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The history of Hitchin Band starts some time in the 1860's which ranks it among the oldest "Brass" Bands in the world still performing. It has formed a cornerstone of musical culture in and around Hitchin ever since. A relatively recent example of this is the link with the Sponsheim KKH band based in a village on the outskirts of Bingen, Hitchin's twin town in Germany. This link has been on-going for over 21 years with visits by both bands roughly every four years.
The band has performed in many venues ranging from river barges, open-air garden shows, football grounds, television and radio programmes and the Royal Albert Hall. Our activity is subsidised through a busy programme of summer and Christmas events. We have performed in a number of local "Proms" concerts and regularly play in the town square during the summer and for the town Christmas Carol service. Performances take us as far afield as Northampton, Kent and, of course, Germany.
Some of the concerts that we undertake are not solely for our own benefit. Several times a year we undertake concerts to help organisations ranging from schools to the RNLI and the Royal British Legion to raise funds for their own causes.
In addition, we participate in regional and national competitions having appeared as finalists on a number of occasions.Most recently, we achieved 3rd place in our own section at a contest in Leicester.