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Of the many brass bands that have flourished in Britain over the last 200 years very few have documented records covering their history. This page is an attempt to collect together information about such bands and make it available to all. Over 8,400 extinct bands are recorded here. Where "active" dates are given these indicate documented appearances - the bands may well have existed beyond those dates quoted. Bands which folded for more than 1 year (apart from during WW1/2) with a successor band being later formed are regarded as "extinct". Any contributions of material, information, pictures, or suggestions, references etc. are more than welcome. Where the material warrants it, a separate page or archive will be established for particular bands. Minor name variations, e.g. X Brass Band, X Silver Band, X Silver Prize Band, are not cross-referenced, unless it is clear that they were separate entities. Counties referred to are the historical counties of the UK (see www.county-wise.org.uk). A few non-British bands are included. Finally, if any band appearing on this list is still active, please let me know!

An augmented version of this list "British Brass Bands - historical directory" is now available as a PDF document

See also: Brass Bands Genealogy - for information on current bands' dates of origin and name changes
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L. and N.W. Steam Shed Band (Liverpool)
Active in the 1880s
L. and S.W. Locomotive Works Band
See: London and South Western Railway Band
L. and Y.R. Alexandra Band
See: Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Alexandra Band
L.A.V. (Chorley) Band, 3rd
See: 3rd L.A.V. (Chorley) Band
L.M. and S. Ambulance Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in the 1920s
L.M.S. Alexandra Band
See: Alexandra L.M.S. Brass Band
L.M.S. Brass Band (Stockport)
Active in 1930s - 1950s
L.M.S. Manchester Band
Active in 1895
L.M.S. Railway Band (Southport)
See: Southport L.M.S. Railway Band
L.M.S. Works Silver Band (Derby)
Formed in November 1936
L.N.E.R. (Gorton) Works Band
Active in the 1930s and 1940s. Pre-war the Geff Benson was musical director of the band, which was based in Cornwall Street, Openshaw. Also possibly known as LNER (Manchester District) Silver Prize Band - under which name they were a prizewinner at the Leicester contest on 5th March 1938, and also winning a deportment prize at a contest in Salford in May 1930. (See also, possibly, Gorton and Openshaw Prize Silver Band). Renamed (for a time) British Railways (Eastern Region) Band in 1948 when the region was created. Competed in the Junior Shield in 1962, conducted by J. Hall
L.N.E.R. (Manchester District) Silver Prize Band
See: L.N.E.R. (Gorton) Works Band
L.N.E.R. Works Silver Band (Shildon)
See: Shildon British Railways Band
L.N.W.R. Manchester Brass Band
Active in the 1900s to WW1.
Laceby Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1897
Laceby Rechabite Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1841
Lads of Kent Brass Band (Kent)
A touring band of boys, organised into three companies (A, B and C). Active in the 1900s and 1910s. In 1912, while visiting York, the NSPPC prosecuted the owners who were found guilty of cruelty.
Lady Boswell's Brass Band (Auchinleck)
Active in 1879, when it took part in a procession in August to inaugurate the Kilmarnock Burns Monument and Kay Park, accompanying the Free Gardeners lodge.
Lady Lane Mission Brass Band (Leeds)
Active in 1893
Lady Manners School Brass Band (Bakewell, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
Lady Windsor Colliery Band (Ynysybwl, Glamorgan)
Active from the 1930s. Presumed to have folded sometime in the 2000s.
Laing's Brass Band (Sunderland, Durham)
Active in the 1870s. The works band of James Laing Shipbuilders on the Wear.
Lakenheath Brass Band (Suffolk)
The original band of Lakenheath was called the band of Hope and was run by the Methodist church - hence a Temperance Band. The survivors of WW1 took over the assets and debts of the band and renamed it Lakenheath Brass Band. Fourteen instruments were bought at this time costing £235. In 1935 silver instruments were purchased and the name was changed to The Lakenheath Silver Band. This lasted until 1960. Mr Coleman was bandmaster at one time. He had 14 brothers and 4 sisters some of whom also played in the band. George Elsegood was another conductor of the Lakenheath Band. George was a brass band legend in the area. A successor band was formed in the 1970s.
Laleham Village Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1910s
Lamberhead Green Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1881
Lamberhurst Brass Band (Kent)
Formed in 1870. Walter Bayley was bandmaster for many years. The band folded around 1934.
Lambert Brothers Tube Works Brass Band (Walsall, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Lambeth Borough Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Lambeth British Legion Band (Surrey)
Active in 1935
Lambhill Mission Brass Band (Glasgow)
Active in the 1910s
Lambley Robin Hood Brass Band
Active in 1875
Lambourn Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1900s. Conductor in 1864 was Mr Barrett, and in 1908, C. Maberley.
Lambton Brass Band
See: Lambton Saxhorn Band
Lambton Saxhorn Band (Durham)
Active in 1860, conductor in 1864 was A. Clinton. Probably linked to Lord Durham's engineering works at Philadelphia, which made locomotives and stationary engines.
Lamington Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1857
Lamorbey and District Band
See: Lamorbey and Sidcup Brass Band
Lamorbey and Sidcup Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1910s
Lanark Division Youth Band
See: Lanarkshire Youth Brass Band
Lanark Rifle Volunteers Band, 1st
See: 1st Lanark Rifle Volunteers Band
Lanark Town Band (Lanarkshire)
Probably formed shortly after WW1. Active in the 1920s to 1950s
Lanarkshire Royal Engineers Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1900s
Lanarkshire Youth Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1980s to 2000s
Lancashire and Yorkshire (Carriage Department) Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1880s
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Alexandra Band (Newton Heath, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Conductor T. W. Locking in 1890. Frank Owen became conductor in 1902.
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Band (Southport)
See: Southport Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Band
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Loco Works Band (Horwich, Lancashire)
Active in 1905
Lancashire Brass (Lancashire)
Active from the 1970s to the 1990s
Lancashire Constabulary Band (Hutton, Lancashire)
Formed in 1964 and active through to the 1990s.
Lancashire Fusiliers Association Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1975, but folded before 1997, when six drummers from the band formed the core of a new Fusiliers' Association [Lancashire] Band and Corps of Drums.
Lancashire Home Guard Band, 48th
See: 48th Lancashire Home Guard Band
Lancashire Polytechnic Band
See: Preston Polytechnic Band
Lancashire Rifle Volunteers (Bacup) Band, 4th
See: Bacup Old Band
Lancashire Yeomanry Stockport Band
See: Stockport Yeomanry Brass Band
Lancaster Borough Band (Lancashire)
Formed before 1853. In that year the members of Lancaster Brass Band, led by Henry Brockbank, sought subscriptions from the "Nobility, Gentry and Inhabitants of Lancaster" to establish a first class band, with new instruments. The band was henceforth known as Lancaster Borough Band. Active in 1864. Played at Garstang in May 1885. In 1912 Robert Redhead was foreman and bandmaster, of 55 Willow Lane. The band continued until around 1938.
Lancaster Brass Band
See: Lancaster Borough Band
Lancaster Harmonic Brass Band (Lancashire)
Founded in July 1838
Lancaster Volunteer Artillery Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
Lancaster Town Band (Blaina)
See: Blaina Band
Lancing Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Landrake Band (Cornwall)
To the West of Saltash, Landrake Band were busy from 1876. In 1907 they were led by Edgar Panter and in 1928 by Lewis Goard. It does appear that they were still active in 1939 as there is a report of them performing at a local sports day. During WW2 they got a band together in 1943 for a local carnival, then a few engagements in 1944 and by 1945 they do seem to be back in business under the direction of A Davey. Then they rapidly went through new titles (eg Landrake Band: Landrake Working Men's Band and Landrake Brass Band) and all in 1945!. Soon after this they disbanded. I can find no record of any Cornish contests attended. A sideline is that in 1952 their instruments were raided by a group of schoolboy "musicians" for a local event. One of these "players" commented that the only tune they knew was "Jingle Bells" so for the next two hours they pretended to play and hummed,loudly, this one song over and over again. For this they won the "Tableaux Hunorous" prize, so I suppose that it could be argued that the band did win a competition at least once. Their practice room was in the old Liberal Club. Conducters named include Edgar Panter just before World War One and Lewis Goard in 1928. Around 1928 there were 13 players plus conductor. Named players aa the time were C, E and S Barrett, J Broad, R May, W Scholar, W and C Thomas. After the Second World War the band was conducted by Alf Davey. Enos Barrett and Bill Smale may also have conducted them around this time. Engagements from this period included the Notter Bridge Gymkhana, the Landrake Gymkhana and the Landrake Carnival amongst others. They also appeared further afield as it is known that they were among the bands that played in Callington for their carnival during the time the Callington Band did not exist. In 1948 the players included John, Gerald and Bert Ede, Brian Brown, Clarence and Wesley Thomas, Bill Hawken, Bill Smale, Enos Barrett, Will Rawlings, Arthur Chiswell and William Scholar. Other players have been named as Ern Sparks, Ken Eastment, and Ern Bunney. The Landrake Band folded some time around the 1950's, either about 1950 or possibly as late as 1956. It seems the last conductor moved up country and that caused the band to fold. It has also been said that their rehearsal room was lost to them.
Landscove Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Laneshaw Bridge Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Laneshawbridge Band
See: Laneshaw Bridge Brass Band
Langcliffe Brass Band
At the turn of the century Langcliffe, Giggleswick and Settle had brass bands, here it was a group of men largely from the Chapel community. Bob West played the cornet, his brother Fred the euphonium and Alf Farrer came down from Stainforth when they were short of players, likewise Tom Marsden, were members. Jimmie Fox beat the drum, which when not in use was hung up on a nail in the school. The rest of the instruments were kept in the loft above the stables at the Hall (along with the bier). The Band always played round the Big Tree on Christmas morning, went home for dinner and then out again to go round the big houses, so Langcliffe families did not see much of their menfolk on Christmas Day. In the end enthusiasm waned and some men left to join Giggleswick band although Alf Hocking tried to keep Langcliffe going by recruiting youngsters. Dick Middleton was one of these but on the second time he turned up it was announced that the band was 'disbanded'. This would be about 1938 as they played for the Jubilee and Coronation celebrations.
Langdale Band
Active from before 1900 until around 1960. It probably ceased for some years during WW2, but it was revived around the time of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
Langford and Filkins Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1920s to 1930s
Langford Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s
Langford Brass Band (Wiltshire)
See: Steeple Langford Brass Band
Langham Labour League Band (Essex)
Active in 1871 and 1876
Langholm Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1880s and 1897
Langholm Temperance Band
Disbanded around 1927. The instruments were sold to the Annan Town Band for £105
Langley Mill Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1887
Langley Moor Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1867
Langley Park Band (Durham)
Known to be in existence in 1921 when they received their 1st full set of CISWO instruments. Folded in 2004.
Langley Park Colliery Band
See: Langley Park Band
Langley Ploughmaker's Band (Warwickshire)
The works band of the W.J. Hillson, Swan Foundry iron works in Langley/Claverdon. Formed around the 1860s
Langport Town Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1890s to the 1940s
Langsett Road Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1891
Langtoft Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active from thr 1850s to 1870s
Langton Matravers
A band existed in the village in the second half of the Nineteenth Century. The instruments were bought by Mrs Frances Serrell, a rather eccentric but philanthropic widow who lived in Durnford Manor House, situated in the very centre of the village. In the village museum there is a photo of her Band-Master in his uniform and the names of several known Members. They also possess the Band-Master's silver Cornet, which was a gift from Mrs Serrell, an E flat Clarinet and two brass instruments used in the band, though they are now in a rather sorry state. They are of the Tenor Horn/Tuba variety. The Band folded when Mrs Serrell died in 1889
Langtree Amateur Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1868
Langwathby Band (Cumbria)
Langwith Colliery Institute Silver Band
See: Langwith Miners Welfare Band
Langwith Miners Welfare Band (Derbyshire)
Competed in a brass band contest at Overseal, Leicestershire in July 1921, under conductor A.S. Grant (drawn 1 of 11 bands, they were placed 3rd). Continued through to the early 1980s
Lanner Silver Band (Cornwall)
Formed in the 1890s and disbanded in 1902. A sucessor band was formed in 1965
Lansil Works Brass Band (Lancaster)
Active in the late 1940s. The Cellulose Acetate Silk Co. opened their works after WW2 in the, now redundant, National Projectile Factory, Caton Road, Lancaster, later changing its name to Lansil (Lancaster Silk) in 1937.
Laporte Industries Band (Widnes, Lancashire)
Active in the 1980s. Still active in 1991. Disbanded in 1993? However it is reported that the Rothwell Temperance Junior Band had, by 1989, "acquired a two-year-old set of Yamaha instruments from the defunct Laporte Industries Band."
Largo and District Band (Fife)
Formed after WW1 and active into the 1930s
Largo Brass Band (Fife)
Active from the 1870s to WW1
Largo Silver Band
See: Largo and District Band
Larkhall Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1880s to 1960s. Larkhall Public, Larkhall Raploch, Larkhall Silver were all active in this period, and it is not clear which was which.
Larkhall Colliery Band
See: Larkhall Brass Band
Larkhall Public Band
See: Larkhall Brass Band
Larkhall Raploch Band
See: Larkhall Brass Band
Larkhall Silver Band
See: Larkhall Brass Band
Larne Town Silver Band
Folded before 1962, when its instruments were obtained by the 1st Larne Old Boys' Association Silver Band
Lascelles School Brass Band (Harrow, Middlesex)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Lassodie Public Band (Fife)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s. Conducted by W.A. Allison in 1928
Lasswade Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active in the 1890s
Lastingham Brass Band (Yorks)
Active in 1867
Latchford Prize Band (Warrington)
Formed in 1860, or earlier as Latchford Brass Band. The earliest known performance of the band was on the 10th of July 1860, when the band led the procession to the then new Latchford Baptist church in Ackers Lane, prior to the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal. Later also known as Latchford Subscription Band. Merged with Warrington Silver Band to form Latchford Warrington Silver Band in 1980.
Latchford Subscription Band
See: Latchford Prize Band
Late Yeomanry Band
See: Stockport Yeomanry Brass Band
Lathom and Burscough Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1949
Launton Brass Band (Bicester)
Active in 1861
Laura Brass Band (South Australia)
Active in 1907
Laurieston Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Laurieston Westquarter Band
See: Laurieston Brass Band
Laurieston Zetland Band
See: Laurieston Brass Band
Lavender Hill Temperance Band (Clapham, Surrey)
Competed in the 1901 contest at the Crystal Palace on July 10th. H. T. Embury was one of the players. Competed in the 4th Section National Finals in 1902.
Lavenham Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1896
Laverton Temperance Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1909, when it gave a concert at Laverton Village Hall, conducted by Mr Round, for the Farm and Garden Produce show.
Laxey Brass Band (Isle of Man)
Active in the 1890s, conductor Thomas William Kinrade.
Laxey United Temperance Band (Isle of Man)
Formed in 1892, conductor David Senogles. contemporary with the Laxey Brass Band.
Layer de la Haye Band
Active around 1910. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
Layer de la Haye Methodist Church Band
Active in the early 1900s
Layerthorpe Mission Band (York)
Active between 1891 and 1897
Lazey United Temperance Brass Band (Isle of Man)
Active in 1894 - conductor D. Senogles
Lazonby Temperance Brass Band (Cumbria)
Active in the 1890s/1900s
Lea Mills Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the late 1880s through to WW1. Patron was the John Smedley Mills at Lea Bridge, near Cromford.
Leadbeater and Scott's Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1891
Leadgate Colliery Band
See: Leadgate Workmen's Band
Leadgate Mission Brass Band (Durham)
A Wesleyan Mission band, Active in the 1870s, 1891, and also from 1903 to 1934
Leadgate Saxhorn Band (Durham)
Active in 1886 when it led a procession during the strike at the South Medomsley Colliery, still active in 1891
Leadgate Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1914
Leadgate Workmen's Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1900s and still active in 1931
Leadhills Silver Band
Active in the early 1900s. Appears to have folded and reformed a couple of times over the past century, A successor band was formed in 2010.
League of the Cross Band (Newport)
Active in 1888, conducted by W. Pullen
Leaholm Amateur Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1857
Leamington Mechanics Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1887.
Leamington Priors Town Band (Warwickshire)
Accounts of the band, from 1897-1900, are held at Warwickshire County Record Office
Leamington Rechabite Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Formed in 1845. A report from 1845: "In the early part of last winter, some of the Brethren thinking a Band of Music in connection with this Tent would be an acquisition, devised plans for raising funds necessary for the purchase of instruments, uniforms, &c., and they determined to raise a Brass Band to consist of 21 performers, all of whom were to be members of the Rechabite Order, and, consequently, all sober men; the number was quickly made up, but, being working men, they were unable to spare sufficient money from their earnings for the object in view; they made a calculation of all the expenses attending it and found it amount to nearly £200. They solicited the assistance of their wealthy and benevolent townsmen, who promptly responded to the call, and many contributed liberally. About £23 was raised by subscriptions, paid by the members of the Band. The instruments, which were from the manufactory of Mr. James Gisborne, brass musical instrument maker to the army, Suffolk Street, Birmingham, arrived last Christmas; and the uniforms from Mr. J. C. Power, Regent-street, in this town. Mr. R. Edwards, now a Rechabite and Band Master, was engaged as tutor, under whose able instructions the members of the Band trust they shall be able to attain to such proficiency as will be quite satisfactory to those kind ladies and gentlemen who have given their assistance, and to themselves for the time and attention they have devoted to the study. The Band will be happy, on all loyal occasions, if requested so to give their services to the town."
Leamington Royal Spa Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
Leasingthorne Colliery Prize Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1900s and active through to the 1950s. It was disbanded when the workers were transferred to the Dean and Chapter Colliery at Ferryhill.
Leatherhead and Bookham Brass Band
See: Leatherhead Town Brass Band (1)
Leatherhead Town Brass Band (1) (Surrey)
Active in the 1890s. Merged with Great Bookham Brass Band in 1911 to form Bookham United Silver Band, which subsequently folded in 1916
Leatherhead Town Brass Band (2) (Surrey)
Active from the 1920s to the 1950s
Lechlade Town Band
Active in 1910
Ledbury Brass Band
Active in 1888
Lee and St Leonards Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1900s, conductor G. Gurney.
Lee Moor and Stanley Silver Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s
Lee Mount Band (Halifax, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to the 1940s. In 1905 rehearsed at Old Lane, Halifax.
Lee Mount Prize Band
See: Lee Mount Band
Lee Mount Subscription Brass Band
See: Lee Mount Band
Leebotwood Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1850s and the 1930s
Leeds (Smiths) Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Leeds Artillery Volunteers Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s
Leeds Borough Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Leeds British Legion Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1920s
Leeds Central Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1899
Leeds City Brass Band (1) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the late 1890s, when it was conducted by Squire Firth. A report from 1898 states: "Squire Firth was born at the well-known musical place of Queensbury, near Bradford on June 12th, 1865. His father, Mr. Greenwood Firth (b. 1832), is one of the oldest bandsmen at the present day, and played Trombone with the famous Black Dyke Band for 23 years, and is playing at the present time. Whilst very young our subject was put to learn music under the talented Cornet Soloist and teacher, the late G. F. Birkinshaw, and at the age of 15 started playing Solo Cornet with the Great Horton Brass band. He made very rapid progress as a Cornet player, and began solo Cornet contesting, winning several money prizes, and also a Besson Cornet at Thurlstone, near Penistone, against most of the noted Cornet players. He was engaged to play Solo Cornet with the Earby Brass Band, for which he played two years, after which he had an engagement with the Lindley Brass Band. He followed his position as Solo Cornet player for twelve months, and afterwards, was re-engaged as solo cornet player and bandmaster for two years. He next took charge of Skipton Brass Band as bandmaster, and it was during his stay with the band that Mr. Firth began to make a name for himself, taking the band in 1895 to the Champion Contest at the Agricultural Hall, London, and scoring fifth prize. In 1896 they attended Nelson and Carlisle contests, and secured third and fourth prizes respectively, and also numerous other prizes.
Towards the end of 1896 the Leeds City Brass Band, from amongst 13 applicants, engaged Mr. Firth, and the marvellous success that has been attained by this band under Mr. Firth's direction speaks splendidly for his abilities as a teacher.
Mr. Firth is also very clever with the pen and scores all his selections. He has several more bands under his care, and will, without doubt, bring them to the front, if they will only be guided by him. Mr. Firth, being formerly in the hotel business (he was landlord of the Wheatsheaf Inn in Skipton), has now given it up, owing to the demands made upon his services for teaching, and also his solo cornet work.
His eldest son, Edwin Firth, was solo cornetist with Foden's Band, and killed in France in WW I while serving with the London Artists' Rifles."
Leeds City Brass Band (2) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in late 1950s and early 1960s. Probably a continuation of the Leeds City Royal Artillery Association Band.
Leeds City Brass Band (3)
See: Leeds City Commercial Club Band
Leeds City Commercial Club Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in late 1960s and early 1970s. Probably a continuation of the Leeds City Band. Some memories from Bob Thomas: "The band was sponsored by Jim Windsor who had made big money as a "bookie". The band rehearsed in the large booking office on the first floor of an Edwardian building in Vicar Lane next to the Markets. On one side of the room were the counters like a Post Office where the punters placed their bets. On the other wall was a long blackboard with a platform underneath where an employee would chalk up the day's runners and riders. The music stands were kept in a beer crate (what else?) under this platform and it took two blokes to lift it. Only men in the band. Three Micklethwaites. David the top cornet, his dad Les on Eb bass and Ron on 2nd horn. The Button and Higham families were also well represented. The band remained fairly stable with Lawrence Myers on euph and David Petty on soprano. Alf Schofield was bumper up.He had a lip like a "causer edge " ! (kerb stone). He could keep going all day. A very dependable player. One of the Bb bass players was a Geordie called Stanford. He was really deaf but he knew how to play the bass! I never knew if he could feel the vibrations but he was spot on. The band was led by Fred Argyle one of the dynasty of excellent musicians from the Stourton /Rothwell area. I very rarely saw Fred lose patience and he was rewarded with a loyal and hard working third section band. One strange arrangement I remember was the operation of the music library. This was a small room at the top of the building. Each practise night the librarian called Bob would arrive on the bus and climb the stairs . He never came into the band room. He would spend the time sorting and mending until it was "home time" then get the bus home. Occasionally Fred would send one of the young 'uns like me to get a piece of music . It was the only time Bob saw a player. These Yorkshiremen! The band was well run, had good instruments and uniforms and had plenty of decent jobs. The members came from all parts of Leeds - mostly by bus. They were all working men. Printers, engineers, clothing workers and the like. It was a good grounding for me both musically and socially. The Commercial Club was at the top of the building. It was like an ordinary working mens club with snooker tables, a concert room and caricatures of long forgotten sportsmen on the walls. It always had a pleasant smell of beer and cooking. I would have quick pint with the blokes in the club (underage of course) before getting the half ten bus home. Jim Windsor was a good sponsor and did not forget his working class roots. There was always an end of year band dinner in the club. All this has gone now of course and the remnants of the band were subsumed into the Horsforth band. This happened long after I had left Leeds for college. Those hours spent during evenings and Sunday mornings paid dividends for me in later years.". The band amalgamated with Horsforth Brass Band to form Horsforth Leeds City Band in the 1980s
Leeds City Royal Artillery Association Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed 1949
Leeds Clarion Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1899
Leeds Corporation Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Leeds Engineers' Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1882
Leeds Excelsior Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Leeds Forge Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Instituted 1882 by the head of the Leeds Forge Company, Samuel Fox one-time Mayor of Harrogate. Members were originally all workmen in the Leeds Forge Company's Works. The practices took place in the Forge every Sunday from 10.30 to 12.30, with several others held during the week. The players were equipped with two sets of instruments, two sets of uniforms and full rehearsal accommodations. Fox was very ambitious and offered gold medals and further funding if they could beat Besses o' th' Barn Band. They began contesting in 1886 and made a very successful start with high placings in the British Open. Following changes in management at the Forge the band was disbanded in 1892 with all instruments and equipment recalled.
Leeds Joppa Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s. Conductor in 1856 was Charles Wilby
Leeds Joppa Operatic Band
See: Leeds Joppa Band
Leeds Kingston Unity Brass Band
See: Kingston Unity Brass Band
Leeds Milburn's Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Leeds Model Band
See: Yorkshire Evening Post Band
Leeds Operatic Brass Band
See: Leeds Joppa Band
Leeds Police Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1899
Leeds Post Office Brass Band
See: Leeds Postmen's Band
Leeds Postmen's Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1889, still active in 1896
Leeds Railway Foundry Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1851. Active through to the 1860s. Based at Sir P. Fairbairn's foundry. Also known as Wellington Foundry Band.
Leeds Rifle Volunteers Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Leeds Royal Park Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Leeds St Mary's Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1892
Leeds Socialist Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1896
Leeds Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Flourished in the 1840/50s and undertook a four-week season of concert in Scarborough in 1847 for ?60. Repeated the season in 1848/9 also. Played at Boroughbridge in 1906
Leeds Tramways Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1911
Leeds Wellington Foundry Band
See: Leeds Railway Foundry Band
Leek Blue Ribbon Army Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Leek British Legion Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1930s to 1950s
Leek Harmonic Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Formed in 1867 and held Friday evening concerts in the market place during the summer. May have also been called Leek Promenade Band in 1873.
Leek Promenade Band
See Leek Harmonic Brass Band
Leek Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1, W. Hough bandmaster and secretary. In 1912 Stephen Godwin was bandmaster and Henry Head secretary.
Leek Town Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Leek Volunteer Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s. They gave open air concerts to large audiences in Leek Market Place on Monday evenings in the summer, as well as leading local processions.
Lees and Glodwick Band (Oldham)
See: Glodwick Band
Lees Brass Band (Oldham)
Founded in 1840, active through to WW1.
Lees Old Band
See: Lees Brass Band
Lees Temperance Brass Band (Oldham)
Active in 1856
Lees Street Congregational Brass Band (Openshaw)
Active in the 1880s
Leeswood Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1940s
Leicester and Rutland Police Band
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Leicester Albion Brass Band
Active in 1895
Leicester Borough Workmen's Band
See: Borough of Leicester Working Men's Club and Institute Brass Band
Leicester Catholic Brass Band
Active in 1884
Leicester Club and Institute Band
See: City of Leicester Band
Leicester Corporation Gas Department Band
See: Leicester Corporation Gasworks Band
Leicester Corporation Gasworks Band
Active in 1891-1896, conductor was C.V. Palmer. From the Ayleston Road gasworks in the town.
Leicester Gasworks Band
See: Leicester Corporation Gasworks Band
Leicester Excelsior Brass Band
Active from the 1880s. Renamed Borough of Leicester Club and Institute Silver Band in 1910, active through to WW1
Leicester Factory Brass Band
Active in 1859
Leicester Foresters Brass Band
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Leicester Highfield Brass Band
Active from the 1880s. Wound up in the courts as of 10th February 1902. Howver it is recorded as competing in a contest at Rugby in March that year.
Leicester Imperial Band
Active in the early 1900s and 1920s. Also known as Leicester Imperial Prize Brass Band. Competed in a brass band contest at Overseal, Leicestershire in July 1921, under conductor S. S. H. Iliffe (drawn 3 of 11 bands, they were placed 4th). Still active in 1964, when conducted by A. Anderson. Secretary in 1908 was Lawrence Edgar Clarke. The Leicester Imperial Prize Brass Band Ltd. company was incorporated in 1901 and dissolved between 1916 and 1932.
Leicester Imperial Prize Brass Band
See: Leicester Imperial Band
Leicester Ivanhoe Band
Competed in a brass band contest at Overseal, Leicestershire in July 1921, under conductor C. A. Anderson (drawn 5 of 11 bands, they were not placed)
Leicester Midland Railway Workmen's Band
Active in 1899.
Leicester North End Brass Band
Active in the 1890s
Leicester Railwaymen's Club Band
Active in the 1950s
Leicester Rechabite Brass Band
Active in 1854
Leicester Saxtuba Brass Band
Active in 1879
Leicester Sea and Air Cadets Band
Active in the 1940s
Leicester Special Constabulary Band
Leicester Temperance Brass Band
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Leicester Town Temperance Band
Active in the 1900s to WW1
Leicestershire Co-operative (SMW) Band (Snibston, Leicestershire)
Formed in 1971 as a colliery band. Merged with Charnwood Brass in 1999 to form Leicestershire Co-op Snibston Charnwood Brass.
Leicestershire Co-operative (South Midlands Welfare) Band
See: Leicestershire Co-operative (SMW) Band
Leicestershire Volunteers Band
Active in 1879 when it was directed by J Smith
Leigh (Lanes) Band
Active in 1930
Leigh Bedford Band
See: Bedford (Leigh) Band
Leigh Borough Band
See: Lowton Silver Band
Leigh Brass Band (Essex)
See: Leigh Town Band
Leigh British Legion Band
See: Leigh Silver Band
Leigh Public Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Leigh Silver Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1920, it disbanded in December 2001. Formerly known as Leigh British Legion Band. Competed in the First Annual Brass Band Contest organised by Wigan Borough Prize Band in 1943 (conducted by H. Foxwell).
Leigh Street Brass Band (Wigan, Lancashire)
Active in the early 1900s
Leigh Town Band (Leigh-on-Sea, Essex)
Active from the 1890s to the 1910s
Leigh Village Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1937
Leigh Volunteers Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Leighton Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1865
Leighton Buzzard Band (Bedfordshire)
Leighton Buzzard Temperance Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1940s
Leighton Excelsior Brass Band (Leighton Buzzard)
Active in the 1890s
Leighton Ironworks Band (Uttoxeter, Staffordshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1910s. The band was supported by Samuel Bamford, the owner of the Leighton Ironworks (which was established in 1871 in addition to the Bamford Ironmongery business founded in 1845). The band was later known as the Bamford Military Band
Leighton Mission Brass Band (Leighton Buzzard)
Active in 1980
Leiston Works Brass Band
Active in 1862 - associated with the Richard Garrett and Sons engineering works, which made steam tractors and cast and machined metal products.
Leiston Works A. A. Brass Band
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Leisure Hour Brass Band (Harpurhey, Manchester)
Active in the 1880s
Leith Industrial School Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Leith Silver Band (Midlothian)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Leith Trades Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active in the 1900s
Lelant Brass Band (Cornwall)
Hayle is the nearest larger town to Lelant, and in 1905 they decided to form a band under James Maddern. He stayed until 1911 when the leadership was handed over to John Tanner. EC Wills took over in 1914 and promtly left in 1915 to go to Redruth Band. The band closed down during WW1 but reorganised when that bit of unpleasantness was over. About 1931 F Gregory took over and stayed until 1942 when strange things began to happen. In 1942 they were reorganised under the new title Lelant United Services Band, still under F Gregory who, because of this second disagreement with Germany, was now in the National Fire Service (NFS). This lasted until 1943 when the Home Guard (Dad's Army) was formed and Lelant's instruments were loaned to the 14th Battalion Home Guard (St Ives) Band, now under the baton of Bandmaster Coombe. The Lelant Band - civilian - reapperas in 1945. Their contesting was confined to 1911 - 1914, their best result being achieved at a St Dennis contest in 1913 when they entered the second section playing "Village Bride" and winning £5 for their 2nd placing. After WW2, with the exception of victory parades, nothing more can be found. At one time the band kept their instruments in the Primitive Methodist Chapel "beneath the gallery that was then in place by the entrance".
Lelant Downs Brass Band (Cornwall)
In the St Ives/Hayle area, the Lelant Downs Brass Band sounds like one of these makeshift bands for a one-off gig. In 1888 they played for the Ludgvan Wesley Sunday School Festival and the press report leaves one in no doubt the there could not have been any learners performing.
Lemington Glass Works Prize Band (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Active in the 1930s
Lench's Excelsior Works Band
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Based at Thomas William Lench's works in Blackheath, a firm making bolts and structural fasteners since 1880.
Lennox Mill Brass Band (Lennoxtown)
Active in 1884
Lenton Alliance Brass Band
Active in 1877
Lenton Band (Nottingham)
Active in 1909
Leonard Stanley Brass Band (Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Lerryn Band (Cornwall)
There is news of a Lerryn Band playing at the Peace Celebrations of 1919. This could be a band formed just for that event as I have no further information on them.
Lerwick Brass Band (Shetland)
Formed in the 1860s and active until the 1890s. A successor band was formed in 1914.
Leslie and District Brass Band (Fife)
Formed in 1913. They acquired new instruments which were held in trust by the council. In 1928 was conducted by Charles M. Terris. Active through to the 1960s
Leslie Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1880s/1890s. Folded in 1897 and their instruments were put into the town council's care.
Leslie Silver Band
See: Leslie and District Brass Band
Leslie Town Band
See: Leslie and District Brass Band
Lesmahagow and District Public Miners' Welfare Band
Started in 1927 as an offshoot of the Independent Order of Good Templars Band and was known simply as the Public Band, but the need for a regular source of funds brought association with the Miners' Welfare club. Due to dwindling public support and the lack of players of the right calibre, it was found necessary to wind up the band at the start of WW2. During its brief history, the Public band had reached the Premier grade and had achieved nation-wide recognition following its successes on the contest field and radio broadcasts on the BBC. When the band disposed of their instruments they donated the proceeds of the sale of their instruments to the Nursing Association to buy the district nurse's first car. The band trophies, which dated from the contests held in the village in the twenties, saw the light of day once more when the Lesmahagow Highland Games were inaugurated in the late nineteen fifties. The 'Nethanvale Cup' is awarded to the best Lanarkshire pipe band in Grade Three and the 'St. Machute' trophy to the band second in Grade Three. The Vale of Nethan Pipe Band, which came into being in 1953 as an off-shoot of the Boys' Brigade band, quickly rose to prominence under the firm leadership of Pipe Major Archie Templeton and drum-tutor Jim Macintyre but later fell into obscurity with comparable rapidity. However, on the third Saturday of June each year, the Highland Games remains a popular date in the pipe band contest and sporting calendars as a reminder of the golden age of bands in Lesmahagow Parish.
Lesmahagow I.O.G.T. Brass Band
Active in 1907 through to the 1920s
Lesmahagow Independent Order of Good Templars Band
See: Lesmahagow I.O.G.T. Brass Band
Lesmahagow Public Band
See: Lesmahagow and District Public Miners' Welfare Band
Letchworth Town Band
Active in 1938
Leven Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in 1868, made its first public appearance at Christmas that year. Still active in the 1880s
Leven Brass Band (Fife)
Founded in the 1870s by Robert Burt. Still active in the early 1900s. Probably folded prior to or during WW1, to be replaced by the Leven Town Band thereafter.
Leven Town Band (Fife)
Founded after WW1, active through to the 1970s
Leven Valley Brass Band (Cumbria)
Levenshulme Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1950s
Levenshulme Mission Band (Lancashire)
Active in the early 1900s
Lever Bridge Brass Band (Darcy Lever, Lancashire)
Active in 1870
Leverton Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1920s
Lewes Temperance Mission Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s
Lewes Town and Volunteer Cinque Ports Band
See: Lewes Town Band
Lewes Town Band (Sussex)
Formed around 1840 as the Lewes Town and Volunteer Cinque Ports Band. The band played at regular local functions throughout the 20th century including concerts at the Town Hall, civic events, church parades and Armistice Day, local band contests and at the annual Lewes Bonfire ceremonies with one of the bonfire societies. In the 1950s the band provided two men to play state trumpets as heralds at the Sussex Assizes. Past conductors include Mr Emmler and Mr Gates (19th century), A K Tappin (1904-1948), F Austin and F Lockwood (variously, 1948-1950), Squadron Leader T D Atkinson (c1950- ). Records of the band, from 1914-1950, are held at the East Sussex Record Office
Lewington Glass Works Band (Newcastle)
Formed in the 1900s and still active in 1947, probably folded in the 1950s
Lewington Yamaha Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
Lewis Graddfa Youth Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1970s
Lewis Merthyr Workmen's Institute Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1951
Lewisham Borough Band
See: Lewisham Brass Band
Lewisham Brass Band (Kent)
Active from the early 1900s to 1939
Leyburn Band (North Yorkshire)
Formed in 1841, folded in 1994. A new band, Leyburn Centenary Band, was formed in the town in 2003
Leyburn Saxhorn Band
See: Leyburn Band
Leyland Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s
Leyland British Legion Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1930s to the 1950s
Leyland Parish Church Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Leyland Parish Church V.A.C. Band
See: Leyland Parish Church Band
Leyland Prize Band
See: Leyland Subscription Band
Leyland Subscription Band (Lancashire)
Formed in February 1881, conductor James Lord. In 1893 it gained second place in a contest in Skelmersdale. Renamed Leyland Prize Band at some time. Active through to WW2.
Leysian Methodist Mission Brass Band (London)
Founded in the 1890s. Active between 1903 and 1924 - (minutes exist in the London Metropolitan Archives)
Leysian Mission Band
See: Leysian Methodist Mission Brass Band
Leyton Borough Silver Band (Essex)
Active from the 1920s to the 1960s. Also known as Leyton Silver Band.
Leyton Christchurch Brass Band (Essex)
Active before WW2
Leyton Silver Band
See: Leyton Borough Silver Band
Leytonstone Excelsior Band
Active in the 1900s
Lichfield British Legion Band (Staffordshire)
Formed in October 1947
Lichfield City Band (Staffordshire)
Formed in 1910 and survived until 1937. A new Lichfield City Band was formed in 1985
Lichfield Rifle Corps Band
See: Lichfield Volunteer Band
Lichfield Volunteer Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1905
Liddesdale Temperance Band (Roxburghshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1960s.
Lifton Brass Band
Active in 1936
Lightcliffe Band (Yorkshire)
Lighthouse Brass Band
See: Lighthouse Silver Band
Lighthouse Silver Band (Walthamstow, East London)
Active from the 1890s. Disbanded in the 1950s
Lightwater Brass Band (Surrey)
Photographs, a jacket worn by one of the bandsmen and part of a tea service issued with the band's name on it are held in the Surrey Heath Museum.
Ligoniel Silver Band (Belfast)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1970s
Lilleshall Collieries Prize Band
See: Lilleshall Colliery Brass Band
Lilleshall Colliery Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active from the 1890s. Originally St George's Temperance Band and renamed following the colliery sponsorship in 1907, when the company bought the band many new instruments and a set of new uniforms. Name changed to Oakengates and District Band in 1962 when the council helped financially. The band folded in the late 1960s.
Lillydale Band (Australia)
Folded prior to 1962 when its instruments and some ex-members formed the Croydon Brass Band with others from Ferntree Gully Band
Linacre Wesleyan Mission Silver Band (Lancashire)
Active in early 1900s
Lincoln Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1857
Lincoln Blue Ribbon Brass Band
Active in 1883
Lincoln British Legion Band
Active in the 1950s
Lincoln City Brass Band
Active from the 1900s to WW2. A. Cox was bandmaster (of 24 Pond Street) in 1919.
Lincoln City Saxhorn Band
Active in the 1850s
Lincoln Excelsior Brass Band
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. John Elvin was secretary in 1897
Lincoln Far Newland Brass Band
Active in the 1900s
Lincoln Imperial Brass Band
Active in the 1950s
Lincoln Iron and Steel Works Band
Active in 1890s to 1920s. Won 2nd prize and the Daily Telegraph Cup, in the Crystal Palace Championships in 1920.
