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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
See also: Brass Band Ancestors - for those seeking information on people and bands
See also: Vintage Brass Band Pictures - for images of early brass bands
See also: Vintage People Pictures - for images of early bandsmen (largely unnamed)
See also: Brass Band Historians and Researchers - for details of those seeking information

Please send any additions, corrections, comments or material to  gavin@ibew.co.uk




S.H. and W.R. Wallsend Shipyard Brass Band
See: Wallsend Shipyard Brass Band
Sabden Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1930s. Also active in the 1960s
Sabden Public Band
See: Sabden Brass Band
Sacriston Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed before 1900 and active up to 1939. Probably folded thenabouts. A successor band was formed in 1967
Sacriston Institute Band
See: Sacriston Colliery Band
Sacriston St John's Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1920s
Sacriston Town Band
See: Sacriston Colliery Band
Saddleworth and Haybottoms Band
See: Saddleworth Brass Band
Saddleworth Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
Saddleworth Rifles Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Saffron Walden Excelsior Band
Active in 1880, formed by Fred Pitstow, the first bandmaster, who was succeeded by his brother Ernest Pitstow. The band folded in the early 1900s.
Saffron Walden Town Band
Active in 1887
Sailors' and Firemen's Poplar Brass Band (London)
Active in 1890
Sailors' Orphans Boys Band (Newland, Hull)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. The band was composed of children from the Port of Hull Society's Sailors' Orphans' Homes, a forerunner of the Newland Orphan Homes which was in existence in the 1920s. Today the Sailors Families Society seems to be the descendant of those earlier Orphans societies.
St Abbs Brass Band (Berwickshire)
Active in the 1870s
St Agnes Mission Band (Bristol)
In 1894 it took part in a temperance procession at Downend on July 11th, conductor Mr Archard.
St Agnes Brass Band (1) (Cornwall)
Active from the 1850s to the 1870s. Their uniform in 1853 was in "crimson and gold".
St Agnes Brass Band (2) (Cornwall)
Formed in the early 1880s, conducted by Samuel Argall. Also known as the St Agnes Independent Band. Presumed to have folded by the early 1900s when it was succeeded by the new St Agnes Town Band (in 1907).
St Agnes Independent BandSee: St Agnes Brass Band (2)
St Agnes Red Coats Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1880s, conducted by Joseph Roberts.
St Agnes Youth Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1980s and early 1990s
St Aidan's Nautical Training School Band (Farnworth, Lancashire)
The school was established in 1905 at Norland Lane, Farnworth, near Widnes. The band was active through to the 1920s. The school was set up by the Liverpool Catholic Training Schools Association (originally known as the Liverpool Catholic Reformatory Association) as the land-based successor to the Training Ship Clarence which had been destroyed by fire in 1899.
St Alban's Abbey Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
St Alban's Beaumont Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the early 1900s to 1910s
St Alban's Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Formed in 1856. Active through to the late 1860s
St Alban's C.E.T.S. Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
St Alkmund's Temperance Band (Shrewsbury)
Active in the 1860s
St Alkmund's Mission Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1932
conductor Arthur B. Willcox
St Alphonsus Temperance Crusade Brass Band (Hulme, Lancashire)
Active in 1877
St Andrew's Brass Band (Bury St Edmunds)
Active in the early 1900s
St Andrew's Brass Band (Cathays, Cardiff)
Active in the 1890s
St Andrew's Brass Band (Chester-le-Street)
See: Chester-le-Street St Andrews Brass Band
St Andrew's Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Linked to the St Andrews Middle School in Derby, it was active in the 1880s
St Andrew's Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1860s.
St Andrew's Brass Band (Lancashire)
See: Longton St Andrew's Brass Band
St Andrew's Brass Band (Marsden)
See: Marsden St Andrews Band
St Andrew's Brass Band (Newcastle)
Gave its first performance in November 1867, conducted by John Aymers.
St Andrew's Brass Band (North Shields)
Formed in the 1900s and folded around WW2
St Andrew's Brass Band (Worcester)
Active in the 1880s, conducted by T. Radcliffe.
St Andrew's City Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1880s through to the 1920s. Conducted by John Faulds in 1928
St Andrew's Crusaders Brass Band (Dundee)
Active in 1886
St Andrew's Junior Prize Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in 1914 and active in the 1920s. A postcard was published with the following rhyme on it: "Hail to St Andrews Junior Band! Which side by older players take a stand; 'Tis wonderful that boys so young as these should play so well, as e'en to critics please. Diligence and good tuition tell the reason why they do succeed so well; for each lad tries to do what he is told - the Band thus helps the character to mould. 'Twas in November, nineteen-fourteen, in West Hull that its humble birth was seen, but, like the acorn in the wayside sown, it now has to a health sapling grown. Large sums for charities their help has raised, For which they have been well and duly praised; the widows and the orphans' hearts are full of thanks to these little boys of Hull. No sect or section has the slightest claim, except the good of mankind be the aim - for each and all the Band has freely played; no charge, except expenses, has been made. If of assistance you should be in need, at times when you're engaged in noble deed, and helpfully you find the band could use; invite them. They're not likely to refuse."
The band won first prize in the Boys Sections, with the Wood Challenge Cup, at the National Brass Band Festival at the Crystal Palace in September 1920.
St Andrew's Pelton Fell Brass Band
See: Chester-le-Street St Andrews Brass Band
St Andrew's Roman Catholic Brass Band (Dundee)
Active in 1864
St Andrew's Works Brass Band (Bury St Edmunds)
Active in 1899, attached to Robert Boby's factory.
St Anne's Adult School Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in 1914
St Anne's Amateur Brass Band (St Annes-on-Sea)
Active in 1888
St Anne's Brass Band (Belfast)
Active in 1878
St Anne's Brass Band (Blackburn)
Active in 1860
St Anne's Brass Band (Brown Edge, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
St Anne's Brass Band (Leeds)
See: St Ann's Catholic Brass Band
St Anne's-on-the-Sea Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s.
St Anne's Brass Band (Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire)
See: St Anne's-on-the-Sea Brass Band
St Anne's Brass Band (Sale, Cheshire)
See: Sale St Anne's Brass Band
St Anne's Brass Band (Turton, Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
St Anne's Catholic Brass Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1853
St Anne's Subscription Band (Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
St Anthony Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the late 1880s
St Asaph Excelsior Brass Band (Flintshire)
Formed in 1872, still active in 1892
St Augustine's Band
Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s
St Augustine's Brass Band (Coatbridge)
See: Coatbridge St Augustine's Band
St Augustine's Brass Band (Highbury)
Active in the 1890s
St Augustine's Brass Band (Langloan)
See: Coatbridge St Augustine's Band
St Augustine's Brass Band (Norwich)
Active in 1842. The band was attached to Mr Geary's factory.
St Augustine's Home for Boys Band (Sevenoaks, Kent)
The home was established by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1921 at St John's Road, Sevenoaks. By 1932, the home had become a 'Special Training Home' for older boys who wished to become military bandsmen. The home's band proved very popular and often performed at local events. The home closed in 1938.
St Austell Kernow Band
See: Kernow Brass
St Austell Miners' Saxtuba Band
See: St Austell Saxtuba Brass Band
St Austell Sax Horn Band
See: St Austell Saxtuba Brass Band
St Austell Saxtuba Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1852, 1858
St Bartholomew's Brass Band (Wilmslow, Cheshire)
Active from the 1880s to the late 1960s
St Bede's Brass Band
See: St Bede's Catholic Band
St Bede's Catholic Band (South Shields, Durham)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s. Came third in a contest in North Shields, £3, conducted by Mr Moyneugh
St Bees Brass Band (Cumberland)
Founded about 1860, ceased to play about 1930. Perhaps because of the many miners in the village, St. Bees had its own brass band. At its peak it had about 20 players and played for village fetes and dances. In 1917, fearing that the instruments might be split up, the Band made the Parish Council the trustees of the instruments and the "Band Room". However, interest was not sustained, and by 1924 the Parish Council was enquiring if the band was still functioning. In 1929, after a silver cornet was stolen, the band was dissolved, and the Council stored the instruments under the stage in Hodgetts Club upper room, where they gathered dust. The Band Room was a corrugated iron shed built in 1914 down Gas House Lonning. After 1929 it lay unused, until in 1933 the St. Bees Unemployed Men's Club and the St. Bees (pigeon) Flying Club used it for their meetings. There were several requests to use the instruments but the Trust agreement stipulated that they could only be used by the St. Bees Village Band. Since this was defunct, they could not be used at all. The instruments were preserved; but in silence. The sad end of this story of village music making was in 1947, when the instruments were finally sold for £50 to Boosey and Hawkes, the money raised going to the Pagan Trust fund. A year later the redundant Band Room was disposed of for £23.
Thanks to Douglas Sim, doug.sim@btinternet.com, for these details
St Blazey Amateur Brass Band (Cornwall)
Formed around 1838. Active through to WW1.
St Blazey and District Band (Cornwall)
Formed after WW1, possibly in 1919. Active through to the early 1950s
St Blazey Brass Band
See: St Blazey Amateur Brass Band
St Boswell's Silver Band (1) (Roxburghshire)
Founded by subscription, the first 8 instruments arrived in September 1856. It lasted until 1865.
St Boswell's Silver Band (2) (Roxburghshire)
Formed in 1867, active until 1872.
St Boswell's Silver Band (3) (Roxburghshire)
Formed in 1896, but had to find new instruments as the original ones from the previous band had all disappeared. After donations and a house to house collection sufficient was raised to purchase the core instruments: 4 Cornets, 2 Tenor horns, 1 Baritone, 1 Euphonium and 2 E Flat Bombardons. A drum was added the following year, a conductor, Mr Gray, appointed and before long the band was performing in public. During 1898 the band gave 52 public performances, giving Saturday evening concerts and visiting the local Mansion Houses. The strength having risen to 20, more new instruments were added, bringing the total to 20 plus the drum. The band died again about 1906.
St Boswell's Silver Band (4) (Roxburghshire)
Formed in 1927, active until 1933. A successor band was formed in 1945 which is still active today.
St Breage Brass Band
See: Breage Brass Band
St Brides Brass Band
See: Motherwell St Brides Brass Band
St Buryan Brass Band
See: St Buryan Independant Brass Band
St Buryan Independant Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1880s to the 1940s. In 1893 it was reported to be in "weak state, owing to the emmigration of its members, and about to lost its leader - Mr H. Prowse - who is going to America".
St Catherine's Amateur Brass Band (Bramley, Surrey)
Active in 1866
St Catherine's Public Subscription Brass Band (Newton Heath, Lancashire)
Active in 1894. St Catherine's, Collyhurst Road.
St Chad's Sunday School Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1919
St Charles' Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the mid-1860s
St Clair Band (Dysart)
Active in 1882
St Cleer Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
St Clement's Brass Band (Leigh-on-Sea, Essex)
Active in the 1890s
St Clement's Brass Band (Lochee, Dundee, Angus)
Active in 1863
St Clement's Brass Band (Urmston)
See: Urmston St Clement's Brass Band
St Columb Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1884 and between 1912 and 1923. The band was also active in the late 1990s, but probably folded around 2003.
St Columb Major Town Band
See: St Columb Brass Band
St Columb Minor Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1883
St Cross Brass Band (Knutsford, Cheshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s, conductor Mr Moody, of Altrincham.
St Cuthbert's Brass Band (Cowpen, Northumberland)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s
St Cuthbert's Brass Band (Wigton, Cumberland)
Active in the 1860s
St Cuthbert's Brass Band (Workington, Cumberland)
See: Workington St Cuthbert's Brass Band
St Cynon's Brass Band (Tregynon, Montgomeryshire)
Active in the 1910s
St Cyprian's (Ordsall) Scout Brass Band
See: St Cyprian's Brass Band
St Cyprian's Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1926
St David's Brass Band (Cardiff)
Active in the 1880s
St Day Amateur Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s, conductor T. Cara
St Day Brass Band
See: St Day Amateur Band
St Decuman's Amateur Brass Band (Watchet)
Active in 1879
St Dennis Temperance Brass Band
Active in 1910
St Denys Brass Band (Ibstock)
See: Ibstock St Denys Brass Band
St Denys Brunswick Mission Brass Band (Eastleigh, Hants)
Active in 1897
St Dominick Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s
St Edmund's Bury Brass Band (Bury St Edmunds)
Active in 1833
St Edmund's Catholic Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1886
St Edward's Brass Band (Runcorn)
See: Runcorn St Edward's Brass Band
St Edward's Orphanage Band (Liverpool)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s. The orphanage opened in 1906 at Broadgreen and functioned until 1956 and was famed for its lively band and successful football team.
St Edward's School Band
See: St Edward's Orphanage Band
St Enoder Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s. Conductor Mr Old in 1890.
St Erth Brass Band (Cornwall)
Formed in the 1880s. Folded some time before 1970. Reformed in 1973 and then converted to a concert band around 1995, and still active in that format.
St Erth Independant Brass Band (Cornwall)
St Erth Silver Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1920s
St Ervan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. Conductor Mr Old in 1890.
St Francis Brass Band (Gorton, Lancashire)
Active in 1887
St Francis de Sales Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in the 1930s
St Francis Silver Band (Glasgow)
See: Glasgow St Francis Brass Band
St Genny's Silver Band (Cornwall)
Formed in March 1907 by schoolmaster A. Cooke. Still active beyond 2010
St George's (Pendleton) Band
Active in 1883, when some of its members played at the funeral of John Leah, trombonist in the Pendleton Brass Band.
St George's Brass Band (Abergele, Denbighshire)
Active in 1865
St George's Brass Band (Bristol)
See: Bristol St George's Brass Band
St George's Brass Band (Lancaster)
Formed in 1883, held its first anniversary concert in the Palatine Hall in April 1884.
St George's Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in the late 1850s, conductor Mr Broadhurst
St George's Brass Band (Pendleton)
See: Pendleton St George's Brass Band
St George's Brass Band (Wellington, Shropshire)
Active from the 1870s to WW1.
St George's Brass Band (Wolverhampton)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
St George's Church Institute Band (Chorley)
Formed in 1900 and set to work at once to buy a set of instruments at a cost of over £200 and also a complete set of uniforms. It seems that the band was a highly successful part of the Church's life but unfortunately the group was later disbanded and the instruments sold. Still active in 1910.
St George's Enterprise Brass Band
See: Bristol St George's Brass Band
St George's Hall Brass Band (London)
Active in 1907 and into the 1920s - attached to the South East London Primitive Methodist's Mission
St George's Industrial School Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in the 1880s. The school was located on West Derby Road and was founded in 1851, moving to West Derby Road in 1863.
