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Historical Brass Band Events

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16 May 1870
  • Band Contest - Sheffield

  • 24 June 1870
  • Gala + Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
    The great feast of Lofthouse took place. The shows and everything were there. As for the contest, it was simply what it has been for twelve years. The first prize was won by the Dewsbury Old Band; the second by Milburn's Model Band, Middlesbrough; the third by Mr. W. Thompson's Band (Guisley), and the fourth by the Hartlepool Excelsior Band.

  • 25 June 1870
  • Band Contest - Marske-by-the-Sea

  • 25 June 1870
  • Band Contest - Piece Hall, Halifax
    The second annual brass band musical contest in connection with the Halifax midsummer fair, took place in the spacious Piece Hall at that town, on which occasion there was a very large attendance, the receipts for admission amounting to upwards of £120. The following were the judges, Mr. S. E. Ricks, bandmaster 25th Regiment; Mr. Henry Whitaker, professor of music, Halifax; and Mr. George Raskoff, bandmaster 4th Dragoon Guards. It was arranged that each band should play "Worthy is the Lamb" chorus, and "Amen" chorus from Handel's Messiah, followed by a selection of their own. The first prize, £30 in money, was awarded to the Bacup band, and an alabaster timepiece, value £7 7s., to the bandmaster as his bona fide property, being subscribed for by the ladies of Halifax; the second prize, £18, was gained by Dewsbury Old band; third, £12, by Meltham Mills band; fourth, £8, by Leeds Model band; and fifth, £4, by Todmorden band. Then followed a solo cornet contest, by E and B flat cornets. The first prize, a silver watch and guard, value £6, was obtained by Chas. Auty, of Dewsbury Old band; the second, £1, by W. Greenwood, of Bacup band. The third and last was a solo-baritone and tenor contest, by E flat tenors and B flat baritones. In this contest, J. Lord, of Bacup band, won the first prize, a silver watch and guard, value £6; the second, £1, by R. Stead, of Meltham Mills band. The proceedings concluded at half-past eight in the evening, by all the bands unitedly playing "Worthy is the Lamb" Chorus, and "Amen" chorus, and the National Anthem.

  • 25 June 1870
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Ripon

  • 16 July 1870
  • Band Contest - Hollingworth Lake, Rochdale
    First prize won by the Briercliffe Band, Bacup

  • 18 July 1870
  • Band Contest - Hull

  • 13 August 1870
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
    The show was well attended. In the afternoon a brass band contest took place, with the following result: 1st prize, Linthwaite Band; 2nd, Dewsbury Old Band; 3rd, Meltham Mills; 4th, Bramley.

  • 16 August 1870
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Elland

  • 16 August 1870
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Elland
    The third annual exhibition of the Elland Floral and Horticultural Society took place, on grounds adjoining Whitwell-place, Elland, The weather was brilliantly fine, and thousands of people from Halifax, Huddersfield, and other places availed themselves of the cheap fares offered by the railway company to visit this popular show. During the afternoon a brass band contest was held, for prizes amounting to about £130. Twelve bands had entered, but only six put in an appearance, as follows: Denton Original Band, Dewsbury Old Band, Elland Edge, Matlock, Meltham Mills, and Staleybridge Old Band. The judge was Mr. Charles Godfrey, band master of the Royal Horse Guards, and each band first played his "Souvenir de Meyerbeer," and afterwards a piece of their own selection. The prizes were awarded as follow: First (£30), Meltham Mills; second (£20), Elland Edge; third (£15), Matlock; fourth (£10), Dewsbury; and fifth (£5), Staleybridge. A solo cornet contest followed for a B flat cornet, which was won by Mr. Walter Chapman, of the Denton Band, the other competitors being Mr, C. Auty, of Dewsbury, and Mr, J. Naylor, of Matlock, Altogether the affair was a great success, the grounds being literally crowded during the afternoon.

  • 20 August 1870
  • Show + Band Contest - Paddock, Yorkshire

  • 20 August 1870
  • Floral Fete + Band Contest - Stanhope

  • 27 August 1870
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Towlaw
    At a band contest which was held in connection with the Towlaw Flower Show, the following bands were the successful competitors: 1st, £12, West Hartlepool Operatic Brass Band (4th Durham Artillery Volunteers), Mr. T. Hogg conductor; 2nd, £7, Stanhope; 3rd, £4, Middlesbrough; 4th, £1, Towlaw.

  • 3 September 1870
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Wakefield

  • 1871

    ?? July 1871
  • Band Contest - Marske-by-the-Sea
    First prize, Leeds Model Prize Band, O. Butterfield, leader; second prize, Middlesbro' Band.

  • 22 July 1871
  • Band Contest - Stalybridge
    At a grand brass band contest, at Staleybridge, the first and second prizes wore equally divided between the Buttershaw and Bury Borough bands. Mr. Peers, of Bury, won the cornet prize.

  • 14 August 1871
  • Band Contest - Morpeth
    About seven o'clock last evening, an alarming accident occurred at Morpeth, where several hundred excursionists had proceeded in the morning from North and South Shields for a brass band contest. Above 200 persons were standing on the chain bridge crossing the river, when it suddenly gave way with a tremendous crash - men, women, and children being thrown upon one another Their shrieks were heartrending, A number of persons were found to be injured, and it is reported that two ladies had each both legs broken. A young lady had her spine injured, and a child was so much injured that it was not expected to recover. Numbers of persons were struck and cut by falling wood.

  • 28 August 1871
  • Band Contest - Greenbank, Darlington
    A gala took place under the auspices of the Darlington Free Gardeners, in the beautiful grounds of Greenbank, which, with the view of the mansion, was allowed by Mr. H. K. Spark. Excursions being run from Newcastle, Shields, Sunderland, Redcar, Middlesbro', &c., a large company gathered, and between 3,600 and 4,000 persons entered the grounds. In the band contest the first prize of £15 was won by the Leeds Model Band, the second of £10 by the Felling Band, the third of £5 by Milburn's Middlesbro' Band. The only other band competing was West Hartlepool. Mr. J. H. Amos, of Newcastle, was the judge. In the evening a concert by the Darlington Sax-horn Band took place. There were also various games and sports.

  • 2 September 1871
  • Band Contest - Queensbury
    The Black Dike Mills Band has rendered Queensbury famous in many parts of England as the centre of a district where some of the best amateur brass bands are to be found. This band carried off the first prize at the Crystal Palace against forty-four competitors; it has won numerous honours since, and still sustains its early reputation. A junior band has been formed at Messrs. Foster's works, and from this source youths of musical ability are drafted into the original Black Dike band, The firm keeps up both bands, finding teachers, instruments, and music books, With the view of further promoting a taste for music, the operatives of Queensbury, to the number of 104, agreed to subscribe £1 each as a guarantee fund to establish an annual brass band contest. 15s in the pound was paid up, and the committee offered prizes amounting in the aggregate to £55. The contest came off in a beautiful glade of the park adjoining Harrowine House, the residence of Mr. W. Foster, which had been kindly placed at the disposal of the committee, The weather was wet and threatening in the morning, but it brightened up as the day advanced, and the afternoon was calm, warm, and sunny. Queensbury put on its best face for the occasion. The roads were spanned with flags, and bunting was displayed from the church tower and from many houses, while across the road leading to the scene of the contest was stretched an inscription in blue and gold, announcing that the Queensbury Brass Band Contest was established in 1871. Thirteen bands had entered, and the following eleven put in an appearance: Buttershaw Mills, Mixonden, Bury Borough, Southowram Subscription, Meltham Mills, Linthwaite, Dewsbury Old Band, Royal Stainland, Batley (43rd W.Y.R.), Leeds Model, and Outlane. A stand was erected in the centre of the ground, on which the bands played. The judges were Mr. H Lindenberg (bandmaster 13th Hussars, Leeds), Mr. W. Allen (bandmaster 15th Regiment, Aldershot), and Mr. G. S. Calvert (bandmaster 2nd West York Yeomanry, Halifax). They were located in a tent adjacent to the players, which was carefully guarded, and waving over this was a white banner, inscribed "Justice", in token that the performers would have fair play. The decision was left entirely to the judges, the committee not interfering with them in any way, a course which prevented any dispute. It was intended that each band should play two pieces, but as one selection round occupied nearly six hours, the performance of the second piece was waived. The judges stated publicly that the playing had been very good, some of the soloists being especially commended, The awards, received with applause, were as follows: 1, Meltham Mills, £25; 2, Bury Borough, £15; 3, Dewsbury Old Band, £10; 4, Outlane, £6; 5, Royal Stainland, £1. Upwards of 5,000 people were on the ground during the day, and mixing freely among the crowd were Mr. and Mrs. W. Foster and other ladies and gentlemen.

  • 4 September 1871
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester

  • 9 September 1871
  • Gala + Band Contest - Morley

  • 1872

    24 June 1872
  • Gala + Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
    The fourteenth annual brass band contest was held at this thriving and populous town, situated almost in the centre of the Cleveland mining district. The contest on Monday was more successful than any of the series, about 3,000 people being admitted to the picturesque grounds. Five bands entered for competition, three (Meltham, Guiseley, and Elland Upper Edge), being from the West Riding, while the other two were from Gateshead and Whitby. The judges awarded the prizes as follows: 1st prize, £20, Meltham Mills Band; 2nd, £10, Elland Band; 3rd, £5, Guiseley Band; 4th, £3, Gateshead Band.