Lincoln Ironworks Band
See: Lincoln Iron and Steel Works Band
Lincoln Malleable Ironworks Silver Band
See: Lincoln Iron and Steel Works Band
Lincoln Newland Mission Band
See: Newland Mission Brass Band
Lincoln Rechabite Brass Band
Active in 1896
Lincoln St Michael's Brass Band
Active in the 1880s to the 1900s
Lincoln Sheaf Works Band
See: Sheaf Works Prize Band
Lincoln Temperance Band
Active in the 1880s
Lincoln Town Band
Active in the 1970s
Lincolnshire Fire Brigade Band
See: Ruston and Hornsby Band
Lincolnshire Youth Brass Band
Active in the 1990s
Lindenow Band (Victoria, Australia)
Lingdale Ironstone Miners' Band
See: Lingdale Silver Band
Lingdale Silver Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in 1851 as Lingdale Ironstone Miners' Band. Later known as Lingdale Silver Band, Lingdale Silver (ICI Chemical Products) Band (from 1986). Merged with Yarm and District Band in 1998 to form Lockwood Band
Linkinhorne Parish Band (Cornwall)
The village of Linkinhorne can be found between Callington and Launceston. They, the villagers, formed a band in 1887/88 and by 1890 they were fully kitted out with uniforms - all eleven (plus bass and side drums) of them. By 1910 their uniform had changed completely and very smart they look too. By now they had 15 players. In 1907 J Doney took over the leadership of the band and probably stayed with them until the end which appears to be about 1921.
Linlithgow Town Band
Report of it disbanding in 1899. Another report of it (or a successor band) being active in 1903
Linton Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed in December 1879. Active in the 1880s to WW1. Conductor W.M. Willis in 1885.
Linton Colliery Band (Morpeth, Northumberland)
Active in the early 1900s
Linton Miners' Silver Model Band
See: Linton Colliery Band
Lintz Green Brass Band (Lintzford, Durham)
Active in the 1880s
Lisburn Silver Band (Northern Ireland)
Formed in the early 1920s and merged with Lurganure Silver Band in 1993 to form Garvey Silver Band
Lisburn Co-operative Band (County Antrim)
Active in the 1890s, disbanding in 1907. Its instruments were passed on to Ballyskeagh Brass Band.
Lisburn Temperance Band (County Antrim)
Active in the 1950s/60s
Liskeard Borough Band
Formed in the 1890s under Mr C Penny.
Liskeard Temperance Band
Formed in 1901 - it continued until about 1914 when war broke out. Some of the members, together with a few of an old Volunteer Band, decided to carry on for the duration under Mr T Edmonds. Assumed to have folded during or shortly after the War. A successor band, Liskeard Silver Band, was formed in 1920.
Lismore Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1909
Lister's Silver Band
See: Stinchcombe Silver Band
Lister's Social Club Band
See: Stinchcombe Silver Band
Litchborough Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1930s
Litherland Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s, but folded, probably in the early 1950s. It reformed sometime in the 1960's under W.E. (Billy) Pugh and played in the area until it ceased to exist in the late 1970's. Although never a large band, it had a youth section, again led by Billy Pugh. A number of the people who started there are still active these days. [thanks to Ian Lanceley]
Little Bowden Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1884 - possibly related to the Syminton's soup powder factory in Little Bowden. May be the same band as "Symington's Brass Band"
Little Bromwich E.M.S. Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the early 1900s to 1915
Little Bromwich School Band
See: Little Bromwich E.M.S. Brass Band
Little Common Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Little Compton Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1861
Little Gaddesden Brass Band (Berkhampstead)
Active in 1903
Little Ilford Tabernacle Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s, when the conductor was Harry Jones.
Little Lever Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1896 by the Church of England Temperance Society. All the bandsmen paid a subscription of 2 pence per week to be a member. Within a few years they had become successful on the contest scene and were able to add Prize to their name. The band initially rehearsed at St Matthew's Church, but later moved to their own bandroom in Back Lever Street. It was commented in 1935 that the band was in low waters financially but the bandsmen made up for this in their enthusiasm. At this time it was customary to divide the engagement fee half and half between the band and the bandsmen, most bands did this as a source of beer money for the men. It disbanded in the 1940's.
Little London Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1917
Little London Brass Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Little Mill Reformatory Brass Band (Pontypool)
Active in 1914
Little Waltham and District Band (Essex)
Active in the 1950s
Littleborough Reach Brass Band
Active in 1909
Littleborough Temperance Band
Littledean Brass Band
Active in 1843. A band organized by temperance supporters played at a horticultural show in the village school in 1865
Littlehampton Sacred Brass Band
Formed in the 1880s as a drum and fife band by George Sainsbury who moved to Littlehampton from Fawley in Hampshire. By 1895 it had converted to a full brass band. Eventually, Sainsbury left England and went to live in Canada where he set up the Weston Boys Brass Band. Some time before 1925 the band was renamed Littlehampton Town Band and later converted to a concert band lineup with woodwind instruments, eventually disbanding in 1952.
Littlehampton Town Band
See: Littlehampton Sacred Brass Band
Littlemore Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1850s
Liverpool Amateur Brass Band
Active in the 1860s
Liverpool Artisans' Brass Band
Active in 1890
Liverpool Boys' Orphanage Band
Active in the 1890s
Liverpool Boys' Refuge Industrial School Band
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Liverpool Brass Band
See: Liverpool Amateur Brass Band
Liverpool Catholic Total Abstinence Band
Active in the 1880s
Liverpool CIty Brass Band (1)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Liverpool CIty Brass Band (2)
Active in the 1950s
Liverpool Corporation Passenger Tramways Band
Active in 1934 to 1937
Liverpool Corporation Passenger Transport Band
Active in 1958 to 1962
Liverpool Excelsior Band
Active in the 1900s
Liverpool Industrial Ragged School Brass Band
Active in 1871
Liverpool North End Brass Band
Active in the 1900s
Liverpool Orphan Boys Asylum Brass Band
Active in 1860
Liverpool Orphanage Brass Band
Active in 1932
Liverpool Postal Brass Band
Active in 1898
Liverpool Press Guard Brass Band
Active in the 1860s
Liverpool Reformatory School Brass Band
Active in the 1890s. The Liverpool Juvenile Reformatory Farm School, Mill Lane (now Winwick Road), Newton-in-Makerfield, was operational between 1850 and 1900. Abel Jones, who lived in Earlestown from 1861 until his death in 1886, was the band's conductor. As an aside, it is interesting to note that a certain delinquent, sent to such a school at the age of 12, would never have otherwise had the opportunity to learn to play an instrument, became world famous. This school was the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs - he was Louis Armstrong.
Liverpool Road L. and N.W. Brass Band
Active in the 1900s to WW1.
Liverpool Socialist Brass Band
Liverpool South Corporation Schools Brass Band
Active in the 1860s
Liverpool Victoria Brass Band
Active in the 1890s
Liverpool West Derby Band
Active in the 1860s
Liversedge Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1889, active through the 1890s
Livingston Brass Band (Midlothian)
Formed in 1976. Merged with Broxburn Public Brass Band in 2004 to form Broxburn and Livingston Brass Band
Livingstone Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in 1899
Lixwm Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1900s to the 1930s
Lizard Band (Cornwall)
"THE RIVAL BANDSMEN OF MENEAGE. Or He Who Collars a Man and Gets Knocked Down is Served Rightly." This was the heading in the "Cornishman" newspaper of 1888 when reporting an assault case heard at the West Kerrier petty sessions. Roughly what happened was that there was a festival held in St Keverne and the Porthalla Band were engaged to provide the music. St Keverne Band had usually played at this event, but not this time, although several of their members turned up for a day out.. The Lizard Band had had the nerve to bring their instruments but were not allowed to perform. During an interval, whilst Porthalla Band were having their tea, Richard Jose, John Tiddy and Mr Chiddock, all Lizard Band members, were laughing together and jeering at bandsmen of the other two bands. William Scobie, of St Keverne Band, remonstrated with them, upon which Jose grabbed Scobie by the collar. Scobie floored him with a punch to the side of the head rendering him unconcious for several minutes. End of fracas. The court dismissed the case and each party had to pay their own costs, estimated at being not less than £3. The Good Old Days!! Apart from that, Lizard band seems to have been active only in the early 1880's.
Llan Ffestiniog Brass Band (Merioneth)
Founded around 1864. Between 1883 and 1895 won prize money to the value of nearly £300 in competitions in Porthmadog, Barmouth, Dolgellau, Llanrwst, Llanfairfechan, Corwen, Rhyl, Bala and Caernarfon. Still active in the 1920s and 1930s as Festiniog Silver Band
Llanbedrgoch Brass Band
Active in 1861
Llanberis Brass Band (1) (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1870s
Llanberis Brass Band (2) (Caernarfonshire)
Founded in 1886 by a Mr Ayres, an Englishman who had made his home in Portdinorwic. The instruments of the defunct Llanrug band were still in storage in Cinch Ddu, but through Mr Ayres' efforts they were transferred to Llanberis. This band was controlled from the Vaynol Estate who owned the instruments, and it was not until 1894 that Llanberis managed to get instruments of their own and function independently. These were second-hand instruments which were bought for £30 but it was soon realised that the band could never make progress with instruments in such poor condition. A few years later Dr Mills Roberts came to take charge of the Quarry Hospital. He was a keen musician and it was mainly through his enthusiasm that a Volunteers' Band was formed in the village in 1902. A young bandsman of exceptional talent, Thomas Williams (Twin Bach) was chosen as bandmaster. Several others gave many years of devoted service to the Llanberis hand; notably Owen Evans (Now Ilan) the postman; a line bass player who used to 'boom-boom' his way on his daily rounds, walking in strict march time and climbing with his bundle of letters to the scattered smallholdings of Gwaun Cwm Brwynog on the slopes of Snowdon. The band remained active through to the 1980s.
Llanberis Silver Band
See: Llanberis Brass Band (2)
Llanberis Subscription Brass Band
See: Llanberis Brass Band (2)
Llanberis Volunteers Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Llanbradach Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1910s and 1920s
Llanddulas Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active from the 1890s to the early 1920s.
Llanddulas Silver Band (Denbighshire)
Active from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. The band played at Gwrych Castle on Sunday's in the summer. As Terry Jones recalls: "The band was very much a family affair, my Taid Dafydd Jones was the band master, my father Glynne Jones played trombone, Uncle Stanley played cornet and cousins Elwyn Roberts and Merfyn Hughes also played."
Llandilo Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s
Llandinorwic Brass Band
See: Llandinorwic Ebenezer Band
Llandinorwic Ebenezer Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Llandovery Brass Band
Active in 1886
Llandrindod Wells Temperance Band (Radnorshire)
Active in 1890s. Disbanded around 1950. A successor band was formed in 1969
Llandudno Amateur Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1890s. Presumed to have folded before 1910 when the St Tudno Silver Band became Llandudno Town Band.
Llanelli and District Silver Band
Founded in 1912 as Llanelli Public Band. Later known as Llanelli Town Band and Pressed Steel Fisher Llanelli Band. Probably folded in the mid 2000s.
Llanelli Rechabite Brass Band
Active in 1884
Llanelli Public Band
See: Llanelli and District Silver Band
Llanelli Town Band
See: Llanelli and District Silver Band
Llanerfyl Brass Band (Montgomeryshire)
Active in the 1870s
Llanfairfechan Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1870s to the 1920s
Llanfynydd Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Llangefni Brass Band (Anglesey)
Active from the 1860s to the 1970s
Llangefni Town Band
See: Llangefni Brass Band
Llangollen Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s. A successor band was formed in 1904 (the current Llangollen Town Band)
Llanidloes Borough Band (Montgomeryshire)
Active from the 1920s to the 1940s
Llanidloes Brass Band (Montgomeryshire)
Active from the 1850s through to WW1.
Llanhilleth Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in 1900, when it was conducted by Frederick James Hayes. Also known as Llanhilleth Town Band, contemporary with the Colliery Band in 1914.
Llanhilleth Colliery Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in 1914
Llanllyfni Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Llannerch-y-medd Brass Band (Anglesey)
Active in the 1880s/1890s, it was conducted by William Thomas (b.1820) for fifty years!
Llannerch-y-mor and Mostyn Band
See: Llannerch-y-mor Brass Band
Llannerch-y-mor Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1890s. Llannerch-y-mor was a small private dock, located between Mostyn and Flint and constructed as part of the nearby lead smelting works, which probably supplied most of the men for the band.
Llanrug Brass Band
See: Llanrug Royal Brass Band
Llanrug Royal Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Formed around 1830. In 1871 it came under the patronage of the squire of the Vaynol Estate, who was also the owner of the Dinorwic Slate Quarry. and was given the new title of Royal Vaynol Brass Band. On March 23rd, 1873, the bandmaster's son, Robert, met with a serious accident in the quarry when he fell from the rock face over fifty feet, and later died. When the lady of Vaynol heard the news she bought a set of black uniforms for the band to attend the young quarryman's funeral, and a black ribbon was tied to each instrument. Won first prize in the Festiniog Eisteddfod brass band contest in 1884. When the quarrymen were unemployed during the 'lock-out' of 1885, an order was received from the Vaynol that all the instruments were to be returned immediately to Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, for safe keeping while the men were out. The road to Llanberis was crowded with unemployed quarrymen, and the band was persuaded to play a march to cheer them up. As a result they lost the instruments for ever. The conductor at the time was an Englishman named Mr Tidswell, and he was paid a monthly wage of £10 from the quarry office. This was promptly stopped and he had to return to England to earn his living, the band folded then in 1885/1886. A successor band, the Vaynol Royal Silver Band, was formed in 1888.
Llanrwst Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Llanrwst Town Band (Denbighshire)
Active in the 1930s
Llansaint Silver Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active from the early 1900s (known as Llansaint Temperance Band) to the 1990s. Competed in the 1964 West of England Regional Championships (4th Section), conducted by E. Charlton
Llansaint Temperance Band
See: Llansaint Silver Band
Llansamlet Brass Band
Active in the 1890s and 1930s
Llansilin Band
Folded around 1960
Llanstephan Brass Band (S Wales)
Active in 1895
Llantrisant Town Band
Formed in the 1920s with players from Beddau, Cross Inn and Tynant. It rehearsed in the Cross Keys, before moving to the former jail house below the Town Hall. The bandmaster was John M. Thomas of Tynant. The euphonium player, Daniel Williams (Dan the Band), became conductor in the 1930s and they performed in the demonstration marches of 1934. It perished during World War II and the last performance was at the Armistice Parade in Beddau.
Llanwarne Brass Band
Active in 1876, with Mr. Benjamin Court as bandmaster
Llawr-y-Bettws Brass Band (Merionethshire)
Active in the 1880s
Llay Colliery Welfare Band (Wrexham)
Active from the 1920s. Disbanded in 1967 - with instruments and equipment going to the Point of Ayr Band.
Llay Welfare Institute Band
See: Colliery Welfare Band
Lloyd and Foster's Axle and Tyre Band (Wednesbury, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Lloyd Park Hall Brass Band (Walthamstow)
Active in the early 1920s - based at the Lloyd Park Hall Methodist Mission in Forest Road
Lloyd's Ironworks Brass Band (Wednesbury, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s - contemporary with the Lloyd's Steel and Axle Works Band
Lloyd's Steel and Axle Works Band
See: Lloyd and Foster's Axle and Tyre Band
Llwycoed Silver ay Colliery Welfare Band (Wrexham)
Active in 1933. Disbanded in 1967 - with instruments and equipment going to the Point of Ayr Band
Llwynhendy Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Loanhead Burgh Band
See: Loanhead Ex-Servicemen Band
Loanhead Ex-Service and Burgh Band
See: Loanhead Ex-Servicemen Band
Loanhead Ex-Servicemen Band (Midlothian)
Formed after 1918 and disbanded at the start of the Second World War
Lob Mill Brass Band (Todmorden)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Lobb Mills Brass Band
See: Lob Mill Brass Band
Lochee Brass Band (Dundee, Angus)
Active in the 1870s
Lochee Operative Brass Band
See: Camperdown Linen Works Band
Lochee Trades Band
See: Lochee Brass Band
Lochgelly Private Band (Fife)
Active in 1905, conducted by D. Gibbs. Contemporary with the, then, Lochgelly Public Brass Band
Lochgilphead Asylum Brass Band (Argyllshire)
Active in the 1890s
Lochhead, Victoria and Earlseat Band
See: Victoria Lochhead Band
Lochore Colliery Band (Fife)
Active in the 1920s to 1950s
Lockeridge Silver Band (Wiltshire)
Formed in 1910. Amalgated with the Overton Mission Band in 1934 to form Kennet Vale Silver Band, at which time the bandmaster was Reg Stagg.
Lockerley and District Silver Prize Band (Hampshire)
Originally a temperance organisation formed by Isaac Pritchard, organist at Lockerley Hole Baptist chapel in about 1880
Locks Heath Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the late 1920s.
Lockwood Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1940s to the mid1990s. Also known as Lockwood (Jos Lumb and Son) Band, early 1980s, and Lockwood F. Drake Fibres Band, late 1980s.
Lockwood's Sax Horn Band (Castleford)
Active in 1856
Loddon Secondary School Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1975
Loddon Town Band (Norfolk)
Founded in 1907 - it met in a small band room near the Fox and Hounds pub in Loddon. It folded in the 1950s and gave the instruments to the then new Loddon Secondary Modern School. A successor band was formed in the 1960s.
Lofthouse and Middlesmoor Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1919
Lofthouse Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in from the 1950s to the early 1980s. Based at Lofthouse, near Wakefield
Lofthouse Saxhorn Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1859 when it took part in the Lofthouse Grand Village Band Contest in November that year. It was conducted by J Walker, had 10 performers, and played Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. and the test piece, Grand Parade March by Jones. Based at Loftus, near Skinningrove
Loftus and Skinningrove Mines Band
See: Skinningrove Miners' Brass Band
Loftus and Skinningrove Brass Band
See: Skinningrove Miners' Brass Band
Loftus Brass Band
See: Skinningrove Miners' Brass Band
Loftus County Modern School Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1960s
Loftus Iron Works Band
See: Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works Band
Loftus Mines Brass Band
See: Skinningrove Miners' Brass Band
London and North Western Carriage Works Band (Crewe)
See: London and North Western Railway Crewe Works Band
London and North Western Railway Band (Manchester)
Active in 1913, 1915
London and North Western Railway Crewe Works Band
Active in the 1910s and 1920s.
London and North Western Steam Shed Band
Active in 1879
London and South Western Locomotive Works Band
See: London and South Western Railway Band
London and South Western Railway Band (Nine Elms, Surrey)
Active in the 1900s
London Carmen's Union Brass Band
Active in the 1900s
London College of Music Brass Band
Active in the 1980s
London Great Central and Metropolitan Band
London Home Guard 5th Brass Band
Active in 1944
London North Western Garston Docks Prize Brass Band
London Prize Band
Active from the early 1900s to WW1.
London Road Congregational Brass Band (Derby)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
London Road P.S.A. Brass Band (Portsmouth)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. The Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Societies (or Brotherhoods) were a national effort by non-conformist churches to involve young men in social and religious activity on Sunday afternoons.
London Road Station Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1891. London Road Station was later renamed Manchester Picadilly.
London Silver Band
Active in the 1920s. Merged with Peel Institute Band to form Finsbury Borough Band / Peel's Silver Band
London Tramways Band
Active in the 1930s
London Victoria Amateurs Brass Band
See: Victoria Rifle Volunteers Band
London Works Brass Band (Smethwick)
Active in 1867
London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Signalmen's Brass Band
Active in 1891 when it regularly played in Battersea Park.
London, Midland and Scottish Band
See: L.M.S. Band
London, Midland and Scottish Railway Band
See: L.M.S. Band
Londonderry Bottle Works Brass Band
See: Seaham Harbour Bottle Works Band
Londonderry Workshops Brass Band
See: Seaham Harbour Bottle Works Band
Long Ashton Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1860s
Long Bredy Brass Band (Dorset)
Formed in 1921
Long Buckby Excelsior Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1891
Long Buckby Home Guard Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed in 1939 by the merger of Long Buckby Temperance Silver Prize Band and Long Buckby Town Band. After the war, it merged with the Daventry Town Band to form Daventry and District Silver Band.
Long Buckby Sanders Independence Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1890
Long Buckby Temperance Silver Prize Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1890s. Played as part of the celebrations for the visit to Northampton of His Majesty King George V and Her Majesty Queen Mary on Tuesday the 23rd September 1913 - at Far Cotton. It merged with Long Buckby Town Band at the start of WW2 to form the Long Buckby Home Guard Band.
Long Buckby Town Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1890s. In 1939 it merged with Long Buckby Temperance Band to form the Long Buckby Home Guard Band.
Long Clawson Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s
Long Crendon Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1900s
Long Crendon Excelsior Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s
Long Downs Brass Band (Cornwall)
Long Downs is situated about 5 miles North West of Falmouth and in 1881 a band of that name played at a Weslyan Sunday school procession and tea treat in Porkellis. At present no more is known about this group either before or after this event.
Long Eaton British Legion Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Long Eaton Good Templar Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1870s
Long Eaton Mission Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1882
Long Eaton Temperance Prize Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1892
Long Gully Miner's Band (Australia)
Formed in 1864. Merged with Hallas City Band in 1889 to form Marong Municipal (Hopetoun) Brass Band
Long Itchington Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s
Long Itchington Excelsior Band
See: Long Itchington Brass Band
Long Itchington Silver Band
See: Long Itchington Brass Band
Long Lawford Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Long Lea Valley Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Formed in 1963. Still active in the 1990s
Long Marston Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active from the 1910s to the 1940s
Long Preston Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Long Sutton Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1860, active into the 1870s
Long Sutton Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1890s, conductor F. Burt.
Longannet Colliery Band (Cowdenbeath)
See: Cowdenbeath Brass Band
Longbridge Deverill Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1855 and the 1940s
Longden Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1910s
Longford Hall Mission Brass Band (Salford)
Active in the 1890s to 1930s
Longford Star Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1880s. Competed in a brass band contest at Bedworth in 1888
Longford Union Place Military Band (Warwickshire)
Competed in a brass band contest at Bedworth in 1888
Longhirst Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active from the early 1870s to the late 1880s
Longland Brass
See: Kent's Works Silver Band
Longnor Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1870
Longridge St Lawrence Band
See: St Lawrence Silver Prize Band
Longriggend Temperance Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1890s
Longsight Steam Sheds Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
Longton Borough Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s
Longton Brass Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Active in 1872
Longton St Andrew's Brass Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Longton St James' Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Longton Saxhorn Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s
Longton Town Band
See: Co-operative Society Prize Band (Burslem and District)
Longton Victoria Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent)
Active in 1888
Longtown Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1910 when Jas. Bell was secretary. In 1914 the secretary was William Bell
Longwith Band
Competed at the Crystal Palace in 1920
Lonsdale Scouts and Guides Band (Westmorland)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Looe Town Bands (Cornwall)
Looe does have a history of "on/off" bands, starting with the Volunteer Artillery Band (1865-1907). Even this unit, on several occasions, had no band. Even so, from 1907 to 1912, there does appear to be two bands in town, the Artillery and a town band, probably because most players played in both bands. Certainly the town band, in 1907, were efficient enough to play such items as the overture "Tancredi". A photo of the band of this period shows 24 players, among whome were five clarinets and one flute/piccolo. An impressive size for a Cornish band of this period. The town band was led by AR Mitchell. After 1912 nothing can be found of an active band, though there are several attempts to reform between the wars - all to no avail.
Lord Donington's Private Band (Castle Donington, Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Lord Lawson School Brass Band
One of the most successful school brass bands, active in the 1970s. It unfortunately folded once it's conductor Mr Bruce Wigham left, in 1986.
Lord Londonderry's Volunteer Temperance Band (Silksworth, Durham)
Formed in 1884, the band was one of the oldest in the area. Known as Silksworth Temperance Band. Brass Band players are notorious for liking the odd pint and so it was obvious the temperance tag wouldn't last. Therefore in 1905, the band became the Silksworth Colliery Band, a name they carried proudly for over 80 years. When the colliery closed, Vaux Brewery became the band's first ever sponsor, with the band renamed as the Vaux Samson Band. This was not to last, however, as Vaux itself closed in 1999. The band was then sposored by Pride Valley Foods and adopted the new title of Pride Valley Brass, only to disband in 2005.
Lord Yarborough's Brocklesby Yeomanry Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1845
Lord's Hill Brass Band
See: Lordshill Brass Band
Lordshill Brass Band (Snailbeach, Shropshire)
Active in 1912
Loscoe Miners Welfare Silver Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Lossiemouth Artillery Band (Morayshire)
Active in the 1880s
Lostock Industrial School Band (Bolton)
For a time one of the teachers at the Industrial School took to teaching the boys music and formed a band. The band was short lived around the 1900's.
Lostock Junction Brass Band (Bolton)
Active in 1902, when they headed a procession through Chew Moor.
Lostock Mill Brass Band (Bolton)
Active in the 1870s
Lostwithiel Borough Band
See: Lostwithiel Brass Band
Lostwithiel Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1880s to WW2
Lostwithiel Brass 88 (Cornwall)
Formed in 1988, folded before 1996 when the current Lostwithiel Town Band was formed.
Lostwithiel Silver Band (Cornwall)
Formed after WW2, folded in the mid 1980s
Loudon Brass Band (Cardiff)
Active in 1910
Loudoun Academy Brass Band (Galston, Ayrshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s. See also Loudoun Brass Band
Loudoun Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Originally consisted of players from Loudoun Academy Band but became a separate organisation in 1974. In 1990, it amalgamated with Newmilns Burgh Band and Galston Burgh Band, to form the current Newmilns and Galston Band
Loudoun Youth Band
See: Loudon Academy Brass Band
Loughborough Borough Prize Band
Active from the 1890s to WW1.
Loughborough Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s
Loughborough Silver Band
See: Loughborough Town Silver Band
Loughborough Town Silver Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1940s to the 1990s
Loughborough Youth Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1960s to the 1980s
Loughor Excelsior Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Formed in 1873. Disbanded 1918. The Loughor Excelsior Brass Band was formed under the baton of William Dennis in 1873. Very little is known of those early years, but the band would have featured prominently in the entertainment of the villagers and at ceremonial functions, funerals, outdoor marches and concerts. A balance sheet for 31st December, 1902 mentions that new silver plated instruments had been bought for £318 from Messrs. Boosey and Co. Military Band Instrument Manufacturers, Regent Street, London. The officers were obliged to pay the amount in full within three years. In the summer of 1903 under the baton of Mr. Bleddyn Dennis, the band earned itself the title of a Silver Band Prize. Competing at Llanelly, the Loughor players emerged as winners of the prestigious Challenge Shield of the West Wales Association. Each summer at the Loughor Regatta, the Silver Band was always present to provide suitable music of an entertaining nature. With the outbreak of the Ward in Europe in 1914, Mr. Bleddyn Dennis joined the Swansea Police Band, to become its conductor, but left in 1912 for New Zealand. The trenches of France denied the village of its young men, who joined the Welsh Regiments as infantry men. Thus after 1918 enthusiasm waned and the organisation folded. The drum and sticks were preserved until 1938 when they were given to the Salvation Army Band in Gorseinon.
Loughor Rechabite Silver Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Loughton Brass Band
See: Loughton Excelsior Brass Band
Loughton Excelsior Brass Band (Essex)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s. They would perform at the drinking fountain at the corner of High Road and Station Road, Loughton.
Louth Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1860s
Louth Mission Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1910s to the 1920s
Low Bentham Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1870
Low Moor Brass Band (Bradford)
Active from the 1840s to the 1860s
Low Moor Ironworks Band (Bradford)
Active in 1857
Low Moor L.M.S. Band (Bradford)
Active in the 1930s
Low Row and Feetham Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1892
Low Spennymoor Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1875
Lowca Brass Band
See: Lowca Colliery Band
Lowca Colliery Band (Whitehaven, Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s and from the 1930s to the 1960s
Lower Annandale Band (Annan)
Active from 1830s to 1850s at least
Lower Ince Temperance Band (Wigan, Lancashire)
Formed in August 1894. Still active in the late 1960s
Lower Moss Lane Mission Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1904
Lower Place Band
See: Lowerplace Brass Band
Lower Union Street Mission Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1932
Lower Winchendon Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1885
Lowerhouse Mills Band (Burnley)
Formed around 1920 by Burnley councillor Captain Sherston. Active in the 1920s/30s
Lowerplace Brass Band (Rochdale, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s and the 1940s
Lowestoft Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1855
Lowestoft British Legion Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1930s
Lowestoft Railway Silver Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1910. Bandmaster or Band Chairman was John Bultitude.
Lowestoft Town Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active from the 1950s. In 1979 it changed name to Gunton Hall Silver Band. Folded in the late 1980s or early 1990s
Lowland Engineers Brass Band (Rutherglen, Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1900s
Lowton Silver Band
Formed in 1865. Their practices were in the Jolly Carter Inn at Lowton. When the Railway Inn was built at Robin Hood, the band moved into new headquarters behind it and practised there for over 50 years. During this time the name was changed to Leigh Borough Band. New headquarters were bought in 1956 and the name was changed back to Lowton Silver Band. The band broke up in 1965 due to a lack of players, but a trust was set up in the hope of it being reformed. Tom Burke was a member of Leigh Borough Band and in 1904 was promoted to 1st cornet player. He won a silver medal for his cornet playing.
Loyal Harmonic Brass Band (Nottingham)
Active in 1850
Loyal St George Brass Band
See: St George's Brass Band (Bristol)
Luckett's Travel (Southsea) Band
See: Southsea Silver Band
Lucton School Brass Band (Herefordshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Luddenden and Luddenden Foot Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1891
Luddenden Foot Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s. Conductor E. Kershaw
Luddenden Old Band
See: Oats Royd Mills Brass Band
Ludgvan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Back in 1850 the local Wesleyan Sunday school procession was headed by "the well known Ludgvan Band of Musicians". At this very early date, especially for Cornwall, I would hazaard a guess that this was not a brass band but it very soon became one. It seems to have carried on until 1889, then twenty years later a Ludgvan Brass Band, under R T Williams re-energed, but for how long is not clear. Certainly in the 1920s the band existed under the baton of Mr R Taylor, the band sporting 15 players. What happened after that is another Cornish mystery.
Ludlow Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1840s
Ludlow School Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1980s
Ludlow Town Band (1) (Shropshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Ludlow Town Band (2) (Shropshire)
Formed in the early 1970s and folded around 2000.
Lugar Silver Band (Ayrshire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s
Lumb Amateur Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active through the 1860s. Michael Barlow was the leader in 1863
Lumb Foot Brass Band
See: Lumbfoot Brass Band
Lumbfoot Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the late 1850s, when members of the Ponden Band joined it. At that time the Lumbfoot Band consisted of fifteen or sixteen young men, most of whom worked in the mill, and Messrs. Butterfield Brothers let them have the dining room to play in. The band was still active into the 1870s
Lumley and New Lambton Colliery (Durham)
Active in 1922
Lumley (6th Pit) Colliery Band
See Lumley Colliery Band
Lumley Bethel Band (Durham)
Active around 1970
Lumley Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s to 1900s
Lumley Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Won the Cassell's Shield at the Crystal Palace in 1928. Still active in 1964, but folded later in the 1960s.
Lumley Colliery Silver Prize Band
See Lumley Colliery Band
Lumley Temperance Band
See: Lumley Brass Band
Lumley Town Band (Durham)
Active in 1928
Lundin Mill and Largo Brass Band (Fife)
Formed around 1883
Lurganure Silver Band (Northern Ireland)
Lurganure Silver Band originated from Hull's Hill Accordian Band which met at Hull's Hill Mission Hall, Moira Road, Lisburn, in 1935. In 1951 the members felt that a change was needed and the decision was taken to change from accordian to silver. Around the early 1950's, at Christmas, the Band visited numerous homes in the locality to entertain them by playing carols. In so doing, money was raised which went to-wards presents for the children at Lissue Children's Hospital, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn. This was an event which started at Bradbury's Corner and continued, by foot, to Cockhill Corner. It took place for a number of years until road and traffic conditions endangered the safety of members. It vis well known that the band had an exclusively male membership, but in 1978 ladies were finally admitted after much discussion and deliberation among their male counterparts. It merged with Lisburn Silver Band in 1993 to form Garvey Silver Band
Luton Alliance Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1850s, conductor Mr Bryer, and in 1879, when they advertised for a Solo Cornet player, annual salary £20. Conductor C. Spratley in 1894. Still active in 1897.
Luton Excelsior Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in 1870
Luton Public Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1930s
Luton Town Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Luton Volunteers Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Luton Wesleyan Central Mission Brass Band
See: Wesleyan Central Mission Brass Band
Luton Working Men's Club and Institute Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in 1867
Lutterworth Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1840s to WW1.
Lutterworth Town Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in the early 1950s, folded in the 1960s. A successor band was formed in 1982.
Lutterworth Wycliffe Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s, conductor A. Wheeler in 1897.
Lycett Mission Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Lydbrook Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1860s to WW1.
Lydbrook Excelsior Band (Gloucestershire)
Earlier known as Lydbrook Morgan's Band in the 1880s, renamed as the Excelsior Band in 1900. Merged with other bands in 1923 to form Lydbrook Silver Band
Lydbrook Morgan's Band
See: Lydbrook Excelsior Band
Lydbrook Onward Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1920s to the 1940s
Lydbrook Tin Plate Works Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1882.
Lydeard St Lawrence Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1868
Lydford Town Band
Active in 1895
Lydiard Millicent Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1913
Lydney Excelsior Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Lyme Regis Town Band (Dorset)
Active from the 1890s. It disbanded in the early 1950s. A successor band was formed in 1981.
Lyminge Silver Band (Kent)
Active from the 1910s to the 1930s. The band stored its instruments in the hall of the Methodist Church, which was completely destroyed by a direct hit in World War II, and all instruments lost, which must have been a bitter financial blow.
Lymington Borough Band
See: Lymington Town Prize Band
Lymington Borough Military Band
See: Lymington Town Prize Band
Lymington Brass Band
Active in 1840 through to 1871
Lymington Temperance Band
See: Lymington Town Prize Band
Lymington Town and Temperance Band
See: Lymington Town Prize Band
Lymington Town and Volunteer Band
See: Lymington Town Prize Band
Lymington Town Band (Hampshire)
Founded in 1883 as Lymington Town and Volunteer Band. In 1885 it became A Company 4th Voluntary Battalion Hampshire Regiment Brass Band. Later known as Lymington Town Band, then Lymington Town Prize Band. It was a military band in instrumentation in the early 1900s (not known if it ever converted to all brass). Still active in 1911 when Arthur Percival Cooper Hewitt was the secretary. Still active in 1938.
Lymm Brass Band
See: Lymm Subscription Band
Lymm British Legion Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1932
Lymm Subscription Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Lympstone Amateur Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1844
Lyneham Band
Active in 1911
Lynemouth Colliery Band
See: Newbiggin Colliery Band
Lynn Original Brass Band
See: Lynn Working Men's Saxhorn Band
Lynn Working Men's Saxhorn Band (Kings Lynn)
Active between 1854 and 1866. Josiah H Reddie was a founder member.
Lynton Brass Band (Devon)
Formed in 1910, bandmaster W. Rumsam.
Lysaght's Orb Works Brass Band (Newport)
Formed under Bandmaster Jack Marsh when the men returned from the Great War, and the first parade was at the reunion at Somerton Park in 1919. Mr. A. Leyshon (late of New Tredegar and Cwm Prize Bands), who has a lifetime experience of first-class contesting was placed in charge in 1924, since when the band has been known as "The Newport Popular Band" and are regularly engaged for the important events in Monmouthshire and adjoining counties. Their repertoire consists of the works of all the great masters and they can be guaranteed to give a programme suitable to any occasion. Mr. Fred Pugh and Mr. Brad. Shergold are the only members who were members at the time of its formation. Mr. Owen Davies has been the Hon. Secretary for the past seven years. As reward for perseverance and success, Mr. W. R. Lysaght has presented them with a very comprehensive Coronation gift of new instruments and uniforms. (Report by Owen Davies, Band Secretary, 1937)
Lysaght's St Vincent's Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in the 1880s. Formed by men in the employ of Messrs Lysaght & Co. (a.k.a. J. Lysaght's)
Lysaght's Steel Works Brass Band (Scunthorpe)
See: Normanby Park Steelworks Brass Band
Lytchett Minster Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1885
Lytham British Legion Band
Active in 1936
Lytham Volunteer Band 2nd East Lancs Regiment
Active in 1897

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M. and S.W. Athletic Club Brass Band
See: Midland and South Western Junction Railway Band
M. S. and L. Railway Brass Band
See: Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Brass Band
M. and S.W.J.R. Works Band
See: Midland and South West Junction Railway Works Band
M.T.T. Band (Hackney, South Australia)
Active in 1925
Mabe Brass Band (Cornwall)
(sometimes known as Mabe Burnt House Band) were a band typical of their time. Found three or four miles North West of Falmouth, we know they were formed just before 1882 by a Mr Rapson (jun), later disbanded then reformed in 1911 ready for the Coronation. Who conducted them at this stage is not known but after WW1, in 1919, J Thomas was appointed to conduct. In 1931-32 they had H Jenkins who handed over to W H A Starke, who was relieved in 1933 by C A Dawes who gave the job back to W H A Starke in 1934, who in turn handed it all back to C A Dawes in 1936. In 1938 he gave the baton to the bands' 1919 conductor Mr J Thomas. They carried out regular contesting in the 30's, the best result being taken at Falmouth in 1936, playing the 4th section test "The Spirit of Youth." A 1933 photo shows a band with a healthy 21 players. The bands was still active in the late 1940s
Mabe Burnt House BandSee: Mabe Brass Band
Macclesfield Brass Band
See: Macclesfield Harmonic Brass Band
Macclesfield Harmonic Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1840s to 1860s
Macclesfield Silver Band (Cheshire)
See: Macclesfield Town Band
Macclesfield Old Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Macclesfield Town Band (Cheshire)
Active 1915 to 1968
Machno Vale Silver Band (Caernarfonshire)
In all probability, the band started around 1830 in Cwm Penmachno. At the time the quarries of the area were strong, no doubt providing several members for the band. At one time there were buildings in Swch Cwm and there was one room between the Co-op and Swch's stable that was used as a meeting place for the young people of the area. The band took this room over and practised there from 1902 until the 1940's. The bandmaster Robert Thomas (Richie Thomas' father) was also a member of a band from Llan Ffestiniog and turned down an offer to play in the Black Dykes band in favour of conducting the local band.
Machynlleth Brass Band (Montgomeryshire)
Active in the 1860s
Machynlleth Town Band (Montgomeryshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Madeley Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1860
Madeley Silver Band
See: Madeley Town Band
Madeley Town Band (Shropshire)
The Band led the Broseley Friendly Society Parade, in aid of the Hospitals in 1906. From the Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News, 25th September 1909: "Broseley Hospital Sunday - After the church service the Madeley Town Band gave a selection of music on the Memorial Green, as well as the Jackfield Band." The old Three Horseshoes pub in Madeley Market Square was the largest pub in Madeley, and was the headquarters of the Madeley Band. In 1911 the Madely Town Prize Brass Band was refused the right to bear the title "Royal". Still active in 1950
Madron British Legion Band (Cornwall)
This band, a mile or two from Penzance, occupied the scene from about 1930 to 1939. Contesting seems to have happened only in 1933 under their then conductor, Mr A P Richards, during which, at Redruth Contest, they came first for Deportment.
Maelor Brass Band
Active in 1891
Maerdy Silver Band
Active in 1930s
Maesteg Catholic Band
See: Maesteg League of the Cross Band
Maesteg Hibernia Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the early 1900s, contemporary with the Maesteg League of the Cross Band
Maesteg League of the Cross Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the early 1900s
Maesteg Roman Catholic Band
See: Maesteg League of the Cross Band
Maesteg Town Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1911 and 1948
Maesteg Volunteer Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Magdalen and District Silver Band (Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, Norfolk)
Magdalen and District Band was formed in 1948 when Eric Bell, a member of the St Germans band, called a meeting to see if there was any interest in forming a band for the village. Among the keen youngsters at that first meeting was 11-year-old Maurice Gent, was a member until the band folded in 2009. The early meetings were held in a coal shed where Maurice Gent, and fellow members Alwyn Pruden, Peter Youngs and Cecil Star sat on a bunker to learn their new art. As time went on more lads joined them. To start with the four lads had just two instruments to share - a cornet and a tenor horn - but as the band and its committee grew, more instruments were eventually bought. A women's committee was formed to help with the fundraising while the men's committee concentrated on the music. The band had its last engagement in summer 2008.