St George's Old Band
See: St George's Brass Band (Wellington)
St George's Saxhorn Band (Lochee)
Active in 1863, when it played at the opening of Dundee People's Park
St George's Silver Band (Hull)
St George's Temperance Band
See Lilleshall Colliery Band
St George's Works Brass Band (Lancaster)
Active in 1883, 1885
St Germans Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s to the 1920s
St Germans Brass Band (Norfolk)
See: Wiggenhall United Brass Band
St Germoe Amateur Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1877
St Giles Brass Band (Killamarsh)
See: Killamarsh St Giles Band
St Giles Church Band
See: St Giles Brass Band
St Helen Auckland Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1870s to the 1920s. Also known as St Helen's West Auckland Band, and St Helen's Bishop Auckland Band
St Helen's Auckland Brass Band
See: St Helen Auckland Brass Band
St Helen's Bishop Auckland Band
See: St Helen Auckland Brass Band
St Helen's Borough Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
St Helen's Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
See: Sea View and St Helen's Brass Band
St Helen's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the early 2000s
St Helen's Brass Band (Ore, Sussex)
See: Ore St Helens Brass Band
St Helen's Catholic Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1879
St Helen's Parish Church Army Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s and 1970s
St Helen's Music Centre Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1980s
St Helen's Town Band (Lancashire)
St Helen's Volunteers Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1918
St Helen's West Auckland Band
See: St Helen Auckland Brass Band
St Helier Girls School Brass Band (Jersey)
Active in the 1970s
St Hilda Band
See: St Hilda Colliery Band
St Hilda Colliery Band (South Shields)
Formed in 1869 by John Dennison of the 3rd Durham Artillery Volunteers Band, at the request of a group of miners, under the name of St Hilda Colliery Brass Band. In the early years the band was also known at times as, "Dennison's Family Band", "Dennison's Borough Band", and "South Shields Borough Band". Financial help was obtained from the St Hilda Miners' Lodge in 1905 and the band was renamed St Hilda Colliery Silver Band, appointing JA Greenwood as its conductor - the first of several professional conductors to lead the band to the very top. Contest successes prior to the First World War and thereafter in the early 1920s demonstrated their position as one of the leading bands of the day. When the colliery closed in 1925 the band continued under the name of St Hilda Band, but with the members relying on the engagements and contest wins for their living. This resulted in them being barred from contesting as a "professional" band. After ten years as a professional band St Hildas Band folded in 1937. See also a fuller article here.
St Hilda Colliery Band (2) (South Shields)
Another band was formed in 1930, achieving success at several local contests, but was disbanded 1940
St Issey Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1870s to the 1960s
St Issey Silver Band
See: St Issey Brass Band
St Ives Brass Band (1) (Huntingdonshire)
Active from the 1860s to WW1. Also known as St Ives Town Band
St Ives Brass Band (2) (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
St Ives Brass Band (1) (Cornwall)
Active in the 1860s to early 1870s. A successor band was formed in 1879
St Ives Brass Band (2) (Cornwall)
Formed in 1879, disbanded in 2004 - the remaining members forming St Ives Concert Band with the addition of woodwind and electric instruments.
St Ives Town Band (Cornwall)
See: St Ives Brass Band (2)
St James' Birch Brass Band
Active in 1902 when it led the Fallowfield Parochial celebrations for the coronation of Edward VII
St James' Brass Band (Bath)
See: St James' Church Mission Band
St James' Brass Band (Birch, Manchester)
Active in 1897
St James' Brass Band (Congleton, Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s
St James' Brass Band (Derby)
Active in the late 1880s and early 1890s. Bandmaster was Mr McCarthy, located at the Derby Arboretum.
St James' Brass Band (Doncaster)
St James' Brass Band (Gorton, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
St James' Brass Band (Haslingden, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
St James' Brass Band (Heywood, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
St James' Brass Band (Hindsford, Tyldesley, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
St James' Brass Band (Millom)
See: Millom St James' Brass Band
St James' Brass Band (Morpeth, Northumberland)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s, conductor R. Smith
St James' Brass Band (Northampton)
Active in 1880
St James' Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in 1888
St James' Brass Band (Wednesbury, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
St James' Church Mission Band (Bath, Somerset)
Active in 1905 to WW1, conductor H. Tett in 1912. A later band, formed in 1921 became the current Bath Spa Band
St James' Church of England Brass Band (Rusholme, Manchester)
Active in 1897
St James' Collyhurst Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1891
St James' Hall Brotherhood Brass Band (London)
Active in 1922
St James' Industrial School Boys' Brass Band (Westminster)
Active in the 1860s
St James' School Brass Band (Denton)
Active in 1886
St James' the Less Brass Band (East London)
Active in 1914
St John Ambulance Band (Bentley Colliery)
Active in the 1930s
St John Ambulance Band (Banbury)
See: Banbury St John Ambulance Brass Band
St John Ambulance Band (Castleford)
St John Ambulance Band (Pontypridd)
See: Pontypridd St John Ambulance Band
St John Ambulance Band (Rhyl)
See: Rhyl St John Ambulance Band
St John Ambulance Brigade Cadets Band (Rochdale, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s to 1950s
St John Ambulance Silver Band (Southport)
See: Southport St John Silver Band
St John Ambulance Silver Band (Weston-Super-Mare)
St John the Baptist School Brass Band (Woking, Surrey)
Active in the 1920s
St John's (C. of E.) Brass Band (Weston, Runcorn)
Active in the 1860s
St John's Brass Band (Burgess Hill, Sussex)
Active in the 1870s
St John's Brass Band (Cardiff)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s. Based at St John's, Crockherbtown (an old district of the city).
St John's Brass Band (Cleator Moor)
See: Cleator Moor St John's Brass Band
St John's Brass Band (Failsworth, Lancashire)
Formed in 1893, disbanded in 1928.
St John's Brass Band (Farnworth)
Attached to Farnworth Parish Church in the early 1860s. Several of its members joined the Barnes Band (Farnworth) around that time.
St John's Brass Band (Glasgow)
See: St John's Port Glasgow Band
St John's Brass Band (Heywood, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s. Possibly a successor to the St John's Hopwood Band?
St John's Brass Band (Hopwood, Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s.
St John's Brass Band (Irlam)
Formed in the 1880s, conductor J. Parker.
St John's Brass Band (Newhall, Derbyshire)
See: Newhall St. John's Brass Band
St John's Brass Band (Pendlebury)
See: Pendlebury St. John's Brass Band
St John's Brass Band (Pontyberem)
See: Pontyberem St John's Brass Band
St John's Brass Band (Ravenhead)
See: Ravenhead St John's Band
St John's Brass Band (Sacriston)
See: Sacriston St John's Brass Band
St John's Brass Band (Sheffield)
See: St John's Parish Brass Band
St John's Brass Band (Spalding)
Active in 1892
St John's Brass Band (Sunderland)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. Conductor Mr Childs in 1887
St John's Brass Band (Tideswell, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1880s
St John's Brass Band (Werneth, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
St John's Brass Band (Workington)
See: St John's Church Mission Brass Band (Workington)
St John's Cathedral Brass Band (Salford, Lancashire)
Active in the early 1900s to 1920s. Provided musical entertainment and accompanied a ceremony to cut the sod for the new St James' Catholic Church School, Seedley, on 20th August 1910
St John's Church Army Band (Brighton)
Active in 1907
St John's Church Mission Brass Band (Brighton)
See: Brighton St John's Church Mission Band
St John's Church Mission Brass Band (Workington)
Active in the 1890s. It took part in a concert with Workington Vocal Union Voice Choir in 1892
St John's Common Brass Band (Burgess Hill, Sussex)
Active in the 1870s
St John's Home Brass Band (Ipswich, Suffolk)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. The children's home was based in Bloomfeld Street, Ipswich, opening in 1871.
St John's Industrial School Brass Band (Walthamstow, Essex)
St John's Industrial School for Roman Catholic Boys was opened in 1870. The brass band was active in 1909, when it had 43 members. The school closed in 1932.
St John's Parish Brass Band (Park, Sheffield)
Active in 1900 and 1905
St John's Port Glasgow Band (Glasgow)
Active in the 1860s to the 1980s. In 1869, the conductor was Mr Cunningham.
St John's Temperance Brass Band (Tideswell)
Active in 1881
St John's Wood Amateur Brass Band (London)
Active in 1859
St Joseph's Brass Band (Aberavon, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1930s
St Joseph's Brass Band (Altrincham, Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s
St Joseph's Brass Band (Bedford, Leigh, Lancashire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s. The band organised a contest in September 1884 at which the St Thomas' Band Bedford competed. The event was well reported in the both the Leigh Chronicle and the Leigh Journal with the St Thomas' Band under their conductor, Mr. J Frost, claiming the third prize of £2. The first prize going to Atherton Volunteers and the second to Farnworth Public.
St Joseph's Brass Band (Blantyre, Lanarkshire)
See: Blantyre St Joseph's Brass Band
St Joseph's Brass Band (Brindle, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
St Joseph's Brass Band (Dumfries, Dumfriesshire)
Active in the 1890s
St Joseph's Brass Band (Dundee, Angus)
Active from the early 1910s to the mid-1920s. A catholic band from the west end of the city.
St Joseph's Brass Band (Peasley Cross, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s. Possibly linked to the St Joseph's schools in the town.
St Joseph's Brass Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s. Conductor Mr Ingram in the early 1870s.
St Joseph's Brass Band (Stockport, Cheshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
St Joseph's Brass Band (Whitwick, Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
St Joseph's Catholic Brass Band (Sunderland, Durham)
Active in 1881
St Joseph's Industrial School Band (Manchester)
Active in 1875, 1897, 1914. Based at the school in Richmond Grove, which was established in 1871 to hold 350 boys.
St Joseph's Orphanage Band (Bromley, Kent)
Active in 1932
St Jude's Brass Band (Ancoats, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s. Also known as St Jude's Ancoats Band.
St Jude's Brass Band (South Shields, Durham)
Active in 1887
St Just Boys Silver Band (Cornwall)
Formed in the early 1860s and active until 1945, when it merged with St Just Old Brass Band to form St Just Silver Band
St Just Brass Band
See: St Just Old Brass Band
St Just Old Brass Band (Cornwall)
Formed in 1860. Active to 1945, when it merged with St Just Boys' Band to form St Just Silver Band
St Just Old Town Band
See: St Just Old Brass Band
St Just Silver Band (Cornwall)
Formed in 1945 through the merger of St Just Boys' Band and St Just Old Brass Band. Active through into the mid-1950s.
St Katharine's Brass Band (Northampton)
Formed in 1886 by the Revd. John Brooke, the vicar of St Katharine's. A previously flourishing drum and fife band had aspirations to "ascend to the majesty of brazen instruments", leading to the purchase of 19 brass instruments. Initially instructed and conducted by Mr A. White, the first bandmaster was J.T. Perkins. The band was still active in the early 1900s.
St Laurence Silver Prize Band
See: St Lawrence Silver Band (Scotland)
St Lawrence Brass Band (Bardney)
See: Bardney St Lawrence Band
St Lawrence Silver Prize Band (Longridge, Preston)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s
St Lawrence Silver Band (Scotland)
Active from the 1920s to the 1950s. Probably located in or around Glasgow.
St Lawrence's Subscription Prize Band
See: St Lawrence Silver Prize Band
St Leonard's Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
St Leonard's Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
St Leonard's Silver Band (Newark)
St Levan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1870
St Luke's Brass Band (Bolton)
Active in 1897
St Luke's Brass Band (Cannock)
See: Cannock St Luke's Brass Band
St Luke's Brass Band (Crosby)
See: Crosby St Luke's Brass Band
St Luke's Brass Band (Haverigg)
See: Haverigg Brass Band
St Luke's Brotherhood Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1907
St Luke's Church Brass Band (Nottingham)
Active in 1899
St Mabyn Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1842
St Margaret's Brass Band (Leicester)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
St Margaret's Brass Band (Hollinwood, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
St Margaret's Brass Band (Prestwich, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
St Margaret's Brass Band (St. Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent)
Formed in 1906, conductor Mr. Phipps
St Margaret's Church Brass Band (Sheffield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1920s to the early 1950s
St Margaret's Old Brass Band (Dundee)
Active in 1899 when they met at Wilson Street, Lochee
St Margaret's Works Brass Band (Leicester)
Active in 1874. The band was attached to the Nathaniel Corah and Sons Works, which produced "Hosiery, Underwear and Outerwear"
St Mark's Brass Band (Peterborough)
See: Peterborough St Mark's Brass Band
St Mark's Brass Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s
St Mark's Brass Band (South Shields, Durham)
Active in the 1890s
St Mark's Evangelistic Brass Band(St John's Wood?, Marylebone?)
Active in the 1920s
St Martin's Band (Dudley)
See: Revo Works Band
St Martin's Town Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1913 through 1962
St Mary Bourne Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active from the 1870s to the early 1900s
St Marylebone British Legion Band
Active in the 1930s
St Marylebone School Brass Band
See: Southall Schools Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Aston, Birmingham)
See: Birmingham St Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Atherstone)
Active in 1903
St Mary's Brass Band (Bolton, Lancashire)
See: Bolton St Mary's Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Bradford)
See: Bradford St Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Burnley, Lancashire)
Active in 1885 and1890
St Mary's Brass Band (Cleator Moor)
See: Cleator Moor St Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1883
St Mary's Brass Band (Dundee)
See: St Mary's Catholic School Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Enfield, Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s. (Enfield, near Clayton-le-Moors)
St Mary's Brass Band (Gartsherrie, Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1900s
St Mary's Brass Band (Handsworth, Birmingham)
Active in 1900
St Mary's Brass Band (Hulme, Lancashire)
Active in 1880
St Mary's Brass Band (Isles of Scilly)
Active in the 1870s to the 1900s.
St Mary's Brass Band (Leeds)
See: Leeds St Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1859
St Mary's Brass Band (Middlesbrough)
See: St Mary's Catholic Brass Band (Middlesbrough)
St Mary's Brass Band (South Benfleet, Essex)
Active in 1909, 1913
St Mary's Brass Band (Taunton, Somerset)
Active in 1925
St Mary's Brass Band (Throckley, Northumberland)
Active in 1892
St Mary's Brass Band (Tunstall)
See: Tunstall St Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Walkley)
See: Walkley St Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Widnes)
See: Widnes St Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Brass Band (Wolverton)
See: Wolverton St. Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Catholic Brass Band (Middlesbrough)
Founded in October 1880, still active through the 1890s
St Mary's Catholic Brass Band (Newcastle)
Active in 1862
St Mary's Catholic School Brass Band (Dundee)
Formed in 1885, gave its first performance in April of that year, bandmaster W.G. Jarvis. Still active through the 1890s
St Mary's Church Brass Band (Beswick)
Active in the 1950s
St Mary's Church Choir Brass Band
See: Tunstall St. Mary's Brass Band
St Mary's Church Silver Band
See: Stamford Brook Silver Band
St Mary's League of the Cross Brass Band
See: Blackhill St Mary's Band
St Mary's Orphanage Brass Band (Hounslow)
Active in 1876
St Mary's Orphanage Brass Band (Southall)
Active in the 1930s/40s. It was located in the old Middlesex Regiment Barracks, formerly at the end of Wentworth Rd Southall, which became a Catholic Orphanage School. The Children from the Spanish Civil War were housed there apparently, and the MD of the Band was Mr. Dunn, father of Colonel Vivian Dunn, MD of the Royal Marine School of Music.