  • 29 June 1872
  • Concert - Staincliffe
    The annual exhibition of plants, flowers, fruit, and vegetables by the Staincliffe Horticultural and Floral Society took place in the field of the Britannia cricket club. A band contest, had been announced, and several hands had entered, but as they had not a complied with the conditions the contest was abandoned. The Dewsbury Old Band and the Batley Rifle Volunteer Band attended and played some choice selections of music.

  • 13 July 1872
  • Band Contest - Howley Ruins, Batley

  • 27 July 1872
  • Band Contest - Meltham
    A brass band contest of an excellent description, and the judges of which were Mr. H. T. Farmer, of Nottingham, professor of music, and Mr. Hughes, of the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden, came off at Meltham in connection with the brass band which hails from that place. Five money prizes were offered. namely, 1st £26; 2nd, £18; 3rd, £10; 4th, £5; and 5th, £3. Nine hands competed, and were each to have played two selections, but at the conclusion of the first round of playing the following bands were selected to play off for the prizes: Netherthong, bandmaster Mr. W. Battye; Saddleworth Rifle Band, conductor Mr. T. Jones; Linthwaite Band, bandmaster Mr. E. Swift; Holme Mills, conductor Mr. J. Sykes; and Leeds Model Band, conductor Mr. R. Smith. At the conclusion of the playing the various bands joined in playing the National Anthem. The judge gave the following decision as to the playing: 1st prize, Nelson; 2nd prize, Saltaire: 3rd prize, Leeds Model; 4th prize, Linthwaite; 5th prize, Holme Mills. A large number of people had assembled to listen to the music performed by the various bands, and when the contest had concluded they soon left the field in which it had taken place in order to take train to Huddersfield and other places. A man, whose name did not transpire, but who lives at Blackmoorfoot, was, about eight o'clock, whilst the contest was proceeding, wrestling with another man, when he fell and got his leg broken. He was taken out of the field and had his injury attended to.

  • 12 August 1872
  • Band Contest - West Hartlepool
    The Leeds Model Band gained the first prize of £22 10s, and a bombardon, value £18 18s, at the West Hartlepool band contest yesterday.
  • 1873

    3 June 1873
  • Gala + Band Contest - Greenbank, Darlington
    At Greenbank there was a gala and band contest under the auspices of the Free Gardeners. The site of the contest was a small field some distance from the house, audit was soon full to overflowing - in fact so crowded was it that there was no room for aught but the bands to play. Only five of the six bands entered turned up - the Whitworth, the Hartlepool Volunteers', the Leeds Model, the Saltaire, and the Felling Brass Band. Mr. Jones, of York, acted as Judge. After playing once, the Judge required the three last named bands to play over; and when they had done so, to the astonishment of all he made the following award: Hartlepool first, Leeds Model second, and Saltaire third. During the afternoon there was little pleasure, owing to the crowded state of the field, the only amusement being that on the part of some rough boys and girls, who pelted each other with balls made of the long grass, and who broke up the only attempts made at kiss-in-the-ring or turzey. In the evening, however, the Albert Hill Brass Band played some good music, but the state of the ground precluded dancing.

  • 23 June 1873
  • Band Contest - Middlesborough
    There was a very large attendance, in Greathead's field, opposite Middlesbrough Park, to witness the brass band contest, for prizes of £20, £12, and £8, and a solo cornet contest for ten guineas. The Dewsbury Old Band took first prize; Leeds Model Band, second; Saltaire Band, third. The West Hartlepool Band came fourth. Mr. J. Paley, leader of Saltaire Band, took the cornet prize; Mr. Milburn, Oxford Music Hall, Middlesbrough, a silver cup. In a euphonium contest, for a two guinea china set, Mr. B. Goodall, Leeds Model Band, came first.

  • 23 June 1873
  • Band Contest - Porthill Park, Burslem
    A contest of brass bands took place Porthill Park. Eight bands competed, and the prizes were won by the following: Kingston (near Manchester), first; Stalybridge Old Band, second; Compstall Bridge, third; 1st Staffordshire Artillery, fourth.

  • 24 June 1873
  • Gala + Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
    The annual gala and band contest were held at Lofthouse when between 2,000 and 3,000 people were present. The prizes were awarded as under: First prize, £20, Leeds Model Band; second, £12, Dewsbury Old Band; third, £7, Saltaire Band. Four bands competed. A silver cup was also presrented to Mr. Butterfield, the leader of the Leeds Band, that being the bandmaster's prize. Mr. T. Smith and Mr. J. H. Fender were the judges.

  • 21 July 1873
  • Rural Sports and Band Contest - Westbourne House, Stockton-on-Tees
    The first meeting of brass bands to contest for prizes at Stockton, came off in a field adjoining Westbourne House, on the Sedgefield road. The meeting was under the patronage of the Stockton Licensed Victuallers' Association, and was an immense success in a pecuniary sense. The weather was extraordinarily hot, and the rush to the only refreshment tent on the ground was continuous throughout the entire afternoon. In addition to the attraction offered by the brass bands, the promoters of the gala, for such it really was, arranged for an exhibition of canaries, mules, and linnets, and in a rather small tent at the entrance to the contest ground a very good show of the above-named class of birds might be seen. The many thousands of persons who visited the place also were enabled to find other amusements than listening to the band, eating buns, and drinking liquors, for around the field were to be found shooting galleries, Aunt Sallies, archery, fruit stalls, and ice cream stands, and each of the several stall keepers seemed to have a good day's work of it.
    The entries were as follows: The Felling Chemical Works Band (24 performers) leader, Mr. John Clemetson, conductor, Mr. T. Woods; the Durham Artillery Volunteer Band, West Hartlepool (22 performers) leader Mr. William Hogg, conductor, Mr. Thomas Hogg; Rothwell (near Leeds) Band (14 performers) leader, Mark Fowler; 1st Durham Rifle Volunteer Band, Stockton (18 performers) leader, Mr. B. Broadbent; Elland Victoria Band (22 performers) conductor, Mr. John Crossley; Stockton Malleable and Rail Mill Band (18 performers) conductor, Mr. John Cass. After the bands had each played a selection, a competition was entered into by cornet playing artistes, the prize, a handsome cornet, value £10 10s, to be awarded to the best solo cornet player. For this contest there were no less than nine entered, namely, Messrs. E. Harrison, West Hartlepool; W. Hogg, West Hartlepool; Monk, of Elland Victoria Band; M. Bearer, J. Smith, Felling Chemical Works; B. Broadbent, R.V. Band, Stockton; T. Hogg, West Hartlepool; H. Milburn, Middlesbrough; and T. Lester, Middlesbrough. Then followed a prize of £2 2s, for a solo euphonium contest; and to this the entries were Messrs. T. Henderson, W. H. Smith, W. Hewitt (Stockton), G. Duxbury (Darwin Temperance Band), and G. Wiseman (West Hartlepool), Mr. W. H. Stephenson, late musical director, Royal Agricultural Hall, and Astley's Royal Amphitheatre, London, and Mr. T. Taylor, organist, of Middlesbrough, were the judges in the musical department, and their decisions appeared to give general satisfaction. After the brass bands had played a selection, two of the number, namely, the Rothwell Band and the Stockton Rifle Band, were struck out of the list, and the remaining four contested for the prizes, valued respectively £20, £12, £8, and £4 The following is the prize list:
    BRASS BAND CONTEST: lst (£20), Durham Volunteer Artillery Band, West Hartlepool; 2nd (£12), Felling Chemical Works Band; 3rd (£8), Elland Victoria Band; 4th (£4), Stockton Malleable and Rail Mill Band.
    CORNET SOLO CONTEST: Mr. John Crossley, conductor of the Elland Victoria Band. The judges highly commended the playing of Mr. Milburn, of Middlesbrough.
    EUPHONIUM SOLO CONTEST: Mr. Geo. Wiseman, West Hartlepool. In the evening there was an al fresco ball. The judges were unable to give their decisions until a rather late hour, in consequence of the lengthy programme.

