band is while carrying out an engagement in Rufford, the band was marching down a narrow country lane when a car came up behind the band and could not pass. After a while Mr J Evans signalled to the band to move to the side of the road, unfortunately the driver mistook this as a signal to pass and ended up with the drummer seated on the bonnet of his car! Mr Evans noted with a smile that the drummer never broke his beat!
Davenham Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1902
Davenport Road Wesleyan Silver Band (Derby, Derbyshire)
Active in the early 1930s
Daventry and District Silver Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed in the late 1940s by the amalgamation of Daventry Town Band, Long Buckby Town Band and Long Buckby Temperance Band
Daventry Brass Band
See: Daventry Town Band
Daventry Town Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1870s until the late 1940s when it merged with Long Buckby Town Band and Long Buckby Temperance Band to form Daventry and District Silver Band
Davey Paxman Standard Ironworks Band (Colchester)
Formed in 1884 under the patronage of the works owner, James Paxman. The first bandmaster was Mr McQuade. Following the wane of the Paxman empire in 1908 the band folded.
David Brown Tractors Band
Active in 1941
Davidstow Temperance Brass Band (North Cornwall)
This band carried out engagements over a period of at least four years - 1872-76. Davidstow is a few miles north of Camelford.
Davis Derby Brass Band
See: Derby Railway Works Band
Daw Green Band (Dewsbury)
Active in 1856
Daw Mill Colliery Band
See: Arley Welfare Band
Dawdon Brass Band
See: Dawdon Lodge Silver Band
Dawdon Colliery Band
See: Dawdon Lodge Silver Band
Dawdon Lodge Silver Band (Seaham, Durham)
Formed in the early 1900s. Rename Dawdon Brass Band by 1931 - active in the 1950s and 1960s. Acquired a new set of instruments in 1962 at a cost of £2,500. Competed in the Junior Trophy in 1962. Folded some time in the late 1970s.
Dawley (Telford) Brass Band (Shropshire)
Formed some time after the 1970s and was still active in the 1990s
Dawley Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the early 1900s. An old tradition in Dawley was a pig would be placed on a wall in the town to watch the old Dawley band marching by! Also known as Dawley Town Silver Prize Band. Still active in 1953.
Dawley Green Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1859, 1860.
Dawley New Town Band (Shropshire)
Formed around 1961, with many players coming from the defunct Hadley Sankeys Castle Band. It later became Telford Concert Band, then Telford Brass Band. Ceased in the late 1980s after rising to 2nd section in the Nationals and section A in the Birmingham and District Association. The Band was formed under the baton of Ted Baldwin who eventually stood down to be replaced by a Denis Emery around 1969/70. Around 1969 there was a split in the band, with some of the players leaving to form the South Telford Band.
Dawley Town Silver Band
See: Dawley New Town Band
Dawlish Amateur Brass BandSee: Dawlish Subscription Brass Band
Dawlish Subscription Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s. Folded before 1860, when plans for a new amateur band were mooted.
Dawlish Rifles Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1860s
Daylesford and District Band (Australia)
Formed in 1862. Also known as Daylesford Amateur Band, Daylesford Borough Band. Folded in 1951
Daylesford Amateur Band
See: Daylesford and District Band
Daylesford Borough Band
See: Daylesford and District Band
De Havilland Works Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1940s, linked to the factory at Hatfield.
Deacon Street Brass Band (Leicester)
Active in the 1870s
Deaf Hill Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the early 1900s and still active in 1960
Deaf Hill Colliery Miners' Welfare Band
See: Deaf Hill Colliery Band
Dean and Chapter Colliery Band (Ferryhill, Durham)
Formed prior to 1907, after the Dean and Chapter Colliery opened in 1904, and was still active in 1947
Dean Bank Band (Durham)
Formed in the early 1900s, and was still active in 1915, but probably did not survive the First World War.
Deansgate Mission Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1884, conducted by Alfred Alsop
Dearham Church of England Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1892
Dearne Valley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1990s to around 2012.
Debenham Brass Band (1) (Suffolk)
Active in 1887 to 1896
Debenham Brass Band (2) (Suffolk)
Active in the 1960s. At a British Legion parade in 1978 the solo comet player Ted Perry collapsed and died. The parade tried to carry as best they could but the evening's concert was cancelled.
Debenham Volunteer Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1900
Deddington and Bloxham Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1840s
Deddington Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Dedham Band
Formed in 1899 and still active in 1906
Deepcar Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1869. A successor band was formed in 1988.
Deeping St James Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Deighton and Sheepridge Brass Band
Active in 1894
Deighton Brass Band (Huddersfield)
Active in the 1860s to 1890s
Deighton Mills Band (Yorkshire)
Competed in the Crystal Palace contest in July 1860, conducted by P. Robinson, playing a selection from "Ernani".
Delabole British Legion Band
See: Delabole Temperance Band
Delabole Ex-Servicemen's Band
See: Delabole Temperance Band
Delabole Silver Band
See: Delabole Temperance Band
Delabole Temperance Band (Cornwall)
This band, formed in 1864, became a very popular and successful group, changing its title in 1919 to Delabole Ex-Servicemen's Band and then to Delabole British Legion Band, this probably in 1921 on the formation of the British Legion. 1930 and they changed once again, this time to Delabole Silver Band. They were eventually disbanded c1953. Their known conductors were Mr Horne: J David Smith: WH Hawke: Mr Ough: B Parsons: John Males: Jim Avy: WB Williams and Leslie Prout who served them from 1933 until their demise in 1953. From 1928, under WB Williams, they began sporadic contesting, and whilst not achieving any notable results, the feeling today is that this was a very happy band.
Denaby Brass Band
See: Denaby Main Brass Band
Denaby Main Ambulance Band
See: Denaby Main Brass Band
Denaby Main Brass Band (Doncaster)
Active in 1871 to WW1
Denaby Main Institute Brass Band
See: Denaby Main Brass Band
Denaby Main St John Ambulance Band (Doncaster)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Denbigh Borough Band
See: Denbigh Town Band
Denbigh Guard Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active in the 1850s to 1880s.
Denbigh High School Brass Band (Luton, Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1960s
Denbigh Town Band (Denbighshire)
Active from the 1870s to 1890s
Denbighshire Technical College Band
Active in the 1950s
Denbighshire Yeomanry Cavalry Band
See: Denbigh Guard Brass Band
Denby Bottles Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Denby Dale Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1896 - also in the 1930s to 1960s
Denby United Silver Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed 1922 - active through to the early 1950s.
Dendraeth Brass Band
Active in 1923 when it was refused the right to bear the title "Royal"
Denham Brass Band (1) (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Denham Brass Band (2)
See: Hayes and Harlington Silver Band
Denholme Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s through to the 1930s
Denholme Subscription Band
See: Denholme Brass Band
Denman Street Brass Band
See: Denman Street Sunday School Brass Band
Denman Street Sunday School Brass Band (Leicester)
Active in 1885. Played a march called "The Denman", composed by the band's conductor J. Freeston.
Denman's Head Band (Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1864 when it combined with the Scott and Limb's Band. It practiced in the Denman's Head Inn. At the time of the merger the players included: B Scott (conductor of Scott and Limb's), Jas. Handley, E. Dennis, S Cauldwell, H. Oscroft, E. Handley, S. Hall, W. Green, A. Caunt J. Naylor (well-known as "Spring"), W. Bryan, G. Scott S. Oldham, J. Searson, E. Limb, and Jos. Dennis (conductor of Denman's Head).
Dennis Bayley Hunmanby Silver Band
See: Hunmanby Silver Band
Dennison's Borough Band
See: St Hilda Colliery Band
Dennison's Family Band
See: St Hilda Colliery Band
Denny Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in the 1880s through to 1915
Denshaw Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s. Denshaw Orchestral Band and Denshaw Reed Band both existed before 1900.
Dent Band (Yorkshire)
Active around 1900
Denton and Haughton Old (Lancashire)
Active in 1873
Denton Original Band
The Earl of Wilton persuaded Thomas Baxendale to introduce the cotton trade into Denton, and as an inducement gave the land on which Mr Baxendale built in 1862 the Alpha Mill - so called because it was the first cotton mill in Denton. His generosity to the town, particularly to the United Methodist Church, was great. He formed a brass band at his works, which was known for a time as Baxendale's Band, but afterwards became the Denton Original Band. He built 47 houses opposite his mill, which he named Alpha Terrace. The Denton Original Band began its existence in 1859, its promoters recieving the generous support of some of the hat manufacturers and local gentry. The first headquarters were at Baxendale's, at the top of Taylor Lane, but after a short time they were removed to a room behind the Bowling Green Inn. The band has a wonderful record, the crowning triumph coming in London in 1900 when the Denton Band won the thousand guinea cup which was open to Great Britain and the Colonies. There were great rejoicings in Denton when the result of the Crystal Palace contest became known. The magnificent cup was kept at Denton Town Hall and security of 1,000 pounds had to be given for its custody. After this the band ranked with the highest class bands in the country and was in great demand in all parts. During the twentieth century the band maintained its reputation as one of the leading bands of the Manchester district. Following a fire in the Denton band room the band folded (according to a relative of a band member the band room may have been bombed in the second world war). Some items of the band are still in existence. The mace is still held by a former member - it is in the form of a solid silver bowler hat at the end of the mace to signify that the band was the hatters band (Denton being a hat making town). The Dention "B" Band ultimately broke away from Denton Original and became Crown Point Brass, later Denton Brass.
Deptford Borough Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s
Deptford Brass Band (Kent)
Active in 1863 and 1866 when it played at the Foresters' Fete at the Crystal Palace.
Deptford Central Hall Brass Band (Kent)
Linked to the Deptford and Greenwich Mission, active from the early 1900s
Deptford Central Hall Methodist Brass Band
See: Deptford Central Hall Brass Band
Deptford Central Hall Mission Band
See: Deptford Central Hall Brass Band
Deptford Railway Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1845
Derby Albion Brass Band
Active in 1888
Derby Borough Brass Band
Active in the 1960s.
Derby Borough Police Brass Band
Formed 1936, still active in 1952.
Derby Christ Church Sax Tuba Brass Band
See: Derby Saxtuba Brass Band
Derby Constabulary Band
See: Derby Borough Police Brass Band
Derby Corden Street Mission Band
See: Corden Street Methodist Brass Band
Derby Derwent Silver Band
Active in 1912 through to 1939
Derby Excelsior Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s
Derby Junction Street Brass Band
See: Junction Street Brass Band
Derby Kedleston Street Band
See: Kedleston Street Brass Band
Derby Old Harmonic Brass Band
Active in 1902, 1913. Conductor Frederick Cawrey between 1902 and 1910.
Derby P.S.A. Brass Band
Active in the 1890s to the 1920s. Conductor W. Joint in 1895, G. Herbert in 1896 - 1900, T. Mossley in 1919.
Derby Police Band
See: Derby Borough Police Brass Band
Derby Post Office Brass Band
See: Derby Postmen's Brass Band
Derby Postmen's Brass Band
Active in 1908, conductor T. Mosley, and also in the 1920s
Derby Primitive Methodists Band
See: Kedleston Street Brass Band
Derby Railway Iron Works Band
Active in 1864 when they led the company workers on a procession to the station, and thence to Buxton for a day's excursion.
Derby Railway Works Band
Active in 1959. Changed sponsor and became Davis Derby Brass Band in or around 1985, then amalgamated with Neville Brass to form Derwent Brass in 1992.
Derby Rifles Brass Band
Active in 1860s to 1890s
Derby Sax Tuba Band (1)
Founded in 1872, by Frederick Cawrey, who conducted it until it folded in 1884.
Derby Sax Tuba Band (2)
Formed after 1884. Active in 1889 and through to at least 1910.
Derby United Prize Band
Active from the 1880s to WW1. Bandmaster A.R. Seddon in 1888 (they took £118 10s in fees in 1887). Played at Etwall Horticultural Show in 1891.
Derby Victoria Brass Band
Active in the 1890s
Derby Wesleyan Brass Band
Active in 1880
Derby West End Brass Band
Active in the 1890s
Derham's Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1864, when they took part in the processions celebrating the official opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
Deri Brass Band (Near Bargoed)
Active around the 1890s through to WW1.
Derker Council School Band (Oldham)
Active in 1908, conductor Sam Howcroft.
Derwent Brass Band (Derwent Haugh, Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Derwent Iron and Steel Works Band
(Seaton, Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s
Derwent Tinplate Works Brass Band (Seaton, Cumberland)
Active in the 1870s and in 1892 when it took part in a concert with Workington Vocal Union Voice Choir. Band of the Tinplate Works in Seaton, it won a prize at a contest in the Crystal Palace in the 1890s, in the presence of Queen Victoria - one of the players, apparently, was not impressed with the Queen and said she looked like "any old washerwoman". The prize included a silver plate presentation cup on a black wooden base, and the conductor at the time was John Grayburn.
Derwent Vale Brass Band (Rowlands Gill, Durham)
Active in the 1890s
Derwent Valley Brass Band
See: Swalwell Brass Band (1)
Desborough Old Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1850s to 1890s
Desford Industrial School Brass Band (Leics)
Active in 1894 through 1913
Deudraeth Brass Band (Wales)
Active from the 1860s. The band was refused the right to bear the title "Royal" in 1923. Still active in the late 1960s
Deudraeth Silver Band
See: Deudraeth Brass Band
Deulyn Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in 1878, conducted by William E. Evans.
Deveral Brass Band (Cornwall)
There was a brass band existing in Deveral accepting engagements from 1897 to 1914. They did no contesting.
Devizes Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s.
Devizes Town Band (Wiltshire)
Active from the 1890s. Henry Snook was bandmaster in 1911. Still active in the 1930s, but probably folded around WW2. It was re-formed in 1959 from a band started at Devizes Grammar School in 1957, and then at the Three Crowns, Devizes, and then with its own wooden ex-RAF hut at the Wharf, Devizes. The band disbanded in the early to mid 1980's. It was re-formed again in 1999 as the Alpha Wind Band at the Wyvern Club, Church Walk, Devizes as a brass band, but did not turn away woodwind players when they asked to join. The band changed to Devizes Town Band in 2001. It is now a symphonic wind band with around 35 members.
Devon and Exeter Boys' Industrial School Band (Devon)
The home opened in 1869 at Church Stile, Exminster and soon established its own band from which many boys progressed to serving with regimental bands.
Devoran Brass Band (Cornwall)
Devoran Brass Band was active from c.1866 to 1888. In 1887 they played during a church service celebrating Queen Victoria's Jubilee, a type of engagement that was not usually trusted to a Cornish brass band of that time. The reason could well be because they were, at that time, most certainly one of the leading bands in the county, taking 1st place in the few contests they entered.
Dewsbury A1 Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1873
Dewsbury Amateur Brass Band
See: Dewsbury Brass Band
Dewsbury Borough Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s through to the 1930s.
Dewsbury Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1850 and contested keenly over the next 20 years to 1870, entering some 107 contests winning 98 prizes value £1779 10s. 10d. Then, due to lack of good instruments it ceased contesting until 1887.
Dewbury Juvenile Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1855
Dewbury Music Centre Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1980s
Dewbury Musical Palace Brass Band
See: Palace Fleet Brass Band
Dewsbury Old Band
See: Dewsbury Brass Band
Dewsbury Old Borough Band
See: Dewsbury Borough Brass Band
Dewsbury Public Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1907
Dewsbury Rifle Corps Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Dewsbury Schools Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1970s
Dewsbury Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the early 1900s
Diamond Street Brass Band (Cardiff)
Active in 1909
Dicconson Lane Temperance Band ((Westhoughton, Lancashire)
Active in 1879
Dick Kerr Brass Band
See: Electric Tramway and Tramway Carriage Brass Band
Dick Kerr English Electrical Works Band
See: Electric Tramway and Tramway Carriage Brass Band
Dickinson's Silver Band (Hertfordshire)
See: John Dickinson (Apsley) Band
Dickleburgh Brass Band (Suffolk)
Didcot and Northbourne Silver Band (Berkshire)
Formed in the early 1920s, probably disbanded around WW2. The area around the Didcot railway station in Station Road was truly the social - and commercial - centre of Didcot and Northbourne in the early twenties. This is where everybody met. The Red Triangle club and the area around it were known colloquially as the Wangle. Many activities were staged there, and it was open several days of the week; and run by a committee, composed mainly of railwaymen and their wives. In January 1925, a report issued by the Committee stated that it was... a hall let to all kinds of organisations; home to the Didcot Band….. The club was soon renamed the Didcot and Northbourne Social Club. In the early days as it was closely linked to the GWR, its twice-weekly dances were often to the music of the Swindon GWR Concert Band; they also gave concerts. The costs of hiring this and other bands, especially from Oxford, led eventually to the setting up of the Didcot and Northbourne Silver Band; Bandmasters were A.R. Faraday and Harold Bellamy.
Didcot and Northbourne United Band
See: Didcot and Northbourne Silver Band
Didcot Silver Band (Berkshire)
Probably formed after WW2 and active from 1947 through to the mid 1960s at least.
Didmarton Brass Band (Gloucs)
Active in 1872
Didsbury and Barlow Moor Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Didsbury Brass Band (1) (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s through to WW1. Took part in the Coronation Festivities held at Didsbury on June 22nd, 1911.
Didsbury Brass Band (2) (Lancashire)
Active in the 1980s
Digby Ambulance Band (Nottinghamshire)
Based at the Digby Colliery, Eastwood. Active in the early 1900s
Digbeth Institute Adult School Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1910. The Institute was designed by Arthur Harrison, it was officially opened on January 16, 1908 by the wife of the Pastor of Carrs Lane Church, John Henry Jowett, as an institutional church attached to Carr's Lane Congregational Church.
Diggle Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s until it folded in 1927. (A successor band was formed in 1996)
Dinas Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Dingle Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Dingwall Town Band (Rossshire)
Active in the 1890s
Dingwall Volunteer Band
See: Dingwall Town Band
Dinnington Colliery Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1883. The colliery was near Newcastle, at Dinnington. (Not to be confused with the current Dinnington Colliery Band, originally linked to Dinnington Main Colliery in South Yorkshire)
Dinton Excelsior Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the 1880s through to the 1920s
Dipton Brass Band
See: Dipton Colliery Band
Dipton Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Dipton Temperance Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Disley Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1850
Diss Brass Band
Active in 1833
Diss Town Band
Active in 1907
Distin's Employees Brass Band (London)
Active in 1861. Formed from employees at the Distin Factory in Great Newport Street, London, conducted by M. Urban.
Ditton Brass Band (Widnes)
Active in 1887
Ditton Priors Brass Band
Active in 1894
Dixon Green Band (Bolton)
Active in the 1860s. Also known as Will Owen's Band, named after the conductor and founder who lived at the King's Arms on Plodder Lane, Farnworth. They had a series of falling outs over the division of the proceeds from their engagements and eventually several of the principal players including William Owen left and joined Barnes' Band.
Dob Lane Brass Band
See: Dob Lane Sunday School Brass Band
Dob Lane Sunday School Brass Band (Failsworth)
Active in the 1870s to 1900s
Dobson and Barlow Ltd. Band (Bolton)
Active in 1930s and 1940s. The sponsoring firm were cotton machinery manufacturers. Competed in the First Annual Brass Band Contest organised by Wigan Borough Prize Band in 1943 (conducted by J.W. Hughes). They won 2nd prize at Walkden Prize Contest in 1931, they were also entered for a contest in Wigan in 1945 but were unplaced. Dobson and Barlow ceased trading in 1963. The band had disbanded previous to this date.
Dock Labourers' Union Brass Band (London)
Active in 1890
Docks and Marine Band (Southampton)
Active in 1930, when it took part in a massed concert with the Thornycroft Band and the recently formed Southampton Albion Silver Band. It was financed by the Docks Board and based in Southampton Docks where a number of the members were employed. After WW2 economies had to be made and the band was one of the things the Board decided should go. It was disbanded around 1949. Some of the members of this band, went to join Southampton Royal British Legion Band.
Dodbrooke Amateur Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1879
Doddington Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1860s
Dodworth Auxilliary Fire Service Band
Active in the 1940s
Dodworth Prize Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Records of the band, from 1887-1942, are held by Barnsley Archive and Local Studies Department
Dodsworth's Brass Band (Bradford)
Active in 1860s to 1880s
Dolgellau Brass Band (Merioneth)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s
Dolgellau Institute Brass BandSee: Dolgellau Brass Band
Dolgelly Brass Band
See: Dolgellau Brass Band
Dolwyddelan Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1890s
Don Valley Working Men's Brass Band (Oughtibridge, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1920s
Doncaster Borough Band
Formed in 1893, under the baton of David Cameron. Had folded by 1907
Doncaster Brass Band
Active in 1872
Doncaster Britannia Silver Prize Band
Active in 1930
Doncaster Druids Band
Doncaster Excelsior Silver Band
Formed in December 1909, competed at the Crystal Palace in 1910, the bandmaster, Mr Fox, emigrated to New Zealand in 1911.
Doncaster Loco Band
Formed in June 1852 with £50 spent on instruments. Celebrated an anniversary supper on 28 June 1853 with 66 persons present. On 5 June 1854 it accompanied the children of the Doncaster Plant Works school to Askern Spa on the occasion of the laying of the Plant School foundation stone. It did not survive much beyond this and did not have a regular bandmaster or musical director.
Doncaster National Union of Railwaymen Band
See: Doncaster NUR Band
Doncaster NUR Band
Active around 1928 until at least 1931, the National Union of Railwaymen's band played in Elmfield Park, Doncaster on 16 August 1931 under the baton of JW Ellis.
Doncaster Plant Works Band
See: Great Northern Railway Plant Works Band
Doncaster Public Band
See: Doncaster Subscription Band
Doncaster Railway Foundry Band
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. Took part in the first South Yorkshire Brass Band Contest, at Doncaster, on 29th August 1859
Doncaster Rifles Band
See: 20th West Riding Yorkshire Volunteer Band
Doncaster Subscription Band
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s
Doncaster Temperance Band
Formed around 1898, conductor A.W. Bone. Renamed Doncaster Temperance Prize Band shortly afterwards. Several disputes between players and trusteers were heard in the courts in 1902, even with a submission to wind up the band, by its founder, but it survived until at least 1909.
Doncaster Volunteers Band
See: 20th West Riding Yorkshire Volunteer Band
Donhead St Mary Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1890s
Donnington Wood Institute Band
Presumed to have been formed in the 1890s and folding before 1900. In 1902, William Lawrence, a talented euphonium and violin player already with an excellent reputation, offered his services and the Donnington Wood Institute Band was resurrected. He became bandmaster and in September 1904 the band won the Quickstep contest at St Georges Wakes. They entered more competitions during the next few years, achieving several placings but never a first. In 1907 the band was catastrophically unplaced in a competition at Shrewsbury which led to William Lawrence appealing to his band to 'think musically'. They did. In June 1908 they won the County Championship and arrived home very late. The people of Donnington Wood were woken up by the band playing 'See the conquering hero comes!' as they strolled along the dark lanes back to The Bell. The band went on to win more competitions, including the County Championship an unprecedented four times in succession. St Georges Temperance Band made an official objection to the result of the 1910 competition but their appeal was rejected; in an act of mischievous jubilation, the Donnington Wood Band gave an impromptu performance at the crossroads in St Georges, rubbing salt into a very open wound. The rivalry between the (by that time) three St Georges bands and the Donnington Wood Brass Band continued for several years. The outbreak of the First World War brought an end to the Donnington Wood Brass Band. Many of its members perished during the war. The band was revived for a short time in 1924, again under the leadership of William Lawrence. He died in December that year and was buried in St Matthew's Churchyard. The band played him out. William's son, also named William, took up the reins of office and, despite another ten years or so of public appearances, things were never the same and the band eventually ceased to function. A last attempt to resurrect failing fortunes occurred during the 1940s under the leadership of Tom Dodd, without success.
Donnington Wood Silver Prize Band (Telford, Shropshire)
The band had ceased playing by 1961 and passed their instruments and library to Trench Secondary Modern School. The school had a Brass band for about 2 years but started to incorporate clarinets and a saxophone by 1963. The band carried out a number of public concerts and garden fetes outside of the school remit. The school band conductor was Derrick Ball.
Dorchester Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1847
Dorchester Brass Band (Dorset)
Active from the 1830s through to the 1880s
Dorchester Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active from the 1840s through to the 1890s
Dorchester Prison Guard Band (Dorset)
Active in the early 1900s
Dordon Sunday School Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1894
Dore Brass Band (near Sheffield)
Active in the first half of the 20th century.
Dorking Brass Band
See: Dorking Town Band
Dorking Town Band
Active from the 1850s to 1956. In the Dorking Town Museum archives documents mention the band at an entertainment in 1882, open air concerts at the Rotunda, South Street and at Milton Heath, appearance in Dorking Town Day in 1956. The band played weekly in the bandstand in Dorking in the early part of the 20th century. There are also the "Recollections of Dorking Town Band pre 1939" by Jim Aslett, who joined the band in 1933 aged 18. In the book "Dickens' Christmas", a collection of articles either by Dickens himself or writers of the same generation, there is an item 'Singers from Afar' by Charles Rose and is headed 'This recollection of Charles Rose, a draper from Dorking in Surrey, who was born in 1818 and died in 1879, was published in book form in 1878 and looks back to a time ranging from the days of George the 4th to the earliest days of Victoria's reign (1830s)'. Included in the article is this 'The Dorking Town Band, which at that time favourably compared with the bands of the neighbouring places, heralded the season by playing for some nights previous to Christmas in front of the residences of the principal inhabitants.' and 'Christmas Day was ushered in by the ringing of the church bells and the strains of the band. The tunes of the latter were usually of a sacred character, but I remember the band playing on one or two Christmas mornings, forty or forty five years ago (1835?) the tune 'Get up! Get up! And put the Pudding in the Pot'.'
Dorman Long and Company Works Band (Redcar, Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed as Dorman's Works Band in the early 1900s, and still active in 1950
Dorman's Works Band
See: Dorman Long and Company Works Band
Dormansland Brass Band (Surrey)
Active from 1913 to the early 1970s. W. A. Bryant was conductor from the 1950s onwards.
Dornoch Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s
Dorrington Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1840s to 1860s and in the 1930s
Dorset County Industrial School for Boys Band (Milborne St Andrew, Dorset)
The school was established as a Reformatory School in 1856, converting to an Industrial School in 1881. The band was active in the 1870s to 1890s.
Douglas Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1860s through to 1918. Rename Douglas Silver Band, probably after WW1. Still active in the 1930s
Douglas Colliery Band (Lanarkshire)
The colliery was sited at Rigside on the banks of Douglas Water. Active from the early 1900s to the 1950s
Douglas Silver Band
See: Douglas Brass Band
Douglas Volunteers Brass Band (Isle of Man)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s
Douglas Water Brass Band
See: Douglas Colliery Band
Doura Brass Band
Active in 1872, when they participated in the celebrations for the opening of the new Orange Hall in Irvine.
Dove Holes Prize Band
Active in 1926
Dove Valley Brass Band
Active around 1910
Dovedale Alliance Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1980s
Dover Town Band
Active between 1893 and 1910
Dovercourt Corporation Band (Essex)
Active in 1912
Dovercourt Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1990s
Dowlais Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1880s to early 1900s.
Dowlais Rifles Band
See: Dowlais Brass Band
Dowlais Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1920s through to the 1950s
Dowlais Town Band
See: Dowlais Silver Band
Downend Brass Band (Bristol)
Active from the 1860s to the 1920s. in 1864, Took part in the processions celebrating the official opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol in 1864. In 1894 it took part in a temperance procession at Downend on July 11th.
Downer Grammar School Brass Band (Edgware, Middlesex)
Active in the early 1970s
Dowty Equipment Brass Band (Northway, Gloucestershire)
Active during WW2.
Dr Barnardo's Homes Brass Band
Active in the 1920s
Dr Bell's School Band (Leith, Edinburgh)
Founded in 1926.
Dr Guthrie's Industrial School Brass Band (Edinburgh)
Active in the 1880s. The Ragged Schools were formed by Thomas Guthrie in the city. The schools eventually closed in the 1980s.
Drakelow Mission Chapel Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1912
Drax Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Records of the band, from 1927-1951, are held by York University: Borthwick Institute of Historical Research
Drayton Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Drayton Juniors Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Drefach Brass Band
Dreghorn Youth Band
Merged with Irvine Youth Band in 1983 to form the current Irvine and Dreghorn Brass Band
Dresden Victoria Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Dreudraeth Brass Band (Merionethshire)
Driffield Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1858
Drift Brass Band (Cornwall)
Competed in Penzance in 1893. Played at the Wesleyan Sunday school tea treat in St Buryan in 1895. Still active in 1898
Drighlington and Adwalton Band
See: Drighlington Brass Band
Drighlington and Adwalton Comic Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1911, when it brought up the rear of the procession at the Co-op Children's Gala in Drighlington, a special treat for all the children, aged 4 to 15, of the Drighlington and District Co-operative Society.
Drighlington Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to the 1890s. It had been renamed the Drighlington and Adwalton Band by 1879. A successor band was formed in 1976
Droitwich Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1860
Droitwich Institute Brass Band
Active in 1859
Droitwich Mechanics' Literaty Institute Band
See: Droitwich Institute Brass Band
Dronfield Brass Band
Active from the 1850s to the early 1900s
Dronfield Mission Brass Band
Active in 1900
Dronfield Steel Works Brass Band
Active in 1878
Dronfield Temperance Brass Band
Wound up in the late 1940s, known as Dronfield Temperance Brass and Reed Band in the early 1900s
Droxford Circuit Brass Band
See: Droxford Methodist Brass Band
Droxford Methodist Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active between 1910 and 1976
Droylsden and District Brass Band
Active from the 1960s to the 1980s
Droylsden Brass Band
See: Droylsden Village Band
Droylsden District Brass
See: Droylsden and District Brass Band
Droylsden Village Band
Active from the 1850s to 1914
Druids Brass Band (Hull)
See: Hull Druids' Brass Band
Druids Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Drumpellier Saxhorn Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1872
Drury Lane L.C.C. School Band (London)
Active in 1908
Dry Clough Band
See: Ponden Band
Dubbo Brass Band (Australia)
Formed in 1879
Dubs Loco Works Brass Band (Glasgow)
Active in 1905. Dübs and Company was a locomotive works in Polmadie, Glasgow, founded by Henry Dübs in 1863. 1903 It became part of the North British Locomotive Company. They built 4,485 locomotives.
Duddingston and Craigmillar Brass BandSee: Duddingston Brass Band
Duddingston Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active in the early 1900s up to WW1.
Dudley and District Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the early 1900s, 1920s and 1970s
Dudley Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s. Presumably replaced by the colliery band which formed in 1890.
Dudley Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1860s
Dudley Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Formed in 1890. Changed its name to Hartley Main Colliery Band before 1939, but reverted to Dudley Colliery Band in 1947. Competed in the Junior Shield in 1962, conducted by K. Bond.
Dudley Colliery Excelsior Band
See: Dudley Colliery Band
Dudley Colliery Workmen's Prize Band
See: Dudley Colliery Band
Dudley District Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1970s through 1990s. Renamed Hanger Motors Band, and then Banks Brewery Band by the 1990s through sponsorship.
Dudley Excelsior Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1900s to WW1
Dudley Excelsior Port Band
See: Revo Works Brass Band
Dudley Hill Band (Bradford, Yorkshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
Dudley Old Band
See: Dudley Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Dudley Saxhorn Band
See: Dudley Brass Band (Northumberland)
Dudley Port Prize Band
See: Revo Works Brass Band
Dudley St Martin's Band
See: Revo Works Brass Band
Dudley Silver Model Prize Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1903
Dudley Temperance Band (Northumberland)
See: Dudley U.M.F.C. Temperance Brass Band
Dudley Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Dudley Town Band
See: Dudley and District Band
Dudley Workmen's Silver Model Prize Band
See: Dudley Colliery Band
Dudley U.M.F.C. Temperance Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1890s to 1900s
Duffield Ambulance Band (Derbyshire)
Formed in 1901, active through to WW1
Duffield Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1880s
Duffield Subscription Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Dufton Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. Formed by Mr Deighton, the schoolmaster. Still active in the early 1900s
Duke and Sons Brass Band (Penshurst, Kent)
Active in 1859. Duke and Sons manufactured sports equipment and made the first-ever six-seam cricket ball in 1780.
Duke of York's School Brass Band (Dover)
Active in 1948 - at the Duke of York's Royal Military School.
Duke Street Gospel Mission Band (Workington)
Active around 1910
Dulais Valley Silver Band
Competed in the 1964 West of England Regional Championships (4th Section), conducted by Stanley Dodd
Dulverton Brass Band
See: Dulverton Silver Band
Dulverton Silver Band (Somerset)
In existence in 1870 as Dulverton Subscription Band, then Dulverton Brass Band. Silver Band title adopted in 1929
Dulverton Subscription Band
See: Dulverton Silver Band
Dulyn Brass Band (Nantlle)
Active in 1905
Dumbarton Burgh Band (Dunbartonshire)
Active in the early 1900s through to the 1950s
Dumbarton Town Band
See: Dumbarton Burgh Band
Dunbartonshire Rife Volunteers (Bonhill) (Dunbartonshire)
Active in the 1860s
Dumfries and Area Youth Band (Dumfriesshire)
Active in the 1970s
Dumfries Volunteers Band (Dumfriesshire)
Active in 1866
Dunblane Brass Band
See: Dunblane Town Band
Dunblane Town Band (Perthshire)
Active from the 1860s, folding in 1914 through lack of support from the public.
Dundee Excelsior Band (Angus)
Active in 1864.
Dundee R.N.V.R. Band
See: RNR (Tay Division) Brass Band
Dundee Thistle Brass Band (Angus)
Active in the 1860s
Dundee Trades Band (Angus)
Active in the 1880s. Practised in Dudhope Barracks. Also active between the 1930s and 1960s
Dungworth Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1911
Dunham Woodhouses Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1980s to the early 1960s. After WW2 the bandmaster was Waclaw Piekarski, a Pole who had been a guard at the Dunham Massey P.O.W. camp. The band met at the Downs Hotel, Altrincham.
Dunlop Works Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Disbanded during WW2.
Dunnikier Colliery Band (Kirkcaldy, Fife)
Active from the 1880s to c. 1930
Dunscar Works Band (Bolton)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. They attended a contest in Bromley Cross arranged by the Eagley Band in 1888. The contest took the form of a quickstep from Eagley Bridge to the Spread Eagle Pub were the band secured a first prize of £1. Later in the day the bands played a Waltz and Polka, but unfortunately the band could not repeat its success of the morning. The Dunscar Works were a cotton manufactory, which were the first to introduce "beetling" - pounding the fabric to give a flat, lustrous effect.
Dunstable Borough Brass Band
Formed as the Dunstable Rifle Volunteer Band around 1860. The first bandmaster was Henry Farrer. It became the Dunstable Borough Band around 1864. In 1898 the bandmaster was George Franklin of Church Street. 1914, the bandmaster was Frederick Franklin, of 4 Princes Street. 1937, the conductor was F. Duncombe. The band did not survive WW2.
Dunstable Excelsior Prize Band (Bedfordshire)
Founded in 1865 as the Dunstable Temperance Band. Conducted by H. Watson in 1871. In 1885 it amalgamated for a brief period with the Houghton Regis Band, to form the Dunstable Promenade Band. The bands split thereafter to go their separate ways again, the Temperance Band renaming itself as the Excelsior Band by 1898. In 1903/1914 - W. Dolman was the bandmaster, of Icknield Street. It folded around 1963.
Dunstable Excelsior Silver Prize Band
See: Dunstable Excelsior Prize Band
Dunstable Promenade Band
See: Dunstable Excelsior Prize Band
Dunstable Temperance Band
See: Dunstable Excelsior Prize Band
Dunstable Temperance Excelsior Brass Band
See: Dunstable Excelsior Brass Band
Dunston and Nocton Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1890s, conductor Mr Greenwood.
Dunston Excelsior Band (Durham)
Active in the 1950s
Dunston Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in the early 1900s
Dunston Wesleyan Band (Durham)
Active in 1907
Duple Coachworks Brass Band (Hendon, Middlesex)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Durham City Brass Band
Active from the 1850s to the 1930s
Durham Shakespeare Prize Band
Founded 1910. The band enlisted en mass in 1939 as the Band of the 11th Durham Light Infantry. All the instruments and nine bandsmen were left behind in the Dunkirk evacuation and two lost their lives. The band was reformed in England and went on to play across Europe during the War. It resumed its civilian status on demobilisation. As Durham Shakespeare Temperance Band it competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Probably folded in the early 1960s
Durham Shakespeare Temperance Band
See: Durham Shakespeare Prize Band
Durham Street Mission Band (Middlesbrough)
Formed in the 1900s and still active in 1931. The Mission was established in 1891and was intended as a rescue home and food and shelter depot. It included a home for working men and a rescue home, shelter and laundry for girls. The band went out inviting people to the mission and sometimes had open-air meetings in the market on a Saturday night. Some members: Mr Cook (caretaker and tenor horn player), Dave Chilvers (trombone), Mr and Mrs G Manton (euphonium). The Mission closed around 1936.
Durham Union Workhouse Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the late 1860s
Durley Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1920s. Used to play in the "Little Yard" by the Sawmill on Sundays and were a reasonably large group in the 1920s, even if a number of the musicians, like bandmaster Edgar Adams from Bishop's Waltham, came from outside the parish.
Dursley Territorial BandSee: Dursley Volunteers Band
Dursley Volunteers Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1
DUT Yorkshire Imperial Band
See: Yorkshire Imperial Band
Dyffryn Silver Band (Merionethshire)
Active in 1948
Dykehead Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1864 and through to the 1940s
Dykehead Instrumental Band
See: Dykehead Brass Band

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E. R. Youth Band (Yorkshire)
See: Hessle Youth Band
Eagley Sunday School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s. A bazzar was held in 1882 to raise funds to clear the debt of £200 for a complete set of new instruments.
Ealing Borough Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1914 - Thomas J. Allen, secretary of 4 Alexandria Road
Ealing Central Band (London)
Founded in 1945. The band was founded as a junior band to teach youngsters by former members of the Ealing Auxillary Fire Service Band, and gradually expanded, it was transfered to the next Borough of Southall as the Southall Brass Band around 1950 because of lack of support from the Ealing Council. Then known as Southall Borough Band. Dan Burgess was the conductor.
Ealing Auxillary Fire Service Band
Active in 1941
Ealing Town Band
Active in from the early 1900s to the 1930s
Earby Mechanics Institute Band
Active in the 1860s
Earl Shilton Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1880/82 with conductor J. Smith. James Lynes was conductor in 1893, when known as Earl Shilton Britannia Prize Brass Band. Henry Cook was bandmaster c. 1947
Earl Shilton Britannia Prize Brass Band
See: Earl Shilton Brass Band
Earl Shilton Excelsior Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1880s. Amalgamated with Earl Shilton Old Band around 1900 to form Earl Shilton United Band.
Earl Shilton Old Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1880s. Amalgamated with Earl Shilton Excelsior Band around 1900 to form Earl Shilton United Band.
Earl Shilton Silver Prize Band (Leicestershire)
Formed some time after 1918 - Secretary was Arthur Coley in 1936.
Earl Shilton United Band (Leicestershire)
Formed by the amalgamation of Earl Shilton Old Band and Earl Shilton Excelsior Band. It folded after the outbreak of WW1.
Earlestown Viaduct Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s through to the late 1940s
Earls Barton Britannia Band (Northamptonshire)
Founded in the 1880s by Walter Reynolds. Active through to the early 1900s
Earls Barton Old Silver Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1880s through to the 1990s. Charles Stewart, secretary in 1914. Horace F. Brawn was bandmaster prior to WW1, when he went into service. He was killed March 28th 1918, while acting as a stretcher bearer; a brillant cornet player, he used to play with Wellingborough Temperance, Rushden Rifles, and Earls Barton bands; had thrice previously been wounded. The band had folded by 2008 when its music library was saved from a skip.
Earls Colne Band (Essex)
From their formation in 1888, leader O. Smith, the Earls Colne Band provided musical accompaniment for many local events, their final performance was in 1953.
Earls Colne Total Abstinence Band (Essex)
Active in 1895
Earls House Industrial School Band (Witton Gilbert)
Active between 1905 and 1914
Earlseat, Lochheat and Victoria Band
See: Victoria Lochhead Band
Earlsheaton Band (Yorkshire)
Easington Brass Band
See: Easington Lane Brass Band
Easington Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in 1913. Merged with the Easington Public Band in 1956, retaining the colliery band name, to form the current Easington Colliery Band
Easington Colliery Youth Band
See: Easington Public Band
Easington Lane Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s through to the early 1900s
Easington Public Band (Durham)
Formed in 1915 as Easington Colliery Youth Band, became the National Fire Service Band during World War 2 and thereafter Easington Public Band. Merged with Easington Colliery Band in 1956.
Easingwold Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1887
Easingwold Temperance Band
Active in 1899 when it played at a grand ball in Husthwaite. Isaac Fox was a cornet player and conductor and was band master of the band. When the band folded, sometime before 1930, he became conductor of the Easingwold Town Band.
East and West Ilsley Baptist Brass Band (Berkshire)
Formed in 1889, leader Alfred Horsman. Still active in 1895.
East Ardsley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s through to the 1920s
East Ardsley and Thorpe Temperance Band
See: East Ardsley Brass Band
East Barkwith Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1890s
East Beckham Brass Band
East Benhar Instrumental Brass Band
Active in 1886
East Berks (Reading) Band
See: Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band
East Berks Silver Band
See: Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band
East Brent Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1860s
East Bristol Temperance Band
See: Bristol East Temperance Band
East Budleigh Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1880s to the 1930s. Conductor Mr Clotworthy in 1894. In 1929 the band acquired a new set of 15 silver instruments and renamed itself the East Budleigh Silver Band. The old instruments were handed over to "young enthusiasts".
East Challow Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1850s
East Clwyd Youth Brass Band
Active in the 1970s. It was formed in the county of the then Clwyd and the players were all pupils of various schools in the county. They usually practised at Ysgol Mold Alun, Maes Garmon and Buckley Elfed. In the summer of 1976 they toured in Germany and Holland, playing at several venues, including the forces theatre in Rheindarlen, Germany. The conductor at that time was Graham Jones, who went on to conduct various well known bands in North Wales.
East Compton Brass Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1890s to 1940s. Played at the Almondsbury Deanery Moral Welfare Association Garden Fete in Frenchay in 1929.
East Compton Prize Band
See: East Compton Band
East Cramlington Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1890s
East Dean Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1920s. Conductor in 1924 was W. Gumbleton.
East Dean Brass Band (Sussex)
In 1877 the opening of a temperance hotel and hall in the town was disturbed by the playing of a band employed by a local publican.