St Mary's Parish Brass Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Active around 1900
St Mary's Roman Catholic Brass Band (Sunderland)
Active in 1874
St Mary's School Brass Band (Islington)
See: Islington St Mary School Band
St Matthew's Boys' Brass Band (Gosport, Hampshire)
Active in 1910
St Matthew's Brass Band (Cambridge)
Active in the 1880s
St Matthew's Brass Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1910
St Mawgan Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1867
St Mawnan Band (Cornwall)
See: Mawnan Brass Band
St Merryn Band (Cornwall)
St Mewan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1903
St Michael and All Angels' Brass Band (Poplar)
St Michael's Brass Band (Cosby)
See: Cosby St Michael's Brass Band
St Michael's Brass Band (Coventry)
Active in 1883
St Michael's Brass Band (Derby)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
St Michael's Brass Band (Lincoln)
See: Lincoln St Michael's Brass Band
St Michael's Brass Band (Manchester)
See: St Michael's Church Band
St Michael's Brass Band (St Michael's-on-Wyre, Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s.
St Michael's Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s
St Michael's Church Band (Manchester)
Based around St Michael's, George Leigh Street. Active in 1882
St Michael's Mission Brass Band (Soutwark, Surrey)
Active in the early 1900s
St Minver Brass Band (Cornwall)
Founded in 1910 it evolved from the Tre Pol Pen Band. It attended its first contest by motor coach in 1921. It closed during both world wars. A successor band was formed in the early 1950s.
St Neots Silver Prize Band
See: Eynesbury and St Neots Brass Band
St Nicholas Brass Band (Taplow)
See: Taplow St Nicholas Brass Band
St Nicholas Industrial School Brass Band (East Ham, Essex)
Active in the 1910s. The school was located at Whitt Road, Manor Park, East Ham.
St Ninians Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active from the 1850s to the end of WW1.
St Osyth Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. Conductor Mr Kidby in 1894
St Pancras Midland Railway Band
See: Midland Railway Loco Works Band
St Pancras School Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active from the 1870s to the 1920s
St Pancras Brass Band
See: St Pancras Silver Band
St Pancras National Reserve Band
See: St Pancras Silver Band
St Pancras Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active from the 1890s. Its heyday was in the 1920s and 1930s. In the band at that time were George Curtis (side drum), Bill Knight (Bass drum), Fred Dimmock was the band's professional conductor for many years. A fine trombone player he was a member of the famous Luton Red Cross Band; then there were the Ashton Brothers, both cornet players and conductors who kept the band in good form for many years; there was Dick Fruin (Bass), Nobby Clark, (Euphonium), Bill Griffiths and Johnny Seabrook (tenor horn). In 1925 the band won the Daily Mirror cup at the Crystal Palace. It played in most of the local parks, including Parliament Hill Fields, Warerlow Park, the Embankment Gardens, Highbury Fields and elsewhere in North London. On Sunday mornings, all the year round, the band used to play outside Hampstead Heath Railway Station and always drew appreciative audiences. The money collected used to go towards the cost of musical instrument repairs and replacements and the purchase of sheet music. The Band joined the St. Pancras Branch of the British Legion in the early 1930's and won the first prize in 1932 competing against British Legion bands from all parts of Britain. They played to prisoners at Pentonville Prison twice a year, played for Madame Burnett-Coutts, Swains Lane, once yearly, played at Luton and Bedford for the Orphans School at Leavesdon (Watford) whenever possible, raising money for the school.
St Patrick's Brass Band (Dumbarton)
Active in the 1890s
St Patrick's Brass Band (Lochgelly, Fife)
Active in the 1920s
St Patrick's Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1860s. Band linked to St Patrick's School. Also in 1909 (possibly linked St Patrick's Church in Livesey Street)
St Patrick's Brass Band (Wigan)
See: Wigan St Patrick's Brass Band
St Paul's Band (Hyde)
See: St Paul's Catholic Brass Band
St Paul's Brass Band (Carlton)
See: Carlton St Paul's Brass Band
St Paul's Brass Band (Gateshead)
See: Gateshead St Paul's Band
St Paul's Brass Band (Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
St Paul's Brass Band (Hindley, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
St Paul's Brass Band (Hyde, Cheshire)
Active in the 1880s
St Paul's Brass Band (Isle of Man)
Active in 1886 to 1893
St Paul's Brass Band (Newport, Isle of Wight)
Active in the early 1900s
St Paul's Brass Band (Northampton)
Active from the 1880s to WW1
St Paul's Brass Band (York)
Known to be active between 1900 and 1904, later known as St Paul's New Silver Band
St Paul's Catholic Brass Band (Hyde, Manchester)
Active in 1863. Was founded and encouraged by Father Hill, whose musical abilities had been of great use in training the boys in the use of their instruments. On 17th October 1870 a concert was given in the St Paul's school, to raise money for the purchase of new instruments and the repair of existing instruments for the St Paul's Catholic Brass Band. Under the leadership of Mr J R Kilroy, the Band played a selection of Irish Airs, whilst Misses Georgeson, Wilson, and Carroll sang sentimental ballads, such as 'I'm lonely since my mother died'. In 1872, the annual concert in aid of the Brass Band funds was held on the 30th September, and the audience overflowed, and a repeat performance was promised to satisfy the clamour. In 1876 the band accompanied a train full of excursionists from Warrington for a day out in Rhyl. In 1877 the band played 'The Dead March of Saul' at a funeral in Dukinfield. In 1885 the band played at the opening of the new town hall in Hyde.
St Paul's C.E.M.S. Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s. The C.E.M.S. was the Church of England Men's Society.
St Paul's Church Band (Stratford, London)
St Paul's Home Brass Band (Coleshill)
Active in the 1890s
St Paul's New Silver Band
See: St Paul's Brass Band
St Peter's Brass Band (Aintree, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
St Peter's Brass Band (Berkhamsted)
See: Berkhamsted St Peter's Band
St Peter's Brass Band (Burnley)
Active in 1853, with "instruments more valuable than are in the possession of any other band in the neighbourhood".
St Peter's Brass Band (Cardiff)
Active in 1911
St Peter's Brass Band (Cobridge)
See: Cobridge St Peter's Brass Band
St Peter's Brass Band (Parr)
See: Parr St Peters Brass Band
St Peter's Brass Band (Preston, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
St Peter's Brass Band (Staines)
See: Staines St. Peter's Band
St Peter's Brass Band (Monkwearmouth, Durham)
Active in the mid-1880s
St Philip's Alderley Edge Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1900s
St Philip's Church Army Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the mid-1880s
St Phillip's Brass Band (Heywood, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
St Rollox Brass Band (Glasgow)
See: Glasgow St Rollox Brass Band
St Saviour's Silver Band (Splot, Cardiff)
See: Cardiff St Saviour's Brass Band
St Stephen Town Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1850s to the 1900s
St Stephen Volunteer Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1900
St Stephen's Brass Band (Congleton, Cheshire)
Active in the 1870s
St Stephen's Brass Band (Kearsley)
See: Kearsley St Stephens Band
St Stephen's Brass Band (Milnrow)
See: Milnrow Brass Band
St Stephen's Brass Band (St Stephen, Cornwall)
See: St Stephen Town Band
St Stephen's Sunday School Brass Band (Kearsley, Lancashire)
Active in 1878
St Stephens-in-Bramwell Brass Band (St Stephens, Cornwall)
Active around 1907.
St Stythians Brass Band
See: Stithians Brass Band
St Teath Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
St Thomas' Band Bedford
See: Bedford (Leigh) Band
St Thomas' Brass Band (Arbroath, Angus)
Active in the 1870s
St Thomas' Brass Band (Exeter, Devon)
Active in the late 1890s
St Thomas' Brass Band (Preston)
Active in 1872
St Thomas' Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in the late 1880s
St Thomas' Congregational Brass Band (Exeter, Devon)
Active in 1906
St Thomas' Home Brass Band (Preston)
Active in the 1900s to 1920s. The home was established in 1901 as an Industrial School for Roman Catholic Boys
St Thomas' Industrial School Brass Band
See: St Thomas' Home Brass Band
St Thomas' Road Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1927 and 1932
St Veryan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1890s, conductor J. Dowrick.
St Vincent de Paul Brass Band (Liverpool?)
Active in the 1930s and 1950s
St Vincent's Brass Band (Bristol)
See: Lysaght's St Vincent's Brass Band
St Vincent's Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in the 1870s
St Vincent's School Brass Band (Fullwood, Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s to 1920s. Based at the St Vincent's Orphanage.
St Vincent's School Brass Band (Dartford, Kent)
Active in the 1900s to 1920s. St Vincent's Industrial School was opened in 1878.
St Wenn Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s to the 1890s. Bandmaster in 1876 was Thomas Hawkey.
St Wilfred's Brass Band (Ribchester)
See: Ribchester St Wilfred's Brass Band
St Wilfred's Brass Band (Northenden, Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s
St Wilfred's Catholic Brass Band (Bishop Auckland)
Active in the 1880s
St Wilfred's Church Band (Northenden, Cheshire)
Active around 1920
St Wilfred's School Brass Band (Ribchester)
Active in 1872
St Wilfrid's Brass Band (Preston)
Active in 1872
Saintfield Amateur Brass Band (County Down, Northern Ireland)
Active in the 1950s
Sale and Ashton Youth Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the early 1960s
Sale and Ashton-on-Mersey British Legion Band (Cheshire)
Active in the late 1940s
Sale Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1910s. A successor band (Stretford Band) took the name Sale Brass Band in the early 1970s.
Sale St Anne's Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s
Sale Village BandSee: Sale Brass Band
Salem Chapel Silver Band
Active in the 1930s
Salem Mission Band (North Shields)
Active in the 1900s/1910s
Salesbury Brass Band (Blackburn)
Active in 1887
Salford Air Raid Wardens Corps Band (Lancashire)
Active during WW2.
Salford and District (Temperance) Silver Band (Lancashire)
Formed on 18th March 1909.
Salford Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1944
Salford Borough Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1877
Salford Central ATC Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1944
Salford Cottage Homes Band (Lancashire)
On a picture of the band (probably from the early 1900s) are the lines: Here at the Homes, there is a band. And the way they play is something grand; There's many a band, that I can tell, Older and bigger, don't play so well.
Salford Docks Mission Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1910s and 1920s. In 1914 the band was playing in Taylorson Street when a member of the band emptied the carbide from one of the street lamps down a street grid, and directly afterwards a youth dropped a match down, causing an explosion. William Waters (44) and Arthur Elliott (15), two members of the band, were hit by flying pieces of stone, but after treatment at the hospital they were able to go home.
Salford Excelsior Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1891
Salford Iron Works Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to the 1900s. Supported by Messrs. Mather and Platt's Ironworks in Salford. Conducted by James Holgate in 1884.
Salford Police Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1903 when it played at the first municipal concert in the Teneriffe Street Hall, Salford. The audience was estimated at over 1,000 and many were unable to get in.
Salford Post Office Brass Band
See: Salford Postmen's Brass Band
Salford Postmen's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the early 1880s
Salford Public Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Salford Silver Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1910, when it "relieved the tedium" by playing for the crowds awaiting the return, at Salford Station, of two Salford Rugby Union players from a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Also active in the 1960s and 1970s
Salford Union Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1890
Salford Workhouse Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1880
Salisbury City Silver Band (Wiltshire)
Formed 1934. Conductor J.C. Dyson in 1938. Active through to the mid-1960s
Salt Union Brass Band(Weston Point, Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s
Salt Union Ltd. (Winsford Works) Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Saltaire Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1855 by Titus Salt for his employees at the Saltaire Mill, its first conductor was Joseph Paley whose son, John, became a legendary cornet player, playing with bands as diverse as Black Dyke, situated on the other side of Bradford and Patrick Gilmore's Band in America. It was also conducted at one time in its early years by Richard Smith who launched the Champion Brass Band Journal in 1857 and then his music publishing business R Smith and Co. in 1878. A number of local contests were attended up to 1869, bringing in a few prizes. The band then appeared in the Belle Vue September contests of 1872-1974 conducted by John Gladney, gaining a 2nd prize in 1872 and a 5th in 1874. After this it assumed the status of an ordinary village band, though the mills still owned the instruments. Brass Band News reported in March 1894: "Many old contestors will learn with regret that the once famous Saltaire Brass Band is no more, the instruments and all properties having been called in by the Company. So passes away the remains of one of the best bands Yorkshire ever produced."
Saltaire Mills Band
See: Salts Silver Band
Saltaire Subscription Band
See: Salts Silver Band
Saltash Town Band (Cornwall)
Formed in 1919 at the Working Men's Club in Saltash. The band was active until the outbreak of the Second World War. Unfortunately, all the band's instruments and equipment were placed on a barge moored in the River Tamar and were lost during a bombing raid. Thereafter the band folded. A successor band was formed in 1975.
Saltcoats Burgh Band (Ayrshire)
Founded in 1903. In August 1903 a cycle parade on behalf of the Band fund raised £14. In April 1904 the bandsmen made their first appearance in their new uniforms. On July 22, 1904 a musical fete and promenade concert, organised by Mr Walter Freer on behalf of Saltcoats Burgh Band Fund, took place in the Holm Plantation on Saturday afternoon. In October 1904 Saltcoats Burgh Band's three-days bazaar realised £476!
Saltley Gasworks Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1900
Saltley Metropolitan Works Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1910s to the late 1920s
Saltley Reformatory Scbool Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Founded in 1894
Saltney Ferry Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1910s
Salts (Saltaire) Band
See: Salts Silver Band
Salts Silver Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1932, by Herbert Bowdin Hawley (MD of Hammonds Sauce Works Company, at Shipley). It competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Brass Band News reported in March 1932: "Salts Silver, under the tuition of Mr H B Hawley, are making remarkable progress. This is a newly-formed band of 24 enthusiastic performers who mean business. Their practice-room is in the Royal Café, Saltaire, kindly provided rent-free by Messrs. Salts of Saltaire. Mr Hawley has gradually built up this combination to his own liking, and is taking them to their first contest at Pudsey on March 25th. Mr Hawley is a local organist and composer, and will not be satisfied with his band until it sounds like his organ. A prize at Pudsey is their determination." The band became a member of the Harrogate and District Brass Band Association, of which Mr Hawley was an official. It was at one of the Association's contests, held in Saltaire in May 1934, that the new band achieved its first win. The band played in the first section, which had an entry of 12 bands, so this was quite an achievement for a two-year-old band. It regularly changed its name, appearing not only as Salts Silver, but also as Saltaire Mills, Saltaire Subscription and Salts (Saltaire). It was offered a broadcast engagement by the BBC in November 1936, when Frank Haigh, a noted Bradford cornet player was playing principal cornet. In 1937 Salts Band provided music for the visit to Shipley of the King and Queen and by now its conductor, 'H B', was proving to be something of a composer, with a number of published marches to his name. In the latter part of 1940 Mr Hawley engaged Noel Thorpe as professional conductor, and in 1945 Harry Grace, a successful Bradford brass band conductor succeeded Noel Thorpe. Early in 1946 HB Hawley decided to form a new junior band. For a short time the juniors and the older band existed side by side, but without Mr Hawley's drive, interest at Salts waned and the band completed its last engagement in July 1946. Several of its members joined the new group, which also acquired the old band's music library and some instruments. This junior band was to become the Hammonds Sauce Works Band
Sam Smiths Old Brewery Band
See: Sherburn-in-Elmet Band
Sandbach Harmonic Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1857
Sandbach Volunteers Band (Cheshire)
Active in the early 1900s. Formed by William Bagnall, also known as Bagnall's Band, or "Baggies Band".