Maiden Newton Brass Band
Active around the 1870s/80s
Maidenhead Brass Band
See: Maidenhead Amateur Brass Band
Maidenhead Amateur Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Maidenhead Rechabite Brass Band (Berkshire)
Founded in 1885, conductor J. Pearson.
Maidenhead Silver Band
See: Maidenhead Town Band
Maidenhead Town Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1920s
Maidenhead Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in 1892
Maids Moreton Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1891
Maidstone Borough Brass Band (Kent)
Active in 1909
Maidstone Boys Technical School Band (Kent)
Active in the 1970s
Maidstone Trinity Brass
See Trinity Brass
Maindee Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the early 1900s
Maitland Brass Band (Australia)
Made their debut at the Maitland show in 1881. They "performed creditably giving promise of future excellence". They disbanded in the 1890s. A successor band was formed in the early 1900s
Maitland Municipal Brass Band (Australia)
Formed in the early 1900s. Winners of the 'C' grade trophy at a 1929 competition held in Perth to mark Western Australia's centenary. They were also victorious in the 'D' grade of the Tanunda band competition of 1927.
Malinslee and St George's Brass Band
See: Malinslee Brass Band
Malinslee Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Malleable Iron Works Brass Band (Stockton)
See: Stockton Malleable Band (1)
Malling and District Youth Band (Kent)
Active in the 1980s
Malling Town Band (Kent)
Active in the 1930s
Malmesbury Town Band
Formed prior to 1877, when it led the procession to the new station to meet the inaugural train. In 1945 its instruments were sold. A successor concert band was formed in the town c.1990
Malpas Town Band (Cheshire)
Active from 1919 to 1940. For further details see this webpage: Malpas Brass Band
Malton Amateur Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed by John Gibson in 1877 and folded in 1884.
Malton and Norton Saxhorn Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Malton and Norton United Band
See: Malton and Norton Saxhorn Band
Malton Blue Ribbon Army Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Malton Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1896
Malton Brass or Mixed Wind Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active between 1837 and 1855
Malton Messenger Saxhorn Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Founded in 1857 by Henry Smithson, proprietor of the "Malton Messenger" newspaper. Made first public appearance on 16th October that year conducted by Mr Milburn of Leeds. In August 1858 played in Longster's Orchard, Malton accompanying dancers at the Malton Regatta. Some of the original bandsmen included Will Foster, Hardwick Spurr, John, George and Thomas Leefe, John Morrit, John Stamper, John Bull, Tindal Clarke, John Hudson, Robert Taylor, Bob Piercy and Tom Allison. In 1860 the band was conducted by Mr Jennison of Norton and was renamed the Malton Rifle Volunteers Band. John Gibson became conductor in 1862 and served until 1877, when he left to form his own band, Malton Amateur Brass Band. The band was then conducted by JF Drake until Gibson's return in 1884. In 1887 a revolt among the band led to a mass resignation from the Volunteers and the band was restyled the "New Malton Town Band". JW Marshall was conductor of the band in 1899 and the band was still in existence in 1902.
Malton Rifle Volunteers Band (1)
See: Malton Messenger Saxhorn Band
Malton Rifle Volunteers Band (2)
Formed in 1894 until it disbanded in 1899
Malton Temperance Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in 1899 by William Gibson, with eleven players, including Tom Banks, Jack Haykings, Ernest Cartwright and Tom Tate Smith. In 1900 the band announced that it would henceforth be known as the Malton White Star Band - which still exists today.
Malton United Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Founded in 1857 by William Turner. Active in the 1860s, conducted by Welford Gibson
Malvern Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1877 to 1882. Also known as Malvern Recreation Brass Band
Malvern Imperial Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1930s
Malvern Mechanics Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1877/79.
Malvern Recreation Brass Band
See: Malvern Brass Band
Malvern Tramways Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Although not strictly speaking extinct, as it is still in existence as Stonnington City Brass, this band's heydays in the 1920s, following its formation in 1911, is worth recording here. Contest record: 1912, won all events in the A.N.A. Competition, Collingwood. 1913-14, winners A.N.A. Competition. Winners of all events Chamber of Manufacturers Contest. Second Prize South Street Ballarat. 1915, Ballarat, tied for First Prize Grade A Championship. Winners Highest Aggregate and Boosey Shield, value 75 guineas, Second Quickstep. 1917, Winners of all events A.N.A.A. Championship, Melbourne. Also O'Brien and Down Cup, value 100 guineas, for Highest Aggregate. 1918, Winners A.N.A. A Grade Championship, Melbourne, and winners of Grand Final for O'Brien and Down Cup, value 100 guineas, for Highest Aggregate. 1920, Winners South Street Championship A Grade and Boosey Shield, value 50 guineas. 1921, Winners South Street Championship A Grade and Boosey Shield, value 50 guineas - Second Year. 1922, Winners A Grade Championship, Ballarat, 3rd successive year and Grand Final, Boosey Shield, value 50 guineas, Highest Aggregate.
In 1924 the band embarked on a World Tour. Also in 1924, during the visit of H.M.S. Hood to Melbourne in March, "The entertainment began at 2.15 with a recital by the Malvern Tramways Band, renowned as 'the champion brass band of the Commonwealth'. The Age suggested that their recital would give the public 'the opportunity of comparing and contrasting the all-brass band with the military band'. Originally, it had been intended for the Malvern men to provide a musical escort as the massed bands from the Hood, Repulse and Delhi proceeded to the Ground. However, it was not 'found practicable to arrange' for this, so the idea was dropped. It was a fortunate move. The afternoon was 'a day of sunshine, coloured parasols and summer dresses' that drew a massive crowd of eager visitors to the Hood and the other ships at Port Melbourne. The bandsmen were unable 'to get through the dense mass of people' at the pier. As a last resource, mounted police had to clear the way. When this was done, the bandsmen made with all speed for the MCG. Thus, for once, the navy was late. In the meantime, the musical flag was kept flying by the Malvern Tramways Band. Once they arrived 'by motor', the sailors provided 'a fine program ... and every item of the bands won applause' from the crowd of 24000. At the end of the day, with gate receipts totalling £820, the Lord Mayor (and Melbourne Cricket Club member), Councillor William Brunton, expressed his appreciation to the bandmasters. "
1911 - Celebration of Malvern being proclaimed a City: "Crowds of visitors, from neighbouring suburbs, came to see the display. From half-past six o'clock until half-past eight o'clock the trams, and trains, were overcrowded. On the tram cars the passengers were seen to be hanging precariously to the sides of the cars. The night was a bitterly cold one, but the adverse conditions did not affect the spirits of the people, exhilarated as their spirits were, by music of the Malvern Tramway Band, the Prahran Band, the St. Kilda Band, the Kilties' Band, and the St. Vincent de Paul's Orphanage Band. The units of the crowd, estimated at 40,000, were well content to have formed one of those abroad to see the sights, in the streets, on this memorable night, in the City of Malvern."
Malvern Town Band
See: Malvern Imperial Band
Malvern Wells Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1895
Manaccan Band (Cornwall)
I have a record of a William Martin playing for Manaccan Band from 1873 - 1888. This is the only proof that I have that this outfit existed at that time. The other mention I have is in 1942, during WW2, when what was left of the band nipped across to help Gweek Band play at the Gweek Hospital Sunday. Manaccan has a most convuluted history starting off as Manaccan Band, then joining with St Martin Band in the 20's, then going it alone again for a while, then St Martin joining Manaccan sometime after 1926, remaining under the Manaccan title until their demise in 1946.
Manchester and Salford Postmen's Band
Active in 1883, when some of its members played at the funeral of John Leah, trombonist in the Pendleton Brass Band.
Manchester and Salford Reformatory for Boys Brass Band (Lancashire)
Opened in 1867 on French Barn Lane, Blackley, closing in 1905. The band was active in the 1880s and 1890s.
Manchester and Sheffield Railway Company Locomotive Band (New Holland, Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1860s
Manchester Boys Brass Band
Active in the 1940s, post WW2.
Manchester C.W.S. Tobacco Factory Band
See C.W.S. (Manchester) Band
Manchester Celtic Silver Band
Active in 1908
Manchester Central Hall Band
See: Central Hall Mission Band
Manchester Chronicle Employees Band
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Manchester City Police Band
Active in 1880s
Manchester City Royal Brass Band
Active in 1882
Manchester City Temperance Band
Active in 1892
Manchester Civil Defence Band
Active in 1945
Manchester Corporation Employees (Birchfields Road) Band
Active in the 1930s
Manchester Corporation Employees (Hyde Road) Band
Active in the 1930s
Manchester Corporation (Water Street) Band
See: Corporation Cleansing Department Water Street Brass Band
Manchester Corporation Tramways Band
Active in the 1930s
Manchester Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1877
Manchester Fire Brigade Silver Band
Active in the 1950s
Manchester Jewish Brass Band
Began as an activity of the Jewish Working Men's Club. Active in the 1910s/20s. Bandmaster was Mr Nolan in 1913
Manchester Leisure Hour Band
See: Leisure Hour Brass Band
Manchester Midland Railway Band
Active in the 1912
Manchester Post Office Brass Band
Active in the 1930s
Manchester Postal Brass Band
See: Manchester Post Office Brass Band
Manchester Public Silver Band
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Manchester Rechabite Pioneer Band
Active in the 1890s
Manchester Schools Brass Band
Active in the 1960s
Manchester Self Supporting Boys' Home Brass Band
Active in the 1890s
Manchester Southern Brass Band
See: South Manchester Brass Band
Manchester Telegraph Messengers Band
Active in the 1920s
Manchester United Brass Band
Active in the 1920s
Manchester Victoria Brass Band
Active in 1851
Manchester Victoria Hall Brass Band
Active in the 1930s
Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Brass Band (Gorton)
Active in the 1880s
Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Brass Band (Mexbrough)
See: Mexborough Plant Band
Manchester Y.M.C.A. Band
See: Gravel Lane Methodist Band
Manea British Legion Band
See: Manea Silver Band
Manea Excelsior Band
See: Manea Silver Band
Manea Silver Band (Cambridgeshire)
Manea Silver Band was founded in 1882. For 50 years the band was recognised as one of the finest in the Fenland region, and in the first quarter of the twentieth century many prizes were won at local contests. Following the First World War the band was briefly known as Manea British Legion Band. The highest honour gained by the band was in 1924 when the band won first prize in its section at the Crystal Palace Brass Band contest. News of the band's success in London was allegedly sent home by carrier pigeon. The band continued to be successful until the 1960s, when falling membership and a lack of enthusiastic leadership lead to its cessation. Sadly, at that time many of the instruments were loaned to other bands in the area and no record was kept of their distribution. Much of the music, which was stored under the stage at the school, was eaten by mice and had to be destroyed. A successor band was formed in 1982
Manningham Brass Band (Bradford)
Active in November 1885 when it entertained the 7,000 crowd at the opening of a new stand at the Carlisle Road gound of Manningham Rugby Club. They were conducted by W. Atkinson at the Barnoldswick Contest in 1886. Later, in 1896, it serenaded the 8,000 crowd prior to the vital Rugby League game between Bradford City and Hull on 18 April.
Manningham Temperance Band (Bradford)
Active in the 1890s
Manningtree Albion Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1898, 1900
Manningtree Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1930s. Took part in Great Bentley Brass Band Contest on 18 April 1938.
Manningtree British Legion Band
See: Manningtree Brass Band
Manningtree Xylonite Works Band
See: Xylonite Works Band
Manor Colliery Band (Wakefield)
Active in the 1970s
Mansfield Borough Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1960s
Mansfield Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1856 to 1886
Mansfield Colliery Silver Prize Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1900s to the 1960s. Led the 44th Annual Temperance procession on Whit Monday in 1915. Starting from Somercotes, a sea of banners, flags and gaily decorated floats proceeded through Leabrooks and Riddings, gathering strength as it marched, and parading the village of Ironville before winding its way up to the Jessop Monument in Codnor Park.
Mansfield Excelsior Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s. Newspaper report from 25 May 1900: Celebrations for the relief of Mafeking inluded the display of Union Jacks outside shops, the wearing of patriotic favours by almost everybody, the playing of patriotic tunes in front of the Town Hall by the Mansfield Excelsior Band around 10pm, followed by an impromptu late-night
Mansfield House Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1900s
Mansfield Mission Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1930s
Mansfield Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1894
Mansfield Temperance Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1899
Mansfield United Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Mansfield Reporter - newspaper report from 6 July 1877: "Roller Skating Rink ..... The Mansfield United Brass Band was also present and contributed much to the pleasure of the proceedings by playing a selection of dance and operatic music." As well as providing a skating area, the rink had another area where other entertainments took place. It opened on 24 June 1876 and closed sometime in the latter part of 1881. Band still active in 1884
Mansfield Woodhouse Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1861
Manvers and Barnburgh Band
See: Manvers Main Colliery Band
Manvers Main Ambulance Band
See: Manvers Main Colliery Band
Manvers Main Colliery Band (Wath-on-Dearne, Rotherham)
Active from the 1900s to the 1950s. Known as Manvers and Barnburgh Band from 1944 onwards.
Maple Street Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1870s
Mapperley Colliery Ambulance Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1900s to the 1930s
Mapperley Colliery Brass Band
See: Mapperley Colliery Ambulance Band
Mapplewell Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1851 and 1871
Marazion Town Band (Cornwall)
3 to 4 miles east of Penzance, Marazion overlooks St Michael's Mount. In 1867 they were active, playing at the opening of a public building in Penzance. Later, in 1875, travelling to Redruth, they took part in a Temperance Fete. Not much more is heard about them until the run-up to WW1 and most unusually, they were active all through WW1 and WW2. The cessation of hostilities in 1945 also seems to have heralded their own end. Who conducted them in those very early days is not known; however, all during WW1 Alfred Floyd conducted (he had conducted the Marazion Artillery Volunteers from about 1909). 1919 - 1928 was the era of R J Berryman, he being relieved by George W Cave, who stayed just for two years (Cave had started his conducting career in about 1922 and became a most respected Cornish conductor, even conducting Coventry City during WW2). Edwin J Williams came for a year (1930/31)and he was taken over by Welshman Beth David, who stayed with the band until their demise in 1945. During WW2 he was also conducted the St Keverne Home Guard Band. He died in 1946, aged 76. From 1928 to 1935 the band entered various Cornish contests. Section 4 netted five 1sts, 4 2nds. and 6 3rds. Section 3 brought in one 1st, four 2nds, and one 3rd. A brief sojourn into Section 2 saw them awarded one 3rd. Their best musical period was, without a doubt, the mid 1930's.
March Area Music Centre Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
March Imperial Silver Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1920s
March Town Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1910 and 1930s to 1950s
March Volunteers Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1900s
Mardon's Band
See: Bristol Britannia Band
Mardy Brass Band
See: Mardy Workingmen's Brass Band
Mardy House Secondary School Band (Aberdare, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Mardy Workingmen's Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Marehay Brass Band (Ripley, Derbyshire)
Active in 1899
Margate Wesleyan Mission Band
Active in the early 1900s
Marham Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1864
Marine Brass Band (Holyhead)
Active in 1890, conducted by R. Rowlands
Mariners Band (Keighley)
See: Keighley Brass Band
Marion Street Mission Brass Band (LIverpool)
Ac-tive in 1890
Market Deeping Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1891
Market Drayton Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Market Harborough Volunteers Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Market Lavington Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. Also active from the 1900s through to the late 1940s (possibly a different band). Gained 3rd place in a contest at the West Lavington Flower Show in August 1913, with the South of England Temperance Prize Band (1st place, conductor Mr. John Green), Chippenham Silver Prize band (2nd place), and Gorse Hill Prize Band. The adjudicator was Mr. J. G. Jubb of Manchester.
Market Rasen Brass Band (1) (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1860s
Market Rasen Brass Band (2)
See: Market Rasen Volunteer Rifles Band
Market Rasen Volunteer Rifles Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the early 1880s, becoming Market Rasen Town Band in the mid 1880s. It eventually disbanded in 1939. A successor band was formed in 1966
Market Rasen Town Band
See: Market Rasen Volunteer Rifles Band
Market Weighton Reformatory School Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the early 1900s
Market Weighton Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active from the 1840s to the 1870s
Market Weighton Town Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s
Markfield Band
See: William Davis Construction Group Band
Marks Tey Brotherhood Band
Active in the 1930s, the band folded during WW2. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
Marlborough Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1860s
Marlborough Place Mission Brass Band (St John's Wood, London)
Active between 1885 and 1903
Marlborough Silver Town Band (Wiltshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1950s. Records of the band, from 1895-1948, are held at Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office
Marley Hill Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1850s
Marley Hill Colliery Band
See: Marley Hill Silver Prize Band
Marley Hill Silver Prize Band (Durham)
Formed in 1890. One of the founder members was John Bewick, a colliery blacksmith. He was born at Highfield near Hexham in 1856 and came with his parents to Old Sunniside in 1860. At the age of 12 he began work in the engine sheds at Andrews House colliery where he stayed for 6 months before serving his apprenticeship as a blacksmith. He subsequently worked for 57 years in this trade for J .Bowes and Partners. Still active in 1939, the band rehearsed in Sunniside.
Marlow Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the mid-1840s to the 1860s
Marlow Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1900
Marlow Town Band (Buckinghamshire)
Founded in 1880. Folded some time before 1906, when a successor band was formed. Secretary in 1885 was C.M. Footitt
Marlpool Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1900
Marnhull Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1892, conductor Sidney Parsons
Marnhull Star of the Vale Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1890s through to WW2. Henry Haskett was its conductor for nearly 50 years.
Marong Municipal (Hopetoun) Brass Band (Australia)
Formed in 1889 by the merger of Long Gully Miner's Band and Hallas City Band. Merged with Strathfieldsaye Municipal Band in 1998 to form Greater Bendigo Concert Brass
Marple Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s. A successor band was formed in 1900.
Marple Secondary School Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1970s
Marr College Brass Band (Troon, Ayrshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Marriner's Band (Keighley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in the 1840s by the worsted mill owner WL Marriner, in Keighley, the band competed in the 1861 Crystal Palace contest with the alternate name of "the Band of the 35th Rifle Volunteer Corps" and won the Sydenham Cup. In the 1862 contest they were styled WL Marriner's Private Brass Band, and used two flugel horns in their line-up. Subscriptions were collected from the members in the early years. They won the Daily Mirror Cup at Crystal Palace in 1909 and were incorporated into Keighley Borough Band in 1914.
Marriner's Juvenile Band (Keighley)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s.
Marriner's Mill Band
See: Marriner's Band
Mars Training Ship Brass Band (Dundee, Angus)
Active in 1890
Marsden Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1850s as South Shields Temperance Band, it was disbanded by the Marsden Colliery Miners Lodge in 1930 in controversial circumstances, and its instruments were bought by Dinnington Colliery Band. Also known as the North and South Shields Temperance Band, and the South Shields Excelsior Temperance Band
Marsden Colliery Prize Band
See: Marsden Colliery Band
Marsden Mechanics Institution Brass Band
Founded in 1855
Marsden Moor Brass Band (Staveley, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s. The village of Marsden Moor is now known as Mastin Moor.
Marsden Moor Church Brass Band (Staveley, Derbyshire)
Active in 1888
Marsden Secondary School Band
See: Marsden Senior School Band
Marsden Senior School Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s to 1950s
Marsden St Andrews Band (1) (Durham)
Active in 1922
Marsden St Andrews Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in 1930 by some bandsmen from the previous Marsden Colliery Band, probably did not last beyond 1939
Marsden Union Band (Yorkshire)
Founded in 1830
Marsh Gibbon Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Formed in 1865. Active through the 1870s and 1880s, folding in the early 1890s. Conductor Mr Cross in 1870, William Allen in 1871, J. Herring in 1887 and Jesse Heritage in 1888. A successor band was formed in 1906 by Will Herring and Marley Walker.
Marsham Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1860s and the 1920s
Marshall's Monway Works Brass Band (Wednesbury)
Active in the 1860s, based at Marshall's Ironworks in Portway Road, Wednesbury.
Marshchapel Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1863, conductor Mr Bush.
Marshfield Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s. A successor band was formed in the early 1930s.
Marske Brass Band
See: Marske Operatic Brass Band
Marske Operatic Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1860s to the 1900s
Marston Brass Band (Lincs)
Active in 1887
Marston Valley Band (Lidlington, Bedfordshire)
Records of the band, from 1951-56, are held at Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service. Linked to the local brick making industry. The band had a meteoric rise from the 4th Section to the Championship Section in successive years.
Marston Valley Brick Works Band
See: Marston Valley Band
Martland's Brass Band (Preston)
Active in the 1850s. Some quotes from the Preston Guardian: "3rd June 1854 - ... met at the White Bull Inn, Myerscough ... and hearing a cheeting tune or two from Mr Martland's brass band, of Preston". "18th June 1853 - Great Eccleston Club Day - on Monday last, the members of the Prosperity Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows held their anniversary at the lodge-house, Black Bull Inn, Great Eccleston. At nine o'clock the members formed in procession, headed by Martland's celebrated sax-horn hand (from Preston)"
Martland's Saxhorn Band
See: Martland's Brass Band
Martley Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1881 to 1891
Martley Foresters Brass Band (Worcestershire)
See: Martley Brass Band
Martock Band (Somerset)
Founded by 1889. Active around 1912 - disbanded in the 1920's.
Marwood Juniors Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1980s
Marylebone Municipal Employees Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1900s
Maryport Albion Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1930s to 1960s
Maryport Artillery Band
See: Maryport Town Brass Band
Maryport Silver Band
See: Maryport Solway Silver Band
Maryport Solway Silver Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1930s
Maryport Town Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active from the 1870s to the 1890s. In 1891 it took part in a concert with Workington Vocal Union Voice Choir
Massingham Crown Brass Band
See: Great Massingham Silver Band
Masson Mills Brass Band (Matlock Bath)
Active in the 1890s to 1900s
Mastin Moor Brass Band
See: Marsden Moor Brass Band
Master's Brass, The
See: Strood Gospel Mission Silver Band
Mather and Platt Social Club Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1948 - based at the Mather and Platt Ironworks in Newton Heath
Matlock United Silver Prize Band
Active in 1914. Possibly related to the current Matlock Band?
Matlock Volunteer Rifles Band
Active in the 1860s
Matravers and Sons Brass Band (Melksham, Wiltshire)
Active in 1868. The company originated in Westbury, Wiltshire, and took over a steam-powered cloth mill in Melksham in 1862.
Maungatapu Maori Brass Band (Taurang, New Zealand)
Formed in 1895
Mawgan Band (Cornwall)
Mawgan can be found near Helston, but very little can be found about the band. There is an 1857 report of them playing at the Porthleven Regatta, and later, in 1870, appearing at a Sunday school anniversary in the Lizard. Then nothing until, of all dates, 1943, when a Mawgan Band played at a garden fete under the direction of a Bandmaaster Williams. A late 19th century photo shows a band of seven players under Thomas Eplett. No contests were ever attended.
Mawnan Brass Band (Cornwall)
South of Falmouth, Mawnan Band seems to have functioned from the 1880's through to 1935, with a note in a local newspaper of 1936 bemoaning the fact that there is no longer a Mawnan Band. There is a record of only one contest attended - that at Falmouth in 1884. This was a one section contest and Mawnan came in third. The only mention of a conductor is found in 1905 when the name John Opie is recorded.
Maybloom (Borough of Greenwich) Band (Kent)
Active in the 1960s, based at the Maybloom Working Men's Club.
Maybole Burgh Band (Ayrshire)
Originally Maybole Carrick Band, then Carrick Instrumental Band. In 1867 the band instruments were taken from the local bandsmen, because they would not attend practices, and given to the Volunteers who formed a band among its members, and although for a time it was factually a military band it was always considered the Maybole band. About the turn of the century the instruments were returned to the Council and the Maybole Burgh Band came into existence before the first World War. It won many competitions under the leadership of Mr. Shaw, the Bandmaster, and played in the town and district for many years until, again through lack of young people attending practices, in the 1950s the Council took over the instruments and stored them away and the town was left without a band. It was hoped some townsmen interested in band music would come forward and another band be formed but this was not to be and, as the instruments were deteriorating in storage, the council sold them. By coincidence the council purchased scarlet and ermine robes for the Provost and Bailies about the time the instruments were sold and it was the ribald belief of many ratepayers that the council had robbed the band to robe their civic heads and that it was the sale price of the big drum which went to buy the Provost's cocked hat.
Maybole Carrick Band,
See: Maybole Burgh Band
Mayfield Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s. A successor band (the current Mayfield Band) was formed in the early 1890s.
Mayford Industrial School Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the early 1900s to 1920s
McKee's Jersey Brass Band (Isle of Jersey)
Active in the 1880s
McLaren's Workmen's Silver Band (Wales)
Active from the early 1900s to WW1.
Mealsgate Coronation Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1911
Mealsgate Rechabite Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1890
Medomsley Cottage Homes Band (Deaf Hill, Durham)
Cottages built by the North Eastern Railway. The band was formed in the 1900s.
Medstead Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active around 1905. The Band's activities were suspended for the first world war and then resumed. Band members are thought to include Dick Licence and Mr. Poole the drummer. The Band was under the auspices of the Medstead Friendly Society.
Medway Imperial Silver Band
See: Chatham Town Band
Meersbrook Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active after WW2 - in the 1940s to 1960s
Megavissey Town Band (Cornwall)
An attempt was made in 1867 to form a band when it was reported that "many young men enrolled", and attempts were made to raise cash for a band fund. No more is heard after this. A band was formed to assist in the celebrations of the coronation of George VI and forever after they were officially titled The Mevagissey Coronation Band. This band was formed because of the enthusiasm for bands of one man, Samuel Rowe, a local music teacher, who does seem to have conducted a band in Mevagissey during WW1. Samuel Rowe's name keeps popping up due to his many attempts to form bands in Mevagissey. He even stored all the old instruments in his house.
Melbourne Baptist Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Formed in July 1899, still active in 1920 when it took part in the town's "Band Sunday" with the Town Band.
Melbourne Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Existed as early as September 1845, when they played to celebrate Lord Melbourne's arrival at Melbourne Hall, and in 1856 when they celebrated the end of the Crimean War. In 1860 they were commended at the great National Brass Band Contest at Crystal Palace. The Band was on the verge of signing up to sail with a ship to the Baltic in 1855, when wives and girlfriends intervened at the last moment and stopped them. A member of the Melbourne band once joined the travelling band that accompanied Wombwells Menagerie, a kind of Victorian "zoo on wheels". The band was still active in 1920, conducted by F. Newbold. A successor band was formed in 1992.
Melbourne Conservative Club Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Formed in 1890.
Melbourne Town Band
See: Melbourne Brass Band
Melbourne Wesleyan Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1895
Melksham Amateur Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active from the 1870s. Probably derived from the Melksham 2nd Wilts Volunteers Battalion Band which was active in 1869. The Melksham Brass Band was active through to 1902
Melksham Brass Band
See: Melksham Amateur Brass Band
Melksham Coronation Band (Wiltshire)
Formed in 1937 - active through to the late 1940s
Melksham Town Band
See: Melksham Amateur Brass Band
Melling Brass Band (Lancashire)
Centred on Melling Pottery and was made up mainly of pottery workers. Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
Mellor Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1880s to WW1
Mellor Brook Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1887
Mells Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1899
Melsonby Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in the 1890s, through to at least 1937
Melton Mowbray Wesleyan Band
Active in the 1900s
Melton Saxhorn Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1856
Membury Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1921, conductor, F.H. Dunn. Known as Membury Silver Band by 1936
Mendip Brass Band
See: Chewton Mendip Brass Band
Mendlesham Green Brass Band (Suffolk)
William Arbon, the village carpenter, was the Bandmaster. On winter evenings the Band met in the carpenter's shop for rehearsal. There, seated on benches and trestles they struggled with their musical instruments and score, small boys sitting around, scarcely visible in the candlelight. Two or three winters of hard practice eventually brought its reward. What a great day it was for William and his band when, fully equipped and in uniform, they were engaged to play at the annual Mendlesham Horticultural Show and Sports. From that day their reputation was assured, rivaling that of the Combs Ford and Debenham Brass Bands.
Menston Brass Band (Yorks)
Active in 1856
Merbein Brass Band (Sunraysia area, Australia)
Founded in 1918
Mercian Brass
Active in the 1980s
Mere C.E.T.S. Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. The Church of England Temperance Society Band may have evolved from the previous Rechabite Band.
Mere Manor Brass (Wiltshire)
Active from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Originally known as Mere Manor Youth Band
Mere Manor Youth Band
See: Mere Manor Brass
Mere Rechabite Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1860s - engaged by the Gillingham Total Abstinence Society
Mere Town Silver Band (Wiltshire)
Records of the band, from 1924-1987 are held by Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office
Meredith Youth Brass Band
Active in the 1970s, competing in the Wessex BBA Grading Contest in 1978
Merrymeet Band (Cornwall)
This outfit was also known as the Menheniot Band. One supposes that Merrymeet and Menheniot, villages to the east of Liskeard, both sent players to the band. There is no doubt that this band operated before WW1 with a compliment of about 17 men, a goodly number for those days. No contests were entered for, and names of conductors cannot be found.
Merryston Brass Band (Coatbridge?)
Merstham Baptist Mission Band (Surrey)
Active in 1904
Merthyr Town Brass Band
See: Merthyr Tydfil Brass Band
Merthyr Tydfil Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s
Merthyr Vale Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1890s to WW1
Merthyr Vale Town Band
See: Merthyr Vale Silver Band
Merthyr Volunteers Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1880s to 1890s
Messrs Aston's Brass Band (Wrexham, Denbighshire)
Founded in 1913
Messrs Blair and Co.'s Brass Band
See: Blair and Co. Engine Works Band
Messrs Blundell, Spence and Co.'s Works Harmonic Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1856
Messrs Bolckow and Vaughan's Band
See: Bolckow and Vaughan's Middlesbrough Band
Messrs Lamberts Tube Works Band
See: Lambert Brothers Tube Works Brass Band
Messrs M. Oldroyd's and Sons Brass Band (Dewsbury)
Active in the 1860s, based at the Oldroyd's woolen mill.
Messrs Philips and Co. Brass Band (Tean, Staffordshire)
Active in 1896, this band was connected to the Philips Silk Mill at Tean, where they made red ribbon, among other products, and which was the origin of the phrase "tied up in red tape".
Messrs Porritt and Witham's Brass Band (Armley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the late 1850s to the 1860s.
Messrs Towgood and Evans' Brass Band (Sawston, Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s, based at the paper mill in the town. See also: Sawston Brass Band
Messrs Whitwell's Brass Band
See: Whitwell and Company Brass Band
Metal Trades Council Works Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1925
Metheringham and Dunston Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1905 when the band heralded the football teams onto the field in a match. The music played for the home team was "See the conquering heroes come", while they then played the opponents, Washingborough, in to "The Dead March" from Saul
Methil Brass Band (Fife)
Active from the 1890s to WW1
Methil Town Band
See: Methil Brass Band
Methilhill Brass Band (Fife)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s
Methilhill Public Band (Fife)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Methley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Methley Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s
Metropolitan Brass Band (London?)
From the News of the World, 12th September 1886: Railway Servants' Fete and Gala - Yesterday afternoon, the first annual fete and gala of the Metropolitan Railway Company's employees was held in a field near the Metropolitan Railway Station at Harrow, lent by Mr Atkins. The entertainments comprised an Old English Fair, athletic sports and a firework display. The Metropolitan Brass Band and the Willesdon Brass Band played selections of music. There was a large attendance.
Metropolitan Cable Works Band (Chadwell Heath, Essex)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Metropolitan Borough of Wigan Schools Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Metropolitan Carriage Works Band
See: Metropolitan Works Band
Metropolitan Works Band (Wolverhampton)
Band from the Cammell works. Note from local newspaper in 1927: - "Masses in harmony at the Molineux: After a hard week at work what better way to relax at the weekend than by tickling the tonsils with a little community singing in the open air at Wolverhampton's Molineux Grounds in January. Swanee River, Land Of Hope And Glory and There's A Tavern In The Town, echoed across the streets as townsfolk raised their voices accompanied by the prizewinning Metropolitan Works Band, under the direction of Joseph Lewis and Harold Casey. Before hitting the high notes, the singers were given a few helpful hints by Mr Lewis. He emphasised that everyone must join in and they must all sing together. He told the gathering that he wasn't using a baton because the crowd wouldn't see it. Instead, his associate Harold Casey , would give the necessary "physical jerks" to help the singers harmonise. Printed on the Community Singing sheet were instructions to "take a deep breath" and hold it. According to Mr Lewis the gathering must sing with the breath HELD to make more sound - and they must not get out of step with the singing. Mr Lewis promised the crowd that if they got into a mess he would blow a whistle for them to stop. Presumably if they were still holding their breath they would be in no fit state to singalong-a-Lewis. " Still active in 1938. Also known as Birmingham Carriage and Wagon Works Band, Birmingham Metropolitan Works Band.
Mevagissey Band (Cornwall)
Mexborough and Swinton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to the 1900s
Mexborough Blue Ribbon Army Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Mexborough Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s to WW1.
Mexborough Great Central Railway Band
See: Mexborough Plant Band
Mexborough M.S. and L. Railway Brass Band
See: Mexborough Plant Band
Mexborough Music Centre Brass (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
Mexborough Plant Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in the 1860s as the South Yorkshire Railway Company Band, reformed in the 1880s and still active up to 1900. It was based with the Mexborough railway works for the Manchester/Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway - later the Great Central Railway. Also known as the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Brass Band, and the Sheffield Victoria Station Brass Band.
Mexborough Railway Band
See: Mexborough Plant Band
Mexborough Railway Servants Band
See: Mexborough Plant Band
Mexborough Silver Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1960s
Mexborough Town Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
See: Mexborough Brass Band
Michael Colliery Band (East Wemyss, Fife)
Active from the 1920s to the 1950s
Michelin Works Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent)
Active in the 1950s
Micheldever Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s. It continued practising in June 1914 for the Hospital Sunday Parade. Subsequen village events seemed to have used other bands, so the Micheldever Band probably folded during or after World War I.
Micklefield Brass Band (1) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Micklefield Brass Band (2) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1970s to the 2000s
Micklefield Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Mickleover and Radbourne Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1887
Mickleton Band (Durham)
Formed in the early 1900s and still active in 1931
Mickley Colliery Brass Band
Active from the 1880s to the 1960s
Mickley Temperance Band
See: Mickley Tynedale Temperance Band
Mickley Tynedale Temperance Band (High Mickley, Northumberland)
Formed in 1899 and still active in 1947
Mid Hants Youth Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Mid Oxon Brass (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1990s
Middlesbrough and North Ormesby Brass Band
See: North Ormesby and Middlesbrough Brass Band
Middlesbrough Alexandra Brass Band
Active in the 1860s
Middlesbrough Artillery Band
Active in 1887
Middlesbrough Borough Silver Prize Band
Formed in 1901 as the Middlesbrough Trades Band. Still active in the 1950s
Middlesbrough Catholic Brass Band
See: St Mary's Catholic Brass Band (Middlesbrough)
Middlesbrough Comrades Band
Active in the 1920s
Middlesbrough (Dovecot) Brass
See: Yarm and District Band
Middlesbrough Erimus Brass Band
Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Middlesbrough Industrial School Brass Band
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Middlesbrough Model Brass Band
Formed in 1866, active up to WW2. Conductor, A. Milburn in the early days. Also known as the Submarine Miners (Royal Engineers) Band in the 1890s
Middlesbrough National Reserve Band
Active in the 1930s
Middlesbrough St Mary's Brass Band
See: St Mary's Catholic Brass Band (Middlesbrough)
Middlesbrough Tees Ironworks Brass Band
See: Teesside Ironworks Brass Band
Middlesbrough Temperance Band
Formed in 1898
Middlesbrough Trades Band
See: Middlesborough Borough Silver Prize Band
Middlesbrough Volunteers Band
Active in the 1860s
Middlesex Volunteer Band
Active in the 1890s
Middlesmoor Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Formed in the 1850s and folded sometime in the 1860s.
Middleton and Tonge Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s, conductor James Schofield
Middleton Home Guard Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1942
Middleton Junction Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Middleton Junction Public Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Middleton Perserverance Band
Active in 1882, when it competed in a contest at Kersley, Bolton.
Middleton Victoria Silver Band (Middleton by Wirksworth, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s and onwards. "We had then the Middleton Victoria Silver Prize Band, around thirty men and youths were in it and Joe Sam Spencer, who lived two doors below me, used to train the new starters how to play a cornet or other instrument. He was the conductor of the band and of our chapel. At the last Sunday School Anniversary he conducted he said it was the best singing he had heard for some time. Middleton Band was well known years ago and used to play at the Baseball Ground when Derby County Football Club played at home, several friends used to walk round the ground at half time with a white sheet collecting money for band funds."
Won the Spondon Contest in 1926, conducted by H. Holmes.
Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by F. Boylin. In 1964 it amalgamated with the Brassington Band and Wirksworth Band to form the BMW band, practising at Wirksworth.
Middleton Wesleyan Temperance Band (Middleton Cheyney, Northamptonshire)
Active in 1908
Middleton-by-Wirksworth Brass Band
See: Middleton Victoria Silver Band
Middleton-in-Teesdale Band
Active in 1887 and 1910
Middlewich Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1850s
Middlewich Centenary Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1930s to the 1970s
Middlewich Congregational Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s
Middlewich Harmonic Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1860
Midhurst Amateur Band
See: Midhurst Town Band
Midhurst Town Band (Sussex)
Active from the 1870s through to at least 1961.
Midland and South Western Junction Railway Band (Cirencester)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
Midland Amateur Brass Band (Leicester)
Active in 1866
Midland Brewery Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in the 1890s
Midland Locomotive (Child's Hill) Band
See: Midland Railway Loco Works Band
Midland Railway Brass Band (Bedford)
See: Bedford Midland Railway Brass Band
Midland Railway Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1858
Midland Railway Brass Band (Notts)
Active in 1897
Midland Railway Brass Band (Sheffield)
See: Sheffield Midland Railway Brass Band
Midland Railway Loco Works Band (Child's Hill, Middlesex)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Also known as St Pancras Midland Railway Band
Midland Railway Servants' Brass Band (Nottingham)
Active in 1899
Midsomer Norton Brass Band
Active from the 1870s to the early 1900s
Midsomer Norton Old Band
See: Midsomer Norton Brass Band
Midsomer Norton Silver Band
Active in the 1920s to 1930s - contemporary with the Midsomer Norton Town Band
Midsomer Norton Town Band
Active in the 1920s to 1930s - contemporary with the Midsomer Norton Silver Band
Milburn's Band
See: Leeds Milburn's Band
Milburn's Model Brass Band
See: Middlesbrough Model Brass Band
Mildenhall British Legion Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1930s
Mildura Methodist Church Brass Band (Sunraysia area, Australia)
Founded in 1906
Mile End Band (Essex)
See: Myland Band
Mile End Scattered Homes Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s. The eleven homes were operated by the Mile End Union in Mile End Old Town, housing 159 children.
Miles Aircraft Works Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1940s, after WW2. The works were based at Woodley Aerodrome, near Reading.
Miles Platting Brass Band
See: Miles Platting Mission Band
Miles Platting Mission Band (Manchester)
The mission was founded in 1884, and the band at the same time. Active through to the early 1980s
Mill Bank Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Mill Bank Subscription Brass Band
See: Mill Bank Brass Band
Millbrook Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Miller and Richard's Brass Band (Edinburgh)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Miller and Richard's were a world famous Edinburgh type foundry, supplying type to print firms all over the globe
Miller Street Mission Brass Band (Motherwell, Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1890s
Millfield School Brass Band (Street, Somerset)
Active in the 1970s
Millgate Amateur Brass Band (Facit, Rochdale, Lancashire)
Active from the early 1880s. Wound up in the courts as of 14th February 1921
Millgate Park Temperance Band
See: Millgate Amateur Brass Band
Millom Ironworks Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s
Millom St James' Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s
Millom Wesleyan Mission Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Millom Town Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1870s
Milltown Silver Band (Belfast)
Millwall Iron Works Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1860s, associated with the Millwall Iron Works, Ship Building and Graving Docks Company Ltd.