East End Brass Band
See: East End Harmonic Brass Band
East End Harmonic Brass Band (Sunderland)
A number of men from the East End of Sunderland had the idea of forming a brass band and this was achieved in 1887. Many of the East End Prize Band were paying members but did not play instruments, they did, however, play football. The officials knew that by keeping the men together their interest in the band would be maintained. Therefore, they helped them form a football club: East End Black Watch. The title Black Watch did not have a local connection, a committee man thought "the name would encourage the players to succeed as had the famous Highland regiment." On April 19th, 1893 a game was played on the Town Moor between Black Watch and the East End Brass Band, with the referee in Chinese costume. A collection was taken during the match for the benefit of the band.
East Finchley Wesleyan Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1909
East Grafton Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the early 1900s
East Grinstead Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1850s to the 1880s
East Grinstead Town Band (Sussex)
Active from 1900s to 1930s, at least
East Grinstead Volunteer and Town Band
Active in the 1890s
East Halton Amateur Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s, conductor Mr Westoby in 1880, and W. Walker in 1881.
East Ham Borough Band (1)
Active in 1908 - possible rival to Grangewood Silver Band at that time - although the latter was known as East Ham Borough Band at a later date.
East Ham Borough Band (2)
See: Grangewood Silver Band
East Ham Silver Band
See: Grangewood Silver Band
East Ham Wing ATC Band
Active during WW2.
East Harling Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1870s, conductor Mr Tillott.
East Holywell Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1880s
East Home League Band (Reading)
East Horndon Brass Band
See: Ingrave and East Horndon Brass Band
East Howle Brass Band
See: East Howle Colliery Band
East Howle Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
East Hull Brass Band
See: East Hull Prize Silver Band
East Hull Men's Institute Brass Band
Active in 1933
East Hull Prize Silver Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Originally formed as Holborn Street Brass Band, renamed East Hull Band around 1891. Active from the 1880s to 1930s. Concert for the Victoria Hospital for Sick Children (Working Men's Committee) at East Park, Hull, Sunday 20th August 19xx [probably 1905 or 1911] from 3pm to 5pm. The programme was Mephistopheles (S. Douglas), Crown of Merit (C.W. Bennet), La Traviata (W. Rimmer), Excelsior, A Casket of Gems (H. Round), The Lost Chord (Sullivan), We Never Will Bow Down (Handel), Maidstone (J. Ord Hume). The Conductor was Mr W. Milsom.
East Kew Citizens' Band (Australia)
Founded in 1936, amalgamated with the Kew City Band to form the present-day Kew Band
East Kilbride Burgh Band
See: East Kilbride Silver Band
East Kilbride Silver Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
East Kirkby Brass Band
See: East Kirkby Temperance Band
East Kirkby Colliery Band
See: East Kirkby Miners Welfare Band
East Kirkby Miners Welfare Band (Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
Reformed in 1973 - which implies there was an earlier band. Conducter in 1976 was Roy Waters.
East Kirkby Temperance Band (Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
East Kirkby United Band (Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
East Knoyle Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1880s to the 1920s. Conductor Mr Snook in 1888, E. Matthews in 1891, H. Fry in 1919.
East Lancs Paper Group Band
See: Radcliffe Borough Band
East Leake Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1870s to the 1900s. Conductor E. Goodacre (1880-1893)
East Leicester Brass Band
Active in the 1880s
East Linton Brass Band (East Lothian)
Active from the 1880s to WW1. A. P. Walker was Bass Drummer in the band (as noted in his obituary in 1935)
East London Brass Band
Active in 1860
East London Brass Ensemble
See: Grangewood Silver Band
East London Industrial School Band (Lewisham)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s. The School opened in 1873 at 43 Leman Street, Whitechapel, but by 1909 was located at 19 Brookbank Road, Lewisham.
East London Polytechnic Band
Active in 1895
East Manchester Brass Band
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
East Markham Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
East Mendip Brass Band (Coleford, Somerset)
Active from the 1850s to WW1.
East Midlands Area 5 Ambulance Band (Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1950s
East Moor Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s. Conductor C. Rogers in 1858, S. Small in 1859
East Norfolk Militia Brass Band
Active in 1861
East Nottingham Boys Brigade Brass Band
Active in 1946
East Peckham Brass Band
Active in 1924
East Peckham British Legion Band
Took part in the Royal Tunbridge Wells and District Band Federation 27th Annual Band Festival (4th Section), 14th May 1955, gaining 2nd place and £5
East Plean Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in 1903
East Riding Youth Band (Yorkshire)
See: Hessle Youth Band
East Staffs Youth Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1970s
East Stanley Temperance Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s
East Stour Brass Band (Dorset)
Founded around 1860 and disbanded around 1900, active for 40 years. It was formed by Thomas James Maidmont, who was a fine cornet player, and who was the bandmaster all through the band's existence. In the 1870s, members of the East Stour Band played around the district and at Christmas, performed carols. They would walk to Inwood House and play to Mr. Merthyr Guest. It was the custom of the butler to enquire who they were and the reply would come, 'East Stour Band', and for this they received half a sovereign. Four days later, they would pop down to the house again and this time the answer would be 'West Stour Band' for which they received another half sovereign. It was only a little white lie, if you remember that about a dozen members had walked ten miles to earn their coins!
East Stower Band
See: East Stour Band
East Stratton Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1880s
East Wemyss Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1870s to the 1890s. Also known as 10th Fife Artillery Volunteers East Wemyss Band.
East Winch Britannia Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1910
East Worcestershire Saxtuba Band (Droitwich?)
Active in 1857
East Yorkshire Brass Band
Active in the early 1920s
East Yorkshire Motors (Sharlston) Band
See: Sharlston Colliery Band
East Yorkshire Rifles Band
Active in the 1860s
Eastbourne Brass BandSee: Eastbourne Saxhorn Band
Eastbourne Brass Ensemble (Sussex)
During the early 1970's, there was a split away from the previously established Eastbourne Silver Band and a rival was set up under the name of the Eastbourne Brass Ensemble. This man responsible for the formation of the band was Harry Pearce. It was a non-contesting band. They had folded by 1979.
Eastbourne Postmen's Band (Sussex)
Active in the early 1900s
Eastbourne Saxhorn Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1860s, bandmaster Thomas Elliott in 1864.
Eastborough Wesleyan Boys Brigade Band (Dewsbury, Yorkshire)
Active in the 1930s
Easter Compton Band (Gloucestershire)
Eastern Coach Works Band (Lowestoft)
Active in the 1950s/60s. Now disbanded.
Eastern Counties Railway Brass Band (Stratford, Essex)
Active in 1857, when it played at the funeral of William Spooner, 29, one of its players. Bandmaster was Mr. Nunn.
Eastern Counties Railway Volunteer Rifle Corps Brass Band (Stratford, Essex)
Formed in 1860, of employees at the works. Presumed to be separate to the works band active in 1857.
Eastern Suburbs Band
See: Adelaide Eastern Suburbs Band
Easterton Prize Silver Band (Wiltshire)
Eastington Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1895 and 1898 when they played at Painswick Flower Show
Eastleigh Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1890s
Eastleigh Mechanical Engineers Band
See: Eastleigh Works Brass Band
Eastleigh Railway Brass Band
Active in 1891 - linked to the South Western Railway Institute.
Eastleigh Works Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active from the 1890s to WW1.
Eastmeon Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1865
Eastney Modern School Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1963
Easton Mission Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1886
Eastwood Ambulance Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1880s to WW1. From the Awsworth Parish Magazine, August 1903: "Revd Higgins talks about the Annual United Sunday School Treat. This year it was a great success, being blessed with fine weather. There was a short service in the afternoon at the Board School and Mr Bonner's field was used in the evening for games and recreation. It was enlivened by the Eastwood Ambulance Band which "discoursed sweet music" during the proceedings."
Eastwood and Greasley Ambulance Band
See: Eastwood Ambulance Band
Eastwood and Greasley Brass Band
See: Eastwood Ambulance Band
Eastwood Excelsior Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Founded in 1876, still active in 1884, moving its headquarters from Eastwood to Langley Mill.
Eastwood Mill Band (Keighley)
The mill was owned by Ickringills.
Eastwood Temperance Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Eaton (Truck Components) Band
See: Kearsley St Stephens Band
Eaton Farnworth Brass Band
Formed in 1990 by the merger of Eaton (Truck Components) Band and Farnworth Old Band. Merged with Walkden Band in 2004 to form Eaton Farnworth and Walkden Band
Eaton Ford Primitive Methodist Brass Band (St Neots, Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Eaton Transmission Gear Group Band
See: Kearsley St Stephens Band
Eaton Works Band
See: Kearsley St Stephens Band
Ebbesborne Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1855
Ebbw Vale Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1880s
Ebbw Vale Municipal Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1950s and onward. Later known as Ebbw Vale Town Band. Amalgamated with Cwm Town Band in 2011 to form Ebbw Valley Brass.
Ebbw Vale Town Band
See: Ebbw Vale Municipal Band
Ebbw Vale Works Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1920s
Ebchester Band
Active in 1907
Ebenezer Chapel Band
See: William Davis Construction Group Band
Ebenezer Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Red Bank, Manchester)
Active in 1892
Ebley Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1840s to 1919. Presumed to have folded in the early 1880s and reformed just prior to 1888. It is assumed to have disbanded after WW1, not surviving much into the 1920s.
Ebor Brass Band (York)
York, 1980s-?
Ebor Excelsior Silver Band (York)
Formed 1883 as Chaucer Street Mission Band, later names were York and District Mission Band, York Excelsior Band. Known as York Home Guard Association Band during WW2, and Ebor Excelsior Band after WW2. Merged, in 1952, with York City Brass Band to form the current York Railway Institute Band.
Eccles Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1854. Folded sometime before 1874 when a committee of working men set themselves the task of raising funds to set up a band. A band did eventually evolve in 1886 (the current Eccles Borough Band).
Eccles Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1877
Ecclesall Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the early 1900s
Ecclesall Subscription Band
See: Ecclesall Brass Band
Ecclesfield Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1849, playing for the Stannington Whit Monday procession. Played a selection of their favourite quadrilles and airs at the Ecclesfield United Cricket Club opening match in 1860, conductor T. Brown. Mr Jubb was the conductor in 1871, playing at the Grenoside Flower Show in August and also in 1879 at the Chapeltown Floral and Horticultural Show, and also in 1884. Also known as Ecclesfield Old Band in 1872. They folded around 1985.
July 1872 - Discord amongst Ecclesfield musicians: Thomas Jubb, file cutter, of Ecclesfield, was summoned for doing wilful damage to a drum, the property of Wm. Butterworth; moulder, of Ecclesfield, and others. John Jubb Sen., Wm. Joseph and John Jubb, George Hobson, and Samuel Bayles, all of the same place, were summoned for aiding and abetting. The defendants were also charged with committing a breach of the peace. Mr. Binney appeared in support of the information, and Mr Clegg defended. The complainant is the bandmaster of the Ecelesfield brass band, and some time ago a dispute took place between the members, which led to a certain number of them, including the defendants Jubb (father and sons), resigning and organising another band. The drum belonging to the band was in the possession of Jubb, senior, but was given up to the complainant on application. Considerable ill feeling existed between the rival bands. On Saturday, 22nd June, the complainant; with the other members of his band, were practising at the Travellers Inn, Ecclesfield common. They afterwards came outside the house, played several tunes, and then marched down the road. While near the door the defendants came up, and John Jubb was heard to ask Hobson if he would "jump on the drum." Thomas and William Jubb were observed to go along the hedge side, and when the band had gone a short distance a witness, named John Briggs, saw the defendant, Thomas Jubb, throw a stone at the drum, making a hole through one side of the parchment and cracking the other. The damage done was estimated at £2 15s. A row ensued, and several of the other defendants came up and, committed assaults upon two or three members of the band, and a most disgraceful scene followed... Twelve witnesses were examined for the complainant in support of these facts... For the defence it was contended that the drum did not belong to the complainant, as it was bought by subscription in 1858, in answer to the following appeal: "The Ecclesfield band of musicians are wishful to improve the practice of their music by giving a right effect to their musical strains, and in order to accomplish this object they are obliged to make an appeal to the gentry," etc. It was also stated that John Jubb, sen., had as much right as any one to the "musical instrument" as he had paid over the money and obtained the receipt from the maker. Several witnesses were called who swore that they did not see Thomas Jubb throw a stone.... At half-past three Mr. Clegg said he had nine other witnesses..... The Bench said they should not sit later than four o'clock, and as Mr. Clegg was of opinion that he could not finish the defence for the second part of the case in that time, an adjournment -until next Tuesday was agreed to.... Previous to this Mr. Binney withdrew the charge of aiding and abetting...... Mr. Atkinson hoped the retaining fee of the professional gentlemen in the case had been heavy, for they had been detained a very long time..... Mr. Chambers, who had been waiting all the forenoon in another case, said the fees of the other professional gentleman would require also to be very heavy.... Two cross-summonses have been taken out, and will be heard next court day.
The following week it was reported:
Mr. Clegg now stated that two friends had met two friends from each party, and had proposed terms of settlement, which his clients were ready to accept, but the other side were not willing. Mr. Binney said the proposals were unreasonable, and his clients could not accede to them. Mr. Atkinson suggested terms of arrangement, and ultimately the summonses were all withdrawn on the defendants paying 25s., being one half the estimated amount of the cost of repairing the drum.
Ecclesfield New Band
Active in 1867 and 1872
Ecclesfield Old Band
See: Ecclesfield Brass Band
Ecclesfield Silver Band
See: Ecclesfield Brass Band
Eccleshill Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from 1850s to the 1870s. Bandmaster was James Norton.
Eccleston Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1850s through to the 1930s. Folded after the Second World War. A successor band was formed in 1970
Eccleston Prize Band
See Eccleston Brass Band
Eccleston Subscription Band
See Eccleston Brass Band
Echo Ryhope Colliery Band
See: Ryhope Colliery Band
Eckington Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1870s to WW1.
Eckington Rechabites Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1880s and 1890s
Eckington Town Band
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Contemporary with the Eckington United and the Eckington Works bands.
Eckington United Band
Active in the 1890s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Still active in the 1970s
Eckington Works Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1888, attached to the local iron works. Still active in the 1890s
Eclipse Band (Coalville)
Active in the 1890s
Edale Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1883
Eden Colliery Welfare Band (Leadgate, Durham)
Active in the 1950s, 1960s. This colliery was near Consett.
Edenham Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1850s
Edgbaston Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1893
Edge Hill (British Railways) Band (Liverpool)
Formed in 1879 as the Edge Hill Steam Sheds Band.
Mike Hughes reports: "I conducted the band from 1970 until 1975. We gained 4th in the Championship Section in 1972 and won the area contest for WD and HO Wills in 1971. For many years the principal cornet player was Ken Tinsley who was cornet chapion of Great Britain I think 3 times and solo champion once. The band quartet was champion of Great Britain in 1963 and came 2nd in 1971, 3rd 1972 and 4th 1973. Bill Yates conducted the band for many years and conducted them at the Albert Hall in 1961 and 1963 after gaining third place in the Area contest at the Free Trade Hall Manchester".
Malcolm Looby reports: "I joined Edge Hill (BR) Band in 1976. The band rehearsed in one of the sheds in the sidings at Edge Hill, Liverpool on the corner of Combermere Street and Picton Road two nights a week and more (much more) often when approaching the date of a contest. It was a championship section band at the time and the band room had a few framed certificates on the wall - a big one I recall was from having played in the Championship Finals in 1966 I think, and another was a solo cornet certificate from the soloists competition at or around the same time. When I joined, the band had strong links with a couple of other 'local' bands (Camel Lairds which had folded a few years before and Fodens) with several ex-players of these bands coming to play with Edge Hill, and probably because of these connections we also had a couple of 'guest' conductors coming to rehearse the band occasionally - James Scott and Rex Mortimer. The conductor throughout my time with Edge Hill (BR) Band was Bob Dean. He had played with both Camel Lairds and Fodens. The band played in quite a number of championship contests - best placing was 8th a couple of times in the Areas at Preston Guild Hall. We didn't play in enough though, and it has to be said that we weren't quite good enough to stay in the top section - so the inevitable happened and we were relegated to the second section probably about 1980. We did OK in the second section, winning the last ever 2nd section contest at the Kings Hall, Belle View, and the same contest a year later (or a year before!) at Bolton Town Hall before it burnt down. We qualified for the Pontins finals in North Wales I recall also. With the break up of British Rail the band lost the little sponsorship it had and had to begin paying for rehearsal rooms. We had moved out of the sidings into what was a 'mothballed' hotel attached to Lime Street Station, and when that was made into a hotel again we went to rehearse in schools, the band then withered away."
Stephen Roughley reports: "I played in the band from around about 1988-1992, eventually becoming principle cornet player with the band. By this time, it was no longer a contest band, but was still conducted by Bob Dean, with Roy Eaves (I think ex-Fodens) on euphonium or trombone. Many of the players at this stage were also from the Liverpool Schools Senior Brass Band. The band was meeting for rehearsals in Rail House, an office block to the side of Lime Street Station, in Liverpool. I think the band folded a few years later, and possibly was merged into the St Margarets school band, which Bob also ran."
Edge Hill L.M.S. Band
See: Edge Hill (British Railways) Band
Edge Hill Steam Sheds Band
See: Edge Hill (British Railways) Band
Edgeley Brass Band
Formed in 1870. Active until 1954, when it merged with the Cheshire Yeomanry (Stockport) Band to form the current Stockport Silver Band. Some memories from a player: "The band has had a varied career and many different Band rooms or practice rooms. The first one that I knew was behind the Brittania Inn a pub long since gone, it was in church gate just higher up than the old church and on the opposite side. The bandmaster in those days was Jack Hargreaves a very good musician and also well known as a baker in Portwood. He had a son Jack who was a very good cornet player, he also followed his father in the bakery business and had a stall in the market. I only knew two other players of the post 1914 war band. One named Eckersley a cornet player who ended his days in the Reddish district. The other was a man named Swain who either lived in Emperor Street or round the corner in Hersey Street, he was a bass player. When the Band left the Britannia, they went for a short time to a pub under the viaducts, the Gardeners and from there they went to another defunct pub, the Commercial. By then the band had another conductor, Harold Bennett, and to him more than to any does the present band owe its existence. At one time it was jokingly called Bennett's Band because his father played the bass drum, another brother the trombone and euphonium and another was drum major. Harold's son Jack also played cornet. Besides being conductor Harold was the general factotum, he repaired music, was librarian, errand boy. He had the Band for at least fifty years. The Cheshire Yeomanry Band used to practise at the Pineapple in Heaton Lane, they had a hut at the side, their conductor was Mr J Seddon and he had them for many years. In fact I think he was still their Bandmaster when he died. His death brought about a crisis for the Band because whether by accident or not they had to leave their Band room. not safe was the excuse given and it put them in a fix, so they came to us (Edgeley) and proposed a merger, both Bands were in a poor state member wise and committees of both Bands decided to adopt the idea and the Stockport Silver was born. "
Edgworth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s
Edinburgh Industrial Brigade Brass Band
Active in 1897
Edinburgh Roman Catholic Brass Band
Active in 1861
Edinburgh Temperance Band
Active in the 1920s. Conducted by Alex Rae in 1928
Edinburgh Trades Band
Active in the 1920s and 1930s.
Edlington N.U.M. Silver Prize Band
See: Yorkshire Main Colliery Band
Edlington N.U.R. Brass Band (Doncaster)
Edmonton Borough Band
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s
Edmonton Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1860s
Edmonton Brass Band (Middlesex)
See: Edmonton Borough Band
Edmonton Excelsior Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s
Edmonton People's Tabernacle Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1912
Edmonton Silver Prize Band
See: Edmonton Borough Band
Edmonton Temperance Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active from the early 1900s through to the 1920s
Edmonton Town Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1894/1896 - G Rochester bandmaster, Golden Fleece Pub, Lower Fore Street
Edwards' Brothers Band
See: Edwards' Shipyard Band
Edwards' Shipyard Band (North Shields)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Effingham Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1890s
Effingham Gas Works Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s
Effingham Street Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in the 1900s, obtaining a new band-room in Sussex Street in 1910, conductor J.C. Dyson.
Egerton Street Mission Band (Sale, Cheshire)
Active in 1924. The chapel was situated on the junction of Egerton Street and Lorne Street and was consecrated in 1872. One report assumes that the band had ceased to exist prior to 1934, however there is evidence of the band active in 1950. The Chapel was demolished in 1956
Egerton Street Wesleyan Temperance Band
See: Egerton Street Mission Band
Egglestone Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1880s through to WW1. Alfred Allinson, secretary in 1914.
Egham and Englefield Green Public Prize Brass Band
See: Egham Temperance Band
Egham Temperance Band (Surrey)
Formed before 1895. Rehearsed at the Technical Institute, Egham Hill until moving to a former furniture depository on Band Lane in 1904. Renamed the Egham and Englefield Green Public Prize Brass Band in 1906, it amalgamated with Egham Town Band in 1919 to form Egham and District Band
Egham Town Band (Surrey)
Formed before 1895. Practised at the back of the Catherine Wheel Hotel, Egham High Street. Merged with Egham and Englefield Public Band in 1919 to form Egham and District Band
Eglinton Iron Works Band (Kilwinning)
Active in 1874. The ironworks was at Blacklands, Kilwinning, Ayrshire.
Egremont Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s. A successor band (Egremont Town Band) was formed in 1904
Egton Bridge Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the late 1830s to the 1860s
Ehenside Secondary School Band (Cleator, Cumberland)
Active in the late 1960s.
Elan Village Brass Band (near Rhayader)
Active in the 1890s
Eldon Colliery Band (Shildon, Durham)
Active from the 1870s through to WW2. Conducted by T. Collinson in the 1930s.
Electric Tramway and Tramway Carriage Brass Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Formed before 1900, later known as Dick Kerr English Electrical Works Band in the 1920s and then later still, Blackburn's Steel Work's Band in the 1930s. Probably folded before or during WW2. Some press cuttings about the band:
Preston Guardian - 13th April 1901. "There was a Gala at Penwortham on Easter Monday. The Electric Tramway and Tramway Carriage Brass Band arranged the gathering. The band, some 27 strong, arranged in brand-new uniforms discoursed selections and dance music with considerable skill".
Preston Herald - 3rd September 1902, "Preston Guild Processions. In the Trades Procession there were: - Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works Band. The Catholic Guild procession contained: Electric Car Works Band (Preston). The Church of England Schools had: Electric Car Works (Preston) Brass Band."
Lancashire Daily Post - 31st December 1917 "1,500 children were entertained at the Public Hall on Saturday 29th to coffee, buns and fruit tart. 3,000 nearly swamped the Dick Kerr Band and watched pictures provided by Frank Foster of the Marathon. The event was organised by the Preston Borough Police for the poor children's fund."
Lancashire Daily Post - 5th May 1919. "Dick Kerr's Band. Yesterday DKB gave two performances at PNE ground. Bad weather kept the crowds away but the poor crowd enjoyed playing that has rarely, if ever, been excelled by a local band. Further concert on Whit Sunday."
Lancashire Daily Post - 3rd July 1926: "Sat 17th at Rob Green Farm, Fishwick, Preston Conservative Gala (Preston parks are not available for political events.) programme included The Dick, Kerr Prize Band playing for dancing."
Preston Guardian - 1st December 1934. "Preston Band's Quartet Success. A Quartet from Blackburn Steel Works Band (Ex Dick Kerr's) won the Rushworth and Draper's Shield at Liverpool on Saturday. T. Berry, Solo Cornet, A. Whitehead, Second Cornet, L. Beck, Solo Horn and J. Dixon, Euphonium".
Electrical Carriage Works Band
See: Electric Tramway and Tramway Carriage Brass Band
Elemore Colliery Band (Easington Lane, Durham)
Formed in the 1900s and still active in 1909
Elgin Brass Band (Dunfermline)
See: Elgin Masonic Band
Elgin Masonic Band (Dunfermline)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s
Elham and Lyminge Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1860s
Eling Reformatory School Brass Band (Hants)
Active in 1886
Elland Boys Band
See:Elland C.E.F.A Youth Band
Elland C.E.F.A Youth Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1950s/60s. Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by W. H. Exley
Elland Edge Band
See: Elland Upper Edge Band
Elland Upper Edge Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s
Elland United Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Ellesmere Port British Legion Band (Cheshire)
See: Ellesmere Port Church Silver Band
Ellesmere Port Christ Church School Brass Band
Active in 1894
Ellesmere Port Church Silver Band (Cheshire)
Formed as a breakaway band from the Ellesmere Port Public Band in the 1890s. Competed in the Crystal Palace contest in 1923 in the 3rd Section. Renamed the Ellesmere Port British Legion Band in the 1930s. Amalgamated with Ellesmere Public Band in 1946 to form Ellesmere Port and District Band (the current Ellesmere Port Band)
Ellesmere Port Boys Grammar School Brass Band
Active in the 1970s
Ellesmere Port Public Band (Cheshire)
Formed in 1883. In 1902 W. Johnson was the secretary. Competed in the Crystal Palace contests in 1922 and 1923 in the 3rd Section. Also known as the Chapel Band. It amalgamated with Ellesmere Church Band in 1946 to form Ellesmere Port and District Band (the current Ellesmere Port Band)
Ellesmere Port Volunteer Band
Active in 1897
Ellesmere Public Band
See: Ellesmere Port Public Band
Ellesmere Road Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1874
Ellington Colliery Band (Lynemouth)
Active in 1914, but probably folded during the Great War. A successor band was formed in Lynemouth in 1925.
Ellington Silver Band (Ramsgate, Kent)
Elliot Concert Brass (Rochester, Kent)
Founded in 1971 as the Elliott Musicians Society. This was a particularly thriving section of the Elliott Sports and Social Club, which combined the social activities of GEC Elliott-Automation and Marconi-Elliott Avionic Systems at the Airport Works in Rochester, Kent. Amalgamated with Trinity Brass from Maidstone in 1985 to form the current BAE Systems Brass Band (then GEC Avionics Brass Band)
Elliott's Metal Co. (I.C.I.) Band
See: Burry Port Town Band
Elliott's Smelting Works Band
See: Burry Port Town Band
Ellistown and Hugglescote Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Ellmore's Can and Basket Works Brass Band
See: Syston Silver Band
Elmstead Market Band (Essex)
Active in 1910
Elmstead Market Wesleyan Methodist Band (Essex)
Elmwood Mills Band (Leeds)
Elsecar Brass Band
See: Elsecar Subscription Band
Elsecar Main Colliery Band
Active in the 1950s to the 1970s. Competed in the Senior Cup in 1962.
Elsecar Prize Band
See: Elsecar Subscription Band
Elsecar Subscription Band
Active in 1875, conductor H.B. Naylor, and also in 1894, when it presented a silver hunting horn to Viscount Milton on the occasion of his coming of age. Still active in the 1930s. Presumed to have been replaced by the Elsecar Main Colliery Band after WW2.
Elswick Hopper Brass Band (Barton-on-Humber)
Active in 1893 and the early 1900s. Richard Weston, a member of Kettering Rifles Band, moved to Barton and joined the Elswick Hopper Brass Band playing Tuba. He worked for Elswick Hopper cycle manufacturer at Barton-on-Humber as a labourer in tube and sheet-metal working and brazing. In 1880 Fred Hopper had established a cycle repair business in a former blacksmith's shop in Brigg Road, Barton-upon-Humber. He went on from repairing cycles to manufacturing them. The business flourished and by 1905 it employed over 400 people. As the business grew it moved to larger premises on Marsh Lane. F. Hopper and Co. also had a large three storied building built on the corner of Holydyke and Brigg Road for offices. The wrapping and packing was done on Brigg Road ready for export. Early pictures of the office had the words "The Butterfly Cycle Company" emblazoned on the wall. The company had started exporting to places such as Australia, Japan, India and South Africa by 1912. Around 1913 the company acquired the Elswick Cycle company and the company became Elswick Hopper Cycle and Motor Company. In 1936 Elswick Hopper was quoted on the London Stock Exchange.
Elswick Works Band (1)
See: Elswick Hopper Brass Band
Elswick Works Band (2) (Newcastle)
Active in 1891
Eltham Town Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s
Eltham United Band (Kent)
Active in the 1920s
Elworth Silver Band (Cheshire)
Edwin Foden was one of the founders of this band in the later part of the 19th century, but the band was dissolved in 1902 after it demanded a fee of £4 for taking part in the local celebrations for the Coronation of King Edward VII. Following this, Edwin Foden reconstituted a band in its place, with new instruments, taking the name of his motor works - Fodens. The rest is history....
Elwyn Hendy Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1890s
Ely Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1860s
Ely City Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s. Bandmaster J.J. Smith in 1920
Ely Railway Silver Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1920s
Ely Town Band
See: Ely City Band
Emley Brass Band
See: Emley Public Brass Band
Emley Public Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1870 as a mixed woodwind and brass ensemble. It was sponsored by the mine in Emley for a time but lost that affiliation when the pit closed. Around 1965 it amalgamated with Clayton West Brass Band to form Clayton West and Emley Band (forerunner of the current Emley Brass Band.
Emlyn Colliery Brass Band
See: Penygroes Silver Band
Emma Colliery Band (Ryton, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and was active through to 1938.
Empress Training Ship Band (Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire)
See: Training Ship Empress Brass Band
Empress Ladies Brass Band (London)
Active in 1897
Emsworth Primitive Methodist Brass Band
Active in 1910.
Enderby Temperance Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1880s to around 1893 and beyond. Some members of the band joined the new rival Enderby Band in 1895.
Endon Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from 1860 through to the 1880s
Enfield Brass Band (Middlesex)
Formed in 1861, later known as Enfield Town Band. Active through to WW2 in that form. Merged with the North Middlesex Silver Band in 1949, retaining the North Middlesex name until 1966, when it reverted to Enfield Brass Band - still active in 1978.
Enfield Catholic Brass Band (Accrington, Lancashire)
Active in 1853
Enfield Central Band (Middlesex)
Active from the 1930s to the mid 1950s
Enfield Old Original Brass Band (Accrington, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Enfield Temperance Mission Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s
Enfield Town Band
See: Enfield Central Band
Enfield Town Forresters Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s
Enfield Volunteer Rifles Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1865
English Congregational Church Brass Band (Caerphilly)
Active in 1908
Enniscaven Brass Band (Restormel, Cornwall)
Next door to St Dennis, they were formed sometime before 1933 and continued up to, and after World War 2. They did no contesting. Their only conductor appears to have been a James Best, an ex baritone/trombone player from the St Dennis Band.
Epping Forest and Loughton Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1890s
Epping Forest Military Band (Essex)
Active in 1892.
Epping Town Band (Essex)
Founded in 1894 by R.E. Rutland, an engine driver for the Great Eastern Railway. Many original bandsmen were railway workers based at Stratford and the first bandmaster was Tom Smith, another railway worker, whose two sons both played in the band. The first secretary and treasurer was Charlie Hills whose son Sydney still lives in Epping and is a well known local historian. The bandsmen each paid an entry fee of one shilling and subscriptions of threepence a week towards purchase of music. Monies earned by the band were either divided among the bandsmen or put towards uniform purchase. Engagements were many and varied at this time and included playing at the local cycling and athletic club sports meetings, football matches and on the stage of the old town hall when it was used for roller skating. One of the most memorable engagements was an ice carnival on the lake at Coopersale House in February 1895 when the lake was illuminated by small fairy lamps and Chinese lanterns. Hundreds of skaters were entertained by the lady of the House, Miss Archer-Houblon and the carnival was enlivened by the band's music and a firework display. Other celebrations included frequent concerts in the market place and the two days of celebrations for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in June 1897. The Epping Band folded in the the early 1920s. A successor band (Epping Silver Band) was formed in 1935.
Epsom Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1880s through to at least 1918. Conductor F. Hall in the 1890s.
Epsom British Legion Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Epsom Town Band
See: Epsom Brass Band
Epworth Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1873, still active in the early 1900s
Epworth Temperance Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the early 1840s - presumed to have folded prior to 1873.
Erchfont Brass Band
See: Urchfont Prize Brass Band
Ercol Furniture Company Band (High Wycombe)
Active in 1914 and 1921 and the 1940s through to 2007.
Erdington Boys School Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1970s
Erdington Children's Home Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the early 1900s through to the 1920s. The Erdington Cottage Homes were opened in 1900 by the Aston Union.
Erimus Works Band (Middlesbrough)
Formed in 1898 and still active in 1913.
Erith British Legion Band (Kent)
Active in the 1920s through to 1953, when it merged with Dartford Borough British Legion Band to form Dartford and Erith Silver Band.
Erith Town Band
See: Erith British Legion Band
Escomb Brass Band
Active in the 1920s
Esher Royal Brass Band
Active in 1887
Essex and Suffolk Brotherhood Brass Band
Active in 1950
Essex Industrial School Band
See: Chelmsford Industrial School Brass Band
Essex Street Baptist Brass Band (Levenshulme, Lancashire)
Active in 1937
Essington Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
Eston Junction Railway Brass Band (Yorks)
Active in 1862
Eston Miners' Old Brass Band (Middlesbrough)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s. Took part in the ceremony to lay the foundation stones of the Normanby Methodist Church on Saturday June 30th, 1900.
Eston Steel Works Brass Band (Middlesbrough)
Active in 1893
Etchingham Brass Band (Sussex)
Active 1880s to WW1.
Etchingham and Robertsbridge Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Etherley Silver Band (High Etherley, Durham)
Active from the 1890s to WW1
Etruria Artillery Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1880s. Also known as the 1st Staffordshire Artillery Brass Band
Etton Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active from the 1840s to the 1870s
Etwall Brass Band
Active in 1852 and 1887. The band rehearsed in Ted Fowkes's father's workshop off Main Street (somewhere in the vicinity of the paper shop) and the drum was kept there among the coffins! The band performed all round the area from the mid 19th century onwards but it seems to have petered out in the 1920s or 30s.
Etwall Excelsior Brass Band
See: Etwall Brass Band
Euxton Brass Band
See: Euxton Town Band
Euxton Town Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1870s
Evenwood Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s
Evenwood Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed after WW1. Active until 1937. Merged with the Hunwick Colliery Band at some point.
Evenwood Model Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Everards Brewery Band (Leicester)
See: City of Leicester Band
Eversholt Brass Band
Active in 1874 and early 1900s
Evesham Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1883
Evesham Brass Band
Active in 1885 when it took part in a church parade on 4/4/1885
Evesham Wesleyan Mission Band
Active in 1906
Ewell Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in 1899, conductor Mr. Hall
Ewell and District Boys Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1920s
Ewhurst Brass Band (Surrey)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s
Excelsior Friends Adult School Brass Band (Colchester)
Active in 1894
Excelsior Juvenile Brass Band (Nottingham)
Active in 1876
Exeter Blue Ribbon Army Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1880s, conductor George Russell
Exeter Silver Band (Devon)
Exeter Working Men's Brass Band (Devon)
Formed in 1890, conductor George Russell.
Exhall Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1860s
Exmouth P.S.A. Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s, conductor B. Smalldon.
Exmouth Subscription Band (Devon)
Active in 1881
Exmouth Town Band (Devon)
Active in 1887
Exmouth Training Ship Band
See: Training Ship Exmouth Brass Band
Eyam Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Eye and Hartismere Yeomanry Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1890s - it may have morphed into a town band at a later date.
Eynesbury and St Neots Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s
Eynsford Brass Band
Drum of the band still exists and is held by the Farningham and Eynsford Local History Society
Eynsham Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1890
Eythorne Brass Band (Kent)
Active around 1895, and died down to just one or two players by the 1950's, was revived in the 1960's and stayed at full strength until the late 1980's when it reduced in number to just 2 or 3 players. With the return to the village in 1999 of a couple of old members from the 1970's, the band was revived again in 2002 as ex band members reformed and taught their own children to play.

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F. A. Norris Works Brass Band (Wales)
Active in 1972
Failsworth St John's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1860s to the early 1900s
Failsworth Youth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Fair View Brass Band (Vange, Essex)
Formed in 1905, conductor T. Stacey
Fairbairn's Band (Leeds)
See: Leeds Railway Foundry Band
Fairbairn's Wellington Sax-horn Band (Leeds)
See: Leeds Railway Foundry Band
Fairfield Band (Govan, Lanarkshire)
Instituted 1877. Conductor in 1888 was E. Baistow
Fairfield Street Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1860s
Fairford Silver Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed around 1903 by George Churchman, instruments provided by A.J. Palmer (of the Reading biscuit firm). Folded in January 2009 - some of the band's instruments, including the original bass drum from 1903, and some of their trophies, were handed over to the Fairford Historical Society.
Fairwarp Brass Band
See: Fairwarp Silver Band
Fairwarp Silver Band (Sussex)
The band had its beginnings in the Ashdown Forest Temperance Band, founded by Frank T Ridley, who started a garage business in Nutley. It was based in the specially built bandroom in Old Forge Lane, Horney Common. The band was supported by Count Munster, owner of Maresfield Park estate from 1898 to 1914. The band split in 1911 when the Nutley members started their own band. After the War the band was started up again by mainly Fairwarp members, backed by Ventura P Misa, the then owner of Oldlands estate, and by the subsequent owner, Sir Bernard Eckstein. Eckstein established a trust, which enabled the band to purchase new uniforms and silver instruments. Previously called the Fairwarp Brass Band, the band seems to have been commonly known as Fairwarp Silver Band from this time. Many of the players were employed on the Oldlands estate. Records of the band, from 1905-1982, are held at the East Sussex Record Office
Faldingworth Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active between 1908 and 1915
Falkirk Aluminium Works Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Falkirk and District Trades Band
See: Falkirk Trades Band
Falkirk Burgh Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in 1892
Falkirk Camelon Brass Band
See: Camelon Brass Band
Falkirk Foundry Brass Band
See: Falkirk Iron Works Band
Falkirk Iron Works Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in 1863 and 1880s
Falkirk Public Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in 1933
Falkirk Trades Band
Active in the early 1900s. In a photograph of 1908 the title is "International Champions". This was quite a feat for the band as it was probably only in the second section at the time. One of several brass bands in the area, Falkirk Trades first appears in the Scottish Amateur Brass Band Association records in 1905 when it took second place in the third section contest. They filled the same spot in 1906 and three years later took fourth spot in the second section; were third in 1913; and won it in 1919. That was the last listing. On June 8, 1910 a meeting of the sub-committee appointed by the Town Council to confer with three members each of the Falkirk Burgh Military Band and the Falkirk Trades Band on the question of amalgamation was held on Tuesday evening in the Burgh Buildings. Councillor Muirhead (convener) presided, and the other members of the sub–committee, Treasurer Wallace and Councillor Sinclair, were also present. After a lengthy discussion, which mainly went to show that an amalgamation of the two bands was unpracticable and unnecessary, the meeting closed without coming to any finding on this subject.
Fallis' Brass Band (Idle)
Active in 1872
Falmouth Foundry Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1885
Falmouth Oddfellows Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1863
Falmouth Saxtuba Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1855 - formed of young mechanics of the town.
Falmouth Town Band (1) (Cornwall)
Active in 1912 - headquarters at Rystie and Barber, 3 Waterloo Place. West of England Champions in 1938.
Falmouth Town Band (2) (Cornwall)
Formed in the 1950's, the band progressed to Championship Standard performing alongside Black Dyke Mills Band at the Royal Albert Hall in 1955. Folded in the 1960s. A successor band (Pendennis Brass) was formed in 1980
Falmouth Town Silver Band (Cornwall)
Formed 1919
Falsgrave Temperance Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1880s to the 1890s
Far Newland Brass Band
See: Lincoln Far Newland Brass Band
Farcet Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s
Farcet Temperance Band
See: Farcet Brass Band
Farcet United Band
See: Farcet Brass Band
Fareham Amateur Brass Band (Hants)
Active in 1845
Fareham Brass Band
Active in 1919
Fareham Excelsior Band
Active in 1878.
Faringdon Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1890s, when it played at Longworth festivities
Farington Brass Band
See: Farington Mill Brass Band
Farington Mill Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in from the 1890s to the 1930s
Farington Subscription Band
See: Farington Mill Brass Band
Farnborough Industrial School Band (Hampshire)
Active around 1900 at the National Children's Home in Farnborough
Farnborough Youth Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1980s
Farndale Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1859 when it took part in the Lofthouse Grand Village Band Contest in November that year. It was conducted by Mr Potter, had 11 performers, and played Lucrezia Borgia by Donizetti and the test piece, Grand Parade March by Jones. Still active in the 1930s. Competed at the Douthwaite Dale contest in 1935
Farndale Silver Band
See: Farndale Brass Band
Farnham Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1860s
Farnham Excelsior Band (Surrey)
Active in 1892
Farningham Brass Band
Farningham Home For Little Boys Band (Kent)
Band run at an orphanage in Farningham. Travelled across Britain raising funds for the Home and making wider known the plight of similar homes across the country. Active in the 1880s and 1890s.
Farnley Ironworks Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the early 1900s. At Winterton Agricultural show in 1903, Farnley Iron Works Band provided the programme of music. Farnley Iron Works was founded in 1846. Farnley Iron Works produced more bricks than iron a nd eventually became part of the Leeds Fireclay Co (1889). It produced both household and firebricks.
Farnley Old Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Farnley Temperance Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1860 to 1893
Farnsfield Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1858
Farnworth Amateur Band
Active in 1883 when they competed in the 1883 Belle Vue contest, coming third.
Farnworth and Kearsley Silver Prize Band
Farnworth New Brass Band
Active in the 1910s and 1920s
Farnworth Old (Barnes') Band
See: Farnworth Old Band
Farnworth Old Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1848 by Thomas Barnes, a mill owner, originally known as Band of the Farnworth Cotton Mills, later as Barnes' Band, Tapps Rifles' Band (c.1860), Farnworth Old (Barnes') Band, Farnworth Old Band, West Lancs Home Guard Band (during WW2), and Farnworth Old Band (to 1990) when it merged with Eaton (Truck Components) Band to form Eaton Farnworth Brass Band. For a full history of the band see: Walker, Matthew - The History of Farnworth and Walkden Brass Band - 2004
Farnworth Public Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1884 and 1909
Farnworth Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1894 when, under the Conductorship of Mr J Crossley, on September 1st, they "discoursed the following programme before a highly appreciative assemblage of the Public: March - The Battle and the Breeze (Wadson); Lancers - Merry and Wise (Harris); Fantasia - Pride of Ireland (Round); Valse - Valley of Ferns (Round); Anthem - Jerusalem my glorious Home (Mason)."
Farr's of Luton Brass Band
See: Sundon Park Brass Band
Farsley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1880s to WW1.
Farsley Old Band
See: Farsley Brass Band
Fartown Brass Band (Huddersfield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1894
Fartown Brass Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1876
Father Berry's Homes Brass Band (Liverpool)
The band was active in the late 1890s. Father Berry's Home for Catholic Boys was opened in Liverpool in 1892, other homes also existed. From the early 1900s children were being emigrated to Canada from Father Berry's Homes, and two homes were set up in Canada for this purpose.