  • 28 July 1873
  • Band Contest - Marske-by-the-Sea
    The seventh annual brass band contest took place at Marske when the weather was fine, and a large number of persons assembled in the field to hear the playing of the various bands named on the, programme. The contest took place in the same field as on previous occasions, and the lanes leading to it were pretty well thronged during the whole of the afternoon. The prizes offered for the band contest were: 1st, £20; 2nd, £14; 3rd, £8; which secured an entry of six brass bands, several of which have taken part in most of the contests that have taken place in the district. But of that number only three bands appeared to contest the prizes. A letter was received no later than yesterday morning, stating that in consequence of the illness of three or four of the members of the Leeds Model Band that band would not be present. A telegram was received stating that the Felling Chemical Works Band could not attend because of an accident - the falling of a chimney, we believe, and a telegram was also received from the Whitworth Colliery Band, stating that they could not be present owing to an accident in the colliery. But the disappointments did not end here. The judge appointed was Mr. J. T. Jones, bandmaster of the 5th Dragoon Guards, Dundalk, Ireland, but he was prevented by sickness from being present. He, however, on Sunday telegraphed to Mr. Brophy, bandmaster of the 101st Regiment, Salford, who attended as his deputy, and discharged the duties of judge in a manner that gave every satisfaction. The three contesting bands were as follows: Bramley Brass Band, 20 performers, leader, Mr. M. Hesling; conductor, Mr. J. Whiteley; grand selection, "Maria Padilla" (Donizetti); grand selection, "Faust" (Gounod). 4th Durham Artillery Band, West Hartlepool, 22 performers - leader, Mr. William Hogg; conductor, Mr. T. Hogg; grand selection, "Reminiscences of Mozart"; grand selection, "I Capuletti" (Bellini). Linthwaite Brass Band, 22 performers, conductor, Mr. E. Swift; grand selection, "Meyerbeer"; grand selection, "Tannhauser" (Wagner). In addition to the band contest, there was offered for competition an extra prize for the best solo on the cornet, a very pretty little cornet, made by F. Beeson and Co., of London, and worth £11 11s. After the bands had played over the first pieces, the cornet solo competition took place, ten names having been entered. Of those, seven put in an appearance, and played in the following order: 1. H. Milburn, jun., Middlesbrough; solo, "Air Varie." 2. N. Sidney, Hartlepool; solo, "Air Varie." 3. T. Hogg, Hartlepool; solo," Air Varie." 4. Mr. C. Auty, Linthwaite; solo, " Air Varie." 5 Mr. E. Booth, South Bank; solo,
    " How Vain to tell." 6. C. Carling, Middlesbrough; solo, " Air Variations," 7. T. Lester, Middlesbrough; solo, " Air Varie." The playing of the band was very good. Bramley rendered "Faust" very nicely, and was thought to stand a good chance. The general impression was that the first and second prizes lay between Bramley and Linthwaite. The Linthwaite possesses a first-class euphonium player, and the Bramley a very good baritone. At the close of the competition, which terminated about five o'clock, Mr. Brophy ascended the stand, and delivered his decision. He gave the first prize to Linthwaite brass band, the second prize to the Bramley brass band, and the third prize to West Hartlepool band. In doing so, he stated that but for the variations of time in which the Bramley band played the first piece they might have obtained the first prize. He then said he would venture to say a word or two to the cornet players. He was afraid they attempted too much execution, and in doing so they either performed passages very badly or left out notes altogether. He thought it would be much better for them if they would take some simple melody, and by the feeling manner in which they played it prove their skill and artistic taste. He then awarded the prize to No. 3, Mr. T. Hogg, of. West Hartlepool, who, in response to numerous calls, gave a solo on the new instrument.

  • 28 July 1873
  • Band Contest - Morley
    A brass band contest was held at Morley in the Nelson Cricket field and was concluded by a gala and athletic sports. The prizes for the contest were awarded as follows: 1. Linthwaite Band, £20; 2. Meltham Mills, £12; 3, Dewsbury Old Band, £7; 4, Berry Brow, £4; 5. Birstal Band, £2. These were all the bands that had been entered for the contest. For the cornet solo there were four entries, and two prizes, viz:
    1, C. Auty, Linthwaite, £2; 2, Jas. Pickard, Dewsbury, 10s. There was also a trombone contest, for which there were five entries. The prizes were: 1, W. Lee, Dewsbury £2; 2, Geo. Sykes, Dewsbury, 10s. The judge was M. Jas. Hartman, of the 12th Lancers. The weather was fine, and the entertainment and sports were well attended.

  • 2 August 1873
  • Band Contest - Howley Ruins, Batley
    The annual brass baud contest at Howley Ruins, near Batley. proved a great success. Ten bands had entered, but only five setes of competitors put in an appearance. A very large number of persons procured tickets of admission to the grounds. The result as declared by the judge, Mr. Smith, of Hull, was as follows:
    Meltham Mills Band, first prize, £20; Leeds Model, second £12; Dewsbury Old Band, third, £8, Dewsbury A1, fourth, £5; and West Vale Works Band, Greetland, fifth, £3. The next on the programme was a solo cornet contest, in which the competitors were Messrs. A. R. Monk, West Vale Works Band; James Pickard, Dewsbury Old Band; and John Sykes, Dewsbury A1 Band. The prize, one of Besson's first class cornets, value ten guineas, was awarded to Mr. Monk. Sports and pastimes took place on the hills during the afternoon, and at the close of the contest a gala was held, and a selection of dance music was played by the Batley brass band.

  • 9 August 1873
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Drighlington

  • 9 August 1873
  • Dog Show + Band Contest - Wakefield
    The ninth annual exhibition was held in Mr. Sweeting's large field in the Inge. The society issued an attractive programme. They offered no less than £300 in prizes, consisting of sums of money varying in amount from £10 to 5s. They were given for horses, ponies, cattle, pigs and dogs. There was also a brass band contest. Four prizes were offered, amounting together to £37, and they were contested for by the following five Yorkshire bands: Buttershaw Mills, Elland Upper Edge, Brighouse, Dewsbury A 1, and Morley. The first prize was £20, which was won by the Dewsbury band; the second £10, Buttershaw Mills; the third £6, Morley; and the fourth £2, Elland. Each band played two selections.

  • 9 August 1873
  • Band Contest - Meltham
    1st Linthwaite, 2nd Bury Borough, 3rd Nelson, 4th Holme

  • 11 August 1873
  • Band Contest - West Hartlepool

  • 23 August 1873
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Shotley Bridge

  • 30 August 1873
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Tow Law
    The annual exhibition of the Tow Law Floral and Horticultural Society was held on Saturday, in a field pleasantly situated on the slope of the hill overlooking the ironworks, and commanding an extensive view of the valley of the Wear, with its rich and varied scenery.
    The handsome sum of £20 for a grand band contest brought together four bands, which each played two selections, the judge ultimately awarding the first prize of £8 to the Reeth band, conducted by Mr. Hunter, and led by Mr. J. Alderson, which played in an admirable manner a fantasia, "Croix D'Honneur" by M. Belger, and the Hallelujah Chorus. The second prize, £6, Wooley band, conductor, G. Richardson, leader, C. Dunn, which performed selections from Verdi's "Macbeth" and Wallace's composition from "Maritana"; 3rd, £3, Shildon Saxhorn Band, conductor, F. Dinsdale, selections from Mozart's Twelfth Mass, and Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia"; 4th prize, £2, Crook band, conducted by Mr. W. Campbell, and led by W. Curry, whose selection was a fantasia from Reinholdt's "Military Evening Camp" and Metcalf's "Queen's Minstrels". The Tow Law band, under the conductorship of Mr. J. M'Intosh, and led by Mr. Wm. Campbell, played a grand selection of music on the ground, but was excluded from the competition, having previously won above the stipulated sum of money.

  • 1 September 1873
  • Band Contest - Strawberry Grounds, Newbarns, Barrow-in-Furness

  • 15 September 1873
  • Band Contest - Agricultural Showground, Whitehaven

  • 19/20 December 1873
  • Band Contest - St George's Hall, Bradford
    Ten bands competerd, viz: Stanningley, Princess of Wales's Own Hussars (Bramley), Nelson (Lancashire), Black Dyke Mills, Saltaire, Bowling Old Original, Linthwaite, Buttershaw Mills, 41st West York Rifle Volunteers (Mirfield), and Elland Victoria. The judges were Herr Hartman and Mr. F. Godfrey. They awarded the prizes as follows: 1, Linthwaite, £30; 2, Saltaire, £30; 3, Nelson, £13: 4, Bowling, £8; 5, Black Dyke, £5. In a competition for cornet solos, the first prize, a cornet valued 15 guineas, was awarded to Joseph Paley, Saltaire; and the second, £3, to C. Auty, Linthwaite; the other competitors being Henry Jackson, Buttershaw,and James Rooney, Bury. David Sloane, Bradford, took the first in the contest for buglers, a field bugle, value 10 guineas; and Joseph Dearnaly, Mirfield, received the second prize of £2, these men being the only competitors. The attendance on both evenings was not large, and the contest has not proved a pecuniary success for the hall people (the promoters).
  • 1874

    22 June 1874
  • Band Contest - Albert Grounds, Middlesborough
    The annual brass band contest in connection with Milburn's Brass Band, Middlesbrough, took place in the Albert grounds, opposite the park. The weather about noon was rather dull, the former part of the day had been bright, so that the passing clouds did not, at all reduce the number of visitors to the grounds. An excursion train was run from Leeds to Middlesbrough and Saltburn, which brought a large number of strangers into the town. Many of these visited the park during the day, and enjoyed the grounds, which are at present prettier than at any other season of the year. There were seven brass bands entered to compete for the various prizes, which were as follows: First prize £20, second, £12, third, £8, fourth, £5. Only five bands, however, came up to the "scratch", the Linthwaite brass band and the Dewsbury brass band being absent. The first prize was awarded to the Black Dike Mills Band; second to the Saltaire Band; third to Whitworth Band; and the fourth to West Hartlepool. After the bands had played the first pieces, the solo cornet contest took place for a desideratum cornet, value £10 10s, and made by Messrs Beeson and Co., the celebrated instrument makers. Eight competitors were entered, two of whom did not put in an appearance. The playing of Mr Sydney of West Hartlepool and Mr Milburn of Middlesbrough, was so equal, that the judges desired them to play over again. Their second performances were quite superior to their first, and the judges ultimately awarded the prize to Mr Milburn. There was also a silver cup, (given by Mr W. G. Collingwood) to be competed for by the euphonium players who had played in the band contest. Three competitors contested this, and Mr S. Ackroyd, of the Saltaire Band proved successful. The other two were Mr T. Henderson, Felling Band, and G. P. Wiseman, Whitworth Band. The judges were: Mr W. J. Jones, bandmaster of Her Majesty's Regimental Band of the 9th Lancers, and Mr H. J. Taylor, organist of St. Hilda's Church, Middlesbrough. A refreshment tent was erected near to the entrance gate, and was pretty well patronised by the thousands who were on the ground. The contest, as a whole, passed off most successfully, and which credit is due to Mr Walker, the secretary, and to the Committee for the carrying out of the arrangements.