Millward's Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1859
Milnathort Brass Band (Kinrossshire)
Active in the 1870s. Conductor at one time was David Carmichael
Milngavie Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in 1863 and in the 1890s to 1900s
Milnrow Brass Band (1) (Lancashire)
Probably active in the 1880s and 1890s. A successor band was formed in 1914
Milnrow Brass Band (2) (Lancashire)
Formed in 1914 as St Stephen's Brass Band, later, between the two wars, known as Butterworth Brass Band and then Milnrow Brass Band Club Band. Merged with Rochdale Co-operative Band in 1998 to form the current Milnrow Band.
Milnrow Public Band
See: Milnrow Brass Band
Milnsbridge Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s, 1870s through to the 1930s. Became known as Milnsbridge Socialist Brass Band from around 1912 onwards.
Milnsbridge Socialist Brass Band
See: Milnsbridge Brass Band
Milnthorpe Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active from the 1840s to the 1880s
Milnthorpe Volunteer Band (Westmorland)
Active in 1902
Milnwood Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Also known as Milnwood Colliery Band. Was conducted by John McCubbrey, who was considered the doyen of Scottish bandmasters at the time of his death. He was a pupil of Professor Hardy of Glasgow Conservatory who was, in turn, a pupil of Franz Liszt. The band was Brass Band Champion of Scotland in 1902. At some point it apparently was also known as the 2nd Lanarkshire Royal Engineers Band.
Milnwood, Mossend and Clydesdale Brass Band
See: Milnwood Brass Band
Milnwood Colliery Band
See: Milnwood Brass Band
Milnwood Concert Brass
See: Scottish Gas Board Band
Milnwood Town Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1980s
Milton and Ashley Temperance Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1900s, conductor F. Knight (based at New Milton)
Milton Abbas Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1883
Milton Abbey Brass Band
See: Milton Abbas Brass Band
Milton Brass Band (Great Milton)
Active in 1884
Milton Brass Band (Milton Malsor, Northants)
See: Milton Malsor Band
Milton Damerel Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1885
Milton Industrial School Band (Farnborough, Hampshire)
Active in the early 1900s. The school opened in 1898 to house children who were placed there by magistrates courts for reasons such as having been found begging or homeless, or frequenting with thieves or prostitutes, or who had committed an imprisonable offence while under the age of 12. The school closed in 1954.
Milton Industrial School Band (Gravesend, Kent)
Active in 1896. The Milton Industrial School for Boys was established in 1875 at Parrock Hall on Joy Road, Milton, to accomodate 160 'delinquent' boys. A report of 1896 states: "There is a brass band of twenty-six under careful instruction. Emigration to Canada is largely used as a means of disposal for the boys."
Milton Malsor Band
Active in 1906 and in the 1940s? During the Second World War the BBC broadcast a series of talks by "Mr Middleton" on the Home Service encouraging people to grow their own food in support of the Government's "Dig for Victory" campaign. Middleton was the first celebrity gardener, and during the war years nearly 3,500,00 listened to his popular and practical broadcasts. Edith Sharp remembers listening to those talks well and she tells how each year a Produce Show would be held in Milton with Mr Middleton attending and talking to his audience through the different sections. Milton Brass Band provided the music on these occasions. One year the village denizens were gathered round their radios to listen-in. The band struck up, and for a time everything was fine. Then one or two wrong notes crept in. The playing got worse and worse until the piece ended in uproar. What had happened? Well the band were playing out of doors and a sudden breeze sprang up lifting the loose sheet music off the players' stands. Determined not to let anyone down, the bandsmen pluckily kept playing without their music with the inevitable result.
Milton Temperance Brass Band (Milton under Wychwood)
Active in 1893
Minchinhampton Town Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed in 1860, it played in and around the Cotswolds until it folded in the mid 1920s. A brief history of the band is available in the booklet - History Of Minchinhampton Town Band by Trevor G. Picken (1977). Minutes of the band (1882-1893) are held in the Gloucestershire Archives.
Minehead Brass Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1860s to the 1970s
Minehead Town Band
See: Minehead Brass Band
Minera National School Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active in 1891
Miners' Saxtuba Band (St Austell)
See: St Austell Saxtuba Brass Band
Mirboo North Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1904
Mirfield British Rail Band
See: British Railways (Mirfield) Band
Mirfield Baptist Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1899
Mirfield Brass Band
See: Mirfield Old Band
Mirfield Old Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to WW1. At some point it was linked to the volunteers, becoming 41st West Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers (Mirfield) Band.
Mirfield Silver Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1950s
Mirrlees Blackstone Works Band
See: Mirlees Works Band
Mirrlees Works Band (Hazelgrove, Stockport)
Formed in August 1949, disbanded in 1980. Also known as the Mirlees Blackstone Works Band.
Misendew Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in the 1860s
Mission Church Brass Band
Coleridge Road Mission, Darnall, Sheffield. Active in 1903 formed some years before that.
Mitcham and Wimbledon Gas Company Band
See: Berkeley Teetotal Society Band
Mitcham Band (Australia)
Formed in 1878 and rehearsed in the Mitcham Institute. The band functioned until the Tee Tulpa Gold Diggings were found in 1887, when it disbanded and all the members took their instruments and other property with them and disposed of them in any way they wished.
Mitcham Gas Works Band
See: Berkeley Teetotal Society Band
Mitcheldean Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1840s to 1860s. A successor band was formed in the late 1880s or 1890.
Mitcheldean Town Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed around 1890 and folded in 1914.
Mitchell and Darfield Miners' Institute Band
See: Mitchell's Main and Darfield Band
Mitchell's Main and Darfield Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Based at Darfield, near Barnsley. Active in the 1980s
Mixenden Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Headed the procession at the laying of the foundation stone of Ogden Water reservoir near Halifax, in August 1854. Still active in the 1870s
Mizpah Gospel Mission Brass Band (St Paul's Road, Southsea)
Active in 1904
Modbury Brass Band (Devon)
Founded in July 1838. Cost of instruments and music was met through public subscription. Still active in the 1880s.
Moderna Blanket Works Band
See: Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd Band
Moel Tryfan Brass Band
See: Rhosgadfan Brass Band
Moeltryfan Silver Prize Band
See: Rhosgadfan Brass Band
Moffat Town Band (Dumfriesshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s . In 1888 there was a major upset, resulting in most of the players resigning. Still active in 1918.
Moira Colliery Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s. Competed in a brass band contest at Overseal, Leicestershire in July 1921, under conductor Jas. Astle (drawn 7 of 11 bands, they were placed 2nd)
Moldgreen Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1880s. Conductor was Abraham Wood in 1888.
Mold Green United Band
See: Moldgreen Brass Band<
Molesey Brass Band
See: Molesey Mechanics Band
Molesey Mechanics Band
Active in 1891 and also in 1892 when, resplendent in their new uniforms of blue and gold, then were playing raising funds for Molsey Hospital
Molinnis Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1871, conducted by T. Manhire. Played for a Sunday school in Luxulyan in 1875.
Molland Brass Band (Devon)
Active around 1900
Mond's Nickel Works Band (Swansea)
Active from the early 1900s to WW1.
Monk Bretton Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1895 to 1899
Monk Bridge Iron Works Brass Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s. Played at the celebrations for the laying of the foundation stone for the Holbeck Mechanics Institute, in March 1858
Monkland Brass Band (Gympie, Australia)
Active in 1904
Monklands Concert Brass
See: Airdrie Union Band
Monks Risborough Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the 1880s through to the late 1920s. The conductor in 1925 was T. Eldridge.
Monkton Combe Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1901
Monktonhall Colliery Silver Band (Midlothian)
Formed in 1918, it was then registered as a competing band in 1921 as "Prestonlinks Colliery Silver Band". Early bandmasters/conductors include John Hay, a well-known name in the music 'industry' locally, whose son Ian (who was taught in the band) went on to become a professional musician and Head Teacher of Music at Preston Lodge High School. The pit closed in the early 1960's. The band then became known as "Prestonpans and District Silver Band" until the sponsorship from the Monktonhall Colliery came along. Merged with Dalkeith Burgh Band in 1989 to form Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band.
Monkwearmouth Brass Band
See: Monkwearmouth Operatic Brass Band
Monkwearmouth Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in 1858 and 1871
Monkwearmouth Engine Works Band (Durham)
Active in 1867, conductor William Southern. Still active in the 1870s
Monkwearmouth Harmonic Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1908
Monkwearmouth Lodge Band
See: Hylton Colliery Silver Band
Monkwearmouth Operatic Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1870s to the 1890s
Monmouth Battalion Band, 3rd
See: 3rd Monmouth Battalion Band
Monmouth Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Monmouth Rechabite Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in 1844
Monmouthshire Reformatory for Boys Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
The Monmouthshire Reformatory School for Boys was certified for operation February 7th, 1859. Its was located at Little Mill, in the parish of Mamhilad, near Pontypool. The brass band was formed in 1910. The school closed in 1922.
Monotype Works Band (Redhill, Surrey)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s. The Monotype Band featured in a film made in 1958 of the Brockham Green Medieval Festival.
Monsanto Chemical Works Band (Cefn-Mawr, Denbighshire)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Monsanto Silver BandSee: Monsanto Chemical Works Band
Montrose Brass Band
Active in the 1860s to 1880s. A successor band was formed in 1894 by James Watson and is still active.
Montsaye School Brass Band (Rothwell, Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1980s
Monway Iron Works Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1873
Monyash Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1890
Moon's Mill Brass Band (Higher Walton, Lancashire)
Active in 1884
Moor Row Old Brass Band (Cumberland)
Founded in 1871. Active in 1897, when they held a picnic at St.Bees on Easter Monday. "On Sunday January 30, 1902, under the leadership of Mr. Benn, the band played suitable sacred music through the streets of Moor Row. The selections which were appreciated by the villagers, included the "Dead March in Saul." This was played as a mark of respect to Private W. R. Nicholson who died of enteric fever in South Africa." In March 1903, a social gathering promoted by the committee of the band was held in the Board Schoolroom. "There was a very large attendance and the event was of a highly satisfactory character in every way. The object of this gathering was to raise funds to renew and repair the instruments." The band was still active up to 1939.
Moorside County Secondary School Brass Band (Caverswall, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1960s
Moorswater Brass Band (Cornwall)
Moorswater, a few miles west of Liskeard had a band that received some publicity 1880/81. In that short period they carried out several engagement, but no Cornish contests. It is probable that their conductor was a man called Bray. Active in the early 1900s
Morchard Bishop Brass Band (Devon)
Active from the 1860s to the early 1900s
Morchard Bishop Subscription Brass Band
See: Morchard Bishop Brass Band
Mordialloc Brass Band
See: Mordialloc City Band
Mordialloc City Band {Australia)
Formed around 1915, and known as Mordialloc Brass Band in the early 1990s shortly before the band converted to a jazz orchestra
Morecambe Brass Band
See: Morecambe Subscription Brass Band
Morecambe Grammar School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s
Morecambe Subscription Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s. A successor band was formed in 1904
Moree and District Band (Australia)
Formed in 1888, disbanded - ? A successor band was formed in 1947.
Moresby Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s
Moresby Colliery Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1920s to 1950s. George Kirkby was the conductor in 1931
Moresby Park Colliery Band
See: Moresby Colliery Band
Moresby Parks Colliery Band
See: Moresby Colliery Band
Moreton Post Office Brass Band (Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Moreton-in-the-Marsh Band(Gloucestershire)
Active in 1924
Morfa Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in 1890
Morgan's Cwmtawe Brass Band
See: Cwmtawe Brass Band
Moria and Donisthorpe Band
Morland Moderna Band
See: Moderna Blanket Works Band
Morley Borough Brass Band
See: Morley Brass Band
Morley British Legion Band
See: Morley Brass Band
Morley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1848 from the earlier Morley Reed Band. Ceres Jackson was one of the band's greatest players. Jackson was an orphan boy brought up at the New Inn, Churwell. Those who played with him said that his tongue was like a snake and he could 'triple tongue' with ease, this is a rare accomplishment which is essential if greatness is to be achieved. Jackson was the cornet soloist when the Black Dyke Band toured America 1906/1908. During the late Edwardian period he was in constant demand as soloist in the great 'Messiah' performances. Once in the Coliseum at Leeds, where Dame Clara Butt and David Hughes were performing before an audience of 3,000, his rendering of The Trumpet Shall Sound. so electrified the company he had to take ten curtain calls. He was engaged later to conduct local bands but his impatience with those less talented than himself made him disliked. The Morley Band for over 70 years was a power in the competitive field and won many prizes. Harry Castle was the last permanent conductor, Arthur Hopwood the principal cornetist. The year before the band was taken over by the British Legion they won the West Riding Band Contest at Knottingley Town Hall, when they were conducted by Bernard Behrens of the Black Dyke Band. Active until late 1940s or early 1950s, when the band became Morley British Legion Band. Presumed to have folded in the late 1950s, early 1960s.
Morley Juvenile Excelsior Brass Band
Formed by Mr Jim Isaacs in 1910. Mr G.E. Baines was the patron of this group of youngsters. They performed many times in Dartmouth Park and gave concerts in many other towns in the West Riding. The band disbanded in 1914 after the start of WW1.
Morley Parrock Nook Anthem Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1906
Morley Textile Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the late 1930s
Morley Wing A.T.C. Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active during WW2, 1944
Morpeth Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active from the 1840s to the 1890s
Morpeth Borough Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1894, conductor Joseph P. Thompson. In 1901 a silver matchstick holder was presented by the band to J.W. English.
Morpeth V.B.N.F. Band
See: Morpeth Volunteer Band
Morpeth Volunteer Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1889 and 1894, conductor John Jobson
Morris Concert Band
See: Morris Motors Band
Morris Motor Works Band
See: Morris Motors Band
Morris Motors Band (Oxford)
Formed in 1924 from employees of Morris Motors it grew from its recreational beginnings to become a leading band under the guidance of Harry Mortimer. Founded as part of William Morris' welfare drive, it soon started entering national competitions, winning the Crystal Palace Grand Shield in the 1930s. A signature tune, The Morris March, was written for them by Beresford, which is featured on a programme of 1926. The band was temporarily disbanded at the beginning of the Second World War, reviving in 1943 to play to workers in the factory canteen. Between 1946 and 1955 the band went from strength to strength under the leadership of its inspirational conductor Harry Mortimer, becoming one of the country's leading brass bands. During its long career, the band made over 500 radio broadcasts and several television appearances, also performing at folk dances, in music halls and in park bandstands. Changed name to Morris Concert Band round 1972-3 and back to Morris Motors in about 1979.
Some reminiscences from Stephen Bourne, who played for Morris Motors in the 1970's and early 80's: There were strong ties to the Ercol Furniture Band throughout this time through the resident Conductor Walter Rees who was musical director for Ercol and also with Witney Sliver Band through Peter the baritone player, who conducted Witney. Whenever Witney or Ercol did a gig you could guarantee a fair numbers of Morris Players would be amongst them. I travelled to and from London in the car with Harry Mortimer (or HM as he preferred) every Monday and Wednesday for rehearsal in the band room at Morris Factory. We did many concerts as part of the famed "Men O'Brass" mass bands of Fairey, Fodens (or City of Coventry for a while) and Morris. There are still a number of recordings of this massed band around today. Morris Motors last appeared in the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in 1981 , when the Test Piece was Blitz (I still remember learning it - unpleasant - give me some Vinter or Ball any day). We regularly appeared on "Friday Night is music night!" live from the Golders Green Hippodrome on Radio 2. Robin Boyle from Radio 2 who compared the show was a friend of HM's. As a result HM managed to get him to compere the British Open, then held in Belle Vue Manchester. I was an official in those days, responsible for taking lunch to the adjudicators and organising distribution of programmes. The Open contest was stopped for an hour between bands because of an IRA bomb threat, I think in 1978 (I could be a year out) but continued afterwards. I do remember the challenge of keeping the adjudicators out of the way. The demise of the Morris band occurred in Harry's later days. The motor works had offered jobs and time to rehearse to players during the bands heydays (50's and 60's) and there was a strong Welsh Mafia in the band (or "tafia" as it became called). By the late 70's band though, moving to Oxford to work in the now stricken car industry was not a very attractive proposition. Around this time, and certainly until 1980, there were still no women in the band and, believe or not, no women were allowed on the band bus. This was true at Fairey and Fodens too. I remember the shock when City of Coventry came to their first Men of Brass with women in the band. In 1981 the first lady joined Morris' and the "old guard" were unhappy about it. Funny now to even think about such a World just 28 years ago.. The band folded in the late 1990s. As the car industry changed, the band's name also changed to Austin Rover Morris Motors Band, Austin Rover Group Band, Rover Band, B.M.C. Band
Morrison and Busty Collieries Band (Annfield Plain, Durham)
Formed in the 1920s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Renamed as Consett Brass in 1974.
Morrison Busty Colliery Band
See: Morrison and Busty Collieries Band
Morrison Busty Lodge Band
See: Morrison and Busty Collieries Band
Morrison North Band (Durham)
Active in the 1900s
Morriston Band (South Wales)
Actually founded in Bristol by an English family named Hanney. The band bodily moved into Wales in the 1860s. A rival band was formed by the local Welshmen which resulted in a private contest in 1875. The "English" band won and went on to absorb its rival.
Morton Parochial Band (Yorkshire)
Founded in 1887
Morvah and St Just Band
See: Morvah Brass Band
Morvah Brass Band (Cornwall)
Morvah can be found about 4 miles north of St Just at Land's End. They were certainly carrying out engagements in 1856 but under the title "Morvah and St Just Band." As there was at that time a St Just Band, what can we make of this title? Possibly the neither band had enough players to be independently able to take on engagements, thereby joining up for while? Whatever, by 1863 Morvah had enough players to call themselves "Morvah Brass Band" and enter a contest in Redruth. This was the only contest they played at, the test music being "Denmark Quadrille" and "Lament for Wellington." For this event they were conducted by R Williams, but were unplaced.
Morwell Brass Band (Australia)
Active in the 1890s
Morwenstow Band (Cornwall)
Formed c1868 and conducted for the next 37 years (!!) by John Cholwill. There were at least three other Cholwills in the band - Archie, Harold, and Claude. The band, situated in the very far north of Cornwall, carried on up to WW2 carrying out the usual run of engagements of the time. After WW2 it does seem that an attempt was made to reform the band by accepting a Carnival engagement that was raising funds to welcome ex-servicemen coming home, but nothing is heard of them after that. Who conducted them from 1905 is nor recorded, but in 1937 W H Pitman was in the chair. No Cornish contests were ever attended.
Mosborough Brass Band (Derbyshire)
The Worksop Journal reported that on Whit Monday 1856, when three Friendly Societies formed a procession, three Bands took part. After the procession to the Parish Church and Divine Service, they dined at various hostelries. The Old Abbey Club dined at the Corn Exchange where Mr Marshall of the Greyhound Inn catered for 240 persons. The Mosbro' Band attended and played appropriate airs after each toast. The Golden Ball Friendly Society dined in their large room.... and the Sherwood Rangers Band contributed to the pleasure of the day. The Wheat Sheaf Club dined at the club room of the Wheat Sheaf Inn, and the Sutton Brass Band very much delighted the Society with their performances. The band was still active in 1858.
Moseley Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Moseley Park Band
See: Moseley Brass Band
Moss Bank Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active around the 1900s
Mossend Beardmore Welfare Works Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1925
Mossend Emmet Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1920s
Mossend Roman Catholic Band
See: Bellshill and Mossend Roman Catholic Band
Mossend St Vincent Silver Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Conductor A. Copland in 1921
Mossiface Band (Victoria, Australia)
Mossley Amateur Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s and early 1860s, contemporary with the Mossley Temperance Band (the current Mossley Band)
Mossley Brass Band
See: Mossley Amateur Brass Band
Mossley Destruction Prize Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1906
Mossley Hollins High School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Mossley St John's Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1980
Moston and Beswick Band
See: Streetfold Band
Moston and Beswick Manchester Band
See: Streetfold Band
Moston Brass Band
See: Streetfold Band
Moston Brook Band (Manchester)
Active in 1979
Mostyn and Llannerch-y-mor Band
See: Llannerch-y-mor Brass Band
Mostyn Hall Band (Flintshire)
Active in 1920s
Motherwell and Hamilton Palace Colliery Band
See: Motherwell and Palace Colliery Band
Motherwell and Palace Colliery Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Motherwell and Wishaw Band (Lanarkshire)
Probably formed after WW1. Active from the early 1920s to the 1950s. Later known as Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens' Band.
Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens' Band
See: Motherwell and Wishaw Band
Motherwell and Wishaw Town Band
See: Motherwell and Wishaw Band
Motherwell Brass Band
See: Motherwell Town Band (1)
Motherwell Christian Institute Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1892
Motherwell Hallelujah Mission Band
See: Hallelujah Mission Silver Band
Motherwell League of the Cross BandSee: Motherwell League of the Silver Cross Band
Motherwell League of the Silver Cross Band (Lanarkshire)
Formed around 1905, still active in the 1920s
Motherwell Miller Street Mission Band
See: Miller Street Mission Brass Band
Motherwell Roman Catholic Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1920s
Motherwell St Brides Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the mid-1940s
Motherwell Town Band (1) (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1880s to WW1. Report from the Motherwell Times, Friday 14th. June 1901: "The New Masonic Halls - Laying the Memorial Stone. .......... (after the ceremony's close). Thereafter the company was again arranged in processional order, and proceeded by way of Muir Street, Milton Street, Calder Street, and Merry Street to the Town Hall, where the Lodge was closed in due form. The bands which accompanied the procession were the Coltness Silver Band, and the Motherwell Town Silver Band both of which more than maintained their reputation for first class music.
Motherwell Town Band (2)
See: Motherwell and Wishaw Band
Mottram and Broadbottom Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Mottram Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1860s to the early 1900s
Moulton Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the late 1950s/early 1960s
Moulton Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the village from around 1907 to 1937. After disbanding in 1937 the instruments were put into storage but were unfortunately lost in a fire some years later. A successor band was formed in 1977
Mount Carmel Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in the 1930s, based at the Mount Carmel R.C. Church.
Mount Gerizim Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in the 1920s, based at the Mount Gerizim Wesleyan Reform Chapel.
Mount Kembla Band (Australia)
Active in 1900s
Mount Pleasant Temperance Saxhorn Band (Spennymoor)
Active in 1879
Mount Sion Brass Band (Radcliffe, Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s
Mount Sion Works Brass Band (Radcliffe, Lancashire)
Active in the 1940s
Mount Tabor Band (Long Eaton)
Active in the 1920s
Mount Tabor Mission Silver Band (Long Eaton)
See: Mount Tabor Band
Mount Zion Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in the 1880s/1890s
Mount Zion Brass Band (Colne)
Active in the 1860s through to 1939.
Mount Zion Mission Brass Band (Walsall)
Active in 1895
Mountain Ash Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1870s to early 1900s
Mountain Ash Hibernian Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1918
Mountain Ash Rifle Corps Band
See: Mountain Ash Volunteers Band
Mountain Ash Volunteers Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1860s to the 1920s
Mousehill Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in 1897
Mousehole Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the early 1900s
Mow Cop Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1860s to 1890s
Moxley Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1919
Mr Alderson's Adult Sunday School Brass Band (Stockton-on-Tees)
Active in 1886
Mr Brooke's Amateur Brass Band
See: Avon Street Gas Works Band
Mr Jackson's Brass Band
See: Jackson's Brass Band
Mr W. Thompson's Band (Guiseley)
Active in the 1870s
Mr Widdow's Saxhorn Band (Norwich)
Active in 1860
Much Hadham Brass Band
Active in 1925
Much Hoole Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1891.
Much Wenlock Band (Shropshire)
Began in 1900 and survived until the Second World War.
Mugginton Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1887
Muirkirk Brass Band
See: Muirkirk Parish Brass Band
Muirkirk Parish Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active from the 1880s. Known as Muirkirk Parish Silver Band in 1923 when, in a band contest at Douglas, they won both the March and the Selection pieces. John Johnstone, who died in 1951, was teacher and conductor of the Band for the long period of 26 years, and many bandsmen had their first "blaw"under his firm but helpful guidance. The Band folded before the 1950s.
Mulbarton and Swardeston Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1914
Mullion Brass Band (Cornwall)
c.1870 to c.1911, there is no recorded conductors or Cornish contests attended. The band could be found down in the Lizard Peninsular. A photo of 1897 shows a smart, well-balanced band of ten players, consisting of 4 cornets, tenor horn, baritone, valve trombone, euphonium, Eb bass and a bass drum.
Multitubular Brass Band
See Newbie Engineering Works Multitubular Brass Band
Mumbles Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1880s. Disbanded around the time of the First World War. Reminiscences of Margie Bowden: "Now my two youngest brothers were in the Mumbles Silver Band. They used to call it Bob Todd's Band as he was the leader. What we liked to do was to walk with the band, when they marched the solders to Church. We used to look forward to Sunday. But the Mumbles Band did not last much longer, as one of the boys was called up then another and so there were not many left in the band and it finished up with solders joining in to make enough to get them to church. We just used to have some wonderful tunes in those days but, in 1914, it was spoiled for us. My two brothers, Alfred and Ernest, were called up and joined the navy and never came back."
Munition Workers' Band
See: Scotswood Shipyard Brass Band
Musselburgh Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s. A successor band was formed in 1895.
Musselburgh St Augustine's Band (Midlothian)
Active in the 1890s
Muston Amateur Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1887
Muswellbrook Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1892. Folded prior to the 1960s
Muthill Brass Band (Perthshire)
Active in 1878
Myland Band (Essex)
Active in 1905 when the bandmaster was H. Wheeler, and also in 1911
Mynyddygarreg Silver Prize Band (Carmarthenshire)
Formed 1909. Competed in the 1964 West of England Regional Championships (3rd Section), conducted by D.T. Gravelle. Folded in the late 1980s.
Myrtle Silver Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1933

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N.C.B. No.5 Area Ambulance Band
See: East Midlands Area 5 Ambulance Band
N.E. Manchester Brass Band
Active in the 1930s
N.E.R. Band
See: West Hartlepool N.E.R. Band
N.F.S. Band
See: National Fire Service Band
Naburn Band (Yorkshire)
Played at the Bishopthorpe celebrations of the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902
Nafferton Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1940s
Nafferton Saxhorn Band
See: Nafferton Brass Band
Nafferton Station Mills Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
1903 reports in the Driffield press: Saturday June 20 1903, "Members of Sir Tatton Sykes' Lodge of the Hull District of Druids celebrated their seventh anniversary at Wetwang. The Nafferton Station Mills Band played the members to church, where the Rev Ingham preached a sermon. The membership of the Hull district was 9,806." August 8 1903, "Wansford played host to an athletic and aquatic sports event. Only competitors from Wansford and Cattleholmes were entitled to take part in the athletic events, but the aquatic events were open. The aquatic events were the highlight of the day, with Mr J Cawthorn winning the greasy pole event and taking home a leg of mutton. A swimming match from the bridge to the Trout Inn was entered by seven competitors. After the sports, the villagers enjoyed a fireworks display and music from the Nafferton Station Mills Band."
Nafferton United Prize Silver Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active around 1910 to the 1930s
Nailsea Glass Works Band (Somerset)
Active in 1866, 1869
Nailsworth Silver Band (Gloucestershire)
Founded in 1919. Amalgamated with Horsley Brass Band in 1948 to become the Nailsworth and Horsley Silver Band. The band reverted back to the Nailsworth Silver Band name sometime in the early 1970s.
Nancledra Band (Cornwall)
The players of Nancledra, just south of St Ives, had players from Towednack join them to play for a Home Guard church parade in 1941. This group was put together and led by F Pope. This would appear to be a one-off.
Nant Purls Brass Band (Caernarvonshire)
Nantwich Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1840s to the early 1900s. Probably folded during WW1. Competed in the very first British Open in 1853, conducted by T. Hassal.
Nantwich Old Brass Band
See: Nantwich Brass Band
Nantwich Town Band (Cheshire)
c.1878 -1936. A non-contesting band that performed at local events, primarily parades, garden parties and charity events. It was wound up in 1936 and little exists of the band but memories.
Nantymoel Town Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1964
Nantymoel Prize Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the early 1900s. Folded in 1933
Naphill Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
A founder member and conductor of the band was Albert George Parslow, who was also Bandmaster of the Wycombe Excelsior Band (later known as High Wycombe Town Silver Band). Band was active from before WW1 to the 1930s.
Naphill United Brass Band
See: Naphill Brass Band
Nassington Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1930s. A successor band (Yarwell and Nassington Britannia Band) was formed in the 1970s.
Nassington Britannia Band
See: Nassington Brass Band
Natimuk Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1916. A report of the AGM: "The annual meeting of the Natimuk Brass Band was held on Friday evening 24th March. The president, Mr F.N.S. Bennett occupied the chair. There was a fair attendance of bandsmen, but the townspeople were poorly represented, a fact upon which the president adversely commented. He said most townships were proud to have a band, but Natimuk residents didn't seem to care whether they had on or not, although the various patriotic, recruiting, charitable and other organisation always expected the band to assist when required. They would have to admit that it would be missed if it disbanded. The balance sheet, duly audited by Mr L A Rosel, showed that the past year had not been very profitable, but they still showed a credit balance of £4/0/1. The election of officers resulted as follows :-- President Mr F.N.S. Bennett; vice presidents Messrs E. Knight and A. J. Gladigau; committee: Messrs John Cross, A. Twidle, and H. B. Waller, (representing townspeople) and R Grohs, J. Ratcliffe and W. Schmidt (representing bandsmen). Secretary and treasurer, Mr Percy Lyons; conductor, Mr James Henry; auditor Mr L. A. Rosel; collector of bandsmens contributions Mr Roy Bousefield. Feeling references was made by the president to the death during the past year of their former secretary and treasurer, signaller Lance Cross, who, as they all knew, succumbed to wounds received at the Dardanelles. He died a noble death, but he will be sadly missed."
National Fire Service Band (Easington)
See: Easington Public Band
National Fire Service Band (11 Area) (Southend)
Active in 1943
National Fire Service Band (27 Area, L Division) (Eccles)
Active from 1942. A wartime combination of players from Barton Hall Works Band and Eccles Borough Band, conductor was Dan Shepherd.
National Fire Service Band (37 Area)
See: North Kent Silver Band
National Fire Service Band (North Midland Region) (Wakefield)
Active in 1942/43
National Fire Service Western (No.1) Area Band
The Band Association constitution, minutes and correspondence, 1943-1944, are held in the Glasgow City Archives
National Oil Refineries Band (Llandarcy, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1920s
National Reserve Band (Barnsley)
Based at the National Reserve Club, Harbourgh Hill Road, Barnsley - now closed.
National Union of Railwaymen's (Bristol) Silver Band
See: Bristol and District N.U.R. Band
Naunton Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
There is one reference to a Naunton Brass Band in 1863, and several more from 1886 through to 1934. Known bandmasters were G. Harrison (1912), Frank Smith (1913), E. Williams (1923).
Navy League Boys Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1909
Nayland British Legion Band (Suffolk)
Formed in the mid 1930s by some breakaway members from the Boxted Methodist Band following a contesting disagreement. Took part in the Colchester Carnival in 1936/37/38, conducted by H Taylor
Nazareth House Brass Band (Ditton, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Nazebottom Temperance Prize Band
Active from 1885 to WW1. Newspaper report from around 1910: Nazebottom Temperance Prize Band was established at Nazebottom, near Todmorden, in 1885. Matthew Trungrove and James Hodgson (now Councillor Hodgson) were its founders. They talked the matter over whilst engaged at their work as fustian cutters, and soon secured the support of a number of local musicians. It was understood from the beginning that the band was to be a temperance organisation, and this principle has been firmly adhered to. At the outset practices were held in a cottage, but so small was the room that if any instrumentalist happened to move from his place during rehearsal he ran the risk of being knocked down by the trombone player. Mr. J.E. Craven, a gentleman residing in the locality, realising the inadequacy of the cottage, kindly offered the band the use of a room over his coach-house. This was gladly accepted, and has been in use for many years. After a while, the band was able to purchase a full complement of instruments, and in their uniform of navy blue with scarlet and gold facings, the members began to feel their feet. But it was not until the autumn of 1893 that they made their first appearance on the contest field. This was at Ovenden, Halifax. Three years later, at Bamber Bridge, a prize fell to their lot. In three years they have secured seven first prizes, eight seconds, and five thirds out of twenty-four contests. Some little time ago a sale of work was held under the auspices of the band, the object being to raise funds for the purchase of new uniforms. Mr. Craven's remarks on this occasion are worth quoting. They ought to take interest in anything which tended to improve and enlighten village life, said he. He did not believe that they should derive all their entertainment and pleasure from adjacent large towns, but that they should endeavour to make village life interesting and pleasant. When the band attained its majority, there was a grand reunion of past and present members in the Co-operative Hall, Todmorden. On this occasion, Mr. W. Mitchell, the bandmaster, was presented with a beautiful timepiece and a couple of bronzes; indeed, so liberally did the public subscribe, that there was a sum of from £6 to £7 over, which was at the same time handed to Mr. Mitchell in a purse. The timepiece bore the following inscription: "Purchased by public subscription, and presented to Mr. Walter Mitchell, as an appreciation of his valuable services as bandmaster to Nazebottom Temperance Brass Band for fourteen years. Presented on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the band, held September 22nd, 1906." Mr. Mitchell said he did not care to be described as bandmaster. He thought the terns was rather misleading, and regarded the word leader as much more suitable. He had never tried to drive or coerce his fellow bandsmen, but to lead them. He hoped that all the players would realise that the seconds and thirds were quite as essential to the making of a good band as the soloists. The mention of soloists reminds me that in speaking of some of the prizes won, I omitted to refer to several specials for solos which have been gained by members of the band. The band is ably conducted by Mr. W. Heap, the treasurer and secretary being respectively Mr W.G. Sutcliffe and Mr James Lomas. Most of the members are engaged in the cotton industry – weavers etc.
Neath and Melyn Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1930s
Neath Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Neath Town Band
See: Neath Brass Band
Needham Market Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1870s through to WW1.
Needham Market Town Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1950s and the 1960s. A march written for the Needham Market Band by their bandmaster Mr Daley was called Black Rod. When the band folded the music was given to Gislingham band. They used to practice in the Tin Mission. The band lost its bass drummer on a march through the town on one occasion. When the band wheeled right, 'Dumdiddy', a lad of short stature who was unable to see over the top of the drum. who steered himself and his instrument by looking to the left side of the drum, continued straight on for several yards. A breathless bandmaster finally managed to catch up with Dumdiddy loudly banging his solitary trail along the street oblivious to the diminishing sound of the brass instruments.
Neepsend Gas Works Brass Band (Sheffield)
Formed in 1893, when the members bought their own instruments at a cost of £100 and uniforms at a further cost of £6. Conducted by W.E. Dennis, secretary was John Parker. Still active in 1903
Nefyn and District Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1960s
Nefyn Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1880s
Neill Memorial Brass Band (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Founded by Isaac Neill, active in the 1940s and 1950s
Nelson Band (Lancashire)
Nelson Band or later Nelson Prize Band was formed in 1862 and practiced in a room at he back of the old Nelson Inn, now the Lord Nelson Hotel. By 1873 the band was boasting that in the previous four years it had won 476 pounds 19 shillings in prize money and that its services were required at every public function. Unfortunately, the band and Town Council did not always see eye to eye. In 1894 Nelson band was engaged to play classical music in Victoria Park. On seeing a youthful audience they suddenly began playing popular tunes of the day, an alderman objected and the concert was abandoned. Later in the 1890's the band disbanded only to re-form in 1898 as Nelson Old Band.
Nelson Old Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1898 from the remnants of Nelson Band. It's practices were first held near the Prince of Wales Inn and later in a room on Ann Street. In 1920 the band acquired Clifford House and became a social club as well as a brass band. During this period the band had many contest successes regularly competing at the famous September contest at Belle Vue in Manchester. The Old Band, however became more of a social club than a musical association and the band split from the club forming two new bands. Nelson Temperance Band was short-lived. The second band, Nelson Silver Prize Band, lasted until 1956.
Nelson Prize Band
See: Nelson Band
Nelson Silver Prize Band (Lancashire)
Resulted from a split of the Nelson Old Band into Nelson Silver Prize Band and the short-lived Nelson Temperance Band. It opened a social club on Albert Street which once again led to the bands demise (as with the Nelson Old Band). In late 1956 financial problems forced the closure of the club and the folding of the Nelson Silver Prize Band, leaving Nelson once again without a band. A successor band, still active, was formed later in 1957 as the Nelson Civic Band.
Nelson Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Short-lived, this band resulted from a split of the Nelson Old Band into Nelson Silver Prize Band and the Nelson Temperance Band.
Nenthead Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active from the 1850s to 1916
Neston and District Boys Band (Cheshire)
Active in the early 1950s
Neston Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s. Folded prior to WW1, when its instruments were passed on to the Bootle Municipal Band.
Neston Silver Band (1)
See: Neston Brass Band
Neston Silver Band (2) (Cheshire)
Formed after WW1. Active in the 1930s
Nether Broughton Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Nether Green School Brass Band (Leeds)
Active in 1853
Nether Hallam Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1900
Nether Kellet Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active the early 1900s
Nether Wallop Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Netherfield B.R. Solver Band
See: Netherfield Railway Band
Netherfield L.N.E.R. Brass Band
See: Netherfield Railway Band
Netherfield Railway Band (Nottinghamshire)
Founded in the 1890s by Charles Robert Rodgers (another report gives the formation as 1902). In 1950 was rename Carlton Silver Band, then Nottingham City Transport Band in 1988. The band spawned Carlton Brass (a junior section) in 1998, which went on to become the current Carlton Brass Band. The Nottingham City Transport Band folded in 2005.
Netherfield Railwaymen's Brass Band
See: Netherfield Railway Band
Netherthong Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the early 1860s to the late 1880s. A court case in 1885 notes that the band was formed on October 30th 1871 and £35 was borrowed to buy instruments and clothing. However it appears the band was active earlier as it played at the Holmfirth Pig, Poultry, Horticultural and Floral Show in August that year, conducted by Mr. G.H. Wood, and also was recorded playing as early as December 1865.
Netherton Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1930s
Netherton Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1880s
Netherton Brass Band (near Dudley, Staffordshire)
Formed in 1858, still active in 1887
Netherton Brass Band (near Horbury, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s through to the 1930s
Netherton Brass Band (near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Netherton Brass Band (Northumberland)
See: Netherton Colliery Band
Netherton Colliery Band (Bedlington, Northumberland)
Active between the 1870s and the late 1940s
Netherton Colliery Silver Model Band
See: Netherton Colliery Band
Netteswell Youth Brass Band (Harlow, Essex)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s. Based at Nettleswell Secondary School
Nettlefolds Band (Smethwick, Birmingham)
Active around 1900. Nettlefolds were a large company making screws, later were part of Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds Ltd.
Neville Brass
Amalgamated with Davis Derby Brass Band to form Derwent Brass in 1992.
New Barnet Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1.
New Barnet Town Band
See: New Barnet Brass Band
New Basford Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1874, conducted by H. Watkins
New Beckenham Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1930s
New Becontree Silver Band
New Bilton Imperial Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1950
New Brancepeth Colliery Band
See: Sleetburn Colliery Band
New British Iron Company Band
See: New British Iron Works Brass Band
New British Iron Works Brass Band (Ruabon)
Active in 1868
New Brompton and Gillingham Boys' Band
Active in 1906
New Buckenham Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1880s. Presumed to have folded prior to 1887 when the current New Buckenham Silver Band was formed.