Fauldhouse Brass Band (West Lothian)
Active in the 1880s
Fawr Silver Band
Founded in the 1870s. Its first bandmaster was Evan Davies, who had had previous experience with bands in South Wales. Evan Davies suffered from pains in his thigh, and he walked with a limp. When teaching the band to march he used to hobble along the schoolroom floor with one hand cupped round his lips, singing 'Tara-ra-ra' like a cornet. When the pain occurred he would stop suddenly and cry out, "O, my thigh!!" and so it went on: 'Ta-ra-ra-ra - O, MY THIGH!'. The Waun Fawr band was one of the ten that competed at Pw!then in 1898 when a near riot broke out. Each band was to start from the Crown Hotel and march to the White Hall where they were to form a circle and play the march right through again so thin the adjudicator, who was seated by an open window above them, could hear. Probably through faulty timing. the second band arrived at the White Hall before the first hand had finished. Other bands followed closely. and soon there were five bands blowing furiously and creating a deafening noise as they tried to drown each other. A free fight followed and the instruments became weapons. Nobody won the competition as it was declared void.
Featherstone Brass Band(Middlesex)
See: Featherstone County Boy's School Brass Band
Featherstone Brass Band(Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the early 1900s
Featherstone County Boy's School Brass Band (Southall, Middlesex)
Active from the 1960s to the 1980s
Featherstone Main Band
See: Featherstone Silver Band
Featherstone Model Band
See: Featherstone Brass Band
Featherstone Silver Band
Active in the 1930s/40s
Featherstone Subscription Band
See: Featherstone Silver Band
Featherstone Youth Band
See: Featherstone County Boy's School Brass Band
Fechney Industrial School Brass Band (Perth)
Active in 1874 through 1914. The school was founded in 1864, in Wells Hill.
Fechney Institution Brass Band
See: Fechney Industrial School Brass Band
Fechney School Band
See: Fechney Industrial School Brass Band
Feckenham Village Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1899
Felindre Brass Band (Wales)
Felling Chemical Works Band
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Felling Colliery Band
Active between 1904 and 1920
Felling Saxhorn Band
Active in the 1860s
Felling Temperance Band
Active in 1898
Felling Town Silver Band
Merged with Heworth Colliery Band at some point
Feltham Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1860s to the early 1900s
Feltham Town Band
See: Feltham Brass Band
Feltham Volunteers Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1890s
Felton Amateur Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1876
Felton Brass Band
Active in 1887, when it organised a duet contest. Also in 1896
Fenland Music Centre Brass Band (March, Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1980s
Fenny Compton Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1890s through to WW1.
Fenny Stratford Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1870s through to WW1. Conductor W. Franklin in 1892
Feock Brass Band (Carrick, Cornwall)
Not a long history, they were known to be functional from 1882 to 1914. In the 1887 period they were conducted by John Chegwyn. After World War 1 they found that they were unable to continue, so they sold their instruments to Bleak House Band.
Fergushill Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in 1879, when it took part in a procession in August to inaugurate the Kilmarnock Burns Monument and Kay Park, accompanying the Oddfellows Lodge, who had gorgeous banners illustrative of the objects of the Order, and the fantastic robes and head gear of the officials attracted no little notice. One member of the Fergushill Band was John Murphy. He was unmarried and lived with his father at 152 Five Roads. He was employed by Greig's, a building company, and died in 1916, aged 41, in France.
Ferguslie Brass Band
Active in 1897
Ferndale and Blaenllechau Workmen's Band (Glamorgan)
Records held in the University of Wales (Swansea) include: Minutes 1923-1927; agreement 1927; note of payments to band members
Ferndale Brass Band (1) (Glamorgan)
Active in 1870. Folded before 1881 when a successor band was formed.
Ferndale Brass Band (2) (Glamorgan)
Formed in 1881. Was associated with the Ferndale Colliery by 1895, and may have been so from the beginning. Its forerunner was the Blue Ribbon Army Band which used the Rhondda Hotel as it's headquarters. In 1894 it came second in a brass band contest at Porth, conducted by Mr James Ryan. It was conducted by a Mr Powell in 1898. Their bandroom code of conduct included "You must be gentlemanly, civil and courteous". In 1927 Mr T M Powell led the band to success in at least one contest. It was still playing in the 1950s.
Ferndale Select Band
See: Ferndale Brass Band (2)
Ferndown Brass Band (Dorset)
Was active in 1903 through to the 1980s. A successor band was formed in 1990.
Fernmount Brass Band (Australia)
Was active in 1902
Ferntree Gully Band (Australia)
Folded prior to 1962 when its instruments and some ex-members formed the Croydon Brass Band with others from Lillydale Band
Ferodo Works Band (Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire)
Formed in 1951 at the behest of the management of the local Ferodo factory in Chapel-en-le-Firth. The founding members included the conductor Frank Moss (also conductor of the Chapel-en-le-Firth Band), Jack Allcock, Sam Allcock, Charlie Brindley, Bernard Bygrave, Solomon Clayton, Bill Fletcher, Alf Garlic, Jimmy Gregson, Harold Hill, Ted Holland, Jack Holmes, Jim Hulley, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Mycock, Jack Osborne, Walter Pearson, Norman Ringham and Alf Sellars. George Hespe, formerly of Sheffield Transport Band, became musical director in 1953 and led the band to victory at the British Open in 1955. The band folded in 1958 following the withdrawal of support from Ferodo.
Tim Mutum recorded:
An entrepreneur with the rather spectacular name of Herbert Frood formed the Ferodo Company in 1897. In need of a catchy brand name to move the company forward he rearranged the letters of his surname to coin the word 'Ferodo' and soon set about building his company organisation in Chapel-en-le-Frith in the Peak District of Derbyshire, by inventing everything from asbestos brake pads to the first bullet proof clothing. In 1951, at the behest of the management at the factory, a band was established - the Ferodo Works Band. The late Bill Skelton, one of the best horn players of his day, and who first went to Belle Vue in 1927, was one of the 'name' players in the band. He later said it was one of the happiest bands he played with. The company offered generous retainers and therefore attracted good players. In addition to Skelton, two former Black Dyke principals, Willie Lang and Bernard Bygraves joined the ranks, and Ferodo made its contest debut in Nottingham in 1952 under the direction of Fred Mortimer. That the management wanted the band to succeed became apparent with the appointment of George Hespe as Musical Director in 1953. Hespe was aged 53 at the time, and had served in the Army as band boy and bandmaster between 1914 and 1933. He then turned his hand to conducting brass bands and for a time he also played tuba in the BBC Northern and Hallé orchestras. Hespe's compositions included the march, 'Kinderscout', the trombone solo 'Melodie et Caprice' (sometimes anglicised to 'Melody and Caprice') and, most notably, the suite, 'The Three Musketeers', adopted as the test piece for the Belle Vue Championship in 1953. His impact was immediate - the band winning the Leicester Band Festival on Easter Monday. Bill Skelton recalled his impressions of Hespe: "He was a marvellous, considerate man with the welfare of all his bandsmen at heart. Everything was perfection. We were the busiest band in the country. When we toured the accommodation was all first class. It was a young band - I was one of the oldest in it - and we were very adaptable, we could play anything. Ferodo's contesting victories at the highest level were spectacular given the short life of the band itself. The band came 3rd at the Grand Shield in 1953, and went on to come runner up at the British Open the following year. The band qualified for the National Finals in 1954 too (after coming runner up at the Midland Regional) - coming 6th off the number 2 draw on 'Sovereign Heritage'. It was their only appearance at London. The startling success of their Open victory of 1955 seemingly heralded a new major contesting force, as in 1956 they added the prestigious Edinburgh Festival title. That was the high water mark though - fourth place at Belle Vue later that year was followed by their last appearance in Manchester in 1957 when they came out of the prizes. They were never seen at the contest again, although their winning performance of 1955 was later recorded. There is one other small story to relate about Ferodo's. Again it comes from Bill Skelton, who told of the night Mr Hespe couldn't make a rehearsal. "Young Elgar Howarth turned up. He was what you might call a whizz kid. I remember he asked me if I could give him a bit more - I always reckoned I had a big tone, you know, and he wanted more, so I really let rip. Startled the life out of him it did. The year was 1957. A year later the company disbanded the band for what was termed 'economic reasons'. The company had worked out that in seven years they had spent £70,000 more than the band had earned.
Ferranti's Works Brass Band (Hollinwood, Oldham)
Active in the late 1890s and 1900s
Ferryhill and Dean Bank Band (Durham)
Active between 1907 and 1935
Ferryhill Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s
Ferryhill Temperance Band (Durham)
Active between 1907 and 1911
Festiniog Brass Band
See: Llan Ffestiniog Brass Band
Ffrith Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Ffrwd Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1890s
Ffynnongroew Excelsior Band
See: Ffynnongroyw Brass Band
Ffynnongroyw Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1890s
Figheldean and Netheravon Band
Active in 1906
Fife and Forfar Yeomanry Brass Band
Active in the 1950s
Fife and Forfar T.A. Band
See: Fife and Forfar Yeomanry Brass Band
Filey Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active from the 1880s through to the 1970s. The leader in 1905 was Ellis Wood, of 8 Victoria Avenue. It folded before 1979 - its remaining members helped to form the Dennis Bayley Hunmanby and District Silver Band in 1979.
Filey Silver Band
See: Filey Brass Band
Filton Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s
Finchampstead Brass Band (Berks)
Active in 1902
Finchdean Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1911
Finchingfield Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1900s
Finchley Borough Band
Active in 1964
Finchley Brass Band
Active in 1891
Finedon Dolben Prize Band
See: Finedon Old Prize Band
Finedon Old Prize Band (Northamptonshire)
Founded in 1877 as Finedon Dolben Prize Band, later renamed the Finedon Old Prize Band. Played for the Duchess of Albany, on the occasion of her visit to Finedon in 1883. Played as part of the celebrations for the visit to Northampton of His Majesty King George V and Her Majesty Queen Mary on Tuesday the 23rd September 1913 - at Victoria Park and Bath Street Recreation Ground. On 1st July 1935, the band made a broadcast on the BBC Midland Region. Won the Grand Shield in 1957. Report from Finedon Parish Magazine in 1957: "'And this years champions are the band that played at No 13'. These were the words that proclaimed Finedon Old Band winners of the Grand Shield, at the Spring Brass Band Festival of Great Britain held at Belle Vue, Manchester, on Saturday May 18th. Such was the reward for weeks of hard work and preparation by all the bandsmen and their conductor, Arthur Remmington. The set piece was “Tintagel” by Dr Denis Wright who acted as adjudicator. Being awarded 190 points from a possible 200 speaks. Together with a magnificent shield goes a cash prize of £75 and an Illuminated Diploma, all of which will be presented by A.S.Felton, Esq., of the famous Munn and Felton Works Band, at a concert to be held at the Town Hall on Friday 31st. Mrs T. Neal, president of the band will preside, supported by Mr Geo Clarke, president of the club." The band was wound up in 1959.
Finedon New Town Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s
Finedon Temperance Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed in 1907 by the Curate the Rev. R.E. Ammand MA and supported by Miss Ellen Mackworth-Dolben. It was a rival band to the Finedon Old Prize Band, in fact, several people played in both bands from time to time. This band was wound up in 1914 and the instruments bought by the Old Prize Band.
Fingringhoe Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s
Finsbury Borough Band
See: Peel Institute Brass Band
Finstock Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Played at Cornbury Park on 7 April 1888
Fir View Brass Band (Sheffield)
Firbeck Colliery (Ambulance) Band (Rotherham)
Active from the 1920s to the 1940s
Firs Lane Band (Leigh, Lancashire)
Active from the 1880s to WW1. Competed in a contest in Leigh in 1884, organised by St Joseph's Brass Band, at which they gave a "very poor performance". They were one of the bands that played at the opening of Leigh Town Hall in 1907. In August 1910 Mr.Holden gave permission for Firs Lane Band to give a concert on the Fair Ground in Twist Lane.
First City Brass (London)
Founded by MD Jeremy Wise in November 1997, folded in 2002. First City were formed in November 1997 and were immediately graded as a Championship Section Band due to the quality of the players who had decided to join Jeremy Wise on what was seen as perhaps the most exciting brass band project to come out of the capital city. With their distinctive dress sense - they didn't have uniforms as such but performed in a series of multi coloured fashion shirts - the band quickly made an impression. The demise of the band however had been forecast by many right from the start as it was said at the time of the bands first contest that they were only able to compete due to they themselves "poaching" players from other established bands in the London Area such as the once powerful John Laing (Hendon) Band.
Fishponds Argyle Band (Bristol)
Active from the 1920s to the late 1940s. Took part in a festival of brass bands at the Colston Hall, Bristol in 1933.
Fishponds Brass Band (Bristol)
Active from the 1860s to the early 1900s.
Fishponds British Legion Band (Bristol)
Active from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Fitzwilliam Street Brass Band (Sheffield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Five B's Band (Coalville, Leicestershire)
The "Best Blooming Band between Burton and Bagworth". (Burton on Trent and Bagworth were places on the Midland Railway on either side of Coalville). Active around 1900.
Flackwell Heath Silver Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from before WW1 to the 1930s
Flackwell Heath Concert and Youth Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1970s.
Flamborough Artillery Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1870s.
Flamborough Brass Band
See: Flamborough United Brass Band
Flamborough United Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Founded around the 1890s (perhaps when the old Artillery Band ceased to function), and it was certainly in existence in 1908, a time when Flamborough still had to rely on itself for most things including amusement and recreation. The new band was to have a life, with interruptions, of half a century or more and early members included Matthew Major, Mark Major senior and junior, Tanton Fell, Harold Marshall Jack Cowling (who with Matt. Bailey was among the first conductors), and G. Waud, not to mention Tom Woodhouse senior, an obvious choice for the bass drum being, I understand, built on even more massive lines than his famous son. Bandmaster in 1909 was A. Gibbon. Like its predecessor the band practised in the old Drill Hall (now Smith's Coal Depot), and it soon began to make itself useful in village concerts, socials, processions etc. It had its ups and downs of course even from the beginning, finance being always a problem for it had no wealthy patrons and so had to make its own way. Instruments and uniforms were a heavy charge on the funds and the minute books record a long succession of dances, concerts, and jumble sales held to raise money. More than once major items had to be bought on the instalment plan, and it must have been a happy moment when, at the Annual General Meeting in 1939, the treasurer, Mr. H. C. Marshall was able to report a balance in hand of over £10. Unfortunately he was obliged to announce his resignation at the same time owing to the nature of his work which would take him away from the village in the near future. A sad blow this, as Mr. Marshall had served the band well both as treasurer and player over a number of years. It was the custom, as another way of raising funds, for the band to tour the village at Christmas time, and the records refer to the purchase of music suitable for this purpose. Later it was decided to install electric light in the practice room, "provided that the owner of the building, Mr. Smith, had no objection and that payment could be made at the rate of 8d. per unit, all the members agreeing to contribute a penny per week to meet the cost.
Fleet Air Arm Volunteer Brass Band (Arbroath, Angus)
Active in the 1960s and early 1970s. Based at HMS Condor.
Fleet Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1. A "Number 2 Band" was also in existence at some point.
Fleet Town Prize Silver Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1930s
Fleets Colliery Band (Tranent, East Lothian)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s. Fleets was a very wet pit, and a Cornish beam pumping engine was installed in the late 1880s. The colliery closed in early 1959.
Fleetwood Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1840s to the early 1900s.
Fleetwood British Legion Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Fleggburgh Brass (Norfolk)
Formed in 1991, renamed Norfolk Broads Brass in 1996. By 2001 it had amalgamated with its sister organisation, the Norfolk Broads Wind Band, to form the current Norfolk Broads Concert Band.
Fletching Village Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed c.1886
Fletton Victoria Prize Band
See: Old Fletton Victoria Prize Band
Fleur-de-Lis Brass Band (Pengam, Glamorgan)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1 and in the 1930s.
Flight's City Band (Australia)
See: City of Bendigo Brass Band
Flinsby Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1912
Flint Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s
Flint British Legion Band (Flintshire)
Active in 1948
Flint Town Silver Band (Flintshire)
Formed after WW1. Active from the 1920s to the 1980s
Flint Volunteers Band (Flintshire)
Active from the 1890s to the early 1900s
Flixton Brass Band (1)
Active in the 1850s, folded prior to the formation of the Flixton Volunteer Band in 1877.
Flixton Brass Band (2)
See: Flixton Volunteer Band
Flixton Volunteer Band
Formed in 1877 from the formation of the Flixton 1st Volunteer Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Known as Flixton Brass Band from 1908 when the Volunteers terminated. The depression of the 1930's took it's toll, and in 1933, with many players leaving the area to find work, and people not having enough spare time, the band disbanded. Some of the instruments were held in trust in the hope that the band would be reformed at a future date. A successor band formed in 1967.
Flockton Old Band
See: Flockton United Brass Band
Flockton United Brass Band (Wakefield)
Originally formed as a brass and reed band in 1838 and known as Flockton United. Reeds were dropped around 1878 and the band became brass only. It celebrated its centenary in 1938 and was active through until around 1955.
Floore Band
See: Flore Brass Band
Flore Brass Band (Northants)
Active in 1874, and 1894, conducted by Mr Roberts
Flush Mills Heckmondwike Band
See: Heckmondwike Flush Mills Band
Fochabers Brass Band (Morayshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s
Fochriw Brass Band (near Merthyr Tydfil)
[Source: Ifor Coggan] - The first mention of Fochriw Brass Band was in Merthyr Express newspaper cuttings of 1887 when it was advised that, on 20 August 1887, the Fochriw Brass Band led the Fochriw Church Sunday School procession and played very well considering that they had only been practicing for 12 months. Therefore it may be assumed that it was formed in 1886. As a child in the 1950's I can recall the band coming around the streets of Fochriw on a Christmas Day and being told that after its disbandment, the instruments were kept under the New Hall stage. The newspaper reports are from 1887 to 1904 and it would appear that many honours such as 1sts and 2nds and gold and silver places were won by the band at eisteddfodau across the length and breadth of Wales.
July 1893 - South Wales and Monmouthshire Brass Band Association, 3rd Annual Contest, Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil - 2nd prize in second of two sections.
1894 - Caerphilly - Chief prize
1894 - Bridgend Eisteddfod (16 bands competing) - 2nd prize and Silver Medal
1895 - Welshpool Eisteddfod - 2nd prize in the selection section
1896 - Merthyr Tydfil - 1st in the selection section, shared 1st in the march. Report: "During last 2 months band had won 7 prizes - 6 firsts"
26 August 1899 - Machen - 1st in marching section, 3rd in selection section
30 August 1902 - At the Dowlais Miner's Federation Demonstration, led by Keir Hardie MP, the Fochriw Band led the procession. The Demonstration was about the struggle over the sliding scale and 8 hour day for miners.
25 April 1903 - Abergavenny and East Monmouthshire Competition (9 bands competing) - 3rd in first section, 4th in second section
3 October 1903 - Report on year's performance to date. Prizes at: Cardiff, Abergavenny (2), Senghenydd, Rhymney, Pentre, Mountain Ash, New Tredegar (2), Merthyr Vale, Pontlottyn and Caerphilly. Although a class C band, they had taken prizes in all A, B and C classes.
Mr David Phillips of Pontlottyn was the bandmaster in November 1887; Mr Dawson conducted the band at Machen on 26 August 1899; In March 1903 the conductor was Mr William Powell when the band was practicing for the forthcoming Abergavenny and Senghenydd contests.
From the Merthyr Express, 26 March 1904, Presentation: Through the departure of Mr. David Jones for Rhymney, the Fochriw Brass Band has lost a most capable secretary. About two years ago, the Band was on the point of being disbanded. Then Mr. Jones was prevailed upon to undertake the duties of secretary, and so ably did he discharge his work that band was again, in a very short time, on a sound basis. Indeed, more contests were attended during the season, than in many other similar periods of the band's existence, and the numerous prizes captured have placed the band once more in an honourable position. A few weeks ago, a presentation committee was formed with Mr. Charles Payne as chairman, Mr. Daniel Jenkins as treasurer, and Mr. J. Pugh as secretary. On Friday evening last, a smoker was held, at which Mr. Jones was made the recipient of a handsome marble clock supplied by Messrs. Mappin and Webb. It bore the following inscription: "Presented to Mr. David Jones by the committee and members of the Fochriw Brass Band for services rendered as secretary, March 18th, 1904." The chair was taken by Mr. J. H. Jones, M.E., the genial president of the band. After a rousing song by Mr. Charles Payne, Councillor Thomas, in the course of an able speech, attributed the success of the past season largely to the interest taken in his work by the secretary. Two capital songs having been rendered by Messrs. W. S. Williams and T. Davies, the chairman, in a witty speech, made the presentation. Mr Jones suitably responded. Mr. W. J. Powell, the popular conductor, then spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr. Jones' services, and he was followed by Councillor Jones. A splendid programme of songs was now contributed to by Messrs. T. Shankland, J. Payne, J. Edwards, D. Jones, and W. S. Williams, whilst stirring speeches were delivered by Messrs. H. Evans, Brook House, and T. Roberts. Among the former officials of the band present were Messrs. James Evans, Howell Thomas and Jacob Jones. After the usual votes of thanks, a very enjoyable evening was brought to a close by the singing of "He's a jolly good fellow."
In August 1920 the conductor was Mr Hanney, and in June 1921 Mr Albert Mantle. The band briefly disbanded between 1928 and 1931, when it was reformed by Albert Mantle as Fochriw Silver Band. New silver instruments were purchased in 1932, followed by new uniforms in 1934 - A concert was held at the New Hall on Sunday evening under the auspices of the Fochriw Silver Band. The bandsmen appeared in their new uniforms. The chairman was Mr. Willie Adams Jones. The Band, under their conductor Mr. Albert Mantle, played the following selections: "The Typhoon," "Dawn of Spring," "Country Life," "Echoes of Spring," "Royal Artillery," "Eventide." The band was assisted by Mrs. Marjory Humphreys, Pontlottyn, soprano; Mr. James John Lewis, Fochriw, tenor; Miss Megan Jones, Pontlottyn, elocutionist; accompanist, Mr. Thomas Walters. . After surviving through WW2, band had disbanded once again by 1951, and although they briefly reformed for the Festival of Britain celebrations, they seem to have finally disbanded shortly after 1953.
See the Fochriw History website.
See also the following pictures, courtesty of Ifor Coggan and "Fochriw in Pictures Vols 1 and 2" by Peter Price:: phot3744.jpg, phot3745.jpg and phot3746.jpg
Fochriw Silver Band
See: Fochriw Brass Band
Foleshill Excelsior Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in from the 1860s through to 1916 at least. Rehearsed at Lockhurst Lane Assembly Rooms - J.P. Cantrill, bandmaster.
Folkestone Silver Band
Follingsby Colliery Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1950s
Foots Cray and Sidcup Band
See: Foots Cray Brass Band
Foots Cray Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s
Footscray City Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Merged with the Kingsville-Yarraville Citizens Band in 1961 to form the current Footscray-Yarraville City Band.
Footscray Municipal Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Founded around 1902, later known as the Footscray Municipal Military Band.
Footscray Municipal Military Band. (Melbourne, Australia)
See Footscray Municipal Band.
Footscray Temperance Band (Melbourne, Australia)
See Belgravia Brass Band
Ford Motor Works Band (Dagenham, Essex)
A military band active in the 1950s and 1960s. Possibly evolved from the City of London 7th Bn Home Guard Band. They were COL 7th (Rippleside) Bn based in Barking, Essex.
Fordell Colliery Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 19th century.
Fordham Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active from the 1880s through to WW1.
Forest Gate Brass Band (Cornwall)
This is the band refered to in the Illogan Band report above that entered a Redruth Contest. My first reference to this band is 1862. Later in the same geographical area was Forest Lane End Brass Band in operation in 1877. Then further reference is made to Illogan Broad Lane Band in 1889. There could have been bandsmen from any of these bands when the Illogan Military band was formed because it is on record that that band was started with men from the area that could already play.
Forest Gate School Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1870s
Forest Lane End Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1877
Forest Row Brass Band (Sussex)
Active from the 1850s to the 1950s
Forest Row and District Band
See: Forest Row Brass Band
Forest Vale Ironworks Band (Cinderford)
Formed before 1869 (see below). Still active in 1877.
Forest Vale Wire Works Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed in the 1880s (see above)
Foresters' Excelsior Brass Band (Ipswich)
Active in 1899
Foresters' Great Bridge Brass Band
See: Great Bridge Temperance Band
Forfar and Kincardine Artillery Band
Active in the 1860s
Formation Brass (Manchester?)
Active in the 1980s, conducted by R. C. Richards.
Formby Brass Band
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s. A successor band was formed in 1974.
Formby Public Band
See: Formby Brass Band
Formby Subscription Band
See: Formby Brass Band
Forres Town Band
Formed prior to 1880, when John McKimmie was Band Master. Still active in 1907 when, under Bandmaster Shelton, played in Roysvale Park with the programme: march, 'In Camp', J. Ord Hume; valse, 'Flora', Haig; selection Scotch songs, E. Morton; barn dance, 'In Old Kentucky', J. Linter; overture, 'The Sentinel', H. Round; Lancers, 'Coronation Gems', E. Newton; march, 'Lochnagar', J.R. Hood.
Forshaw Street Primitive Methodist Chapel (Barrow-in-Furness) Active 1883 1886
Fortescue House Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s to 1910. This was based at the Fortescue House School, established in 1878 in Twickenham as one of the original Shaftesbury Homes for boys.
Forth Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Founded in 1868, disbanded in 1988.
Foster's, Edward and Sons Band (Halifax)
Foundling Hospital Band (London)
Active in the 1920s
Foundry Brass Band (Penwith, Cornwall)
Engagements for this band can be found in 1885/86. Their first engagement, in 1885, was given an encouraging report in the local press, then in 1886 they played at a regatta in Falmouth, and that seems to be that!
Four Lanes Brass Band (Kerrier, Cornwall)
It was in 1888 that Four Lanes Brass Band entered their first contest, under Mr A Bartle. Most of their subsequent contesting was carried out under William F Floyd, their standard being that required of a Section 3 band. The results ranged from 1st to 4th but they were forced to disband in 1924/25. From 1910 to 1913 they managed to organise and run band contests that were reasonably successful.
Fovant Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the mid/late 1800s and competed in the 1930s. It continued through until the early 1970s when dwindling numbers caused the band to cease, with the remaining members joining the Shaftesbury Band which was in need of them.
Fowey Brass and Reed Band (Cornwall)
This band was formed in 1905 and continued in fits and starts until 1919. They did change to an all brass combination. No contesting. The first conductor was a Mr J Cleaves. A band was formed in 1919 to celebrate the peace, but nothing came of it.
Fowey County Secondary School Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1960s
Fowey Town Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1893 - "plays twice a week during the summer months on the esplanade"
Fownhope Brass Band (Herefordshire)
Formed in September 1866, bandmaster William Cooke, still active in 1895
Fox Street Brass Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Foxdale Brass Band (Isle of Man)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s - conductor George Johnson
Foxdale Mines Band
See: Foxdale Brass Band
Foxdale Temperance Band (Isle of Man)
Active in 1912
Foxdale Village Band
See: Foxdale Brass Band
Foxhill Bank Band
See: Foxhill Bank Subscription Brass Band
Foxhill Bank Subscription Brass Band (Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Foxhole Brass Band (Cornwall)
Formed about 1896 and kept this title until 1909 when they adopted the name Foxhole Temperance Band. This carried on through to 1920 when they made the slight, but no doubt important change brought about by a slight feeling of hypocrisy, to Foxhole Silver Band. They started contesting in 1908 and whilst never rising above 2nd section, their results were quite impressive. From 1926 it appears that the only Cornish contest they entered was that at Bugle, and their best achievement was in 1934 when they took 2nd in Class B. John Morcom was their first conductor in 1896. He handed over (and stayed on as a player) to William H Juleff, who himself left in 1906 to take over the St Dennis Band. At this point there was a slight hiccup and the band ceased operations until John Morcom helped reform the band in 1908. He stayed in control until 1929 when the duties went to Albert John Morcom who carried on to the band's demise in the early 50's. Instruments and music were loaned to the Cornwall Education Authority then, in 1971, were returned to Foxhole as they now intended to form a new band. Harold Trethewey was the man attempting this resuscitation, but it was only short lived, and the final bell was sounded in 1973.
Foxhole Silver Band
See: Foxhole Brass Band
Foxhole Temperance Band
See: Foxhole Brass Band
Fraddon Coronation Band (Cornwall)
Formed in 1910, this band kept its title until 1920 when it became the Fraddon Temperance Band. Its last recorded public appearance was in 1922. During its short lifetime it contested frequently, eleven appearances taking place from 1920 to 1922. The first conductor was A Bullock who was also involved with the Indian Queens Band. Then came William H Juleff who was also principal cornet of the St Dennis Band, and upon his moving on, the next, and last, was W Weedall.
Fraddon Temperance Band
See: Fraddon Coronation Band
Framlingham Town Band
Active in the 1890s and through to WW1, having some 20 players by around 1910. Their uniforms were a dark coloured high collared tunic with a single row of buttons and little, if any, gold braiding but with, 'wing epaulettes'. The Bandmaster's tunic was similar but with braiding around the collar and, unusually, tassels hanging from the epaulettes. They all wore Australian type bush hats which, again, was an unusual form of headgear. The Town Band proper was thought to have been established around 1919 and continued until 1939. Apart from special events such as the annual Gala, and going round the streets playing carols at Christmas; they played on Saturday afternoons on Market Hill during the summer and on some Sunday evenings on Castle Meadow. They used to rehearse in a barn at the back of the Castle Inn. In the Oct/Nov issue of 'The Advertiser' in the 1950's there was a headline 'Can the Old Framlingham Town Band be Revived?' Apparently not as it never was - the instruments which had been stored in their practice room had mysteriously disappeared, and they couldn't afford to get more.
Frampton Brass Band (Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. A successor band was formed in 1977.
Frampton Cotterell British School Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1862
Framwellgate Moor Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in 1880s to early 1900s
Framwellgate Moor Youth Band (Durham)
Active in the 1980s
Franklin's Band
See: Dunstable Borough Brass Band
Fraserburgh Public School Brass Band (Aberdeenshire)
Active in 1884
Freeland Brass Band (Oxon)
Active in 1890
Freshfield Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1909
Friarmere Brass Band
Active in 1852
Friary Brewery Band
See: Friary Silver Band
Friary Silver Band
Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Was the works band of the Friary, Holroyd and Healy's Brewery, from Guildford. If was formed and financed back in 1922 by Friary's then head brewer, J.W. Huxley. He had noticed that there were employees who were lovers of music and with an ability to play. He therefore secured for them a set of second-hand instruments. Realising the popularity of the band and its potential, the directors then bought for the players a new set of silver instruments and new uniforms, and the services of a qualified bandmaster were secured. It soon established itself as a band of quality performances. Along with other works brass bands from up and down the country, the Friary Silver Band featured in regular monthly broadcasts by the BBC. The brewery owners no doubt saw this as some very useful national and, what's more, free advertising! During the summer months the band played regularly in Guildford's Castle Grounds while also providing the music there for Armistice Day services. It could also be seen and heard playing at garden parties at large houses in the area, generally to invited guests in the afternoon and then in the evening local people were invited to come and dance on the lawns. The band also played in London parks. Its best competition result came in 1936 at the National Finals held at the Royal Albert Hall, when it was placed third behind the Black Dyke and Foden bands. The musicians' uniform was navy blue with red and gold trim. For aumber of years the bandmaster was David Aspinall, but in the late 1930s he was "poached" by Ransome and Miles Ball Bearings Ltd, to become bandmaster of their band. It's said that when he left he took some of the Friary Silver Band's best musicians with him. The Second World War was not far off, and when it came the band members went their separate ways and the band disbanded.
Friends Adult School Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1886
Frisby-on-the-Wreake Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in 1899, disbanded in 1925
Friskney Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1920s
Frittenden Band (Kent)
Active in the 1860s
Frizington St Joseph's Band (Cumberland)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Frizington St Paul's Band (Cumberland)
Active from the 1890s to the 1940s
Frizington Town Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1890s to early 1900s
Frizington Volunteers Band
See: Frizington Town Band
Frodingham Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s
Frodingham and Scunthorpe Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1912
Frodsham Brass Band
See: Frodsham Harmonic Brass Band
Frodsham Harmonic Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s. A successor band was formed in 1907 (current Frodsham Band)
Frodsham Territorial Band
See: Frodsham Volunteers Band
Frodsham Volunteers Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s
Frome and Rode Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1850s
Frome Amateur Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1878
Frome Town Band (Somerset)
Formed as Frome Military Band in 1911, becoming part of the Home Guard from 1939 to 1947. It converted to a brass band in 1956. Still active in 1981
Frosterley Brass Band (1) (Durham)
Active in 1890 - assumed to have folded before 1898.
Frosterley Brass Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in 1898 and still active in 1933
Fryston Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1950s.
Fulbourn and Teversham RBL Band
Founded in 1985. Disbanded in 2010
Fulbourn Hospital Band
Active in the 1880s
Fulham British Legion Band (London)
Active in the 1920s
Fulledge Brass Band (Burnley, Lancashire)
Active from 1884 through to the early 1900s
Fuller Mission Brass Band (Kettering)
Active in 1893
Fulstow and North Thoresby Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1863, conductor R. Wheatley.
Fulstow and Thoresby Brass Band
See: Fulstow and North Thoresby Brass Band
Fulwell Band (Barkingside, Essex)
Fulwood Brass Band (Sheffield)
Fulwood Cottage Homes Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1908.
Fulwood Temperance Band (Sheffield)
Furnishing Trades Band
See: Ercol Furniture Company Band
Furness Vale Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1860s, conductor H. Tym.
Furniture Industries (Ercols) Works Band
See: Ercol Furniture Company Band
Fylde Ex-Servicemens' Liason Band
Formed in Blackpool around 1946, the first conductor was Henry Irving Mellor. They won several trophies, including one in a contest in Harrogate (c. 1948). H.I.Mellor composed a piece called " The Bandsman" . They played regularly at Blackpool football ground in its good days. H.I.Mellor died in 1948, but the band continued after his death.
Fylde Farm Reformatory School Band (Lancashire)
The Fylde Farm Reformatory School for Boys was established at Poulton-le-Fylde in 1905 to accomodate 130 boys. The band was active by 1910 and was rated as "quite first-class".

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G.C.R. Subscription Band
See: Great Central Railway Band
G.K.B. Steel Works Home Guard Band
Active in 1942
G.R. Turner Langley Mill Brass Band (Near Heanor, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
G.U.S. (Footwear) Band
Earlier name of the current Travelsphere Holidays Band
G.U.S. Band
See G.U.S. Footwear Band
G.W.R. and Metropolitan Band (London)
Active in the 1950s
G.W.R. and Paddington Borough Silver Band (London)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s. In the mid 1920s it converted to a military band format, becoming the Great Western Railway Staff Military Band. It still exists today as the GWR Paddington Band in that format.
G.W.R. Institute Band
See: Wolverhampton Railway Works Band
Gainford Saxhorn Band (Durham)
Active in 1880
Gainsborough Britannia Band
See: Gainsborough Britannia Works Band
Gainsborough Britannia Works Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1878 at Messrs. Marshalls Ironworks, by John F. Cook and J. Vickers. At first it only numbered 8 or 9 members but quickly grew to 24 by 1882 when they entered their first contest at Droylsden. Hugh Whitham of Cleckheaton was appointed conductor and, together with new instruments bought through a subscription list, the band made their first inroads into the prizes. It competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Around 1950 the Band of Britannia Works, Gainsborough, became the new Lincolnshire champions in the annual brass band contest at Cleethorpes, beating Brigg Town Silver Band, runners-up for the last two years to the Grimsby Band, by four points. Grimsby was unplaced. Other bands taking part were from Cleethorpes, Horncastle, Kirton and Lincoln. When the sponsorship from Marshalls ceased in 1972, the band sought a new home, finding it at Spillers Ltd, in Carr Lane. It officially became the Spillers (Gainsborough) Band in 1973, and won the National Championships (Second section) in 1974. John Golland, the famous brass band composer, took up the conductorship of the band in 1976. The band folded in 1980 following the withdrawal of support from Spillers. [A detailed history of the band can be found in Marshall's of Gainsborough: from a local point of view. Vol. 1, The Trent Works and Britannia Band, by Susan and Sara Edlington, 1999. ISBN: 0953493415]
Gainsborough Rifles Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1880s
Galashiels Academy Band (Selkirkshire)
Active in the 1970s
Galgate Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1879
Galston Burgh Band
Started as a reed band in 1872, promoted by the Gauchalland Coal Company, but within a few years had converted to brass as the Galston Burgh Band. In 1990, it amalgamated with Newmilns Burgh Band and Loudoun Band, to form the current Newmilns and Galston Band
Galvanising Eagle and Melyn Workmen's Band (Neath, Glamorgan)
Active in 1924 - based at the Melyn Tinplate Works in Neath.
Gamlingay Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Garboldisham Boys Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1945-6
Gardner's Engineering Band
Based at L. Gardner and Sons factory at Barton, Manchester. They rehearsed Fridays and Sundays in the staff canteen. Active in the 1970s
Garforth Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1930s. A successor band was formed in 1977.
Garibaldi Brass Band (South Shields)
See: South Shields Garibaldi Band
Garlinge Silver Band (Kent)
Successor to Garlinge Wesleyan Band and predecessor of Margate Silver Band
Garlinge Wesleyan Band (Kent)
Formed in the mid 19th century. Precessor to Garlinge Silver Band and Margate Silver Band. Known as Garlinge Wesleyan Silver Band in 1931
Garlinge Wesleyan Silver Band (Kent)
See: Garlinge Wesleyan Band
Garn Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in 1878
Garndiffaith and District Brass Band (Pontypool)
Active in the early part of the 20th century. Conducted at one time by James Samuel Griffin Flower, and his son Bert also played in the band. Still Active in 1934
Garnkirk Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1906
Garsington Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1884
Garstang Temperance Band (Preston)
Active in 1839
Garston Docks Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in the 1890s
Garswood Hall Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the late 1890s
Garswood Hall Institute Brass Band
See: Garswood Hall Brass Band
Gartsherrie Instrumental Band
See: Gartsherrie Silver Band
Gartsherrie Ironworks Band
See: Gartsherrie Silver Band
Gartsherrie Silver Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1890s to the late 1960s. It was sponsored by Gartsherrie Ironworks, Coatbridge.
Gartshore Silver Band (Dunbartonshire)
Active in 1948
Garw Colliery Band
See: Garw Valley Silver Band
Garw Valley Silver Band (Blaengarw, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1950s to 1970s. Competed in the 1964 West of England Regional Championships (4th Section), conducted by W.T. Parker
Gas Light and Coke Company Band (Kilburn, Middlesex)
Formed in 1906
Gas Light and Coke Company Band (Southall)
See: Southall Gasworks Brass Band
Gatebeck Brass Band (Cumbria)
Active in 1865
Gateshead Borough Band
Formed in the 1890s and still active in 1938
Gateshead Brass
See: Northumberland Police Band
Gateshead British Legion Band
Active in 1938
Gateshead Constabulary Brass Band
Active in the 1870s
Gateshead L.N.E.R. Band
Active in 1932
Gateshead St Paul's Band
Active from the 1890s to WW1.
Gateshead Temperance Band
Active in 1909
Gateshead Workhouse Brass Band
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Gatley Prize Band (Cheshire)
Active from the early 1900s through to the 1950s
Gatton Old Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Renamed Ashley Vale Band in 1904.
Gatton Road Mission Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1903
Gawber Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Gawber Britannia Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded prior to 1886. Still active in 1936
Gawber Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Gawcott Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1884
Gawthorpe Brass (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1990s through to 2010
Gawthorpe Brass Band
See: Gawthorpe Britannia Band
Gawthorpe Britannia Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to WW1
Gawthorpe Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s
Gawthorpe Victoria Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1875. Was largely defunct by the late 1980s, until Alan Morrison took the helm, growing it from 2 players at the start in April 1989 to 2nd section by 1992 gaining 2nd & 3rd prizes at London, then to the verge of the Championship Section by the time it folded in September 1995. It was known as Aceprint Gawthorpe Victoria Band during this period.
Gawthorpe Mills Band
Active in 1951
Gellionnen Chapel Brass Band (near Swansea)
Active in the early 1900s
Gem Street School Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in the 1870s. St. Philip's Ragged School was opened in 1846, initially housed in a hired workshop at no. 19 Lichfield Street, Birmingham. The school provided training for boys and girls in mending and making clothes and shoes, as well as ordinary teaching. IIn 1850, the school was moved to a new building in Gem Street and renamed Birmingham Free Industrial School. At this date, it provided accommodation in three departments: a day school for boys and girls over 7: industrial classes for boys and girls over 7: an asylum for orphans and deserted children. The school was placed under the Industrial School Act in 1868.
George Salter High School Brass Band (Sandwell, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1980s
Germoe Brass Band (Kerrier, Cornwall)
Evidence of this band can be found in 1860 playing in Crowlas, then in 1875 in Camborne. So far nothing else can be found about them.
Gibson's Malton Amateur Brass Band
Founded in 1877 by John Gibson, of the Malton Rifle Volunteers, lasted until 1884
Gifford Hall Band
See: Gifford Hall Mission Silver Band
Gifford Hall Mission Silver Band (Islington)
Active in 1937 through the early 1960s
Giggleswick Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Actiive from the 1850s. The band amalgamated with the Settle Brass Band in 1952 to form the Giggleswick and Settle Band. In 1902 the band led the procession for the annual Band of Hope Festival in Long Preston - "The band played lively march music as the gatherers paraded through the village singing about the virtues of temperance." In some reminiscences of Christmas in the Dales there appears the following report - "...Brass bands toured the farms, with the bandsmen growing increasingly unsteady on their legs as they imbibed proffered drinks. The Giggleswick band travelled by train to Clapham station, from where they trudged through snow on a tour of villages and farms. By now, sozzled, they could not hold their instruments, let alone play. Instead, the bandsmen burst into song. Another time, bandsmen sipped hot punch at the Flying Horse Shoe, just across the road from Clapham railway station. Some punch remained when they departed for the one-and-a-half mile walk to the village, so they poured it into a trombone and supped on t'road."
Gilbertson's Works Brass Band (Pontardawe, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. The tinplate works consisted of ten mills which, at one time, received an order for tin plates to roof the White House, in Washington, D.C. These plates were made under the patented process known as G.O.M. (Gilbertson’s Own Method).