  • 24 June 1874
  • Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
    This annual contest, which is now looked forward too in Cleveland with considerable interest, was held in a field belonging to Mr Robert Hudson, South Town, near Lofthouse. The present is the sixteenth annual contest, and notwithstanding it had some adverse circumstances to contend with, the recent strike and a severe thunderstorm in the district yesterday both operating against it, it met with an amount of success which does not compare unfavourably with previous years. There were six entries, viz., the Black Dyke Mills Band, conducted by Mr Samuel Longbottom; the Dewsbury Old Brass Band, conductor Mr Hartman; the Flockton Brass Band, conductor Mr John Brook; the Guisbrough First N.Y.V.A. Band; the Linthwaite Brass Band, conducted by Mr Edwin Swift; and the Wyke Temperance Band, conducted by Mr Brook. The music consisted chiefly of operatic selections, and the prizes, which amounted to £20, were eventually awarded as follows: Black Dyke Mills Band, first; Wyke Temperance second; and Flockton Brass Band, third. The winning band, it may be remembered, won the first prize at the brass band contest at Middlesbrough, on Monday, and has also been successful in various parts of the country. The judges were Messrs Jones and Fender, and their decision gave general satisfaction.

  • 10 July 1874
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Darlington

  • 20 July 1874
  • Band Contest - Marske-by-the-Sea

  • 20 July 1874
  • Band Contest - Stockton-on-Tees
    The annual band contest, under the auspices of the Stockton Excelsior Gala Company, was held in the Cricket Field, Oxbridge Lane. The attendance was excellent. Seven bands entered for the contest, out of which number only three put in an appearance; viz: Stockton Malleable Brass Band, of 20 performers, conducted by Mr John Cass; Fourth Durham (West Hartlepool) Artillery, 22 performers, conductor, Mr T. Hogg; and the Whitworth Brass Band, 20 performers, conductor, Mr T. Woods. The bands each played twice, and the judge awarded the prizes as follows: Fourth Durham, 1st £25; Whitworth, 2nd, £20; and Stockton, 3rd, £15. A silver cornet offered for the best cornet solo was awarded to Mr Sidney, out of seven competitors. Mr Kaine was a good second. C. Cousins, bandmaster, 2nd Queen's Bays, Leeds, the judge, said all the bands were so good that he had considerable difficulty in deciding between them, especially between the Fourth Durham and the Whitworth Bands. The playing of the Stockton Band was good, and would be better by and bye.

  • 8 August 1874
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Stanhope

  • 8 August 1874
  • Band Contest - Howley Ruins, Batley
    The annual brass band contest was held on the grounds near the ruins of Howley Hall, and was well attended. Out of ten bands that had entered seven put in an appearance. The committee had secured the services of one of the best composers of the day to write a piece of music expressly for the occasion. The name of the piece was "Gemma de Vergi", which each band played first. The second piece was of their selection. Mr. Richard Smith, of Hull, publisher of the "Champion Brass Band Journal", was the judge, and he had a most difficult task, owing to the boisterous state of the weather. He gave the prizes as follows: First prize £20, Meltham Mills band; 2nd prize £15, Buttershaw Mills band; 3rd prize £10, Dewsbury Old Band; 4th prize Wike Old Band; and 5th prize £2, Wyke Temperance Band. The other hands which competed were Holme Bridge and Golcar bands. In addition to the above prizes, the judge gave an extra prize consisting of a splendid gold-mounted ivory baton, manufactured by Messrs. Besson and Co., to Mr. Gladney, conductor of the Meltham Mills band, for having conducted the various movements in both selections nearest to the time intended by the authors.

  • 14 September 1874
  • Gala + Band Contest - West Hartlepool
    The third annual band contest in West Hartlepool was appropriately supplemented by a cornet solo contest and a series of athletic sports. The fete was held in Messrs Wade and Sons' field in Clarence road, kindly lent by Mr J. P. Fea, manager, and suitable both as to situation and to the requirements of the Committee. That which should have proved the chief event - the band contest - scarcely maintained that position. Four prizes amounting in all to £53, were offered; yet three bands only put in an appearance, inclusive of the town band. A fourth band was prevented, we are informed, by the sudden indisposition of its leader. Hence, when the competing bands had performed their selections, public interest centred in the cornet solo contest, which really proved the next chief attraction. For this there were seven competitors. The bands played in the following order: Felling (18 performers), Mr T. Woods, of Newcastle, conductor ; Mr John Clemitson, leader, 1. Reminiscences of Donizetti, 2, Selection from Macbeth (Verdi). West Hartlepool (21 performers), Mr T. Hogg, conductor ; Mr Wm. Hogg, leader, 1, Reminiscences of Mozart; 2, Il Capuletti (Berlion). Whitworth (20 performers), Mr T. Woods, of Newcastle, conductor; Mr J. Raine, leader, 1, Reminiscences of Verdi; 2, Reminiscences of Donizetti. The best critique of the several performances is to be found in the remarks of the judge, Mr Richard Smith, of Hull, conductor of the band of the 1st East York Rifle Volunteers, and publisher of the Champion Brass Band Journal. Speaking of the contest as a whole, Felling and West Hartlepool had competed so closely that it was only after summing up very carefully that he was able to allocate them. He was indeed surprised to find such good bands in the north, and equally surprised that they never came against the famous bands of Yorkshire and Lancashire.
    The judge awarded the first prize (£25) to Felling; the second (£15) to West Hartlepool; and the third (£8) to Whitworth. The competitors for the cornet solo contest, which was open to all, and the prize for which consisted of an eleven guinea silver-plated cornet (one of Besson's), appeared in the following order, and played the selections on which their names are coupled: 1. A selection from "Norma," by Mr Jonathan Burnett, of West Hartlepool; 2, Hartmann's "Alexis," by Mr Herbert Milburn, of Middlesbrough, the solo cornet at the Oxford Music Hall in that town; 3, Weber's "Last Waltz," by Mr T. Hogg. of West Hartlepool; 4, "Lodging on the cold, cold ground," by Mr Daniel Ramsey, of West Hartlepool; 5. Weber's "Last Waltz." by Mr J. Raine, of Spennymoor, who, by the way, omitted an important part of the selection; 6, Weber's "Last Waltz,' by Mr Newcombe Sydney, of West Hartlepool ; and 7, "Lodging on the cold, cold ground," by Mr Wm. Hogg, of West Hartlepool - each air being accompanied with variations more or less florid.
    The judge awarded the prize in this contest to Mr Thomas Hogg, conductor of the 4th Durham Artillery Volunteer Band, and assigned Mr Sydney and Mr Ramsey to the second and third places.
    Of Mr Hogg's playing the judge said that his style and quality of tone were very rich, the former being of a high order, and his phrasing being very correct, which carries no mean compliment. He also expressed himself as particularly pleased with his articulation, and his performances throughout he described as being of a first-class character.

  • 21 September 1874
  • Band Contest - Codnor
    The village of Codnor - famed chiefly for colliers and smoke, and a glaringly painted picture of Lord Byron, which adorns the principal alehouse in the place - was en fete. There was a brass band contest in the village, and an event of so alarming and extraordinary a character naturally operated very forcibly on the mining mind, and threw it into a state of agitation and unrest. The contest took place in a field some few minutes' walk from the village proper, and as the weather, in the early part of the day, was fine and promising, there was a pretty large attendance of spectators, the colliers mustering in strong force. In the afternoon black, ominous-looking clouds gathered overhead, and at length the rain came down in earnest, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The ground was cleared in a "brace of shakes", and it was some time before the contest could be resumed. Eight bands competed, and the prize money, amounting to £26, was divided into four prizes; the first £11, the second £7, the third £5, and the fourth £3 The competing bands were from Ruddington, Heanor, Chesterfield, Codnor, Normanton, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Hathern, and Clay Cross, and they occupied the platform successively in the above order. It was arranged that each band should play two pieces - "Gloria" in Mozart's 12th Mass first; the second piece whatever ever each band thought well. The "Gloria" was played very creditably by most of the bands, and each was separately applauded, the Sutton-in-Ashfield band being the general favourite. After going through the first piece there was an interval of about half an hour, and then the contest was renewed. The Sutton band again fell in for a large share of applause, after playing a lengthy selection - "Il Flauto Magico" with much taste and skill. The Codnor band was likewise much cheered after finishing a long and somewhat tedious selection, but this band was not fortunate enough to secure a "place". At the conclusion of the contest, shortly before seven o'clock, Mr. King of Derby, one of the judges, ascended the platform and read out the following decision: 1st prize (£11) Sutton-in-Ashfield; 2nd (£7), Heanor; 3rd (£5), Clay Cross; 4th (£3), Chesterfield. The other judge was Mr. McCarthy, also of Derby, and the awards seemed to give general satisfaction.

  • 10 November 1874
  • Band Contest - Market Hall, Tunstall
    A brass band contest, got up under the auspices of the Kidsgrove Excelsior Band, was held in the Market Hall, Tunstall, in the presence of something like 2,000 persons. Five bands competed, and the prizes were awarded as follows: Etruria Artillery Band, first, £10; Longton Borough Band, second, £6; Audley Band, third, £4; Mr. O. Gaggs, of Manchester, was the judge.
  • 1875

    17 May 1875
  • Gala + Band Contest - Woodside, Darlington
    A gala and band contest was got up in connection with the Druids under the Witton Park equalised district. The gala was held at Woodside, which had been kindly lent by Mrs Gurney Pease. There were between 3,000 and 4,000 persons present who paid the admission fee. The chief attraction was the band contest. Eight bands competed, including Evenwood Model Band, Low Spennymoor, White Lea Colliery, Sunnybrow Band, 15th Durham (Darlington) Volunteers, Skelton-in-Cleveland Band, Londonderry Workshops Band, and Northallerton Temperance Brass Band. Two selections were played by each band, and the judge, .Mr C. Palmer, of South Shields, awarded the 1st prize of £12 to Sunnybrow; 2nd prize, £5, Northallerton Temperance; 3rd prize, £3, Evenwood Model Band. There was, as usual, some discontent on the part of losing bands with the judge's decision.