New Cambrian Slate Quarry Brass Band (Glyn Ceiriog, Denbighshire)
Active in the 1870s. Played at Vron, near Chirk in 1877, and contested at Wrexham in 1878
New Clee Temperance Brass Band (Cleethorpes)
Active in 1880
New Craighall Brass Band
See: Newcraighall Colliery Band
New Cross Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1860s, conductor G. Woodhead. Still active in the late 1880s
New Cross Locomotive Band
See: New Cross Railway Mission Brass Band
New Cross Railway Mission Brass Band (Kent)
Active from the 1880s to WW1. Conductor up to 1909 was Mr T. Sheen, from 1910 to 1914 was W. Harrild. Contemporary with the New Cross Brass Band.
New Cross South East and Central Railway Band
See: New Cross Railway Mission Brass Band
New Cumnock Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Formed in 1854. Conducted by J Connell in the 1950s and 1960s. Still active in the early 1980s
New Deer Brass Band (Aberdeenshire)
Formed in 1912. Active through to the 1950s
New Ealing Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1938
New Fancy Colliery Band (Parkend, Gloucestershire)
Active from the early 1880s to early 1900s
New Field Brass Band
See: Newfield Brass Band
New Forest Schools Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1980s
New Greenwich Brass Band (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Active in 1842
New Haden Colliery Silver Band (Brookhouses, Staffordshire)
Active from the early 1900s to 1939
New Hall Hey Mills Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
New Hall Lane Brass Band (Preston)
Active in 1867
New Hall Pitsmoor Brass Band
See: Newhall Brass Band
New Harmonic Brass Band (Leek)
Active in 1875
New Hemsworth Colliery Band (Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
New Herrington Colliery Band (near Sunderland)
Formed in the 1900s. Became a military style band after the First World War. Conductor in 1953 was G. Steele
New Hirst Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1901
New Holland Brass Band (1) (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1870s
New Holland Brass Band (2)
See: New Holland N.U.R. Silver Band
New Holland N.U.R. Silver Band (Lincolnshire)
Probably formed in the 1890s. Active from then until the late 1920s. Also known as New Holland Brass Band
New Humberstone Silver Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s. Conducted by C. Hutt in the early 1960s
New Ingleton Colliery Band
New Lanark Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1890s
New Leicester Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
New Malton Town Band
Formed in 1887 by John Gibson, following a revolt in the local Volunteers band, when the army imposed "unacceptable restrictions" on the volunteers. Folded in the early 1900s.
New Mill Band (Cornwall)
There are engagements for this band between 1856 and 1860, but no mention of a conductor. The village of New Mill will be found north of Penzance and they never travelled very far for their engagements, and not at all for contests.
New Mills Band
Active in 1873
New Mills Old Band
Active in the 1930s/40s
New Milton and Ashley Temperance Band (Hampshire)
New Monckton Colliery Band
See: Royston New Monckton Colliery Institute Band
New North Middlesex Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1900s to around 1909. A successor "North Middlesex Band" was formed in 1911
New Redheugh Colliery Band
See: Redheugh Colliery Band
New Road Wesleyan Brass Band (Talke, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1850s
New Shildon Brass Band
See: New Shildon Saxhorn Band
New Shildon Juvenile Temperance Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s
New Shildon Philharmonic Band (Durham)
Active in the 1850s
New Shildon Saxhorn Band (Durham)
Active from the 1850s to the late 1870s
New Shildon Temperance Band
Active from the 1880s to the early 1900s
New Silksworth Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1920s
New Stevenson Mission Brass Band (Motherwell)
Active in 1895
New Stubbin and Rawmarsh Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1920s
New Swindon Brass Band
Active in 1880, conductor George Heap
New Tredegar and Tirphil Silver Band
See: New Tredegar Brass Band
New Tredegar Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active from the 1850s through to the early 1950s. Known as New Tredegar Workmen's Band before WW1 and New Tredegar and Tirphil Silver Band after WW2.
New Tredegar Workmen's Band
See: New Tredegar Brass Band
New Whittington Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1885
New Whittington Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Chesterfield)
Active in 1896
New York and District Brass Band (Northumberland)
Formed in the early 1900s but folded during WW1
New York Mill Band (Summerbridge, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in the 1860s and folded shortly after WW1. Its last recorded engagement was in July 1919.
Newark Borough Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the early 1890s to the 1930s. From the Newark Advertiser, May 21 1902 - "For the 29th time in its history, the Newark Football Club has promoted an athletic sports meeting on Whit Monday at Newark, and to the long series of successes another must be added. The ground was gay with streamers, and the Newark Borough Band, under Mr Carle, enlivened the assemblage with some excellent and inspiring music."
Newark Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1880s
Newark British Legion Band (Nottinghamshire)
Formed after WW1 and folded in the mid 1950s. A successor band, the current Newark Town Band, was formed in 1956.
Newbie Engineering Works Multitubular Brass Band (Annan, Dumfriesshire)
Formed in 1901, later known as Annan Town Band and disbanded in 1954. A successor Annan Town Band was formed in 1961
Newbiggin Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Formed in 1913 by a local group of musicians, it was funded by a weekly subscription of a penny a week from the workmens pay. The band was made up of miners who worked at the colliery and in many cases employment was found to attract players. The band had a proud tradition of contesting and represented the area at many national competitions. It had also been a breeding ground for players who have reached national acclaim with some of the finest bands in the country. The most famous namely Jim Shepherd who does not need any introduction to the brass band world, Jim in his youth began his banding career at Newbiggin and went on to a successful life of playing in Yorkshire with the famous Black Dyke Mills band. Others such as John Carr and his son Dennis made a name for themselves as top class conductors. During the 1940's a large number of Newbiggin Miners were transferred to the nearby Lynemouth Colliery. For a period of time the band was known as the Lynemouth Colliery Band and later the Newbiggin and Lynemouth Colliery Band, however in 1968 Newbiggin Colliery closed where the name was dropped from it's title renamed Lynemouth Colliery Band. Since this period the band had a variety of rehearsal premises in Newbiggin including the CO-OP Hall, Central Club and the 'HUT' in the 'Bull Field'. In 1985 Lynemouth Colliery closed and again the band changed it's name to the Newbiggin Welfare Band. The band moved from the 'HUT' to the Newbiggin Welfare grounds, with support from Wansbeck District Council the band was able to purchase a new rehearsal room equipped with toilets, kitchen and heating and became self financing. In 1994 Greggs of Gosforth agreed to sponsor the band, this heralded another new name the 'Greggs Bakery Band'. During the 90's the band went from strength to strength rising through the ranks of the brass band world when in the year 2000 gained Championship Section status playing the test piece 'Variations on an Enigma', Greggs were only awarded 8th place out of 10 but this was considered a great achievement first time around. The band has performed at many prestigious venues such as the Princess Ballroom at the Winter Gardens Blackpool, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Royal Hall Harrogate and the Albert Hall in London. It has also appeared on TV and took part in the Lord Mayor of London's parade. The band folded in 2009
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1890s to 1912. Probably superseded by the Newbiggin Colliery Band
Newbold Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1910s
Newbold Verdon Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1880s to 1914
Newbottle Colliery Band (Philadelphia, Sunderland)
Active in the 1890s
Newbridge Brass Band (Cornwall)
Newspaper reports of this band are confined to 1888/89, but a photograph of the band shows twelve players wearing early 20th century civilian clothing. Who conducted them we do not know. No contests were attended, and their home of Newbridge can be found half-way between Penzance and St Just.
Newbridge Institute Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in 1948
Newbrough Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1860s, conductor George Bell. Played at the Hexham Flower Show in September, 1864. Also from the 1890s to 1914
Newburgh Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1850s, and from the 1890s to the late 1940s. Renamed Newburgh Silver Band after WW1, it was taken over as the works band by Tayside Floorcloth Co. Ltd. in 1927, being renamed Newburgh Tayside Silver Band, conductor Donald Mathieson. The company probably dropped their sponsorship prior to WW2 (alluded to in the death notice of Donald Mathieson), but was still active as Tayside Silver Band in 1948.
Newburgh Tayside Silver Band
See: Newburgh Brass Band
Newburn Steelworks Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1903, conducted by Frank Hedley
Newbury Amateur Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1840s to 1870s
Newbury Borough Band
See: Newbury Town Band
Newbury Brass Band
See: Newbury Amateur Brass Band
Newbury Colliery Band (Somerset)
Active in 1894
Newbury P.S.A. Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1930s. The Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Societies (or Brotherhoods) were a national effort by non-conformist churches to involve young men in social and religious activity on Sunday afternoons.
Newbury Temperance Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1915
Newbury Town Band (Berkshire)
Active from the 1890s to the late 1980s.
Newbury United Temperance Band
See: Newbury Temperance Band
Newcastle and Gateshead Railway Band (Northumberland)
Formed in 1925, still active in 1947 when L.N.E.R. took over.
Newcastle Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s. Conductor J.D. Belcher in 1878
Newcastle Brass Band (Nottingham)
See: Nottingham Newcastle Brass Band
Newcastle City Police Band (Northumberland)
Formed in 1930 and still active in 1948
Newcastle Corporation Transport Band (Northumberland)
Formed 1907 as the Newcastle Tramways Band. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Still active in 1949
Newcastle East End Band (Northumberland)
Formed in the early 1900s
Newcastle Harmonic Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1868, conducted by John Amos
Newcastle Industrial (Engineers) Band (Northumberland)
Formed in the 1900s
Newcastle Industrial Juvenile Band
See: Newcastle Industrial Schools Band
Newcastle Industrial Schools Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Newcastle L.N.E.R. Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1930s
Newcastle Locomotive Works Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1865 when they were invited by Mr George Robert Stephenson to spend the 1864 Christmas holidays with him on the Isle of Wight, when they played various concerts alone and also in conjunction with other bands on the island.
Newcastle Naval Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1880s, conductor J.D. Belcher
Newcastle Operatic Band
See: Newcastle Operatic Saxhorn Band
Newcastle Operatic Saxhorn Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s. Conductor John Thompsonin 1867. In 1872 it won first prize at a contest in Edinburgh.
Newcastle People's Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1914
Newcastle Rifles Brass Band (Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Newcastle Royal Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1890
Newcastle Schools Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1970s, conductor W. Wetherby
Newcastle Town Band (Staffordshire)
See: Knutton Forge Prize Band
Newcastle Tramways Band
See: Newcastle Corporation Transport Band
Newcastle Transport Band
See: Newcastle Corporation Transport Band
Newcastle Union Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1882
Newcastle V.T.C. Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1916
Newcastle Workhouse Brass Band (Northumberland)
Formed in 1878, formed among the boys in the workhouse. The instruments cost £150 for the 31 boys in the band. Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Newcastleton Brass Band (Roxburghshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Newchurch Brass Band (1) (near Rawtenstall, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Newchurch Brass Band (2)
See: Newchurch-in-Pendle Brass Band
Newchurch-in-Pendle Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1920s
Newcraighall Colliery Band (Edinburgh)
Active in 1888
Newent Brass Band
See: Newent Town Band
Newent Town Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1950s
Newfield Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1884
Newhall Brass Band (Derbyshire)
See: Newhall Excelsior Brass Band
Newhall Brass Band (Pitsmoor, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
Newhall Celebration Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Newhall Excelsior Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1880s and the 1890s
Newhall Perseverance Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1880s and the 1890s
Newhall St. John's Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Newhall Secondary Modern School Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1950, conductor R.C. Arnold
Newhall United Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Newhallhey Brass Band
See: New Hall Hey Mills Band
Newhallhey Mills Brass Band
See: New Hall Hey Mills Band
Newham (East Ham) Band
See: Grangewood Silver Band
Newham Brass Band
See: Grangewood Silver Band
Newhaven Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed around 1891. Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Newhaven Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active from the 1890s to the late 1920s
Newland Mission Brass Band (Lincoln)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Newlyn Band (Cornwall)
There was a Newlyn Band that carried out an engagement in 1867 - end of that story! Then in 1900 a Newlyn Independant Band was formed and carried out a gig for the Drift Band of Hope. This band was formed and led by S Mear who, on an engagement, elicited this comment "The treble tonguing of the 'Gem Polka' by Mr Mear was rendered in a very efficient manner." The report went on to advertise that the band was ready to accept paying engagements - but no more is heard of them. Newlyn did, however, have a Salvation Army band for many years.
Newlyn East Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1919, when it gained a second prize at the West of England Band Festival at Bugle.
Newlyn Independant Band
See: Newlyn Band
Newmains and Cambusnethan Band (Lanarkshire)
Formed in 1886 with the amalgamation of Newmains Band and Cambusnethan Band. Active through to about 1900.
Newmains and District Colliery Band
See: Coltness Iron Works Silver Band
Newmains Brass Band (1) (Lanarkshire)
Formed in 1845 and, up to 1886 when it amalgamated with Cambusnethan Band, it had attended 9 contests netting 6 prizes worth £30.
Newmains Brass Band (2)
See: Coltness Iron Works Silver Band
Newmarket Brass Band (County Cork, Eire)
Active in 1905
Newmarket Brass Band (Suffolk)
See: Newmarket Town Band
Newmarket Colliery Band
See: Stanley Newmarket Colliery Band
Newmarket Colliery Stanley Band
See: Stanley Newmarket Colliery Band
Newmarket Town Band (Suffolk)
Active from the 1890s. In August 1902 it entertained the King of Barotseland during his visit to Dalham. It was active through to the late 1930s. A successor town band was formed in 1947.
Newmilns Burgh Band (Ayrshire)
Formed in 1833 by a group of handloom weavers, and until 1990, when it amalgamated with Galston Burgh Band and Loudoun Band, to form the current Newmilns and Galston Band, it was the oldest band in Scotland still using the same name. In the 1870's the handloom weaving trade declined. Many band members had to leave the town and, in 1878, the organisation collapsed. But in June 1880, the magistrates and town council met and agreed to reform the band. The machine lace industry had been established locally and people were returning to the town. The band played in its last Championship Contest in 1960 and, by 1965, it had again become defunct. In late 1978, three players and three Community Councillors formed a committee to rebuild the Band from scratch. The Band Hall had been demolished and the instruments and music library given away. Within four years a new Band had been formed, instruments and music bought, and promotion reached from the 4th to the 2nd Section.
Newnham Brass Band (1) (Goucestershire)
Active in the 1850s
Newnham Brass Band (2) (Goucestershire)
See: Newnham-on-Severn Town Band
Newnham Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Newnham Brass Band
Formed in 1884, disbanded around 1905
Newnham Town Band
Formed in 1909
Newnham-on-Severn Town Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed in 1872. Still active in 1937
Newport Amateur Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
Active in the 1830s and 1840s
Newport Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1840s
Newport Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1830s
Newport Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
See: Newport Amateur Brass Band
Newport Brass Band (1) (Shropshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Newport Brass Band (2) (Shropshire)
Possibly formed in 1875 - in the Newport Advertiser of Saturday 25 September 1875, there was an article indicating that a "New Brass Band" would be formed in the town. If it did exist, the it must have folded prior to 1911. In June 1911 a Mr Harry Davies set up a Newport Band, which gave it's first public appearance in the Square on Saturday 10th June 1911. A collection was made at the event which raised a total of £1 5s. The band probably folded at the outbreak of the Second World War, A successor band was formed in 1954 in conjunction with the British Legion and is still in existence today (Newport Town Band)
Newport Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1840s
Newport Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Newport Catholic Brass Band
Active in 1864
Newport Civil Defence Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1956
Newport Pagnell Church Institute Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1883
Newport Pagnell Excelsior Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the late 1870s through to the 1930s
Newport Pagnell Town Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the 1950s to around 1976. The band used to rehearse at the Bull Public House and were conducted for many years by Jack Williams. Two of the band's bass drums are held in Newport Pagnell Museum.
Newport Pagnell Working Men's Club and Institute Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1876
Newport Popular Band
See: Lysaght's Ord Works Brass Band
Newport Rolling Mills Band (Middlesborough)
Active in 1894
Newport Town Amateur Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
Formed in 1863. Conducted by F. Wadham
Newport Working Mens' Institute Brass Band (Hampshire)
Formed in 1858.
Newquay Brass Band (Cornwall)
Founded in 1856, with Thomas Franklin as conductor. Their first concert was in January 1858, playing "Les Mousquetaires" and the Salamanca march, among other pieces. The band folded prior to 1895, when an unsuccessful attempt was made to revive it. A successor band was formed in 1919 (the current Newquay Town Band)
Newsham Saxhorn Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1882
Newstead Brass Band
See: Newstead Colliery Band
Newstead Colliery Band (Nottinghamshire)
Formed in 1886. Active in the 1890s to WW1, conductor Isaac Parkin.
Newsome Works Band
See: Arthur Newsome Public Works Band
Newton and District Brass Band (Newton Heath, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Newton Abbot and District Town Band
See: Newton Abbot Town Band (2)
Newton Abbot Brotherhood Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1910 and before WW1, resuscitated thereafter in 1918.
Newton Abbot Locomotive Band (Devon)
Founded in January 1855
Newton Abbot Town Band (1) (Devon)
Founded in 1908 through the merger of Highweek Band and Wolborough Band. Known as Teignbridge Silver Band from the late 1970s. Folded in 1985. A successor band was formed in 2003
Newton Abbot Town Band (2) (Devon)
Formed in 2003, disbanded in August 2011
Newton Abbot Volunteer Band (Devon)
Active in the 1890s
Newton Aycliffe Town Band
Formed in 1950, later renamed Aycliffe Brass Band in 1984. Merged with Brancepeth Welfare Band in 1994 to form the new Aycliffe and Brancepeth Band
Newton Bank Print Works Brass Band (Hyde, Cheshire)
Active in the 1850s
Newton Colliery Brass Band (Cambuslang, Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1900s
Newton Engineering Works Band (Somerset?)
Active in 1893
Newton Green Methodist Band (Suffolk)
Active around 1934. Ted, front left in the picture, now aged 87 in 2011, recalled how the band went out carolling with the old fashioned carbide lamps which required moistening to activate the carbide powder. The band's uniforms were cast offs from Sudbury Band. Ted's small uniform was cut down and sewn together again by his mother with only a needle and thread as they were too poor to own a sewing machine. Ted's uncle John (behind him in the photo, playing bass) was the band's conductor. What's more John made up a foot pedal so that he could play, conduct and bang a bass drum as well. Now there's a multi-talented musician. Sadly the little boy in the photo with just the cap, and no uniform, was a very promising young cornet player who was killed in France during WW2.
Newton Heath All Saints Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s. Conductor Smith Sellars in 1899-1907. Also known as All Saints Sunday School Band
Newton Heath Boys Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1940s
Newton Heath Brass Band (1)
See: Newton Heath Primitive Methodist Brass Band
Newton Heath Brass Band (2)
Probably formed after WW1, active from the 1930s through until it disbanded in 1999. Later known as Newton Heath W.M.C. and Institute Band to 1985, then British Aerospace (Manchester) Band and finally British Aerospace (Chadderton) Band.
Newton Heath L.M.S. Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s
Newton Heath Loco Works Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s
Newton Heath Primitive Methodist Brass Band
Founded in 1882 at the Newton Heath Methodist Sunday School. Later renamed Newton Heath Brass Band (before 1891), as it was found that "some people had a prejudice against Primitive Methodists". Active through until WW1
Newton Heath Public Band
See: Newton Heath Brass Band (2)
Newton Heath Steam Shed Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1890s to 1900s
Newton Heath Wagon Works Band
See: Newton Heath Steam Shed Brass Band
Newton Heath W.M.C. and Institute Band
See: Newton Heath Brass Band (2)
Newton Moor Public Band (Newton, Manchester)
Active in the 1890s
Newton Poppleford Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1907, conductor J. Cann
Newton Regis Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Formed in November 1905.
Newtongrange and Bilston Colliery Band
Active in the 1900s
Newtown Linford Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s
Niddrie Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Nine Mile Point Colliery Band (Cwmfelinfach, Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
No. 5 Ambulance Area (Loscoe) Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1955
Node Hill School Brass Band (Newport, Isle of Wight)
The first ever IOW school brass band was formed at Node Hill in 2004. Catering for the pupils aged between 9 and 13 the band draws its membership from absolute beginners and was the brain child of head teacher and former SWT Woodfalls cornet player, Mr David Morris. It proved to be a run away success and a training band was also formed, giving Node Hill over 60+ musicians benefiting from the experience of making music. Both bands were under the direction of Mrs Mary Teague, a music teacher and co-ordinator. Many of the children undertook exams and also play in other ensembles and groups. Highlights included a masterclass with Gary Cutt, CD recording, and competition and festival entries. The school closed in 2011 as part of the IoW school reorganisations.
Nook Chapel Band (Cleckheaton)
See: Cleckheaton Temperance Brass Band
Noral Silver Band (Wales)
Active in 1952, competing the Welsh Area contest.
Norfolk Broads Brass
See: Fleggburgh Brass
Norland Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1877, disbanded in 1937. In July 1891, they played in a contest at Belle Vue Manchester. Records of the band (1905-1928) held in Halifax Public Library
Norland Prize Band
See Norland Brass Band
Norman Memorial Youth Silver Band (Blackpool, Lancashire)
Active in the 1960s and early 1970s. Competed in the Junior Shield in 1962, conducted by D. Smith.
Normanby Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1840s and 1870s
Normanby Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Normanby Park Steelworks Brass Band (Scunthorpe)
Active in the 1920s and the 1930s. Took part in the Scunthorpe coronation celebrations of 1937.
Normanton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Normanton British Legion Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1874
Normanton Model Brass Band
See: Normanton Brass Band
Norristhorpe Ambulance Band
Active in 1910
North and South Shields Temperance Band
See: Marsden Colliery Band
North Ashton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
North Ayrshire Band (Ayrshire)
Formed in 1975 as North Ayrshire Schools Band, later North Ayrshire Youth Band, finally North Ayrshire Band, it disbanded in 2005, passing on their instruments to Hillfoots Music for Youth and Kings Park Brass. The band led an active and fairly successful life, touring Germany and Switzerland 6 times as well as making a number of radio and television appearances. In the 1980s they won the Scottish Youth Championship 3 times, coming 4th at the Royal Albert Hall in 1981. They won the Scottish 4th Section contest at their first attempt in 1994 and were second in 2000. Members of the band won the Strathclyde schools quartet championship on no fewer than 10 occasions and the Scottish schools quartets 5 times.
North Ayrshire Schools Band
See: North Ayrshire Band
North Ayrshire Youth Band
See: North Ayrshire Band
North Belfast Brass Band (County Antrim)
Active in the 1920s
North Belfast Concert Band (County Antrim)
Active in the 1980s
North Bersted Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in 1908
North Berwick Brass Band (East Lothian)
Active in the 1870s and 1900s
North Biddick Colliery Band (Low Lambton, Durham)
Active in the 1890s
North Bitchburn Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
North Blyth Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1920s
North British Locomotive Company BandSee: Glasgow Loco Works Band
North Buckinghamshire Music Centre Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1970s
North Cambridge Youth Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1980s
North Chapel Brass Band
See: Northchapel Brass Band
North Cotswolds Volunteers Band
See: Campden Town Band
North Crawley Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
North Curry Brass Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1830s to the 1920s. Conductor in 1902 was A.W. Colley. Conductor in 1928 was W. Denman.
North Dalton Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1870s to 1880s
North East Manchester Prize Band
Active in the 1890s
North Eastern Industries Brass Band
See: South Durham Industries Brass Band
North Eastern Railway Servants' Brass Band (Hartlepool)
Active in 1889
North Eastern Railway Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1895
North Eastern Reformatory for Boys Band (Northumberland)
The band was formed in 1903. The school was established in 1857 by the "Newcastle, Northumberland, and Durham Society for the Repression of Juvenile Crime, and the Reformation of Youthful Delinquents".
North End Brass Band (Leicester)
See: Leicester North End Brass Band
North End Brass Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Active in the late 1880s, conductor Mr Wilkes.
North Evington Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
North Evington Working Men's Club and Institute Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1928, conducted by Mr S. Brown. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s, still active in 1939.
North Hackney and Clapton British Legion Band
See: North Hackney British Legion Band
North Hackney British Legion Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1920s
North Hants Area Schools Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
North Heaton Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1898
North Hill Brass Band (Cornwall)
This band operated from about 1874 to 1889. Their bandmaster was John Gumb. In 1878 the band did not turn up for a 'Forester's' procession. The promoters were somewhat miffed and stated in the local newspaper that if the band tendered for the same event on the following year, their envelope would be returned - unopened. However, the North Hill Band carried on with other engagements.
North Hyde St Mary's Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s - based at the St Mary's Orphanage
North Hylton Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s
North Kent Silver Band
Formed in April 1940 as Bexley A.F.S. Brass Band and, in 1942, became the official National Fire Service Band for London, being known as the National Fire Service Silver Band (37 Area). Adopted the name of North Kent Silver Band in 1945.
North Kilworth Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in December 1895, making its first public appearance in May 1896.
North Lambeth British Legion Band
Active in the 1930s
North Lancashire (Chorley) Band
See: North Lancs (Chorley) Band
North Lancs (Chorley) Band
North Leeds Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1893 to 1896
North Leigh Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1860s
North London Excelsior Silver Band
Active from the early 1900s to the late 1940s
North London Railway Brass Band
Active in 1891.
North London Temperance Brass Band
Active from the 1860s to the early 1900s.
North Manchester Silver Band
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
North Manchester Subscription Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1900s
North Marston Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1890s to WW1. Conductor A. Cox in 1911
North Middlesex Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1860s to 1890s. Superseded by the New North Middlesex Brass Band around 1900
North Middlesex Silver Band (Middlesex)
Formed around 1911 at Enfield's famous Royal Small Arms Factory. The band wore a colourful military-style uniform, and before the Second World War enjoyed success in marching competitions and band contests, including fourth place at the National Championships. Merged with the Enfield Town Silver Prize Band in 1949, retaining the North Middlesex name until 1966, when it reverted to Enfield Brass Band.
North Midlands Co-operative Band
Active in the 1980s. A youth band existed at the same time.
North Molton Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
North Moor Brass Band (Oldham, Lancashire)
Active in 1884
North Moor Methodist Brass Band (Oldham, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
North Mundham Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in 1890
North Mymms Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active around 1900 when it played at a "Patriotic Entertainment" to celebrate the relief of Mafeking. Also at a Coronation Fete in 1902 - "music was to come from the North Mymms Brass Band which, though at first requiring payment, agreed to play without charge."
North Norfolk Brass (Norfolk)
Active in the 1980s
North Ormesby and Middlesbrough Brass Band (North Yorkshire)
Active in 1896
North Ormesby Brass Band (North Yorkshire)
Formed in 1898, still active in 1911
North Ormesby Church Institute Brass Band (Yorks)
Active in 1867
North Parade Brass Band (Halifax)
Active in the 1870s. Obtained new uniforms in 1877. William Swingler, late conductor of Alloa Band, started his musical career playing tenor horn at the age of 16 with the North Parade Band, in 1876. He went on to conduct the Halifax Borough Band and the Halifax Rink Brass Band, before moving on to Lee Mount Band.
North Perrott Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
North Petherton Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1870s to the 1920s
North Quay Working Men's Mission Band (Plymouth)
Active in 1905
North Riding Cricketers' Brass Band (Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in from the early 1870s to the early 1880s. Conductor in 1873 was Mr Wilkinson.
North Riding of Yorkshire Schools Brass Band
Active in the 1970s
North Seaton Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1869
North Seaton Colliery Band (1) (Northumberland)
Played for the launching of the new Newbiggin lifeboat in January 1866, and the Woodhorn and Newbiggin Poultry and Pigeon Show in July that year. Presumably folded prior to 1905.
North Seaton Colliery Band (2)
See: Seaton Hirst Excelsior Band
North Seaton Excelsior Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1875 and 1882.
North Seaton Workmen's Prize Band
See: Seaton Hirst Excelsior Band
North Shields and District Band (Northumberland)
Active around 1900 to 1914
North Shields Excelsior Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1870s. Came second in a contest in North Shields, £5, conducted by Mr Chapman, in 1877
North Shields N.E.R. Band (Northumberland)
Active in the early 1900s
North Shields Sons of Temperance Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
North Shields Temperance Band
See: North Shields Sons of Temperance Band
North Skelton (British Steel) Band
See: North Skelton and District Band
North Skelton and District Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in 1969, in 1984 they were renamed North Skelton (British Steel) Band, then subsequently British Steel Company North Skelton Band, Teesside Brass and finally British Steel Teesside Band, folding in the late 1990s. North Skelton Junior band, latterly Lanbaurgh Brass, assumed the name North Skelton Band in 2008.
North Skelton Brass Band
See: Teesside Temperance Band
North Skelton Hope to Prosper Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1907 and 1913
North Skelton Miners' Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1920s
North Skelton Silver Band
See: Teesside Temperance Band
North Somercotes Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s
North Staffordshire Concert Band
See Royal Doulton Band
North Staffordshire Railway Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in 1860s to 1880s. In 1867 conductor was Mr. Hollins. Conductor in 1881 was G. Marriott
North Staffordshire Railway Locomotive Band
See: North Staffordshire Railway Brass Band
North Street Brass Band
Active in 1906
North Tawton Amateur Brass Band
See: North Tawton Brass Band
North Tawton Brass Band (Devon)
Formed around August 1861. Conductor was John Lee in 1902. Folded during WW2.
North Tawton Silver Band (Devon)
Formed after WW2 and folded in the 1970s
North Thoresby Brass Band
See: Fulstow and North Thoresby Brass Band
North Walbottle Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1910s
North Walsham Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1850s
North West Ham British Legion Band (Essex)
Active in the 1920s
North Wingfield Brass Band
See: North Wingfield St Lawrence Brass Band
North Wingfield St Lawrence Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
North Wold Excelsior Brass Band (Caistor)
Active in 1885
North Yorkshire Artillery Band
See: North Yorkshire Volunteer Band
North Yorkshire Iron Works Band (Stockton?)
Active in 1872, 1874
North Yorkshire Volunteer Band (Richmond)
Active in the 1860s/1870s. Disbanded prior to 1875.
Northallerton Band
Formed in the 1900s, still active in 1936. Probably folded during or after WW2
Northallerton Borough Band
Active in 1875
Northallerton Temperance Band
Active in 1887. Possibly an alternate name for the current Town Band
Northallerton Town Band
Active in 1913
Northallerton Town Prize Silver Band
Active in 1930 and 1937
Northallerton Volunteer Band
Active in 1910
Northampton Amateur Brass Band
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Northampton Blue Ribbon Brass Band
Active in 1882
Northampton Borough Silver Band
See: Northampton N.U.R. Silver Band
Northampton Imperial Brass Band
Formed in 1904, conductor H. Stanley Thomas, late solo cornet player of Gravesend Town Silver Band. Active to 1916. Played as part of the celebrations for the visit to Northampton of His Majesty King George V and Her Majesty Queen Mary on Tuesday the 23rd September 1913 - at the racecourse and at Cow Meadow, conductor was E.D. Jones.
Northampton New Imperial Band
See: Northampton N.U.R. Silver Band
Northampton N.U.R. Silver Band
Formed after WW1 in 1918. Renamed Northampton Borough Silver Band 1929-1940, then Northamptonshire Home Guard Band 1940-45, Northampton Borough Band 1945-49, and finally Northampton New Imperial Band, 1949-mid/late 1950s
Northampton Rifles Band
Active in the 1870s
Northampton Temperance Band
Formed in 1881. Active in 1892. Played as part of the celebrations for the visit to Northampton of His Majesty King George V and Her Majesty Queen Mary on Tuesday the 23rd September 1913 - at Cow Meadow and Calvesholme
Northampton Town Band (1)
Formed in 1874. Active through to the early 1900s
Northampton Town Band (2)
Formed after WW1 around 1919 and active to the 1970s. Used to rehearse at the Fanciers club in Northampton and were conducted for a time by Jock Ward.
Northampton West End Brass Band
Active in the 1880s
Northamptonshire Home Guard Band
See: Northampton N.U.R. Silver Band
Northants (Dodderidge Memorial) Boys Brigade Brass Band
Active in the 1930s
Northants N.U.R. Silver Band
See: Northampton N.U.R. Silver Band
Northchapel Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Northcott's City Band (Australia)
See: City of Bendigo Brass Band
Northenden Brass Band
See: Beswick and Company's Northenden Brass Band
Northenden Public Subscription Band (Cheshire)
Formed in 1929 as a church sponsored venture, but became independent a few years later. Later known as Northenden Silver Prize Band
Northfield Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s
Northfield Institute Band (Worcestershire)
Active from the 1900s to the 1930s
Northfield Silver Band
See: Northfield Brass Band
Northfield Subscription Band
See: Northfield Brass Band
Northfleet Temperance Band (Kent)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Northfleet Town Band (Kent)
Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Northiam Brass Band (Sussex)
Active from the 1880s to the 1950s
Northleach Town Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed c. 1890
Northlew and Ashbury Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1920s to 1970s
Northowram Brass Band
See: Northowram Subscription Band
Northowram Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Northtawton Brass Band (Devon)
See: North Tawton Band
Northumberland Heath Mission Band (Kent)
Active in the 1900s
Northumberland Police Band
Active from the 1970s to 2005. Renamed Northumbria Police Band and later, in 2001, Gateshead Brass
Northumbria Police Band
See: Northumberland Police Band
North-Western Railway Brass Band
Active in 1863
Northwich Adelaide Band
See: Verdin Adelaide Band
Northwich Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1840s to 1860s
Northwich Verdin Adelaide Band
See: Verdin Adelaide Band
Norton Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Norton Brass Band (Derbyshire)
See: Norton Woodseats Brass Band
Norton Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1930s
Norton Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
See: Norton-on-Derwent Brass Band
Norton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Near Askern, the band was active in 1878
Norton Brass Band (Staffordshire)
See: Norton-in-the-Moors Brass Band
Norton Canes Brass Band
See: Norton Canes Temperance Band
Norton Canes Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1900s to WW1
Norton Fitzwarren Band (Somerset)
Active in 1922 when it performed in Wellington, Somerset - bandmaster: F.J. Cheek
Norton Woodseats Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
Norton-in-Hales Silver Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1920s
Norton-in-the-Moors Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Formed in 1857. Active through to the 1910s
Norton-on-Derwent Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1881 when it was conducted by the founder of Malton United Band, William Turner. The band folded in 1888
Norton-on-Tees Coronation Band
Active in 1911
Norton-sub-Hamdon Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1888
Norwich Area Brass (Norfolk)
Active in the 1990s
Norwich Brewery Youth Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1980s
Norwich Lads' Club Band (Norfolk)
Active from the 1920s to the early 1970s
Norwich Lads' Club Senior Band
See: Norwich Lads' Club Band
Norwich Silver Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1970s
Norwich Volunteer Rifle Corps Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1860s
Norwood Brass Band (Beverley, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Norwood Children's Home Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1920s. The home was located at Elder Road, West Norwood.
Norwood Excelsior Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in 1891, when it played at Brockwell Park, London.
Norwood Mission Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in 1910
Norwood United Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1860s
Nottingham Albion Brass Band
Active in 1875, conductor W.H. Norman
Nottingham Band of Hope Excelsior Brass Band
See: Nottingham Excelsior Brass Band
Nottingham Borough Brass Band
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Nottingham Borough Temperance Band
See: Nottingham Borough Brass Band
Nottingham Boys' Institute Brass Band
Active in 1902
Nottingham Brass Band
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Nottingham City Transport Band
See: Netherfield Railway Band
Nottingham Cobden Brass Band
See: Cobden Brass Band
Nottingham Comrades Band
Active in the 1920s. Competed in a brass band contest at Overseal, Leicestershire in July 1921, under conductor William Blackburn (drawn 8 of 11 bands, they were not placed)
Nottingham Comrades of the Great War Band
See: Nottingham Comrades Band
Nottingham Co-operative Silver Band
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Nottingham Crusaders Brass Band
Active around 1910, when the conductor was J.E. Wood. Still active during WW1 in 1915
Nottingham Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1885. Conductor A.A. Hindley
Nottingham Junior Saxtuba Band
See: Nottingham Juvenile Sax Tuba Band
Nottingham Juvenile Sax Tuba Band
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
Nottingham Ladies Brass Band
Made its first public appearance in September 1920, at the unveiling of a memorial to those 41 men killed in the Great War who resided in Garfield Road, Nottingham.
Nottingham Newcastle Brass Band
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Nottingham Passenger Transport Band
See: Netherfield Railway Band
Nottingham Railway City Brass Band
Active in the 1890s to 1914
Nottingham Railway Employess Band
See: Nottingham Railway City Brass Band
Nottingham Rifle Volunteers Band, 4th
See: 4th Nottingham Rifle Volunteers Band
Nottingham Sax Tuba Band
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s. Conductor in 1887 was A. Hindley
Nottingham Saxhorn Band
See: Nottingham Sax Tuba Band
Nottingham Special Constabulary Band
Active during WW2 in the 1940s. Not to be confused with Nottingham Police Borough Band (founded in 1887, and still active) - a military band in formation.
Nottingham Temperance Juvenile Band
See: Nottingham Juvenile Sax Tuba Band
Nottingham Temperance Sax Tuba Band
See: Nottingham Sax Tuba Band
Nottingham Ventil Horn Band
Active in the 1860s
NSK-RHP Ransome Band
See: Ransome Band
Nuneaton Borough Band (Warwickshire)
Active from the early 1900s. Amalgamated with Burbage Silver Band in 1989. As the band rehearsed in Hinckley it kept the name Burbage Silver Band.
Nuneaton Brass (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1990s
Nuneaton Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active from the 1850s to 1914
Nuneaton Excelsior Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1890s. [Newspaper report on the new Nuneaton Manor Hospital] - "Despite all the planning, the silver key had not arrived by the opening ceremony on the 20th September 1893 and Mr. James Tomkinson had to open the front door without it. After several long speeches those present were invited to have tea and look around the building. To do so they had to pass two nurses in uniform, one with a tray for donations and the other with a book in which to enter annual subscribers. When the hospital opened there was still a shortage of funds and consequently only four of the eight beds on each ward could be used. The minute book of the Management Committee details the costs of the opening ceremony, including £4 12 shillings for the Excelsior Band - a high cost when one considers that a trained nurses annual salary was £25."
Nuneaton L.M.S. Railway Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Nuneaton Town Band
See: Nuneaton Borough Band
Nunhead Christian Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s to the 1950s, conductor H. Leggett. The band was formed as part of the Nunhead Christian Mission by Frederick Thompson, who was its bandmaster for many years.
Nunnington Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1846
Nutgrove Brass Band (St Helens, Lancashire)
Active from the 1880s to the late 1940s. It promoted a contest in 1901.
Nuthurst Band
Played in Horsham before the 1847 election
Nutley Brass Band (Sussex)
Records of the band, from 1914-1931 are held by East Sussex Record Office. The band was formed in 1911 from an amicable split in the members of the Ashdown Forest Temperance Band, and was active through to 1932 at least. The Ashdown Forest Temperance Band was also sometimes known as the Nutley Brass Band, having many of its members from the town.
Nutshalling Brass Band (Nursling, Hampshire)
Active in 1890 to 1897
Nyewood Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in 1911

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Oadby A.S. Institute Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Oadby Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1850s to 1914
Oak Alyn Brass Band (Wrexham, Denbighshire)
Active in the late 1880s and 1890s
Oak Alyn C.E.T.S. Band
See: Oak Alyn Brass Band
Oak Alyn Temperance Band
See: Oak Alyn Brass Band
Oakamoor Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Oakengates and District Band
See: Lilleshall Colliery Brass Band
Oakengates Town Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Oakenshaw Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Oakenshaw Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in 1899, and still active in 1931
Oakham Brass Band (1) (Rutland)
Formed in 1847 under the direction of Mr Read and Mr Till.
Oakham Brass Band (2) (Rutland)
Formed in late 1856, under the direction of Mr Patrick. Gave its first public performance in May 1857. Active through to 1917
Oakland Street Wesleyan Band (Widnes, Lancashire)
Active in 1891
Oakleigh and District Brass Band (Australia)
The Band was formed in 1910, rehearsing first in a coffee shop on Dandenong Road. In the 1920's the Football Club Pavilion was the venue for band practice. It folded during World War 2
Oakley Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s, bandmaster C. Bunyan. Still active in the 1950s, conductor Mr. Ridge
Oakley Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Oakley Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1863
Oakley Brass Band
Took part in the Second South Yorkshire Brass Band Contest, at Nether Hall Park, Doncaster, on 25th June 1860
Oakley Quarry Brass Band
Active in 1952
Oakmead Boys School Brass Band (Bournemouth, Hampshire)
Active from the 1960s to the 1990s
Oaksey Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1909
Oakthorpe Wesleyan Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Oates Inghams Brass Band (Halifax)
Active in 1870. Based at the Oates Inghams Dye Works.