Gildersome Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to the 1890s
Gilfach Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1886 through to the early 1900s
Gilfach Goch Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1870s to the 1920s
Gill Street Methodist Band (Moston)
Active in the early 1960s
Gillingham Boys' Brass Band (Kent)
Active in 1913 - Henry Allen, bandmaster
Gillingham Brass Band
See: Gillingham Town Band
Gillingham Town Band (Dorset)
Active from the 1850s. In 1861 they were engaged by the Gillingham Total Abstinence Society at a cost of 20 shillings plus tea. The Band was popular at the local Club days when the Friendly Societies, which were usually based at a Pub, held their annual parties called 'Club Days'. The largest one in Gillingham was the 'Red Lion Club.' They held their 'Do' on the second Wednesday in May and it was a tradition that all members planted their runner beans before going out. The Gillingham Town Band played an important part in the proceedings. They started out at the top of Wyke, outside the Brewery at 10am. To open the proceedings, the Brewery brought out beer in wooden buckets. Those that didn't have mugs knelt down on the ground and drank out of the buckets! The Band then led a procession through the town, all the members carrying garlands of flowers. They were expected to play all day, and later for dancing in the evening. The band folded prior to or during WW1. A successor band was formed in 1927
Gilsland Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s
Girton Village Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in 1860
Girvan Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
GKN Sankey's Castle Works Band
See: Sankey's Castle Works Band
Glamorgan Artillery Band
Active in the 1890s
Glanaman Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1900s.
Glan-rhyd Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1870s
Glapwell Colliery Band (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. The colliery closed in 1974.
Glasburn Brass Band
Competed in Enderby Jackson's Sydenham Amateur contest at the Crystal Palace, in 1861, conducted by John Cockstot
Glascote Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1880s to WW1.
Glasgow Blind Asylum Band
See: Royal Asylum for the Blind Brass Band
Glasgow City Gospel Brass Band
Glasgow Co-operative Bakery Band
See: U.C.B.S. Prize Silver Band
Glasgow Co-operative Bakery Band
See: U.C.B.S. Prize Silver Band
Glasgow Corporation Gas Department Band
See: Glasgow Gas Department Band
Glasgow Corporation Transport Car Works Band
See: Glasgow Corporation Transport Silver Band
Glasgow Corporation Transport Silver Band
Formed in 1938 as Glasgow Corporation Transport Car Works Band. Still active in the mid 1950s
Glasgow Gas Department Band
Active from the 1920s to the 1950s. Conducted by John Peckham in 1927, took first place at a contest at Wishaw in 1933.
Glasgow Iron and Steel Works Band
Active in the early 1900s through to the 1920s
Glasgow Loco Works Band
Active in the early 1900s through to the 1920s. Won first place in a contest held 1 December 1917 at Waverley Market, Edinburgh, in aid of Harry Lauder's Fund for Scottish Sailors and Soldiers.
Glasgow Locomotive Brass BandSee: Glasgow Loco Works Band
Glasgow Naval Reserves Brass Band
Active in 1907
Glasgow Royal Blind Asylum Band
See: Royal Asylum for the Blind Brass Band
Glasgow St Francis Brass Band
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Glasgow St Rollox Brass Band
Active in the 1860s
Glasgow Scottish Gas Band
See: Glasgow Gas Department Band
Glasgow Sons of Temperance Brass Band
Active in the 1920s
Glasgow Thistle Brass Band
Active in the 1850s
Glasgow Townhead Brass Band
Active in 1863
Glasgow Transport Band
See: Glasgow Corporation Transport Silver Band
Glasgow Western Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s through to WW1.
Glasinfryn Brass Band (Bangor)
Active in 1878
Glasshoughton Coke and Chemical Works Band
Active in 1938
Glaston Burgh Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1935
Glastonbury Brass Band
See: Glastonbury Town Silver Band
Glastonbury (Combined Edge Tools) Band
See: Glastonbury Town Silver Band
Glastonbury Town Silver Band (Somerset)
Founded in the 1840s, it continued through to the 1990s latterly as the Glastonbury (Combined Edge Tools) Band, before finally folding. It broadcast frequently on the "Western" radio station from 1936 to 1939
Glazebury Brass Band (Lancashire)
Competed in a contest in Leigh in 1884. Still active in the 1930s. Performed a concert in Stanley Park, Blackpool in 1932 as Glazebury Prize Band.
Glazebury Church Band
See: Glazebury Band
Glazebury Prize Band
See: Glazebury Band
Gleadless Brass Band
See: Gleadless Church Brass Band
Gleadless Church Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
Gleam of Sunshine Band
See: Tranmere Gleam Silver Prize Band
Glebe Colliery Band (Cleator, Northumberland)
Active in 1859 when it won a contest at Cramlington. This was based at the Glebe iron ore mine at Cleator.
Glebe Colliery Band (Washington, Durham)
See: Washington Brotherhood Band
Gleed School Brass Band (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1970s
Glemsford Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1890s to the early 1900s. Also known as Glemsford Wellington Band. A report in the Bury Free Press: August 4th 1894, Letters to the Editor - Sir, I have been looking at the bill concerning the Horticultural Show at Glemsford and am surprised to find Haverhill band has been engaged instead of preference to our own band , etc etc. As the matter stands now the money will be given to "foreigners" who neither know or care whether the men are starving or not. Glemsford band is comprised of hard working men, just now most of the men have been working short time and the money which is their lawful right would come as a great boon to them, etc etc. Yours truly, Pro Bono Publico.
Then later in the year: November 24th 1894 - On Friday evening a public tea organized by the Glemsford Band took place at the Plough Inn, Glemsford when about 61 people responded to invitations, after full justice was done to "good things" a "free and easy" meeting took place. 1st item on the programme was an overture entitled "the sleep of Dianna" given by the Band in a pleasing style, Mr Lawrence gave a song "muddled and mixed", Mr Leggett gave "after the fall", G.Crick gave "simple little pimple", David Ward of Foxearth gave the "educated bloke" "Bush Ranger in Ausrtralia" by C. Twinn, a duet by Middleditch and Twinn "old miller", C.Sore "mona, Miss M. Twinn "a soldier minstrel", E. Sore gave "swinging to and fro", the chairman "strolling in the sands" and "mother kissed me", Mr E. Game, "the club house", Mr W. Farrance "e dunno where ee are", Mr Eli Watkinson "when Jone's ale was new", Mr Sore gave "success to the football club". The band played the National Anthem and all dispersed home.
On 19th December 1901, in a letter to her friend Minnie, Emma Savage wrote: The Glemsford band came the other night 10.30 we were all in bed we did not get up - they were so spiteful they banged on the knocker four times Nell barked but we refused to turn out of bed..
Glemsford Wellington Brass Band
See: Glemsford Brass Band
Glenboig Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Glengarnock Iron Works Band (Ayrshire)
Active in 1882.
Glenrhondda Colliery Band (South Wales)
Glenrhondda Silver Band
Active in 1917 and 1955
Globe Tube Works Band (Wednesbury, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1890s. The Globe Tube works were in operation from 1849 until the early 1880s, when the business failed. The works reopened in 1882 after being acquired by John Spencer, who owned the Crown Tube Works.
Globe Tube Works Saxhorn Band
See: Globe Tube Works Band
Gloddaeth Amateur Brass Band (Llandudno, Caernarfonshire)
Formed in 1874, active through to the mid 1890s. Revived in 1900 following a fundraising campaign. Still active in 1950.
Gloddaeth Silver Band
See: Gloddaeth Amateur Brass Band
Glodwick Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1873, dwindled somewhat in the early 1900s, but arose again in 1935 as the Glodwick Prize Band. During this time they became known as the Shamrock Band for a while, following an incident at a St Patrick's Day celebration at the Free Trade Hall together with the Besses o' th' Barn Band, they mistook the shamrock laid on the tables as decoration for water cress and proceeded to eat it, much to everyone's amusement. The Glodwick Band Club was raided by the police in 1949, presumably for drinking after hours, and the band had to sell the instruments to pay the fine. Through a house to house collection and other public subscriptions the band managed to buy back the instruments from Thomas Reynolds and Sons (Manchester) and in recognition changed their name to the Glodwick Public Prize Brass Band in 1950. The band was renamed again in 1955 to become the Lees and Glodwick Band. It amalgamated with the Cobden Chadwick Band (formerly Zion Methodists Band from Lees in Oldham) to form Oldham Brass 97, in 1997.
Glodwick Prize Band (Oldham)
See: Glodwick Band
Glodwick Public Prize Brass Band (Oldham)
See: Glodwick Band
Glossop Catholic Brass Band
Active in 1853
Glossop Volunteers Band
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Gloucester Amateur Brass Band
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Gloucester Brass Band
See: Gloucester Amateur Brass Band
Gloucester British Legion Band
Active from the 1930s to the mid 1950s. A new Gloucester British Legion Band was formed in 1960 (later to become the current Gloucester Excelsior Band), so the original must have folded prior to that.
Gloucester City British Legion Band
See: Gloucester British Legion Band
Gloucester Mission Brass Band
Active in 1934
Gloucester Wagon Company Silver Band
See: Gloucester Wagon Works Band
Gloucester Wagon Works Band
Formed in the 1860s, still active in 1929
Gloucester Working Men's Institute Brass Band
Active in 1889
Glyn Ceiriog Brass Band
See: Ceirog Vale Band
Glyncorrwg Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s
Glyndyfrdwy Brass Band (Merioneth)
Active in 1884
Glynn Vivian Miners' Mission Brass Band (Aylesham, Kent)
Active from the 1920s through to the late 1940s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s
Glynn Vivian Miners' Mission Brass Band (Deal, Kent)
Active in the 1930s
Glynneath District Silver Band (Glamorgan)
The band was originally formed in 1888. Known as the Curtis & Harvey brass band. Practices were held at the School House in Dinas Terrace, Pontneddfechan. In 1893, the band later transferred to Glynneath, where it prospered until it folded in 2007. A successor band was formed in 2014.
Godalming Borough Band (Surrey)
Active in 1905.
Godalming Brass Band (Surrey)
Active from around 1844 (bandmaster Mr. Woodnott) to the 1890s. A successor band was formed in 1937.
Godley Original Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1872
Godmanchester Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1860s
Godmanchester Town Silver Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Godolphin Teetotal Band (Penwith, Cornwall)
Records of engagements in the local press can only be found for Helston and Penzance in 1855. It is doubtful that much else was carried out.
Golberdon Band (Cornwall)
Golberdon - a village North West of Callington boasted a band that is known to have existed from c1860 to c1879. A quote from the Cornish Times of 1862 reads:- "The enlivening strains of the Golberdon Band quite counteracted the weeping humour of the skies." What can one say after that?
Golborne Brass Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1867, folded in 1914. A successor band was formed in 1922.
Golborne Public Subscription Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1922, folded in 1939. A successor band was formed in 1950.
Golcar Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to the 1880s
Golcar Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s to 1940s. A successor Golcar (Youth) Band was formed around 1979.
Golden Valley Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1900
Gold's Hill Saxhorn Band
See: Goldshill Ironworks Band
Goldshill Ironworks Band (West Bromwich)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. In 1860 hen it won 3rd place at the Crystal Palace contest. It was still active in 1899. Linked to James Bagnall's Ironworks at Goldshill.
Goldshill Town Band
See: Goldshill Ironworks Band
Goldthorpe British Legion Band
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Goldthorpe Ceramia Band
See: Yorkshire Main Colliery Band
Goldthorpe Public Band
Active in the 1920s
Goldthorpe Wesley Hall Silver Band
Active in 1933
Goliath Training Ship Band
See: Training Ship Goliath Brass Band
Gomersal Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1870s.
Gomersal Junior Band
See: Spen Valley Brass Band
Gomersal Mills Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1942. Competed in the Senior Cup in 1962. Still active in 1979
Goodinge Road Temperance Band (Islington, Middlesex)
Active in the 1890s
Goodshaw Prize Band
Formed May 1867
Goodwick Brass Band (Wales)
Formed in the early 1900s, disbanded around the start of World War 2. From memories of Dai Miles - "Once upon a time, at the turn of the 20th century, in a small community in West Wales called Goodwick, there was a brass band. This group of stalwarts, many of whom had come to the area from Neyland when the Harbour was built, was in the charge of Mr Lake, the headmaster of the local school. Mr Lake and his brother worked in Emlyn Colliery in Ammanford and he played solo cornet in the Colliery Band. He first came here to work in Puncheston School and then became headmaster of the newly built Goodwick School and either took over, or formed the Band. Practices were held in a corrugated zinc hut at the old laundry cottages (long since gone) in Dyffryn . There was no electricity then and the hut was lit by oil lamps on the walls. If the practice was really good the flames would shoot up high and the euphoniums could easily put all the lamps out! Sometimes they used battery lamps but they cost 4s. 6d. each and 4d. for the batteries so there wasn't too much practice in winter! Mr Lake was a hard taskmaster and he would continually admonish them - "you play like a circus band"! The instruments were old, needed new corks, and "clicked" as they were played. "You're banging your instruments against your buttons again!" - a reference to their uniform, which was the G.W.R. jacket and a white paper band put round the hat. In 1914, when War broke out, the Band held a meeting and decided that those of the right age should join up as a Band. They did this and from Kinwell Park in North Wales they were transferred to France, back from the Front Line, where they were used as escorts. One particular day, it seems, they were having a quiet smoke between duties, when an open car came along with an officer and his driver. "Put your instruments in the car and come with me" the officer said. He gave them each a rifle and marched them away. They were scattered then to different regiments. At home the members left behind continued the practices and the Band re-formed after the War. Dai Miles, an old Band member, the source of all these tales, joined the Band in the 1920's and bought his cornet in a pawn shop in Bute Street, Cardiff for £1. Billy Jeff and Jack Evans did the repair work on the instruments. Vincent Johns was President of the Band. At Christmastime the Bandsmen would love to play outside his house. They would have beer brought out to them whilst Mr Lake would be invited in for a swig of something stronger. Vincent Johns would give £1 or £2 for the Band and would then ask them to play "one more piece and give it some drum"! The Band played everywhere. There were lots of sports and carnivals and there were ox roasts in the football field. One year at the ox roasting, they were raising money for St. Mary's Church Hall, which was being built then and they were paid £24.0.0. Then they played at Lower Town Carnival and Sports and were paid £24.0.0 for that as well! There used to be Carnival and Sports at the top of Stop and Call Hill. The Band would form by the Cunard (the fish and chip shop now) and would march up the hill, and then, despite exhausted lungs, would play for a while at the top. John Clement Bowen played the big drum for a bit. But he wasn't very tall and couldn't see over the top too well. One day they were leading the Carnival up Cambria Square to play there for a while, but John Clement Bowen went down Main Street instead, beating the drum as he went and someone had to run after him and haul him back. Their favourite march was the "Washington Greys" and they knew "The Chieftain" so well they could nearly play it without music! In fact, that was the piece they played the last time they ever marched in Goodwick - and also the piece the present Band played the first time they marched through Goodwick. They were great on dance music. They played waltzes, foxtrots, you name it, for the dances in the drill hall and the dances held on the green by the tennis courts on the Parrog on summer evenings. In 1935 they were practising day and night to get ready for the National Eisteddfod that was coming to Fishguard in 1936. They were to lead the Bards and Druids and Danny Jones, a cornet player, was to play the long trumpet. The snag was, he had to ride a horse whilst playing the trumpet. Llewellyn, the Grocer's horse - of a fearsome reputation - was elected to be the trusty steed! Danny Jones, clad in a green suit and boots and blowing the long trumpet, could not ride a horse and so was very frightened, Lewis Rennish who was leading the horse, in spite of a wide vocabulary and a big stick, could not control the poor terrified creature. "
Goodwins Silver Band
See: West Bromwich Borough Band
Goole Borough Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1879 as Goole Town Band and Goole Brass Band. Conductor in 1889 was G. Duprey. Goole Times - Friday, September 7, 1951: "With its traditions reaching almost 70 years into the past, Goole Borough Band, facing an uncertain future, is making a determined effort to recapture its past glories and to add more successes to its championship achievements which began in 1903 and ended in 1920 with a list of 45 prizes, 34 medals and four challenge cups." The band was "revived" in 1898, according to a note in the Goole Times of 7th October 1898. It disbanded sometime in the late 1970s early 1980s.
Goole Brass Band
See: Goole Borough Band
Goole South Street Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s through to WW1.
Goole Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1848
Goole Town Band
See: Goole Borough Band
Goose Eye Brass Band
See: Gooseye Newsholme Band
Goose Green Brass Band (near Wigan, Lancashire)
Active in 1907
Goose Green Working Men's Brass Band (near Wigan, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
Gooseye Newsholme Band (Keighley)
Active in 1852
Gordon Boys Orphanage Brass Band (Dover, Kent)
Active in the 1900s. The Gordon Boys' Orphanage and Home in Dover was founded in 1885 by local philanthropist Thomas Blackman. It was named after General Charles George Gordon who had recently died in the siege of Khartoum, and was one of several boys' homes to commemorate him in this way. The home was located at 56 St James' Street, Dover.
Gordon Institute Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1887 - based at the Gordon Institute Boys' Club on Stanley Road.
Gordon Memorial Home (for Destitute Boys) Brass Band (Nottingham)
Active from 1898 through 1915. The home was founded in 1885. It supported and trained 45 boys for industrial and other work. The boys were 10-16 years old and wore a uniform.
Gordon Working Lads' Institute Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1888, bandmaster David Hughes
Gore Street Mission Hall Brass Band (Gorton, Lancashire)
Active in 1887
Gorebridge and Arniston Band (Midlothian)
Formed in 1909 by the merger of Gorebridge Brass Band and Arniston Brass Band. Active through to the 1930s
Gorebridge and District Band
See: Gorebridge and Arniston Band
Gorebridge Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active from the 1860s until it merged with the Arniston Brass Band in 1909 to form the Gorebridge and Arniston Band
Goring and Streatley British Legion Band
See: Goring Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Goring Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Formed before WW1. As a Division 1 Band, its standard was very high. After the war, the Band re-started in 1925 and played on until 1939, but as war was imminent it proved impossible to carry on.
Goring Brass Band (Goring-by-Sea, Sussex)
Active in 1889
Gorleston Silver Band (Great Yarmouth)
Formed in 1954
Gornalwood Excelsior Village Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1930, when it performed at Himley Park in August
Gornalwood Saxhorn Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Gorse Hill Prize Band
Gorseinon Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in from the early 1900s to the late 1940s
Gorseinon Institute Band
See: Gorseinon Brass Band
Gorseinon Volunteers Band
See: Gorseinon Brass Band
Gorton and Openshaw Old Band
See: Gorton Silver Band
Gorton Brass Band
See: Gorton Silver Band
Gorton L.N.E.R. Works Band
See: L.N.E.R. (Gorton) Works Band
Gorton Tank Works Band
See: L.N.E.R. (Gorton) Works Band
Gorton Silver Band
Formed in 1857. Bill Booth (senior) was solo horn player until his death in 1946. His son, Bill Booth, took over the solo horn until his untimely death in 1948. Folded in the late 1990s, and the remainder merged with the Reddish Prize Band
Gorton St. James Brass Band
Active in 1893
Gospel Blue Ribbon Mission Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1904, conductor T. Lee
Gospel Temperance Blue Ribbon Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1885, conducted by G. Everson
Gosport and Fareham Mission Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1890s
Gosport Silver Band (Hants)
Formed in 1968 as the brainchild of Alderman John Fairhall, a former Mayor of Gosport. While on holiday in Austria he heard a town band and thought that it would enhance the image of Gosport if it too had a town band. He put this idea to Gosport Borough Council, which supported him unanimously and made available a loan of £5,000 for the purchase of instruments, music and uniforms. The council also provided a rehearsal room. The Band's founder Director of Music was Cecil Brown, a retired Royal Marines Commissioned Bandmaster, who led and directed the Band until 1982. He was succeeded by Albert Hall, also a former Royal Marines Bandmaster. Albert was succeeded as Musical Director in April 2005 by Derek Jones and in September 2007 he was succeeded by Richard Sharp. In its early years the Band pioneered music on the Solent, playing on the Isle of Wight ferries on Sunday afternoons while they cruised from Portsmouth to Southampton Water. It was a feature of the welcoming scene when Princess Alexandria visited the town. When the Golden Jubilee of Gosport attaining borough status was celebrated, the Band shared the platform with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force at a gala garden party. It merged with Solent Concert Band in 2011 to form Gosport Solent Brass.
Gossages Soap Works Band (Widnes, Lancashire)
Active in 1882 when they played at Liverpool football ground, and in 1892 when they competed in an Eisteddfodd at St Helens. Still active up to WW1.
Gotham Temperance Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Gothenburg Brass Band (Sweden)
Formed in 1982, disbanded in 2007.
Goudhurst Brass Band (Kent)
In existence in 1887, probably founded by George Reeves in that year, as the Kilndown and Goudhurst Brass Band. By 1900, this had become the Goudhurst Brass Band and by 1926 the Goudhurst Prize Brass Band. It was still in existence in 1935.
Goudhurst Prize Brass Band
See: Goudhurst Brass Band
Gourock Burgh Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in the 1930s
Gourock Trades BandSee: Gourock Burgh Band
Govan Burgh Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1950s
Govan Colliery Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in from the 1850s to the 1870s
Govanhill Temperance Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in 1909
Govanhill Wesleyan Band
See: Govanhill Temperance Band
Graddfa Secondary School Youth Band (Ystrad Mynach, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Graffham Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in 1907
Grafton Street Industrial School Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1882
Grampound Brass Band (Cornwall)
Known to have accepted engagements from 1875 to 1935 they changed their title after WW1 to Grampound British Legion Band. It does not appear to have attended any contests. The only conductors names discovered are Charles Mannell in 1899 and Percy Hill in 1935.
Grampound Town Band
See: Grampound Brass Band
Granborough Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1885 when it played at a Liberal meeting in Winslow. Still active in 1909
Grandborough Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1887
Grandholm Works Brass Band (Aberdeen)
Active in 1879 and 1889 (conductor John Davidson). Attached to the Grandholm woolen mills
Grange Brass Band (Harwich, Essex)
Active in the late 1960s
Grange Iron Works Brass Band (Belmont, Co. Durham)
One member was Alfred Agincourt Wright, who was presented with a silver cornet by the band inscribed with his name, the band name, and "in recognition of his valuable services rendered to that band". The iron works closed in the 1920s so it is presumed the band folded then.
Grange School Brass Band (Runcorn, Cheshire)
Active in the 1970s
Grangepans Brass Band (1) (West Lothian)
Had folded by the early 1870s, the instruments being sold to the new Armadale Brass Band established in 1873
Grangepans Brass Band (2) (West Lothian)
Formed in 1900
Grangetown Steelworks Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s through to WW1.
Grangewood Silver Band
Formed in the early 1900s. Later known as East London Brass Ensemble, East Ham Borough Band, East Ham Silver Band in 1946, when it was based at the local Technical College which employed the Musical Director as lecturer. Renamed East Ham Borough Band in the 1950's players were attracted from further afield, leading to considerable improvement. By 1958 it was setting significantly new standards for the area and qualified for the National Finals for the first time. Subsequently the Band participated in the finals on numerous occasions gaining two top six placings. Reorganisation of the London Boroughs in 1965, which amalgamated East Ham, West Ham and North Woolwich, led to the name being changed once more to the Newham Band - in early years of the change being known as Newham (East Ham) Band. It amalgamated with the Aveley Band in 1995.
Grantham Albion Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1885, conducted by W.W. Leak, still active in 1934
Grantham Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1851, 1861, when it changed name to Grantham Volunteer Rifle Band
Grantham Concert Band
See: Grantham Town Band
Grantham Excelsior Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1904
Grantham Gospel Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1905
Grantham Town Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1930s through to around 2000
Grantham United Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1860s
Grappenhall Public Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s
Grappenhall Subscription Band
See: Grappenhall Public Band
Grasmere Brass Band
Active in the 1880s, taking part in the Grasmere Rushbearing festival.
Grasslot Colliery Band
(Whitehaven, Cumberland)
Active in the 1960s
Grasslot Miners Welfare Brass Band
See: Grasslot Colliery Band
Grassmarket Brass Band (Edinburgh)
Active in the early 1900s. Renamed City of Edinburgh Band in 1928. Still active in 1964. Probably folded in the early 1980s.
Grassmarket Mission Brass Band (Edinburgh)
Active in the 1920s
Grassmarket Silver Band
See: Grassmarket Brass Band
Gravel Lane Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1896
Gravel Lane Methodist Band (Manchester)
Founded in the 1930's by William Bowen M.B.E (The honour was received for his work with poor people.) The band competed at the Crystal Palace in the 1930's and in 1956 won the regional contest and travelled to London to compete in the National Finals. Competed in the Senior Trophy, in 1962, conducted by H. Johnson. They also won several local contests including Buxton and Belle Vue. The band broke up in 1971. Also known as Manchester Y.M.C.A. Band
Gravenhurst Village Band (Bedfordshire)
Active around 1895
Graves' Amateur Brass Band (Rickmansworth)
Active in 1889
Gravesend Brass Band
Active in the 1860s. Also known as Gravesend Town Band. Had some success in the Crystal Palace championships in the early part of the century. It added woodwind instruments and converted to a military style band some time after 1918. Still active as a concert/wind band - Gravesend Borough Band
Gravesend Silver Band
See: Gravesend Brass Band
Gravesend St John Ambulance Band
Active in the 1930s
Gravesend Town Band
See: Gravesend Brass Band
Grays Brass Band (Preston)
Active in the 1850s and through to the 1890s.
Grays Temperance Brass Band (Essex)
Formed in 1892. Active through to the 1960s.
Grayshott Brass Band (Hampshire)
George Bernard Shaw was one of the founders of the Grayshott Brass Band in 1899 which, the Grayshott Magazine remarked, "could be a decided acquisition." The band continued for some years and regularly performed at the local flower shows, garden parties, Band of Mercy shows and similar events. In a list of the initial subscribers, of whom there were 40 subscribing a total of £40. 17. 6., Shaw appears as giving £10. Whether this Band ever scaled musical heights may be doubted, since, when four years later land was given for the purpose of building a Village Hall, the donor inserted, perhaps in order to protect owners of adjacent property, a restrictive covenant prohibiting any 'band practice' on the land. In 1904 the band were permitted to play at the new recreation ground at the junction of Headley and Crossways Roads, if they so wished, not more than two evenings in any week. (Thanks to Jo Smith for this information)
Greasbrough Alliance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Greasbrough Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Greasbrough Prince of Wales Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Great Ancoats Temperance Band
See: Great Ancoats Wesleyan Brass Band
Great Ancoats Wesleyan Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s
Great Ayton Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the 1890s and also in the 1920s and 1930s
Great Baddow Brass Band (Essex)
Formed in 1894, conductor C. English. Active through the 1890s to WW1.
Great Bentley Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1894. Also active in the 1930s. Bandmaster in 1934/36 was James Naylor and 1937/8 was JW Smith.
Great Bentley Homeguard Band (Essex)
Active during WW2
Great Bookham Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1890s. Merged with Leatherhead Town Brass Band in 1911 to form Bookham United Silver Band, which subsequently folded in 1916
Great Brickhill Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Great Bridge Amateur Band
See: Great Bridge Temperance Band
Great Bridge Havelock Band
See: Great Bridge Temperance Band
Great Bridge Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1870s
Great Bridgewater Street Mission Brass Band
Bridgewater Street Mission Brass Band
Great Broughton Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1950s
Great Broughton Rechabites Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s through to the 1930s
Great Central and Metropolitan Band (London)
When Gladstone Park opened in 1901, brass bands were enjoying a period of great popularity. The group chosen to play at the park was the Great Central and Metropolitan Railwaymen's Band; a joining together of musicians from one-time rival bands. Initially the Local Government Board in Whitehall would not permit the band to be paid, so for some years the musicians were allowed to charge the public for chairs and programmes. Later the rules were changed and the band got a seasonal fee of £35 for the Sunday recitals, which was increased to a £50 when Thursday (early closing) performances were added by 1909. They retained their right to sell programs and charge for chairs. So popular were the concerts that the Council offered little resistance to the band's suggestion that a proper bandstand should be provided. On 28th February 1905 Robson was instructed to prepare a plan and estimates for a covered bandstand, and the next month his costing of £176 was agreed. The resulting rustic thatched structure, which was placed a little to the east of the baths, had all the hallmarks of a Robson special. In 1912 it was insured for £325 against fire. As early as 1910 the Council was considering providing electric lighting to the bandstand but it was not until 1945 that it was agreed that this should go ahead at a cost of £149. Many special events were supported. In 1911 the band gave a special recital to honour the coronation of George V (for which they were paid £15), a 'massed band concert' was permitted on Sunday 4th June from 3pm to 5pm, and in 1915 they organised dances on one Thursday evening per month during the season. The joint band entered many competitions, such as the annual Crystal Palace contests from 1904 onwards, eventually becoming the 'Great Central and Metropolitan Railwaymen's (Silver) Prize Band'. At the 1923 competition they won second prize. The band were to be regular performers at Gladstone Park until 1920 when they refused the Council's offer of £50 for Sunday concerts for the season and requested £6 6s per performance. The Council did not agree and engaged the National Union of Railwaymen (Neasden No.1 Branch) Orphan Fund Band in their place. In 1924 the Great Central and Metropolitan Silver Prize band were approached again but stated they were not prepared to do Sunday evening performances as they had a contract with London County Council (possibly for appearing in Queen's Park). Perhaps they had become too grand. By 1928 the birds had taken most of the thatch off the bandstand. The Council's Outdoor Committee recommended that it be tiled, as re-thatching costs would be prohibitive. (Source: A Distant View of Gladstone Park and Dollis Hill House, 2002, by Juliette Soester and Cliff Wadsworth. Thanks to Cliff Wadsworth)
The band provided music at the S. Smith and Sons (M.A.) Limited's Sports at Dollis Hill, Neasden in August 1923, and again in 1925. The band was still active in the early 1960s.
Great Central and Metropolitan Railwaymen's (Silver) Prize Band
See: Great Central and Metropolitan Band
Great Central Hall Brass Band (London)
Active in 1909
Great Central Railway Band (Northamptonshire)
Based at Woodford Halse, which stood on the GCR main line. Active from the early 1900s to after WW1.
Great Cheverell Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1950s
Great Clifton Prize Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s to WW1 - conductor at one time was John Gilchrist. Also active in the 1950s and 1960s.
Great Eastern Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s. In 1888 the band owed £16 for instruments and was desirous to obtain new uniforms at a cost of another £20.
Great Eastern Railway Cambridge Silver Band
See: Cambridge Railway Band
Great Easton Coronation Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1906, 1916 - W.F. Haddon bandmaster and secretary. Also active after WW1 in the 1920s and 1930s.
Great Glen Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s
Great Harwood Brass Band
See: Great Harwood Subscription Band
Great Harwood Subscription Band
Active in 1853 as Great Harwood Brass Band. Active in 1888, when it was described as ".... is a good one, and whenever it appears in public it has none of that 'brassiness' of tone so distressing to those who have a sensitive diaphragm". In 1893 it won first prize at a contest in Skelmersdale (other bands placed were: 2nd, Leyland Subscription Band; 3rd, Ratcliffe Public Band; 4th, Pemberton Old Band; 5th, White-well Vale Band). Still active through to WW1.
Great Harwood Temperance Band
See: Great Harwood Subscription Band
Great Holland Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s. Renamed Kirkby Cross and Great Holland Brass Band a little later. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
Great Horkesley Band
Active in the 1890s, but did not reform after the Great War.
Great Horton Brass Band (1) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the mid 1860s to mid 1870s.
Great Horton Brass Band (2) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1877 and, over the next 10 years, attended 40 contests winning 30 prizes, value £300. Conducted by G.F. Birkenshaw at the Barnoldswick Contest in 1886. Still active in the early 1900s.
Great Houghton Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1870s
Great Houghton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1892. Active in the 1890s
Great James Street Mission Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1891
Great Massingham Crown Brass Band
See: Great Massingham Silver Band
Great Massingham Silver Band (Norfolk)
Active in the early 1900s, when they were invited to play at Sandringham by the king after he heard them playing in Kings Lynn. Bandmaster was George Frederick Fish. Also known as Great Massingham Crown Band. The band was still active in the 1920s, when it rehearsed at the Rose and Crown Inn.
Great Northern Loco Band (Doncaster)
Reported playing tunes around Doncaster at Christmas time in 1852 in a "very neat uniform". See: Doncaster Loco Band
Great Northern Railway Brass Band
See: Peterborough Great Northern Railway Locomotive Brass Band
Great Northern Railway Plant Works Band (Doncaster)
Also known as the Doncaster Plant Works Band. Formed in 1856 and conducted by George Birkinshaw (father of the famous Black Dyke cornet player and celebrated by William Rimmer's march Viva Birkinshaw!). Its original composition was two sopranos, six cornopeans, two tenor horns, one baritone, three trombones, two ophicleides, one Eb bass bombardon, and percussion. The band won many prizes between 1859 and 1861 and played many arrangements and compositions of marches and waltzes by Birkinshaw. Including 3rd prize at Lincoln on 6 June 1859, and 1st prize, gaining £15, at Peterborough on 5 September 1859 (where the bandsmen had to "defend themselves physically against disappointed rivals afterwards!), and 2nd prize at the contest at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield in 1860. Renamed Doncaster Volunteer Band in 1859. Birkinshaw introduced his own brass band compositions in concerts given out of doors in the town: Festive Polka, Rouse Polka, the galop Spring Flowers, Pas Redouble, at least one march, a cornet trio and an arrangement for three cornets of "Lift Thine Eyes" from Elijah. In one 1859 Doncaster concert Birkinshaw conducted Jullien's Mary Ann Polka and French Quadrille. Birkinshaw left the band in 1865, but it continued successfully under the batons of J Redfern, S Wilson and Mr Salmon, until it disbanded when the Volunteers were absorbed into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment in 1908.
Great Rollright Primitive Methodist Mission Brass Band (Oxon)
Active in 1899
Great Western Colliery Band (Hopkinstown, Glamorgan)
Active from the early 1900s through to 1939
Great Western Foundry Brass Band
See: Reading Foundry Brass Band
Great Western Pontypridd Band
See: Great Western Colliery Band
Great Western Railway (Swindon) Band
The Musical Times in 1847 stated "In the large workshops of the Great Western Railway, at Swindon, a number of these men have combined to make a most excellent orchestra, seconded by the liberality and encouragement which seems to pervade the Company's arrangement at this village, for the benefit, improvement and amusement of their workmen." It was still active in 1893, but had folded by the early 1900s when a later Swindon band arose, also to be associated with the railway.
Great Western Railway Brass Band (Reading)
Active in 1875
Great Western Railway Brass Band (Swindon)
See: Great Western Railway (Swindon) Band
Great Western Railway Brass Band (Worcester)
Active in 1888
Great Wigston United Brass Band (Wigston Magna, Leicestershire)
Active in the 1880s to 1899
Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1950s
Greater Bendigo Brass Inc. (Australia)
Formed in 1998 as Greater Bendigo Concert Brass from the merger of Marong Municipal (Hopetoun) Brass Band and Strathfieldsaye Municipal Band. Renamed Greater Bendigo Brass Inc. in 2008
Greater Bendigo Concert Brass (Australia)
See: Greater Bendigo Brass Inc.
Greater Elland S. P. & T. Social Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1946
Greater Manchester Transport Band
Active in the 1980s
Greatham Ward Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1890s to WW1.
Greenacres Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
Greenbank Brass Band (Cornwall)
Formed around 1885, Greenbank Band carried on until c1900 when they disbanded to help form the Liskeard Borough Band. The only known conductor was John Mitchell.
Greenbank Foundry Brass Band (Blackburn)
Active in 1884
Greenfield Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s. A successor band was formed in 1987.
Greenfield Colliery Band (Burnbank, Lanarkshire)
Active in the early 1900s to the 1920s
Greengates Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s and also from the 1890s to WW1.
Greenhalgh's Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1872 and also in 1907and 1908, when it played at Calder Vale.
Greenhall High School Band
See: Greenhall Youth Brass Band
Greenhall Youth Brass Band (Gorebridge, Midlothian)
Active from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Also known as Greenhall High School Band until the school closed in 1994.
Greenhithe Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1887
Greenhouse Brass Band
See: Bowling Greenhouse Brass Band
Greenhow Hill Victoria Band (near Pateley Bridge)
Formed in the 1860s. It is mentioned by Thomas Blackah in his poem of 1865 about the Feast: "The Nidderdale Rant" - 'And Victoria Band maks under t'tree/ A bonny racket.' Used to play in the Greenhow Chapel. When the Chapel got an organ, they could not play, which caused a great deal of trouble. The band was thought to be very good and was much sought after on festive occasions in the area. There were 17 in the band: Joe Mackwell (1st Cornet), John Green (2nd Cornet), Ann Green (Bass), Thomas Blackah (Bass Instrument), Richard Blackah (A horn going right round his body), Jossie Blackah (Bass Instrument), Maw Simpson (Single Bass), Will Green (Big Drum), Thomas Wilkinson Marshall (Little Drum), R Mackwell (A round instrument), Duncan Mackwell (1st Fiddle), Jackie Green (Double Bass), ? (Trombone), 4 others (String Instruments). Nathaniel Grainge ('Natty wey t'stick') was also in the band according to another source. (Source: Greenhow Family History). It was still going strong in 1883, but ceased shortly after when the local mining industry collapsed.
Greenhow Victoria Band
See: Greenhow Hill Victoria Band
Greenock and District Silver Band
See: Inverclyde District Band
Greenock Rifles Brass Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in the 1860s. Also known as the 1st Renfrew Rifle Volunteers Brass Band.
Greenock Silver Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in the 1930s
Greenock Thistle Brass Band (1) (Renfrewshire)
Active in the 1850s - presumed to have folded prior to 1875
Greenock Thistle Brass Band (2) (Renfrewshire)
Formed in 1875 as the Working Boys Brass Band, became the Greenock Thistle Brass Band in 1876 and to the Volunteers in 1880 (as the 1st Renfrew and Dumbarton Artillery Volunteers Band). In 1879 it took part in a procession in August to inaugurate the Kilmarnock Burns Monument and Kay Park, accompanying the Oddfellows Lodge, who had gorgeous banners illustrative of the objects of the Order, and the fantastic robes and head gear of the officials attracted no little notice.
Green's Dye Works Band (Leeds)
Active in 1872
Greensplat Brass Band (Cornwall)
Formed in 1913, the circumstances of WW1 interfered somewhat, and the band experienced problems with repayments on the instrument loan and so had to cease activities. Immediately after that little European disagreement was resolved they restarted their band life, which carried on until about 1935. Situated just outside the village of Bugle, for Greensplat bandsmen, contesting was an important activity from 1919 until 1930. R Hancock led the band from its inception to 1920. It is not known, at present, who was resident conductor from this point on but they did continue to contest, once under EJ Williams (sen) three times under a J Bassett (perhaps by coincidence, there was a J Bassett horn player who had finished playing with Foxhole Band - was this the same man?), and a couple of times by a G Attwood but in 1926 Charles H Baker became professional adviser to them, continuing for the next four years, after which Len Manhire took over until their demise. Also known as Greensplat Silver Band.
Greenway Moor Brass Band (Biddulph Moor, Staffordshire)
Active from the 1930s to 1998. Competed in the Senior Cup in 1962.
Greenway Moor Prize Band
See: Greenway Moor Brass Band
Greenway Selectus Band
See: Greenway Moor Brass Band
Greenway Staffordshire Moorlands Band
See: Greenway Moor Brass Band
Greenways Brass Band (Downend, Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. It performed at a bazaar in Frenchay in 1889. In 1894 it took part in a temperance procession at Downend on July 11th. Also known as Greenway's Military Band or Greenway's Brass and Reed (Downend) Band.
Greenwich and Deptford Boys Band
See: Greenwich and Deptford Union Cottage Homes Band
Greenwich and Deptford Union Cottage Homes Band (Lamorbey, Sidcup, Kent)
Active from the 1900s to the 1920s. The homes, later known as The Hollies, were opened in 1902 to house pauper children away from the workhouse. Also known as Sidcup Schools Brass Band or Sidcup Homes Band.
Greenwich Borough Brass Band
See: Greenwich Town Brass Band
Greenwich Town Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s. Conductor Christopher Birkhead in 1903
Greetland and West Vale Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s to 1890s. Conductor Mr Greenwood in 1869, the year they acquired new instruments.
Greggs Bakery Band
See: Newbiggin Colliery Band
Grenville Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in the 1890s
Gresford Colliery Silver Band (Wrexham)
Active in 1933
Gresham Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the early 1900s, based in Old Woking, at the printing works of Unwin Brothers. They are known to have played at events in Send village and it is likely that some of the players lived in Send in houses built by the company. There seem to have been about 18 players. There is an archive of Unwin Brothers at the Surrey History Centre in Woking which may have some further information.
Gresham Press Brass Band
See: Gresham Brass Band
Gresley and Swadlincote Garibaldi Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1860s
Gretton Excelsior Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1883
Griff Colliery and Chilvers Coton Band
See: Griff Colliery Brass Band
Griff Colliery Brass Band (Nuneaton, Warwickshire)
Active in the 1920s to the 1940s
Grimesthorpe Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s.
Grimesthorpe United Methodist Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1890
Grimesthorpe Weleyan Band
See: Grimesthorpe United Methodist Brass Band
Grimsby and District Band
See: Grimsby Brass Band
Grimsby Artillery Volunteers Band (Lincolnshire)
1st Lincolnshire Artillery (Grimsby) - active in the 1880s
Grimsby Borough Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s
Grimsby Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Originally formed with pupils of the old Harold Street school together with more experienced musicians. Active from the early 1960s to the 1990s. Known as Primo Windows Grimsby Band in the 1980s to early 1990s
Grimsby County Brass Band
Active in the 1890s
Grimsby Mechanics Brass Band
Founded in 1859
Grimsby Railway Servants Brass Band
Active in the 1880s
Grimsby Temperance Band
Active in the 1890s
Grimsby Town Band
See: Grimsby Borough Band
Grindleton Brass Band
Active before WW1, but found itself short of players between the wars and amalgamated with Slaidburn Band, retaining the Slaidburn name. Slaidburn's instruments were used, but Grindleton provided the majority of players.
Gringley Brass Band (Notts)
Active in 1879
Grinshill Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1907 through 1912
Gronant Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1890s
Groombridge Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed in 1926. Active in the 1930s, conductor Mr. H. Wickens.