  • 17 May 1875
  • Band Contest - Spennymoor

  • 21 June 1875
  • Band Contest - Albert Grounds, Middlesborough
    The fourth annual band contest got up by the members of Milburn's Model Brass Band, was held in the Albert Park Recreation Ground, Middlesbrough, and proved more successful than any of its predecessors. The prizes offered were - first, £30; second, £15; third, £10; fourth, £5; and these prizes secured seven entries. Most of the bands were known, from having attended the previous contests. In addition to the above, a cornet, value £10 10s, made by Besson and Co., was offered for the best cornet player, and for this there was also seven competitors. All the bands, with the exception of the Wyke Temperance Brass Band, attended to contest the prizes, mustered in the Market-place, and played thence to the field. The weather during the early part of the afternoon was somewhat threatening, two or three very slight showers fell but towards evening the sky cleared, and large numbers entered the grounds to hear the cornet solos and to enjoy a dance afterwards. Indeed, the attendance throughout was better than the committee anticipated. The performers mounted a stand erected nearly in the centre of the field and in close proximity to it was the tent in which were seated the judges - Mr F. Heidleman, bandmaster of H.M. Regimental Band of 1st Royal Dragoons; and Mr H. D. Taylor, professor of music, Middlesbrough. On the other side was a large marquee, devoted to the supplying of refreshments strictly on the temperance principle. At the far end of the field, targets were erected for the practice of archery; and, during the afternoon, an accident occurred, a woman being struck with an arrow from the bow of not only an unskilful but also a cowardly archer, for as soon as he learned what he had done he ran out of the field, and was not seen after. The arrow struck the woman in a slanting direction, and, after it had entered the cheek, it glanced downwards, and want out near to the right side of the chin. The woman, however, was not seriously injured. The bands performed in the order in which they are given below: 1st, Wyke Old Brass Band; performers, 23, conductor, Mr R. D. Jackson. 2nd, Felling Brass Band; performers, 22; conductor, Mr T. Woods. 3rd, West Hartlepool; 4th Durham Artillery Band; performers, 23; conductor, Mr T. Hogg. 4th, Linthwaite Brass Band; performers, 25; conductor, Mr E. Swift. 5th, Skelton United Brass Band; performers, 22; .conductor, Mr W. Richardson. 6th, Saltaire Brass Band; performers, 22; conductor, Mr J. Paley. It was after six o'clock before the bands had got through the programme, and the judges decided not to announce their decision until after the solo contest. H. Jackson, of Wyke, did not compete. The following is a list of the competitors, and the order in which they played: 1st, J. N. Sidney, West Hartlepool, air, Varie; 2nd, J. Paley, Saltaire. "Le Neigh"; 3rd, T. Hogg, West Hartlepool, air, Varie; 4th, J. Allen, Middlesbrough, De Beriott's 5th air; 5th, J. Moffatt, Penrith, Air, Varie; 6th, H. Whitham, Wyke, air, Varie. About half-past seven o'clock, Mr Heidleman gave the decision of the judges, and awarded the first prize for the bands to Linthwaite, £30; the second to Saltaire, £15; the third to Felling, £10; and the fourth to Wyke (Old), £5. The cornet solo was won by Mr Paley, of Saltaire. The decision of the judges gave great satisfaction, the Linthwaite band being the favourites after their first peformance.

  • 24 June 1875
  • Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
    The seventeenth annual brass band contests at Loftus-in-Cleveland was held in a pleasantly situated field to the east of that place, and was attended with a greater amount of success than on any previous occasion, the weather being beautifully fine and the attendance large, and the programme of an interesting and popular character. No fewer than 4,000 persons were computed to be present, and the success of the gathering in this respect may he fairly attributed to the opening of the Saltburn and Loftus Railway this year, and the accommodation which was afforded on the occasion by the railway authorities. Hitherto, bands and visitors from a distance had to travel by road - a hilly and somewhat difficult one - from Saltburn, but this is now obviated by the new branch of the North-Eastern Railway, and a more delightful and picturesque ride it is difficult to find. The prizes offered, yesterday, amounted to about £50, £20 and a silver cup to the bandmaster being offered for the first, £12 for the second, £7 for the third, and £5 for the fourth. Six bands entered, viz., the Black Dyke, Felling Chemical Works, Mirfield, Northallerton Temperance, Skelton, and Wyke bands; but the Black Dyke and Wyke bands failed to put in an appearance. The other bands competing were: Felling Chemical Works Band (24 performers) Conductor, Mr T. Woods, leader, Mr Clemitson. Mirfield Brass Band (24 performers) Conductor, Mr John Brook. Northallerton Temperance Brass Band (15 performers) Leader, Mr Jenkinson. Skelton Brass Band (20 performers) Leader, Mr William Richardson. At the close of the competition the awards were as follows: Felling, first; Mirfield, second; Northallerton, third; and Skelton. The pieces by the first three bands were admirably rendered. The Skelton band is comparatively new, and not much was expected from it. There was afterwards a competition between four or five of the selected men from the competing bands, but the decision had not been made on our parcel being despatched. The arrangements, which were under the management of Mr W. Walker and a committee, were in every respect complete, and the romantic and beautiful situation of the ground fronting the ruins of the once noble fortress of Kilton was in itself no ordinary treat. Messrs J. A. Fender, of York, and John Wood officiated as judges.

  • 5 July 1875
  • Band Contest - West Hartlepool
    Decidedly, the most attractive and the most successful brass band contest ever held in West Hartlepool came off in the old cricket field. Mr Thomas Hogg, the talented conductor of the Durham Artillery
    Volunteers, was the principal promoter, and the character of the arrangements made testified to his great judgement. The locale was adjacent to the town and, besides being easily accessible; was as far removed as possible from the distracting noises so common to railway-encircled towns. It was also magnificent holiday weather; most of the places of business were closed, and thousands visited the field where the contest was held, the grand stand being filled by a highly respectable company. The prizes, four in number, amounted to £52.
    There were originally ten entries. Eight of the bands so entered put in an appearance, those eight being among the very best in the north, and Mr Hogg deserves the highest credit for collecting so many good bands. In the unavoidable absence of Mr. Smith, of Hull, Mr Broady, of Manchester, assisted by Mr J. C. Shepherd jun.,of West Hartlepool, officiated as judges. The following bands competed: Coxhoe Temperance Brass Band, Wyke Temperance Brass Band, Middlesbrough Brass Band, Whitworth Brass Band; Felling Brass Band, Saltaire Brass Band, Wyke Old Brass Band;;Northallerton Temperance Bras Band. The awards fell as follow: 1st prize, £25, Saltaire; 2nd prize, £14, Felling; 3rd prize, £8, Whitworth; and 4th prize £5, Wyke Temperance Brass Band. This decision, apparently, afforded unqualified.satisfaction. An extra prize was offered, for the. best solo on the cornet, consisting of a splendid desideratum cornet, value ten guineas; from the eminent firm of Besson and Co., instrument makers, Euston Road, London. The cornet solo competitors played in the following order: J. Hunter, Richmond; T. Jenkinson, Northallerton; J. Raine, Spennymoor; J. Allen, Middlesbrough; J. Paley, Saltaire; H. Jackson, Wyke Temperance. Jackson and Paley tied; and, after playing over again, the judge awarded the prize to Jackson.

  • 7 July 1875
  • Band Contest - Alexandra Palace
    A contest of brass bands belonging to several of the metropolitan schools namely Bethal-green, Forest-gate, St. Marylebone, St. Pancras, and together with the Goliath training ship - was decided at the Alexandra palace. The prizes were won by the following and in the order named: Strand Union, St. Marylebone, and the Goliath. In addition to the purses of £25, £10, and £5, an extra prize was offered by Mr. S. Chappell to the band containing the best performers of the parts arranged for the B flat cornets, and this prize was awarded to the St. Marylebone school. The prizes were presented by Lady Lee.

  • 10 July 1875
  • Gala + Band Contest - Tudhoe Colliery
    A band contest and sports was held in the Quarry Field, which commands a view of the whole surrounding district. The attendance was not large. Nine bands contested, the test being quick steps, of their own choice. Mr Hogg, of Hartlepool, acted as judge, and his decision met with the approval of all. The first prize, £8, was awarded to Sunnybrow Band; 2nd, £4, Heworth; and 3rd, £2, to Tudhoe Grange Colliery. Dancing and other amusements were kept up till darkness set in. The proceeds are to be devoted to the funds of the Tudhoe Colliery Brass Band.