Sanders Independent Band (Long Buckby, Northamptonshire)
Formed around 1875. Sponsored by William Sanders who ran a shoe factory in the village and used the band for promotional events. However it seems to have been initially based on the Independent Chapel (Congregational) hence the name. Sanders eventually built some assembly rooms for the band to use. These still stand. Soon after this the Long Buckby Town Band appeared and considerable rivalry existed. There is a very nice account of a fight between the two bands at an event in Silverstone.
Sandford Brass Band (Australia)
Formed around 1881 - due to the musical stimulus brought to the district by the talented Holmes brothers who were operating the local Flour Mill. In 1888 the band combined with the Casterton Brass band and changed its name to the Glenelg Brass Band, with John Holmes as Bandmaster.
Sandiacre Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Sandiacre Ivanhoe Band
See: Sandiacre Brass Band
Sandiacre Town Band
See: Sandiacre Brass Band
Sandleheath Youth Band (Hampshire)
Formed in January 1975
Sandown Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
Active in the 1890s to 1920s
Sandy Brass Band (1) (Bedfordshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1870s
Sandy Brass Band (2) (Bedfordshire)
Formed in 1899 to the mid-1930s
Sandy Vale Brass Band (Dukinfield, Cheshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Sandycroft Foundry Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in 1872, conductor A. Rogers
Sandye Place School Band
See: Sandye Silver Band
Sandye Silver Band (Sandy, Bedfordshire)
The origins of the Band go back to 10 March 1962, when a quartet of musicians at Sandye Place School played for morning assembly under the direction of the music teacher, Peter Kneale. Within a year this grew into Sandye Place School Band, consisting of pupils and teachers. In 1966, when several members of the Band left school, Peter Kneale formed the Sandye Place School Band. In October 1967 the first committee was formed to run the band and in July of the following year the name was changed to Sandye Silver Band. In July 1969 the Band left the further education system and became a fully independent self-supporting organisation. Also in 1969 the Band affiliated to the London and Home Counties Brass Band Association so that band contests could be entered. In 1971, after only two years of competition, the Band qualified for the finals of the National Brass Band Championship (Fourth Section), and finished in eleventh position. On two occasions, in 1968 and 1975, the Band won the Brass Band Class at the Bedfordshire Music Festival. During the early 1970s the Band performed many engagements, both at nearby and distant venues. In 1973 the founder Peter Kneale left and was succeeded by Duncan Wells of Dunstable, a player with Hendon Band. The number of players declined, and with them the number of engagements, but the 1980 season proved to be the busiest to date. In the previous April the Band moved from its birthplace at Sandye Place School to the new Sandy Upper School where rehearsal facilities were more convenient. During the 1980s the Band enjoyed continued success, and was known in its later stages as Prudential Sandye Band, but following the loss of number of key members in 1989 the decision was made to suspend activities and put all equipment and assets into storage. The Band Trustees continued to meet, however, but at the seventh annual general meeting, in March 1997, it was decided that there was no realistic chance of the Band reforming and that the remaining assets should be sold and the Band dissolved At the final AGM, on 16 March 1998, it was reported that the sale of the instruments and music had raised £3,065. At the same meeting it was decided to lodge the Band's records with the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service.
Sankey's Castle Works Band (Hadley, Shropshire)
Active in the early 1930s, linked to Joseph Sankey and Son Ltd, (metal and ironworks) in Hadley. Disbanded in 1961. A former member recalled: "Brought up in a brass banding family, the name Sankey's in my early years meant, The Band! In times before T.V. the Sankey's radio broadcasts were a big attraction often coming from the works canteen in Hadley, just down the road from Oakengates. Sounding Brass and Voices, Music While You Work, Marching and Waltzing, and Midland Bandstand were all popular B.B.C. radio programs in the 1940's and 50's. Many contest successes came the bands way, competing in the highest championship sections with conductor Cyril Yorath at the helm. A star quartette of players Ted Baldwin, Ben Thornton on cornets, Gal Mills on horn and Walter Imeson on euphonium were all magnificent instrumentalists and soloists. When I joined the band as a young 16 year old, Sankey's were still at the top, competing at Belle Vue in the British Open, the Midland Area and other competitions. Mr Yorath had moved on, and Capt. Thomas Francis was Musical Director. He would greet people by saying 'shake the hand that has shaken the hand of the King of England and the President of the United States of America.' The Captain was ex Royal Marines Chatham, and a warm hearted gentleman. Whilst continuing to perform at concerts and contests, it came as a shock to be told by the Sankey Works Directors in March 1961, that the company no longer needed a brass band. The final march played at the band's last works Monday lunchtime concert was Colonel Bogey. The bandsmen knew why! Years of top class music making, concerts and Championship Banding thus ended."
Saracen Brass (Penryn, Cornwall)
Formed by former pupils of Penryn School to continue playing after leaving school. Active in the 1980s and folded in the late 1980s.
Sauchie and District Brass Band (Clackmannanshire)
Active from the early 1890s to the 1930s
Sauchie Brass Band
See: Sauchie and District Brass Band
Sawbridgeworth Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s
Sawley Brotherhood Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1910s and 1920s
Sawley Excelsior Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Sawston Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active from the 1880s to WW1. Looking remarkably smart in their new uniforms, welcomed returning soldiers from the Boer War at Linton in July 1901, and headed their village Friendly Society parade in July 1902. Possibly a continuation of the Messrs Towgood and Evans' Brass Band
Sawtry Brass Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active between the 1880s and the 1930s
Sawtry Temperance Band (Huntingdonshire)
Active in the 1890s.
Saxon Street Brass Band (Lincoln)
Active in the 1890s
Saxthorpe and Corpusty Band (Norfolk)
Saxthorpe Village Band
See: Saxthorpe and Corpusty Band
Scalford Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1900s
Scapegoat Hill Band (Huddersfield)
Founded in 1854 and still active in 1979, though it probably folded in the following year (1980). That year saw the birth of Vintage Brass - a band originally consisting of members of the Scapegoat Hill Band. Competed in the Junior Shield in 1962, conducted by F. Gledhill. At one time the band had attended a musical competition and was successful in gaining first prize. Celebrations followed and the band returned home to the village. Not wanting to disturb the residents, they removed their boots and tip-toed along. However, they continued to play their instruments at full blast! In an Huddersfield Examiner article of 11 June 1938, the legend is similarly described by James Walton, with the added detail that the band was playing 'See the Conquering Hero Comes' as they tip-toed.
Scarborough Artillery Volunteers Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Scarborough Borough Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1890s to 1920s
Scarborough Mechanics Saxhorn Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1860s
Scarborough Operatic Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Scarborough National Reserve Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Scarborough Postmen's Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Founded in 1887, conductor W.E. Cammish
Scarborough Rifle Volunteers Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1900s
Scarborough Silver Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Scarborough Town Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the the 1960s to early 1980s
Scarcliffe Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Scarletwell Street Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Northampton)
Founded in December 1887
Scarr's Shipyard Band
See: Hessle Royal British Legion Band
Scholes Albion Brass Band
See: Scholes Brass Band
Scholes Brass Band (near Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s
Scholes Brass Band (near Greasbrough, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the 1870s
Scholes Temperance Band (near Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Schreiber Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the late 1970s and early 1980s, conducted by Peter Lockett
Scole Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1882
Scotswood Methodist Church Temperance Band
See: Scotswood Temperance Band
Scotswood Shipyard Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1883. In 1916 it was renamed the Munition Workers Band, under the baton of H. Bell (ex bandmaster of Dinnington Colliery)
Scotswood Temperance Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1896 and still playing in 1933
Scotswood United Methodist Brass Band
See: Scotswood Temperance Band
Scotswood Workmen's Band
See: Scotswood Shipyard Brass Band
Scott A Limb's Band (Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1864 when it combined with the Denman's Head Band. At the time of the merger the players included: B Scott (conductor of Scott and Limb's), Jas. Handley, E. Dennis, S Cauldwell, H. Oscroft, E. Handley, S. Hall, W. Green, A. Caunt J. Naylor (well-known as "Spring"), W. Bryan, G. Scott S. Oldham, J. Searson, E. Limb, and Jos. Dennis (conductor of Denman's Head).
Scott's Operatic Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the early 1860s
Scotter Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Scotter Brass Band was started by Charles Hill in the early 1900s. Membership slowly declined until the it was disbanded sometime after the year 2000. Briefly sponsored in the late 1980s and early 1990s by the Merrick building firm.
Scotter Silver Band
See: Scotter Brass Band
Scottish Dyes Band (Grangemouth, Stirlingshire)
Band linked to the Scottish Dyes company, set up in 1919 by James Morton. In 1928 the company's assets were acquired by the British Dyestuffs Corporation, which became the Duestuffs Division of I.C.I. The band was later known as I.C.I. Recreational Band
Scottish Gas Board Band (Bellshill, Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1940s through to the 1990s. Rename Milnwood Concert Brass c. 1981, and then Bellshill and District Band c.1991
Scremerston Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active from the 1860s to the 1950s
Scunthorpe Brass Band
See: Scunthorpe Subscription Brass Band
Scunthorpe Christian Temperance Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Scunthorpe Borough British Legion Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1920s to the 1980s
Scunthorpe District Total Abstinence Brass Band
See: Scunthorpe Christian Temperance Band
Scunthorpe Rifles Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1880s to 1890s
Scunthorpe Royal British Legion Band
See: Scunthorpe Borough British Legion Band
Scunthorpe Subscription Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1880s to the 1920s. Conductor E. Theaker in 1903
Scunthorpe Temperance Band
See: Scunthorpe Christian Temperance Band
Scunthorpe Town Band(Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Scunthorpe Volunteers Band
See: Scunthorpe Rifles Brass Band
Sea View and St Helen's Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
Active in the 1860s - Played at the Free Wesleyans tea party in the village. The conductor was Mr. Lillywhite, the foreman of Mr. Wade's mill, who had devoted a considerable amount of time, and money too, in order to enable the inhabitants of this retired village to have an occasional musical treat. The band was composed of young men, natives of the village, and nearly all of them are indebted to Mr. Lillywhite for their musical acquirements. A few days earlier the band played at Nunwell Park on the occasion of a field day of the volunteers. Sir Henry Oglantler and several officers of the corps expressed themselves highly pleased with the performance of these St. Helen's lads, and a proposal was made to them to become the band of the "gallant company of which the worthy baronet was the captain".
Seacombe Victoria Band
Active in the early 1900s
Seaford and Newhaven Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1880s
Seaford Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s
Seaford British Legion Band (Sussex)
Active in the late 1940s and early 1950s
Seaford Silver Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1960s
Seaham Bottle Works Band
See: Seaham Harbour Bottle Works Band
Seaham Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1854
Seaham Colliery Band
Active in 1880
Seaham Ex-Sailors and Soldiers Band (Durham)
Active in 1882
Seaham Harbour Bottle Works Band (Durham)
Active from the 1870s to the 1910s. Conductor George Steele in 1879. Based at John Candlish's Bottle Works
Seaham Harbour Catholic Band (Durham)
Founded in 1899. Active in the 1900s.
Seaham Harbour Town Band (Durham)
Active from the 1860s to the 1920s
Seaham Philharmonic Brass
See: Seaham Town Band
Seaham Town Band (Durham)
Formed in 1985, changed name to Seaham Philharmonic Brass in 1989. It twice qualified for the National Finals before folding in 2004
Seaham Victoria Band (Durham)
Active in 1853
Seaham Volunteer Band (Durham)
Active in 1906
Seamen's Bethel Silver Band (Glasgow)
Active in 1948
Seaton Brass Band
See: Seaton Silver Band
Seaton Burn Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Played for the cutting of the sod at a new colliery at Dinnington in August 1867, also active in 1870
Seaton Burn Saxhorn Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1874
Seaton Delaval Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Formed in the 1890s and folded in the 1950s
Seaton Sluice Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Seaton Delaval Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active from the 1850s to the 1910s. Conductor in 1894 was J.R. Shotten
Seaton Delaval Saxhorn Band
See: Seaton Delaval Brass Band
Seaton Hirst Excelsior Band (Ashington, Northumberland)
Formed 1906. Later known as North Seaton Colliery Band and North Seaton Workmen's Prize Band. Still active in 1960.
Seaton Silver Band (Cumberland)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s. In April 1930 it held a "sacred quartette contest" for band members. "The test piece was The Evening Prayer, and each quartette was under the conductorship of Mr. Wm. J. Smith. The judging was by popular card vote, the result of which was: 1. John Donnelly, jnr. (flugel), Donald Coulthard (repiano), Wm. Banton (baritone), 101 points. 2. W. Bell's B. Quartette, 92 points. No one was successful in the competition for placing the first five, but Messrs, Harry Donnelly and Wm. Osborne returned the best cards, and the prize was divided between them".
Seaton Town Band (Devon)
Formed in the early 1900s. Active in 1912. Bandmaster in 1926 was T. Rodgers
Seavington St Michael Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1872
Sebastopol Brass Band (Australia)
Formed in 1880 under bandmaster Sammy Prout. Still active in 1890
Sedbergh Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1840s to the 1870s. There may have been a gap with it reforming in the 1890s. In the early 1900s there was 2 years fund raising to buy uniforms. They played at functions around the district. It is possible that it developed from the Sedbergh Volunteers, the Militia, as there is an overlap of men in both groups, but that could be coincidence in a small town. There was a picture and some information printed in The Westmorland Gazette March 12 1955.
Sedgley Village Brass and Reed Band (Staffordshire)
Active around 1920
Sedlescombe Band (Sussex)
Active in 1914
Seghill Brass Band
See: Seghill Saxhorn Band
Seghill Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1890s. Amalgamated with Beamish Colliery Band around 1907.
Seghill Saxhorn Band (Northumberland)
Active from the 1870s to the 1920s. Later known as Seghill Brass Band
Seghill Temperance Band (Northumberland)
Formed in 1911, conductor J. Boutland. Active in 1915
Selby Model Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Selby Rifle Volunteer Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s. Performed at the Eastrington Show in 1897.
Selby Shipyard Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1924, when on 20th December the County Chief Constable's Office, East Riding of Yorkshire, granted the Band permission to play and make collections in the surrounding villages.
Selby Town Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Selkirk Brass Band (1) (Selkirkshire)
Active from the 1860s. Presumed to have folded in the early 1880s.
Selkirk Brass Band (2) (Selkirkshire)
Formed in May 1883 and commenced contesting in 1887, during which first year of competition entered three contests and won three prizes. Folded prior to 1897 when the current Selkirk Silver Band (then named Selkirk Silver Jubilee Band) was formed.
Sellers College Brass
See: Sellers International Brass Band
Sellers Engineering Band
See: Sellers International Brass Band
Sellers International Brass Band (Huddersfield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Founded in January of 1986, at one point the band was led by Philip McCain. Its original name was Huddersfield Tecol Band and in November of 1987, just one year after its formation, the band's name was changed to Sellers College Brass. It was again changed to The Sellers Engineering Band and finally Sellers International Band, a name which lasted and was passed on to the junior band, the Sellers International Youth Band, in 1998. Unfortunately, in 2007, the band folded, largely due to the loss of sponsorship. Sponsorship was lost because of a failed attempt to win the Yorkshire Area Brass Band Contest and as a result, mismanagement claims were made and internal conflict and chaos ensued.
Selston Excelsior Brass Band (Notts)
Active in 1881
Selston Silver Prize Band
Active in the early 1900s
Selston United Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Senghenydd Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1900s, conductor Jim Woodhead up to 1906.