Grosmont Brass Band
See: Grosmont Iron Works Band
Grosmont Iron Works Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1850s to the 1880s
Grove Place Brass Band (Dalton, Huddersfield)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Grove Street Brass Band (Musselburgh, Midlothian)
Active in the 1850s
Groves Mission Band (York)
Active since at least 1889, it disbanded in 1903 and members joined the new Rowntrees Cocoa Works Band
Groves Wesleyan Band
See: Groves Mission Band
Groves Wesleyan School Brass Band (York)
Founded in 1895
Grundisburgh Brass Band (Suffolk)
The earliest known press report is the Suffolk Standard of August 1892, when the band played at a local show, conducted by W. Blackmore. In June 1893 they played at an open-air concert in the grounds of Grundisburgh Hall, and it was reported that "The programme was interspersed with items by the Grundisburgh Brass band, which shows considerable improvement since last year" Evidently the reporter wasn't a fan! Later that year, at a formal sit-down tea, it was reported that the band had 23 members, and the conductor, G. Walter Blackmore, ( the village schoolmaster), and the bandmaster, Richard H Gladwell, were both presented with inscribed marble clocks, so the band must have been going longer than so far confirmed. In September 1892 it played at a Sale of Work at Grundisburgh House, in July 1894 and also in 1896 is entertained visitors to the Wherstead and Belstead Cottagers' Show. July 1898 saw the band in action at the Clopton Flower Show and also the Witnesham Cottagers' Show. In February 1900 is gave a concert for the "Absent-minded Beggar Fund", raising £6 - this fund had been set up by the Daily Mail, using the popular poem by Rudyard Kipling as a focus for charitable fundraising during the Boer War. The band was still active after WW1.
Guide Temperance Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1920s
Guildford Brass Band (Surrey)
Active from the 1840s to the 1890s
Guildford Silver Band (Surrey)
Active from the 1960s to the 1970s. A successor band was formed in 1983 (Friary Guildford Band)
Guildford Temperance Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1890s
Guilsborough Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1860s (conductor W.V. Scholes) to WW1. Conducted by G.W. Brunner in 1886
Guilsborough County School Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1980s
Guinea Lane Sunday School Brass Band (Bath)
Active in 1885
Guinness Crusaders Brass Band (London)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s.
Guisbrough Artillery Volunteers (Yorkshire, North Riding)
1st North Yorkshire Volunteer Artillery Band. Active in the 1870s
Guisborough Brass Band
Active in 1859 when it took part in the Lofthouse Grand Village Band Contest in November that year. It was conducted by Mr Bannister, had 12 performers, and played Il Trovatore by Verdi. and the test piece, Grand Parade March by Jones. Active through to WW1.
Guisborough Priory Prize Silver Band
Formed in 1902 and still active in 1920
Guisborough Rifle Volunteers Band
Active in the 1860s to 1900s. 20th North Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers Band
Guiseley Brass Band
Active in 1875 and 1890. Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by R. Stevenson.
Gunnerside Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1920s
Gunnerslake British Legion Band
See: Gunnerslake Temperance Band
Gunnerslake Silver Band
See: Gunnerslake Temperance Band
Gunnerslake Temperance Band (North Cornwall)
Formed about 1898, they quietly carried on with the usual engagements of the time, and after World War 1 became Gunnerslake British Legion Band, and later the Gunnerslake Silver Band. They were a non-contesting outfit. All that can be discovered regards conductors was that in 1937 Mr C Trewin finished and Mr W Westlake took over. It must have been soon after this that they folded up as I can find no more references to them after 1937. Also in the town of Gunnerslake was a Salvation Army Corps, complete with a band that carried out "outside" engagements at least in 1930.
Gunton Hall Silver Band
See: Lowestoft Town Brass Band
Gwaenydd Silver Band (Festiniog, Merioneth)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Gwaenysgor Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1870s
Gwaun Cae Gurwen Brass Band (1) (Glamorgan)
In 1892 a meeting was held to form a brass band in Gwaun Cae Gurwen. The records show that each founder member had to deposit £5 with Higham & Sons towards the £250 needed to purchase a set of second hand instruments. Furthermore, each band member had to contribute one shilling per week to help clear the balance owed. As the band grew in strength, it was officially decreed on the 11th December 1883 that a society had been formed and henceforth be known as the Gwaun Cae Gurwen Brass Band. It prospered through WW1 and folded in 1932.
Gwaun Cae Gurwen Brass Band (2) (Glamorgan)
In September 1933 the former bass player Dan Lloyd, who had joined the band in 1901, was invited to form a junior band assisted by a few of the former players. By Whitsun 1934 the newly formed young band was ready for its first contest, success soon followed with the band winning first prize. The same year they qualified to compete at the famous Crystal Palace in London when again the first prize in their section was brought home to Wales. This was the start of a partnership which brought unrivalled success with the local band achieving 28 firsts, 3 seconds and one third prize in the first 32 contests attended between 1933 and 1939. In 1945 they won for the first time the Daily Herald Welsh Area Championship and at the Royal Albert Hall finals shared 7th place with Black Dyke. The band disbanded in 1953.
Gwaun Cae Gurwen Brass Band (3) (Glamorgan)
In 1955 interested local youngsters were gathered together and taught from scratch to play and understand music by Haydn Morris in an endeavour to start another band and by 1956 there was a full compliment aided by five former players. That same year the newly formed band qualified in the Welsh Area Contest held at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. This was the much needed incentive and success followed in 1959 when the band qualified for the London Championships where they remained until 1965. In an endeavour to overcome earlier mistakes a junior band had also been formed under the baton of Mr. Ivor Davies. The year 1965 saw for the first time a championship band together with a junior band and later having qualified at Swansea, went on to win the National Youth Championship of Great Britain a great tribute to Ivor who had worked so diligently with the youngsters. The relegation of the main band proved a difficult period and failure to encourage the best young players from the successful junior band to fill vacancies in the senior band caused its eventual collapse in 1967. What had started as a safeguard had conversely through its own success proved the main band's downfall. The junior band continued as a 4th section band from 1967 to become the current Gwaun Cae Gurwen Brass Band.
Gwennap Band (Cornwall)
Truro City Band had disbanded in 1969 so was it a coincidence that the Gwennap Band, who were only five miles from Truro, started up at that same time, albeir under a different conductor? This was Rex Little who stayed with them until 1975 when they became the basis for a new Truro band. Rex Little stayed with this new band for about thirteen years.
Gwernaffield Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in 1899 and sporadically through the first half of the 20th century. A permanent successor band was formed in 1971 (Gwernaffield Silver Band)
Gwespyr and District Silver Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1950s.
Gwynedd Brass Band (Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merioneth)
Active in the 1880s
Gwyrfai Mills Brass Band (Bontnewydd, Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1890s
Gwyrfai Vale Brass Band (Bontnewydd, Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1930s

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H. Stevenson's Works Silver Band
See: Hugh Stevenson and Sons Band
H.M.S. Condor Brass Band
See: Fleet Air Arm Volunteer Brass Band
Habershon Silver Band (Rotherham, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1950s - 70s. Linked to J.J. Habershon and Sons Steel Works in Rotherham. Conductor was H. Ingle for much of the time.
Hackenthorpe Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1850s
Hackney Union Schools Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the early 1900s through to the 1920s. Based at the Hackney Cottage Homes in Chipping Ongar, built by the Hackney Poor Law Union in 1905.
Hadden's Factory Brass Band (Nottingham)
Active in 1860. Hadden's were a hosiery manufacturer, making knitted goods on circular frames.
Haddenham Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the 1860s. Conductor John Rose in 1888. Continued to be active through to 1939.
Haddenham Brass Band (1) (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1840s
Haddenham Brass Band (2) (Cambridgeshire)
See: Haddenham Foresters Brass Band
Haddenham Foresters Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed in 1897. Known as Haddenham Silver Band from the early 1900s onward. Folded in the late 1980s.
Haddenham Silver Band
See: Haddenham Foresters Brass Band
Hadfield Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1930s
Hadleigh Boys Band
See: Hadleigh Town Band
Hadleigh Brass Band (Suffolk)
Founded in 1866
Hadleigh Town Band (Suffolk)
Formed in 1951. The band's first Chairman was C H Betts, Treasurer H L Seaman and Secretary R G Robinson, their headquarters was at The Wheatsheaf public house. Within a year of their formation they were giving conceits in aid of the Lynmouth Flood Disaster plus concerts at Bildeston, Whatfield and Polstead. They played for a Hadleigh Remembrance Sunday service and organised a Giant Illuminated Christmas Tree on the Market Place, playing carols and gathering toys for Ipswich Hospital. The instruments were loaned by one of the instrument manufacturers. They also made a record of "Blades of Steel March", "Grisford" and "Abide with Me". They were still active in 1958.
Hafod Rechabites Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1895
Hafod Welfare Band (North Wales)
Active in 1958
Haggate Band
See: Briercliffe Prize Brass Band
Haggerston Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active from the 1920s to 1940. Probably folded during WW2.
Hagley Schools Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1980s
Haigh (Aspull) Band
See: Haigh Brass Band
Haigh Band (Barnsley)
See: Rothwell Haigh Band
Haigh Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s through to the 1970s. Competed in the First Annual Brass Band Contest organised by Wigan Borough Prize Band in 1943 (conducted by J. Mather).
Haigh Colliery Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1843, one of the first to use all brass instruments. Still active in 1873
Haigh Prize Band
See: Haigh Brass Band
Haigh Public Band
See: Haigh Brass Band
Hailsham Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1850s
Hailsham Town Band (Sussex)
Founded in 1901 and in 1948 amalgamated with the British Legion (Hailsham Branch) Band. Records of the band, from 1901-48, are held at the East Sussex Record Office. 1905/1911/1915 the secretary was George G. Guy
Halam Field Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1875
Hale End Xylonite Works Band (Hackney, London)
Formed in 1920.
Halesowen Brass Band
Active in the 1850s
Halesowen Temperance Band
Active from the early 1900s to WW1.
Halesowen Town Volunteer Prize Band
Active from the 1890s to 1915
Halewood United Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Haley Hill Band
See: Haley Hill Sax Horn Band
Haley Hill Sax Horn Band (Yorkshire)
Active in August 1859 when they played at the annual exhibition of the Haley Hill and New Town Allotment Gardeners' Society
Halifax Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1873
Halifax and District Brass Band
Records of the band, from 1951-61, are held at the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale
Halifax Band of Hope Brass Band
See: Halifax Victoria Band
Halifax Borough Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1863 and the 1880s
Halifax Brass Band
See: Halifax Rifle Volunteers Band
Halifax Brass Works Band
See: Halifax Central Brass Works Band
Halifax C.E.F.A. Band
Active in the 1940s/1950s
Halifax Central Band
See: Halifax Central Brass Works Band
Halifax Central Brass Works Band
Active in the 1890s. Conducted by Robert Halstead in 1896
Halifax Citadel Band
Active in 1918
Halifax Corporation Band
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Halifax Home Guard Band
Active from 1940 to 1945. Competed in the 1944 British Open contest.
Halifax King Cross Band
See: King Cross Band
Halifax Main Brass Band
Halifax New Road Brass Band
Active in the 1870s
Halifax Rifle Volunteers Band
Active in the 1850s to the 1870s. Won the British Open in 1860 and 1861, conducted by J. Dewhurst and competed again in 1864.
Halifax Rink Brass Band
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Halifax Temperance Band
Active in the 1890s
Halifax Victoria Band
Originally the Halifax Band of Hope Brass Band. Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Halifax Volunteer Artillery Band
Active in the 1870s
Halkyn Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1890s
Halkyn Voel Gaer Band
See: Voel Gaer Brass Band
Hall Green Brass Band
See: Hall Green Euphonic Band
Hall Green Euphonic Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1850s to 1880s
Hall of Freedom Silver Band (Bristol)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s
Hallas City Band (Australia)
Merged with Long Gully Miner's Band in 1889 to form Marong Municipal (Hopetoun) Brass Band
Hallbankgate Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1880s, 1890s
Hallelujah Crusaders Band (Kent)
Active in 1922
Hallelujah Mission Silver Band (Motherwell, Lanarkshire)
Formed in 1884, still active in 1947. H. Russell was a member of the band from its inception up to 1947 (at least).
Halliwell Band (Lancashire)
See: Halliwell Prize Brass Band
Halliwell Prize Brass Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1859, they originally took the name Jubilee Band, owing to their membership being from St Peter's Jubilee Sunday School. Some time before 1870 the band severed its ties with St Peter's and took the name Halliwell Band, in 1873 they played at the opening of the Town Hall.Halliwell Band disbanded during the First World War as 22 members signed up! Two were killed and three gained the DCM. A record that they were very proud of Sir Knowles Edge JP was a great supporter of the band in the early part of the last century. Evening News, July 21, 1904 - The attendance at the weekly band performance in Queen's Park, Bolton, on Wednesday evening did not reach its usual dimensions. The Halliwell Prize Brass Band occupied the kiosk and the programme was gone through with great credit to themselves. A melancholy interest was attached to the performance owing to the death of Bandmaster Range, late musical director of the concerts, and out of respect to the deceased's memory the band played the Dead March.
Jack Wilson, who lived in Bolton from 1936 to 1951, said, "My Dad was conductor of Halliwell Prize Band, and worked until the war at Crossleys, who I believe made ropes and cables. Old man Crossley was chairman of the band, and when the war started most of the players were called up, and Dad went on munitions. The band never really recovered."
[The following material is courtesy of Halliwell Local History Society]
The band played at church and chapel walking days, Field Days, Garden Parties, Rose Queens and for Christmas Carols. In Bolton there were the Trinity Sunday Walks of the Roman Catholics, the May Day parade of carthorses from the brewers and carriers, and that feast of entertainment the Royal Infirmary Carnival where jazz bands vied with brass bands. The leader in the 1930s was possibly a portly gentleman called Gregory, who lived in Olga Street, and the band met at the Peel Arms on Halliwell Road - whether to practice or drink is not known! At the time it disbanded in the early 1950s it practiced in St Paul's School. Another earlier member of the band was George Kay. He lived at 6 Saturn Street, attended Harvey Street Chapel and worked at Dobson and Barlow. He had three children, one son and two daughters. In February 1917 he enlisted in the North Staffordshire Regiment, sadly he was killed in May 1918, aged 40. The band at some point became the Halliwell Prize Brass Band [before 1904], what prize it won is not known but apparently it was jokingly said to be third prize when there were only three competitors. On Christmas morning they would start playing Hail Smiling Morn at the Ainsworth Arms and travel down Halliwell Road calling at other pubs en route. How far they got before they could no longer play is not recorded. The band latterly was sponsored by Henry Crossley (Packings) Ltd., and it would seem that when the band finished in the early 1950s the uniforms, instruments and music were stored by them, and then sold.
Halls Oxford Concert Brass
See: Oxford Concert Brass
Halls Brewery Band
See: Oxford Concert Brass
Hall's Ropery Band (Barton, Cumbria)
Active in the mid 1880's. Very little is known about this ensemble other it was founded by the Ropery company
Hallwood View Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1858
Halmerend Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1876
Halmore Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
Halmore Temperance Band
See: Halmore Brass Band
Halse Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Conductor John Howse (or House) in 1891/1894
Halstead Amateur Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1864
Halstead Brass Band
See: Halstead Town Band
Halstead Town Band (Essex)
Active in in the 1890s to WW1. 1902 - Richard Francis bandmaster, C.H. Gibbs secretary. 1914 - H.A. Adams bandmaster, H. Laurence secretary.
Halstead's Brass Band (Preston)
Active in 1882. Mr Halstead was landlord of the Britannia Inn, Friargate,Preston. The band won first prize in a contest at Barrow on August 7th 1882, winning a handsome silver cup and £7. At various recent competitions if had gained: Ten first prizes, five second prizes, two third prizes, and one fourth prize, amounting to over £300 in money; also seven side drums, three gold and one silver medal, one drum-major's staff, and a silver cup.
Halton Amateur Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1882
Haltwhistle and South Tyne Brass Band
See: South Tyne Brass Band
Haltwhistle Old Silver Band (Northumberland)
Formed in 1898. Disbanded August 2004. In its heyday, Haltwhistle Old Silver Band acted like the proud standard bearer for the town. It stood for musical accomplishment and, perhaps more importantly, community spirit. Some men devoted the whole of their adult lives to the band, meeting for rehearsals three times a week and frequently spending a fourth performing at events throughout the region. They were joined by their brothers and followed by their sons. Meanwhile, their wives concentrated on organising fundraising events to help cover the band's costs. So it is with heavy hearts that the last three members of the band have decided to call it a day. It has existed in name only for many years now, kept going by a hand-full of members who could not imagine life without their regular music sessions. Now the writing is truly on the wall, though, because they have decided to put the old Band Room up for sale. Situated at the bottom of Comb Hill, the building has been home to the band since it sounded its first notes. Which is why the last three members * Jonty Bell, Tom Fletcher and Dryden Smith * are determined that the money realised by the sale will provide a lasting legacy in Haltwhistle. They will use it to set up a trust fund, which will be used to foster the musical ambitions of local people. They have requested that Haltwhistle Town Council runs the trust fund, which was unanimously agreed to by councillors during their latest meeting. Along with his fellow councillors, chairman Coun. Alan Sharp paid warm tribute to Jonty for the role he has played in Haltwhistle Old Silver Band for almost 80 years. Jonty was also well known across the district for his leading role in the Singing Waiters over 25 years. "I would just like to thank you on behalf of the town for all the hard work you have put in over the years," said Coun. Sharp. "You were a stalwart of the band. "You have done so much for the town, and I can safely say you are held in high regard for your devotion and commitment. "People have succeeded in bands and singing because of your hard work. "I think the trust will be a good thing for the future of Haltwhistle and for children who are interested in music." Coun. Graham Ridley added: "In the past, the band has done a great deal to bring on youngsters. "A lot of them got their first introduction to music through the band. "If the trust carries on that good work, it will be a good thing for the town. We will all be grateful to you for that." Jonty was just five years old when he was first introduced to band life. "I used to go along with my father * he was the conductor at the time," he said. "The band room was a wreck then. There was flooring in just half the room. "While the band was playing in that half of the room, I used to sit in the other half making pot-pies in the dirt. "I joined the band properly when I was eight years old." Jonty is now 84. His father, who was also called Jonathan, played the euphonium. Jonty played the E-flat bass, while his elder brother, George, played the cornet. It has been Tom Fletcher who has kept the band going in recent years, says Jonty. Known for his skill on the trombone, Tom stepped into the breach when the band needed a conductor. The remaining member of their stalwart group, Dryden, played the double-B bass. "At one time, every village had a band, such as Haydon Bridge and Bardon Mill," said Jonty. "The 1950s and 1960s were the heyday for us. "We qualified twice for the national finals of a competition run by the Daily Herald, and we travelled down to London. "We travelled all over the country during those days, and family and friends used to come with us. "We had a terrific social life. It was grand. "In the end, though, the interest in bands just fizzled out," The Band Room will be closed at the end of August (2004)
Haltwhistle Rifles Volunteers Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Ham and Petersham Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
Ham Mills Works Band
Active in the early 1900s
Hambleton Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1980s
Hambleton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s.
Hambrook Silver Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the early 1900s, Played for Rogation open-air services on White's Hill Common (Frenchay) in 1927 and 1944. Played at the Winterbourne Sunday School treat on 25 August 1920. Gave a "delightful concert" at Winterbourne in 1926. "This was a huge success, and we hope very much that they will come again before the winter goes". Headed a procession of 150 Bristol Buffaloes for a wreath laying ceremony at Frenchay in 1927. Played at a Garden Fete at Watley's End, Winterbourne in 1928. Played at Winterbourne School Sports on June 17 1931 and were thanked for their efficient musical programme, given entirely without any fee. Played at Frenchay Fete in aid of Hambrook Hospital on July 14 1934. Jack Miles was for some years bandmaster of the Hambrook Silver Band - possibly in the 1930s-40s. Disbanded before 1974 when some ex-members joined the new Thornbury Brass Band.
Hamilton Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the early 1900s to the 1930s
Hamilton Burgh Band
See: Hamilton Brass Band
Hamilton Place Colliery Band (Bothwell, Lanarkshire)
Formed in 1899. Active to the 1950s. Bandmaster for many years was David Hunter, who built the band up from scratch on three occasions after the interruptions/problems caused by the two World Wars and the General Strike in 1926. The majority of the band joined up in 1914, leaving 5 members. The band reformed in 1917. 1926 saw another hiatus for a few years. It then flourished again before being reduced to eight members by the time war broke out in 1939.
Hammersmith Borough Band (London)
Formed 1927. Folded some time in the late 1970s.
Hampstead Amateur Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1859
Hampstead Prize Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s
Hampstead Rosslyn Hill Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1888
Hampstead Temperance Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1890s
Hampton Hill Brass Band (London)
Active in the early 1900s
Hamstead Colliery Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1894
Hamsteels Colliery Band (1) (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and still active in 1938.
Hamsteels Colliery Band (2) (between Langley Park and Cornsay, Durham)
Formed in 1950, rehearsed in the Drill Hall in Quebec, which had a special room known as the "band room" for the practices. It was, according to one account, still active after the pit closed in 1958. But it probably folded not long after that.
Hamsterley Brass Band (Durham)
Formed in 1891
Hamsterley Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in 1898. A newpaper report also has it active in 1896
Hamworthy Engineering Works Band (Poole, Dorset)
Active from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Won the Badman Challenge Cup at a Southern Amateur Bands Association contest in 1970.
Hanborough Brass Band (Oxon)
Active in 1890
Hanborough Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Oxon)
Active in 1890
Handcross Brass Band (1) (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s through to WW1
Handcross Brass Band (2) (Sussex)
Active in the 1980s
Handen Hold Colliery Band (West Pelton, Durham)
Active from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Handley Brass Band (Dorset)
See: Sixpenny Handley Brass Band
Handley Excelsior Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Handsworth Council Employees Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
Handsworth Excelsior Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1891
Handsworth Woodhouse Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1877 and 1897
Handsworth Woodhouse Prize Band
See: Handsworth Woodhouse Band
Hanger Motors Band
See:Dudley District Band
Hanging Heaton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1980s
Hankham and District Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s. The band met to practise in the school. Sadly the most promising of the young bandsmen left home to seek employment elsewhere, and World War 1 took a heavy toll of the remainder.
Hanley and Shelton Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1850s, conductor Mr Birch.
Hanley Amateurs Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Hanley Excelsior Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s, 1890s and the 1930s
Hanley Institute Brass Band (Hanley Castle, Worcestershire)
Active in 1862
Hanley Mission Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1887
Hanley Town Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1880s to WW1.
Hanley Working Men's Club Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1900s
Hann's Concert Band (Poplar, Middlesex)
Active in the late 1890s
Hannan's Trombone Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1866
Hans Concert Band
See: Hann's Concert Band
Hanslope Excelsior Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s
Hanwell Band
Formed in 1892. In the autumn of 1891 some people had the idea of starting a public brass band and hoped to raise enough funds to purchase instruments. An announcement appeared in the Middlesex County Times on May 7, 1892 stating that a band was being formed and a committee had been formed. Among these was a Mr Williams, who was the bandmaster of the Hanwell Asylum Band. It said the personnel would be mainly professional bandsmen, but a junior band would also be formed. An appeal was made to the 'Gentry and Traders for help to buy the instruments'. The landlord of the Viaduct Inn made a room available for the band's weekly practice, which no doubt was good for business with a few pints being bought by the thirsty musicians at the close of the evening. The response from the general public was good, new instruments were bought and the band made its first public appearance at Hanwell Broadway under the baton of Mr Williams in 1892. The first full concert took place during evening service at the Union Church in late February 1893. The programme included the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. The band were fortunate to secure the services of Mr W Woods, who was experienced in competition work in the north of England, and so entries were submitted to take part in various brass band competitions. Uniforms were obtained and victories came, so the band changed its name to The Hanwell Prize Band to signal these successes. After winning first prize in a contest at Tottenham in 1913, the name was changed again to The Hanwell Silver Prize Band. During the Great War, many of the bandsmen joined the forces and the band was suspended, but in 1918 steps were taken to restart it under the conductorship of Reg Bravington. Hanwell Urban Council granted the use of Elthorne Park for a Brass Band Festival, which was a great success both musically and financially, for funds raised enabled the band to buy a full set of silver-plated instruments. More wins were secured and the band were invited to broadcast by the BBC, took part in a concert at the Prince of Wales Theatre and appeared with Gracie Fields in the film Look Up and Laugh, which was made at nearby Ealing Studios. The band's proudest boast was that they had entertained 40,000 people at one appearance. This was at a match at Brentford between the home team and Arsenal at Griffin Park, where the band played for two and a half hours. They also took part in the Brentford and Chiswick Carnival in September 1960. The band went on to take part in the national brass band contest at the Royal Albert Hall. In January 1979, the Middlesex Chronicle announced that a forthcoming concert at Cranford School would be the last under the present name. The band had agreed to sponsorship by the Roneo Vickers Office Equipment Group and it would be renamed the Roneo Vickers Band. The band was also known as the Roneo Alcatel Band during this period and eventually folded around 2001. Some of the players joined Capital Concert Brass, of West London.
[Details by Eddie Menday, from notes by Charlie Brighton, ex-conductor of the band]
Hanwell Silver Band
See: Hanwell Band
Hanwell Silver Prize Band
See: Hanwell Band
Hanwell Town Prize Band
See: Hanwell Band
Harborough Amateur Band
See: Harborough Brass Band (2)
Harborough Artizans Band
See: Harborough Brass Band (2)
Harborough Brass Band (1) (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s
Harborough Brass Band (2) (Leicestershire)
Formed in October 1862, conductor W. Bailey. In the Harborough News of 5 Sep 1863 there is a report of the Harborough Amateur Band beating the Cricket Club (at cricket!). A successor Harborough band, still active, was formed in 1897 after this one disbanded sometime in the late 1880s/ early 1890s. Also known as Harborough Artizans Band during this period.
Harborough Volunteers Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1880 - the Volunteers in Market Harborough were formed in April 1880. Probably created from the Harborough Amateur Artizans Band
Harden Beck Band (Yorkshire)
Harden Brass Band
See: Harden Mills Band
Harden Mills Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. The mill was situated at Harden, near Bingley.
Hardingstone Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1892, conducted by W. Bailey
Hardwick Colliery Band (Holmewood, Derbyshire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Hardwick Colliery became Holmewood Colliery after nationalisation.
Hardwick Silver Band
See: Hardwick Colliery Band
Hardy Spicers Works Band
(Birmingham)
Active in the 1950s
Harefield Asbestos Works Band (Middlesex)
Active in the late 1880s - formed by employees of the United Asbestos Company, which operated in Harefield from 1882.
Harland and Wolff Brass Band (Belfast)
Active in the 1920s. Also known as Queen's Island Brass Band
Harland and Wolff Brass Band (Liverpool)
See: Harland and Wolff Liverpool Band
Harland and Wolff Brass Band (Southampton)
See: Harland and Wolff Southampton Band
Harland and Wolff Liverpool Band
Active in 1923/1924
Harland and Wolff Southampton Band
Active in the 1920s
Harland and Wolff's Prize
See: Harland and Wolff Liverpool Band
Harlech Brass Band (1)
Formed in 1845 and disbanded sometime around WW1.
Harlech Brass Band (2)
Formed in 1925 and disbanded sometime later. Successor band formed in 1985
Harlescott (Standco Ltd.) Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
Harlesden Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1937
Harlesden Men's Own Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
Harlestone Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1885
Harling Saxhorn Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1875
Harlow Brass Band (1) (Essex)
There was a brass band in the village of Harlow, (now Harlow Old Town), in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Contemporary photographs show the members in full uniforms: high collars lots of buttons and complete with flat caps. The band did not survive the Great War.
Harlow Brass Band (2) (Essex)
Around 1959-1960, an ex-army musician, Harry Crossley, had the idea of starting a brass band in Harlow. He invited other ex-army musicians with whom he had contacts to form the nucleus of the band (together with local musicians). They in turn were attracted to the prospect of employment at the factories being built in the New Town. Harlow Council provided a grant for a set of silver and blue concert music folders (which are now in the possession of the current Harlow Brass Band). The band began well and for some while performed in and around Harlow. However, it didn't become fully established, probably because of a shortage of new young players to provide continuity and disbanded in the early 1960s. The current, successor band was formed in 1967
Harold School Brass Band (Grimsby, Lincolnshire)
Active in 1970
Harpenden Brass Band
Active in the late 1960s to the 1980s
Harperley Colliery Band (Crook, Durham)
Active in the 1920s
Harpole Brass Band
See: Harpole Excelsior Band
Harpole Excelsior Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1860s to WW1.
Harpur Hill Excelsior Band
See: Harpur Hill Silver Band
Harpur Hill Piggery Band (Derbyshire)
Was formed in the village of Harpur Hill in 1946, first marching in the Victory parades. It was a "comic" brass band, numbering at its greatest up to 40 musicians, most of whom seemed to have been very talented bandsman from top-section bands, like Fairy's, Ferodo, Cresswell Colliery etc. having retired from full time banding. It was led by Ike Dunn and folded soon after his death in 1951. They played for dancing, gave concerts and marched in a miscellany of parades in Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.
Harpur Hill Silver Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s, it finally folded in the early 1960's. Its conductor at that time was Roy Orritt, who took over the baton from his father, Harry Orritt,. Harry was a noteworthy soprano player, before taking up the baton and he returned to the cornet ranks when he handed over to his son. The soprano player by then was Jimmy Bossley. Some players played with more than one band. e.g. Tom Pickford who was the best double bass player in the Peak District and who played with Harpur Hill, his village of domicile and also Dove Holes for many years. He also played with the Harpur Hill Piggery Band. Similarly, Jimmy Bossley also played with the Piggery Band. They were provided with free practice room facilities, as was also Peak Dale Band, by the principal employer in the district, I.C.I. (Lime Division). The grave footstone of Harry Orritt d. 18 March 1955, aged 63, reads: "In memory of Harry Orritt who gave faithful service to Harpur Hill Band for many years. Remembered by past and present officials, player and members"
Harpurhey and Moston Public Subscription Band
See: Harpurhey and Moston Silver Prize Band
Harpurhey and Moston Silver Prize Band (Manchester)
Founded as the Harpurhey and Moston Public Subscription Band sometime before 1900. The Bevan name became associated with the Band when Reece Bevan joined in 1905 as a euphonium player. The band disbanded at the outbreak of the 1914 war and was reformed in 1919 by Reece Bevan, who became its leader, bandmaster and Drum Major. It was formed as a private company by 10 members who donated 10 pounds each from their services gratuities to purchase instruments etc.. It had a strict rule that all shareholders must take an active role in the Band either as a player or official. The Band included five of Reece Bevan's sons. In 1930 the Band purchased the bandroom in Factory Lane, Harpurhey. Reece Bevan was Secretary of the Manchester and Districts Amateur Brass Band Association for over 20 years, and was a pioneer of the Brass Bands Association. Reece Bevan lived at 31 Leyland Street, Harpurhey. At the time of his retirement from the band at the age 74, Reece's five sons plus four grandsons were active members of the Band, together with a further 20 members. The band used to march for the local churches at Whit Sunday etc. and play in the Bigart Hole Clough band stand on Sunday evenings. A junior band was formed in 1950. J. Bevan conducted the band in the Senior Trophy contests in the early 1950s. The band finally disbanded in the late 1950's . Bevan playing members were - sons: Harold, Jack, Jim, Bill, Eric, and grandsons: Eric jnr. Clifford, Arthur, ?. Clifford went onto be a member of the Temperance Seven and a Doctor of Music, Eric Jr. was a member of the East Lancashire Regimental Band serving in Germany.
Thanks to Eric Bevan Jr. (Western Australia) for this information.
Harpurhey Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1906
Harpurhey Mission Brass Band
Active in 1891
Harpurhey Public Band
See: Harpurhey Subscription Prize Band
Harpurhey Subscription Prize Band
Active in the 1890s
Harraby Hill House Brass Band (Carlisle, Cumberland)
The house was originally St Cuthbert's Workhouse, built in 1809. On the creation of the Fusehill Union Workhouse in 1863, Harraby Hill remained for children. The Harraby Hill Workhouse School closed following the 1870 Education Act. By 1901 it was an Industrial School. The band, apparently, was ended by the start of the Great War.
Harraby Secondary School Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1960s
Harraton Colliery Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. Also active in 1963
Harrington Brass Band (Cumberland)
Formed in 1861, conductor Mr Hunt, members were employees of Messrs Williamson and Sons' Shipbuilding Yard.
Harris CE High School Brass Band (Rugby, Warwickshire)
Active in 1965
Harrison and Sons (Bank Foundry) Brass Band (Preston)
Active in 1852
Harrison's Printing Works Band (High Wycombe)
Formed in 1936
Harrogate Borough Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed around 1900 and disbanded in 1939. (For further information see: Original Harrogate Bands)
Harrogate Silver Prize Band
See: Harrogate Temperance Band
Harrogate St John's Ambulance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1940s
Harrogate Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1880 - presumed to have folded before 1888 when the new "subscription" band was formed.
Harrogate Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
At a Town's meeting on 8th June 1888 it was decided to have a free subscription band in Harrogate. The residents of Harrogate subscribed to provide a permanent brass band, appointing J. Sidney Jones, bandmaster of the Leeds Rifles, as its conductor. The band gave its opening concert in the Montpelier Gardens on 16 July 1888. Changed name to Harrogate Silver Prize Band in the 1920s and, after a hiatus during World War 2, finally disbanded in 1956. (For further information see: Original Harrogate Bands)
Harrogate Volunteers Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s
Harrow Green Crusaders Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the early 1900s and 1920s
Harrowbarrow Band (Caradon, Cornwall)
This band seems to have been in existance between 1906 and 1909. In 1907 they played for a Friendly Society procession at Linkinhorne, then in 1908 they performed at a sale of work in Stokeclimsland and the next day at a Harrowbarrow fund raising event in aid of the local foottball team and band funds. That same evening the band played for dancing. I can find no record of who conducted them and they certainly did not indulge in any contests.
Hartford Motors Concert Brass Band
See: Oxford Concert Brass
Harthill Amateur Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s. On June 3rd 1871 the Whit Monday processions were headed by three Benefit Societies. The Golden Ball Club was headed by the Band of the Worksop Rifle Volunteers, and on reaching Wheat Sheaf, the Wheat Sheaf Club fell in and was headed by the Harthill Band. Subsequently both Clubs joined the Abbey Sick and Friendly Society, the whole forming an interesting procession, and were marched to the Abbey Church where a very appropriate service was preached by the Reverend E.Hawley.
Harthill Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Formed in 1872, still active in 1884
Harthill Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
See: Harthill Amateur Brass Band
Hartington Amateur Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1871
Hartland Temperance Band (Devon)
Formed in the early 1890s, disbanded during WW2. Also known as Hartland Town Band and Harton Town Band. A successor band was formed in 1960
Hartland Town Band
See: Hartland Temperance Band
Hartlepool Artillery Band
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Hartlepool Blue Ribbon Army Brass Band
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Hartlepool Borough Band
See: Hartlepool Temperance Band (2)
Hartlepool Corporation Band
Active in the 1860s
Hartlepool Cycling Club Brass Band
Formed in the mid-1880s
Hartlepool Excelsior Band
Active in 1870.
Hartlepool N.E.R. Band
See: West Hartlepool N.E.R. Band
Hartlepool Old Boys Band
Active in 1921
Hartlepool Operatic Band
See: West Hartlepool Old Operatic Prize Silver Band
Hartlepool Prize Band
See: West Hartlepool Borough Band
Hartlepool Public Prize Band
Active from the 1940s to the 1970s
Hartlepool Recreation Band
See: West Hartlepool Recreation Band
Hartlepool Temperance Band (1)
Active in 1896, when it won second prize in a contest at Wharton Park, Durham, conducted by Mr Holdsworth
Hartlepool Temperance Band (2)
Formed in 1899, became Hartlepool Borough Band in 1900 and was still active in 1914
Hartley Main Colliery Band
See: Dudley Colliery Band
Hartley Street Mission Brass Band (Sunderland)
Active in 1888
Harton Colliery Band
Formed around 1842. Competed in the Morpeth Band Festival in 1873. Folded around 1878. A successor band was formed in 1911 when the colliery adopted the players of the Tyne Dock Temperance Band to form Harton Colliery Band, now currently known as Westoe Band.
Harton Town Band
See: Hartland Temperance Band
Hartshead Moor Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
See: Hartshead Moor Victoria Brass Band
Hartshead Moor Victoria Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in the 1860s. They rehearsed at the Grey Ox Inn. It promoted a contest in 1876
Harwich Amateur Brass Band
Active from the 1850s to the 1880s
Harwich and Dovercourt Excelsior Band
Active in 1883.
Harwich Brass Band
See: Harwich Amateur Brass Band
Harwich Church Lads Brigade Band
Active in 1912
Harwich Excelsior Band
Active in 1884.
Harwich Town Silver Band
See: Harwich Town Temperance Band
Harwich Town Temperance Band
Formed in 1921. Changed its name to Harwich Town Silver Band in 1923, and Harwich Town Band in 1933 (so reed could be included). Did 2 trips to Holland and Belgium in 1935 for Philco Radio Company. Internal problems saw a lot of members leave in 1936 although the Band soldiered on until 1941, when most of its instruments and equipment were lost during an air raid on Harwich.
Harwood Brass Band (Harwood-in-Teesdale)
Active in 1897 when it played at the Langdon Beck Show in September
Haselbury and North Perrott Amateur Brass Band (Somerset)
Founded in October 1865, conductor H.G. Halfyard
Hasland Prize Silver Band
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s. "Our village also had a prize silver band and this was linked in a way with our Wesleyan chapel, owing to the fact that the primitives had a 'pipe organ and proper pews' and that the Wesleyans had a harmonium. On the occasion of the Sunday School anniversary, members of the local band would be invited to 'help with the music' and any local violinist, 'cellist, clarinettist etc. would also come along."
Haslemere Institute Band
Active from the 1890s. After losing members in the Great War, it amalgamated with the remaining players of the Haslemere Town Band.
Haslingden Borough Prize Band
See: Haslingden Temperance Band
Haslingden Borough Temperance Band
See: Haslingden Temperance Band
Haslingden Church Brass Band
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Haslingden Temperance Band
Instituted in April 1884 and began contesting in 1887. In that first year entered 8 contests, winning 6 prizes totalling £52 10s. Later renamed Haslingden Temperance Prize Band, it became Haslingden Borough Prize Band in 1922 and eventually merged with Helmshore Public Prize Band in 1972 to form the current Haslingden and Helmshore Band
Haslingden Rifle Volunteers Band
Active in the 1860s to 1880s. 88th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers (Haslingden)
Hastings All Saints Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s. Also known as the All Saints and St Clement's Brass Band
Hastings and St Leonard's Band
Formed in July 1937. (Presumably some time after the demise of the Hastings and St Leonards Gospel Temperance Band - Another report gives the formation date as February 1938). Disbanded during WW2 and reformed, holding its first rehearsal in February 1946, conducted by T. Medhurst. Disbanded in the late 1960s.
Hastings and St Leonards Brass Band (Sussex)
Active from the 1930s until merging with Pevensey Silver Band in 1968 to form Sussex Brass
Hastings and St Leonards Gospel Temperance Band
There is mention in the local papers of them playing at churches and events, but I have yet to trace anything listing the membership, or the coming or going of the band. The local museum has nothing on them. They had certainly ceased to exist well before WW2, long before Sussex Brass came into existence. Among the tenor horn players is my wife's great-grandfather George Jeffery, who also played in the Hastings 1 (later Hastings Citadel) Salvation Army band. Caleb, one of his sons and my wife's great-uncle, was the bandmaster and went to prison when the Salvation Army were persecuted for holding open air services on the beach. If you've seen "Brassed Off" when Pete Postlethwaite is in hospital and the band play outside wearing their miners helmets, Brighton Congress Hall SA band actually cycled out to Lewes and played hymn tunes by the light of carbide cycle lamps outside the prison to keep Caleb's spirits up. He wore his Bandmaster's uniform to prison before he had to change into prison clothing. One of George Jeffery's other sons Tom (my wife's grandfather) was the bandmaster of Hastings 2 (Silverhill) band. I have quite a collection of Hastings SA band photos spanning the years. (Source: Gordon Waters)
Hastings Borough Band (Sussex)
Hastings Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1903
Hastings Gas Board Band
Active in 1867
Hastings Southern Railway Band
Active in 1928.
Hastings Town Band
Active between 1893 and 1900
Hastings Youth Band
Active in the 1970s
Haswell Brass Band
See: Haswell Colliery Band
Haswell Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s
Hatfield Peverel Parish Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1891, conductor F.J. Diaper
Hatfield Regis Boys Brass Band
Formed during WW2 by Gilbert Hutchin.
Hatfield Town Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in 1895
Hatherleigh Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1880s
Hatherleigh Methodist Band (Devon)
Hatherleigh Temperance Band (Devon)
Active in the 1880s
Hatherleigh Volunteers Band (Devon)
Formed around 1860 and disbanded before 1909
Hathern Brass Band
See: Hathern Foresters Band
Hathern Foresters Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in 1866. Later known as Hathern Brass Band, Hathern Old Brass Band (to 1894) and finally Hathern Old Prize Brass Band. Amalgamated with Hathern Prize Band in 1917 to form the current Hathern Band
Hathern Old Brass Band
See: Hathern Foresters Band
Hathern Old Prize Brass Band
See: Hathern Foresters Band
Hathern Prize Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in the 1860s. Hathern Old Prize Brass Band in 1917 to form the current Hathern Band
Hathersage Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Formed in 1883, conducted by Mr Field
Hathershaw Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1980s
Haughton and Denton Band
See: Denton and Haughton Old Band
Haughton Dale Brass Band
See: Haughton Village Brass Band
Haughton Village Brass Band (Haughton Dale, Lancashire)
Active in 1885
Hauxley Colliery Band (High Hauxley, Northumberland)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Havant British Legion Band
Active in the 1930s
Havant Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Hants)
Active in 1897, conductor H. Treagust
Havant Primitive Methodist Brass Band
Active in 1897
Havant Town Band
Active in the 1930s
Havelock Concert Brass (Birmingham)
Youth band active in the 1980s
Havelock Temperance Band (Great Bridge, West Bromwich)
Active in 1866
Haverfordwest Brass Band (Pembrokeshire)
Active in the 1870s
Haverfordwest Town and County Youth Band
See: Haverfordwest Town Band
Haverfordwest Town Band (Pembrokeshire)
Founded by Joffre Swales, possibly in the 1950s. Folded in 2004.
Haverhill Ancient Shepherds Brass Band
See: Haverhill Shepherds Brass Band
Haverhill Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1840s to 1880s. Also known as Haverhill Old Brass Band.
Haverhill Oddfellows Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active to WW1. Probably formed after the demise of the Haverhill Old Band. After the war, in 1920, its remaining members joined with those of the Shepherds band to form Haverhill Co-operative Silver Band, which would eventually become the current Haverhill Silver Band.
Haverhill Old Band
See: Haverhill Brass Band
Haverhill Shepherds Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active from the 1880s to WW1. After the war, in 1920, its remaining members joined with those of the Oddfellows band to form Haverhill Co-operative Silver Band, which would eventually become the current Haverhill Silver Band.