  • 19 July 1875
  • Band Contest - Stockton-on-Tees
    The third annual band contest under the auspices of the Excelsior Gala Company took place on the ground of the company in Oxbridge Lane when there were six bands entered for the various prizes, amounting in the aggregate to £65 divided into four prizes as follows: First £27, second, £20, third, £12, fourth, £6. During the early part of the day rain fell continuously and for some time was accompanied by thunder and lightning. As the day advanced however the storm moderated and in the course of the forenoon the sun shone and the weather was all that could be desired for outdoor amusements. At one o'clock the bands mustered near the parish church and marched to the field. The attendance of the public was good, considering the dismal aspect of the morning. During the day the Stockton, Workhouse Drum and Fife Band played on the ground. Mr Edwin Swift of Huddersfield officiated as judge. The bands competing were: Staleybridge Old Band, 23 performers, conductor Mr Sourbutts; Saltaire Brass Band, 22 performers, conductor Mr J. Paley; 4th Durham (West Hartlepool) Artillery Band, 22 performers, conductor Mr T. Hogg; Felling Chemical Works Brass Band, 22 performers, conductor Mr Woods; Whitworth Brass Band, 21 performers, conductor Mr Woods; 1st Durham (Stockton) Rifle Volunteer Band also entered, but did not compete, being retained for the open-air ball in the evening. At the conclusion of the first parts, the bands united and played the Hallelujah Chorus. After the playing of the second parts, the judge awarded the prizes as follows: Staleybridge, 1st; Saltaire, 2nd; Whitworth, 3rd; 4th Durham Artillery,4th. The following then competed for the solo cornet prize of a splendid cornet, J. Paley, Saltaire, 1st; J. Peers, Stalybridge, 2nd; J. Kirkup, Felling; John Raine, Spennymoor; T. Hogg, West Hartlepool.

  • 26 July 1875
  • Band Contest - Marske-by-the-Sea

  • 4 August 1875
  • Gala + Band Contest - Keswick
    A gala was held near the Derwentwater Lake at Keswick, in Cumberland. Captain Boyton went through his aquatic feats in his life-saving dress on the lake. A brass band contest also took place, and the first prize was awarded to the Bramley band, the 2nd and 3rd prizes being equally divided between the Workington Band and that of the Cockermouth Rifles.

  • 31 August 1875
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Stokesley
    The annual exhibition of plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, &c., of the Stokesley Floral and Horticultural Society was held in the field occupied by Mr Law, situated at the east end of the town. In connection with the show was a band contest, which proved a great attraction. The following five bands came to the scratch: Brotton Old Brass Band, conductor B. Beaver; Guisbrough Artillery Brass Band, conductor, W. Winter; Middlesbrough Model Band, conductor Thomas Woods; Normanby Brass Band, conductor Edward Booth; and Whitworth Brass Band, conductor, T. Woods. There were three prizes given, viz.: 1st, £12, 2nd £4 and 3rd, £3. The judge was Mr F. A. Fenders, of York, and his awards were as follows: 1st, Whitworth; 2nd, Middlesbrough; 3rd, divided between Normanby and Brotton Bands.

  • 4 September 1875
  • Band Contest - Arboretum, Nottingham

  • 20 September 1875
  • Band Contest - Winter Gardens, Southport
    A great amateur brass band contest took place at the Winter Gardens, Southport, the company giving £108 in prizes, while several eminent musical instrument makers presented some very valuable instruments, raising the value of the prizes to £205. Fifteen bands contested, the result being as follows: First - Meltham Mills, near Huddersfield, conductor, Mr. John Gladney, of Manchester. His band receives £50, and an electro-plated bass slide trombone, value £17 17s; a B flat desideratum cornet, value £12; and electroplated gilt B flat cornet, value £21. Second - 7th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers (Accrington), which receives £26, an electro-plated B flat cornet, value £16 16s, and a three-valve B flat baritone, value £20. Third - Saltaire, Yorkshire, which receives £15, and an electro-plated B flat side trombone, valued at £16 16s. The fourth prize of £10 was taken by a band from Nelson; and the fifth £8 by one from Linthwaite, near Huddersfield. The pavilion in which the contest took place was exceedingly crowded during the day. The judges were Mr. Frank Heidelman, bandmaster, Royal Dragoons, York; Mr. Trochert, bandmaster, Royal Marines, Plymouth, and Inspecting Bandmaster Royal Navy; and Mr. Gwyllymcrowe, bandmaster at the Winter Gardens, acted as referee.
  • 1876

    24 May 1876
  • Band Contest - Keswick
    The Leeds Model Prize Band gained the first prize of £30 at a brass band contest at Keswick. The Saltaire Band gained the second prize. There were twelve bands entered for the competition. About half-past twelve o'clock this morning the victorious Leeds band returned to town, and marched up Briggate to their headquarters playing.

  • 5 June 1876
  • Band Contest - Congleton
    Congleton Friendly Societies' Fete

  • 5 June 1876
  • Band Contest - Darlington
    The Order of Druids Annual Brass Band Contest and Gala was held in the beautiful grounds at Woodlands. The bands entered were Linthwaite, near Huddersfield; Northallerton Temperance; Whitworth, near Spennymoor; Darlington Operatic; The Malleable Ironworks, Stockton; and New Shildon Sax.Horn.

  • 6 June 1876
  • Band Contest - West Hartlepool (New Recreation Grounds, Stranton)
    Contest for bands that have never won a prize above £10

  • 21 June 1876
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Ripon

  • 24 June 1876
  • Gala + Band Contest - Cricket Field, Eccleshill

  • 26 June 1876
  • Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland

  • 1 July 1876
  • Band Contest - Saltaire
    The first annual brass band contest was held at Saltaire in the Recreation Ground, Albert road. Rain fell heavily nearly the whole forenoon, but about one o'clock the clouds broke; and although the afternoon was not exactly fine, rain held off. Eleven bands entered for competition, but only six put in an appearance, viz: Barnoldswick, Bramley, Buttershaw Mills, Trawden, Wyke Old, and Denby Dale. Each band having played once, the judge, T. Moss, of Manchester, ordered Barnoldswick, Bramley, Denby Dale, and Buttershaw, to play a second time, which they accordingly did, and ultimately the prizes were awarded as follows: 1, £18, Wyke band, who played splendidly Verdi's selection of "Stiffelio" under the conductorship of Mr. B. D. Jackson; 2, £12, Trawden (leader Mr. H. Whitaker), selection "Robert le Diable"; 3, £9, Buttershaw Mills, (conductor Mr. H. Jackson) Weber's "Der Freischutz"; 4, £6, Barnoldswick (Mr. J. Gladney, conductor); 5, £3, Denby Dale (conductor, Mr. A. Hanwell). The contest was open to bands who bad not taken a prize of £20 or upwards during 1875. The attendance of visitors was not large.

  • 10 July 1876
  • Band Contest - Albert Grounds, Middlesborough
    The sixth annual brass band contest was held at Middlesbrough, under the auspices of the Middlesbrough Model Brass Band, in the cricket field, Linthorpe road. The prizes offered were four in number, and varied from £30 to £6. The prizes were sufficient to induce 29 bands, including some of the best in the North of England, to enter the lists, but of these only four yesterday put in an appearance to contest the prizes. From an early hour in the day the cricket field presented quite a lively appearance. There were shooting galleries, "Aunt Sallies", archery, stalls of every description - in fact, something had been done to meet the taste of every person. A large number of visitors passed through the gate during the afternoon, and towards the close of the contest the field was well filled. The gentlemen appointed to officiate as judges were: Mr J. A. Fender, bandmaster 2nd W.Y.R., York; and Mr Geo. Mellor, bandmaster N.Y.R.V., Scarborough. Bands had entered from Saltaire, Dewsbury, Buttershaw Mills, Bramley, and Leeds, but none of these appeared. The following is a list of the competing bands, and the pieces performed by them: Whitworth Brass Band, 21 performers, leader Mr J. Raine, conductor Mr T. Woods, "Reminiscences of Verdi", "Marino Faliero", Donizetti. Linthwaite Brass Band, 24 performers, conductor Mr E. Swift, "William Tell", Rossini, Operatic selection, Mozart. Staleybridge Old Brass Band, 24 performers; conductor E. Swift, "Le Prophete", Meyerbeer, "Tanhauser", Wagner. Meltham Mills Brass Band, 24 performers, conductor J. Gladney,Esq., "Elijah", Mendelssohn; Operatic selection. The bands having played the pieces allotted to them, a solo cornet contest took place, the prize offered being one of Besson's desideratum cornets, value £10 10s. Ten competitors were entered, but of these only the following mounted the platform: Mr H. Peers, Staleybridge; Mr J. Raine, Whitworth Band; Mr J. Allen; Mr H. Milburn, Middlesbrough; Mr A. Owen, Meltham Mills; Mr W. A. Monk, Dewsbury Old Band. As soon as each had taken his turn the judges mounted the steps, and Mr Fender announced the decision of the judges as follows: First prize, £30, Meltham Mills Band; second prize, £18, Staleybridge Band; third prize, £10, Linthwaite Band; fourth prize, £5, Whitworth. Band. Mr Mellor said his friend Mr Fender had been at Middlesbrough before, and knew what sort of a contest to expect, but he (Mr Mellor) never heard anything like it before anywhere. That was his first visit to Middlesbrough, but he hoped it would not be his last. The bands had played in a style becoming Englishmen, and the manner in which they had played the pieces of music was a proof that they were not only spinners, men working in mines or in ironworks, but that they had a high love for the art of music, and had devoted a great deal of their time to mastering the art - indeed, they must necessarily have done so to have played as they had done there that day. He encouraged the band that was at the bottom of the list to endeavour to rise to the top, and he advised the takers of the first prize to continue to practice and maintain the position they had won. Mr Fender then announced that the judges unanimously awarded the prize cornet to No. 6 player, Mr Monk; Mr Owen was awarded the second place, and Mr J. Peers the third. The contest was not concluded until after seven o'clock.