Settle Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
The first recorded event of the Settle Band was Thursday August 10th 1854, at North Craven Horticultural Society Flower Show, but it is thought to have been in existence long before this. During its time it has been a Town Band, a Temperance Band and a militia band. At some point, Langcliffe Band amalgamated with the Settle musicians. The band amalgamated with the Giggleswick Band in 1952 to form the Giggleswick and Settle Band.
Seven Sisters Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1890s to the late 1950s
Seven Sisters Temperance Band
See: Seven Sisters Brass Band
Sevenoaks Temperance Band (Kent)
Active in the 1900s, folding in 1911. Founded by R. Wells, who was also the bandmaster. The band's president, Dr R. J. Dick, objected strongly to the variations of the so-called Welsh National Anthem "Ar Hyd y Nos" at an annual concert, his outburst causing the piece never to be played again by the band. The band's professional conductor was G. Dimmock.
Sevenoaks Town Band (Kent)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s
Severalls Institution Band (Essex)
Formed by patients and staff at the Severalls Hospital in Colchester, a large psychiatric hospital. It was active prior to WW1 and was still active after WW2, in 1946. Took part in the Colchester Carnival in 1934, conducted by Charles Hammond.
Severn Sub-Marine Mining Volunteers Band (Cardiff)
Active in 1888, conducted by A. Robinson
Seworgan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Seybormen Temperance Band
Active in 1892 when it gained third prize in the Neath Eisteddfod brass band contest.
Sguborwen Temperance Band
See: Aberdare Town Band
Shaddongate Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Carlisle)
Active in 1886, conductor D. Glaister
Shadwell Industrial School Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1887
Shaftesbury Crusade Band (Bristol)
Possibly active in the early 1900s and 1920s. Active in the 1960/70s. They were Championship Section in the late 1970s and came in the top 4 in the National Finals. By the end of the 70s the band had lost a lot of players to Sun Life and Soundwell the two main top section bands in Bristol at that time. The band folded in early 1980s.
Shaftesbury Schools Band (Bisley, Surrey)
Active in the 1900s to 1920s
Shaftesbury Comrades Band (Dorset)
Formed after WW1, in 1919, and active through to the early 1930s
Shaldon Temperance Band (Devon)
On 22 June 1848: "Shaldon Regatta took place on the 15th inst, when flags of all colours were hoisted the whole length of the Strand facing the water, and also on the vessels and boats in the harbour, having a pretty appearance. The Shaldon Temperance Band was in attendance."
Shank House Brass Band
See: Shankhouse Colliery Band
Shankhouse Colliery Band (Cramlington, Northumberland)
Active in the 1850 to 1870s
Shanklin Brass Band (Isle of Wight)
Active from the 1860s to 1880s
Shanklin Town Band (Isle of Wight)
Formed before 1895, and also known as the Rylstone Band at one point, it disbanded in the 1930s
Shap Silver Band
Active in the 1930s, probably did not survive WW2.
Shapcott and Sons Brass Band (Devon)
Formed in the late 1840s or 1850s. Consisting of John Shapcott and his family.
Shardlow Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s
Shardlow United Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1930s
Sharlston Brass Band (1)
See: Sharlston Old Brass Band
Sharlston Brass Band (2)
See: Sharlston Colliery Band
Sharlston Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1980s. Merged with Yorkshire Evening Post Band, but then disbanded in 2002
Sharlston Colliery (Mobil) Band
See: Sharlston Colliery Band
Sharlston Old Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Sharnbrook Brass Band
Was "reformed" in 1904. Took part in the Coronation parade in 1911. Records of the band, from 1903-1935, are held by Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service
Sharnford Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1880s
Sharnford Silver Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Sharpness and District Prize Band
Sharpness Temperance Band was formed before 1900. It had its problems - the bandsmen, many of whom were port workers at the local docks, used to practise at the Sharpness Union Church. They liked the odd tipple or two and an old minute book disclosed that this was classed as breaking temperance, and many of the band members were asked to leave the band; soon membership became nearly nonexistent - more of the bandsmen were to be found at the pub instead of at the rehearsal! An extraordinary meeting was called and it was decided that the Band's name needed to be changed, and it was renamed the Sharpness and District Prize Band. The start of World War I saw the Band disperse with many of the players playing in military bands, but after the War they reunited and became even stronger; a big attraction was a man named Jack Portlock He was the Band's drummer and was known for the way he used to throw his batons when he marched; this earned him the name "Gentleman Jack". This band finally gave way to another band under the baton of Matt Francis and then Fred Smith. Many of the existing players stayed, including Cliff Priday on solo cornet and the masterly euphonium player George Short. The band was enjoying local success when the outbreak of World War II saw the group disband. The instruments and the band room were sold and £600 was invested in War Bonds until a new band could be formed. After the war, many attempts were made to reform the band, but they were all doomed to failure. A new Sharpness Band was eventually formed in 1970
Sharpness Temperance Band
See: Sharpness and District Prize Band
Shaw and Royton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1980s
Shaw Mills Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1885 with some of the members of the disbanded Burnt Yates Old Band. Folded in 1900.
Shawbury Industrial School Band (Shustoke, Warwickshire)
Active in 1911. Used to march through the country lanes and into Fillongley village to Church on a Sunday. The Shustoke Industrial School opened in 1868, later changing its name to Shawbury Industrial School.
Shawbury Juvenile Band
See: Shawbury Industrial School Band
Shawclough and Spotland Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1910s to 1930s
Shaw's Excelsior Brass Band (Horncastle?, Lincolnshire)
Report from August 1888: "Horncastle Horse Fair - On Monday evening Shaw's Excelsior Brass Band played in the Bull Ring, and the Rifle Corps Band under Robert Nicholson gave a promenade concert; there was dancing in Major Armstrong's grounds in South Street (later Hamerton Gardens)."
Shaw Side Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1873
Shaw Social Club Brass Band (Newbury, Berkshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Sheaf Works Prize Band (Lincoln)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s
Sheen and Longnor Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1867
Sheen Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1860 until at least 1887, when it played at the Sheen celebrations for Queen Victoria's jubilee of 1887
Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Works Band
See: Sheepbridge Works Band
Sheepbridge and Whittington Brass Band (Whittington Moor, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Sheepbridge Works Band (Whittington Moor, Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s to 1950s
Sheepridge and Deighton Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1892
Sheepscar Band (Yorkshire)
Sheepscombe Brass Band
Formed around 1900
Sheepshed Brass Band
See: Shepshed Brass Band
Sheffield Artillery Volunteers Band
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Sheffield Borough Band
Active in the 1880s
Sheffield Corporation Band
Active in 1936
Sheffield Corporation Health Department Band
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s
Sheffield Corporation Tramways and Motors Band
See: Sheffield Transport Brass Band
Sheffield Corporation Transport Brass Band
See: Sheffield Transport Brass Band
Sheffield Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1875
Sheffield Health Department Band
See: Sheffield Corporation Health Department Band
Sheffield Imperial Brass Band
Active in 1919
Sheffield L.M.S. Railway Band
Active in 1948
Sheffield Midland Railway Brass Band
Active in 1903
Sheffield Order of Druids Band
See: Druids Brass Band
Sheffield Police Band
Formed in the 1870s, disbanded in the 1930s
Sheffield Prince of Wales Brass Band
Active in the late 1870s to 1890s, based at Masbrough.
Sheffield Recreation Brass Band
Active in 1905 and in the 1960s
Sheffield St Margaret's Band
See: St Margaret's Church Brass Band
Sheffield Temperance Band
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s
Sheffield Tramways Brass Band
See: Sheffield Transport Brass Band
Sheffield Transport Brass Band
Active from the 1900s to the 1960s. Also known as Sheffield Tramways Band, Sheffield Corporation Transport/Tramways Band.
Sheffield Victoria Hall Brass Band
Active in the 1930s
Sheffield Victoria Station Brass Band
See: Mexborough Plant Band
Shefford Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s. A successor band was formed in 1951.
Shefford Town Band (1)
See: Shefford Brass Band
Shefford Town Band (2) (Bedfordshire)
Formed in December 1951, conductor W.H. Adams. Still active in the mid-1950s
Shelley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850 to the early 1900s. Willie Kaye, b. 1867 Newsome,Huddersfield, was a cornet player and bandmaster for Shelley Brass Band in the 1890's.
Shelton Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1850s
Shenfield Band (Essex)
Active in 1908
Shenley and Loughton Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1887
Shenley Fields Cottage Homes Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1915
Shenstone Excelsior Brass Band (Staffs)
Active in 1906
Shepherd's Bush Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1930s
Shepley Brass Band (1)
The earliest record of the band is 1893 at a concert in St Paul's National School, where the best tickets were priced at 2 shillings. The band was then known as Shepley United Brass Band implying that the band had merged at some point with another band - it, or its predecessor, may have been in existence in 1872 when an brass band contest took place in the village. The band promoted its own brass band contest in 1896. In 1898 there was another concert at St Paul's National School, this time featuring a number of local artistes and including John Paley as Solo Cornet. He had been a member of the Gilmore Champion Military Band of The World based in St Louis, USA and Principal Cornet with Black Dyke closer to home. The 'humourist' in the concert was Walter Matthews, who played trombone in the band. There is little photographic evidence of the band, however Elijah Moorhouse, a blacksmith who lived on The Knowle, was photographed around 1900 standing alongside a magnificent bass drum with the legend 'Shepley United Brass Band'. A couple of photographs show Shepley Band members at the annual School Feast at Shepley Marsh in 1909 and the centre of the village (The Bridge) in 1911. The band folded in 1926.
Shepley Brass Band (2)
Formed in 1977 and converted to a concert (brass/wind) band in 1995.
Shepley United Brass Band
See: Shepley Brass Band (1)
Sheppey Boys Silver Prize Band (Isle of Sheppey, Kent)
Active from the 1920s to the early 1950s
Sheppey Silver Band (Isle of Sheppey, Kent)
Active from the early 1950s. Possibly a continuation of the Sheppey Boys Silver Band. Took part in the Royal Tunbridge Wells and District Band Federation 27th Annual Band Festival (3rd Section), 14th May 1955, gaining 2nd place and £5, playing Overture: Lustspiel by Keler Bela, adjudicated by Harry Mortimer. At one time the bandmaster was Mr. Noakes (of the garage family; having as a showroom and workshops the old music hall next to the Crown Pub).
Shepreth Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed in 1923 by Stephen Buller, a local nurseryman. Its first engagement was the opening and dedication of the War Memorial at Meldreth. The band, which consisted of all local people and practised in the school, was particularly busy at harvest-time when they would be performing around the farms in the area and at thanksgiving services. Disbanded prior to the Second World War. An earlier band began in the 1880's as a military-style band with woodwind as well as brass. This band may have been the direct forerunner of Shepreth Brass Band.
Shepshed Brass Band (1) (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Shepshed Brass Band (2)
See: Shepshed Town Band
Shepshed Town Band (Leicestershire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Shepton Mallet Brass Band
See: Shepton Mallet Town Band
Shepton Mallet Excelsior Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1920s to the mid-1930s. Bandmaster was Mr. H. Rowsell in 1924
Shepton Mallet Town Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1860s to the 1980s
Shepton Mallet Union Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1860s, a boys band from the union workhouse.
Sherborne Excelsior Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Sherborne Town Band (Dorset)
Active from the 1880s to the mid-1920s. A successor band was formed in 1961
Sherburn and District Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1990s. Renamed the Buckrose Brass Band, folded in late 2010.
Sherburn Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1850
Sherburn Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the late 1880s through 1910. Bandmaster in 1905, W. Pinkney
Sherburn Hill Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s, folded in the 1960s
Sherburn Old Boys Band
See: Sherburn-in-Elmet Band
Sherburn-in-Elmet Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in the late 1940s or early 1950s, known as Sherburn Old Boys Band. National Service saw it's demise at the end of the 1950s. It was revived by Frank Fenton, Eric North, Charlie Lund, Eric Irwin and others in the late 1960s. It was always a very friendly band and, despite being a bit of a beer and baccy outfit, did well in local concerts. Fresh blood came in from the high school band thanks to Graham Walker ex Copper Works. Their conductor in the 1970s was Bob Thomas, who took up the baton at the age of 21. The band had its own bus at one time, driven and maintained by the bandsmen. Unofficial concerts were performed at the east coast resorts and a collection was taken for diesel and ale! In the 1970's the band obtained smart dark green uniforms - the ones from the 60s seemed to have been designed by committee, as everything clashed. They were described by one bandsman as "being something worn by a rear-admiral in the Ruritanian Navy". the band gained sponsorship from Sam Smith's Brewery and were renamed Sam Smiths Old Brewery Band around 1981. The band folded in the late 1980s.
Sherburn-in-Elmet High School Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the late 1970s to the late 1980s
Sheringham Temperance Band (Norfolk)
Formed in 1923. Merged with Cromer Boys Band in 1956 to form Cromer and Sheringham Silver Band
Sheringham Temperance Junior Band
See: Sheringham Youth Centre Brass Band
Sheringham Youth Centre Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the late 1940s. Also known as Sheringham Temperance Junior Band
Sherston Town Band (Wiltshire)
Sherwood Harmonic Brass Band
See: Sutton-in-Ashfield Old Harmonic Brass Band
Sherwood Rangers Band (Newark, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. 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.
Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Band
See: Sherwood Rangers Band
Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry (TA) Band (Newark, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the mid-1960s
Shettleston Brass Band (Glasgow)
Around 1872 Shettleston had a first class Brass Band. It was called "Pricky Mair Band". It was composed of Lawsons, Cunninghams, Allans, McBride, Dick, Carey, etc. "Dandy Allan", as he was styled, was a handsome man over 6 ft, wore a Glengarry bonnet and the ribbons hanging down his shoulder with a staff he looked like a Drum Major, and he followed the Band everywhere. The band were in great demand at that period for excursions, etc. but it took a day and a half for an excursion. They had to leave at 5 a.m. in the morning, play in Bridgeton, through Glasgow Green to the Broomielaw and return about 11 or 12 at night. No conveyance of any kind then. On the first day of the year 1900 and the new Century, the Shettleston Band arranged a march through the town and the Bells struck 12, the Band marched through the Main Street, etc. from the reminiscences of Dan McAleer - October 1930.
In 1879 it took part in a procession in August to inaugurate the Kilmarnock Burns Monument and Kay Park, accompanying the Foresters Lodge.
Sheviock Prize Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1913 - it folded about the end of the first war when the vicar who inspired it and trained it left the parish.
Shieldhill Silver Band (Stirlingshire)
Formed in the 1880s and still active in the 1950s. Walter Heeps was the principal cornet player in 1901.
Shields Garibaldi Band
See: South Shields Garibaldi Band
Shifnal Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1938
Shifnal Coronation Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Shifnal Prince of Wales Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1860s
Shifnal Volunteers Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1890s
Shilbottle Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s. Conductor Charles Johnson in the mid 1880s.
Shilbottle Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Formed in 1891
Shildon British Railways Band (Durham)
Formed in 1937. Later it became Shildon LNER Works Band and then Shildon British Railways Band. In 1937 the President of the band was W. Wells Hood D.S.O., and the Musical Director was T. Collinson B.B.C.M. During 1937 it won 10 first prizes, 6 challenge cups and 11 medals. A report in 1848 noted that a Shildon Works Band was "supplying music at a social function which included influential people such as Timothy Hackworth and Henry Pease." The band had folded by the early 1980s when the Shildon Works was closed.