Haverigg Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Also known as St Luke's Haverigg Band
Havering Youth Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
Haversham Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1980s
Haverstock Silver Band (Camden, Middlesex)
Active in the 1950s
Haverton Hill and Billingham Band (Durham)
Formed in 1898 and folded in the mid 1950s. A successor band was formed in 1971.
Haverton Hill Silver Band (1)
See: Haverton Hill and Billingham Band
Haverton Hill Silver Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in 1971 and folded prior to 2000.
Hawarden Brass Band
Active in 1896 when it competed at a contest at Hawarden.
Hawkes and Company's Excelsior Brass Band (London)
Active in 1870, conducted by H. Sibold
Hawkesbury Harmonic Band
See: Hawkesbury Upton Harmonic Society Band
Hawkesbury Upton Harmonic Society Band (Gloucestershire)
Played at the annual tea party in the village, conducted by Mr J Bickerton, in August 1864. Still active in 1869.
Hawks, Crawshay and Sons Brass Band (Gateshead, Durham)
The Hawks Crawshay engineering works operated from 1748 to 1889. The band was active in 1859, conductor Mr Luke in 1862.
Hawnby Silver Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s. Played at Mr and Mrs Tancred's Silver Wedding in Helmsley in 1887. Merged with Bilsdale Brass Band some time after 1909.
Hawthorn Junior Band (Melbourne, Australia)
The band was formed by the senior Hawthorn Band in the late 1950's and disbanded in the early 1970's. It then reformed in 1990 and gradually disappeared in the latter part of 1998/9. See the Hawthorn Junior Band website.
Hawthornden Brass Band (Otley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed around 1889 by Mr Henry Dacre. He interested himself in a group of Otley choir boys and took them to his home, Hawthornden, and there gave them an undoubtedly good musical training. Soon he procured for the lads a set of brass instruments and the Hawthornden Band was born. The band was still active into the early 1900s. This was the start of his social activities in the town, which included building the Otley Recreation Hall and gardens. Sadly, when he died in 1913, his estate was insolvent, his generosity being based on significant debts to many creditors in the town.
Haxby Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1841
Hay Mill Works Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1880
Haydon Bridge Band (Northumberland)
Active between the 1850s and 1980s. Folded 26th Nov 1984, but did not wind up its charitable status and distribute its assets until 1997.
Haydon Bridge Saxhorn Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1850s and 1860s
Haydon Wick Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1899
Hayes and Harlington Silver Band
Formed 1929 as Hayes Prize Band. Another source quotes the original name as the Botwell Brotherhood Band. Following the London Borough changes it became Hillingdon Band in 1974. The conductor at one time was Phillip Sparke the composer, they had a few successes and made it into the top section. Later known as Hillingdon Borough Band and then Denham Brass, it merged with the John Laing Hendon Band in 1998 to form the Denham Hendon Brass Band.
Hayes Prize Band
See: Hayes and Harlington Silver Band
Hayes Silver Band
See: Hayes and Harlington Silver Band
Hayfield Brass Band [Derbyshire]
Active from the 1860s through to WW2.
Hayle Town Band (Penwith, Cornwall)
There was a town band in operation in 1858 through to sometime after 1891 when it disappeared. By 1908 there was a reformed town band. This is known as there was a Mr Head, a band cornet player, who took part in a solo contest at Newquay, representing the Truro band, and it would seem that the band was back in business under a Mr M.A.C.Trebilcock, attending to the usual run of Sunday school and Band of Hope tea treats. During the 1914/18 Great War, Hayle Band continued to function despite a "Hayle Military Band" being form by one Harry Robins, a man who was conducting St Agnes and Perranporth bands before and after his sojourn at Hayle. After WW1 they took on the title Hayle Comrades of ther War Band, then Hayle Town Band on then on to Hayle Silver Band. In 1925, John Tanner, who had been conducting the St Ives Band, took over. There was, later, a C Williams conducting and in 1938 the Welshman Beth H David came along. Apart from an appearance in 1912, contests were mainly carried out from 1925 to 1938. During this period one 1st is recorded, their results being mainly placings. WW2 saw the demise of the band and it was not until 1973 that a new band was formed in Hayle. To find out more, they do have their own excellent website on IBEW.
Haylocks Band (Enfield)
Active in the early 1900s
Hays Mill Brass Band (Ovenden)
Active in 1847 - attached to the Hays Mill belonging to Thomas Taylor and Son.
Hayward Heath Brotherhood Brass Band
See: Haywards Heath Town Band
Haywards Heath Scout and Guide Band Band (Sussex)
Active from 1974 to 1997
Haywards Heath Town Band (Sussex)
Originating from a brass and reed band formed in the 1880s by George Hilton, the Brotherhood Band. This was an all brass band by the early 1900s. It was reformed after WW1, in 1922 as the all-brass Haywards Heath Town Prize Silver Band. The band was renamed Haywards Heath Town Band in 1978. Support fell off over the next few years and the band amalgamated with Burgess Hill Brass Band in 1986 to form the Mid Sussex Brass Band.
Haywood Borough Band
Active in 1884
Hazel Grove Brass Band
Formed in 1850, played at all the anniversaries in the town during the reign of Queen Victoria. They had a tradition of playing every Christmas Day, for 100 years, at the local Liberal Club. The band represented the same Sunday School in Ashton-under-Lyne at 50 consecutive Whit Marches. In 1950 the band folded, partly due to the closure of a local factory which employed many of the players and also housed the rehearsal venue. Some members joined with the new Mirlees Blackstone Works Band which was formed in 1949. A successor band was formed in 1992
Hazel Grove Silver Band
See: Hazel Grove Brass Band
Hazell Watson and Viney Brass Band
See: Hazells (Aylesbury) Printing Works Band
Hazells (Aylesbury) Printing Works Band
Band of Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd. (printers and binders, Aylesbury and London). Made its first appearance in the town in 1887. Active in 1890s through WW1 to the 1960s. Performed a broadcast on the National Programme from 6.45 to 7.30, Saturday evening, January 28th 1939. Some notes from Jan Unsworth - "My great grandfather, William Smith, was involved with Hazell's Printing Works Band for 40 years, 16 of those years he was Bandmaster, until his retirement in 1934, he was also an employee of Hazell's for 49 years. During his leadership the Band won many cups and trophies and gained success at leading band competitions. The outstanding achievement was in 1932 when, at Hanwell, they were placed second in the Championship section, and my great grandfather was awarded a gold medal as the best amateur conductor. Music was always the outstanding interest in his life. He had been the bandmaster of the Volunteers' Company Band, and the Bucks Territorials Band and, in the days of the Comrades' Orchestra, he acted as its conductor. His son, Aubrey Smith, my grandfather, was also a very talented man and played many instruments, trumpet, piano, accordian, drums, bugle, cornet, My grandfather also had his own band, Aubrey Smith's Dance Band, and continued playing with Hazell's Printing Works band after my great grandfathers death."
Hazelmere Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s
Hazelrig and Coxlodge Colliery Band
See: Coxlodge and Hazelrig Colliery Band
Heacham and District Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1930s
Heacham Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1850s
Head Wrightson Works Band
See: Yarm and District Band
Headington Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1850s to the early 1880s (conductor George Terry). A successor band (the current City of Oxford Silver Band) was formed in 1887.
Heald's Green Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the mid to late 19th century. It later moved to central Chadderton where, as Chadderton Brass Band, it played local heroes out to the Boer War in 1899. It also welcomed home from the Olympic Games, in the early decades of the 20th century, Henry Taylor, the local champion swimmer. When the First World War was declared, virtually all members of the Chadderton Band enlisted. These included one of the trombonists, James Moore, who at 49 was the oldest man to enlist in the Oldham Pals, the local battalion of the Manchester Regiment. Active as Chadderton Brass Band up until WW2. Some members of the band joined the Busk Congregational Prize Band after WW2.
Heald's Green Old School Band
See: Heald's Green Brass Band
Healey Hall Amateur Brass Band
See: Healey Hall Band
Healey Hall Band (Whitworth, Lancashire)
Active from the 1850s. Became defunct and was wound up in the courts as of 18th June 1884. It amalgamated with the Whitworth Vale Band shortly afterwards. It was connected with the woollen mill in Healey Dell. It played for special services in Healey Church, and for concerts and dances in the grand ballroom of Healey Hall.
Heamoor Brass Band (Cornwall)
Heamoor Brass Band was performing at the usual run of engagements from the 1860's through to about 1935. In 1909 they were conducted by a J C Matthews and in 1934 by H P Richards. They took part in two local contests, one in Camborne and the other at Redruth. At Camborne they played in Section 4 and came 3rd, then at Redruth, conducted by Charles H Baker, in Section 3 they were unplaced but in the Junior Section they came in 3rd playing the march "The Old Warrior" and won £1.
Heanor Church Temperance Band
Active from the 1890s through to at least 1918
Heanor Miners Welfare Band
Active in 1926, when it entered the Spondon Contest, conducted by F. Beecroft
Heanor Old Prize Band
Active from the 1870s to the 1890s
Heanor Town Band
Active in 1897
Heap Bridge Brass Band
See: Bury Public Silver Band
Heart of England Band (Birmingham)
Formed in 1987 from some of the ashes of the Jones and Crossland Band. Only lasted until 1991. Also known as Hyundai Heart of England Band, and PMG Heart of England Band.
Heath and Reach Band
Active in the 1950s.
Heath County School (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1970s
Heaton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1853
Heaton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. Conductor in 1860 was Benjamin Bennett
Heaton Congregational Band
Heaton Mersey and District Band
See: Heaton Sunday School Brass Band
Heaton Moor Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s
Heaton Park Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1899
Heaton Sunday School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1873 when it headed up 800 members of the Bleachers and Finishers' Association in a procession to celebrate the Prince of Wales visit to Bolton in June that year. Still active through the 1890s. Renamed Heaton Mersey and District Band in the 1900s and was still active up to WW2.
Hebburn Artillery Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s
Hebburn Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in 1874, (another source states 1860), the band won the Crystal Palace National Championships in 1904, conducted by Angus Holden. The band's victory tour however displeased the colliery management to the extent that some men were dismissed from the pit on their return. Folded in 1907. A newpaper report in December 1907 states: "The Hebburn Colliery Band did much by its fine playing to brighten the colliery village on Tyneside. But it had the misfortune to win the £1,000 challenge trophy at the Crystal Palace two years ago. Outside engagements poured in, and proprietors felt that they were not justified in supporting the band when it so seldom played in the village. So they withdrew their support and the band has been given up. This is not a pleasant story." The band's instruments were subsequently acquired by the Benwell and District Band.
Hebburn Colliery Temperance Band (Durham)
Active in 1901. A separate band to Hebburn Colliery Band - they both entered contest at Tynemouth in 1901, the main colliery band won the contest, the Temperance Band was conducted by George Hawkins.
Hebburn Harmonic Band (Durham)
Active in 1907 and 1937
Hebburn Temperance Band
See: Hebburn Colliery Temperance Band
Hebburn Town Band (Durham)
Formed in 1874 and still active in 1915.
Heckington Brass Band
See: Heckington Town Band
Heckington Old Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1863 when it played at the Helpringham Harvest Home Festival, in September that year. Also in 1866 when it led the Oddfellows parade at Fulbeck.
Heckington Temperance League Band (Lincolnshire)
Heckington Town Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1924 when it took part in Heckington Feast. In 1933 a new honorary conductor, Mr W Bangay, was appointed. Presumed to be a successor band to the Heckington Old Brass Band. Amalgamated with Sleaford Town Band to form Sleaford and District Band, probably in the late 1940s?
Heckmondwike Albion Band
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. Took part in the Second South Yorkshire Brass Band Contest, at Nether Hall Park, Doncaster, on 25th June 1860.
Heckmondwike Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1860
Heckmondwike Flush Mills Band (Yorkshire)
Founded in 1859. Active through to the 1880s
Heckmondwike Old Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1888
Heckmondwike Subscription Band (Yorkshire)
Active in the 1880s
Heckmondwike Temperance Band (Yorkshire)
Active in the 1880s
Hedleyhope Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1860s
Hednesford Town Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the early 1900s. The whole band (those who were eligible) enlisted with the 15th Service Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps in January 1915.
Heeley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the first half of the 20th century. "My dad and his brothers and my cousins all played in the Heeley Brass Band and if the Dore band were playing a special fete or sports day they used to go and play with them to augment their numbers. They always travelled from Heeley Station to Dore and Totley Station by train and then walked up Dore Road to the village."
Heeley Excelsior Band
See: Heeley Brass Band
Helland Band (Caradon, Cornwall)
Formed about 1890 they kept up a fairly busy life until 1927 when what was left of them became the nucleus of the Bodmin Town Band. In their earlier days they were conducted by George Bailey who went on to conduct St Blazey and District Band until the day of his retirement. A R. Symons conducted the Helland Band before and after World War 1. No contesting was ever carried out.
Helmshore Prize Band
See: Helmshore Public Prize Band
Helmshore Public Prize Band
Formed in the 1870s, it eventually merged with Haslingden Borough Prize Band in 1972 to form the current Haslingden and Helmshore Band
Helmsley Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1840s to the 1890s
Helping Hand Mission Brass Band (Auckland, New Zealand)
Active in the early 1900s
Helsby Brass Band (Bolton)
Had 8 members, under the conductorship of Mr E Helsby. They played at the Olympia Skating Ring each Saturday and were report as rendering excellent music at the first Rumworth Reservoir Regatta in 1882.
Helsby Athletic Club Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s
Helsby Family Brass Band (Bolton)
Formed around 1895. On a Sunday afternoon there was a large family gathering at one of the family's houses, when someone said 'Well. There are enough of us, why not form a band of our own again!' They sent a hat round and the collection amount to 4 shillings and 6 pence. They went to see an instrument firm, where they struck a deal and 13 Helsby's and a drummer started a band. Another tale told is one day while carrying out a Church procession in Farnworth one wit called out in excited tones, 'Hello Helsby there, I say Helsby!' Every member looked round on hearing his name called, causing a temporary breakdown in the performance. In about 1912 the family became scattered across the country and this was the end of the band. Many of the family members went on to play in other local bands, notably one, Mr Thomas Helsby, became conductor of Eagley Brass Band.
Helston Temperance Band (Cornwall)
Active in from the early 1900s through to WW1.
Helton Band (Cumbria)
Active in 1913
Hemingbrough Brass Band
See: Bubwith and Hemingbrough Brass Band
Hemington Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1880s
Hemsworth and South Kirkby Public Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Hemsworth Colliery Athletic Club Brass Band (Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1932
Hemsworth Colliery Band (Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1940s to 1960s
Hemsworth Old Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in from the 1850s to 1900. Bandroom was the King's Head Inn, Hemsworth, Wakefield.
Hemsworth Saxhorn Band
See: Hemsworth Old Brass Band
Hendersons Brass Band (North East)
Active in 1887 when it led a procession for Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations in Jarrow - "June 21st this being Jubilee Day the town of Jarrow and surrounding district celebrated the day in right loyal style. Upwards of 7,000 children gathered at the educational centres to be regaled with buns, spice loaf, milk and tea. The masters attended the little folks and mistresses of the schools assisted by a number of ladies and gentlemen volunteers as waiters. After the tea the children prepared to start for the Recreation Ground where sports and entertainment were to be provided for them. Before the start was made each child received a present of a Jubilee Mug. On each of them were portraits of the Queen representing her in 1837 and the present year.. Each mug bore the words "Jubilee 1887 Jarrow on Tyne". The tea finished the young folk set off in two processions one headed by Hendersons Brass Band and the other by the Tyne Dock and Jarrow Temperance Band. "
Hendon Band (Middlesex)
Formed in 1956, later known as John Laing (Hendon) Band. Within just eight years, under the direction of Donald Morrison, they were upgraded to 'Championship' Section rating. They enjoyed many contest successes, appearing in the national finals at the Royal Albert Hall on many occasions and also making regular appearances on BBC radio programmes. It merged with the Denham Band in 1998 to form the Denham Hendon Brass Band.
Hendon Central Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1962, when it competed in the Senior Trophy, conducted by D.M. Morrison
Hendon Mutual Temperance Brass Band (Middlesex)
Formed in January 1893. Bandmaster Samuel Curle.
Hendon Silver Band (Middlesex)
Formed in June 1938
Henfield Town Band (Sussex)
Active between 1890 and 1914.
Henley Brass Band
See: Henley Town Band
Henley Excelsior Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1920s
Henley Mechanics Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1886
Henley Town Band (Oxfordshire)
Active from the 1920s to the 1960s
Hensingham Band of Hope Brass Band (Cumbria)
Active in 1893
Hensingham Temperance Band
See: Hensingham Band of Hope Brass Band
Henstridge Brass Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s
Henwood Band (North Cornwall)
Henwood Band was in action from c1858 to c1868, generally playing around North Cornwall. Nothing is as yet known of their conductor(s), but it is known that they did not partake in contesting.
Heptonstall Amateur Band
See: Heptonstall Brass Band
Heptonstall Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s through to the 1920s. Held a social evening at White Horse Hotel, Heptonstall, on 14th February 1891
Hepworth Iron Works Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1880s through to at least 1945.
Hereford and Worcester Combined Schools Band
Active from the 1970s to the 1990s
Hereford and Worcester County Youth Band
See: Hereford and Worcester Combined Schools Band
Hereford City Band
See: City of Hereford Brass Band
Hereford Railway Brass Band
Active in 1863
Herland Cross Band
The only reference to this band is of them leading a large and impressive procession celebrating the end of the war with Russia in 1856. By this date they were almost certainly a "brass band". The event took place in Marazion but they were almost certainly an ad hoc band (all established bands would have already been booked in their own towns for an event such as this), so there is no mention a leader.
Herne Bay Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1872
Herne Bay Town Band
Active around 1928
Herodsfoot Band (Caradon, Cornwall)
Another band where only one engagement has so far been found. In 1870 they played for their local Bible Christian Sunday school anniversary procession and tea treat. And that appears to be all.
Herrington Colliery Band (West Herrington, Durham)
Active in the 1890s
Herstmonceux Brass Band
Active in 1902 when it rehearsed in the Elm Coffee Tavern, Windmill Hill
Hertford Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1853, conductor George Catling
Hesley and Wilsic Schools Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1970s
Hessle Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1860 when it played at a celebration for the Hull Rifle Volunteer Corps at Hesslewood on 28 July, 1860. Also in 1870 at a similar event at Kingston Lodge, Hessle on August 11.
Hessle Church Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
"Reconstituted" in 1896
Hessle Halcyon Band
See: Hessle Royal British Legion Band
Hessle Royal British Legion Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in the early 1900s as Hessle Halcyon Band. It later became the Scarrs Shipyard Band under which name it remained until the 1914-1918 war. Then it became known as the Hessle Victory Military Band and included woodwind instruments. During the 1939-1945 war the instruments were loaned to the home guard. When the home guard was disbanded in late 1945, the band started again under the name of Hessle Band. Changed its name to Hessle Royal British Legion Band in 1947. Finally disbanded around 1990. For further details see this webpage: Hessle Royal British Legion Band
Hessle Youth Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in February 1954 by Mr Hill, it gave its first concert on 27th July 1954. Later named the E.R. Youth Band, it had reverted back to Hessle Youth Band by 1973.
Heswall Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s
Hetton Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and still active in 1914.
Hetton District Saxhorn Band
See: Hetton Saxhorn Band
Hetton Rechabite Brass Band
Active in 1894
Hetton Saxhorn Band (Durham)
Active in 1878
Hetton Silver Band (Durham)
Founded on April 1st 1887 by three members of a public house band. They invited local musicians to a meeting in Hetton Union Street Methodist Church School. Their first conductor was Mr W Straughan - a violinist and trombone player. Land in South Market Street, in Hetton-le-Hole, was bought from Hetton Coal Company for £25 and a tin practice hut was built. The hut was replaced by a brick building in about 1912 and remained in use until 2009. Between then and 1907 the band won numerous local contests but their real success began in 1908 when they won both the Durham and Northumberland Brass Band championship and the English and Scottish International Contest. In 1912 they won the Grand Shield at the Crystal Palace contest. The band had strong links with the Mining Industry and played for the Eppleton Miners Lodge in the Durham Miners Gala. In 1914 the band won the 2nd section at Belle Vue in Manchester, and in 1926 made a radio broadcast in 1926 from Newcastle Radio Station. It again won the 2nd Section at Belle Vue in 1947. In the 1970s and 1980s it moved up from the 4th section to play in the Championship section. In 2009 the remaining members of the band amalgamated with Broughtons Brass Band to form the Durham Miners Association Brass Band. The Hetton Band Hall, now redundant, was offered to Beamish Museum. It was moved, brick by brick, and rebuilt and restored at Beamish Museum, opening in May 2013.
Hetton-le-Hole Colliery Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1903
Hexham Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1860
Hexham C.E.T.S. Band
See: Hexham Church of England Temperance Band
Hexham Church of England Temperance Band
Formed in the 1890s, renamed as Hexham Excelsior Band by 1905, it folded in the 1950s
Hexham Excelsior Band
See: Hexham Church of England Temperance Band
Hexham Excelsior Town Band
See: Hexham Church of England Temperance Band
Hexham Home Guard Band
Active in 1944
Hexham Mechanics Band
Active in 1877.
Hexham Saxhorn Band
Active in 1859
Hexham Union Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1864, when they played at the Hexham Flower Show in September
Hexham Volunteers Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1864, when they played at the Hexham Flower Show in September
Hexthorpe Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
One report gives its formation as 1892, but there are other instances of it being active as early as 1890.
Heybridge Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1902, 1913
Heytesbury Amateur Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1883 and 1905
Heywood Amateur Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s
Heywood Borough Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1885
Heywood Ltd. Brass Band (Manchester)
Attached to the firm of John Heywood Ltd, publishers.
Heywood Old Prize Band
Active in 1900. Heywood Advertiser, May 1945: "On Tuesday morning, it rained to some purpose, and it looked as if there was to be a damper on the day's proceedings, but fortunately it cleared for the impressive scene in the Market Place in the afternoon. Here a very big crowd assembled and was regaled with a programme of music by the Heywood Old Prize Band, under Bandmaster H Wilson. At 3 o'clock there was perfectly relayed the Prime Minister's sonorous declaration that peace had come to Europe, the big assembly listening in complete silence, breaking into spontaneous applause as Mr Churchill ended his address."
Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by H. Smith (who took up the baton in 1956).
Heywood Rifles Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1885
Heywood Unitarian Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1878
Heywood Volunteers Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1883
Hibernian Brass Band (Maesteg)
Active in the 1920s
Hickleton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1863, conducted by G. Kitching. Still active in 1905, presumed to have folded during WW1.
Hickleton Colliery Band
See: Hickleton Main Colliery Band
Hickleton Main Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed after WW1 in the 1920s. Successful in competitions in the 1940s and 1950s. Folded in the 1970s. Herbert Batty was a cornet player with the band. During this period some other details were - Patrons: Lord Halifax, Col. Warde Aldam, Mr D Griffiths, MP. Chairman: H. Batty, 44 Queen Street, Goldthorpe. Secretary: J. Sutcliffe, 116 High Street, Goldthorpe. Winners of over £2000 in prizes. Winners Belle Vue 1946, runners up 1947. Winners at Guisboro' 1949, Barton on Humber 1949, Eckington 1949, NCB Contest at Sheffield in 1950. They wore smart uniforms, green tunics with gold facings, black trousers.
[thanks to Adrian Batty]
Hickleton Main Subscription Silver Prize Band
See: Hickleton Main Colliery Band
Hickleton Main Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1912
Hickling and Nether Broughton Brass Band
See: Nether Broughton Brass Band
Hicks Mill Band (Carrick. Cornwall)
Again a one engagement band, this time in 1880 playing in St Day for the Primitive Methodists Sunday school treat.
High Barnet Town Band
Active in 1907
High Crompton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1930s
High Crompton Public Band
See: High Crompton Brass Band
High Foresters Brass Band
See: Barnet Town Silver Band
High Halden Amateur Brass Band (Kent)
Active in 1861
High Lane Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s
High Peak Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the early 2000s
High Spen Colliery Band (Co Durham)
Active in the early 1900s
High Town Brass
See: Kent's Works Silver Band
High Wycombe Brass Band
See: High Wycombe Saxhorn Band
High Wycombe Borough Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the 1920s to the 1950s
High Wycombe Excelsior Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1930s
High Wycombe Furnishing Trades Lock-out Band
See: Furniture Industries (Ercols) Works Band
High Wycombe Home Defence Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1919
High Wycombe Saxhorn Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1874 to 1893
High Wycombe Sons of Temperance Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the 1880s to WW1.
High Wycombe Temperance Band
See: High Wycombe Sons of Temperance Band
High Wycombe Town Band (Buckinghamshire)
Formed in 1925 as a military band, then reformed in 1948 as a brass band. Competed in the 2nd Annual Open Brass Band Festival at the Wesley Central Hall, Portsmouth (organised by the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade Prize Band), on Saturday 16th September 1950.
High Wycombe Youth Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1970s
Higham Brass Band (Barnsley)
Active in 1872 to 1876
Higham Ferrers Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed in 1858, with 16 young men initially.
Higham Ferrers Town Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1
Higham Ferrers Wesleyan Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1923
Higham Victoria Band (Barnsley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Highams Park Silver Band (Chingford, Essex)
Highclere Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1890s. Merged with the East Woodhay Mechanics Band (or, as it was possibly then known, the St Martin's Brass Band) in the early 1900s
Highcliffe Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1909
Highcliffe Men's Club Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1970s
Higher Broughton Subscription Brass Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1901, conductor J. Jessop. Still active in 1918
Higher Walton Subscription Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Highfield Secondary Modern School Band (Bradford, Yorkshire)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
HIghfields Brass Band (Leicester)
Active in 1892
Highgate and Barnsbury Brass Band
See: Highgate Silver Band
Highgate and Holloway United Band
See: Highgate Silver Band
Highgate Brass Band
See: Highgate Silver Band
Highgate Mills Band (Clayton, Bradford, Yorkshire)
Active in 1864 to 1866
Highgate Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1890s as Highgate and Barnsbury Brass Band. Probably merged with the Holloway Crusaders Band to form Highgate and Holloway United Band around 1912. The band made a trip to Guernsey in 1919 which was reported in the local press and of which some postcards exist. An article in the "Star" of 1919 mentions that the band had taken over as the band of the Middlesex RAMVC 'two years ago'. Articles in the Press and the Star mention a bandsman Wreford Devoto. He was born in Yeovil, and in 1901 his father, Louis, was described as a salvation army officer. Three Devotos were players in the staff band of the New York Salvation Army, who are believed to be William Devoto, son of Louis and brother of Wreford, and his sons. The visit to Guernsey started on 6th June 1919, under the guise of the band of the Middlesex Royal Army Medical Corps, under the direction of Lt. J. H. Kichenside, and they were engaged for five two-hour performances in Candie Gardens over the Whitsuntide Holiday of 7-9 June, 1919. Admission was sixpence on Saturday, fivepence on Sunday and Monday, and chairs could be had for a shilling. They received an excellent review in the paper of Monday 9th, although on Saturday afternoon they had played "we regret to write, before a comparatively small attendance of the public".
Back home, the Woodman Inn, at the junction of Archway Road and Muswell Hill Road, was owned by landlord Charles Ramsay who took over in the 1840s and didn't retire until the 1890s. In 1884 it was still surrounded by trees and fields, and was little changed from when it was a coaching inn. It was refurbished c.1920, and at that time was still a waiting point for carters who waited for a carter coming in the opposite direction so that each in turn could take advantage of the extra horse when surmounting Muswell Hill. The Highgate Silver Band used to play outside of Saunders the florist, opposite the Woodman Inn every Sunday morning. Subsequently became the Arsenal Football Club Band, which was active in the 1930s.
Highgate United Silver Prize Band
See: Highgate Silver Band
Highlands School Brass Band (Halifax, Yorkshire)
Active in the 1970s
Highley Brass Band
Formed around 1900, later known as Highley Colliery Band, and sometimes as Alveley Colliery Band. It was disbanded in 1967 when the mine closed. It is believed its first conductor was a head pit surveyor called Horace Lloyd, who also owned Lloyds shop in High Street. The Highley Mining Company began trading in 1877 and soon became a profitable enterprise. It was taken over by the National Coal Board in 1947 and employed over 1,000 men at its peak. A new band of the same name was formed in 1993.
Highley Colliery Band
See: Highley Brass Band
Hightown Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1870s. Walter Atkinson, who conducted Hawick Saxhorn Band for 15 years until his death in 1904, started his career as a cornet player with the Hightown Band.
Highweek Brass Band (Devon)
In 1908 it combined with the Wolborough Brass Band to form Newton Abbot Town Band
Highworth Oddfellows Band
Active in the late 1850s. They paid for their own instruments and also 3d per week towards uniforms, music and the band carriage.
Hignett's Brass Band (Liverpool)
See: Hignett's Tobacco Works Band
Hignett's Tobacco Works Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1890/1893
Hilgay Brass Band
Active in 1896, possibly earlier. It is thought that the band was formed by a few men working on the land for the local farmers. The Rev Canon Beechy seems to be a prominent name in the early days of 1896-1899 also the Rev G MacDermott. In the early 1900's the band was to be renamed as Hilgay Excelsior Band and, despite surviving both world wars, it folded in 1961. A successor band, Hilgay Silver Band, was formed in 1972 using some of the original instruments a few of the old players.
Hilgay Excelsior Band
See: Hilgay Brass Band
Hill Top Methodist New Connexion Brass Band
See: Hill Top Mission Brass Band
Hill Top Mission Brass Band (Eastwood, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Hillgrove Bands (New South Wales)
Hillgrove, New South Wales, is a town located 557 kilometres NN East of Sydney and 32 Kilometres east of Armidale in the New England region of New South Wales. Gold was discovered in Hillgrove in 1866 and full scale mining commenced in 1880. At its peak, 1898, Hillgrove had a population of around 3000, more than neighbouring Armidale. During its peak years Hillgrove could boast 2 brass bands, namely McMahon's Hillgrove Band and the Hillgrove Municipal Band. McMahon's band had a nucleus of 7 McMahon brothers and is the band commonly known as the Hillgrove Band. Little is known of the municipal band other than its existence and the odd engagement. It is impossible to say when the Hillgrove (McMahon's) Band was formed, somewhere between 1880 and 1890, but it was fully in existence by 1897 when they won a contest in Tamworth. In 1898 the Hillgrove Band was placed 2nd to E.T. Code's Melbourne Band at an Intercolonial Contest at Launceston Tasmania. In 1899 the band competed at an Intercolonial Contest, at Bathurst New South Wales in the 1st Class section, but were unplaced. They did however manage 2nd in the march contest. Both Hillgrove bands were still in existence in 1900 and combined to play at a ceremony celebrating the incorporation of the town. By the early 1900's the population of Hillgrove began to decline along with the fall in gold prices. By 1921 gold mining had ceased and both bands had long disappeared. Antinomy mining was started in 1969. The population of Hillgrove is currently in the vicinity of 200 whereas Armidale, their former rival town, is now a large city with a population nearing 40,000. Band activity began in Armidale and nearby Glen Innes around the time of Hillgrove's demise. (Source: Mark Pinner)
Hillhouse L.M.S. Railway Steam Shed Band (Huddersfield, Yorkshire)
Active in the 1920s
Hillhouse Temperance Band (Huddersfield, Yorkshire)
Active in 1886 and 1888
Hilliers Brush Manufacturing Band (Wells, Somerset)
Active in the 1890s
Hillingdon Band
See: Hayes and Harlington Silver Band
Hillingdon Borough Band
See: Hayes and Harlington Silver Band
Hillingdon Borough Youth Band
Active in the 1970s
Hillingdon Church Temperance Prize Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1904 and still flourishing during WW1
Hillsborough Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to WW1.
Hillsborough Silver Band (Northern Ireland)
Founded in 1850 and was the official band at the opening of the Banbridge Railway Station in 1859. The band was founded by Lord William Hills who whilst visiting his estates in England observed bands at work and decided to bring instruments back to Hillsborough for it's own band. The band like all bands in that period started of as a flute band due to the low startup costs of instruments but progressed over the years to Brass and then Silver providing a service to the local community disrupted only by the first world war as was the case throughout the country at that time. The band held it's rehearsals in the upstairs rooms of the old Market House (which later became the Courthouse) where it remained until the "troubles" in the Province and the close proximity to the Hillsborough Castle (where the Secretary of State for NI resided) forced the band to seek other accommodation in the village. The band carried out a great number of engagements locally and successfully contested in the BBL, NIBA and further a field over the years. Sadly due to a combination of lack of financial support and a decline in members, the band finally had to call it a day in 1990 and amalgamated with the Reid Memorial Silver Band to form Downshire Brass.
Hilton and Marston-on-Dove Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Hilton Colliery Brass Band (Essington, Staffordshire)
Active
Hilton Street Mission Band (Harpurhey, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Hinchcliffe Mill Band
See: Hinchliffe Mill Band
Hinchliff Mill Brass Band
See: Hinchliffe Mill Band
Hinchliffe Mill Band (Holmfirth, Yorkshire)
Formed in 1872, folded in 2000. Legend has it that in the early days a pig used to be borrowed from a farmer and placed on a wall to listen during rehearsals. If the pig remained quiet and contented the bandsmen took it they would do well at their forthcoming concert. Grunting was a sign that the chances of winning a prize were not good at all. Harry Haigh, who joined in 1918 and was bandmaster from 1938 until 1970, followed in his father's footsteps. At different times he had two uncles, a brother and three cousins playing alongside him in the band. His grandfather was a founder member of the band. There was a hiatus during the Second World War, when the exodus of players into the armed forces led to a temporary merger with Holme Silver Band. Following the band's demise in 2000 a charity was founded, with money raised by selling the band's assets, to help music-makers living and working in the Holme Valley. It is the Hinchliffe Mill Brass Band Music Charity.
Hinckley Brass Band
See: Hinckley Excelsior Band
Hinckley Excelsior Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1840s to WW1.
Hindley Amateur Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1879
Hindley Prize Band
See: Hindley Subscription Band
Hindley Public Band (Lancashire)
The second band in the town and was probably, for a time, the more successful of the two. Being a mining area several players graduated to more successful colliery bands including several to Bickershaw Colliery in the 1940's. Hindley Public disbanded in the late 1950's. (It is believed that Teddy Gray and Harry Mather both graduated from Hindley Public) Only 2.5 miles from Wingates in one direction and a similar distance to Bickershaw in another, both Hindley bands found it very difficult to retain their better players.
Hindley Rifles Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
Hindley Subscription Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1929. Became Hindley Prize Band in the late 1960's and following a brief period of success went into decline and was disbanded in the early 1980's
Hindmarsh Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1912 and 1954
Hindolveston Silver Band (Norfolk)
Active from the 1920s to the 1970s
Hingham and Watton Band (near Norwich)
Active in the 1900s
Hingley's Silver Prize Band (Dudley)
Active in the 1890s. This was the works band of the chain and anchor company owned by N. Hingley and Sons Ltd, which was famous for making the anchors for the Titanic ocean liner.
Hinton Brass Band (Northants)
Formed in 1897
Hinton Martell Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1885
Hinkley Mills Band (Leicestershire)
Hinkley Town Band
Active in 1904
Hirwaun Brass Band (Hirwaun, Glamorgan)
Formed around 1925, still active in 1960. A Hirwaun Silver Band was active in 1918.
Hirwaun Town Band
See: Hirwaun Brass Band
Hirwaun Welfare Band
See: Hirwaun Brass Band
Histon and Impington Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1980s. Folded in 2006 and merged with Waterbeach Brass
HM Factory Gretna Band
The munitions factory band was formed in 1917 and entertained the thousands of munitions workers at the Border Hall in Gretna and the Central Hall in Eastriggs. It also led the Armistice Day celebrations of November 1918. A tuba belonging to the band was bought for £50 in 1921 by the Brampton Silver Band, who have now donated it to the Devil's Porridge Exhibition in Eastriggs.
Hobourn Aero Works Band (Rochester, Kent)
Formed post WW2? linked to the Hobourn Aero Components Company. Active from the late 1940s until it amalgamated with Medway Imperial Silver Band to form the current Medway Towns Band. Renamed City of Rochester Band at some point.
Hobourn's Works Rochester City Band
See: Hobourn Aero Works Band
Hobson Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in 1900 - Hobson Pit, Burnopfield.
Hoddesden Amateur Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in 1862
Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Silver Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in 1907 and 1914 - C.W. Belsham bandmaster, F. Salmon secretary. Edwin Dixon treasurer
Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Town Band
See: Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Silver Band
Hoddesdon Town Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in 1935
Hoddlesden and Pickup Bank Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s. Had some backing from the local Carus Mill in Hoddlesden. Also known, at various times, as Pickup Bank Subscription Prize Band, Hoddlesden Shepherds Brass Band and Pickup Bank Band. After World War 2 it struggled to retain players and in 1950 it merged with the Darwen Borough Prize Band to form Darwen and Hoddlesden Silver Band.
Hoddlesden Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1863
Hoddlesden Shepherds Brass Band
See: Hoddlesden and Pickup Bank Band
Hodges Amateur Brass Band (Isle of Wight, Hampshire)
Active in 1848
Hodges and Sons Brass Band (Leicester)
Active in 1864, conductor J.A. Smith. Hodges and Sons were elastic web manufacturers, the company folding in 1881.
Hodgsons Recreational Club Silver Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed around 1930, obtaining instruments from the recently disbanded Beverley United Prize Band. It lasted until 1938, by which time it had become a brass and reed band. When it disbanded, its instruments went to the National Fire Service in Hull and then on to the Army Cadet force in Beverley in 1945. The instruments were then passed on to the Cadets at Sutton Airfield and subsequently mysteriously disappeared.
Hodroyd Hall Brass Band (South Hiendley, Barnsley)
Active in the 1910s
Hoggarths Tractor Works Band
See: Hoggarths Works Band
Hoggarths Works Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s, associated with Hoggarths Tractor Works. In the 1980s was renamed as the Warburtons Bakery Band. Folded in the mid-1990s
Hoggett's Saxhorn Band (Darlington)
The Hoggett family were well known in Darlington for their music and bands
Hogsthorpe and Chapel St Leonards Silver Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1920s
Hogsthorpe Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1900s
Hokitika Brass Band (New Zealand)
A Hokitika Brass Band is known to have begun practicing in 1865, however the band's minute book gives 15 February 1869 as the date of the inaugural meeting of the Hokitika Brass Band. It existed until at least 1874
Holbeach Brass Band
See: Holbeach Saxhorn Band
Holbeach Saxhorn Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1890s. Conductor J. Swann in 1848, later the leader was William Rippin, a blind watchmaker, until his untimely death in 1857.
Holbeach Town Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed after WW1 - renamed Holbeach Silver Band in 1938 (when it obtained silvered instruments). Disbanded well before 1971 when the current band was formed.
Holbeach Victoria Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Holbeck Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1889
Holborn Hill Royal Brass Band (Millom, Cumberland)
Active from the 1870s through to the early 1980s
Holborn Hill Silver Band
See: Holborn Hill Royal Brass Band
Holborn St Josephs's Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1905
Holborn Schools Brass Band (Mitcham, Surrey)
Active in 1876 and through to 1905. The Schools, originally established in 1856, provided accommodation, education and 'industrial training' for pauper children away from the main workhouse. The band, which performed at local functions, led to a career for some as military bandsmen.
Holborn Street Brass Band (Hull)
See: East Hull Prize Silver Band
Holborn Union School Band
See: Holborn Schools Brass Band
Holcombe Rogus Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1905
Holden Clough Primary School Band (Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire)
Active in 1995
Holdens Silver Band (Adelaide, South Australia)
Active in 1905, supported by Holdens Coach Builders.
Hollin Bank Brass Band (Blackburn)
Formed in 1879, conductor A. Grimshaw.
Hollingworth and Longdendale Band
See: Hollingworth Brass Band
Hollingworth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1854. Folded in 2011
Hollingworth Mills Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active around 1900
Hollingworth United Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. Possibly the same as Hollingworth and Longdendale Band
Hollins Mill Brass Band (Marple, Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Hollinsclough Silver Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1920s. A successor band was formed in the 1960s
Hollinswood Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1872
Hollinwood and District Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Hollinwood and Failsworth Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Hollinwood United Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1893 when it gave two grand concerts in the Foxdenton Hall Pleasure Gardens on May 14th. Conductor was George Blackwell, Soprano cornet - Hamlet Hilton, Solo cornet - J.T. Bolton, Solo Trombone - A. Rollinson, Solo Euphonium - Robert Holt.
Holloway Crusaders Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1910s
Holloway Hall Brass Band
Active in the 1900s
Holloway Town Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1910s - a separate outfit to the Holloway Crusaders.
Hollybrook Boys' Band (Southampton)
Holmbridge United Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1944
Holmbury St Mary Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1910s
Holme Bridge Brass Band (Holmbridge, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to WW1.
Holme Mills Silver Band (Marsden, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to WW1.
Holme Valley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1918
Holmes Hull Tannery Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1845
Holmes Mills Prize Band (Rotherham)
Active from the 1920s to 1960s. Played at the Wickersley Silver Jubilee celebrations on May 6th, 1935. Also the King Edward VII School sports day on 24 March 1945. Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by W. Hargreaves.
Holmes Quest Brass Band
Active in 1991 when it competed in the East Anglian BBA Spring Festival.
Holmewood Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1905
Holmfirth and District United Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1870
Holmfirth Brass Band
See: Holmfirth Temperance Band
Holmfirth High School Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1970s and the 1980s
Holmfirth Saxhorn Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1855. It was attached to the Holmfirth Mechanics Institute.
Holmfirth Silver Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1923 and the 1980s
Holmfirth Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Holmsfield Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1872
Holmshill School Brass Band (Borehamwood, Hertfordshire)
Active in 1970
Holt Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1892 - Arthur Preston was bandmaster
Holy Cross Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active around 1900
Holy Cross Brass Band (Whitwick, Leicestershire)
Formed in 1868 by Rev. A. Paemel, the catholic priest of Holy Cross Church, initially with 12 members under the tuition of Mr W. Start of Sheepshed. Their instruments were of Butler's manufacture.
Holy Cross Croy Silver Band (Croy, Lanarkshire)
Active before WW1, when Henry Fortyn was bandmaster.
Holy Name Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1907, 1908
Holy Trinity Boy Scouts Band
Competed in the Crystal Palace (Boys Section) contest in 1920. Presumed to have been located in or around London.
Holy Trinity Brass Band (Parr, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Holyhead Brass Band (Anglesey)
Active from the 1860s to WW1. Conductor in 1889 was O. Jones
Holyhead Marine Brass Band (Anglesey)
Active around 1890, when the conductor was Richard Rowlands
Holyhead Oddfellows Brass Band (Anglesey)
Active in the 1870s
Holyhead Town Band (Anglesey)
Formed after WW1 and active through to WW2. The conductor, R.J. Edwards, was drowned at sea in 1935.
