Formed in 1905, later became Addlestone Excelsior Prize Band and by the mid 1920s had become a mixed brass and woodwind ensemble and became known as Addlestone Military Band, later merged with Chertsey Town Silver Prize Band. I have heard that particular excerpt performed by a goodly number of bands at one time and another, and I have heard it rendered by grown up musicians in a manner which would give no cause for envy to the band boys of the Reformatory at Adel.
See Woking Brass Band Active in 1877 and the 1880s and 1893. " Formed in November 1891 by William Norman Rayson.
A set of brass band instruments was given to the ATC.
Counties referred to are the historical counties of the UK (see Finally, if any band appearing on this list is still active, please let me know!
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In 1878 they were attached to the 11th Northumberland (Corbridge) Volunteers. The principal cornet player around 1870s and 1880s was Joseph Henderson, conductor Haydon Bridge in 1891.
In the late 1890s they were attached to the 1st Volunteer Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. A typical story of one of the boys notes: "He was rescued from the demoralising custody of dissolute parents, and being placed in the band, speedily exhibited that passion for music and close application to the study of its principles which has led to his occupying the honourable position of bandmaster in Her Majesty's service." A visitor to the Reformatory in 1887 remarked: "I heard the well trained band perform a selection from "Masaniello".
In September 1914, under their original name, the Accrington Old Band was reported by the Accrington Observer as leading the parade of the newly formed Accrington Pals Battalion.
"They played lively tunes as they marched past the Mayor who stood in front of Accrington Town Hall." After WW1 the band reverted to a mixed brass/reed formation, in which it continues as the East Lancashire Concert Band. Competed in the Junior Shield in 1962, conducted by T. In early 1977 it was disbanded, then immediately reformed with a new constitution - to help assuage the drain of players to other bands. Active in 1864 when they played at the Hexham Flower Show in September.
The Band eventually disbanded in 1968 as the boys got older and left the BB.
Active in 1896, when on May 8th, under the direction of Bandmaster Belcher, they led the annual Volunteer Church Parade at the Priory Church and in the afternoon the band played a selection in the Marker Square.
Throughout the 1960's and 70's the City band was much in demand for concert appearances and had some notable successes in concerts.
On two occasions the band took first place in the Scottish Championships, thus qualifying to play in the British finals in London.
Of the many brass bands that have flourished in Britain over the last 200 years very few have documented records covering their history.