Shildon Community Band
See: South Durham Industries Brass Band
Shildon Juvenile Band
See: New Shildon Juvenile Temperance Band
Shildon L.N.E.R. Works Silver Band
See: Shildon British Railways Band
Shildon LNER Works Band
See: Shildon British Railways Band
Shildon Saxhorn Band (1)
See: New Shildon Saxhorn Band
Shildon Saxhorn Band (2)
See: Shildon Town Band
Shildon Silver BandSee: Shildon Town Band
Shildon Town Band (Durham)
Formed in 1890s as Shildon Saxhorn Band. When a debt of the band was paid off it changed its name to Shildon Wesleyan Band, then Shildon Silver Band. Renamed as Shildon Town Band in 1937. Folded in the late 1990s. Also known as Shildon Town (Suntravel) Band in the mid-1980s
Shildon Town Suntravel BandSee: Shildon Town Band
Shildon Wesleyan Band
See: Shildon Town Band
Shildon Works Brass Band
See: Shildon British Railways Band
Shilton Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Shiney Row and District Silver Prize Band (Durham)
Active from the 1890s through to the 1930s
Shiney Row Brass Band
See: Shiney Row and District Silver Prize Band
Shiney Row Temperance Band
See: Shiney Row and District Silver Prize Band
Shinfield and Three Mile Cross Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1930s
Shipley Brass Band (1) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1850s to the early 1860s
Shipley Brass Band (2) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed around 1866, active through to WW1.
Shipley Canal Ironworks Brass Band
See: Canal Ironworks Band
Shipley Colliery Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Shipley Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Shipston-on-Stour Brass Band
Active in 1914
Shipton Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Shire Oak School Brass Band (Walsall, Staffordshire)
Active from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s
Shirehampton and Avonmouth Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s. Obtained new instruments in 1902 and became a public subscription band in 1904.
Shirehampton and Avonmouth Labour Band
See: Shirehampton and Avonmouth Brass Band
Shiremoor Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1894
Shireoaks Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1900s
Shireoaks Colliery Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1900s to the late 1940s
Shirland and Higham Silver Prize Band
Formed in the 1880s, active through to 1939.
Shirley Amateur Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s
Shirley Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1880s
Shirley Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. Bandmaster was George Pound in 1895, rehearsing in the Sandrock Hotel in Upper Shirley Road.
Shirley Schools Brass Band (Surrey)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1920s. In 1903, the St Olave Union erected a large children's cottage home "village" at Wickham Road, Shirley, also known as Shirley Schools. There were 38 children's cottages, making Shirley one of the largest cottage homes sites ever erected. Some children stayed there for just a few weeks, some for up to fifteen years.
Shoeburyness Boys Band (Essex)
Active in 1922
Shoeburyness Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1880s
Shoeburyness Railway Silver Band (Essex)
Formed after WW1 in 1919 and active through to 1939
Shoeburyness Silver Band
See: Shoeburyness Railway Silver Band
Shore Road Station Brass Band (Birkenhead)
Active in 1897
Shoreditch Borough Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active from the 1900s to the 1930s
Shoreditch Borough United Band
See: Shoreditch Borough Silver Band
Shoreditch Parochial Schools Boys Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1860s
Shoreham Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Shoreham United Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in 1906
Short Heath Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1890s to WW1
Short Heath Havelock Band
See: Short Heath Brass Band<
Short's Works Brass Band (Rochester, Kent)
Based at the Short Brothers aircraft factory for a short period after WW2. Presumed to have folded when Short Brothers moved their main based from Kent to Belfast in 1948.
Shotley Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1919
Shotton Colliery Band (1) (Durham)
Active in early 1900s, probably disbanded at/during WW1
Shotton Colliery Band (2) (Durham)
Founded in 1920, disbanded in 1972. Also known as Shotton Model Silver Band. Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by W. F. Buckley.
Shotton Colliery Band (3) (Durham)
Reformed in 1981and disbanded around 1995
Shotton Model Silver Band
See: Shotton Colliery Band (2)
Shotton Subscription Band (Durham)
Active in the 1910s
Shotton Temperance Band (Durham)
Active in the 1910s
Shotts Foundry Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s
Shotts Iron Works Silver Band
See: Shotts Foundry Band
Showell and Sons Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the mid-1880s. The company were brass founders, producing architectural brassware and art metal work, based at the Stirchley Brass Foundry, Charlotte Road, Stirchley.
Shrewsbury Amateur Promenade Band
Active in the 1870s
Shrewsbury Promenade Brass Band
See: Shrewsbury Amateur Promenade Band
Shrewsbury Railway Works Brass Band
Active in 1858
Shropshire (Wellington) Volunteer Band
Shroton Institution Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1860
Shutford Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1910s
Sibford Band (Warwickshire)
Active around 1900
Sible Hedingham Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the early 1900s
Sibold's North London Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1860s
Sibsey Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Sidcup Homes Band
See: Greenwich and Deptford Union Cottage Homes Band
Sidcup Schools Brass Band
See: Greenwich and Deptford Union Cottage Homes Band
Sidmouth Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1899
Sigglesthorne and Seaton United Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in December 1862. Active into the 1870s. President was H.S. Constable.
Sigglesthorne Brass Band
See: Sigglesthorne and Seaton United Brass Band
Silchester and District Temperance Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Won the Holbrook Cup in 1921.
Silchester Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active from the 1850s and 1860s
Silchester Silver Band
See: Silchester and District Temperance Band
Sileby Adult School Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Won a contest at Humberstone Hall in 1902
Sileby Imperial Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1910 - having been formed after the Sileby Temperance Band folded. It took part in a procession for the Adult School's 3rd Annual Parade together with the Sileby Town Band in July 1910. In 1925 they won the Leicester Mail Challenge Cup under their conductor, Billy Iliffe, and changed their name to Sileby Imperial Silver Band. The band folded at the outbreak of the Second World War.
Sileby Temperance Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in 1888 by the Primitive Methodist Chapel.
Sileby Town Band (Leicestershire)
Formed before 1880. Folded in 1967. A complimentary benefit concert was given by the band in 1911 on behalf of Mr "Tricker" Preston who had played with the band for 30 years. Before that he had been a member of the Quorn and Sileby Band. In 1937 the band won two first prizes in the Leicestershire Brass Band Association contest under their conductor, Mr C Anderson, winning the Hawkes Challenge Cup and the Boosey Challenge Shield.
Silksworth Colliery Band (1) (Durham)
Active in 1877
Silksworth Colliery Band (2)
See: Lord Londonderry's Volunteer Temperance Band
Silksworth Model Band
See: Lord Londonderry's Volunteer Temperance Band
Silksworth Temperance Band
See: Lord Londonderry's Volunteer Temperance Band
Silloth Artillery Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1895, when Joseph Wilkinson was appointed Bandmaster
Silloth Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1860s
Silloth Town Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1900s
Silsden and Addingham Brass Band
Active in 1865
Silton Brass Band (Dorset)
Formed in September 1870, bandmaster J. Skivington. Still active in 1888, conductor C. Matthews
Silton Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Silver City Ladies Band (Australia)
Silverdale Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Silverdale Town Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s
Silverhill Colliery Band (Skegby, Nottinghamshire)
Active around 1900. One member at that time was George Hawksley.
Silverstone Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Silverton Rechabite Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1903
Silverton Temperance Band (Devon)
Silverton Town Band (Devon)
Silverton Tramways Band (Australia)
Silverwood Colliery Band (Thrybergh, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in May 1909. Folded in the late 1960s
Single Hill Silver Prize Band (Somerset)
Active from the early 1900s to 1939. In 1917 it took part in the following celebration: "On Wednesday evening there was a large gathering of inhabitants of Shoscombe, Wellow and the district including several miners employed at the Braysdown Colliery who met to show their appreciation of the heroic conduct of a Wellow man named Herbert Golledge, a miner employed at Braysdown Colliery, who upon a recent occasion performed a daring deed while at work in the colliery, and rendered very timely and valuable aid to the under manager Mr George Weeks, who had met with a serious accident while riding in the cage in the shaft of the colliery. The gathering took place in the Shoscombe Church Schools, which had kindly been placed at the disposal of the promoters by the vicar of Wellow, the Rev L.G.G. Horton and the managers. In honour of the occasion the Single Hill Silver Prize Band, under Mr George Montague's conductorship turned out and in addition to rendering suitable music in the open air before and after the proceedings played two selections in a highly creditable manner in the school-room, where a glee party, under Mr James Maggs, also gave a couple of glees."
Singlehill Brass Band
See: Single Hill Silver Prize Band
Sir George Elliot's Brass Band
See: Aberaman Original Silver Band
Sir Wilfrid Martineau School Brass Band (Tile Cross, Warwickshire)
Active in the 1970s
Sirdar (Wakefield) Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s.
Sirocco Lodge Brass Band
See: Sirocco Silver Band
Sirocco Silver Band (Belfast)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Sissons Brothers and Company Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East RIding)
Active in the 1910s
Sittingbourne and Milton Temperance Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s
Sittingbourne and Murston Band (Kent)
In 1908 it had about "thirty capable musicians" and it rehearsed at the New Inn, Murston. Bandmaster, F. Hinkley; Sub-Bandmaster, S. Bills.
Six Ways Mission Band (Smethwick, Birmingham)
Active around 1900.
Sixpenny Handley Brass Band (Dorset)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1950s at least. Conductor in 1909 was John Fox. In 1949 it was D.D. Judd.
Skaife's Brass Band (Pickering, Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s
Skegby Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1858
Skegness Boy's Brigade Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1908 under the direction of J. Hudson but had to disband on the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, since most of the men were territorials. A new Skegness Town Band was formed in 1928 (later Skegness Excelsior, then Skegness Silver Band).
Skelmersdale County Secondary School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the early 1960s
Skelton Lower Edge Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Skelton Brass Band
See: Skelton Old Band
Skelton Old Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active between the 1860s and 1920s. Also known as Skelton Volunteer Band
Skelton United Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Skelton Volunteer Band
See: Skelton Old Band
Skelton-in-Cleveland Brass Band
See: Skelton Old Band
Skewen Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s
Skinflats Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active from the 1870s to WW1.
Skinningrove and Loftus Mines Band
See: Skinningrove Miners' Brass Band
Skinningrove Brass Band
See: Skinningrove Miners' Brass Band
Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in the 1890s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Folded around WW2
Skinningrove Miners' Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the late 1940s
Skipton Blue Ribbon Army Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Skipton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed around 1870 as Jack Guy's Skipton Mission Band, later named Skipton Prize Band in 1919, it disbanded in 2002. Also known as Skipton Town Band, Skipton Properties Band and PCA Skipton Brass Band. A successor band, Skipton Brass, was formed a few years later.
Skipton Mission Band
See: Skipton Brass Band
Skipton Old Band
See: Skipton Brass Band
Skipton Properties Band
See: Skipton Brass Band
Skipton Town Band
See: Skipton Brass Band
Sladesbridge Band (Cornwall)
Slaithwaite Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the early 1850s to the late 1880s. A successor band was formed in 1892.
Slaithwaite Union Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the late 1850s to the early 1880s
Slaithwaite Victoria Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Slamannan Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active from the late 1870s to around 1900. Conductor James Lilly in 1893
Slater's New Haden (Colliery) Band
See: New Haden Colliery Silver Band
Slater's Silver Band
See: New Haden Colliery Silver Band
Sleaford Albion Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1885
Sleaford and District Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed by the amalgamation of Sleaford Town Band and Heckington Band, probably in the late 1940s? Active in the 1950s to the early 1970s. Some members of the band went on to form Sleaford Vintage Brass.
Sleaford Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the mid-1840s to the mid-1880s.
Sleaford Excelsior Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1880s to WW1. Folded when the war dispersed its members.
Sleaford Temperance Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1859.
Sleaford Town Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1889, is was active through to the late 1930s, becoming the Sleaford Homeguard Band during WW2, and amalgamating with the Heckington Band after the war to form Sleaford and District Band.
Sleetburn Colliery Band (Willington, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s, later known as New Brancepeth Colliery Band. Active through to the 1950s
Sleetburn Model Band
See: Sleetburn Colliery Band
Slindon Brass Band (near Chichester)
Active around 1870
Slough Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Slough and Chalvey Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Formed in 1887 under the direction of J. Hammond. In 1896 it played a promenade concert at the Dolphin Ground in Slough on July 15th. Still active in 1899.
Slough Town Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active from the early 1900s into the 1950s
Smalley Common Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1900s
Smallthorne Amateur Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1867
Smallthorne Excelsior Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1930s, bandmaster was Edwin Meadows Dixon. It practiced in a hut in Bradeley Lane (now Chell Heath Road) on the edge of Camp Fields. Its members would have been drawn from the local mines and ironworks.
Smallthorne Public Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the late 1930s
Smethwick Brass Band
See: Smethwick Foresters Brass Band
Smethwick Foresters Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1866 and the 1870s
Smethwick Uplands Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1960s
Smethwick Volunteers Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s. Also known as the band of the 2nd King's Own Staffordshire Militia
Smirthwaite Brass Band
See: Smirthwaite Temperance Band
Smirthwaite Street Brass Band
See: Smirthwaite Temperance Band
Smirthwaite Temperance Band (Burnley, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s to 1900s. A new bandmaster was being sought in 1904. Linked to the Blue Ribbon Union.
Smith and Ashby Foundry Band
Robert Smith was a talented musician. He encouraged an interest in music among a number of his workmen and organised them into a brass band. They first performed at the showroom's opening concert and by December 1855 they were thought proficient enough to give their first public concert. The firm provided the instruments and uniforms, at a total cost of £200, but the band members had to undertake to purchase them from their weekly wages. It was serious commitment for men who probably not well paid. Throughout the following years the Foundry Band, as it came to be called, became a popular ingredient of the Stamford social scene. Regular concerts were given and the band took part in the celebrations to mark the end of the Crimea War. Smith's Works Band still active in 1923.
Smith's Band (Leeds)
See: Leeds Model Band
Smith's Band
See: Smith and Ashby Foundry Band
Smith's Dock Brass Band
See: Wallsend Shipyard Brass Band
Smith's Family Brass Band (Accrington)
Active in 1852
Smith's Hull Druidical Operatic Band
See: Hull Druids' Brass Band
Smith's Operatic Brass Band
See: Hull Druids' Brass Band
Smith's Works Band
See: Smith and Ashby Foundry Band
Smithstone Brass Band (Kilsyth, Stirlingshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Smyllum School Band (Lanark)
A band formed at the Smyllum Orphanage School in the 1940s/50s. The band was still active in the early 1960s, and the school probably closed in the 1980s.
Snibston and Desford Colliery Band
See: South Leicester and Desford 'B' Miners Welfare Band
Snibston and Desford Colliery (NWDLC) Band
See: South Leicester and Desford 'B' Miners Welfare Band
Snibston Colliery Band
See: William Davis Construction Group Band
Snibston Colliery Silver Prize Band
See: William Davis Construction Group Band
Snitterfield Band (Warwickshire)
Formed in 1882 with William Price from Stratford upon Avon as its bandmaster and given its first set of instruments by Robert Phillips of Welcombe House (now Welcombe Hotel). Bandmaster: - 1882 to 1904(died) William Price, 1904 G. Gibbs. Mentioned in newspaper reports from 1882 to 1912. Last known mention of the band is 20th June 1912.