Oates Ingham's Military Reed Band
See: Oates Inghams Brass Band
Oatlands Parish Church Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1906/1907
Oats Royd Mills Brass Band (Midgley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s. Originally the Luddenden Old Band, it assumed the name of Oats Royd Mills in 1864 when becoming connected with the firm of Messrs. John Murgatroyd and Sons who owned the Mills. They had a band room at the Travellers' Rest, Luddenden. In 1871, the band played at the ceremony when the first sod was cut at Widdop Reservoir. Records of the band, from 1864-1891 are held by West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale
Ockenden Silver Band (Essex)
Active in the 1950s
Odd Rode Brass Band
Active in 1952
Odham's Press Band (London)
Formed in 1937 and originally conducted by George Thompson, latterly of Callenders Cable Works Band. Renamed The People Band (Odhams Press) around 1957, it folded in 1961. George’s new band was only a few months old when he attended the first rehearsal. He quickly realised that, apart from a couple of half decent players, the rest were all learners. He later told writer Arthur R. Taylor, "It didn't help either that they were playing on instruments that were a load of rubbish". But George persevered and eventually they were playing a few scales at their lunchtime rehearsal room near Ludgate Circus. Within a year the band had come on in leaps and bounds, so much so that it was entered into its first contest at a small local event in Surrey and came away with a top three placing. However, during the war years the band had to curtail its activities owing to its members being called up for active war service. After the war, the band was reformed and carried on improving all the time. In 1952, it won the London and Southern Counties Daily Herald Brass Band area contest second section and then repeated that success again the following year. Further successes followed. George Thompson, now Musical Director, had taken the band from nothing to being a championship section band. In the late 1940s, the Band was asked to perform at "The People" National Darts Teams Championship held at the Horticultural Old Hall in London. As part of the "Grand Variety" entertainment, the Odhams Press Band was one of a number of acts that performed in between darts matches. For example, at the 1951 finals the Band played popular music between 6 - 6.20 p.m., that is prior to teams taking the stage for the first two matches in the quarterfinals. The Band then continued to play throughout the evening, presumably trying to make themselves heard over and above the cacophony of sound in the hall; the general chatter of the audience and the inevitable clanking of beer bottles and glasses. In 1953, George Thompson left Odhams Band and was succeeded by his brother James and shortly afterwards the name was changed to The People Band. This had nothing to do with the Band’s success at the National Darts Teams final but more to do with publicity, an advert for “The People” Sunday newspaper which was part of Mirror Group Newspapers. See Whatever happened to Odhams Press Band?, by Chris Helme - British Bandsman, 5441, 27 January 2007, pp.8-9
Odiham Brass Band (1) (Hampshire)
Active in 1847, still playing in 1870. Disbanded prior to 1889. The band secretary in 1866 was S. Cooper.
Odiham Brass Band (2) (Hampshire)
Formed in 1889, conducted by Mr Tibble, played around the town on Boxing Day 1892. Disbanded prior to or during WW1.
Odiham and Hook Silver Band
See: Hook, Odiham and District Band
Odstock Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Ogden's Tobacco Works Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1893
Ogmore Valley Temperance Band
Active in 1942
Okehampton Borough Band (Devon)
Active from the 1920s to the 1950s - may have been military style instrumentation
Old 22nd Association Home Guard Band (Tunbridge Wells)
Old Alverstoke Brass Band
Active in 1872
Old Bathgate Town Band
Active in 1873
Old Boys Band, 41st
See: 41st Old Boys Band
Old Brass Band (Northants)
Active in 1888
Old Caversham Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1900s
Old Colwyn Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Old Comrades Band (Brentwood)
See: Brentwood Old Comrades Band
Old Deer Brass Band (Aberdeenshire)
Active in the 1860s
Old Durham Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Old Farnley Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1893
Old Fletton Victoria Prize Band (Huntingdonshire)
The band, almost to a man, joined the 1st Huntingdonshire Battalion en block, in 1914, and formed the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion Band. They were under the direction of the Fletton Bandmaster Sgt. Joe Hackney.
Old Heath Band (Essex)
Active in 1905, when the bandmaster was C. Chamberlain. The band did not survive WW1.
Old Hill Ironworks Band (Netherton, Staffordshire)
Active in 1891 - belonged to Noah Hingley and Sons Ironworks, producing 18,000 tons of pig iron per annum.
Old Hucknall Brass Band
Active in the 1840s
Old Keresley and Coundon Silver Band
See: Keresley and Coundon Brass Band
Old King Street Wesleyan Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1905
Old Meeting School Brass Band (Kidderminster)
Active in 1858
Old Mill Subscription Band (Barnsley)
Active in the 1900s
Old Moss Band (Holmfirth)
Folded a few years prior to 1908, when some of their instruments (and players) formed the basis of the Hade Edge Band
Old National Reserves Band
See: Scarborough National Reserve Brass Band
Old Nichol Street Mission Brass Band (Shoreditch, Middlesex)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Old Park Band
See: Old Park Iron Works Band
Old Park Iron Works Band (Wednesbury, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Old Polesworth Brass Band
See: Polesworth Old Brass Band
Old Shoreham Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1860s
Old Wednesfield Star Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
Old West Durham Band
Formed in 1895 by workers in the Erwin Cotton Mills
Oldbury Brass Band
See: Oldbury Town Band
Oldbury Carriage Works Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1860s
Oldbury Euphonic Temperance Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1860s
Oldbury Town Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Oldfield School Brass Band (Bath)
Founded in 1949
Oldham A.T.C. Brass Band
See: Oldham Wing Brass Band
Oldham Brass '97
Formed in 1997 by the amalgamation of Cobden Chadwick Band and Lees and Glodwick Band and disbanded in 2004. Remaining members helped to form the new Oldham Band (Lees)
Oldham Borough Brass Band
Active in the 1880s to the 1890s
Oldham Brass 97
Formed in 1997 by the merger of Lees and Glodwick Band and the Cobden Chadwick Band. It folded in 2004, some of its remaining members going on to form the current Oldham (Lees) Band.
Oldham Brass Band (1)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Oldham Brass Band (2)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Oldham British Legion Band
Formed after WW2, active from 1948 to the late 1950s.
Oldham Catholic Brass Band
Founded in 1872, still active in 1883
Oldham Church Schools Brass Band
Active in 1868
Oldham Metropolitan Youth Brass Band
Active in the 1990s
Oldham Postal Brass Band
Active from the 1910s to WW2.
Oldham Prize Band
See: Oldham Brass Band
Oldham Rifles Band
Instituted in 1865 as a local band and was appointed to Oldham Rifles in 1871. Active through to the late 1930s. In 1871 it became affiliated to the local volunteer regiment, which underwent various name changes over the years, which are reflected (sometimes apparently inconsistently) in the names that the band contested under. The history of the regiment name that the band was attached to is as follows: February 1860 - founded as 31st (Oldham) Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, November 1860 - became part of 7th Admin. Bn., 1880 - consolidated as 23rd corps, but changed back to 7th shortly thereafter, 1882 - new corps formed with same personnel - 22nd Lancs. RVC, 1888 - became 6th VB Manchester Regiment, 1908 - became 10th Manchesters
Oldham Road Brotherhood Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1930s
Oldham Road Congregational Brotherhood Band
See: Oldham Road Brotherhood Band
Oldham Road Cleansing Department Band
Active in 1895
Oldham Temperance Band
Active in the 1890s
Oldham Volunteers Band
See: Oldham Rifles Band
Oldham Wing Brass Band
Active in 1945 to 1950
Oldland Common Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1860s
Oldpark Silver Band (Belfast, County Antrim)
Originally a flute band formed in the 1920's, it changed to brass in 1952 after a heated meeting in the band room in Avoca Street (off Clifton park avenue). The changeover went ahead as it was believed the players would gain a better knowledge of music playing brass instruments. The band amalgamated with Ashgrove Brass Band in 2000.
Oldroyd's Brass Band
See: Messrs M. Oldroyd's and Sons Brass Band
Ollerton Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1860s
Ollerton and Bevercotes Welfare Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the mid 1960s
Ollerton Colliery Silver Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Olney Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1920s
Olney Town Band
See: Olney Brass Band
Omoa Brass Band (Cleland, Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1860s
Omoa Iron Works Brass Band
See: Omoa Brass Band
Ongar Comprehensive School Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1970s
Onslow School Brass Band (Hatfield, Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1970s
Onward Hall Brass Band (Ardwick, Manchester)
Active in 1913
Onward Temperance Band (Cannock, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Onward Temperance Band (Manchester)
See: Ardwick Onward Temperance Band
Openshaw and Bradford Subscription Band (Manchester)
Active in 1917
Openshaw Lads' Club Brass Band (Manchester)
Founded 1892. Joseph Frith, who worked as a carpenter for Droylsden Council, joined the voluntary staff at the Lads' Club in 1892 when he was asked to start a brass band there. He remained as it's bandmaster until 1922. He gave up 2 evenings a week and a Sunday afternoon for band practice. Highly successful, the band won many prizes in festivals and competitions. A Mr Tucker, born in 1902, lived in Openshaw. He started his musical career by learning to play the cornet at Openshaw Lad's Club where he was allowed to hire a cornet for 5d a year.
Openshaw Original Band (Manchester)
Active from the 1910s to the 1930s
Openshaw Temperance Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1890s to the 1900s
Orderlies' Brass Band (Cleansing Department) (Manchester)
Active in 1897
Ore and Clive Vale Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1900s. Conductor E. John Mepham in 1905.
Ore St Helens Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Ore United Brass Band
See: Ore St Helens Brass Band
Ore Village Band (Sussex)
Active in 1913. Ore was a village taken into the Borough of Hastings as the town expanded but tried to retain its identity and even today is refered to as the village by the locals.
Original Industrial School Brass Band (Edinburgh)
Active in 1897
Orillia Silver Band (Ontario, Canada)
Active as early as 1950, but folded in the late 1970s. A successor band, started by a few old members, was founded in 2003.
Ormonde Colliery Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1940s
Ormskirk Rifles Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s to WW1
Ormskirk Town Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1940s. It would appear that this was a non-contesting band. It folded sometime in the mid 1990s. The band was re-formed after WW2, probably as late as about 1970. Mrs Violet Blackburn of 11 Bird-ith-hand Cottages located band's old instruments, as she remembered them being placed in the tank of Ormskirks Victoria Water Tower for safe keeping during the war!
Orpington and Crays British Legion Silver Band (Kent)
Active from the 1920s to the 1950s
Orpington and Crays Railwaymen's Band (Kent)
See: Orpington and Crays British Legion Silver Band
Orpington Silver Band (Kent)
Founded in 1925, it converted to concert band format some time later, probably after WW2, and is still active as a wind band. Competed in the SCABA contest in Chichester in April 1927. Became the Orpington Silver Band (Home Guard Band) during WW2
Orrell Silver Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1970s. Folded around 1993. A few of its remaining members formed Old Hall Brass in that year.
Orwell Brass Band (Ipswich, Suffolk)
Active in the 1970s and early 1980s. Amalgamated with Connells Sounding Brass (Ipswich) in 1983.
Orwell Works Brass Band (Ipswich, Suffolk)
Active in 1879. Attached to Ransomes agricultural engineering works.
Osmotherley Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the early 1900s
Ossett and Gawthorpe Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Ossett Borough Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1874. Active through to the 1960s
Ossett Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Ossett United Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1876
Ossett Victoria Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Oswald Place Mission Band (Ardwick, Manchester)
Oswaldtwistle Subscription Prize Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1885 and 1886
Oswaldwistle Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1883
Oswaldwistle Temperance Band
See: 3rd Lancashire Artillery Volunteers (Oswaldtwistle) Band
Oswaldwistle Volunteers Band
See: 3rd Lancashire Artillery Volunteers (Oswaldtwistle) Band
Oswestry Borough Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1901 and from the 1920s to the early 1950s
Oswestry Borough Silver Prize Band
See: Oswestry Borough Band
Oswestry Excelsior Band (Shropshire)
Formed in 1935/6, winning first prize at the Penybont contest in 1936, following third prizes at the Oakengates and Wellington contests earlier in the year. Still active in 1972
Oswestry King Oswald Band
See: King Oswald Brass Band
Oswestry Mechanics Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the mid-1870s, conductor J. Evans
Oswestry Volunteer Rifle Corps Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1860s
Otley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1840s to the 1870s. A successor band was formed in 1973
Otley Engineers Volunteer Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1890s and 1900s
Otley R. E. Band
See: Otley Engineers Volunteer Band
Ottery St Mary Brass Band (Devon)
Active from the 1880s to 1914, folding during WW1. A successor band (still active) was formed in 1920.
Oulton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1920s
Oulton Corner Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1915, believed to have been associated with the Methodist Chapel
Oundle Brass Band
Formed in 1904
Our Lady of Good Aid Brass Band (Motherwell, Lanarkshire)
Active after WW2 in the 1940s and 1950s
Ouston "E" Pit Band (Durham)
Ouston District Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1905
Ouston Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in 1938. May have had some connection with Birtley St Joseph. There was also a Birtley and Ouston Band
Ouston Institute Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1905
Oughtibridge Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s. A successor band (still active) was formed in the 1890s.
Outlane Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1868 and through to the early 1900s. In 1903 they charged 30/- for a concert for the Outlane Cricket Club who, in 1914, refused permission for the Lindley Band to use the field for a "Sacred Concert".
Outwood Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Outwood Public Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s
Ovenden Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s and 1880s through to early 1930s
Ovenden Subscription Brass Band
See: Ovenden Brass Band
Over and Winsford Temperance Band
See: Winsford Temperance Brass Band
Over Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1910s. Also known as Over Silver Band
Over Darwen Rifles Band
See: Darwen Rifle Corps Band
Overton Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in 1879, when it took part in a procession in August to inaugurate the Kilmarnock Burns Monument and Kay Park, accompanying the Foresters Lodge.
Overton Chapel Band
See: Overton Mission Band
Overton Mission Band (West Overton, Wiltshire)
Formed in the early 1900s, attached to the local Wesleyan Chapel. Amalgated with the Lockeridge Prize Band in 1934 to form Kennet Vale Silver Band. The bandmaster at that time was Fred Sprules.
Overtoun Brass Band
See: Overtown Brass Band
Overtown Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Ovington Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Founded in 1862. Merged with Tyneldale Band in 1980 to form Ovington Tynedale Band
Ovington Saxhorn Band
See: Ovington Band
Ovington Tynedale Band
Founded 1980, Folded 2003. Ovington Tynedale Band was the result of a merger in the 1980's between Ovington Band and Tynedale Band. Seeing as both bands served a small rural area, a merger seemed sensible as both bands were struggling. Initially rehearsing at Ovington Bandroom, the band remained a 4th Section Band for several years. The sale of the Ovington Bandroom, at that time in disrepair, secured the band's financial future and prompted a move to Newburn Rowing Club. Here the band enjoyed moderate success, qualifying for the 4th Section National Finals on 2 occasions and securing promotion to the 3rd Section. Following the band's most successfrul result at the area, the long-standing MD Stuart Gray resigned. At this time several key-players also left. Combined with a long-standing lack of Cornet players, this sent the band into decline which even a move of bandroom couldn't address. After several years of struggling to find players, the band folded in early summer 2003. Several Ovington Tynedale ex-players have gone on to play and conduct at the highest level, mainly in the North East.
Owston Ferry Salvation Army Band
Active around 1900
Oxbow Ladies' Silver Band (Saskatchewan, Canada)
Active around 1900
Oxcroft Colliery Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Oxford City Police Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1886
Oxford Concert Brass (Oxfordshire)
Formed in 1972 as an offshoot of the existing Oxford bands, primarily City of Oxford Band. Active until 1992 when it merged with Kidlington Silver Band to form Kidlington Concert Brass. Also known as Halls Oxford Concert Brass. An anecdote from John Nolan, of a concert in the 1970s: "Oxford Concert Brass was attempting (successfully in the end) to gain the respect of the 'serious music' fraternity in Oxford. Problem Three of our players, one Eflat Bass and two Troms. had somehow manages to break or injure their legs and were in full plaster casts and in one case an impressive black-eye and the odd band-aid as well. Plan A was for the Band to march on to the stage smartly and with military precision from both sides of the stage and to stand and sit in the usual choreographed manner. This was to happen when the stage curtains were opened. The solution. It was decided that the smart entry would be made but that the 'cripples' would be wheeled onto the stage before the curtains were drawn. The audience seated were first treated to an introductory adulation of the band:- "Ladies and Gentlemen. The Oxford Concert Brass". The curtains were opened to reveal a stage empty except for three obvious casualties propped up in playing position. Somebody got the giggles at this bizarre spectacle and the audience descended into helpless mirth for several minutes during the entry of the rest of the band. Happily order was eventually restored and the concert was well received and rave reviewed in the local paper". It maintained a presence in the championship section throughout most of the 1980's, although were classified in the the 1st section briefly when this was created in 1992 before the merger with Kidlington Silver Band. The band was known at various times under the name of its sponsors and these included Halls Brewery and Hartford Motors. The band always lacked a permenant home and rehearsals were held in Garsington and Milham Ford School. Conductors included: Jeremy Wise - 1992, Michael Pegram - 1990 - 1991, Adrian Leaper - 1984 - 1986, Cliff Edmunds - 1974 - 1979, Harold Williams - 1974 - 1981.
Oxford Institute Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1891, conductor R. Taylor.
Oxford Place Band (Doncaster)
Formed around 1898, based on the Methodist Church in the town centre, and originally conducted by W.H. Tuxworth.
Oxford Rifle Band, 5th
See: 5th Oxford Rifle Band
Oxford Street Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East RIding)
Active in 1881, still active in 1891. Possibly folded in 1892, as an advertisement appeared, stating "For Sale - the whole of the instruments, late of the Oxford Street Brass Band, separate or otherwise, terms: cash. Apply W. Cragg, 10 Swann-street, Hull".
Oxford University Press Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1884
Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhamption Railway Saxhorn Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1859 when it played at the opening of the Stratford-upon-Avon Railway.
Oxfordshire and District Youth Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
Oxton Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s. The band occasionally acted as the band for the 2nd Cheshire (Oxton) Volunteers. Conductor was M.A. Johns and instructor, Mr Sorge.
Oxton Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1880s

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Padbury Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1885
Packmoor Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Paddington Borough Brass Band (Middlesex)
Paddock Wood Brass Band (Kent)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s. Conductor in 1898 was W. Potter. Known as Paddock Wood Silver Band from the late 1920s onward.
Paddock Wood Silver Band
See: Paddock Wood Brass Band
Padgate Silver Band (Warrington)
Padgate Silver Youth Band (Warrington)
Formed in 1976 by Peter Haywood, for children 8 to 16 years. It probably disbanded in the early 2000s. During its early years it was fortunate to do two 30 minute performances at the Parr Hall, Warrington as part of concerts given by The Central Band of the Royal Air Force and by Grimethorpe Band. It also played for the new Intercity 125 Service at York and Darlington stations (and on the train itself at 125mph!)
Padiham Britannia Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1866
Padiham Catholic Brass Band
Active in 1879
Padiham Public Band (Lancashire)
Fundraising to raise a band took place in 1890, so it was probably formed in late 1890 or early 1891. It folded in 1893, the uniforms being sold to a Blackburn band, and the instruments were handed over to the local Volunteers, under Captain Bear (the F Company, 2nd Volunteer Battalion East Lancashire Regiment), for £150.
Padiham Rifles Band
See: 84th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers Padiham
Padstow Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1875
Padstow Temperance Band
Active in 1871
Padstow Town Band (1) (Cornwall)
Active in 1907 - presumably folded before or during WW1
Padstow Town Band (2) (Cornwall)
Formed after WW1 from members of the previous Artillery Volunteers Band, they carried on until 1939. Their first title was 'Padstow Comrades of the War Brass and Reed Band', changing in 1921 to 'Padstow British Legion Band.' In 1923 their conductor was S M Ravenhill, an organist, and in 1932 Edgar Tonkin was the bandmaster. He had conducted the old Volunteer band for a good period of time. They were formed in time for the 1919 Peace Celebrations, and for quite a while were raising funds to purchase new instruments and uniforms, an ambition that was finally realized in 1932 . The band re-emerged in the 1950's, but throughout their history they never attended a Cornish contest.
Paeroa Brass Band (New Zealand)
Formed in 1894
Painswick Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Probably originally formed in the 1830s but disbanded in the 1880s, to reform around 1898. A local WI report in 1957 states "the band was formed with instruments purchased by a former Vicar, Mr Seddon. A start was made practicing hymns in a hut in the recreation ground, the idea being to induce people who did not go to Church to take an interest in this music, in which later, they might join with better advantage in Church. This Band has been given up of recent years to the regret of many inhabitatants." The assumption here is that the band disbanded around 1955.
In May 1899 Church Parade of members of Stroud Working Mens Benefit Soc and others, headed by the band. July 1899 the Band played where people went along "to listen to the band" followed by dancing. Band congratulated on their progress "since their formation under the conductorship of Mr Kimberley........" 19 May 1900 the Band headed procession through village to mark Relief of Mafeking. Also in May headed the procession to celebrate the Queens Birthday. Jul 1900 Procession upon receipt of news of occupation of Pretoria by British troops. Jul 1900 - two day Bazaar and Fete, events supported by Painswick String and Brass Bands. Aug 1900 Played at Tea Party for members of Primitive Methodist Sunday School. Feb 1901 - the Band celebrated their first appearance in their new uniforms at a 'fun' football match. A note at this time reports: "The Band had existed in Painswick for over 50 years under the direction of Mr Benjamin Clissold but when he emigrated the Band broke up". In 1935, for the Jubilee, Painswick Silver Band headed the procession through village streets to the recreation ground. Coronation Celebrations - Carnival Day - Painswick Silver Band led procession to recreation ground - and later in the day led a large crowd to 'The Beacon' (a local high spot) for a mighty bonfire.
[Thanks to John Bailey of the Painswick Local History Society]
Painswick Silver Band
See Painswick Brass Band
Paisley Artisans Brass Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in the 1860s
Paisley Brass Band (Renfrewshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1860s. Leader for about 20 years was Robert Ewing.
Paisley Silver Band
See: Paisley Youth Silver Band
Paisley Town Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in the 1900s to 1914
Paisley Youth Silver Band (Renfrewshire)
Active from the early 1980s and early 1990s, rapidly rising through the ranks in contesting, becoming Paisley Silver Band in 1988.
Pakenham Memorial Silver Band (Crumlin, County Antrim)
Formed in 1951, folded in the late 1980s
Palace Fleet Brass Band (Dewsbury, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the late 1870s
Palmer's Naval Band (Durham)
Active in 1905
Palmer's Shipyard Band
See: Palmer's Works Band
Palmer's Works Band (Jarrow, Durham)
Active from the early 1900s. Associated with the Palmer's Shipbuilding and Iron Co. (Hebburn and Jarrow on Tyne). Changed its name to Jervis Brass Band when the Palmer's shipyard closed. Probably folded in the 1950s or 1960s.
Pangbourne Silver Prize Band
Founded in 1893 as a fife and drum band, disbanded in 1939. Successor band was formed in 1962
Papworth Settlement Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1950s
Parbold Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1890
Parbold Old Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1909
Parbold Rechabite Brass Band (Lancashire)
The band led a procession from Bispham School in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. It comprised the Managers, the Trustees, Staff, Parents, children, and two gaily. decorated wagonettes containing little children. Entertainments included: Tea, Punch and Judy, Sports, and at the end bronze medals and bars were presented to each child by the Governors as a memento.
Park Bridge Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Park Estate Brass Band (Hollinwood, Lancashire)
Active in the early 1890s
Park Hall Band (Maddiston, Stirlingshire)
Active in 1882
Park High School Band (Colne, Lancashire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Park High School Band (Stanmore, Middlesex)
Active in the 1970s to 1990s
Park Mines Brass Band (Dalton, Westmorland)
Active in the 1870s
Park Street Mission Band (Gloucester)
Active from the early 1880s to the late 1940s
Park Street Orphan Home Brass Band
See: Sailors' Orphans Boys Brass Band
Parkend Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1863
Parkend Silver Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed in 1893 or 1895 from the existing pipe and fife band of New Fancy colliery, disbanded in 1967. Successor band formed in 1973
Parker's Brewery Band (Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active after WW2 in the 1940s and 1950s.
Parkfield Colliery Band (Bristol)
Active in 1863
Parkfield Parish Brass Band (Middleton, Lancashire)
Active in the late 1930s
Parkgate Alexandra Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1873
Parkgate Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the early 1880s
Parkgate Excelsior Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from 1904 to the 1910s
Parkgate Iron Company Band
See: Parkgate Works Brass Band
Parkgate Temperance Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1887 to 1903
Parkgate Victoria Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1909
Parkgate Works Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1871
Parkhead Forge Silver Band (Glasgow)
Formed in 1918 by workers at William Beardmore and Co., Glasgow. It flourished for several years before going into decline only to rise again in the 1940s gaining the Scottish Championship title. Principal cornet in 1938 was William Summerhill. The remaining players merged with those of the Bonnybridge and District Band to form Cumbernauld Silver Band in 1970.
Parkneuk Brass Band (Fife)
Active in 1897
Parkstone Brass Band
See: Parkstone Town Band
Parkstone Town Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s. Merged with Branksome Brass Band c.1908 to form Branksome and Parkstone Band. Bandmaster in 1902 was Alfred Watts.
Parr Church Young Men's Brass Band (Lancashire)
In 1927/28 - the Parr Boys Brigade Bugle Band changed to Brass complete with valve Trombones and Sousaphone under the direction of Mr Chas Fradley (Snr). After two years due to the poaching of players etc. it became dormant. However in 1930 Parr St Peters Band being unavailable for the Patronal Festival (they had booked a job in Ashton) the Boys Brigade players were rounded up and the band was resurrected by the Curate Mr Warburton and Mr T Wall (Snr), who was a committee man for Parr St Peters Prize Band. This band (Parr St Peters) was unconnected to the church in spite of bearing its name but had the use of rehearsal rooms in return for certain performances. Most former band members of the Boys Brigade were now in the Young Mens Bible Class and at the behest of the curate the Band continued its life as Parr Church (Y.M.) Brass Band with no connection whatsoever with Parr St Peters Prize Band. Mr T Wall was asked to become secretary of the Church Band and left the committee of the Prize Band. The Band rehearsals were held at Brookfield Mission, then an old house called “Electro House”, in Boardmans Lane. Mr Chas Fradley was unable to continue conducting and eventually Mr Tom Cunliffe (Stm) was appointed. His place was later taken by Mr Geo Langley with Mr Peter Pennington as assistant. All this was done under the auspices and goodwill of the Vicar, Mr T S Gent, and Curate, Mr Warburton. In 1936 there was a change of clergy at Parr St Peters, the new vicar Mr A V Diamond deciding in conjunction with the church council that the former Boys Brigade Band be told to forego its name and become Brookfield Mission Band. The members said they belonged to Parr and would retain that even if deprived of church facilities and rehearsal rooms etc… On the next Friday evening the band played up to the church and handed the instruments in to the Vicar's care in the vicarage. The players eventually obtained further instruments and set up the new Parr Public Brass Band that year, which continues to this day.
Parr St Peter's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s to 1930 at least.
Parr Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1880s to the late 1950s
Parracombe and Linton Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1840s
Parracombe Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1895, 1911, 1921 (conducted by W.H. Chapple)
Parson Drove Silver Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active from the 1930s to the early 1960s
Partick Gospel Band (Glasgow)
Partington Public Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s
Partington Silver Prize Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1896
Partington Steel and Iron Company Works Brass Band (Cheshire)
Formed shortly after 1910. Active in 1920s
Passmores School Brass Band (Harlow, Essex)
Active in the 1970s
Patchogue Plymouth Amoco Band
See: Crookhall Colliery Band
Pateley Bridge Brass Band
Formed in the early 1850s, still active in 1896
Patent Axle and Tyre Works Band
See: Lloyd and Foster's Axle and Tyre Band
Pathhead Brass Band (Fife)
Active from the 1870s to the 1910s, known as Pathhead Public Band from the early 1900s
Pathhead Public Band
See: Pathhead Brass Band
Patrington Brass Band (1) (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1845, folded before 1857 when a successor band was formed.
Patrington Brass Band (2) (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in January 1857, Mr Brown being music master. Still active in the late 1870s
Pattishall Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1867
Paul Brass Band (Cornwall)
This band lasted for about 65 years, acting from c.1870 to the mid 1930's. They do appear to have been a popular band carrying out the usual village type engagements of the times. There is recorded a conductor named C. Aitken in 1914 and later, in 1933, was S. Carne. Another band that did not enter for contests.
Paulton Brass Band
See: Paulton Silver Band
Paulton Brotherhood Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1910
Paulton Silver Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1890s to the late 1960s. Competed in the 1962 West of England Regional Championships (2nd Section), conducted by E.S. Brown
Paxman Standard Ironworks Band
See: Davey Paxman Standard Ironworks Band
Paxman's Foundry Band
See: Davey Paxman Standard Ironworks Band
Payhembury Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1901
Payne's Bristol and Gloucestershire Band (Bristol)
Active in 1864, when they took part in the processions celebrating the official opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
PCA Skipton Band
See: Skipton Brass Band
Peak Dale Colliery Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1912, 1913
Peak Dale Public Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1980s
Peak Dale Silver Band
See: Peak Dale Public Band
Peak Forest Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1887
Pearson Family Brass Band (Bishopwearmouth)
Active in 1864
Pearsons Pottery Chesterfield Band
See: Chesterfield Brass Band
Pease Street Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active around 1905
Pease West Colliery Band (Crook, Durham)
Formed in 1898 at Jobs Hill Colliery. Name taken from one of the colliery owners, Mr Joseph Pease. Still active in the mid 1920s
Pease's West Silver Prize Band
See: Pease West Colliery Band
Peasedown Silver Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Peasenhall Brass Band
Active in 1907 and played at Leiston Flower Show. The Cooke and Garnett families are mentioned in records. There is a rumour that the instruments were stored in the attic of the Bell hotel in Saxmundham.
Peasley Cross Brass Band
See: Holy Trinity Brass Band (Parr)
Peasmarsh Brass Band (near Rye, East Sussex)
Active in 1910. Notes from Tylden Reed: "Rehearsed in the Sunday school next to the local post office. Their larger instruments were layed out on tables at the back of the hall and I would blow into the mouthpieces and get the occasional note out of them before Sunday School started! As a small boy I used to listen to them in the evenings when I should have been in bed asleep! They were to feature in the film made in the forties called 'The Loves of Joanna Godden' starring Googy Withers, John McCullam, Chips Raferty and others made on Romney Marsh in Kent, however the band along with my Dad (Vic Reed) ended up on the cutting room floor! The film can still be seen on TV occasionally. The band gets a mention on a poster in a shop window! I cycled 3 Miles to Rye to play in that band as I had school friends there and never played in the band that got me interested in banding in the first place! I think the band closed in the 1960s."
Peckham Rye Tabernacle Band (London)
Active around 1910
Peel Band (Isle of Man)
Active in 1885
Peel Institute Brass Band (Finsbury, Middlesex)
Active in the 1920s. Merged with London Silver Band to form Finsbury Borough Band / Peel's Silver Band
Peel's Silver Band (Finsbury, Middlesex)
Active in the 1930s. Also known as Finsbury Borough Band
Pegswood Brass
See: Pegswood Colliery Band
Pegswood Colliery Band (Morpeth, Northumberland)
Formed in the 1890s. Later known as Pegswood Brass. Folded in 2000.
Pelaw Colliery Band
See: Wardley Colliery Brass Band
Pellon Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Pelsall Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Pelsall Havelock Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Pelsall Saxhorn Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Pelsall Victoria Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Pelton Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s, still active in the mid-1970s. Also known as Pelton Institute Band, Pelton Fell Workmen's Band
Pelton Fell Colliery Band
See: Pelton Colliery Band
Pelton Fell Workmen's Band
See: Pelton Colliery Band
Pelton Institute Band
See: Pelton Colliery Band
Pemberton Temperance Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1909 and 1920
Pemberton Total Abstinence Brass Band
See: Pemberton Temperance Brass Band
Pembroke Road Brass Band (Shirehampton, Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Penallta Colliery Band (Hengoed, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Still active in 1991 when the the Pennallta mine closed.
Penarth Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Penarth Post Office Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1912
Penclawdd Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1920s. A successor band was formed in 1973
Pendeen Independant Band (Cornwall)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s
Pendle Forest Brass Band (Newchurch in Pendle, Lancashire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s
Pendlebury and Clifton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to 1900s. In 1882 it entered the contest held at Irwell Bank, Kearsley, playing "Strike the Lyre" and a set of quadrilles.
Pendlebury Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Pendlebury High School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1970s
Pendlebury St John's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Pendleton Brass Band
See: Pendleton Excelsior Brass Band
Pendleton Co-operative Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1910s
Pendleton Excelsior Brass Band (Lancashire)
Founded February 1879, active in the 1880s
Pendleton Old Prize Band (Lancashire)
Founded 1878 as the British Workman's Brass Band. Survived a rough time around 1889: Won the Lancashire Association Challenge Cup in 1895 and entered 10 contests in 1899, winning 10 prizes. In 1903 they competed in the Crystal Palace contest in October winning Daily Telegraph Fifty Guineas Challenge Cup, £25 in money and a handsome certificate. The cup was presented at a grand miscellaneous concert at Pendleton Town Hall later in the month. Played in Victoria Park, Stretford on 13th July 1905 as part of the celebrations for the Royal Visit of King Edward VII. Took part in a St George's Day procession in Pendleton on 23rd April 1910. In June 1922, conducted by Mr O Pheasey it took part in a musical festival in aid of Salford Royal Hospital, which attracted some 30,000 people to the Castle Irwell Racecourse. Still active in 1939
Pendleton Primitives Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1905
Pendleton Public Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s. In June 1922, conducted by Mr B Powell, it took part in a musical festival in aid of Salford Royal Hospital, which attracted some 30,000 people to the Castle Irwell Racecourse.
Pendleton Ragged School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1904, 1908
Pendleton St George's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Pengover Band (Cornwall)
These carried on for a short time, roughly 1864 to 1867, during which time some local engagements were fulfilled. No conductors or contests can be found.
Peninsular and Oriental Company's School Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1865
Penistone Steel Works Band
See: Yorkshire Steel and Iron Works Band
Penistone Yorkshire Steel and Iron Works Band
See: Yorkshire Steel and Iron Works Band
Penketh Tannery Band
Active in the 1900s to 1930s
Penmaenmawr Brass Band
See: Penmaenmawr Town Band
Penmaenmawr Silver Prize Band
See Penmaenmawr Town Band
Penmaenmawr Town Band (Caernarvonshire)
Formed in 1894. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. At one time it practiced in Hewn Hall, later renamed as the Masonic Hall in 1960, which was originally presented by C.H Darbishire to the young men of the town as a social centre. Later known as Penmaenmawr Silver Prize Band, it was still active in the 1950s.
Pennine Brass (Huddersfield, Yorkshire, West RIding)
Founded in March 1999, with the band's first performance being given on the 8th of May 1999. The band performed 32 times in that first year, culminating in being crowned Northern Open Champions (Section B) in November 1999 at their first major competition. In a short but steep rise through the sections they appeared five times at the Yorkshire Area Championship contest between 2002 and 2008, were First Section National title winners in 2007, won the top section Pontins title in 2006, the French Open title in 2001, Senior Trophy in 2003 and appeared four times at the Grand Shield between 2005 and 2008. They disbanded in October 2008. Conductors included Paul Fligg, Ian Porthouse and Huw Thomas.
Penponds Band (Cornwall)
First appeared in 1857 but cash was quickly found to enable them to re-emerge under the new title "Penponds Sax Tuba Band". One does wonder what happened because nothing more is heard of them after 1858. Not surprising that there is no information on a conductor.
Penrhiw and Maritime Colliery BandSee: Penrhiw Brass Band
Penrhiw Brass Band (Pen-y-rhiw, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Penrhiw Colliery BandSee: Penrhiw Brass Band
Penrhiwceiber Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s
Penrhiwfer Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1880s
Penrhyn Brass Band (1)
See: Penrhyn Quarries Brass Band
Penrhyn Brass Band (2)
(Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1920s
Penrhyn Quarries Brass Band (Bethesda, Caernarvonshire)
Active in the 1850s to the 1890s. Also known as Royal Penrhyn Brass Band. This band, with others, played on the Caernarvon Square when the Prince of Wales performed the ceremony of opening the waterworks and the fountain in 1868. The instruments were the property of Lord Penrhyn, but the drum belonged to the band members. When the quarrymen held their first Labour Festival (gwyl Lafur) in Caernarvon, all the bands (eight of them) came to town to support it. The relationship between the owners and the Quarrymen's Union at the time was rather strained and Lord Penrhyn refused the men permission to take the instruments to the big meeting. The quarrymen. however, were not discouraged, and they took the drum alone and proudly marched behind it through the streets of the town.
Penrhyndeudraeth Brass Band (Merioneth)
Active in the 1920s to early 1950s
Penrhyn-side Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active from the 1890s to the late 1940s
Penrith Brass Band
See: Penrith Subscription Band
Penrith Harmonic Brass Band
Active in 1845
Penrith Sons of Temperance Oak Lodge Band
Formed in April 1894. Amalgamated with Penrith Subscription Band in 1938 to form Penrith Temperance Band (later becoming the current Penrith Town Band)
Penrith Subscription Band
Active in 1900s. Amalgamated with Penrith Sons of Temperance Oak Lodge Band in 1938 to form Penrith Temperance Band (later becoming the current Penrith Town Band)
Penryn Brass Band (Cornwall)
First known as the Penryn Independent Band so that they would not be mistaken for the Penryn Volunteer Band in existence at the same time. How much of these two band were in fact one group of men under two titles is not know, but it is difficult to see how Penryn's population of those days would be able to support two bands. Penryn is located next door to Falmouth, and my first reference to the Penryn Independent band is in 1869 when they played at the Penryn Regatta. They seem to have disbanded soon after this. There is a further report in 1875 which refers to "the recently inaugurated Town Band." There follows a period when, as usual, newspaper reporters cannot decide on a title for this Band (perhaps they should have asked!!), and where coming up with Independent Band, Town Band, Brass Band, or even Penryn Band.There is evidence that the Town Band continued up to the mid 1930's. Newspapers seemed very reticent at naming a conductor (where the band that bad?) with the exception of a C Burton who was in charge from about 1911 to the band's demise. I have no record of Cornish contested attended.
Penryn Concert Brass
See: Penryn School Brass Band
Penryn Independent Band
See: Penryn Brass Band
Penryn School Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1980s, conductor H. Barnes. Also known as Penryn Concert Brass
Penryn Volunteers Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1880s
Pensax Saxhorn Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1865
Pensford and Publow Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1925
Pensford Village Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1932
Penshaw Colliery Band
Formed in the 1890s
Pensilva Brass Band (Cornwall)
Pensilva, a village just up from Liskeard, had their band in action from 1865 to 1872. Their first instructor was a Mr Satchwill, who was succeeded by Mr Viol. As seen, this band was not in operation very long but according to press reports of the time, they were not at all bad in both music chosen and their ability to play it. Later on, during the local 1919 Peace celebrations, a Pensilva SA Band was engaged.
