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The Dunchurch Band was formed in 1909 by Alf Timms and George Elkington. It was first called the Dunchurch Brass Band and Mr Timms and Mr Elkington taught most of the original players.
Mr Bert Holden joined the Band in 1919, he became a mainstay of the band for more than 65 years as a player, Secretary (since 1929)and Treasurer. He was still acting Treasurer and Contest Secretary when he died in November 1984.
The Band had another sad loss only a year later in 1985. Mr Raymond Middleton, who had been the chairman of the band for 15 years died suddenly at just 48 years old. Ray played trombone and had been with the band as a loyal and dedicated member for 36 years.
Conductors and Band History
The first conductor of the band was Alf Timms.
Mr Dick Williams was the Band Master during the second world war and in 1948 Mr Williams took the band to Leicester to win their first contest. Success followed at The Birmingham Association Contests in 1951, 1953 and 1956 when the band reached the National Brass Band Finals.
Major Ronnie Taylor succeeded Mr Williams and also took the band to the National Finals.
In 1966 Mr Bill Spooner was conducting the Band when they went abroad for the first time to Rugby's twin town, Evreux in France, to play at the towns Trades Fair. Pat Spooner formed a Junior Band which carried out its own engagements and produced many young players who were to make it to the National Youth Band.
In the Early 70's the band appointed its first professional conductor; Mr Ralph Tarn, to be followed by Mr J Talbot, Mr Ian Cartwright and the Brass Band Arranger and Composer Mr Alan Street. Mr A E Stagg and Ossie Baker also took the conductors baton.
By 1977 the bands conductor was Mr Gary Smallwood who achieved success with the Band at the Birmingham Association Contest (now west Midlands and Northampton Associations), also the Pontins Contests (1977 and 1978) and in two successive finals at the Radio West Midlands Contest.
In 1989 with Mr Paul Northy as conductor the Band achieved promotion to the First Section by winning the Area Championships.