Snodland Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s to 1920
Sodbury Quarry Works Brass Band (Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1920s
Soham Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed by 1853 - it gave outdoor gala concerts, still attended by up to 1,500 people up to the 1880s.
Soham Excelsior Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed 1910. Amalgamated with Soham Town Band in 1920 to form Soham Comrades Band.
Soham Town Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed 1890. Amalgamated with Soham Excelsior Band in 1920 to form Soham Comrades Band.
Soho Iron Works Band (Bolton)
Bolton Free Press 23rd August 1845. - "John Hick's Esq, Band. The admirable full brass band of individuals employed in the Soho Iron Works, in this town, belonging to John Hicks have been on a pleasure trip to Liverpool, Bangor and North Wales. The band excited much attention in consequence of their unique and elegant uniform, which consists of a rich full braided coat, black trousers, with two-inch gold lace down the sides and blue cap with gold band. They played several airs through the principle Streets of Bolton last Saturday in full dress; and their appearance and performance called for general admiration of the public". The band continued to have annual dinners through the 1850's, but no references to the band later than the 1870's have been found.
Solent Brass
See Southampton Air Training Corps Band
Solent Concert Band (Hampshire)
Formed in 1969 as Southsea Junior Band, by Wesley Garner, Noel Horner and Ron Moore, with the aim of recruiting young musicians, eager to learn the 'Art' of brass banding. By 1974 it was renamed as Solent Youth Concert Band. As the band grew in numbers, it became necessary to form a second band, which became the Solent Concert Band. Both bands continued to thrive, competing and entertaining throughout the years. Solent Concert Band was a registered 2nd section band, regularly competing in the West of England Regional Brass Band Championships. It reached the Championship Section and twice made it to the finals at the Royal Albert Hall around 1980/81. It merged with Gosport Silver Band in 2011 to form Gosport Solent Brass.
Solihull Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active from the 1860s to the early 1900s
Solihull Town Band
See: Solihull Brass Band
Solihull Youth Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the late 1970s
Solway Silver Band
See: Maryport Solway Silver Band
Somercotes Brass Band (1) (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1890s. The professional conductor was James Addison, from Nottingham and the resident conductor was George Simpson, of Sleetmoor, Somercotes, a gifted bass trombone player.
Somercotes Brass Band (2) (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1960s
Somers Road Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Portsmouth)
Active in 1901
Somerset and Dorset Railway Brass Band (Bath, Somerset)
Active in the 1880s through to early 1900s. Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway Company.
Somerset Central Railway Brass Band
Active in 1858
Somerset County Youth Brass Band
Active in the 1990s
Somerset Industrial School Brass Band
Active in 1888
Somersham Town Band (Huntingdonshire)
Formed in 1919 but folded in 1962. A successor band was formed in 1981
Somerton Amateur Brass Band (Somerset)
Active from the early 1840s to the 1890s
Somerton Brass Band
See: Somerton Amateur Brass Band
Somerton British Legion Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Sonning Brass Band (Berkshire)
Formed around 1895. Active through to WW2. Conducted by R. Lambden in 1938
Sonning Silver Band
See: Sonning Brass Band
Sons of Temperance Silver Band (Glasgow)
Active in the early 1900s
Souldern Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Soundwell Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1970s and early 1980s. Also known as Swanbrook Soundwell Band and Swanbrook Transport Band
South Bank Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the early 1990s. Also known as South Bank Old Band, and South Bank Town Band.
South Bank Catholic Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Founded in 1885, conductor Mr. Mellor.
South Bank Old Band
See: South Bank Brass Band
South Bank Town Band
See: South Bank Brass Band
South Berks Silver Band (Berkshire)
Active from the early 1910s to 1939. Bandmaster in 1914 was G. Kerby. Later conductors included Jack Lennon and H.I. Page
South Berkshire Band
See: South Berks Silver Band
South Brent Brass Band (Devon)
Formed in 1924, active through to the early 1930s. Conductor C. Manning.
South Cave Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1856, when it played at the Peace Rejoicings at North Cave and also in 1875. Changed its name to South Cave Silver Band in 1926 ("as most of the instruments now in use are of silver"). Still active in 1928
South Cave Subscription Silver Band
See: South Cave Brass Band
South Cheshire Youth Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. Conducted by David Moulton
South Croxton Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
South Derbyshire Youth Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the early 1970s
South Derwent Band (Annfield Plain, Durham)
Formed in 1871, still active in the 1930s
South Derwent Colliery Band
See: South Derwent Band
South Devon Brass
See: Storm Brass
South Durham Industries Brass Band (Shildon, Durham)
Formed in 1988, later known as North Eastern Industries Brass Band (early 1990s to late 1990s), then Shildon Community Band until it folded some time after 2010.
South East Cheshire Youth Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the early 2000s
South East Dorset Schools Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the early 1980s
South East London Mission Brass Band
Active in 1907
South Essex Company Boys Brigade Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1945
South Ferriby Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s
South Gloucester A.T.C. Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the late 1940s
South Godstone Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1890s
South Hampshire Temperance Band (Hampshire)
Active in the early 1900s
South Hams Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1880s
South Hetton and Easington Lane Band
See: Easington Lane Brass Band
South Hetton Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
South Hiendley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1910s
South Hill Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s
South Kelsey Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1840s
South Killingholme Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1900s, conductor Mr Wood.
South Kilworth Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
South Kirkby Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s. Linked to the colliery
South Kirkby Colliery Band
See: South Kirkby Brass Band
South Leicester and Desford 'B' Miners Welfare Band
Formed in the late 1970s, renamed Snibston and Desford Colliery Band around 1990. Also known as Snibston and Desford Colliery (NWDLC) Band. It folded around 2008.
South Leicester Colliery Band
Active in the 1960s to early 1970s, conductor H. Essex.
South Leicester Welfare Band
See: South Leicester Colliery Band
South London Temperance Brass Band
Active in the 1860s
South Lowestoft Brass Band
Active in 1884
South Manchester Brass Band
Active in the 1890s
South Medomsley Colliery Band (Dipton, Durham)
Active in the 1920s
South Metropolitan District School Band (Sutton, Surrey)
Active from the early 1870s to the early 1900s
South Midlands Welfare Youth Brass Band (Snibston, Leicestershire)
Active in the 1970s
South Milford Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s. A successor band was formed in 1982.
South Molton Old Band (Devon)
Active in the 1850s. Contemporary with the South Molton Saxorn Band
South Molton Town Band (Devon)
Formed in 1911. A request from the South Molton members of the Volunteer Regimental Band was sent to the Band Master of the Weslyan Mission Band asking if they could join forces. The trustees of the mission band replied to this request, stating that had no objection to this, providing the instruments (18 in all) would be on loan to the band, and would responsible for the repairs and replacement of any of the instruments. Also the band in return should play free of charge for any function in connection with the Weslyan Church, including church parades and Sunday School concerts. So a band meeting was called, and it was decided to agree to the request of the South Molton members of the Volunteer Band, and a letter was written to the trustees of the Weslyan Church, agreeing to their terms, so a new band was formed, and to be renamed South Molton Town Band. The first chairman was Mr T Westaway, Bandmaster Mr F Bennett, secretary and treasurer Mr Jim Taylor. It appears that the bandmaster was elected annually, and between 1911 and 1914 there were three, Mr F Bennett, Mr John Taylor, and Mr William Courtney. During the First World War the band was kept going with reduced numbers by Mr John Taylor. The band folded in 1938. It was reformed just before the outbreak of WW2, but it folded again during the war. A successor band was formed by Fred Taylor in May 1947.
South Molton Mission Brass Band (Devon)
Founded in 1888, conducted by H.R. Poole and Fred Bennett. Merged with the South Molton Volunteer Regiment Band in 1911 to form South Molton Town Band
South Molton Saxhorn Band (Devon)
Active in the 1850s. Contemporary with the South Molton Old Band
South Molton Season Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1900s
South Molton Volunteer Regiment Band (Devon)
Merged with the South Molton Mission Brass Band in 1911 to form South Molton Town Band
South Moor Colliery Silver Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s. Won the "Grand Shield" in the Crystal Palace Championships of September 28th 1907, and achieved 3rd place in the National Championships, behind Irwell Colliery and Marsden Colliery Bands in 1925, under the baton of Joe Dyson. Folded in the 1960s
South Moor School Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1960s
South Norfolk Schools Band
See: South Norfolk Youth Brass Band
South Norfolk Youth Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1980s to 1996.
South Normanton Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
South Norwood Brass Band
See:South Norwood O.B.U. Brass Band
South Norwood O.B.U. Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Linked to the Oddfellows?
South Nottinghamshire Temperance Band
Active from the early 1880s to the early 1930s. Won the "Iles Challenge Shield" in the Crystal Palace Championships of 1926
South Notts Silver Band
See: South Nottinghamshire Temperance Band
South Notts Temperance Band
See: South Nottinghamshire Temperance Band
South of England Temperance Band
Active in 1903
South Ormsby Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
South Paddington British Legion Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
South Park Amateur Brass Band (Lincoln)
Active in 1883
South Pelaw Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s. It promoted a contest at Chester-le-Street in August 1910.
South Pemberton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Founded in the late 1920s it was formally set up in 1932. An account book records the following example items of income: from the crowds watching Wigan Athletic in the autumn of 1933: 20 Sept, Wigan Athletic 7s. 0p. 14 Oct, Wigan Athletic v Lytham 9s. l0p. 25 Nov Wigan Athletic 6s. 11/2p. The band's surplus for that year appears to have been just over £2. They performed in Mesnes Park, Wigan, and at church walking days and field treats. In 1934: 3 June - St Johns Pemberton Field Treat £7-0-0, 1 July - St Lukes Orrell Field Treat and Sermons £10-11-4, 8 July - St Matthews Highfield Field Treat and Sermons £9-0-0. The Band also entered local Band contests at Standish, Atherton, Skelmersdale and, on at least one occasion, in 1934, the prestigious contests held at Belle Vue, Manchester.
South Petherton Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1870s to the late 1920s. Conductor in 1879 was Jonathan Willey
South Petherton British Legion Band (Somerset)
South Petherwin Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s
South Queensferry and Dalmeny Brass Band
Active in the 1900s
South Queensferry Brass Band
Active from the 1880s to the 1900s. In 1885 an advertisment appeared: "Teacher wanted for South Queensferry Brass Band; must be sober; work will be found in the neighbourhood."
South Salford Silver Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s through to the 1950s. 1900: "The seventh annual treat to the poor children of South Salford took place when 438 boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 were taken to Blackpool. The streets were thronged with spectators as the large party marched to the Racecourse Station, Trafford Road, behind the South Salford Silver Band. On arrival at Blackpool's South Shore Station they again marched behind the Silver Band along the promenade to the South Shore. (August 1900)" In 1920 it performed at the first of a series of public dances in Ordsall Park, Salford in June. "Crowds gathered to watch the spectacle. The dances consisted of only waltzes, one-steps and two-steps. 'Jazzing' was banned, though many couples branched off into solo figures." In June 1922, conducted by William Owen, it took part in a musical festival in aid of Salford Royal Hospital, which attracted some 30,000 people to the Castle Irwell Racecourse.
South Shields Borough Band (1)
See: St Hilda Colliery Band
South Shields Borough Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in 1888
South Shields Borough Police Band
See: South Shields Police Band
South Shields Cornopean Band (Durham)
Active in 1843
South Shields Excelsior Temperance Band
See: Marsden Colliery Band
South Shields Garibaldi Band (1) (Durham)
Active in 1877, must have folded prior to 1899 when another Garibaldi band was formed
South Shields Garibaldi Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in 1899 and still active in 1909
South Shields Harmonic Band (1) (Durham)
Active from the 1860s (conductor Mr Maughan) to 1887. It must have folded around then as a "new" Harmonic Band was formed in 1889.
South Shields Harmonic Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in 1889 and still active in 1914.
South Shields Model Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1870s to 1880s, and also in the 1930s (possibly a separate band?). Conductor in 1880 was Robert Dennison.
South Shields Operatic Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the early 1870s to the late 1890s. Conductor J. Carling in 1878, C. Frazer in 1896
South Shields Police Band (Durham)
Formed in 1888. Still active in 1915
South Shields Rifles Band (Durham)
Active in the 1860s
South Shields Temperance Band
See: Marsden Colliery Band
South Shields Town Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
South Shields Tramways Band
See: South Shields Transport Band
South Shields Transport Band (Durham)
South Shore Subscription Band
See: Blackpool South Shore Subscription Band
South Side Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s
South Side Brass Band (Glasgow, Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s. Known as Riverside Brass from 1992. Conductors John Fishwick and Tony Swainson.
South Staffordshire Britannia Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the late 1860s and 1870s
South Stockton Brass Band (Stockton-on-Tees)
Active in 1842
South Street Baptist Band (Wellington, Somerset)
Active in from the early 1900s until it was disbanded in 1937. Bandmasters included A. Winter, S Lewis, A.H.Good, Robert Morgan, H. Peek, E. Parker and Mons. Kukearts.
South Street Brass Band (Goole)
See: Goole South Street Brass Band
South Street Mission Brass Band (Hammersmith, Middlesex)
Active in the 1910s through to the 1950s. The Mission was located in Macbeth Street, Hammersmith. The band competed a few times in the early 1950s.
South Sydney Silver Band (Australia)
Active in the 1920s
South Tanfield Band
Active around 1892
South Telford Band
Formed in 1969 from some players that had split from Dawley New Town Band. The band practiced at Abraham Darby School. In the early 1970s, a man who held the instruments and the music for the defunct Madeley band handed them over on the proviso that South Telford was renamed to include Madeley. Thus it became South Telford (Madeley) Band. Eventually that was dropped, and it became Abraham Darby Band. The senior band folded in the late 1970s but the Abram Darby School Band itself continued and is still active.
South Telford (Madeley) Band
See: South Telford Band
South Tottenham Primitive Methodist Brass Band
Active in 1908
South Tyne Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s. Also known as Haltwhistle and South Tyne Brass Band, South Tyne Haltwhistle Band. May be linked to the Haltwhistle Old Band.
South Tyne Haltwhistle Band
See: South Tyne Brass Band
South West Hertfordshire Youth Band
See: South West Herts Youth Brass Band
South West Herts Youth Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, conductor Clifford Jones.
South Wingfield Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
South Yorkshire Railway Band
See: Mexborough Plant Band
South Zeal Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1870s
Southall Borough Band (1) (Middlesex)
Active during the 1930s - presumed to have folded in WW2. Was replaced by the Ealing Central Band in 1950 as the "new" Southall Borough Band
Southall Borough Band (2)
See: Ealing Central Band
Southall Brass Band (1) (Middlesex)
Active in 1916
Southall Brass Band (2)
See: Ealing Central Band
Southall British Legion Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1939
Southall Gaslight and Coke Band
See: Southall Gasworks Brass Band
Southall Gasworks Brass Band (Middlesex)
Formed in 1898, bandmaster R,B, Wheatley. In 1894 the Gasworks in Southall were still called "Chemical Works". The band was formed around the time of the amalgamation of Brentford and Southall Gasworks. Robert Snelling and his brother Richard had conducted the Southall SA Band, Richard prior to Eric Ball taking over the Band master position in 1925. Arthur Snelling, left the SA band and played for the Gasworks band on trombone after the Great War. The band lasted until the late 1930s. Also known as Brentford Gas Company Band, and Gas Light and Coke Company Band.