Pensnett Saxhorn Band (Dudley)
Active in 1862
Penstow Silver Band
Pentre Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1934
Pentre Rifles Band (Glamorgan)
See: Pentre Volunteers Band
Pentre Volunteers Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s
Pentyrch Village Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1886
Penwithick Silver Band (Cornwall)
Penwithick Band was formed soon after World War 1 from some of the many bandsmen living in the St Austell area who had played in brass bands before the war, some of whom had been with the old Volunteer Bands that had disbanded on the outbreak of hostilities. And as not all civilian bands had reformed in 1918/1919, there was now a surplice of spare musicians who dearly wanted to make music again. Once started, they must have been a popular outfit as they were, almost from day one, a very busy band. A lot of these appearances were taken up with events like Sunday school processions and their tea treats; processions for the various Friendly Societies (Rechabites, Oddfellows, and the like); raising funds for the local hospitals; sports days (including their own!), and inevitably the Flora Dance - and there were lots of them. Again almost from day one they indulged in that favourite pastime of brass bands - the contest. This is where bands go to beat the living daylights out of other bands, by fair means (or foul). Of the 39 pieces of music that they performed at Cornish contests they were unplaced 19 times, 12 resulted in 3rd prizes, 2nd prizes totalled 4 and no doubt they took considerable pride in achieving 4 firsts. Considering that they were only a village band whose close neighbours were the St Dennis Band, who in those days happily poached all the best players from around the area, the Penwithick Band history of contest successes can sit comfortably with them. Most bands, like old soldiers, fade away rather than die suddenly. Penwithick was another of these. For the players in the last couple of years of its life, it must have been a sad period to go through despite those who stay to the bitter end in the hope that fortunes will improve. They finally closed shop in the mid 1950's. In their time they enriched this band world in Cornwall.
Penybont Iron Works Brass Band (Pentre)
Active in 1887
Penycae Blue Ribbon Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active in the 1880s
Penyffordd Brass Band
Active in 1887 when it played during the Jubilee celebrations with the Congregationalists, under the baton of Sergeant William Griffiths.
Penyffridd Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in 1909
Penygraig Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Penygroes Silver Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active from the 1880s to WW2. Later known as Emlyn Colliery Brass Band,
Penzance Amateur Band
See: Penzance Brass Band
Penzance Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1850s , and in 1860, when they had recently joined the First Cornwall Volunteer Rifles as supernumeraries. Things may have been a bit tight in 1870 as it was reported: "We appeal to visitors at Penzance to supply themselves with a few coppers occasionally, in order that they may relieve the Penzance Band; for an entertainment of some sort of music is promised during the summer months, if only sufficient coppers can be obtained." The current Penzance Silver Band was formed in 1887 as Penzance Independent Band (to differentiate it from this volunteer-linked band)
Penzance Hungarian Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1880s
Penzance Juvenile Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1853
Penzance One and All Brass Band (Cornwall)
Formed in November 1897, Harry Angwin was bandmaster.
Penzance Rifles Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1860s to the 1880s. Known as 1st Duke of Cornwall's Rifles Band
People Band, The
See: Odham's Press Band
People's Bethel Mission Brass Band (Callowhill Street, Bristol)
Active in 1887
People's Mission Band (Cambridge)
Active in 1928.
People's Mission Church Band (Bath)
Active in 1927-66
People's Tabernacle Band
Active in 1906
Peopleton Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1893
Peppard Brass Band (Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1910s to 1938
Percy House School Band (Isleworth)
Active in 1907
Pecy Main Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1860s
Percy Main N.E.R. Band (Northumberland)
Percy Main North Eastern Railway Band was formed in the early 1900s, with a connection to the Percy Main Colliery, still active in 1914
Perfection Soap Works Band
See: Crosfields Perfection Soap Works Band
Perran Band (Cornwall)
Not much here, but from 1870 to 1872 they were busy with demonstrations and processions. There is a long silence until they reappear in 1901 for a kiddies tea treat. During the summer season of 1870 they played two evening a week in Perranporth, each concert lasting about two hours. They must have been 1) crazy to take on such a commitment, or 2) good enough to handle this amount of work, or 3) they really needed the extra few pennies they could get from collections. Whatever, I wonder how many village bands of today would dare accept such a commitment?
Perran Foundry Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1878
Perranporth Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the early 1880s to 1900. Conductor E. Veale in 1886
Perranporth Town Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1930s to the mid-1950s. Conductor in 1931 was Harry Robbins, in 1954, J. Eustace.
Perranporth Volunteers Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the early 1900s
Perranwell Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the early 1900s, conductor T. Andrew
Perranwell Rechabite Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1899
Perry Street Works Band (Tatworth, Somerset)
Active around 1910
Perscoran Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Formed in 1983, disbanded in 2003. Founded and conducted by Gordon Hartley-Bennett throughout, it was a youth brass band, its members all came from or had attended schools in Worcestershire during that time. A junior group, called Pre-Perscoran Brass, conducted by Martin Yates, ran from 1987.
Pershore Amateur Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1880s
Pershore Brass Band
See: Pershore Amateur Brass Band
Pershore Rifles Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1860
Perth Masonic Band
See: Perth Silver Band
Perth Silver Band
Formed in 1861 (or 1856) as Perth Masonic Band, later known as Perth Trades Silver Band. Following the death of the musical director, John L. Hamilton in 1958, the band stopped playing due to a lack of support. The band instruments were presented to to the local Education Department. A successor band was formed in 1972.
Perth Trades Silver Band
See: Perth Silver Band
Peterborough Amateur Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s
Peterborough Borough Silver Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1910s
Peterborough City Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the late 1940s to the late 1960s
Peterborough Cobden Street Band
See: Cobden Street Primitive Methodists Band
Peterborough Excelsior Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1910s
Peterborough Rifles Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s
Peterborough Great Northern Railway Locomotive Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1857 and the early 1860s
Peterborough St Mark's Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1900s
Peterborough Saxhorn Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1857
Peterhead Brass Band
See: Peterhead Public Band
Peterhead Public Band (Aberdeenshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1910s
Petersfield Borough Band
See: Victoria Brass Band (Petersfield)
Petersfield Brass Band
See: Victoria Brass Band (Petersfield)
Petrockstow Band
Active in 1887 when it celebrated Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. In this account as remembered by Samuel Bonifant in 1935, aged 84 years. "At the time of Queen Victoria's golden jubilee Samuel Bonifant was living at Woodhouse part of Little Marland, he was a member of the committee and master of ceremonies on the day. At this time Petrockstow had a population of 440. All the parishioners were given luncheon and tea in the school room consisting of roast and boiled beef, pickles, bread, mineral water for Teetotallers and children. 1,000 bottles of mineral water were available for the event. Each man was allowed 1 quart of beer in the afternoon, while women and children had mineral water. All invalids in the evening were sent a good plate of beef, a loaf of bread, cake, ¼ lb tea and a quart of beer. The next day any left over food was distributed to the poor. Sam recalls the day it started early at 5.00am Mr William Trace climbed to the top of the church tower and played God Save the Queen on Sam's Violin with in 1935 Sam still had. At 8.00am the bell ringers started ringing the peals, which went on throughout the day. At 10.00am a majority of the parishioners formed outside the school with the Reverend Field and Sam and with the Petrockstow Band leading marched to the rectory and back to the church for a short service preached by the Reverend Field. At midday lunch was served in the school room with the band playing outside. After lunch at 2.00pm a procession formed with band to the field opposite the Barn on Town Farm, Mr John Brookes farmed the farm, on the field sports and dancing took place. There was a break at 4.30pm for Tea in the school room. The tables were presided over by Mrs Field, Mrs Brookes (mother of Mr John Brookes) also Mrs Bussell, Mrs Leonard, Mrs Pike, Mrs Squance, Mrs Bonifant Mrs Sanders and others. Mrs Brookes presented the children with mugs. After Tea they returned to the field for more sports and dancing until 9.00pm when the fireworks and bonfire were to take place. Lord Clinton Lord Lieutenant of the County donated the bonfire and fireworks. The order had been given that no bonfire was to be lit until the Lord Lieut gave the signal by sending up three rockets in succession, red, white and blue in the most conspicuous parts near the mansion and his Lordship chose Petrockstow. It was a grand sight, which was seen from a long way off, after the rockets had gone many bonfires were lit. The day ended with the band playing God Save Queen, everyone had enjoyed themselves and the day had been well organised."
Pettaugh Brass Band (Suffolk)
Formed in the 1930s as part of the "Better Britain Brigade" boys movement. Girls were allowed to join the band in 1951, though only two did (Beryl Dixey and Maureen Ball)
Pettres Works Military Band
See: Yeovil Corporation Band
Petworth Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed in 1861, active through to the 1930s. A successor (wind/concert) band was formed in 1947
Petworth Town Band
See: Petworth Brass Band
Pevensey & West St Leonards Junior Band (Sussex)
Active in the late 1960s
Pevensey Silver Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1960s. Merged with Hastings Borough Band in 1968 to form Sussex Brass
Philadelphia Colliery Band (Washington, Durham)
Active in the 1930s to 1950s
Philips and Co. Brass Band (Tean, Staffordshire)
See: Messrs. Philips and Co. Brass Band
Phoenix Foundry Brass Band (Bradford, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1856
Phoenix Social Service Band
See: Steel, Peech and Tozer Phoenix Works Band
Phoenix Works Brass Band (Bradford)
See: Phoenix Foundry Brass Band
Phoenix Works Brass Band (Rotherham)
See: Steel, Peech and Tozer Phoenix Works Band
Pica Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s - took part in the Distington Hospital Sunday parade in June 1895. A report of its formation is thus: "A public meeting was held at the Quarry, Pica, on Thursday evening, for the purpose of discussing the suggestion to re-organise the brass band at that place. There was a large number present. Mr John Roper, who was unanimously elected chairman, urged them to work in harmony. Mr James Frew moved that the brass band for Pica be re-organised. This was seconded by Mr William Watson and agreed to unanimously. Mr A. Harlin, secretary to the old band, was appointed secretary pro tem. The following gave their names as intending members: - Messrs G. Frew, James Frew, J. Patterson, Wm. Watson, G. Tweddle, J. Gatherer, Tom Bell, W. Hutchinson, G. Stewart, I. Lamb, J. Robinson, J. Kirkpatrick, F. Metherell, W. Metherell, D. Rafferty, Jos. Gatherer, W. Brydon, D. Ellison, C. M. McLean, and J Roper. Mr Harlin moved that the instruments, lamps, music stand, and music books, belonging to the late band be called in. This was agreed to, and the chairman and Mr Harlin were appointed to recieve them by Tuesday. On the question of funds being introduced, it was suggested that they follow the example of the Lowca Brass Band and ask the Colliery Company to keep off a weekly subscription from those agreeable. The chairman approved the suggestion, but, of course, he said, a public meeting would have to be called to sanction the proposal."
Pickering Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in the 1890s, folded some time before 1936, when a successor band was formed
Pickering Town Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed on 17 May 1936. Folded in the 1950s
Pickup Bank Band
See: Hoddlesden and Pickup Bank Band
Pickup Bank Subscription Prize Band
See: Hoddlesden and Pickup Bank Band
Piddington Brass Band (Northants)
Active in 1883, leader Alwyne Howes
Pilkington Recreation Club Brass Band (St Helens, Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s
Pilling Brass Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1875 and folded some time after 1935 (when the junior section of the band split off to form the current Pilling Jubilee Silver Band).
Pilsley Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1840s, and also in the 1870s to 1890s
Pinner Brass Band
Active from 1882 to 1939. It played at a garden party given by Mrs. A. B. Marshall, a well known cook and cookery writer on 15th June 1895 at her house "The Towers" in Pinner. For further details see this webpage: Pinner Brass Band
Pinxton Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
Pinxton Ambulance Band
See: Pinxton Colliery Band
Pinxton Colliery Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s
Pioneer Rechabite Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1894
Pitroddie Brass Band (Perthshire)
Active in 1865
Pitsmoor Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1842, and from the early 1880s, the band folding around 1937.
Pittington Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1860s - had some form of patronage from Lord Londonderry (Viscount Seaham)
Pitton Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1899
Plaid Row Gospel Mission Brass Band (Leeds)
Active in 1891
Platt Bridge Band (Lancashire)
Competed in a contest in Leigh in 1884, active through to the 1910s. A report from the Wigan Observer And District Advertiser, Wednesday, September 3, 1890, states: On Wednesday afternoon last the remains of William Forster were interred at Abram Church. The deceased, who was 41 years of age, was checkweighman at the Low Hall Collieries. He had been a hard worker for the Miners' Union, and was much esteemed by that body of men. He had also been a member of the Platt Bridge Brass Band for over 20 years. The weather was fine and the streets were crowded with spectators. The procession was as follows:- Twenty pit brow girls; 150 miners; band committee; Platt Bridge Brass Band (assisted by a few friends from the Wigan Volunteer Band), playing "Dead March in Saul;" deceased, with instrument on coffin; mourners and relatives. At the commencement of the service Mr. C. D. Mortimer with his usual ability played Guilmant's "Funeral March," and at the close the "Dead March in Saul." After the burial service in the churchyard, the band played very sweetly at the grave side, "It is well with my soul."
Another report, from 1895, notes the band at a festival: "The first Lower Ince and Spring View Rose Queen Festival was held under the auspices of St Mary's Church in June 1895.  It was organised by Maggie Briggs and Edna Harrison.  About 500 children dressed in historical costumes, and accompanied by the Platt Bridge Brass Band, left St Mary's School and paraded through the streets of Lower Ince and Spring View, which were lined with hundreds of spectators.  The Rose Queen was Miss F Briggs, in a dress of white silk with a train of flowered shot silk trimmed with white silk ribbon and swansdown.  The parade ended in a field in the grounds of Westwood House, where there was dancing around the maypole and the Rose Queen was crowned by the vicars wife, Mrs Taylor.  Each of the children was given a bun and an orange."
Platt Brothers Moston Colliery Band
See: Platt's Moston Colliery Band
Platting Public Band (Rochdale, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
Platt's Moston Colliery Band (Moston, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Plean Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in the 1910s
Plean Colliery Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in 1928, conducted by Charles Wright
Pleasley Vale Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Plessey Works Band (Liverpool)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Plymouth Abercanaid Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Plymouth Brass (Devon)
Formed in the 1980s. Merged with Tavistock Town Band in the late 1980s to form Tavistock Brass
Plymouth Colliery Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Plymouth Corporation Tramways Band
See: Plymouth Transport Brass Band
Plymouth City Mission Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1929
Plymouth Transport Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1920s
Plymouth Workmen's Band
See: Plymouth Colliery Brass Band
PMG Heart of England Band
See: Heart of England Band
Pocklington Blue Ribbon Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Pocklington Boys Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the early 1900s
POEU Brass Band
See: Stockport Telephone Band
Pogmoor Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Merged with the Cawthorne Brass Band in 1984to form Pogmoor and Cawthorne Band.
Point of Ayr Colliery Band (Talacre, Flintshire)
The band was formed in 1967 after the closure of the Llay Main Colliery. The instruments were transported to Point of Ayr, where local people formed a band. During the 1970s, the band rose up through the sections winning many first prizes at prestigious contests. In 1981 Championship status was attained (the equivalent of football's Premier League), and at the first attempt, the band qualified for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Point of Ayr retained it's Championship status up to the year 2000. The band folded in 2010. The band was variously also known as: Point of Ayr Colliery (EIMCO) Band, Point of Ayr Colliery (Powergen) Band, and Talacre Beach Caravan Park Band.
Polden Hill and Ashcott Brass Band
See: Ashcott Brass Band
Polesworth Excelsior Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active from the 1880s to 1919
Polesworth Brass Band
See: Polesworth Old Brass Band
Polesworth Old Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1920s
Pollokshaws Brass Band (Renfrewshire)
Welcomed the Prince of Wales to Pollokshaws in August 1859. Competed in a contest at the Gilmorehill Gardens, Glasgow in August 1863, and led the procession at the annual Weavers' Society meeting at Pollokshaws in August 1873. Active through the 1900s to the 1920s.
Pollokshaws Silver Band
See: Pollokshaws Brass Band
Polton Mills Band (Loanhead, Midlothian)
Active from the 1890s. Won the Scottish Championship title in 1904 and disbanded at the start of WW1.
Polypipe (Rossington) Band
See: Rossington Colliery Band
Pomfret Victoria Brass Band (Pontefract)
See: Pontefract Victoria Brass Band
Ponden Band (Haworth, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1854, founded by John Heaton of Ponden, who owned the cotton mill and the corn mill. The band had the job of playing at a celebration in Haworth at the conclusion of the Crimean war. The band moved to Dry Clough (just north of Pickles Hill) later in the 1850s for the convenience of some of the members. This "Dry Clough Band" then split up by the end of the 1850s, some members going to the Springhead Band, others to the Lumbfoot Band.
Ponden Mill Band
See: Ponden Band
Ponders End Brass Band (Enfield, Middlesex)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s, conductor Henry Orme.
Ponders End Mission Band (Enfield, Middlesex)
Active in 1905
Ponders End Silver Band (Enfield, Middlesex)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Ponsanooth Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s to the 1900s. In 1889 the Honorary Secretaries were Henry G. Halse and William J. Trebilcock, the Treasurer was Charles W. Boot.
Pont-Clydach Brass Band (Brecknockshire)
Active in 1855
Pontardawe Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s to 1914 at least (when it tried to buy the old Carmarthen Town Band instruments)
Pontefract Borough Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Pontefract Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1840s to 1850s
Pontefract Victoria Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s to 1914
Pontlottyn Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Pontlottyn Rechabite Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the early 1890s
Pontlottyn Workmen's Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1905
Pontrhydyfen and District Temperance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1939
Pontrhydyfen Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Pontshonnorton Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Pontyates Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1900s to 1915
Pontyberem Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s, and the 1940s to 1950s
Pontyberem St John's Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1890s
Pontyberem United Band
See: Pontyberem Brass Band
Pontyclun and District Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1930s to the early 1950s
Pontyclun Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the early 1900s
Pontyclun Silver Band (Glamorgan)
In 1914 Mr Godfrey Clark presented a Silver Cup for competition in the Silver Band contest which was won by the Pontyclun Silver Band. When the people left the sports field on this occasion they were greeted with a placard "War declared on Germany". The band regularly practised in a wooden hut at the end of School Street called the Ping Pong Hall. The village supported a Brass Band also.
Pontycymer Excelsior Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1890s and 1900s
Pontycymer Town Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1920s to 1950s
Pontypool Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1850s
Pontypool Temperance Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1910s
Pontypool Town and District Band
See: Pontypool Town Band
Pontypool Town Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1920s
Pontypridd Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1880s
Pontypridd St John Ambulance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Pontypridd Town Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s to 1930s
Pontypridd Transport Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1930s
Poole Grammar School Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Poole Town Band (Dorset)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s. Conducted by E.L. Green in 1928. A successor band was formed in 1946
Poole Volunteers Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1900s
Poolsbrook Miners Welfare Band
See: Poolsbrook Wesleyan Brass Band
Poolsbrook Wesleyan Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Formed in 1908, secretary and treasurer, George W. Thompson. Active in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1930s it threw off the allegiance to the Wesleyan church and became a village band. In the late 1930s it became the Staveley Company's Ireland Colliery Ambulance Band. See also: Ireland Colliery Band
Poplar and Berger Mission Band
See: Poplar and Bromley Tabernacle Band
Poplar and Bromley Tabernacle Band (Middlesex)
Active from the 1910s to the 1960s. Based at the Poplar and Bromley Tabernacle Baptist Church, which after 1958 became the Poplar and Berger Baptist Tabernacle Church.
Poplar Training Schools Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Porritt and Witham's Brass Band
See: Messrs Porritt and Witham's Brass Band
Port Clarence Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Port Glasgow Brass Band
See: St John's Port Glasgow Band
Port Glasgow Old Boys Union Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1913
Port Kembla Town Band (Australia)
Active in 1950s
Port of Hull Society's East Coast Mission and Sailor's Orphan Home and School Band
See: Sailors' Orphans Brass Band
Port Penrhyn Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active from the 1870s to 1914
Port Sunlight Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1891 through 1914, conductor W. Seddon in 1895. Possibly did not survive WW1. A successor band was formed in 1973
Port Sunlight Royal British Legion Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1970s to the early 1990s. (Possibly the same as the current Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass)
Port Talbot and District Workmen's Prize Band
See: Port Talbot Workmen's Prize Band
Port Talbot and Taibach Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1909
Port Talbot Temperance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1910s.
Port Talbot Town Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1930s
Port Talbot Workmen's Prize Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Played at the ceremonial opening of Port Talbot Memorial Park on the 27th June 1925 at 3p.m.
Portdinorwic Brass Band (Caernarvonshire)
Active in 1865 to 1872
Porth and Cymmer Silver Band (Porth Rhondda)
Porthcawl Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1950s
Porthmadog Brass Band
See: Porthmadog Volunteer Band
Porthmadog Town Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Porthmadog Volunteer Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1900s
Portico Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1894
Portishead Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1860s. A successor band was formed in 1968.
Portland Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1860s
Portland Social Centre Band
See: Portland Town Band
Portland Town Band (Australia)
Formed around 1905, with the local cement company supplying most of the uniforms and music, and it became known as the Commonwealth Portland Cement Company's Employees' Band.
Portland Town and Social Centre Band
See: Portland Town Band
Portland Town Band (Dorset)
Active from the 1900s to the 1960s. Also known as Portland Social Centre Band.
Portland Volunteer Artillery Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1880s
Portloe and District Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1930s
Portmadoc Brass Band
See: Porthmadog Volunteer Band
Portobello Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s
Portobello Ex-Members B.B. Band (Midlothian)
Active in 1928, conducted by Thomas Williamson.
Portsea Island Union School Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1876 and 1897 (bandmaster Squire Graham).
Portslade Industrial School Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s. Half-time schooling from the age of 12 was combined with a full band practice for an hour each morning.
Portslade Town Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Portsmouth Blue Jackets Band
See: Royal Navy Portsmouth Barracks Band
Portsmouth Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1880s
Portsmouth Excelsior Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1901
Portsmouth Town Band (Hampshire)
Formed by Councillor Merritt in 1896, gave its first performance in March 1897 to raise money for the "Tiny Tim" Cot at Guy's, conductor Mr Madden. The band was still active in 1904 when it presented £50 to various local charities - the bandmaster at this time was R. Close.
Portsmouth Wesleyan Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1897
Portsmouth Youth Concert Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1970s
Possil Park Brass Band
See: Possilpark Brass Band
Possilpark Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the early 1900s to the late 1930s. Conducted by W. Curtis in 1928
Possilpark Public Band
See: Possilpark Brass Band
Post Office Engineering Union Brass Band
See: Stockport Telephone Band
Potter's Cross Brass Band (Kinver, Staffordshire)
Active in 1863
Potters Bar Town Band (Middlesex)
Formed in the 1850s and then disbanded in 1895. A successor band was formed in 1948
Potters Wood Kingswood Hill Bristol Silver Band
See: Kingswood and District Band
Potterspury Brass Band
See: Potterspury Excelsior Band
Potterspury Excelsior Band (Northamptonshire)
The village band was in existence from the late 1860s, and in 1904 entered a contest organised by the Gentlemen of Dunstable. The band travelled to the contest on a horse-drawn cart and won the first prize - a silver plated cup. The contest was never held again, so the band held the cup which is now kept with the church plate for safe keeping. Between the wars, in the summer, the band would give regular Sunday evening concerts on the green by the cross-road on Watling Street, opposite the Anchor pub. Band practice was held in the Cock club room (now the restaurant). A popular story of the time related how, arriving late for practice one night, one of the bandsmen was so impressed with the sound of his colleagues playing that he went into the practice room and said, 'That sounds great - come outside and listen'. Whereupon they all put down their instruments and went outside! The band ceased to play during the Second World War but started again in 1946. By 1953, with Reg Atkins as conductor, the band was very active, playing at numerous village fetes in the area and leading church parades for Remembrance Sunday services, when they would march four abreast via Sanders Lane, Blackwell End, Watling Street, High Street and Church Lane (with no parked cars in the way!). Another old village tale recalled that when Pury band marched by the pigs were sat on the wall to listen. (This tale was well known in all the surrounding villages!) The Coronation parade through the village in 1953 was led by Syd Holloway pushing a model of 'The Pig on the Wall'. There was of course much rivalry between Pury and Yardley bands and Pury used to say that one Christmas when Yardley Band went round playing carols they played outside one 'house' where the collectors could not find the door. They walked round it several times before they realised it was a hay rick! [Note: similar stories are told of Stinchcombe Band and Woodchurch Bands]. As the number of bandsmen from the village dwindled, more and more had to be transported to practice from the surrounding area. By 1961 it became beyond the financial means of the band to continue to transport the players to practice and the band had to close down. Some of the bandsmen went on to play with Wolverton Band and the remains of the band's funds were paid over to the Parish Council for the general benefit of the village. (Source: Potterspury - the story of a village and its people)
Potton Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Formed in 1890, through the instigation of the local vicar, the bandmaster was J. Brown and the instruments were estimated to cost £40. It played its first concert on Easter Monday 1891. Still active in 1920, when the conductor was G. Bartle.
Poulton-le-Fylde Brass Band was founded on the 25th September 1874, but little is known about its early activities, except what can be gleaned from old photographs. The early photographs show the band was small in number, and only some members are in uniform, so it would appear that funds were probably meagre. However, it did perform at local functions as can be seen from photographs showing the band marching in processions. It is to their credit that these early members kept the band together, and it appears from documentation discovered, that the band was still operational prior to World War Two, under their conductor Mr N Hodgson. During World War Two, the band functioned as "The Home Guard Band" under the musical direction of Mr Ernest Seed, but it was disbanded shortly after the War. A successor band was formed in the early 1950s.
Powder Cotton Works Band (Kent)
Disbanded in the 1930s
Powell's Tillery Colliery Band
See: Tillery Collieries Band
Poynings Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the early 1900s
Pratt's Brass Band (Brighouse)
Active in 1865
Prees Brass Band (Shropshire)
Folded in the 1930's. Prees is between Wem and Whitchurch. The instruments were sold to pay for the funeral of Tom Moore and were sold to Mr Denny and shipped to his band in Devon. Coincidentally his son ended up running the Shropshire Schools Brass band in the 1980's, 50 years after his dad took the instruments from Shropshire to Devon.
Preesall Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Preesall Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Prescot Brass Band
See: Prescot Parish Church Band
Prescot Cables Band (Lancashire)
Formed 1890. "Cousins" to the famous Callenders Cable Works Band. When the latter disbanded in 1961 the Prescot Cables Band received their redundant uniforms. Still active in the late 1980s
Prescot Parish Church Band (Lancashire)
Active around the 1920s/1930s and also the 1950s to 1970s
Pressed Steel Company Limited Works Band (Cowley, Oxfordshire)
Formed in January 1941 as a military band for the Pressed Steel Company Home Guard. Reformed as a brass band in December 1944. Achieved the Championship Section in 1947. Based at the Pressed Steel Works in Cowley, the present-day location of the Mini factory, this band ran into difficulties during the period of the three-day week in early 1974. The remaining players joined the City of Oxford Band, who were themselves at that time somewhat depleted following the successive splittings-off of Oxford Concert Brass in 1972 and Kennington (Oxford) in 1973. The band's library came into the possession of the Wantage Band.
Pressed Steel Fisher Llanelli Band
See: Llanelli and District Silver Band
Pressed Steel Cowley Band
See: Pressed Steel Company Limited Works Band
Presteign Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1844
Presteigne Town Band
Active in 1907 and 1937
Preston Borough Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1877
Preston Britannia Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1861, conductor Thomas Marginson, also in 1867, 1877
Preston Brook and District Prize Band (Cheshire)
Active in the early 1900s through to the 1920s. Shortly after WW1 the band took part in the Runcorn Festival which was held to raise funds for the hospital. The band was also active in 1969, competing in the NW Area contest (4th section).
Preston City Boys Excelsior Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Preston Clarion Band (Lancashire)
Active around 1911
Preston Corporation Tramways Band (Lancashire)
Active in the early 1900s
Preston Excelsior Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1872, and from the early 1900s up until the 1970s
Preston Harmonic Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1880
Preston Model Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1882
Preston National School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1846
Preston Polytechnic Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1980s
Preston Silver Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1950s
Preston St David's Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1930s to 1950s
Preston St Joseph's Band
See: St Joseph's Brass Band (Preston)
Preston Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1874 and disbanded in 1907. A contemporary report states: "It having been decided for various reasons to bring the 32 year career of the Preston Temperance Brass Band to a close, the members on Wednesday met at the White Horse Restaurant for supper afterwards transacting some important business. Mr R Sanders presided, and on the motion of Mr H Parkinson, seconded by Mr Wm Ogden, a resolution was passed agreeing that the band should no longer exist as at present constituted. A handsome marble clock was then presented to the conductor, Mr H Parkinson, the silver plate on the front bearing the inscription "Presented to Mr H Parkinson by the members of the Preston Temperance Brass Band on the occasion of his retirement, as a token of their respect for his faithful services as bandmaster during the past 30 years." In making the presentation the Chairman recalled the interesting fact that the band was formed in August 1874 and had been entirely self-supporting. They had occupied one practice room for 30 years and a proof of their efficiency was that they had played for one Preston church on 25 sucessive Whit Monday mornings, and for another one 23 Whit Monday afternoons. Best wishes were expressed for Mr Parkinson's future welfare, and in his reply the conductor was much affected by the tributes paid to him."
Preston Town Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s until the mid 1960s, latterly rehearsing in an old gymnasium on Saul St. in Preston and conducted by Tom Mitchell who then went on to found Preston Youth Band around the same time.
Preston United Independent Harmonic Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in August 1836, when it played at the regatta at the Bridge Inn
Preston Victoria Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1878
Preston Youth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Prestongrange Colliery Band (Prestonpans, East Lothian)
Active in the 1920s
Prestongrange Silver Band
See: Prestongrange Colliery Band
Prestongrange Welfare Band
See: Prestongrange Colliery Band
Prestonlinks Colliery Band (Prestonpans)
See: Monktonhall Colliery Silver Band
Prestonpans and District Silver Band
See: Monktonhall Colliery Silver Band
Prestwich Brass Band (1) (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Prestwich Brass Band (2) (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Prestwich Borough Band (Lancashire)
Formed around 1945. Folded in 1992. 4 remaining members joined Radcliffe Band, bringing with them music and instruments, which was then renamed the Radcliffe and Prestwich Band for a few years.
Prestwich School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
Price's Candle Company Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1897. The company was founded in 1830, mainly based in London. A factory was established in Liverpool to be near the palm oil imports.
Pride of Axe Brass Band
See: Axminster Town Band
Pride of the Valley Brass Band (Tongwynlais?)
Active in 1877
Pride Valley Brass
See: Lord Londonderry's Volunteer Temperance Band
Primitive Methodist Mission Gospel Band (Llwynpia)
Active in 1909
Primo Windows Band
See: Grimsby Brass Band
Primrose Brass Band (Clitheroe)
Active in 1887
Prince of Wales Brass Band (Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1867
Prince of Wales Brass Band (Masbrough, Yorkshire, West Riding)
See: Sheffield Prince of Wales Brass Band
Prince of Wales Brass Band (Staffordshire)
See: Wednesfield Prince of Wales Temperance Band
Prince's End Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s, and also in the 1920s
Prince's End Temperance Band
See: Prince's End Brass Band
Princes Street Mission Brass Band (Paddock, Yorks)
Active in 1893
Prince-Smith and Stells Silver Band (Keighley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1950s and early 1960s. Prince-Smith and Stells were worsted machine manufacturers, while Prince-Smith produced over 1.1 million bayonets during WW2.
Princess of Wales's Own Hussars Band (Ripon, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1867
Princess Royal Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1903
Princess Street Mission Brass Band (Huddersfield)
Active in 1894 and 1896
Priors Marston Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1892
Priory Foundry Band
See: Steel and Garland Priory Foundry Band
Prittlewell Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Prospect Silver Band (Swindon)
Formed in 1908 by a Mr Bullock at the age of 17 years. Organisation passed to his brother to run on his death in 1948. By the 1950's the band was renamed Swindon Town Silver Band. Still active in 1962. The band master from 1948 to 1962 was Bill People.
Prospect Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (West Bowling)
Active in 1884
Protheroe's Cwmcoch Band
See: Protheroe's Silver Band
Protheroe's Silver Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1900s. Also known as Protheroe's Cwmcoch Band
Providence Congregational Church Brass Band (Uxbridge)
Formed as a drum and fife band in the 1880's, and in 1898 it became a full brass band. It seems to have ceased on the outbreak of war in 1914. The conductor in the later years was D. Roberts. Also known as Uxbridge Artisans Brass Band and Uxbridge Providence Brass Band
Prudential Sandye Band
See: Sandye Silver Band
Prudhoe Colliery Band (Prudhoe)
Formed in the 1900s and did not survive beyond 1914
Pucklechurch Amateur Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1861
Pudsey Borough Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s
Pudsey Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to 1900s (possible overlap with Pudsey Borough Band)
Pudsey Fartown Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1876
Pudsey Union Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1856
Pudsey United Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1861
Pudsey West End Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Puhoi Town Band (New Zealand)
Active in 1913
Pullars Brass Band (Perth, Perthshire)
Formed in 1881 as a works band for the local family-run dyeing and drycleaning organisation.
Purbrook Industrial School Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1894, and the early 1900s
Purton Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Purton Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1870s
Purton Congregational Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Purton United Temperance Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1909
Putney Brass Band
Active in 1885 when it took part in the United Phoenix and Temperance Societies' first annual Temperance Friendly Societies' demonstration in Lambeth on 31st May, together with Wandsworth Brass Band.
Pwllheli Brass Band (1) (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1890s
Pwllheli Brass Band (2) (Caernarfonshire)
Formed on 10th November 1905. Also active in 1949

Q

Quaker House Colliery Band (Wigan)
See: Standish Band
Quarndon Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1887
Quarrier's City Lads Brass Band (Quarriers Village, Renfewshire)
Active in the 1920s, conductor D. McKellar, based at the Orphan Homes of Scotland, a self-contained village set up in the 1870s.
Quarrington Hill Temperance Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s, probably folded in the 1920s
Quarry Bank Silver Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
Quarry Bank Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1900s
Quarter Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in 1892 when it presented a box to Mrs Blair.
Quarter Colliery Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Quebec and Hamsteels Band (Durham)
Active in 1905
Queen Street Brass Band (Hulme, Manchester)
Active in 1887
Queen Street Mission Band (Bolton)
See: Bolton Temperance Band
Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest Brass Band
Queen's Hall Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s
Queen's Island Brass Band
See: Harland and Wolff Brass Band
Queen's Own Hussars Band (Worcester)
Active in the 1900s
Queen's Park Brass Band (Harpurhey, Manchester)
Active in the 1880s
Queen's Park Congregational Church Brass Band
See: Queen's Park Brass Band
Queen's Road Methodist Brass Band (Hurst, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Queensbury Band
See: Queensbury Music Centre Band
Queensbury Music Centre Band
Active from the late 1960s to the late 1980s
Queensferry Brass Band
Active in 1896 following an attempt to resuscitate it.
Queenstown Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1897 when it won the Intercolonial Contest in Sydney. Members of the band at that time were: Cornets - N.Harris, H.Partington, Drew, Jacobs, C.Hill. Tenor Horns - Maddern, Rosman, Paul. Baritones - A.Steven, Bennett. Trombones - W.M.Partington (Bandmaster),Daly, Rowland. Euphonium - A.King. Bass - Whitting, J.Partington, F.Hopkins. Mr A.Douglas, secretary and Mr W.G.Rogers, treasurer were unable to attend.
Quorn and Sileby Band (Leicestershire)
Active before 1880.

R

R. Johnson and Nephew Works Band
See: Richard Johnson and Nephew Ltd Band
R.A. Lister's Silver Band
See: Stinchcombe Silver Band
R.A.F. Association Band
See: Royal Air Force Association Band
R.A.F. Kinloss Voluntary Brass Band (Morayshire)
Active in the 1970s to 1990s
R.A.F. Madley Silver Band
Active in 1945
R.A.O.B. Brass Band (Carlisle)
See: Carlisle Buffalo's Brass Band
R.A.O.B. Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1904
R.A.O.B. Brass Band (Swindon)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
R.A.S.C. 150th Northumberland Transport Band
Active in 1965
R.N.A.S. Yeovilton Band
See: Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton Band
R.O.F.S.A. (Chorley) Band
See: Royal Ordnance Factory Social Association Band
Raans County Secondary School Brass Band (Amersham, Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1960s
Radcliffe and Pilkington Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to 1899. A successor band (Radcliffe Brass Band) was formed in 1913
Radcliffe Colliery Band (1) (Northumberland)
Active in 1877. A successor band was formed in 1893
Radcliffe Colliery Band (2) (Northumberland)
Formed in 1893, later known as Radcliffe Colliery Band, and then Radcliffe Netherton Band. Merged with Amble Town Band in the 1930s to form Amble and Radcliffe Colliery Band. A member at one time was Edward Thirtle, who started his playing career in the North Seaton Band and went on later to be bandmaster of the Broomhill and Chevington Collieries Band. A selection of his family and band photographs have been lodged with the Woodhorn Colliery museum in Ashington, Northumberland. Bandmaster of Radcliffe Colliery Band at one time was William Oswald Pearson, who worked at Hauxley Colliery.
Radcliffe Excelsior Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Radcliffe Good Templars Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
Radcliffe Netherton Band
See: Radcliffe Colliery Band (2)
Radcliffe Old Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s to 1920s
Radcliffe Public Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s to 1910s
Radcliffe Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
Radcliffe-on-Trent Temperance Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1900s
Radford Excelsior Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1889
Radford Free Church Brass Band
See: Radford United Methodist Brass Band
Radford Primitive Methodist Band
See: Radford United Methodist Brass Band
Radford Temperance Band
See: See: Radford United Methodist Brass Band
Radford United Methodist Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Radlett Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in 1938
Radley Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1894 when it played at a May Day celebration at Wick Hall, Radley. Still active in 1900 when it played at the Appleford Flower Show in August.
Radnor Street Schools Mission Brass Band (London)
Active between 1883 and 1904
Radstock Amateur Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1910
Radstock Coal and Wagon Works Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1884, bandmaster Mr. Clark.
Radstock Silver Prize Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1920s and the 1930s, folded before 1980.
Radstock Town Band (Somerset)
Active in 1888
Ragley Band
See: Ragley Sunday School Band
Ragley Sunday School Band
The old Ragley Band, formed in 1848, was broken up in 1850. Resuscitated in 1851 by Mr Briggs of Darwen, but again fell by the wayside. Then Messrs. Chadwick Brothers, sewing cotton manufacturers, came to the rescue and provided all expenses and funded new instruments in 1882. Started contesting in 1887 and in that first year attended 5 contests winning 4 prizes, value £50
Railway Associated City Brass Band (Nottingham)
Active in 1906 and 1910 when it played at the Lenton Flower Show.
Railway Foundry Band (Bradford)
See: Bradford Railway Foundry Band
Railway Foundry Band (Leeds)
See: Leeds Railway Foundry Band
Railway Servants' Brass Band (Newcastle)
Active in 1896
Railway Servants' Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1889
Rainham Working Men's Club Band (Essex)
Active from the mid-1930s to the late 1940s
Rainow Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active the 1860s and also in the early 1900s
Rainton Brass Band
See: West Rainton Brass Band
Rame Cross Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s, folded around 1938 or 1939. The closing proceeds of the Band were dedicated to the upkeep of the War Memorial of Edgcumb Methodist Church. The Band had its own "Band room" for practice, now a house.