  • 17 July 1876
  • Band Contest - Stockton-on-Tees

  • 18 July 1876
  • Band Contest - Chester-le-Street
    The Mechanics' Institute of Chester-le-Street meeting was held on the old Lambton race course. The programme of the afternoon commenced with a brass band contest. Two bands only competed, viz. Whitworth Band, which obtained the first prize of £15; and Coxhoe Band the second prize of £10. Both bands are taught by Mr T. Wood of Newcastle. The judge was Mr F. Heidleman, bandmaster of Her Majesty's Royal Dragoons, York

  • 24 July 1876
  • Band Contest - Marske-by-the-Sea
    The tenth annual brass band contest at Marske-by-the-Sea took place in a field near the village, and was in many respects a success, a flower show which was this year held for the first time in connection with it proving a great attraction. Notwithstanding the heavy rainfall overnight, the pleasantly-situated ground in which the show was held, and which had been kindly placed at the service of the committee by Mr Charles, was in capital condition, and was visited during the day by several hundred spectators. The prizes offered for the band contest were as usual on a liberal scale, £20 being offered for the first, £14 for the second, £8 for the third, and £5 for the fourth and six bands entered, viz.: Saltaire, Whitworth, Leeds Model, Mirfield, Staleybridge, and Dewsbury. Of these, only the Whitworth, Leeds Model, and Dewsbury put in an appearance, and each played with considerable ability, the selection from "Don Giovanni" being a rare treat. The first prize was eventually awarded to Dewsbury, the Leeds Model receiving the second, and Whitworth the third prize

  • 29 July 1876
  • Band Contest - Raike's Hall Gardens, Blackpool

  • 31 July 1876
  • Band Contest - West Hartlepool
    A brass band contest, organized. by Mr Thomas Hogg, the talented and enterprising conductor of the Old Operatic Band, of West Hartlepool, and formerly the band of the 4th Durham Artillery Volunteers, was held in that town, at .Mr A. B. Henderson's Recreation Grounds.Eight first-class bands had entered, but, owing to very unfavourable weather, only four put in an appearance, viz. Linthwaite, Leeds Model, Buttershaw Mills, and Whitworth. The attendance of the general public, from the same cause, was also very limited; and the venture, we are sorry to hear, will entail a loss to the promoters. At the conclusion of the contest, the Judge (Mr R. Smith, of Hull) awarded the prizes as follows: 1st, £15, Linthwaite; 2nd, £10, Buttershaw Mills; 3rd, £5, Leeds Model.

  • 2 August 1876
  • Band Contest - Brancepeth Park

  • 21 August 1876
  • Band Contest - Melbourne Gardens, Northampton
    Burton-on-Trent Rifle Band carried off the champion prize of £30 and an electro-plated B flat cornet, value £13, in competition with the Matlock Rifle Band, Northampton Rifle Band, Coventry Rifle Band, Mr. Barker's private band (Northampton), and Mr. Stoke's private band (Walsall), Mr. Dan Godfrey, of the Grenadier Guards, was the judge. The second (£15) and third (£5) awards were given to the Matlock and Northampton Rifle Bands respectively.

  • 24 August 1876
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Stokesley
    The annual exhibition of the Stokesley society was held in the usual field at the east end of the town. The weather, unfortunately, was very unfavourable, but, nevertheless, there was an average assembly of holiday people. In connection with the Show a Band Contest was also held, but which did not attain to the expectations of the committee, three bands having only entered - namely, Skelton Brass Band (conductor, W. Richardson); 1st Durham (Stockton) Rifles (conductor, A.E. Dixon); Middlesbrough Band (conductor, H. Milburn); and only two put in an appearance. The amount given, in three prizes, was upwards of £20, Mr Finder, of York, was judge, and his award was as follows: 1st, Middlesbrough Model Band; 2nd, Skelton Brass Band.

  • 14 August 1876
  • Gala + Band Contest - Normanton

  • 31 July 1876
  • Band Contest - Brotton, Cleveland
    The first of what is intended to be an annual brass band contest, at Brotton in Cleveland, was held in a field near the village. The weather, unfortunately, was wet and unfavourable, and the persistency with which the rain fell until late in the afternoon, threatened to put an end to the proceedings, but, as the elements took up between three and four o'clock, a commencement was made with the programme. The prizes were not large, £7 and a ten guinea cornet being offered to the first, £5 to the second, and £3 to the third; and five local bands entered, viz. Guisbrough Artillery Volunteers, Guisbrough Rifle Volunteers, Marske, Skelton Lower Edge, and South Bank. The playing on the whole was creditable, but the playing of Mozart's "Flauto Magico" by the Skelton was evidently the best performance of the day, and secured for this recently-formed band the principal award. South Bank was second, and Marske third. Of the Guisbrough bands the Artillery played in better time, and many thought it deserved a better position than it received. Mr T. Woods was judge.

  • 29 August 1876
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Temple Grounds, Richmond
    The first show in connection with the Richmond. Floral and Horticultural Society, was held in the beautiful grounds of the Temple, kindly granted for the occasion by Mr John Smurthwaite. The attendance was large, considering the disagreeable state of the weather, and during the day the show ground was patronised by the elite of the town and neighbourhood. The band contest for £40, which was decided during the afternoon, resulted in the success of the West Hartlepool Old Operatic Band, which was conducted by Mr J. Hogg. The pieces they performed. were "Maritana", "Worthy is the Lamb", and the "Amen Chorus". Middlesbrough Model Band was second, Reeth Volunteer Band third, and Richmond Borough Band fourth. After the contest the bands united, and played the "Hallelujah Chorus" and "God Save the Queen."

  • 12 August 1876
  • Band Contest - Stanningley
    A band contest took place at Stanningley, which in point of attendance and condition of weather was a great success. Though the chief, this was by no means the only attraction, the annual feast and several grand galas and cricket matches being announced to take place. Upwards of £45 was offered in prizes as follows: Best quickstep, quadrille, or waltz 1st prize, £7, and first-class trombone, given by Messrs Townend and Son, Bradford; 2nd prize, £6; 3rd, £3; 4th, £2 and 5th, £1. Thirteen bands entered in this contest, but only nine played. The 1st prize was awarded to the Ilkley band, 2nd Leeds Model (Ingledew's) band, 3rd Pontefract, 4th Whitwood Colliery, 5th Yeadon. In the glee contest (open to all England), 1st prize £5, 2nd £3, 3rd £1 10s, 4th £1, 5th 10s, twelve bands entered, but only eight
    played. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st Dewsbury, 2nd Black Dyke No. 1, 3rd Black Dyke No 2, 4th Wyke Temperance, 5th Whitwood Colliery. In the solo cornet contest (open to all England) prize, first-class B flat cornet, given by Messrs. F. Besson and Co., London and Paris, value £10 10s., for the best solo on the cornet - Mr. A. Monk, Dewsbury, was the successful competitor. The judges were Mr. J. Whitley, Bramley; and Mr. J. Hull, Bradford. The managers of the contest were Messrs. E. F. Wilson, Wm. Shepherd, and Dan. Wilson, and the hon. secs., Messrs. A. Wilson and J. Hartley. As many of the bands were late in arriving, the contest was prolonged till after dusk, and the comet contest was held so late that it was found necessary to provide paraffin lamps to enable the musicians to see their music books.

  • 4 September 1876
  • Band Contest - St Helena Gardens, Rotherhithe

  • 19 August 1876
  • Band Contest - Seaham
    A brass band contest and athletic sports took place in the Seaham Cricket Ground, under the auspices of the members of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows in the above district. Five bands competed for three prizes, viz., £10, £5, and £2 10s. Mr W. Johnson acted as judge. Each band had to play two pieces. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st, Old Durham, leader, Mr Thomas Hogg; 2nd, Evenwood, leader, Mr Thomas Hogg; 3rd, Londonderry Workshops, Seaham, leader, Mr Mart. The other bands were from Coxhoe and Trimdon Grange.

  • 24 August 1876
  • Fete + Band Contest - Rhayader
    The Rhayader fete, which is a most popular gathering, took place, and thousands of pleasure seekers attended from North and South Wales. The second event was the band contest for £50. Three bands made their appearance viz., Saddleworth, Wednesbury, and Tredegar. The adjudicator stated that he was pleased with the performance of each band, but that he felt it his duty to award the prize to the Saddleworth band.

  • 4 September 1876
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester
    The usual annual brass band contest was held at Belle Vue Gardens. There was a very large attendance. Twenty-three bands entered. A selection from Verdi's "Aida" was the test piece. It had been arranged for the occasion by Mr. Charles Godfrey, bandmaster of the Royal Horse Guards. That gentleman; Mr. Haydn Williams, formerly bandmaster of the Scots Greys; and Mr. Stouden, of London, were the judges. After a contest lasting something like eleven hours, the first prize (£3O) was awarded to the Meltham Mills Band, whose playing was much praised by the judges. The second prize of £20 was won by the Kingston Mills Band, Cheshire; the third of £10, by the Holme Mills Band, Marsden, Yorkshire; the fourth, of £7, by the Linthwaite Band; and the fifth and last of £5, by the Golcar Band.

  • 15 September 1876
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Middleton

  • 19 September 1876
  • Band Contest - Guisbrough
    Though late in the season the brass band contest which was brought off at Guisbrough was in many respects a success. The contest was a local one, and was chiefly promoted by Mr Michael Calvert. Five bands competed, viz. South Bank, Brotton, Skelton, Loftus, and the Guisbrough Artillery Volunteer Corps; and the first prize was eventually awarded to Skelton, the second. to Brotton, and the third to South Bank. The prizes amounted to £20.