Holyoake Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1864
Holyoakes Field Brotherhood Brass Band (Redditch, Worcestershire)
Active in 1914
Holywell Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in 1878
Holywell Row Silver Band (Suffolk)
Founded in 1875 by Matthew Haylock, and disbanded around 1935
Holywell Volunteers Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1890s
Home Charm Paints Thornhill Band
See: Thornhill Band
Home for Little Boys Band (Hextable, Kent)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. The Home for Little Boys (also known as the Home for Orphan Boys) was established in 1875. In its early years, the home was advertised as catering 'the fatherless boys of domestic servants and others in like circumstances.' Its intake later became the 'fatherless or motherless boys of respectable parents, who have not received parish relief.'
Honiton Brass Band (1) (Devon)
Formed in 1854, folded before 1880.
Honiton Brass Band (2) (Devon)
Formed as a brass and reed band in the 1880s as Honiton Volunteers Band. Converted to brass in 1904 and renamed Honiton Brass Band, it folded at the outset of WW1.
Honiton Silver Prize Band
See: Honiton Town Band
Honiton Town Band (Devon)
Formed after 1918. After entering contests and winning a prize at Barnstaple, the band re-badged itself as the Honiton Silver Prize Band and continued to flourish. In 1939, the band joined the Territorials, as part ot the Devonshire Regiment. Its members were called up for war service and the town band folded. A successor band was formed in 1956.
Honiton Volunteers Band
See: Honiton Brass Band (2)
Honley Brass Band (Huddersfield, Yorkshire)
Formed in 1865, merged with Yorkshire Traction Band in 1997 to form Yorkshire Traction Honley Band
Hoo Silver Band (Hoo St Werburgh, Kent)
Formed in 1890 as Hoo St Werburgh Brass Band. At one time its members were six members of the Simmons family, five Poynters, three Mathias, three Peck, two Beech and two from the Lee family. Tylden Reed recalls his time in the band: "I played in the band in the late 50s to the early 60s when the band was disbanded. The band contested for many years at the Areas in London and at Tunbridge Wells, Bell Vue, Reading and others with much success. The band was lucky to first have the renowned Eric Ball and later Prof. Walter Hargreaves from the Royal Marines School of Music Deal as its professional conductors. The band regularly played in the London parks and band stands in the south east of England. Annually we spent a weekend at Lingfield in Surrey at the invitation of Lingfield Band. We gave several concerts including at the racecourse and outside the old 'lock-up'. In the early sixties we accompanied 'The old Contemptables' (1st WW veterans) from Kent to the Mennin Gate and toured the cemeterys. The tour was filmed, with Allan Wicker, by BBC 'Tonight' programme and was shown on 11/11 that year. We were also members of the 4th Btn. The Buffs and played the last post under the Mennin Gate, the first time anyone other than the local fire brigade had ever done so. We took two uniforms with us!" . The band folded in the late 1960s, or early 1970s.
Hoo St Werburgh Band
See: Hoo Silver Band
Hood Green Band (Barnsley)
Hook, Odiham and District Band (Hampshire)
Formed after WW1 as Hook Silver Band and active through to the 1950s
Hook and Odiham Silver Band (Hampshire)
See: Hook, Odiham and District Band
Hook Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in 1914
Hook Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active around 1880 until at least 1916. Probably folded later during WW1 as it does not seem to have survived into the 1920s.
Hook Norton Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1930s
Hook Silver Band (Hampshire)
See: Hook, Odiham and District Band
Hooley Bridge Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s, conductor S. Shepherd in 1866
Hope Congregational Brass Band (Oldham, Lancashire)
Active in 1931
Hopetoun Brass Band (Australia)
See: Marong (Hopetoun) Municipal Band
Hopkins, Gilkes and Co. Works Band (Middlesborough)
On July 21, 1865, William Randolph Innes Hopkins married Everald Catherine Elizabeth Hustler at St Mary's Church, Acklam, and a lavish reception was held at the hall owned by the bride's father. The Hopkins, Gilkes and Co. Works Band played, flags flew from public buildings, and at the Ironworks shots were fired from miniature cannons.
Hopton Perserverance Band (Yorkshire)
Founded in 1863
Hopton Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Suffolk)
Founded in 1890.
Hopwood United Methodist Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
Hopwood Victoria Mills Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
Horbury Temperance Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to the 1890s
Horden Colliery Band
See: Horden Silver Band
Horden Juniors Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1920s
Horden League of Youth Band (Durham)
Active in the 1940s/1950s
Horden Service of Youth Band
See: Horden League of Youth Band
Horden Silver Band (Durham)
Formed in 1908, later known as Horden Colliery Band. Became BHK UK Ltd Horden Band from 2003, folded in 2006.
Horley Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1895
Horley Brass Band (Surrey)
Active from the 1870s to the early 1960s
Horley Temperance Band
See: Horley Brass Band (Surrey)
Horley Town Band (Surrey)
Hornbury Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1892 when it competed in the Whitby contest.
Horncastle Alliance Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1850s
Horncastle Amateur Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1858
Horncastle Excelsior Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1882
Horncastle Jubilee Concert Band (Lincolnshire)
Probably formed around 1977. It merged with Horncastle Silver Band in the 1980s to form Banovallum Brass.
Horncastle Silver Band (Lincolnshire)
It would appear that the original roots of the band are to be found in the Horncastle Volunteer Rifle Corps founded in the 1880s. There is evidence to suggest that a band from Horncastle was contesting around 1860 and won a prize drum in Boston, supposedly worth 20 guineas. The band didn't consider the drum to be worth the full 20 guineas and successfully sued the promoters of the contest in the County Court! The following year the Horncastle Band were again placed first in the same competition and received another drum, which allegedly may still survive and the plaque attached to the side lists the names of the 11 members of the band who won it. There was another brass plaque attached when the drum was lovingly restored by George Jobson and Frank Bell, relatives of two of the original bandsmen. Legend has it that Shaw, the drummer in the conquering band of 1861 was so elated that he strapped himself to his own drum and banged it throughout the town without waiting for the rest of the band to accompany him! The Parish Clark of 1865 was also drummer in the band for a short time, but was seemingly deposed of this high ranking position by a rigged voting system whereby the lucky winner of the position of drummer actually had the casting vote. I couldn't say for sure, but one might suggest that the subsequent "washing" of the drum in "Sot's Hole" may well have been revenge under the cover of sabotage! Certainly the drum became strangely heavy and on April 17th 1867, Mr John Coates Osborne, the Parish Clark, wrote the resignation letter of the Drum! The band appears to have led the celebrations for the end of the Boer War in 1902, but this seems to have been the turning point for the collaboration of the bandsmen and the military. In 1903 the band was disbanded due to the lack of a bandmaster. A band re-emerged in 1905 (probably largely constituting the members of the old "G" Company) under the Baton of Mr F Blyth, called the Town and Volunteer Band. Although it was stipulated at this time that the band should play for the company when required, there is no easily obtainable documentary evidence that they ever did so! By 1911 the band was playing in the Coronation Parade Service in Woodhall Spa under the name of Horncastle Town Band. It merged with Horncastle Jubilee Concert Band in the 1980s to form Banovallum Brass.
Horncastle Town Band
See: Horncastle Silver Band
Hornchurch Cottage Homes Band (Essex)
Active in 1897 through to at least 1944. The Shoreditch Guardians of the Poor opened Hornchurch Cottage Homes in 1889. They continued in use as children's homes until 1984 - a full 95 years of residential childcare. The cottage homes had 13 houses which could each accommodate around 30 children. Many boys found places in military bands due to the training they received in the Homes' thriving band. At any time up to forty boys were in training under the eye of Matthew Larter, bandmaster until 1910, or his successor Henry Allden. However the practice which this involved was not always viewed positively by the school inspector who in 1922 urged that "if possible, the boys should not be taken for band practice during school hours". The London County Council took over the homes in 1930.
Hornchurch L.C.C. Childrens Homes Band
See: Hornchurch Cottage Homes Band
Hornchurch Village Band (Essex)
Active in 1910
Horns Mission Brass Band (London)
Active in 1893
Horns Temperance Band (Ilford)
See: Ilford Horns Temperance Band
Hornsby Temperance Band
See: Ruston and Hornsby Band
Hornsea Artillery Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Hornsea Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in the town in 1856 - remained active through to WW1.
Hornsey British Legion Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Hornsey Rise Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1880s. It sent a letter on Feb 18th 1885 to the Alexandra Orphanage stating: "Dear Mr. Finch, We should be very pleased to offer our services for amusement of the young children at the Alexandra Orphanage. I asked Mr. May, your engineer, on the subject and he wished me to write to you. We take the Champion Journal which contains most of the popular music. Trusting we shall be able to meet your approval. I am your obedient servant, J. Edwards, Sec."
Horringer Amateur Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1877. Disbanded in 1898
Horringer Band (Suffolk)
See: Horringer Amateur Brass Band
Horsford Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1920s
Horsforth Brass Band (1) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1855/1856
Horsforth Brass Band (2) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1970s. Amalgamated with Leeds City Band to form Horsforth Leeds City Band in the 1980s
Horsforth Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1888, and in the 1920s/30s
Horsham Brass Band (1) (Sussex)
Formed in 1854 by Mr. John Tugwell. Folded before 1861 when it was replaced by the Horsham Town Band
Horsham Brass Band (2) (Sussex)
See: Horsham Town Band
Horsham British Legion Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1950s
Horsham Recreation Silver Band (Sussex)
Formed in 1900. Merged with the Horsham Town Band in 1912
Horsham St Faith Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1860s. Latterly active in the 1920s/1930s. Merged with Ringland Brass Band to form Drayton Band in 1937.
Horsham Town Band (Sussex)
Formed in 1861. Active in 1891 - William Garman, bandmaster, of 6b Denne Road. Merged with Horsham Recreation Silver Band in 1912. This new Town Band eventually became the current Horsham Borough Band.
Horsley Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1880s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Amalgamated with Nailsworth Silver Band in 1948 to become the Nailsworth and Horsley Silver Band. The band reverted back to the Nailsworth Silver Band name sometime in the early 1970s.
Horsmonden British Legion Band (Kent)
Active from the 1930s to the 1950s
Horsmonden Excelsior Band (Kent)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s
Horton Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s
Horton Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
See: Horton-cum-Studley Brass Band
Horton-cum-Studley Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1892
Horwich L and Y Band
Formed in 1889 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, three years after the opening of the new Locomotive Works in Horwich. Although a 'crack' team of players was put together in 1912, they never seem to have reached the same heights as the RMI Band. The band had been disbanded by 1930.
Horwich Mechanics' Institute Brass Band
See: Horwich RMI Band
Horwich Old Prize Band
Formed around 1875 and made its rehearsal room above the Co-operative Hall. Their first public engagement was a Church procession through the village. The band had only learnt one tune by this time and repeated this tune over and over during the two mile course of the procession. The band enjoyed its most successful period from 1900 to 1914, winning third prize at the Crystal Palace in 1906 and winning the September Belle Vue Contest in 1910. With the formation of the Horwich RMI Band they lost several key players in 1912 and then sadly lost 12 bandsmen during the Great War. The band was never to regain its height and had disbanded by 1950.
Horwich Old Public Brass Band
See: Horwich Old Prize Band
Horwich Railway Mechanics Institute Band
See: Horwich RMI Band
Horwich RMI Band
Directors of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company were dismayed by the lack of success by their band, The Horwich L and Y Band. So in 1912 the Chief Mechanical Engineer George Hughes suggested holding auditions for new players. Only one member of the original band was successful in retaining his place, the rest of the band was obviously slightly upset by this outcome and decided to form their won band under the umbrella of the RMI. Therefore the Horwich RMI came into being in late 1912.
Success was to come quickly; in 1915 the band came second to Foden's Works Band in the Spring Belle Vue contest. In the same year, after a strike at Elworth (Foden's Factory), a dozen players who had been prominent in the picket lines were fired. They promptly moved to Horwich and took great pleasure in beating their old firm at Belle Vue in 1916 and 1917. Their height came in 1922, winning the Crystal Palace 1000 guinea trophy making them champions of Great Britain. Something that the L and Y Band would never achieve. Mr Riley, the band secretary, put together an ingenious method of raising funds in the early days of the band. A membership scheme was started whereby 360 employees of the L and Y Company would have a small deduction made from their wages; in return they received two tickets to three summer concerts, this scheme continued right into the 1930's. Thereafter, the band played many summer engagements at various holiday resorts on the south coast. Unfortunately, due to the recession and subsequent lay-off of its' members, Horwich R.M.I. Band collapsed as a contest band in 1931. In the intervening years, they were something of a legend. In 1953 the Bolton Evening News ran a series of articles again on the Brass Bands of Bolton. RMI featuring in one of them, the then band secretary a Mr Hill, stated that times had been hard but they were on the up. The band had disbanded by the late 1950's.
The Bandstand at Horwich Works recreation ground was built in 1907 and was used by the works' brass band for concerts.
Hough Brass Band (Hough on the Hill, Lincs)
Formed in 1887
Houghton Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
See: Houghton Regis Band
Houghton Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1880s
Houghton Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1880s
Houghton Brass Band (Durham)
See: Houghton Colliery Band
Houghton Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
See: Great Houghton Brass Band
Houghton Colliery Band (Houghton-le-Spring, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and folded around 1939.
Houghton Lane Band (Preston)
Active around 1850, when it performed at the Preston Whit Walks.
Houghton Main Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1980s. Known as Darfield District Band in its latter years.
Houghton Regis Band (Bedfordshire)
Formed in the 1850s and played in a "rural festival" in 1856. In 1885 it amalgamated for a brief period with the Dunstable Temperance Band, to form the Dunstable Promenade Band. The bands then split once again. It was still active, as the Houghton Regis Band, in 1902
Houghton-le-Spring Schools Band (Durham)
Active in the 1970s
Houghton-le-Spring Town Band (Durham)
Active in the early 1900s
House of Dickinson Band
Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s
Hove Edge Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the early 1900s. Known as "t' Billy Goats Band" from the fact that the instruments and uniforms were bought out of the proceeds from roast billy goat sandwiches.
Howarth Public Band
Active around 1910
Howarth Public Subscription Band (Yorkshire)
Howden and Willington Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1922
Howden Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in 1900
Howden Excelsior Band
See: Howden-le-Wear Band
Howden-le-Wear Band (Durham)
Formed in the early 1890s and still active in 1934. Briefly renamed Howden Excelsior Band before reverting back. A bandstand was brought from Newcastle Northeast Exhibition 1929 and erected at the bottom of a tree covered bank side in Jubilee Park (originally called Howden Plantation) The location gave people a perfect view of the bandstand and all the famous bands that played there. (Remains of foundations can still be seen). Mr George Brown took his role as band steward very seriously. Dressed in a tail suit, top hat and white gloves, he made announcements and took requests from the audience
Howden-le-Wear Temperance Model Brass Band
See: Howden-le-Wear Band
Howdon Mission Brass Band
Active in 1894
Howley Silver Band
Active in 1968
Hoxne Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1870, used to practice at the Red Lion, Oak Hill. Prominent playing families were; Shernmings, Butcher and Copping. The band played every year for the anniversary meeting of the Oddfellows in the 1880s. By 1914 the band had transformed into (or been replaced by) a fife and drum band known as Hoxne Village Band.
Hoxted Market Brass Band
Active in 1905
Hoxton Amateur Brass Band (London)
Formed in May 1861 by J. Wade
Hoxton Dye Works Band (London)
Active in 1873
Hoxton Market Brass Band
See: Hoxton Market Christian Mission Silver Band
Hoxton Market Christian Mission Silver Band (Shoreditch, London)
Formed 1882. In the London blitz of 1940 all the band's equipment (72 instruments and 60 uniforms) were destroyed.
Hoyland Rechabite Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding))
Active in 1896 and 1902
Hoyland Common Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Hoyland Town Silver Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding))
Formed in 1889 as the Rechabites Brass Band
Hucknall Albion Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1877
Hucknall British Legion Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1930s to the 1950s
Hucknall Excelsior Band
See: Hucknall Excelsior Silver Prize Band
Hucknall Excelsior Silver Prize Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1889. In 1915 - Joseph Harrison secretary and bandmaster, of Annesley Road. See also: Hucknall Temperance Prize Band for some related information
Hucknall Excelsior Temperance Prize Band
See: Hucknall Excelsior Silver Prize Band
Hucknall Huthwaite Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1894 when it promoted a contest
Hucknall Huthwaite Excelsior Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1881
Hucknall Old Band (Nottinghamshire)
Hucknall Silver Prize Band
See: Hucknall Temperance Prize Band
Hucknall Temperance Prize Band (Nottinghamshire)
Formed in 1885 and started at the Butlers Hill, Cavendish Street, Primitive Methodist Church. (Newark - June 29, 1898] - "The annual festival of the children's Sunday School Union took place on Thursday and proved a single success. The weather was fine, and from many windows and standards flags floated and bunting was displayed. The sides of the market were lined with vehicles full of folk who were anxious to view the annual spectacle, and pedestrians made a deep fringe round the market square. While the schools assembled, the Newark Borough Band and the Hucknall Temperance Prize Band entertained the crowd with melodies. Over 2,000 children sang a selection of hymns before they moved off in procession with their teachers for a parade through the town."
(Newark - March 2 1898] - "The town was considerably enlivened on Saturday by a visit from the Hucknall Excelsior Temperance Prize Band which accompanied the Hucknall football team. The band played from the GN station to the Market-place and afterwards down to the Muskham Road Ground. In the Market-place at night the band gave an admirable concert the music being listened to and enjoyed by several hundreds of people. The band is a noted prize-taking combination and there were about 30 performers. They pitched in the corner of the Market-place nearly opposite Chain-lane and played a selection of pieces with the feeling and expression that has made them the winners of many contests." See also Newspaper report of the concert prelude to the first National Championships
In 1904 Sam Taylor was the conductor, as he was also in 1915 by which time the band had changed its name to the Hucknall Silver Prize Band.
Hucknall Tokard Prize Band (Nottinghamshire)
Hucknall Torkard Excelsior Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1895
Huddersfield and Upper Agbrigg Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Huddersfield Borough Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Huddersfield Catholic Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1874, conductor Joe Podmore
Huddersfield Fire Brigade Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Huddersfield Friendly and Trades Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Huddersfield Home Guard Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1940s
Huddersfield L.M.S. Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Huddersfield Princess Street Mission Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Huddersfield Rifles Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Began contesting in 1887
Huddersfield Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1939
Huddersfield Tecol Band
See: Sellers International Brass Band
Huddersfield Temperance Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1884. Still active in the 1890s
Hudson's Dry Soap Works Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1887
Hugglescote and Ellistown Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s. Was conducted by Mr W. Burton in 1939.
Hugglescote and South Leicester Welfare Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Hugglescote East End Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Hugglescote Town Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Hugglescote West End Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Hugh Stevenson and Sons Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1920s to 1940s. Hugh Stevenson and Sons Ltd was a paper box-making business started in 1859 by Mr Hugh Stevenson at Great Marlborough Street, Manchester
Huish Champflower Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1882
Huish School Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1919
Hull A.S.R.S Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1898
Hull Albion Model Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1883
Hull Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants Band
See; Hull A.S.R.S Band
Hull British Oil and Cake Mills Band
See: British Oil and Cake Mills Band
Hull Brunswick Brass Band
See: Brunswick Model Brass Band
Hull Christian Silver Band
See: Hull Christian Temperance Silver Band
Hull Christian Temperance Silver Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in 1894. Active in 1909
Hull City Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Edward Pearcey was Bandmaster in 1913
Hull City N.E.R. Band
See: Hull Railway Servants Brass Band
Hull City Police Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1960s
Hull Druids' Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1850s. In 1859 it performed a concert with the Barton Ropery Band in Barton Temperance Hall.
Hull Flax and Cotton Mills Harmonic Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1840s to the 1860s
Hull King's Hall Band
See: King's Hall Silver Band
Hull Kingston Cotton Mills Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in mid-1855 with sixteen performers on saxhorns. "Mr Browne of Silver Street was the music superintendent, and on a march through the town the band was well received." Still active in the early 1860s
Hull Model Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1880
Hull N.E.R. Band
See: Hull Railway Servants Brass Band
Hull Orphan Sailors Childrens Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1880s to around 1910. The home was established in 1867, at Thanet House, a large property on Park Street, Hull. Its purchase was largely funded by a £5,000 donation from Sir Titus Salt, the Bradford manufacturer and philanthropist. By 1893, however, the space was proving increasingly inadequate, and new cottage homes were built on Cottingham Road, opening in 1895, known as Newland Cottage Homes. The boys' band performed at local social events. For a number of years, the band also went on fund-raising tours but in 1907 it was decided that the absence of the boys from the homes, and the attention they received, were not good for them, and the tours were then severely curtailed.
Hull Orphanage Brass Band
See: Hull Orphan Sailors Childrens Brass Band
Hull Pease Street Mission Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1906
Hull Radiator Works Band
See: Ideal Boilers and Radiator Works Band
Hull Railway Servants Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Hull Railwaymen's Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1950s to 1970s
Hull Rifles Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1860s
Hull Seamen's and General Orphan Asylum Brass Band
See: Hull Orphan Sailors Childrens Brass Band
Hull Silver Prize Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the early 1900s. Mary Newton notes: "My father, Harry Cook, played in the Hull Silver Prize Band. He played the cornet. This was in the years before the first world war, and my eldest brother who was born in 1908 was their mascot when he was about ten or eleven. My father was at the Battle of the Sommne and shell shocked. I am the last of his children. I remember seeing a photograph of the band taken in a waggonette - they must have been going on a day out."
Hull Sons of Temperance Prize Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s. In 1910 the conductor was C. Norman and Band Secretary H. Roe. Played concerts in East Park at 3pm on Sunday June 26th 1910, and in West Park at 3pm on Sunday July 17th 1910, in aid of the Hull and Sculcoates Dispensary Working Men's Committee, where the programme was: Vigilant - J. Farrell, Gems of England - Rimmer, Andante from C Minor Symphony - Beethoven, Memories of the Past - Rimmer, Senator - G. Allan, Sandon - T Allsopp, In the Twilight - Rimmer, and Robert Devereux - Donizetti.
Hull Temperance Brass Band
See: Hull Sons of Temperance Prize Band
Hull United Model Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1885
Hull United Order of Druids Band
See: Hull Druids' Brass Band
Hull Waterloo Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in 1885, still active in 1945. Played a concert in East Park on 16th July 1916, conducted by Charles Norman, a cornet player. Conductor in 1911 was J.W. Noble. Renamed "Tarran Waterloo Silver Band" in 1936 in recognition of the sponsorship by the Tarran family.
Hull Waterloo Prize Silver Band
See: Hull Waterloo Brass Band
Hull Wilson's Band
See: Thomas Wilson, Sons and Company Prize Brass Band
Hulme and Chorlton-on-Medlock Lads Club Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1892
Hulme Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1880s
Hulme Old Brass Band
See: Hulme Brass Band
Hulme Public Brass Band (Manchester)
Active from the 1900s to the 1930s. In 1914, it presented a silver baton to Sam Myers.
Hulme Public Silver Prize Band
See: Hulme Public Brass Band
Hulme Temperance Band
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s
Hulme Temperance Subscription Silver Prize Band
See: Hulme Temperance Band
Hulton Brass Band (Walkden, Lancashire)
Formed in 1975 when the Walkden Junior Band broke away from Walkden Band. They rehearsed at a local Church and seem to have initially done well. The band received sponsorship from Agecroft Colliery for a short time, changing its name to Agecroft Colliery Band. Unfortunately the venture seems to have lasted only about six years and the band folded in the early 1980's.
Humberstone Excelsior Brass Band (Leics)
Active in 1900
Hunmanby and District Brass Band
Formed in 1979
Hunmanby Brass Band
Active in 1851. Amalgamated with the Hunmanby Silver Band after 1918.
Hunmanby Mitford Brass Band
Active in 1905, bandmaster W. Raylor
Hunmanby Silver Band
Active before 1880. After the 1914-18 Great War, a prominent local business man, Sir Dennis Bayley supplied a full set of musical instruments and uniforms, and the band was renamed the Dennis Bayley Hunmanby Silver Band, which also combined with the Hunmanby Brass Band of the time. It folded around 1959. A successor band was formed in 1979.
Hunningham School Band
Active in the 1930s.
Hunny Hill Brass Band (Hampshire)
Formed in 1861, locally called the Hunny Hill Noisers.
Hunslet Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s
Hunslet Leather Works Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1857 - competing in the contest at the Hull Zoological Gardens. Linked to the Spanish Leather Works in Leeds.
Hunslet Ragged School Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1885
Hunsonby Brass Band (Cumbria)
Active in the 1880s
Huntingdon and District Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1970s
Huntingdon and Peterborough Youth Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1970s and early 1980s
Huntingdon Brass Band (1) (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Huntingdon Brass Band (2)
See: Huntingdon Town Band
Huntingdon British Legion Band
Active in the late 1920s
Huntingdon Town Band
Formed in the late 1880s, folded around 1914, or soon afterwards. Their instruments were given by the town council to the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion Band in 1916.
Huntingdon Youth Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1980s
Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion Band
See: Old Fletton Victoria Prize Band
Hunwick Colliery Band (Middlesbrough)
Formed in the 1890s. Merged with the Evenwood Colliery Band at some time. Also known as Hunwick Silver Band and competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Probably folded in the 1950s.
Hunwick Silver Band
See: Hunwick Colliery Band
Hurlford Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in 1879, when it headed a procession in August to inaugurate the Kilmarnock Burns Monument and Kay Park, accommodated on raised seats on a lorry, which was drawn by three powerful Clydesdales, and profusely decorated with evergreens. Still active in the early 1900s
Hurst Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Hurst Green and Etchingham Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in 1906
Hurst Village Band
See: Hurst Brass Band
Hurworth Saxhorn Band (Durham)
Active in 1866
Husthwaite Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1888
Husthwaite Old Brass Band
See: Husthwaite Brass Band
Hutchesontown Silver Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1910s and 1920s
Hutchinsons Coaches Band
See: Coltness Iron Works Silver Band
Huthwaite Prize Band
Active in 1925
Hutton Cranswick Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s
Hutton Rudby Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Hyde Borough Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1893. 1900 ? "..... The procession was led by a group of mounted policemen and they were followed by the Hyde Borough Band and the Mottram and Broadbottom Band.
1931 - Twenty-one-year-old Frances Lockett, of Hyde, was voted the town's first cotton queen. She had a civic reception in her honour and more than 20,000 people turned out to welcome her. Frances was also taken through the streets, which were decorated with flowers and ribbons, in an open landau carriage drawn by four bay horses. Mounted police led the procession and she was followed by the Kingston Mill Band, a troupe of Morris dancers, more than 300 workers from Newton Mill, members of the Hyde Lads Club, 40 cars and the Hyde Borough Band.
Hyde Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1850s
Hyde British Legion Band (Cheshire)
Formed after 1945
Hyde Home Guard 36th Cheshire Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1942
Hyde Original Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s
Hyde Road Methodist Gorton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Hyde United Liberal Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1870s
Hylton Colliery Brass Band (1) (Castletown, Durham)
Formed in the 1900s, active through 1911. Renamed as Castletown Colliery Band at some point. Active through to the 1930s
Hylton Colliery Brass Band (2) (Castletown, Durham)
Formed in 1949, renamed Monkwearmouth Lodge Band (aka Wearmouth Colliery Band) in 1980, folded in 2000.
Hymac Ltd Band (Rhymney)
See: Hymac Rhymney Band
Hymac Rhymney Band
Active in 1969 when conducted by Richard Nash. Won the Welsh Regional Championships (3rd Section) in 1976. Also known as Rhymney Silver Band.
Hythe and Dibden Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1990s and 2000s
Hythe Brass Band (Colchester, Essex)
Active from 1900 to WW1. In 1905 the bandmaster was A. J. Barber
Hythe Brass Band (Hampshire)
See: Hythe Town Band
Hythe Brass Band (Kent)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
Hythe National Reserve Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1913
Hythe Town Band (Hampshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s
Hyundai Heart of England Band
See: Heart of England Band

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I.C.I. (Alkali) Band (Winnington, Cheshire)
Formed in 1923 as Winnington Boy Scouts Band, then Winnington Lads' Club Band in March 1936. Adopted ICI (Alkali) name in June 1936. Still active in the early 1960s
I.C.I. Mond Division Band (Runcorn, Cheshire)
Active in the 1960s
I.C.I. Recreational Band (Grangemouth, Scotland)
See: Scottish Dyes Band
I.M.I. Yorkshire Imperial Band
See: Yorkshire Imperial Band
I.N.F. Rutherglen Band
See: Rutherglen I.N.F. Band
I.O.R. Band (Bolton)
See: Bolton Rechabites Band
I.O.R. (Independent Order of Rechabites) Band (Geelong, Australia)
Founded in 1891, folded in 1911, following troubles which started at a contest in 1908 when four of its members were reported for drinking. The instruments and uniforms were used to start the present day Geelong West Band in 1911
I.O.R. Rescue Tent Brass Band (Northern Ireland)
Active from the1910s to the 1930s
Ibstock Excelsior Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1889 (conductor S.Y. Vickers) and in 1897 when it organised a brass band contest at the Ram Hotel grounds in Ibstock, on Saturday August 21st 1897. The test piece was "Gems of Victorian Melody". Some records of the band are held at The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. Still active in 1914.
Ibstock St Denys Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Ibstock Town Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1893
Ibstock United Silver Band (Leicestershire)
Active from 1916 to the early 1950s. Probably resulting from the amalgamation of the Town Band and the Excelsior Band during WW1.
Ibstock Welfare Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the early 1960s to the late 1960s.
Ickford Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1888 and 1895
Ickleton Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Ickringill's Brass Band (Keighley)
Formed by James Ickringill, a Victorian businessman and church founder, owner of Eastwood Mill, Keighley and Legrams Mill, Bradford - also created local Boys and Girls Briagdes.
Ideal Boilers and Radiator Works Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East RIding)
Active in the 1930s to 1940
Idle Airedale Brass Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in 1876
Idle and Thackley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active, at least, from 1898-1943
Idle and Thackley Public Band
See: Idle and Thackley Brass Band
Idle Conservative Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1868 to 1875
Ieuenctid Trefor Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in 1990
Iford Brass Band (Sussex)
Operating during 1930s and 40s at least, when the conductor was Frank Geisler. Born in Belgium, he lived in Christchurch, Dorset and was very active with bands around that area of the South coast. He conducted Iford Brass Band and he also played Eb Bass.
Ifton Heath Silver Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1960
Ilford Horns Temperance Band (Essex)
Active from the 1890s to WW1.
Ilford Old Band (Essex)
Active in the 1930s
Ilford Silver Band
See: Ilford Old Band
Ilford Silver Prize Band
See: Ilford (St John Ambulance) Band
Ilford St John Ambulance Band (Essex)
Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Later renamed Ilford Silver Prize Band
Ilford Town Band (Essex)
Active in 1900, when it opened the Grand Fete and Gala held in the Central Park, Ilford on Saturday 16 June 1900.
Ilfracombe Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1858
Ilfracombe Rechabite Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1891, conductor F. Becker, also in 1895
Ilfracombe Silver Band (Devon)
Active in 1965
Ilfracombe Town Band (Devon)
Formed in 1868, still active in 1906
Ilfracombe Wesleyan Sunday School Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1895
Ilkeston and Shipley Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1875
Ilkeston Brass Band (Derbyshire)
See: Ilkeston Excelsior Brass Band
Ilkeston Borough Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s through to WW1
Ilkeston Church Army Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s
Ilkeston Excelsior Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in from the 1860s to the 1890s
Ilkeston Temperance Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1895
Ilkeston Volunteers Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1895
Ilkeston Main Brass Band
Ilkley Brass Band
Active in 1875 to 1900
Ilkley Prize Band
See: Ilkley Brass Band
Illogan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1863, and they took part in a contest held in the Redruth area under their conductor Mr U Bosanko.
Illogan Reed and Brass Band (Cornwall)
Then the Rev Harry Oxland was appointed to the village in the 1890s he promptly formed a band finding musicians from Bridge, Illogan Highway and the village itself. Despite calling the band the Illogan Reed and Brass Band, they were allowed, for a couple of years, to take part in the local brass band contests, but their real local fame was enhanced in 1909 when they travelled to London for the Crystal Palace Military Bands contest and came seventh. They changed their title just after this to the Illogan Military Brass Band which strikes me as unexplainable as they had always, from day one, been a "miltary band", meaning a full complement of woodwind instruments (including a bassoon) and eventually french horns instead of tenor horns. The band was taken over in 1926 by Con Oxland, son of the founder, but they were forced to disband in 1939. From all the newspaper accounts of this band, they were well on a par with the Camborne Town Band, so therefore deserve a mention in these archives.
Illogan Broad Lane Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1889, 1890
Ilmington Brass Band
Ilminster Brass Band (Somerset)
Formed in 1880, assistant bandmaster James Taylor. First appearance in public was on Christmas Eve that year, when they paraded the streets of the town.
Ilsley and Compton Brass Band
See: Ilsley United Brass Band
Ilsley United Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Immingham Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from 1912 to 1952
Immingham and District Band
See: Immingham Brass Band
Ind Coope and Allsopp Silver Band
Formed in 1950, the players working in the brewing industry as drivers, transporters, brewers and bottlers. It remained active through the 1950s
Ind Coope Burton Brewery Brass Band (Burton-on-Trent)
Formed in 1981 by Eric Johnson, it enjoyed good contest successes, culminating with Midlands Third Section Champions in 1985. The band folded in 1996. Also known as Carlsberg Tetley Brass Band
Indefatigable Training Ship Brass Band (Birkenhead, Cheshire)
Active in 1889
Independent Order of Good Templars Band (Lesmahagow)
Formed in the 1880s and disbanded in 1932 - when the instruments were disposed of, the proceeds of the sale provided the funds for the first Lesmahagow Old Age Pensioners' "treat".
Independent Order of Rechabites Band (Bolton)
See: Bolton Rechabites Band
Independent Silver Band(Mt. Vernon, Illinois, USA)
In existence between 1884-1889.
Ingatestone Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1930s
Ingatestone Open Brotherhood Silver Band (Essex)
Active in the 1950s
Ingledew's Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Ingledew's Model Band
See: Ingledew's Band
Ingleton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1840s through to the 1930s
Inglewhite Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in May 1890, when it played at Calder Vale.
Ingrave and East Horndon Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s. Conductor A. Hinckley in 1906, J.W. Mansfield in 1907.
Inkberrow Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1895, conductor A. Key
Inkpen Imperial Band (Berkshire)
Active in 1928
Inkpen Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1950s
Innerleithen and Traquair Brass Band
Institute Red Ribbon Army Brass Band (Gloucester)
Active in the 1880s
Intake Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1871
Inverbervie Town Band (Kincardineshire)
Active in the 1900s
Inverbervie Volunteers Band (Kincardineshire)
Active in the early 1900s, bandmaster William Davidson
Inverclyde District Band (Greenock, Renfrewshire)
Active from the 1960s. Folded some time in the 1990s. Also known as Greenock and District Silver Band
Inverkeithing and Burntisland Band (Fife)
Active in 1963
Inverkeithing Burgh Band (Fife)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s, conducted by W.A. Allison. Folded during WW2, revived in 1958 for about three years
Inverness Amateur Brass Band (Inverness-shire)
Founded in 1858 by C.H. Morine.
Inverness Artillery Brass Band (Inverness-shire)
Active in the 1880s
Inverness Silver Band (Inverness-shire)
Formed in 1920, appealed for instruments and uniforms in 1921. Its first public appearance was at the Great Musical Fete in the Northern Meeting Rooms, together with choirs of 700 voices. It became free of debt in 1922, had its first AGM in 1923. Secretary, Mr A Ross, a railway worker, retired in May 1924. William Grant, bandmaster, resigned in August 1924. Bandmaster in April 1925 was Mr G Scotland, followed in June by a crisis when "Numbers of the committee take little personal interest. No effort to recruit young musicians. A good band is sorely needed in Inverness. The first consideration is a good bandmaster. Those who know about the Silver Band will not tell us what is wrong. There is something far wrong with the band which cannot keep its own engagements." At the 1927 AGM, George Smith Laing was in the chair. "Last year was the most successful since the band's inauguration. 40 appearances. In 4 cases the band was paid. 10 members under tuition. Compliments to Bandmaster MacConnachie." Folded in 1936, and the instruments were loaned to the Inverness District Asylum.
Inverurie Brass Band (Aberdeenshire)
Formed in April 1921. F.C. Oddy was appointed bandmaster.
Ipswich City Band (Australia)
See: Ipswich City Vice-Regal Band
Ipswich City Vice-Regal Band (Australia)
Founded as Hancock's Band in 1890, and after name changes to Town Band andn City Band, it became the Vice-Regal Band in 1904. Trophy won in Toowoomba (Harston Cup). Later donated to the Queensland Band Association as a prize for the 'A' Grade Selections in memory of Will Jones who was secretary of the Ipswich City Vice-Regal Band Association from 1912-1944.
Ipswich Gas Company Band
See: Ipswich Gas Works Band
Ipswich Gas Works Band (Suffolk)
Founded in 1865, conducted by Walter Parker, entered a contest at Woodbridge in 1866. Still active in 1886
Ipswich Public Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Ipswich Town Band (Australia)
See: Ipswich City Vice-Regal Band
Ipswich Town Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1970s. Amalgamated with Connells Sounding Brass (Ipswich) in 1985. See: Connells Sounding Brass for details
Ireland Alloys Band
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Ireland Colliery Band (Staveley, Derbyshire)
Formed in the 1880s. Merged with Pearsons Pottery Chesterfield Band in the late 1980s to form Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band.
Irlam and Cadishead Brass Band
Active in 1912
Irlam Brass Band (Lancashire)
Founded in 1882. Later known also as Irlam Brass Band Blue Ribbon Army, Irlam Public Band (1920s-1999) and Irlam Silver Band until its demise in 2009. In the 1880s there was a great Temperance Movement, attached mostly to a religious organisation, which spread throughout the North of England. It was known as the Blue Ribbon Army. There was an establishment at Patricroft. On Saturday, 13th May, 1882, Irlam Brass Band led this Army from Patricroft, along Liverpool Road and Worsley Road, Winton, to Eccles Market Cross and from there they went to the Co-op. Hall, where a Meeting was held. Afterwards a concert was given to a packed audience. On the following Wednesday, the members of the Patricroft Blue Ribbon Army opened a Mission in Irlam Parish School room. To give you an idea of the size and popularity of this event, about four hundred and fifty people were conveyed from Patricroft and assembled at the Irlam Toll Bar (near the present-day Co-op. Margarine Works). Thee they walked in procession to the school headed by Irlarn Brass Band with their. Blue Ribbon banner. By the 12th of June, 1882, a branch of the Blue Ribbon Army had been formed in Irlam. On this day, the Irlam Brass Bond, who were all members of the Blue Ribbon Army, led the procession displaying a splendid new silk banner. In 1883, Irlam Brass Band needed funds and so a grand concert was held in the school room on March 3rd. The Band took a prominent part in the programme. It is reasonable to say that the first Band Contest to be held locally took place on the 17th July, 1886. It was staged by Irlam Brass Band on a field near Irlam Railway Station. Prizes amounting to £36.00 were given. Eight bands competed. Mr. Gaggs of Manchester was the Judge. Rawtenstall came first. Stretford second,Audenshaw third and Hollinwood was fourth. Even in those far off days the weather was unfavourable, but nevertheless the Irlam Brass Band played for dancing in the evening.
Throughout the 1890 period the Temperance Bands were very active. They competed with the Public Houses in their offerings of musical entertainment. One of the most noteworthy musical events in the history of Irlam and Cadishead happened in 1909., when King Edward VII. and Queen Alexandra paid a brief visit to the district. Before the arrival of the Royal motor procession, St. John's Band, Irlam Village Brass Band and Cadishend Brass Band all provided a musical interlude.
In the 1920's Irlam Brass Band practiced in the old Fustian Cutting Shop at the side of the Ship Hotel. In the 1980s they had a Band Room on Liverpool Road, Irlam, situated between the children's playground and the local Police Station. The Band moved to this location in February, 1926. Building materials for the erection of this Band Room were donated by Mr. George Thomas, J.P., of Irlam Hall.
Irlam Brass Band gained first place in Dawson's Musical Festival in 1925. This was held in Warrington.
Irlam o' th' Heights Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1891
Irlam Public Band
See: Irlam Brass Band
Irlam Silver Band
See: Irlam Brass Band
Irlam Village Band
See: Irlam Village Old Prize Band
Irlam Village Old Prize Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1903 and 1914
Iron Church Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1882
Iron School Brass Band (Colne)
Active in 1867 - based at the Adult Iron School.
Ironville Church Mission Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1892, conductor Mr Abbott
Irthlingbough Town Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s
Irvine Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in the 1890s
Irvine Burgh Band
See: Irvine Brass Band
Irvine Silver Band
See: Irvine Youth Band
Irvine Valley Brass (Ayrshire)
Active in 1989, conductor Robert Snowden
Irvine Youth Band (Ayrshire)
Formed in 1975, merged with Dreghorn Youth Band in 1983 to form the current Irvine and Dreghorn Brass Band
Irwell Bank Brass Band (Stoneclough, Lancashire)
Formed in 1875 by the Irwell Bank Congregational Church. The band was very successful throughout its lifetime. Mr E Gittins was bandmaster from the formation of the band to 1906. In 1906 a newspaper article in the Farnworth Journal showed the band was thinking of setting up its own headquarters in Farnworth. As that was were the majority of the players came from. Whether they managed to purchase a bandroom in 1906 I don't know, but in 1926 they moved to new premises in Peel Street, Farnworth. In 1929 a notice appeared in the local newspaper announcing that the effects of the band and the appointments of their band club were to be sold by auction. The band had been in financial difficulties for some time and the pressure of a creditor led them to go into voluntary liquidation. 19 instruments, drum, 21 uniforms and a large library were sold to Bedford Sunday School for £62 and 10 shillings. Other lots included a pianoforte, stools, whist tables, floor coverings, glasses and a full-sized billiards table with all accessories. It seems they had been living the high life! The band gave their last concert on Bradford Street recreation ground in April of 1929.
Irwell Bank Kearsley Band
See: Irwell Bank Brass Band
Irwell Colliery Band
Active in 1925
Irwell Forge Band (Bury)
See: Ainsworth Brass Band
Irwell Old Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s. Won a 50 Guineas Challenge Shield at the National Championships at the Crystal Palace in 1913, the shield being presented to the band at Pendleton Town Hall by John Henry Iles, the contest director.