Ramsbottom and District Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1960s to the 1980s
Ramsbottom Baptist Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Ramsbottom Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s
Ramsbottom Rifles Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s
Ramsden Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active from the 1860s to WW1. In the minutes of the Ramsden Vestry and Parochial Church Council for 1913 they record agreement that there should be a Garden Fete to raise money for the Church. "The Ramsden Band was asked to provide the music". At the following meeting it was agreed that the "Ramsden Band should be paid 30/- for their services with their playing commencing at 4.30 pm and that they should provide their own refreshments"! In earlier years there were allegedly two bands in Ramsden - from a pamphlet 'RAMSDEN - The Story of a Wychwood Village' [The Witney Press 1961] D.A.Allport, referring to Club Feasts which took place at Whitsun every year, says "There were stalls and a band playing - there were two bands in Ramsden then - and dancing in the street. Ramsden Feast was held in October and was similar". (Source: Dick Williamson]
Ramsey Amateur Brass Band (Isle of Man)
Active in 1886
Ramsey Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1960s
Ramsey Town Band
See: Ramsey Brass Band
Ramsgate Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1850s and 1860s
Ramsgate Brass Band
Active in the 1960s, conductor J. L. Brockman
Ramsgate Schools Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1960s
Ramsnest Rangers and North Chapel Brass Band (Ramsnest Common, Surrey)
Active in 1909
Ramsnest Rangers Band
See: Ramsnest Rangers and North Chapel Brass Band
Rank Taylor Hobson Band (Leicester)
Active in the 1980s, conducted by Henry Shipley
Ransome and Marles Band
See: Ransome Band
Ransome Band (Newark, Nottinghamshire)
The Band was formed on the 1st November 1937 as the works band of Ransome and Marles, a well-known bearings manufacturer in Newark. In 1970 the band changed its name to the RHP Works Band. In 1980 the company was no longer able to continue its financial support, but fortunately the band was able to secure support firstly from Browns Musical of Lincoln and then Airquick (Newark) Ltd. This lasted through the 80's until the early 90's. However 1991 was traumatic in that Airquick (Newark) Ltd was unable to continue with its valuable support. The decline in funds mirrored the Band's rapid decline and it was a struggle to maintain a band at all. At one point there were only 9 stalwart members remaining. In 1992 the heartbreaking decision was made to dissolve the Band and let the traditional Ransome name lapse. News of the Band's imminent demise found its way into the local press which raised a package of support which enabled the Band to continue its championship and concert activity for the next few years. In 1994 major sponsorship was received from NSK-RHP (UK) Ltd, who ironically were successors to the original Ransome and Marles. The band ceased contesting in 2008 and folded around 2013.
Ransome Hoffmann Pollard Works Band
See: Ransome Band
Rathfriland Silver Band (County Down, Northern Ireland)
Active in the 1950s
Rathmell Brass Band (Settle, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1868
Ratho Blue Ribbon Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active from the 1900s to the 1920s
Raunds Secondary Modern School Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1960s
Raunds Town Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s
Ravengill Brass Band (near Settle, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1869
Ravenhead Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s and the 1890s to 1900s
Ravenhead St John's Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Ravensthorpe Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to 1960s. In April 1904 a car driven by a London gentleman name Wendell Holmes, ran into the Ravensthorpe Band in Dewsbury. Ten of the musicians were knocked down, four being rather seriously injured, whilst several instruments were smashed. This was their first march out with a newly-plated instruments.
Ravensworth Brass Band
See: Ravensworth Colliery Band
Ravensworth Colliery Band (Kibblesworth, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s. Disbanded in the 1960s
Rawdon Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the 1950s
Rawmarsh and Parkgate Youth Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1960 and early 1970s
Rawmarsh Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to the late 1960s. Wound up in the courts as of 23rd December 1970
Rawtenstall Brass Band
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
Rawtenstall Borough Band
See: Rawtenstall Brass Band
Rawtenstall Temperance Band
Active from the 1890s to the 1900s
Rawyards Silver Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1960s. Conducted by R Connell in 1964
Read and Simonstone Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1920. Active through the 1920s
Read Brass Band (Padiham, Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Reading Amateur Brass Band (Berkshire)
Founded in late 1855 or early 1856. Active in 1857
Reading and Wokingham District School Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in 1894
Reading Borough Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Reading Excelsior Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1890s
Reading Foundry Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in 1860 (Great Western Railway Foundry, Caversham Road)
Reading Mechanics Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1900s
Reading N.U.R. Band (Berkshire)
Active in 1921
Reading Teetotal Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the mid 1840s.
Reading Temperance Prize Band (Berkshire)
Founded in 1852. Won the Crystal Palace Challenge Cup and the Southern Counties Shield in 1901. Conductor was T.B. Wicks when it played at the Forbury Gardens during the period of the Royal Agricultural Show on 6th-10th July 1926. At that time they were winners of 43 first prizes and four gold medals and winners of the Southern Counties Band Association Championship for 6 years in succession and Winners again in 1924 and 1925. Still active in 1938. James Henry Lowe played for them during the 1920s and 1930s. Competed in Reed/Military Band sections in some contests.
Reading Wesleyan Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Reapsmoor Club Band (Fawfieldhead - Staffs)
The club was established at the Butcher's Arms in 1835. The band was active in 1862, playing at the club's annual feast in June
Rechabites Brass Band
See: Hoyland Town Silver Prize Band
Red Cliffs Brass Band (Sunraysia area, Australia)
Founded in 1925
Red Rose Lancaster Band
Formed in the mid-2000s by the merger Red Rose Youth Band in Lancaster with the failing City of Lancaster (Storey's) Band. Only lasted a few years, with some members subsequently breaking away to form the current Lancaster City Brass.
Red Street Brass Band (Talke, Staffs)
Active in the 1930s
Red, White and Blue Ribbon Army Brass Band
See: Bristol Red, White and Blue Ribbon Brass Band
Redbridge (Southampton) Concert Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1970s
Redcar Ironworks Band
See: Redcar Steelworks Band
Redcar Rolling Mills Band
Formed in the 1890s and folded in 1905. Its instruments were sold to Cockerton Band for £250.
Redcar Steelworks Band
Formed in the 1900s and still active in the 1920s
Reddish Church Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1896
Reddish Prize Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1897 and folded in the 1960s. A successor band was formed in 1991
Redditch Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Redditch and Bromsgrove New Town Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1970s
Redditch Holyoake Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1920s
Redgate Boys Silver Band (St Helens, Lancashire)
Formed in 1949 by Mr Leo Murphy for boys between the ages of 12-21(ish). Active throughout the south Lancashire / Cheshire area, the band often entered International Music Festivals in Holland and Germany in the 1960's and 1970's and appeared on 'Opportunity Knocks' in 1967(?). Still playing in 1994, two years after Leo Murphy died. Their last official appearance was at the funeral of Leo Murphy December 1992, when past members joined up with existing members to play together one last time in his memory.
Redheugh Colliery Band (Gateshead, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s, but folded in the late 1920s
Redhill Farm School Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s. The Royal Philanthropic Society set up the Redhill home in 1849. The school was classed as a reformatory. Farm work was the principal occupation, although carpentry, tailoring and other trades were also taught.
Redhill Men's Own Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Redhill Town Band (Surrey)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s
Redland Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1864, when they took part in the processions celebrating the official opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
Rednock School Brass Band (Dursley, Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1980s
Redruth Town Mission Brass Band
Active in 1888
Reepham Town Band
Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s
Reeth Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s. A successor band was formed in 1968
Reeth Saxhorn Band
See: Reeth Brass Band
Reeth Volunteer Band
See: Reeth Brass Band
Regent Hall Methodist Band (Salford)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Regents Park Road Home Band
See: Camden Boys Home Band
Reid Memorial Band (Belfast)
The Reid Memorial Flute Band was formed in 1912 from the members of Dr. Haire's Bible Class belonging to Malone Presbyterian Church. It always maintained it's link with Malone although not all it's members were church members. The band maintained a high standard of music making until in 1933 the price of Flutes forced the members to change to Brass Instruments which meant that they had to begin again. In 1939 rehearsals and contests curtailed, resuming again in 1945 and from then on the Reid Memorial Silver Band became one of the leading Senior Brass bands in Ireland and maintained this standard for many years until the civil unrest caused the band to suspend it's activities for approx a year. During this time members kept the machinery ticking over and the instruments, until membership had been recruited enabling the band to reform at Second Section level. The band continued to compete in contests and progressed to the Championship Section. The band carried out a busy programme of concerts and park engagements until the amalgamation with Hillsborough Silver Band to become Downshire Brass in 1990. The name "Downshire " in Downshire Brass has links going back to Hillsborough with the Marquis of Downshire.
Reid Memorial Silver Band
See: Reid Memorial Band
Reid Silver Band
See: Reid Memorial Band
Reigate Borough Band
See: Borough of Reigate Band
Reigate Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1850s
Reigate Silver Band
See: Reigate Town Silver Band
Reigate Town Silver Band (Surrey)
Active from the 1900s to the 1930s. They performed on Saturday nights in Market Square, by the Old Town Hall. Their rehearsals were held in one of the caves off Tunnel Road. Competed in the SCABA contest in Chichester in April 1927.
Renfrew and Dumbarton Artillery Volunteers Band, 1st
See: 1st Renfrew and Dumbarton Artillery Volunteers Band
Renfrew Schools Brass Band
Active in the 1980s
Renishaw and Oxcroft Collieries Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Renishaw United and Oxcroft Collieries Band
See: Renishaw and Oxcroft Collieries Band
Renton Brass Band (Dunbartonshire)
Active from the early 1900s until it folded around 1952. The hall that they practiced in was in Back Street and was pulled down for new housing, The uniform was brown with a yellow stripe on the trouser and jacket. They used to play at Boghead Park before the Dumbarton football games,
Resolven Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1920s to the late 1940s
Reston Brass Band (Berwickshire)- Active in 1882
Retford Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1890s
Retford Volunteer Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s
Revo Electric Works Band
See: Revo Works Brass Band
Revo Works Brass Band (Dudley, Staffordshire)
Formed in 1880 as Tipton St Martins Band, later known as Dudley Port Prize Band and Dudley Port Excelsior Band (active in 1897). Became associated with the Revo Works and took their title in 1928. The band's first broadcast, in 1929, was of two hours in length - a record at that time. Still active into the late 1950s.
Rhayader Town Band
Active in 1880s
Rheryn Berem Band
See: Rhosynberem Band
Rhiwderin Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1900s
Rhiwlas Brass Band (Caernarvonshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Rhodes Bleach Works Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s - linked to the Bleach and Dye Works at Rhodes, near Middleton.
Rhodian Brass (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)
Formed in 1979 by former members of the William Rhodes School Band as a contesting brass band. Rose to the Championship Section before folding around 2000.
Rhondda Tramways Silver Band
Active in the 1920s
Rhosddu and Acton Brass Band (Wrexham, Denbighshire)
Active in the 1910s
Rhosesmor Voel Gaer Band
See: Voel Gaer Brass Band
Rhosgadfan Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Formed in the early 1900s. Later, this band became known as the Moeltryfan Silver Prize Band. During the years following the first world war the noted musician Maw Cadfan (popularly known as Dolo) took charge of the band, and in a very short time the quarrymen of Rhosgadfan had a band of which they could he justly proud. Apart from being a keen bandsman, Alaw Cadfan was also a composer, a fine accompanist, and choir conductor. At the time of the depression in the early 1930s most of the men of Rhosgadfan were unemployed, but that did not prevent the villagers from building a Village Hall on a plot of land between Rhosgadfan and Penyffridd, mainly through voluntary labour. These were the band's best years; the gloom of poverty could not diminish the men's enthusiasm. They had plenty of time to practise during the day and there was no difficulty in getting a full rehearsal almost every night of the week. The hall would be full of keen supporters listening intelligently to the strains of 'Recollections of Verdi'. `Dawn of Spring' or 'Happy Memories'.
Rhosllannerchrugog Brass Band
Otherwise known as Rhos Brass Band, a former name of the current Wrexham Band
Rhosrobin Brass Band
See: Rhosrobin Institute Brass Band
Rhosrobin Institute Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active in the 1890s - joined the Gresford Volunteers Company en bloc in 1895, conductor R.J. Dodd, but remained as Rhosrobin Institute Brass Band.
Rhostyllen Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Rhosynberem Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1910s. Also recorded as Rheryn Berem Band
RHP Works Band
See: Ransome Band
Rhyl St John Ambulance Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1950s
Rhymney Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active from the 1870s to WW1
Rhymney Railway Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in 1862, conductor James Garrett
Rhymney Silver Band (Monmouthshire)
Active from the 1950s to the 1980s. Conducted by Richard Nash in 1969. Probably renamed as the Hymac Rhymney Band, which went on to win the Welsh Regional Championships (3rd Section) in 1976. A youth band also existed in this period.
Rhymney Workmen's Institute (Hymac Works) Band
See: Rhymney Silver Band
Ribblesdale Brass Band
Active in 1838 and re-established in 1853
Ribchester Subscription Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Ribchester St Wilfred's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1864. Took part in the Whitsuntide processions in Preston in 1872. Still active in 1904
Richard Johnson and Nephew Iron Works Band (Bradford, Lancashire)
Active from the 1920s to the late 1940s
Richardshaw Lane Brass Band (Stanningley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1900
Richmond Amateur Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1860s. Merged with the North Yorkshire Volunteer Band
Richmond Band (Surrey)
See: West London Silver Band
Richmond Borough Band
See: Richmond Corporation Brass Band
Richmond Corporation Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
Richmond Hill Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1877
Richmond on Thames Schools Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the late 1960s to 1980s
Richmond Silver Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from in the late 1940s and early 1950s
Ricklinghall Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active from the 1870s until 1950 when the remaining members joined the Gislingham Band.
Rickmansworth Town Band
Active in 1907
Riddings Band (Derbyshire)
The village is famous for its two windmills (no longer standing) named Sarah and James after the children of the man who built them. The band was formed in 1970 and rose all the way to the Championship section. It folded in 2007.
Riddings Brass Band
See: Riddings United Brass Band
Riddings Prize Band
See: Riddings United Brass Band
Riddings Silver Band
See: Riddings, Somercotes and Leabrooks Silver Band
Riddings United Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Riddings, Somercotes and Leabrooks Silver Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s
Ridgeway Brass Band (near Sheffield)
Founded in 1888, some seventy pounds was spent on the instruments and equipment and the Church School was their headquarters. Mr John Keeton was the first conductor, followed by his son-in-law, John Taylor, and then finally by Charles E. Fisher, when the band subsequently folded from lack of recruits.
Rifle Volunteers Royal Scots Band, 4th
See: 4th Rifle Volunteers Royal Scots Band
Rillington Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1890 through to WW1.
Ringland Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1920s. Merged with Horsham St Faith Brass Band to form Drayton Band in 1937.
Ringley Church School Band
Active in 1873, when they headed a procession in June of 1873 to celebrate a Royal visit to Bolton.
Ringmer School Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1970s
Ringstead Brass Band
See: Ringstead Temperance Band
Ringstead Temperance Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1900s
Ringwood Brass Band (1) (Hampshire)
Active in the 1850s
Ringwood Brass Band (2)
See: Ringwood Town Band
Ringwood Citizens Brass Band (Australia)
Ringwood Town Band (Hampshire)
Formed in 1887. Merged with Burley Silver Band in 1970 to form Ringwood and Burley Band.
Ripley Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Ripley Town Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Ripley United Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s. Took part in the 44th Annual Temperance procession on Whit Monday in 1915. Starting from Somercotes, a sea of banners, flags and gaily decorated floats proceeded through Leabrooks and Riddings, gathering strength as it marched, and parading the village of Ironville before winding its way up to the Jessop Monument in Codnor Park. Won the Crystal Palace Shield in 1922 and 1923. By then they had won 17 firsts, 11 seconds, 3 thirds and 20 special prizes. Under the name of Ripley United Silver Prize Band (conductor W.J. Saint) it entered the Spondon contest in 1926. Winners of the 'Daily Sketch' Cup and Junior Championships, 3rd Section, at the Crystal Palace on 27th September 1930.
Ripley United Silver Prize Band
See: Ripley United Band
Ripon Excelsior Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1868
Ripon Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1868
Rippin Brass Band (Boston, Lincolnshire)
Active in 1890
Ripponden Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
Ripponden Carriers Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1856. Merged with Hudderfield Brass in 2006 to form Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass
Ripponden Village Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1989/1990
Ripponden Motors Band
See: Ripponden Carriers Brass Band
Risca North Colliery Band (Monmouthshire)
Formed in 1871, with William Palmer as bandmaster. The colliery itself was only opened that year and continued to produce coal until 1963. Some of its members went on to found the Crosskeys Prize Band in 1902
Risca Town Military Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1880s to 1914. Some of its members went on to found the Crosskeys Prize Band in 1902
Rise Carr Rolling Mills Band (Darlington, Durham)
Active in the 1890s. Disbanded in 1905. Its silver-plated instruments were purchased by the Cockerton Brass Band, which then renamed itself the Cockerton Silver Band.
Riseley Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in 1910
Rishton Public Band
See: Rishton Subscription Band
Rishton Subscription Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s. Lancashire Quarter Sessions - Preston, Midsummer 1904 - "Notice and grounds of appeal of Walter Albert Duckworth, weaver, and Secretary of Rishton Brass Band Institute, and Joshua Duckworth, steward, against order that the club be struck off the register of clubs following complaint of John Smith McKeand of Church, superintendent of police" Then, "Order of the Court of Summary Jurisdiction that Rishton Brass Band Institute be struck off the register of clubs for habitually contravening the rules"
Rishworth and Ryburn Valley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the 1920s. Known as Rishworth Brass Band until the 1890s
Rishworth Brass Band
See: Rishworth and Ryburn Valley Brass Band
Rishworth Subscription Band
See: Rishworth and Ryburn Valley Brass Band
Rising Sun Colliery Band (Wallsend)
See: Wallsend Colliery Band
Rist's Cable Works Band (Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1950s to mid-1960s. In 1952 they organised their own slow melody contest. Conducted by William Skelton in the 1960s.
Rist's Wires and Cables Band
See: Rist's Cable Works Band
Rivenhall Excelsior Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1890, conductor I. Brook
Riverside Brass
See: South Side Brass
RMT Silksworth Band
See: Lord Londonderry's Volunteer Temperance Band
RNAS Yeovilton Band
See: Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton Band
RNR (Clyde Division) Brass Band (Glasgow)
Active in the 1900s to the 1950s
RNR (Tay Division) Brass Band (Tayport, Fife)
Active from the 1910s to WW2, and the from the 1960s to the 1980s. Won the 4th Section National Championships in 1973. Known as Dundee RNVR Band in its early years.
Road Amateur Brass Band
See: Rode Brass Band
Roade Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1863 when it took part in a summer festival in July in the village. Also in 1875. There may also have been a band around 1937 connected to the local manufacturer - "Pianoforte Supplies Ltd"
Roade Secondary School Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1970s
Roadwater Brass Band (Somerset)
Formed in 1878 and were still active in 1933. Mark Bodenham recounts, "my great-grandad, Tom Ridler, was the bandmaster and I have a few pictures of the band including one with my grandad, Reg Ridler, with his father and 7 brothers!" In 1933, The father, Mr. T. Ridler, who was in his 69th year, was the conductor. The youngest member was 12, and was a cornet player, like his father. The other playing members of the family were T. Ridler, jun., solo cornet; R. Ridler, second cornet; B. Ridler, baritone; W. Ridler, euphonium; C. Ridler, bombardon; and S. Ridler, drums. All were taught by their father. Bandmaster Ridler, as a young man, joined the once famous Bridgtown Brass Band, of whom he became conductor. He played also in Dulverton and Bampton Bands, and was a founder of Roadwater Band.
Robertsbridge Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s through to 1919
Robin Hood Brass Band (Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Robin Hood Brass Band (Chester)
Active in the 1870s to 1880s
Robin Hood Brass Band (Cinderford, Gloucestershire)
Active in mid-1850s
Robin Hood Brass Band (Cuddington)
See: Cuddington Brass Band
Robin Hood Brass Band (Lambley)
See: Lambley Robin Hood Brass Band
Robin Hood Brass Band (Wakefield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Robin Hood Rifles Band (Nottingham)
Active in the 1870s to 1900s
Rocester Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1950s
Rocester Saxhorn Band
See: Rocester Brass Band
Rochdale Amateur Band (Lancashire)
Instituted in 1879
Rochdale Band (Lancashire)
Formed in the 1950s as Rochdale Borough Youth Brass Band, became Rochdale Band in 1964, then Rochdale Wilsons Band 1979-1985, reverting to Rochdale Band until 1995 when taking the name Rochdale Dunphy Combustion Band, shortly before disbanding. A successor Rochdale Borough Youth Band was formed in the mid-1990s
Rochdale Borough Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Rochdale Borough Youth Brass Band
See: Rochdale Band
Rochdale British Legion Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1940 and 1950s
Rochdale Cadets Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Rochdale Dunphy Combustion Band
See: Rochdale Band
Rochdale Harmonic Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1856
Rochdale Healey Hall Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1867
Rochdale Metropolitan Youth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Rochdale Old Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1880s to 1900s, and 1932
Rochdale Platting Public Band
See: Platting Public Band
Rochdale Police Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1882
Rochdale Public Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s
Rochdale Rifles Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
Rochdale Scout Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1918
Rochdale Wilsons Band
See: Rochdale Band
Rochester Brass Band
Active in the 1880ss
Rochester City Band
See: Hobourn Aero Works Band
Rock Brass Band (Wellington, Shropshire)
Active in the 1890s
Rockland and District Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1930s
Rode Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1870s to the 1890s
Roding Valley Band (Essex)
Active in 1907
Roffey Mission Band (Sussex)
Rolleston Brass Band (Nottinhamshire)
Active in the 1880s
Rolls Royce (Crewe Division) Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1940s
Rolls Royce (Northern Factories) Band (Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Had a brief but successful existence during the 1950's and 60's competing at Belle Vue on numerous occasions (Senior Trophy).
Romford Borough Band
See: Romford Town Band
Romford Silver Prize Band (Essex)
Active in 1928, and in 1935, when it provided a wreath to the funeral of James Hawkins, founder of Romford Town Band.
Romford Town Band (Essex)
Active from the 1880s to the 1980s. Founded by James Henry Hawkins (1856-1935) and Councllor Poole. Hawkins was the Bandleader for many years. From the Police Review Newspaper, 19 Nov 1909: "Essex Constable appointed Bandmaster.- The Romford Town Band Committee have appointed PC Dawkins, of the Essex Constabulary, to be their bandmaster. PC Dawkins is already conductor of the Romford Orchestral Society, a large flourishing body." He had a musical training at Kneller Hall, the Military College of Music, and retired from the Army with the rank of band corporal. He saw service in Egypt, and was the holder of the Khedive Star with bar and the Queen's Silver Medal. He was in the battles of El Teb and Tammaai. Altogether he was thirteen years with the Hussars. On leaving the Army he joined the Essex Constabulary, and in 30 years' service was stationed at Southend, Collier Row, Harold Wood, and Romford, where he was divisional clerk for 15 1/2 years. In 1915 he retired on pension. He was passionately fond of music, and with the late Mr. W. Poole, J.P., inaugurated the Romford Town Band. For 25 years he was bandmaster, and was succeeded by his son, Mr. H. C. Dawkins"
Romiley Brass Band
See: Bredbury and Romiley Brass Band
Romsey Town Band (Hampshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Roneo Alcatel Band
See: Hanwell Band
Roneo Vickers Band
See: Hanwell Band
Rooden Lane Brass Band (Prestwich, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Rookhope Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1830s to the 1890s
Rookhope Wesleyan Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s - contemporary with the Rookhope Brass Band
Rootes Royal Band (Goudhurst?, Kent)
In existence before and after 1887. Legend has it that they gained their "Royal" title by coming first in a band competition in 1872, in front of Prince Alfred, the first Duke of Edinburgh. The mainstay of this particular band was William Rootes and five of his sons, although there were other non-family members.
Ropley Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1900s
Roscroggan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s
Rose Hill Brass Band (Wellington?, Shropshire)
Active in the 1890s
Rosedale Abbey Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1888
Rosedale Abbey Temperance Band
See: Rosedale Abbey Brass Band
Rosedale Blue Ribbon Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Rosedale Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding))
Active in 1886 and 1900
Rosedale Temperance Band
See: Rosedale Blue Ribbon Brass Band
Rosehill Band of the Salvation Army Assurance Society (Reading, Berkshire)
Formed September 1939.
Rosewell Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
Rossington Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Records of the band from 1922-1931 are held by the Lincolnshire Archives. Known as Rossington Colliery Welfare Silver Prize Band in 1959, and later known as Polypipe (Rossington) Band. Also known as: Rossington Colliery (Perry's) Band, Rossington Colliery (Plas Vent) Band, Rossington Colliery (Pozament) Band, and Rossington Main Colliery Band. The band folded around 2000.
Rossington Main Colliery Welfare Band
See: Rossington Colliery Band
Rosslyn Hill Brass Band (Hampstead)
Founded as early as 1866, played on summer Saturday evenings on Hampstead Heath in the 1880s/90s
Ross-on-Wye Town Band (1) (Herefordshire)
Formed in the 1850s, it played at the opening of Ross Railway Station in 1855. It probably folded during the Great War.
Ross-on-Wye Town Band (2) (Herefordshire)
Formed in 1924. There was a break in 1940 for the duration of the war and the band folded in 1973. A successor band was formed in 1985.
Ross Town Band
See: Ross-on-Wye Town Band (2)
Rosyth Dockyard Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1919 and the 1920s
Rother Vale Brass Band
See: Rothervale Brass Band
Rother Valley Youth Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1970s
Rotherfield Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed in 1839 with "respectable young men of the area". Still active in 1888
Rotherham and Masbrough Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1870s and the 1910s
Rotherham Blue Ribbon Band
See: Rotherham Borough Band
Rotherham Borough Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
The band was established in 1884 as Rotherham Blue Ribbon Band, a temperance band, bandmaster Joseph Cunningham. The first contest entered into was at Totley Gardens in 1887, where the band received plenty of applause, but no prize. In the early part of 1889, Mr. Fenton Renshaw was engaged as professional conductor, and almost immediately the band entered upon a fresh and decisive era in its history. Totley was again visited in 1890, this time under different conditions, carrying off second prize. The high standard of the band was well maintained up to 1896, indeed some of the best performances were accomplished in the course of the season. The most conspicuous were at Carlisle, when they divided the first and second with the famous Black Dyke, and at the Manchester July contest, when they were awarded premier honours. Altogether, 15 prizes were won, which included 11 firsts, two seconds, one third, one fourth, also three medals, a trombone, a cornet, and the Buxton Challenge Cup, value 50 guineas. The band was still active in the 1930s
Rotherham Main Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Rotherham Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1894. In 1897 won the quickstep march contest held in Doncaster, as part of the Agricultural Show at the Racecourse, on 30 June 1898 (yielding the test piece and own choice contests to Besses and Black Dyke Bands)
Rotherham Town Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s. Merged with the Whiston Brass Band in 1989.
Rotherham Volunteers Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Rotherhithe Men's Own Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Rothervale Brass Band (Treeton, Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Possibly linked to the Rother Vale group of collieries
Rothesay Amateur Brass Band (Buteshire)
Active in the 1870s
Rothwell Albion Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1864. In 1888 it received a new set of instruments from Silvani and Smith, London, costing £170. [6 Bb cornets, 1 Eb cornet, 3 tenor horns, two baritones, 1 euphonium (4-valve), 2 tenor trombones, 1 bass trombone, 2 Eb bombardons, 1 double-B monster). Still active until the late 1950s.
Rothwell Band
See: Rothwell Temperance Band
Rothwell Chapel Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s
Rothwell Congregational Mission Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1894
Rothwell Haigh Brass Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Rothwell Mission Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1890
Rothwell Model Band
See: Rothwell Old Band
Rothwell Old Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active from the 1850s. Originally Rothwell Model Band until 1881, it was still active until the late 1960s
Rothwell Rifles Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1900s
Rothwell Saxhorn Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s
Rothwell Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Formed in 1881, became Wallace Arnold Rothwell Band in 1991, before reverting to Rothwell Band, then merging with DUT Yorkshire Imperial Band in 1999 to form DUT Yorkshire Imperial Rothwell Band. (A new Rothwell Temperance Band arose out of the Rothwell Temperance 'B' Band, taking the name in 1991)
Rothwell Town Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s
Rough Lea Colliery Band (Hunwick, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and still active in the 1920s
Roughdale's Fire Clay Company Band (St Helens, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Roundwood Park School Brass Band (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1960s
Rover Band
See: Morris Motors Band
Roxton Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Rowlands Gill Band (Durham)
Probably associated with the Lilley Drift mine at this village. Formed in the 1900s. Still active in 1907
Rowledge Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the early 1900s
Rowsham Brass Band
Active in the 1920s. A successor band was formed in 1999, active in the local community playing at fetes, garden parties and the like.
Royal Air Force Association Band (Sale, Cheshire)
Active in the 1980s
Royal Albert Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1846
Royal Albert Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in the 1860s
Royal Alexandra Brass Band
See: Wivenhoe Alexandra Brass Band
Royal and Ancient Order of Buffalos Brass Band
See: R.A.O.B. Brass Band
Royal Artillery Amateur Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1858
Royal Artillery Association Brass Band (Leeds)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Royal Artillery Association Brass Band (Bournemouth)
See: Bournemouth Royal Artillery Association Band
Royal Asylum for the Blind Brass Band (Glasgow)
Active in 1863 and 1908, based at 100 Castle Street, Glasgow. Still active in 1928, conducted by Thomas Scott
Royal Blind Asylum Band (Edinburgh)
Active in the 1940s/1950s. Probably folded in the 1960s.
Royal Conwy Brass Band
See: Conwy Brass Band
Royal Denbigh Volunteer Band
See: Denbigh Guard Brass Band
Royal Doulton Band
Formerly known as the North Staffordshire Concert Band (to 1973), it disbanded in 1995
Royal Earlswood Hospital Brass Band (Redhill)
Active in 1885 - a list exists of members of the brass band (surnames and instruments) with a note that they are to be paid £2 per annum in addition to their ordinary wages. Also known as the Royal Earlswood Hospital Patient's Band
Royal Eastern Counties Asylum Band
See: Band of the Royal Eastern Counties Asylum
Royal Engineers 42nd Division T.A. Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Royal Engineers 43rd Wessex Division T.A. Band (Bath, Somerset)
Active in the 1960s
Royal Engineers (Chorlton-cum-Hardy) Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Royal Engineers (Llanelli) Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1910s
Royal Excelsior Brass Band (Windsor)
Active in 1874, conducted by J. Pike
Royal Fusiliers (1st Cadet Battalion)
See: 1st Cadet Battalion Royal Fusiliers [City of London Regiment] Band
Royal Flying Corps Aircraft Park Band (Ascot)
Active in 1917
Royal George Brass Band (Greenfield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (T.A.) Band (Gloucester)
Active from the early 1960s. Disbanded in 1968, and after negotiation with the M.O.D. the instruments were purchased and most of the former R.G.H. bandsmen, together with other local players, formed the City of Gloucester Band.
Royal Leamington Spa Silver Band
Formed around the end of 1954, when the Kenilworth Town Band folded and some of its players set up this band. Around 1957 the remaining members of Cubbington Silver Band amalgamated with the band, together with some members from the Bishops Itchington Imperial Band. It went into decline from 1960 and ceased as a band in 1972. A successor band was formed a year later.
Royal Naval Association Brass Band (Ramsgate, Kent)
Active in the 1990s
Royal Naval Volunteer Band (Bristol Division)
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Band (Tayport, Fife)
See: RNR (Tay Division) Brass Band
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Band (Glasgow, Lanarkshire)
See: RNR (Clyde Division) Brass Band
Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1960s
Royal Navy Portsmouth Barracks Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1920s to late 1940s. Also known as the Portsmouth Blue Jackets Band
Royal Navy Torpedo Factory Band (Newark, Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1917
Royal Oak School Brass Band
Active in 1981 when it competed in the Midlands Area 4th Section contest.
Royal Ordnance Factory Social Association (Chorley, Lancashire) Band
Competed in the First Annual Brass Band Contest organised by Wigan Borough Prize Band in 1943 (conducted by W. Haydock). Still active in 1945.
Royal Park Brass Band
See: Leeds Royal Park Band
Royal Penrhyn Brass Band
See: Penrhyn Quarries Brass Band
Royal Sherwood Foresters' Militia Band (Newark, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1860s
Royal Signals Regiment T.A. Band (Chatham, Kent)
Active in the 1960s
Royal Spa Band
See Royal Leamington Spa Silver Band
Royal Stainland Brass Band
See: Stainland Brass Band
Royal Tunbridge Wells and District Federation Band
Active in 1930
Royal Vaynol Brass Band
See: Llanrug Royal Brass Band
Royal Victoria Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1897
Royal Wear Yacht Club Brass Band (Sunderland)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. In 1859 it was disqualified from the band contest at Felton for having some professional members.
Royal West Mendip Brass Band
See: West Mendip Brass Band
Royal Wiltshire Militia Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1870s
Royal Yacht Club Band
See: Royal Wear Yacht Club Brass Band
Royston Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1863
Royston Colliery Prize Band
Active in the 1900s
Royston Drift Mine Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the late 1970s to early 1980s
Royston New Monckton Colliery Institute Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1945 and active to the mid-1960s. It competed in the Senior Trophy in 1962, conducted by J Armstrong.
Royston Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1900s to 1939
Royton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to the early 1890s
Royton Public Band (Lancashire)
Active from the mid-1890s to the 1930s
Ruabon Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active from the 1900s to the 1930s
Ruabon Volunteer Band (Denbighshire)
Active in 1894
Ruardean Village Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed around 1900, reformed in 1945 after the War and disbanded 1959-60. Band and choir contests were held in the village from before 1910 until the late 1970s.
Ruddington Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s
Ruddington Silver Band (Nottinghamshire)
Formed after WW1 in the early 1920s. Active to the 1950s
Rudgwick Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed in 1861, set up by Rev Thurlow of Baynards. The whole band enlisted in the Great War. Re-established after WW1 by G C Barker of Gaskyns. Met in a band room behind Willow Cottage, Church St. John, William, Harold, and Charlie Tate were successive bandmasters. Competed in the SCABA contest in Chichester in April 1927. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. It folded in the late 1940s
Rudgwick Silver Band
See: Rudgwick Brass Band
Rufford Brass Band (Lancashire)
The band came into existance in the late part of the nineteenth centuary as Rufford Temperance Band and survived until the early 1950s. At the turn of the 20th certury the band rehearsed in the Hesketh Arms, which probably explaines the loss of the 'Temperance' part of their name! Photographs show the band leading such events as the village Summer Gala (1910) and the Annual Rufford Tea Party (1930s). In 1911 the Bandmaster was James Southworth, in 1919 it was Tom Salthouse and at its demise it was Harry Draper.
Rufford Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1859, 1862
Rufford Colliery Band
Rufford Temperance Band
See: Rufford Brass Band
Rugby Brass Band
See: Rugby Town Band
Rugby Mission Band
See: Rugby Primitive Methodist Brass Band
Rugby Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Formed in 1884, active into the 1910s
Rugby Steam Sheds Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active from the early 1900s to 1939
Rugby Town Band (Warwickshire)
Active from the 1840s. Was entered in the Overseal Brass Band Contest in 1921, under conductor Roscoe Walters, but withdrew without playing. Played at the Rugby Police Charity Sports Day, Clifton Road, Rugby, on 17th September 1921. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Still active in the late 1950s.
Rugby Wesleyan Mission Band
See: Rugby Primitive Methodist Brass Band
Rugeley Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1850s to the 1930s
Rugeley Comrades Band (Staffordshire)
Formed after the end of WW1. Later became the Rugeley Progressive Working Men's Club Band, active in the 1930s.
Rugeley Mission Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active throughout the 1890s
Rugeley Progressive Working Men's Club Band
See: Rugeley Comrades Band
Rugeley Town Band
See: Rugeley Brass Band
Rugeley Volunteers Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s - contemporary with the Rugeley Town Band
Runcorn Amateur Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1906
Runcorn Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1870s
Runcorn Harmonic Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1890s
Runcorn Pioneer Brass Band (Cheshire)
Formed shortly after WW1. Active through to the 1960s
Runcorn St Edward's Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Runcorn Silver Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s, contemporary with the Runcorn Pioneer Band
Runcorn Volunteers Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s
Runnymede Brass (Surrey)
Originally a breakaway group from Egham Band in the 70's, they achieved some successes with David Baker then David Lancaster at the helm, reaching the top three in the first section London Area Contest in 1995. The band broke up in 1999, and the brief emergence of Thames Brass from the ashes was also, sadly, short lived.
Ruscombe and Whiteshill Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1900s to the 1930s
Rush Green Band (Essex)
Rushall and Charlton Silver Band (Wiltshire)
Active from the late 1940s, disbanded some time after the 1960s
Rushall Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Rushden National School Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Rushden Rifles Band
See: Rushden Town Band
Rushden Town Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed in the 1890s as Rushden Rifles Band, becoming Rushden Town Band in the 1920s. Active through to around 1970. A successor band was formed in 1979 from the Rushden Windmill 'B' Band.
Ruskington Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Russell and Sons Crown Tube Works Band
See: Crown Tube Works Brass Band
Rustington Silver Band (West Sussex)
Active in the early 1900s
Ruston and Hornsby Band (Grantham, Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1890s to the late 1990s or early 2000s. Ruston and Hornsby Ltd. were engine builders and boilermakers, formed by the merger of Hornsby's works in Grantham with the Lincoln based Rustons. Originally formed as Hornsby Temperance Band, Ruston Engineers Silver Band, then Ruston Bucyrus Band from the 1970s to 1993 when it became the Lincolnshire Fire Brigade Band.
Ruston Bucyrus Band
See: Ruston and Hornsby Band
Ruston Engineers Silver Band
See: Ruston and Hornsby Band
Ruston Silver Band
See: Ruston and Hornsby Band
Rutherglen Brass Band
See: Rutherglen Burgh Band
Rutherglen Burgh Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s. John Keith was a member during that period.
Rutherglen Excelsior Temperance Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1900s to the 1920s
Rutherglen I.N.F. Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1900s
Rutherglen Temperance Band
See: Rutherglen Excelsior Temperance Band
Ruthin Borough Band
See: Ruthin Town Band
Ruthin Town Band (Denbighshire)
Active from the 1850s, and folded around 1958. The band was officially disbanded by the Ruthin Town Council in 1962 when it was resolved that all instruments etc., be donated to the Brynhyfryd School, Ruthin for the benefit/use of its pupils. A successor band was formed in 2008.
Rutland Mills Brass Band (Wakefield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in 1874, active through to at least 1910.
Rutland Police Band (Rutland)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Rutland Terrace Iron Works Band (Stamford, Lincolnshire)
Active in the late 1850s
Ryburn and Blackburn Valley Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1980s, based near Barkisland.
Ryburn Brass Band
See: Ryburn and Blackburn Valley Band
Ryde A.T.C. Band (Isle of Wight)
Competed in the 2nd Annual Open Brass Band Festival at the Wesley Central Hall, Portsmouth (organised by the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade Prize Band), on Saturday 16th September 1950.
Ryde Amateur Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
Active 1833
Ryde Literary Institute Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
Active in 1854
Ryde Rifles Band (Isle of Wight)
Active in the 1900s
Ryde Town Band (Isle of Wight)
Active from the 1850s to the 1920s
Ryde Youth Concert Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
Active in the 1980s
Rye Hill Mission Band (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Active in the 1900s, based at the People's Hall Methodist Mission
Rye Town Band (Sussex)
Active from the 1870s to the late 1950s. Took part in the Royal Tunbridge Wells and District Band Federation 27th Annual Band Festival (4th Section), 14th May 1955, gaining 1st place and £10 and the Wimshurst Challenge Cup. Playing The Chieftain by J.A. Greenwood and adjudicated by Harry Mortimer
Ryecroft Brass Band (Walsall)
Active in 1895
Ryhill and Havercroft Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1970s, probably a successor band to the Ryhill Silver Band
Ryhill Silver Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1910s to the early 1960s. Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by F.T. Smith.
Ryhope Colliery Band (1) (Durham)
Active in 1867 (conductor John Curry), 1883 and 1898, but probably folded before or during WW1.
Ryhope Colliery Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in 1921. In the 1980s changed its name for a period to Echo Ryhope Colliery Band with sponsorship from the Sunderland Echo newspaper. It had folded by 2000.
Ryhope Operatic Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1877, conductor R. Blackburn. Still active in 1898
Ryhope South Bottle Works Band (Durham)
Active in 1871
Ryhope Temperance Institute Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1904
Rylands Memorial Club Band (Manchester)
Active in 1894, 1907
Rylstone Band (Isle of Wight)
See: Shanklin Town Band