  • 16 September 1876
  • Band Contest - Matlock Bridge
    A brass band contest took place on the New Cricket Ground, Matlock Bridge. The contest was confined to volunteer and amateur bands, one professional only being allowed to play with each band. The following are the names of the bands that competed, names of their conductors, and the selections of music performed: Sutton-in-Ashfield Model Band, conductor Mr. R. Scott; selection, "II Flauto Magico", Mozart; selection, "Bohemian Girl", Balfe. Chesterfield Volunteer Band, conductor Mr, W. Mountney; selection, "Der Frieschutz", Weber; selection, "Il Flauto Magico", Mozart. Belper United Brass Band, conductor Mr. J. C. Smallwood: Overture, "Primrose", Brepsant; overture, "La Ruche d'Or", Brepsant. Chesterfield United Brass Band, conductor Mr. H. Sipson: Selection "Semiramide", Rossini; Kyrie and Gloria, "12th Mass", Mozart. Clay Cross Volunteer Band, conductor Mr. S. Wood: Fantasia, 'La Fete Musicale", R. Smith; Kyria and Gloria, "12th Mass", Mozart. Sutton-in-Ashfield Old Harmonic Band, conductor Mr. J. Dennis: Selection, "II Flauto Magico", Mozart; selection, " Bohemian Girl" Balfe. Heanor United Brass Band, conductor Mr. E. Voce: Fantasia, "La Fete Musicale", R. Smith; selection, "Il Flauto Magico", Mozart. Winster Brass Band, conductor Mr. Plexney: Selection, "Lurline", Wallace; Kyrie and Gloria, "12th Mass", Mozart. Mr. T. Trimnell, organist of Sheffield Parish Church, acted as judge, and his decision, as follows, gave the greatest satisfaction: 1st, £15, to Sutton-in-Ashfield Old Harmonic Band; 2nd, £10, Chesterfield Volunteer Band; 3rd, £5, Chesterfield United Brass Band; 4th, £2 10s, Sutton-in-Ashfield Model Band.
  • 1877

    14 April 1877
  • Band Contest - Edinburgh
    A contest was held in Edinburgh. First honours wore gained by Linthwaite, £60; Kingston Mills, £30; Meltham and Accrington being next. Charles Godfrey, Horse Guards, was judge.

  • 30 July 1877
  • Band Contest - Marske-by-the-Sea

  • 12 May 1877
  • Band Contest - Bingley
    A brass band contest was held at Bingley, in the park adjoining Gawthorpe Hall, the residence of Major Salmond. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st, £10, Cleckheaton Victoria, conductor Mr. H. Whitham; 2nd, £5, Clayton Subscription, conductor Mr. A. Fawthrope; 3rd, £3, Bramley, conductor Mr. M. Hesling; 4th, Wyke Temperance, conductor Mr. H. Jackson ; 5th, £1, Haworth Public Band, conductor Mr. E. Newton. In the cornet solo contest there were twelve entries, and ten soloists competed. The first prize of £4 fell to Mr. G. F. Birkenshaw, of Buttershaw Mills; and the second of £2 to Mr. Joseph Paley, of Saltaire. For the glee competition thirteen sets were entered, and all came to the stand. The first and second prizes were divided between Saltaire and Ilkley, £4 each; the third to Palace Fleet Band, Dewsbury; the fourth to Buttershaw, and the fifth to Silsden.

  • 12 May 1877
  • Band Contest - Holme Mills
    A brass band contest took place at Holme Mills, near Marsden. The weather was fine though dull, and there were about 2,000 people present. Twelve bands had entered. After a contest which lasted five hours, the prizes were awarded as follows: First prize, £20, Meltham Mills; second, £15; Linthwaite; third, £10, Stalybridge Old; fourth, £6, Kingston Mills, and fifth, £4, was divided between the Hinchliffe Mill and the 31st L. R. V. (Oldham) bands.

  • 25 June 1877
  • Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
    The annual Band contest at Loftus-in-Cleveland took place in a pleasantly situated field belonging to Mr Hunter on the south side of the town, in the presence of a large and gay company from all parts of the district. The prizes offered were £25 to the first, £15 to the second, £9, third, £6, fourth, and £3 fifth, and a prize of two guineas was also offered to the bandmaster bringing the most bands to the ground. There were eight entries, namely: Brotton Brass Band, Black Dyke Mills Band, Mirfield Band, Saltaire Band, Skelton Band, St. Helen's Band (Auckland), Linthwaite Band, and the Meltham Mills Band, but of these only the first six put in an appearance. The Brotton Band, under the leadership of Mr T. Woods, opened the programme with a fine selection from "William Tell", and was followed by Black Dyke Mills, which gave in excellent style "Homage to Wagner". The St. Helen's Band next gave in a creditable manner a selection from "Tanhauser"; and was followed by the Mirfield Band, which gave "The Gem" by Mozart; the Saltaire Band, which gave a selection from Meyeerbeer's "Robert le Diable"; and the Skelton Band, which gave one of the most interesting portions of Mozart's "Il Flauto Magico". The second round, like the first, consisted of selections from the principal composers, and were "Beliseno" (Donizetti); "Atilla" (Verdi); chorus from Handel; "Huguenots" (Meyerbeer); "Tanhauser" (Wagner); "Stiffelio" (Verdi), and were given by the bands in the order named. The Saltaire Band fully sustained the excellent reputation it has gained during the past few years, and the two selections given by it were in themselves a rich musical treat. The Black Dyke Band, which has several times visited Loftus, and has on each occasion obtained a prize, also played exceedingly well, and between these two bands the chief prize rested, and was eventually given in favour of Saltaire. Mirfield was a good third, and St. Helen's a good fourth. Last year the first prize was won by the Linthwaite Band, Saltaire being second. and. Mirfield third. The prize to the bandmaster bringing the most bands was awarded to Mr T. Woods, who entered and led the St. Helen's and Skelton bands. .Mr Fender, of York, officiated as judge. The arrangements, which were under the superintendence .of Mr Wm. Walker, were, as usual, of the most satisfactory character.

  • 21 May 1877
  • Band Contest - Harton Grounds, South Shields
    With a strong wind from the north-east prevailing the weather was very cold, but notwithstanding that fact there was a very large influx of visitors from Newcastle, Sunderland, and other places. The second annual brass band contest at the Harton Recreation Grounds, near South Shields, was brought to a most successful issue. The prizes offered by the proprietors were very liberal, and were divided as follows: Best band, £20; second, £5, third, £1 10s. The judge (Mr E. Newton, bandmaster of the 1st Duke of Lancaster's Own Royal Regiment of Militia) gave his decision as follows: 1st, St. Helen's West Auckland; 2nd, Whitworth, Spennyrnoor; 3rd, Tudhoe, Tudhoe Colliery.

  • 16 July 1877
  • Band Contest - South Bank, near Middlesbrough
    The first of what is expected to be an annual brass band contest, was held at South Bank, near Middlesbrough. Four prizes were offered: the first was £7 in money and a £10 10s desideratum cornet by Besson; the second prize £4 and a £9 9s cornet, by Higham; third, £4; and fourth, £1. The contest took place in Mr Turner's field, and, although the weather was anything but favourable to outside entertainments, a large number of people assembled in the field. Mr James Briggs, of Darwen, officiated as judge. The first prize was awarded to Shelton Brass Band, the second to Wooley Prize Band, third to Upleatham Mines Saxhorn Band, and the fourth to Brotton Brass Band. Thu contest was not concluded till after six o'clock, and an open-air ball was announced to take place in the evening.

  • ?? August 1877
  • Band Contest - Skelton-in-Cleveland

  • 6 August 1877
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Rothwell

  • 23 June 1877
  • Band Contest - Quebec, Durham
    A very successful band contest was held at Quebec, near Durham. Six of the best north-country bands took place in the competition, viz:
    Whitworth - "Reminiscences of Mozart" - Mr Thos. Woods
    St Helens - "Attila" - Mr Thos. Woods
    Chester Moor - "Selection" - Mr Price
    White Lea - "I Capuletti" - Mr Waugh
    Wooley - "Reminiscences of Mozart" - Mr Wm Campbell
    Coxhoe - "Stiffelio" - Mr Thos. Woods
    The judge, Mr Fenders of York, awarded the prizes as follows: 1st prize, Coxhoe; 2nd, St. Helen's; 3rd, Wooley; 4th, Whitworth.

  • 7 July 1877
  • Band Contest - Brotton, Cleveland

  • 9 July 1877
  • Band Contest - Cricket Field, Middlesborough
    The seventh annual brass baud contest got up by the members of the Middlesbrough Model Band took place in the Cricket Field, Linthorpe road. Every arrangement had been made to make the contest a successful one, but the weather unfortunately was unfavourable. Mr M. Walker, the hon. secretary of the Model Band, laboured very assiduously to make the seventh contest more successful than its predecessors, and succeeded in obtaining eight entries. The prizes offered were 1st, £25; 2nd, £15; 3rd, £10; and 4th, £5. The Saltaire Band, Kingston Mills Band, and Black Dyke Mills Band did not put in an appearance. The other five bands met at the Town Hall and played along the streets to the Cricket Field, drawing together large numbers of persons, who would undoubtedly have followed them to the field but for the inclement state of the weather. The music performed contained selections from Meyerbeer, Mendelssohn, R. Smith, Wagner, Verdi, and Mozart. Mr J. A. Fender, of York, acted as judge, and awarded the first prize to Meltham Mills Band, second to Linthwaite, third to St. Helens, Bishop Auckland; and fourth to Skelton Band. A cornet contest followed, the prize offered being one of Besson's ten guinea desideratum cornets. For this there were seven entries. The first prize was won by Mr A. Owen, of Meltham Mills Band; the second by Mr H. Milburn, of Middlesbrough; and third by Mr J. Allen, of Middlesbrough.

  • 14 August 1877
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Temple Grounds, Richmond