Irwell Old Prize Band
See: Irwell Old Band
Irwell Springs (Bacup) Band
Formed in 1864 under the baton of G. Law, from a meeting of a few musical cotton operatives in a back bedroom, where the bedstead served as a music stand. The band rose to prominence in the early years of the 20th Century under a number of professional conductors including Edwin Swift, Alexander Owen, William Rimmer and William Halliwell. It won the National Championships in 1905, 1908 and 1913 and the British Open in 1905. Disbanded in 1960. In the minutes book of Irwell Springs Band, when the first players were being recruited, is the entry - "NAME: L. Hey, CHOICE OF INSTRUMENT: Aught."
Irwell Street Mission Prize Band (Salford)
Formed in 1893. Still active in 1910
Irwell Street Prize Band
See: Irwell Street Mission Prize Band
Irymple Brass Band (Sunraysia Australia)
Founded in 1907, merged with the Stubbs Band in 1909 to form the present-day Mildura District Brass Band
Isham Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Isle of Ely College Brass Band (Wisbech, Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Isle of Man Artillery Corps Band
Active in 1868
Isle's Hanham Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1864, when they took part in the processions celebrating the official opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
Isleham Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed in 1903. A news report from July 1904: "Isleham band furnishes a striking example of what can be accomplished by steady and determined work. It was only formed a year ago but has become an important and appreciated institution. Its members have had to work hand and faced their first public performance on the occasion of the Harvest Festival last October with trepidation. Recently they have given short open-air sacred concerts on the green on Sunday evenings after the services at the various places of worship. It is to be hoped that their success will stir up the inhabitants of other villages," Probably folded during WW1.
Isleham Jubilee Band (Cambridgeshire)
Probably formed in 1935, active through to the 1950s
Islington Poor House Brass Band
Formed at the beginning of 1866, gave their first performance on Islington Green in September 1866, consisting of 15 boys ("orphans or worse than orphans") aged between 10 and 13 years.
Islington St Mary School Band
Active in 1876
Islington Green Youth Club Brass Band
Active in 1969
Islington Prize Band
Active in the 1930s
Islip Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
Ivy Leaf Brass Band (Tees-side)
Active in the 1930s

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J.L.B. Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1934.
Jack Guy's Skipton Mission Band
See: Skipton Properties Band
Jackson Street Mission Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1930s
Jackson's Brass Band (Norwich, Norfolk)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Jackson's Saxhorn Band
See: Jackson's Brass Band
Jaguar Car Works Band
Active in the late 1950s and early 1960s
Jaguar Cars (City of Coventry) Band
See: City of Coventry Band
James' Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Based in Cheltenham. Active in 1913
James' Brothers Brass Band
See: James' Foundry Company Brass Band
James' Foundry Company Brass Band (Walsall, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s. They played at the Cottage Hospital Gala in August 1865,
James' Iron Works Brass Band
See: James' Foundry Company Brass Band
James Smith and Sons Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in the mid-1880s. Possibly linked to the boot and shoe makers of the same name in the city.
Jamestown and Vale of Leven Silver Band
It was founded as a flute band on temperance principles in 1872 by the headmaster of the Free School, John McNidder and William Munro. Thanks to the generosity of Orr Ewing, Alexander Smollett and others, they obtained their first set of instruments in 1877 and were successful in competitions around the country. Under their first resident conductor, Mr. Shaw, they further improved but ran into financial difficulties in the early 1900s. The band appears to have been reconstituted after the first world war and finally disbanded about 1931.
Jamestown Temperance Band
Active from the 1900s to the 1920s
Jarretts Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1980s
Jarrow Borough Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and still active in 1935.
Jarrow Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1860s to 1880s
Jarrow British Legion Band (Durham)
Active in the 1930s
Jarrow Engineer Volunteers Band (Durham)
Active in 1875 when it promoted a contest
Jarrow Free Gardeners' Operatic Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1872
Jarrow Rolling Mills Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1867, conductor Thomas Carter
Jarrow Temperance Band (Durham)
Active in the early 1880s. Merged with the Tyne Dock Temperance Band around 1886.
Jarvis Industrial Welfare Band (Durham)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Jayess (Queensbury) Band
Formed in the early 1980s. Merged with the Jayess '87 Band to form the Yorkshire Co-operatives Band in 1998
Jayess '87 Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in the late 1980s. Merged with the Jayess (Queensbury) Band to form the Yorkshire Co-operatives Band in 1998
Jervis Brass Band (Jarrow)
See: Palmer's Works Band
Jewish Lads' Brigade Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1910s to the 1930s
John Dickinson (Apsley) Band (Hemel Hempstead)
Formed in 1888, earlier known as Dickinson's Silver Band, consisting of employees of the paper makers John Dickinson and Co of Apsley. Also known as Apsley Mills Silver Prize Band. The Company eventually withdrew their support, and the band changed its name to the Hemel Hempstead Band, in recognition of the support extended to them by the Borough Council. This continued until sponsorship was gained from Atlas Copco Compressors Ltd, becoming the Atlas Copco (Dacorum) Band. In August 1986 the band amalgamated with the Berkhamsted and Boxmoor Band to form the Atlas Copco Band.
1932 - Chipperfield, Hertfordshire. The RAOB had chosen to come to St Paul's Church for their annual Sunday Festival. The assembled brethren represented a large number of lodges from quite a wide area and, in spite of the threatening weather, the group numbered just one short of a hundred. The group assembled in the Church Institute (now the Village Hall) at 3 p.m. and paraded through the village led by Dickinson's Silver Band. At 4 p.m. a service was held in the church. Following this, they processed to the war memorial, led by the cross-bearer, vicar and choir and a wreath was laid there. The finale was most impressive. A senior brother ordered the circle of men to link arms and on the command 'Count', each member in succession called out his number in the chain up to 99. The band played Handel's 'Largo' and the line broke up and dispersed.
John Knowles Works Band (Woodville, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1930s, linked to the pottery works.
John Laing (Hendon) Band
See: Hendon Band
John Leggott College Brass Band (Scunthorpe)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
John Summers and Sons Steelworks Band (Shotton, Flintshire)
Active from 1919. Amalgamated with the Connahs Quay Silver Prize Band in 1972 to form the new Deeside Silver Band
John Taylor School Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Based at the school in Barton-under-Needwood, it was active in the 1960s and 1970s
John Thompson Works Prize Band (Wolverhampton)
Active in 1920s through 1960s. In the 20s and 30s it was also known as the Band of the 6th Battalion South Staffs Regiment. After WW2 it was known as the John Thompson Works Band.
John Waddington Band
See: Yorkshire Evening Post Band
John White Footwear Brass Band (Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire)
Formed in 1953, gave its first concert in January 1954, disbanded in 1957. Made its broadcasting debut in 1955 with a concert relayed from the Parish Rooms in Higham Ferrers, George Thompson conducting. George Thompson had previously been the conductor of the Odhams Press Band. All the bandsmen were employees of the John White Footwear organisation.
Johnston Memorial Brass Band (Northern Ireland)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Jones and Crossland Band
See: Birmingham School of Music Band
Joppa Operatic Band
See: Leeds Joppa Band
Jubilee Brass Band
See: Halliwell Prize Brass Band
Jubilee Concert Band
See: Horncastle Jubilee Concert Band
Jump Brass Band
See: Jump Subscription Brass Band
Jump Subscription Brass Band (Barnsley)
Active in the 1880s to WW1, conductor W. Chadwick in 1880
Junction Street Sunday School Brass Band (Derby)
Active in the 1910s to the 1930s. At their annual meeting in 1912 it was reported that the previous year they had an income of £43, £20 spent on instruments, £24 obtained from engagements. The band secretary was J. Thompson, 79, Drewry-lane, Derby.
Junction Foundry Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1858
Junction Street Baptist School Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1923
Junction Street Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1909
Junction Works and Victoria Tube Works Band (Wolverhampton)
Active in 1862
Junior Leaders Regiment R.A.C. Band (Bovington Camp, Dorset)
Active in the 1960s to 1980s
Junior Oddfellows Brass Band (Ipswich)
Active in 1891

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Kaikorai Brass Band (New Zealand)
Active in 1904
Katanning Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1950
Keal Cotes Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active around 1910
Kearby Social Brass Band (Netherby)
Active in 1908
Kearsley Public Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Kearsley Silver Band (Lancashire)
See: Kearsley St Stephens Band
Kearsley St Stephens Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1869. In December 1867 the Parish Notes of St Stephen's Church record that "On December 17th a miscellaneous entertainment, in aid of the School Fund was given by gentlemen amateurs, who most kindly and spontaneously offered their services. The managers of the School tender them their hearty thanks". The next mention is the following Whitsun. "On the 5th June 1868 the Whitsuntide procession was headed by the Royal Hulme Brass Band and 'our own drum and fife band". In May 1869 it was minuted, "A brass band is also being formed, which has met with such liberal support already from the above Schools as renders it certain that success will attend all of its promoters. The following are the subscriptions already received: Mr Blair Esq - £10; Clifton and Kearsley Coal Company - £7; Wm Tonge - £4 and 4 shillings; Wm Welsby - £3 and 15 shillings; Wm Jones - £3 and 15 shillings; Mr Steward - £1; Mr Johnson - £1; Mrs Baker - 11 shillings and 6 pence; Mr Joseph Grundy - 10 shillings; Mr D Taylor - 10 shillings; Mr Charles Hollows - 5 shillings; Mr Dennis Lever - 5 shillings; Mr James Grundy - 5 shillings; Mr Richard Edwardes - 5 shillings; Mr Barnet Fyles - 5 shillings." Further subscriptions were made in July and a Tea Party was held on the 16th August. Were an audience spent an 'unusually pleasant evening'. In September of 1869 it was noted that the brass band contributed very largely to the entertainment of the Wakes Tea Party. Soon after the band was founded they appointed an aptly named Mr Blower as their first musical instructor. The band changed to Kearsley Silver Band sometime during the 1940's. In 1951 they competed in the 4th section North West regional championships at the Victoria Hall, Bolton. In 1961 disaster struck the band, there was a blaze at the bandroom destroying the entire music library of the band and several instruments. The band was already in debt and the band treasurer said that they were facing a total bill of £900 for repairs and replacement of instruments, there was 'no hope' for the future existence of the band. Band President Robert Smith was more upbeat however, saying 'we have a lot of young members. With their enthusiasm I am sure we shall overcome this setback'. The bands saviour took the shape of Eaton Truck Components on Worsley Road North. Eaton agreed a sponsorship deal with the band and with a lot of hard work and the help of other local bands, chiefly Walkden Band who lent them the use of several instruments and a big street drum, the band managed to pull through. They changed the bands name to Eaton Works Band and moved into the works canteen for rehearsals. Also known as Eaton (Truck Components) Band and Eaton Transmission Gear Group Band. Due to falling numbers of players they merged with Farnworth Old Band in 1991 under the new name of Eaton Farnworth Brass Band.
Kedleston Street Brass Band (Derby)
Formed in 1903. Secretary - F.W. Lewis of 43 Sherwin Street; Bandmaster - T.A. Bailey
Kedleston Street Primitive Methodists Band
See: Kedleston Street Brass Band
Keelby Amateur Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Kegworth Brass Band
Active 1887 and also in the late 1920s and 1930s
Keighley Brass Band
Formed in the 1840s by Benjamin and William Marriner, owners of the Greengates Mill. Also known as Keighley Mariners Band. Two euphonium players around 1900 were Myles Riley and Herbert Riley. In a competition of bass players at the Crystal Palace in 1861 (the prize being a sonorophone contre-bass in E flat, with rotary valves), five players entered the lists, and the prize was eventually awarded to a bass player of the Keighley Band, who played a double B flat trombone of his own invention. The Manchester Guardian said: "This portion of the competition greatly excited the risible faculties of the assembly. The unwieldy instruments, the gruff and deep tones they emitted, the elephantine gambols they were made to execute, and the earnestness of the players, made the scene irresistibly comic." They competed in the Barnoldswick Contest in 1886. The band was active into the 1990s.
Keighley Mariners Band
See: Keighley Brass Band
Keighley Victoria Brass Band
Active in the 1930s
Keinton Mandeville Temperance Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1890s
Kelbarrow Brass Band
Active in the 1920s/30s
Kelbrook Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s
Keld Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the early 1900s and 1920s
Kellaway Prize Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s
Kellingley Colliery Band (Knottingley)
Formed in June 1981 from a small nucleus of former Lofthouse Colliery Band members. The band then progressed, providing musical opportunities for the youngsters of the mining community. Active through the 1980s
Kelso Silver Band
Active in the 1950s
Kelty and Blairadam Band (Fife)
Formed prior to 1895, when they won the Second Section in the first Scottish Championships, conducted by John Gladney. Over 8,000 followers of the 22 competing bands attended this event which was held in Edinburgh's Waverley Market. Facilities in the market were primitive. There was no seating. Bands performed standing in the ring used by the cattle auctioneers with spectators on stepped terraces. The major advantage of the venue was its proximity to Edinburgh's main line railway station. Most bands and their supporters made their way to the Championships by train, the railway specials to the Championships being the first organised railway excursions to any event in Scotland. The Kelty and Blairadam Band merged with Cowdenbeath Band in 1999 to form Kingdom Brass.
Kelvedon Brass Band
See: Kelvedon Brotherhood Brass Band
Kelvedon Brotherhood Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1914 and the 1950s
Kelvedon Hatch Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the early 1900s
Kempston Town Band (Bedfordshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s
Kempston White Cross Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Formed in the 1890s, bandmaster G. Leach.
Kendal Amateur Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active in 1868
Kendal Borough Band (Westmorland)
Active from the early 1900s. On Saturday July 19, 1912, to celebrate the Co-op jubilee, nearly 3,000 children took part in a parade through the town, starting from New Road and finishing in Town View Field. The Morecambe Silver Band met the special trains at Kendal Station and the children were marched to New Road, where a procession was formed with the younger ones being carried on charabancs and lorries. "Once tea was served, the adults were admitted to take part in the festivities and, during that period, the Kendal Borough Band played "pleasing selections" of music. Active until the late 1970s
Kendal Catholic Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active in 1869
Kendal Mechanics Band (Westmorland)
Active in 1851/1853.
Kendal Union Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active in 1869
Kendal Volunteers Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active in the 1890s
Kendrick's Pride of the Village Saxhorn Band (West Bromwich)
Active in 1866
Kenfig Hill Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1916
Kenilworth Subscription Brass Band
Active in 1905
Kenilworth Silver Band
See: Kenilworth Town Band
Kenilworth Town Band
Active in 1902. Folded at the end of 1954 when most of its players transferred to Leamington and formed the Royal Leamington Spa Silver Band being joined by a few members of Cubbington Band and Bishops Itchington Imperial Band.
Kennedy's Swinton Concert Band
See: Swinton Concert Brass
Kennet School Brass Band (Thatcham, Berkshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Kensington Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Kensworth Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Formed in 1919 by Francis Domino Bowles, of 'Bleak Hall' in the village, who bought all the instruments and uniforms, and trained the players. Performed on Studham Green in 1920. The band continued until the late 1930s when it folded.
Kent Brass (Maidstone)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s. Rehearsed at the Fountain pub in Barming, near Maidstone. Kent Youth Brass also existed.
Kent County Industrial School Band (Kingsnorth, Kent)
Active in 1913. The school was also known as Stanhope Industrial School for Boys and was built in 1875 to house 200 boys.
Kent Street Mission Band (Warrington)
Formed around 1903. When the mission was demolished in 1950 the band moved and took on the name Warrington Silver Band. A Junior Band was started in 1965. Merged with Latchford Prize Band in 1980 to form Latchford Warrington Silver Band.
Kenton Brass Band (3rd Northumberland Artillery)
Active in 1870
Kent's Works Silver Band (Luton, Bedfordshire)
Probably formed around 1946. Still active in the 1970s, they were attached to George Kent Ltd. (electrical components) factory. Went on to become Longland Brass, named after the association with Ted Longland. The band survived into the 1980's. They eventually became High Town Brass because they rehearsed in an area of Luton called High Town.
Kepston Q Fab Whitburn Brass Band
Active in the 1990s
Keresley and Coundon Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1930s to 1950s, conductor C. Oughton in the 1930s.
Kernow Brass (Cornwall)
The word "Kernow" is a word in the Cornish language that means "Cornwall". A group of bandsmen decided to form a new Mid-Cornwall band in 1981. Instruments were purchased and rehearsals began under the baton of Stanley Penhaligon, he being taken over by Mike Faro. In 1983 a new conductor was appointed, Alan Slaughter, a Royal Marines musician. He stayed until 1994 when Mike Faro came back to fill in until a more permenant person could take on the job. That person was David Pope, who now conducts the Bugle Band. Kernow Brass contested almost from day one, with the last competative appearance being in 2000 at the Bugle Festival. They do appear to have had a successful 20 years so why did they disband? Probably because they never had a home of their own, and the way modern bands function, this need is extremely important. Also known as St Austell Kernow Band, Kernow Royal British Legion Band
Kernow Royal British Legion Band
See: Kernow Brass
Kerse Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in 1879, when it took part in a procession in August to inaugurate the Kilmarnock Burns Monument and Kay Park, accompanying the Oddfellows Lodge, who had gorgeous banners illustrative of the objects of the Order, and the fantastic robes and head gear of the officials attracted no little notice. Still active in the 1900s, conductor E. McGlasson. The band probably folded during WW1.
Kettering Albert Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1874, conductor William Hammond
Kettering Gold and Silver Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1970s to 1990s
Kettering Midland Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the early 1900s to WW1.
Kettering Rifles Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1970s. In 1910, the Bandmaster was T.R. Preston and the Secretary, E.R. James
Kettering Temperance Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Kettering United Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Kettering Victoria Mission Band (Northamptonshire)
See: Victoria Hall Mission Brass Band
Kettle Brass Band (Fife)
Active in 1876
Kew City Band (Australia)
Founded in 1890, amalgamated with the East Kew Citizens' Band to form the present-day Kew Band
Keynsham Brass Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1880s, but disbanded in 1975. A successor band was formed in 1980. Records of the band, covering 1912 to 1948, are held at the Bristol Record Office.
Keynsham Town Band
See: Keynsham Brass Band
Keyworth Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Kibblesworth and Ravensworth Brass Band
See: Ravensworth Colliery Band
Kibblesworth Brass Band (Durham))
Active from the 1850s to WW1.
Kibblesworth Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed after WW2 and still active in the late 1950s. Probably folded in the 1960s
Kibworth Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in the 1850s by Mr Higham. Captain Phillips became bandmaster in 1869 which greatly improved their playing. Folded some time before 1905, when a successor band was formed.
Kidderminster Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Formed in 1980, folded somewhere around 1990.
Kidderminster Excelsior Band (Worcestershire)
Formed in the late 1860s, a separate band to the "Old" band.
Kidderminster Old Band (Worcestershire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1880s.
Kidderminster Saxhorn Band
See: Kidderminster Old Band
Kidderminster Silver Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1950s, conductor J.H. Boffy
Kidlington Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1854. Various mentions from c.1840 through to 1872, with regular references to the band appearing in the press. Assumed to have folded in the early 1870s.
Kidlington Brass Band (1)
See: Kidlington Amateur Brass Band
Kidlington Brass Band (2)
See: Kidlington Silver Band
Kidlington Silver Band
Formed around 1892, when it is described in the press as being a new formation. This band continues for 100 years through to 1992 when the band merged with Oxford Concert Brass to form Kidlington Concert Brass. It spent its early years in the lower sections, however following the appointment of Terry Brotherhood in 1979 the band quickly progressed through the sections, from the third section in 1982 to the championship section in 1990. It found itself in the first section in 1992 following the creation of this section. Conductors included: Terry Brotherhood - c.1979 to 1991, David Martin - c.1976 - 1979, G. Chesterman - c.1955 - 1967.
Kidsgrove Excelsior Band
Active in 1873. In 1876 a brass band competition was held at the beautifully wooded grounds of Oxley Manor, Wolverhampton. Crowds of people lined the Stafford Road to see the event and a jolly time was had by all, thanks to the benevolence of the owner of land, the M.P. Alexander Staveley Hill. After the prize giving, won by the Kidsgrove Real Excelsior Band, the entertainments went on into the evening with "Old English pastimes", and dancing. The band competed in the British Open in 1934. It had probably folded by WW2.
Kidsgrove Original Band
See: Kidsgrove Excelsior Brass Band
Kidsgrove Real Excelsior Band
See: Kidsgrove Excelsior Band
Kidwelly Brass Band
See: Kidwelly Town Band
Kidwelly Town Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active from the 1880s to WW1. Also active from the early 1970s to early 1980s. Not known if the band existed in the interim.
Kilbarchan Brass Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in the 1880s
Kilbarchan Rifles Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in the 1860s
Kilbirnie and Glengarnock Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in the 1900s. In 1904 the members of the Band presented their leader, Mr Andrew McCallum, with a silver mounted baton. Mr James Houston presided at the ceremony and Mr James Fyfe made the presentation.
Kilbirnie Brass Band
See: Kilbirnie and Glengarnock Brass Band
Kilburn Brass Band
See: Kilburn United Brass Band
Kilburn Colliery Band (Derbyshire)
Played at the annual tea meeting at the colliery in August 1862
Kilburn Gas Works Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1900s to WW1.
Kilburn United Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Kilburn Victoria Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1950s
Kildwick and District Band
See: Kildwick Brass Band
Kildwick Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Attained 4th place at a contest in Keighly on 1 September 1866, competed in a contest at the Wakefield Agricultural Show on 24 August 1867, and also at at contest at the Craven Agricultural Society, Skipton, on 30 August 1867. Took part in the Friendly Societies' Gala at Keighley in 1907. For further details see this webpage: Kildwick Brass Band. It folded sometime in the late 1920s.
Kilkhampton Amateur Brass Band
See: Kilkhampton Band
Kilkhampton Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1863. Kilkhampton can be found about 5 miles north of Bude and from 1866 to 1890 their band was certainly carrying out engagements in the North Cornwall area. Whilst there are many references to their activities, not once is a conductor mentioned. They did no contesting.
Killamarsh Old Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1830s. Merged with Killamarsh St Giles Band to form the current Killamarsh Silver Band
Killamarsh St Giles Band (Derbyshire)
Active from around 1890. Merged with Killamarsh Old Band to form the current Killamarsh Silver Band
Killingworth Colliery Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1877
Killyleagh Silver Band (County Down, Northern Ireland)
Active in the 1950s to 1980s
Kilmarnock Area Schools Band (Ayrshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Kilmarnock Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
Kilmarnock Burgh Band (Ayrshire)
Active in the 1920s to 1940s
Kilmarnock Laigh Kirk Band (Ayrshire)
The band's records, 1855-1877, are held in the Ayrshire Archives
Kilndown and Goudhurst Brass Band
See: Goudhurst Brass Band
Kilnhurst Alliance Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to WW1.
Kilnhurst Brass Band
See: Kilnhurst Alliance Brass Band
Kilnhurst Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Kilnsey Band (Yorkshire)
Kilsyth Brass Band
See: Kilsyth Public Silver Band
Kilsyth Burgh Band (Stirlingshire)
Formed in 1936 by the amalgamation of the Kilsyth Public Silver Band and the Kilsyth Town Silver Band
Kilsyth Miners Welfare Band (Stirlingshire)
Formed after WW2 and active through to the late 1950s
Kilsyth Public Silver Band (Stirlingshire)
Active from the 1880s. Merged with the Kilsyth Town Silver Band in 1936 to form the Kilsyth Burgh Band
Kilsyth Town Silver Band (Stirlingshire)
Active from the 1900s. Merged with the Kilsyth Public Silver Band in 1936 to form the Kilsyth Burgh Band
Kilsyth Victoria Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in 1912
Kilve Band (Somerset)
Active in 1909
Kilwinning Brass Band
Active in 1872, when they participated in the celebrations for the opening of the new Orange Hall in Irvine.
Kilwinning Iron Works Band
Active in 1872, when they participated in the celebrations for the opening of the new Orange Hall in Irvine.
Kimberley Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1910s, conducted by F.R. Twells from 1878. In 1894 it became the Babbington Colliery St John Ambulance Band, still led by Mr Twells until his death in 1908.
Kimbolton Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1
Kimbolton Comrades Silver Band (Huntingdonshire)
Formed after WW1 and active through to the 1950s
Kineton Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the early 1880s. For further details see this webpage: Kineton Brass Band
King Cross Brass Band (Halifax)
Active from the 1870s through to WW2. In 1905, their band room was next to the Trafalgar Inn, Halifax.
King Cross British Legion Band (Halifax)
Active from the late 1940s to the early 1950s
King Cross Prize Band
See: King Cross Brass Band
King Cross Subscription Band
See: King Cross Brass Band
King Oswald Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. Conductor in 1891 was J.P. Littlehales
King Sutton Temperance Brass Band (Northants)
Active in 1886
King's Cliffe Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
King's Cross Band
See: King's Cross Subscription Band
King's Cross Mission Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s. The mission was based at Charlotte Street (later renamed Carnegie Street).
King's Cross Subscription Band (Middlesex)
In 1911 the band was refused the right to bear the title "Royal". Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s as King's Cross Band
King's Dyke and Whittlesey Band
Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s
King's Hall Mission Band
See: King's Hall Silver Band
King's Hall Silver Band (Hull)
Active in 1910s to 1930s
Kings Heath Adult School Band (Birmingham)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s. Also known as Kings Heath Early Morning School Band
Kings Heath Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s. Assisted the newly formed Shirley Town Band in engagements in the early 1920s. Believed to have gone out of existence in the 1950s.
Kings Heath Early Morning School Band
See: Kings Heath Adult School Band
Kings Heath Lamplighters Band
See: Kings Heath Brass Band
Kings Heath Old Band
See: Kings Heath Brass Band
King's Lancashire Military Convalescent Hospital Band (Blackpool)
Active around 1915
Kings Langley School Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Kings Lynn Imperial Silver Band
See: Surrey Street Mission Band
Kings Lynn Police Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1880s
Kings Lynn Railway Band
Active around 1910
King's Norton Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1900s to 1920s
Kings Nympton Methodist Temperance Band (Devon)
Active in the early 1900s
Kings Nympton Town Band (Devon)
Active in the early 1900s0
Kings Somborne Temperance Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1935
King's Stag Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1880s
King's Stanley Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1870s through until 1939. A successor band was formed in the mid 1960s by Norman Pickett and his family.
King's Sutton Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1900s
Kinghorn Brass Band (Fife)
Active in 1907
Kinglassie Colliery Band (Fife)
Active in 1949
Kingsbridge Brass Band (1)
See: Kingsbridge Rifles Band
Kingsbridge Brass Band (2)
See: Kingsbridge Subscription Band
Kingsbridge Rifles Band (Devon)
Active in the 1860s
Kingsbridge Subscription Band (Devon)
Founded in 1885. Robert Carter, of Garden Mill, later Shindle Mill, was said to be Bandsmaster, late 19th century. He was also a solo cornet player at concerts in Kingsbridge Town Hall. Active through to WW1. A successor band was formed in the 1920s/1930 (Kingsbridge Borough Band, later the current Kingsbridge Silver Band)
Kingsbury Episcopi Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1884
Kingskettle Brass Band (Fife)
Active in 1900
Kingsland Brass Band (Holyhead, Anglesey)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s, conducted by William Roberts
Kingsland P.S.A. Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1909. The Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Societies (or Brotherhoods) were a national effort by non-conformist churches to involve young men in social and religious activity on Sunday afternoons.
Kingsleigh School Brass Band (Bournemouth, Hampshire)
Active in the 1990s
Kingsley Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Kingsthorpe Village Brass Band (Northants)
Active in 1886
Kingston Amateur Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1864, conductor Mr. Acey. Still active in 1877
Kingston Band (Ferring, Sussex)
Kingston Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1908
Kingston Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1885. The village had a band, paid for by the Third Earl of Eldon, lord of that manor.
Kingston Brass Band (Hull)
See: Kingston Amateur Brass Band
Kingston Cotton Mills Band (Hull)
See: Hull Kingston Cotton Mills Band
Kingston Lisle United Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1920s. Documents relating to the band are in Tom Brown's School Museum, Uffington. It was nicknamed the "Block-splitters". Harry Timms used to play the big drum.
Kingston Mills Band (Hyde, Cheshire)
Based at a cotton mill in Hyde, Cheshire, and formed by the mill owner, Henry Clayton, commenced contesting in 1872 and, by 1888, had won many prizes including a hat-trick at the British Open in 1885, 1886 and 1887 under the baton of John Gladney. By 1890 it was earning fabulous sums from its contesting and concert giving. It fell upon poor times after 1901 and, after the Second World War, a nucleus of the remaining members formed the Hyde British Legion Band. In 1896, the secretary was Thomas Ogden, and in 1902 it was John Knowles. A picture of the band shows it with a drum stating "1837-1897" implying the band was formed in 1837. Folded at or during WW2.
Kingston Mills Prize Band
See: Kingston Mills Band
Kingston Mills Reserve Band (Hyde, Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s
Kingston Mission Silver Band (Hull)
Active in 1932
Kingston Park Brass Band (Hull)
See: Kingston Amateur Brass Band
Kingston United Brass Band
See: Kingston Lisle United Brass Band
Kingston Unity Brass Band (Leeds)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s. Linked to the Leeds Kingston Unity Friendly Society.
Kingsville Brass Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Founded in 1910. Amalgamated with the Yarraville Citizens Brass Band in 1921 to form the Kingsville-Yarraville Citizens Band
Kingsville-Yarraville Citizens Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Founded in 1921 by the merger of Kingsville Brass Band and Yarraville Citizens Brass Band. Merged with the Footscray City Band in 1961 to form the current Footscray-Yarraville City Band.
Kingsway Rochdale Band (Lancashire)
Active in the late 1980s and 1990s
Kingsway Youth Band (Rochdale, Lancashire)
Active in the 1970s
Kingswood (Bristol) Band
See: Kingswood and District Band
Kingswood Abbey Brass Band (Bristol)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1940s
Kingswood Amateur Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1861
Kingswood and District Band (Bristol)
Formed in 1958. Later known as Potters Wood Kingswood Hill Bristol Silver Band (1960s), Kingswood (Potters Wood) Silver Band (1966), Bendix Kingswood Band (1976-2006), and Kingswood (Bristol) Band (to 2007). It amalgamated with the Albion Dockyard Silver Band in 1966 and then with the Bristol East Band in 2007 to form the Bristol East and Kingswood Band.
Kingswood and District Band (Surrey)
Active from the 1920s to the 1960s
Kingswood and Hanham British Legion Band (Bristol)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s. Competed in the 2nd Annual Open Brass Band Festival at the Wesley Central Hall, Portsmouth (organised by the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade Prize Band), on Saturday 16th September 1950.
Kingswood Brass (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1980s, conducted by Glynn Whittington
Kingswood Civil Defence Band (Bristol)
Active in 1954
Kingswood Evangel Mission Band
See: Kingswood Evangel Prize Silver Band
Kingswood Evangel Prize Silver Band (Kingswood, Bristol)
Formed in 1881 to aid the work of the local Salvation Army, but when required to sign the SA Band Rules, in 1888, they declined and formed the Evangel Mission Band instead. Took part in the Winterbourne Carnival in 1923. Competed in the 2nd Annual Open Brass Band Festival at the Wesley Central Hall, Portsmouth (organised by the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade Prize Band), on Saturday 16th September 1950. Competed in the 1962 West of England Regional Championships, conducted by W.S. Smith. Probably folded in the 1960s.
Kingswood Gospel Temperance Mission Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1884
Kingswood Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1884
Kingswood Reformatory School Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1894, 1905. The school was opened and certified in 1854, eventually growing to 150 pupils.
Kingswood School Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1894
Kingswood Town Band (Bristol)
Active in the early 1900s to 1930s. In 1933 it took part in a festival of brass bands at the Colston Hall, Bristol.
Kingswood Y.M.C.A. Band (Bristol)
Active in the 1930s
Kington Amateur Brass Band (Hereford)
Active in 1846
Kington Temperance Band (Kington Magna, Dorset)
Active in the 1860s - engaged by the Gillingham Total Abstinence Society
Kinnaird and District Band (Perthshire)
Active from the 1900s to the 1930s
Kinnaird Instrumental Band (Perthshire)
Active in the 1860s
Kinneil Colliery Silver Band
Active in 1958, when it competed in the Glasgow Charities Contest, winning the "Second Section Cup" and coming third in the open contest, playing "New World Symphony" by Dvorak.
Kinsley Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s
Kinsley Fitzwilliam-Hemsworth Colliery Band
See: Kinsley Colliery Band
Kintbury Brass Band (Berks)
Active in 1892
Kippax Primitive Methodist Brass Band
Active in 1889
Kirk Ella Harmonic Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1880
Kirk Ella Subscription Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1868
Kirkcaldy Caledonia Band
Active in 1949
Kirkaldy Trades Band
Formed in 1873. Active in 1905
Kirkburton and Netherthong Brass Band
Active in 1873
Kirkburton Brass Band
See: Kirkburton Old Band
Kirkburton Old Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1821. Active through to the 1900s
Kirkburton Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1870s
Kirkburton Victoria Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1950s
Kirkby Colliery Band (Nottinghamshire)
In 1927 the miners of Summit Colliery, Kirby-in-Ashfield, offered to pay a bond of one old penny per ten working men to help develop a band once more (following the demise of the earlier Kirky Silver Band. A deal was agreed with the colliery owners and the band was on its way again but this time as a 'colliery band'. During the 1930s the band began to contest in the 4th Section. A third place in the national finals ensured promotion to the 3rd Section. In 1940, however, the band closed down as a result of the Second World War. Many of the players, being colliery and railway men, had extra work due to the war effort and others were lost on active service. Instruments were put into storage for safe keeping. In 1944 the instruments were returned as the war came to an end. With the nationalization of the coal industry came the formation of the 'Coal Industry Social and Welfare Organisation' (CISWO) which promoted contests for mining bands and helped spread the news that the brass band movement was a worthy institution. Luckily, the Summit miners realized what potential they had close to home and in 1949 they were presented with their own band room. In 1963 the band folded. A successor band was formed in 1970 following the closure of the Summit Colliery itself in 1969. See also Kirkby Silver Band
Kirkby Cross and Great Holland Brass Band
See Great Holland Brass Band
Kirkby Old Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1920s to the 1950s. Competed in a brass band contest at Overseal, Leicestershire in July 1921, under conductor Angus Holden (drawn 11 of 11 bands, they were placed first)
Kirkby Silver Band (Nottinghamshire)
In 1887 the Butterley Brick Company purchased land in Kirkby and the main pit shaft of the 'Summit Colliery' was sunk. The mine survived for 82 years, finally closing in 1969. In 1897 a band known as the Kirkby Silver Band was formed and its members consisted mainly of surface workers and office staff from the mine. Those who worked underground were given 'free time' for rehearsals and band engagements. Rehearsals were held at the local Tabernacle Church on Lowmoor Road. The band broke up in 1924 and very little memorabilia exists from that time.
Kirkby Stephen Silver Band
Active in the 1870s
Kirkby Thore Brass Band (Westmoreland)
Active in 1850
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Band
See Kirkby Silver Band . See also Kirkby Colliery Band
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Temperance Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Town Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s
Kirkcaldy Band
Active in 1894
Kirkcaldy and District Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1870s
Kirkcaldy Boys Brigade Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Kirkcaldy Caledonia Band (Fife)
Active in the late 1940s
Kirkcaldy Trades Band (Fife)
Active from the early 1880s to WW1. In 1885 they were placed third in the first recorded Brass Band Contest in Scotland, which took place at Wemyss Castle Estate near Kirkcaldy, Fife in July 1885. A first prize of £40 and a travel grant of £10 was enough to lure the champion band of England, Besses O' Th' Barn from Lancashire to compete. Besses Band won the contest and also won the subsidiary event, a March Contest, for which they received another £2. Alloa Burgh Band were placed second and the Kirkcaldy Trades Band third.
Kirkcudbright Brass Band (Kirkcudbrightshire)
Active in the 1930s
Kirkdale Industrial Ragged School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1871
Kirkdale Public Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s to 1940s
Kirkella Subscription Band
See: Kirk Ella Subscription Band
Kirkham Harmonic Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1839
Kirkham Subscription Prize Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1940s. From the obituary of Joseph Kirby, who died in March 1910: "It is with the most profound regret and sorrow we record the death of Mr. Joseph Kirby of Freckleton St., Kirkham, which sad event took place at the Moss Side Fever Hospital. Ever since it became known of the dangerous character of the disease with which he was afflicted, there were numerous anxious inquiries day by day, by a host of friends in the town and surrounding districts. When the sad news was announced on Saturday, it cast quite a gloom over the whole community, and where ever there were two or three gathered together, it became the sole topic of conversation. ....... The deceased had for several years, been one of the most prominent members of the Kirkham Subscription Prize Brass Band, and was one of the best trombone players in the country, having won prizes at Blackpool, Wigan and elsewhere. The interment took place in the churchyard of the Kirkham Parish Church, the remains being borne to their last resting place by members of the band. The bells at the Parish Church were muffled. It was at the express wish of Mr. Kirby that the band did not play at the funeral, but it is stated they will render sacred selections at the graveside on Sunday afternoon. "
Kirkheaton Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active from the 1870s to the 1880s
Kirkheaton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
Kirkhouse Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
Kirkhouse Foundry Band
See: Kirkhouse Brass Band
Kirkintilloch Rechabite Brass Band
Active in 1899
Kirkless (NCB) Band (Wigan)
See: Standish Band
Kirkstall Amateur Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in the 1860s
Kirkstall Brass Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in 1853, 1866 and 1905
Kirkstall Old Brass Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in the 1890s
Kirkstall Forge Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in 1887
Kirkstall Prize Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in 1870
Kirkstall Saxhorn Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in the 1850s
Kirkstall Tannery Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in 1863
Kirkwall Town Band (Orkney)
There are references to the Kirkwall Town Band in The Orcadian archive as long back as 1890 when the conductor was a Mr Robert (Bob) Spence who was a popular local figure and proprietor of the Kirkwall store "Cumming and Spence.". The minutes of the Kirkwall Town band's meetings for the years 1929 - 1954 are in the Orkney Archive. From research there it is clear that the band at that time had the instrumentation of a traditional brass band but with the addition of clarinets. The band stopped during the years of the Second World War and the instruments given over to the Kirkwall Branch of the Salvation Army. There were moves to reform the band in 1945 and by January of 1947 the band began again. There is a letter in the archive from Capt. Chas. A. Geleit of the Salvation Army Headquarters in London thanking the band for the use of their instruments during the war years, which allowed visiting servicemen to come and blow. There are records of concerts as late as 1957 but sometime after that date the band stopped. The band's minutes, 1945-1951, and a file relating to the Band, 1927-1954, are held in the Orkney Archives. A successor band was established in 1973.
Kirriemuir Town Band (Angus)
It should be placed on record that there was once a Brass Band in Kirriemuir although little remains of its history. In the 1890s Kirriemuir had plenty musical activity in which the Volunteer Band "alternating between Brass and Flute as the spirit moved" played an important part. The Bandmaster was James Lamb, the oldest of three brothers "all noted bandmasters", the other brothers being associated with Forfar and Brechin bands. "Circumstances arose in 1903 which led to the Volunteer Band being dispensed with" according to published documents available to the writer. It was, however, replaced by the Town Band consisting of a "full compliment" of twenty-four players, funds being raised by public subscription. The Band was successful at the time having played in the streets and public parks during the season and eventually being granted permission to give Sunday concerts. It was "reconstructed" in 1928, whatever that means, and managed to stay active until 1934. After two years during which efforts were made to get the Band going again some action was needed. The Kirriemuir Free Press of 4th June 1936 records that a meeting was to be called by Provost Doig with the object of winding up the band and placing its assets in trust. On July 2nd the same newspaper announced that the Kirriemuir Town Band had been formally wound up. One player, Alan Reid, (the writer's first teacher when he joined Forfar Instrumental Band) came to Forfar at once. The following year he is credited with organising a concert in Kirriemuir in which Forfar played a major part. Since then players from Kirriemuir have found a home in Forfar and the Forfar band has played a part in the musical life of Kirriemuir. Way back in the 1960s the Kirriemuir instruments, mostly in a rather sorry state, were "lent" to Forfar, who paid for the repair of those that were useable as reserve or learner's instruments. As recently as 1999 the remaining assets of the Kirriemuir Town Band were ceded to Forfar Instrumental Band. Forfar continues to welcome players from Kirriemuir and plays there several times a year. (Source: J Bruce Dorward, Secretary Forfar Instrumental Band)
Kirton Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1906
Kiveton Park Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Kiveton Park Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Knapp's Silver Band (Clanfield)
The band was formed of workers at the Knapp's Foundry Works. Active in 1910
Knaphill United Brass Band (Surrey)
Knaresborough Amateur Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1856/57
Knighton Brass Band (1) (Radnorshire)
Formed in 1849 with 15 members, by Mr Love and Mr Archibald, with instruments by Potter.
Knighton Brass Band (2) (Radnorshire)
Active from the early 1900s and folded before WW2. A successor band was formed in 1945
Knightswood Brass Band (Dunbartonshire)
Active from the 1880s to WW2.
Knightswood Silver Band
See: Knightswood Brass Band
Knipton Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s
Knottingley (Bagleys) Glass Works Band
Also known as Bagley's (Bottle Works) Brass Band (?)
Knowle Brass Band (Solihull)
Formed in 1904.
Knowle Green Brass Band (Lancashire)
Originally formed by young men working at White Carr Mill in 1872. The Band used the schoolroom for practices from 1889 and in 1891 requested a reduction in the rent, which was 1/- per week. The Church meeting decided that if the band became a temperance band they could use the room free, if not they would have to continue to pay 30/- a year. The decision was not recorded but years later in reports of school treats and annual field days the Preston Guardian was still referring to Knowle Green Brass Band so presumably it did not change. In 1902 the Preston Guardian reported it as playing at a Knowle Green social which raised £10 towards the cost of a piano. In June 1911 they played in Longridge for the Coronation celebrations (George V and Queen Mary). After 1913 there seems to be no further mention of the band - presumed to have folded before or during WW1.
Knutsford and Alderley Band
See: Knutsford and Cross Town Band
Knutsford and Cross Town Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1910s to 1970s. Renamed Knutsford and Alderley Band in the late 1950s.
Knutsford Temperance Band
Active from the 1890s to WW1. In 1896 it competed at a contest at Hawarden.
Knutton Forge Prize Band (Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1880s. In 1886 it competed at Eastham, Liverpool, conducted by Joseph Lewis. Renamed the Newcastle Town Band in the late 1880s, still conducted by Joseph Lewis. The band was formally adopted by the town of Newcastle in 1900. It was still active in 1903
Knypersley Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
Kokatahi Band (New Zealand)
First formed in 1910 at the old Kokatahi Hotel. Two years later the hotel burned down and the records of the formative years of the band were lost. The band existed until at least 1970
Krumlin Mills Band
See: Blackburn Valley Brass Band