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Chalgrove Brass Band
Chalgrove Band was initially formed in late 1800s as Chalgrove Temperence Band, with the earlier photographs recorded in 1906. At that time, band practices were held in the top room of the Red Lion pub in Chalgrove, an interesting choice for a temperence band!
Following a break in its history, the band was reformed in 1972 by three local enthusiasts, Phil Sperrin, Tony Spicer and Chris Maclow.
Since then, the band has had several conductors who have taken the band to new musical heights, encouraging contesting as well as concert work - locally and abroad - together with playing at many local fetes and events.
2007 was one of the most successful in the band's history. Chalgrove Band won the London and Southern Counties 4th Section Championship in March, conducted by Michael Pegram, which qualified them to enter the National Brass Band Finals the following year.
Since 2008, the band has competed in the Third Section of the London and Southern Counties Areas Contest, and has achieved steady progress, 13th in 2008, 8th in 2009 and 4th in 2010. This means that as of January 2011, the band is ranked 2nd in the Third Section and is now looking towards promotion to the Second Section.
In November 2009, the position of Musical Director was taken up by Terry Brotherhood.