Southall Schools Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active from the mid-1860s to the 1900s. The school was set up as St Marylebone School in South Road, as an adjunct to the St Marylebone Workhouse. The children slept in dormitories of 40, and around 390 were housed there.
Southall Wesleyan Mission Boys Brigade Band
Active in the 1900s
Southam Town Band
Active in 1924
Southam Works Band
Active in 1924. Belonging to the Kaye and Co. Lime and Cement Works.
Southampton Amateur Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1860s
Southampton Air Training Corps Band (Hampshire)
Formed just before World War 2. and developed into a 'mature' band when the young cadets became too old for the Corps. After the War the Band's membership was increased and enhanced by returning ex-servicemen, and became known as the Bitterne and West End Band, as its location base had changed to the eastern part of the city. 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. It changed its name again in the early 1970s to Solent Brass. In 1993 Solent Brass was employed to provide music for a scene in the film The Browning Version, starring Albert Finney (released 1994), resulting in a mention in the film's credits. As membership declined in the 1990s, the band amalgamated with the Southampton Central Band in 1998 to form Ocean Brass.
Southampton Central Band (Hampshire)
Formed in the 1960s by a group of dedicated youngsters who wished to continue playing after leaving school. Under the baton of it's founder Gordon Cutler, it was based at the Central School (Further Education Centre) it quickly expanded into a full sized band. Within a short period of time a competent band had emerged and the Southampton Central (FEC) Band was officially registered as a contesting band in 1970, entering its first contest later that year. By 1979 the Band had gained promotion to the Championship Section, but by 1998 found itself back in the second section with its membership declining, prompting the amalgamation with Solent Brass to form Ocean Brass.
Southampton County Borough Police Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1928
Southampton Police Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1900s
Southampton Post Office Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Southampton Postmen's Band
See: Southampton Post Office Brass Band
Southampton Town Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active from the 1890s to WW1
Southampton Training Ship Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East RIding)
Active in 1880
Southborne Band
Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s
Southborough Brass Band (Kent)
Formed in 1867, instruments costing £38 10s.
Southbourne Silver Band
See: Winton British Legion Silver Band
Southdown Brass Band (Poynings, Sussex)
Active from the 1880s to WW1
Southend Borough Military Band (Essex)
Bandmaster: Fred Green. Between the Wars a band used to practice at the Drill Hall, near the Railway PH at Prittlewell. They used to wear Army uniforms, being associated with the Territorials and they went to Camp with the 2nd Essex Infantry Regiment. The last camp they attended was circa 1932. Philip William Laflin, a trombonist, took over as Bandmaster in 1936, when, under the shadow of impending war, it was renamed Southend Local Defence Volunteer Band. During the War it continued as a brass and reed "military" combination under the title of the 16th Essex Home Guard Band. PWL remained Bandmaster, though not without some wrangling which made it to the national papers. "Army versus Pansies" was the headline in the Daily Mirror, because the Borough Parks Dept. were loathe to release Mr Laflin from his duties as Priory Park Head Gardener.
Southend Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1877
Southend Seaside Gospel Mission Band (Essex)
Active in the 1920s
Southend Music School Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1970s
Southend Temperance Band (Essex)
Southend United Football Supporters Club Band
See: Southend United Supporters Club Band
Southend United Supporters Club Band (Essex)
Formed in 1953. Active into the 1960s. Conductor in 1955 was Wally Baldwin.
Southend-on-Sea Gospel Mission Band
See: Southend Seaside Gospel Mission Band
Southern Railway Works Brass Band (Lancing, Sussex)
Southern Regional Schools Band
See: Darlington Youth Brass Band
Southowram Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1901, disbanded in 1927 (or 1938?). The band won a special prize for cornet playing at Crystal Palace in 1923, and was one of the best bands in Calderdale in the early 20th century.
Southowram Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Letters of the band (1869-1870) held in Halifax Public Library. The band was still active in 1928
Southport and District Youth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Southport and Hindley Rifles Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1890
Southport Artillery Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Southport A.S.C. Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1909
Southport British Legion Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Southport L and Y Railway Band (Lancashire)
See: Southport Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Band
Southport Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Southport L.M.S. Railway Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Southport Rifles Brass Band (Lancashire)
Had William Rimmer as a cornetist c.1880. In 1886 the Southport Rifles Band took 5th place in a brass band competion held at Eastham, Cheshire. In 1894 the annual Southport brass band competion was held at the Winter Gardens, Twenty seven bands had entered and twenty two showed up. Of the prize winning bands two were conducted by William Rimmer but neither was from Southport. The contest lasted five hours and as all the bands played the same tune (Elixier of Love).
Southport St John Silver Band (Lancashire)
Band of the local St John Ambulance Brigade. Active from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s
Southport Special Constabulary Band
See: Tudor Silver Band
Southport Youth Brass Band
See: Southport and District Youth Brass Band
Southsea Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1880s
Southsea Silver Band (Hampshire)
Active from the 1950s to the early 2000s. Renamed Luckett's Travel (Southsea) Band in 1985
Southwark Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1850s
Southwark Borough Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the early 1900s, conductor Mr W. Braben. The band motto was "It's Dogged As Does It". Still active through into the late 1920s
Southwell Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1850 to 1870
Southwick Shoreham and District Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1930s
Southwick Bottleworks Brass Band (Sunderland)
Active in 1867, 1869 - conductor G.W. Halden.
Southwick Mission Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s
Southwick Parish Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s. Conductor George Stephenson
Southwick Public Works Band (Durham)
Active in the 1900s
Sowerby Bridge Brass Band
See: Sowerby Bridge Subscription Band
Sowerby Bridge Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1950s
Spalding Silver Prize Band
See: Spalding Town Band
Spalding Subscription Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1900s
Spalding Town Band (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1890s. Disbanded in 1959. Some members went on to form the Royal British Legion (Spalding) Band in 1962
Spalding Victoria Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1920s
Sparkford Vale Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1920s, conductor J.T. Hoare.
Speedwell Colliery Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the early 1880s. Amalgamated with the Berry Hill Temperance Band to form Berry Hill Silver Band in 1911.
Spen Excelsior Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1882
Spen Valley Brass Band (Gomersal, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Established in 1971 as the Gomersal Junior Band, it changed its name to the Spen Valley Brass Band in 1978 to attract older players, and steadily grew from strength to strength. It was still active in 2003, but probably folded soon after.
Spenborough Brass Band
See: Spenborough Victoria Band
Spenborough Rechabites Band (Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Spenborough Victoria Band (Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed after WW1 (in 1919?). Active in 1936. Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by M. Nevin, whose son played solo horn. Another player at this time was Ken Rushworth, who played euphonium and taught the youngsters. The band practiced above a shop in the middle of Cleckheaton
Spencer's Steelworks Band (Newcastle)
Played at the Manor of Newburn Show in August 1853. Active in the National Championships in the early 1900s. Still active in the mid-1920s.
Spennymoor Brass Band
See: Whitworth Band
Spennymoor Mission Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1888
Spennymoor Silver Model Band
See: Whitworth Band
Spennymoor Silver Prize Band
See: Whitworth Band
Spennymoor Sons of Temperance Band (Durham)
Active in 1887, still active in the 1930s
Spennymoor Temperance Band
See: Spennymoor Sons of Temperance Band
Spennymoor Town Band
See: Whitworth Band
Spennymoor Youth Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1990s
Spicers Silver Band
See: Spicers Works Brass Band
Spicers Works Brass Band (Cambridge)
Active in the 1950s and early 1960s
Spillers (Gainsborough) Band
See: Gainsborough Britannia Works Band
Spilsby Amateur Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1844
Spilsby Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1874, conductor Mr. Day. Active in the 1920s
Spink Well and Calder Mills Band
See: Spinkwell Mills Band
Spink Well Mills Band
See: Spinkwell Mills Band
Spinkwell Mills Band (Dewsbury, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1866, when won first prize and £20 in the "at sight" contest and first prize, and £10 in the own choice selection contest also, at the Keighley Agricultural Show in September 1866.
Spital Hill Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to WW1.
Spittlegate Iron Works Brass Band (Grantham)
Report on the band's formation in 1856: "A number of the workmen and employees at Messrs. Hornsby's works have formed among themselves a brass band, which is progressing so industriously, and so favourably, as to give promise of great efficiency. They propose not to confine themselves to their own practice room, but to play during the summer evenings on the Wood Hill, or elsewhere, pro bono publico - an intention which the dearth of public amusement in Grantham will doubtless cause to be warmly appreciated. The band numbers from 35 to 40 performers, several of whom formerly belonged to the militia band. The instruments are of first-class character, having been procured from Messrs. Distin, of London, the cost being raised by weekly subscription."
Spon Lane Gasworks Brass Band (Smethwick, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Spondon Brass Band
See: Spondon Grange Brass Band
Spondon Grange Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1840s. In 1926 it organised its fifth annual brass band contest for the Finney Challenge Cup, on June 5th 1926. "Admission to the Ground" was 1/- "including tax", and twopence for the programme and further twopence for a chair. The test piece was "Melodious Gems" and ten bands entered: Heanor Miners Welfare Band (F. Beecroft, Esq), Ripley United Silver Prize Band (W.J. Saint, Esq), Middleton Victoria Silver Band (H. Holmes, Esq.), Sandiacre Brass Band (W. Wells, Esq.), Dove Holes Public Prize Band (J.W.Greenwood, Esq.), Long Eaton Silver Prize Band (H. Evetts, Esq.), Stapleford Silver Band (W. Wood, Esq.), Pleasley Colliery Band (H. Lambeth, Esq.), Sawley Brotherhood Band (F. Yeomand, Esq.), Swadlincote Town Silver Prize Band (A. Hilton, Esq.). The Middleton Victoria Silver Band won the contest; with Dove Holes Public Prize Band winning the subsequent own choice march contest. Long Eaton Silver Prize Band was second and Pleasley Colliery Band third in each contest. Still active in the 1930s
Spratton Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed around November 1889 by W. Thompson and Mr Levi Richardson. Money to buy the expensive instruments was raised by whist-drives, bazaars and fetes. After a particularly successful bazaar held in one of George Cooper's fields in 1890 the Band wrote in the Parish Magazine that they wanted to express “their warmest thanks to all those who on this and other occasions have so kindly assisted them in clearing off the heavy debt upon their instruments.” Although they were enthusiastic music makers, their playing to start with was not always of the best as the Vicar gently suggested in 1891 after a concert given by the Band for the benefit of widows in the parish. "The attendance was large….and the Band acquitted themselves very well in four pieces, showing by their execution that they continue to improve, and bearing out the promise to which their earlier efforts had already given rise." They must have improved with practice because later, under their conductor Levi Richardson, they won second prize at the Village Contest for Brass Bands held at Ravensthorpe. The village enjoyed their music and they played for many different festive occasions. One such event was the party held to celebrate the return of Richard Gilby's son Alfred, from the South African (Boer) War in 1901. A villager remembered "what rejoicings there were when our boys came home. The Band met them at the railway station and people of the village pulled them up from the station with ropes." The Brass Band played on Hospital Sunday each August when they marched round the village collecting for local hospitals. Many of the bandsmen left to fight in the 1914-1918 war, and the last time they all played together was in 1918 for the village peace celebrations under their conductor William Richardson, son of Levi Richardson and church organist for about 36 years. (From Spratton – A Village History 2005 by Enid Jarvis and Michael Heaton)
Spriggs Brass Band (Scunthorpe)
Spring Gardens Mission Brass Band (Reading)
Active in 1903
Spring Hill Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Spring Vale Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Springbank Orphan Home Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1885.
Springburn Public Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1890s to WW1. James Reid's gift of a bandstand to the people of Springburn in 1891 had highlighted the absence of any recreational area and led to the creation of Springburn Park. The bandstand, manufactured by Walter McFarlane's Saracen Works, was erected in May 1893 and was the park's original centrepiece. Performances by groups such as the Springburn Silver Prize Band took place twice weekly from May to December and were intimated by the Union Jack flying from the nearby flagpole. Up to 2000 people attended the summer concerts. The bandstand was later moved and placed in an amphitheatre and surrounded by railings, before being removed altogether in the early 1960s due to increasing maintenance costs. The unicorn fountain now sits on the old site of the bandstand.
Springburn Silver Band
See: Springburn Public Band
Springburn Temperance Band (Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1890s to WW1.
Springfield Brass Band (Bexhill, Sussex)
Active in 1911
Springfield Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1860
Springfield Brass Band (Fife)
Active in 1876, 1881
Springfield Hall Brass Band (Springfield, Essex)
Active from the 1900s to the 1920s
Springfield Working Men's Club Band (near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1930s
Springhead Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Springhill Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Springwood Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Stafford Borough and British Legion Brass Band
See: Stafford Brass Band (3)
Stafford Brass Band (1) (Staffordshire)
Active from the mid-1840s to the late 1860s. Conducted by Mr Follows in the early 1860s
Stafford Brass Band (2) (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Stafford Brass Band (3) (Staffordshire)
Formed at the English Electric Lichfield Road works during World War II. In the late 1940s the band moved to the Royal British Legion headquarters in Eastgate Street and became Stafford British Legion Band. The band was also later known as the Stafford Borough and British Legion Band and Stafford Concert Brass, and was still active up to the late 1980s. Competed in the Junior Cup in 1962, conducted by S. Hartshorn.
Stafford British Legion Band
See: Stafford Brass Band (3)
Stafford Concert Brass
See: Stafford Brass Band (3)
Stafford Police Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s
Stafford Rifles Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Stafford Street Mission Brass Band (Mansfield, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the late 1940s
Stafford Street Mission Brass Band (Walsall, Staffordshire)
Active in 1911
Staffordshire Britannia Brass Band
See: South Staffordshire Britannia Brass Band
Staffordshire Police Brass Band
See: Stafford Police Brass Band
Staffordshire Youth Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1970s
Staffs County and Stoke-on-Trent Special Constabulary Band
See: Stoke-on-Trent Special Constabulary Brass Band
Stagsden Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1900s
Staindrop Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1850s and into the 1930s. Bandmaster in 1858 was Thomas Woods, conductor in 1900 was W. Errington.
Staindrop Subscription Brass Band
See: Staindrop Brass Band
Staines St. Peter's Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1890s
Staines Town Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1880s to WW1
Staines United Temperance Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1936
Staines Wesleyan Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1914
Stainforth Brass Band (Doncaster)
Active in the 1890s
Stainland Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1840s to the 1880s. Thomas Hinchcliffe was Bandmaster in 1842.
Stalybridge Ancient Shepherds' Band (Cheshire)
Formed in 1832 and still active through to the 1900s - this was a reed band, not a brass band.
Stalybridge Borough Band (Cheshire)
Formed in March 1871, holding its first rehearsals and meetings at the Moulders Arms, Grasscroft Street, Castle Hall. The band was known as the 4th Cheshire Rifleman Volunteers (Boro' Band) until 1896. The founder and first conductor was Alexander Owen who conducted the band until at least 1907. Active through to 1930s/40s
Stalybridge Catholic Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1880s
Stalybridge Temperance Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1856
Stalybridge West Hill Secondary School Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1960s
Stamford Amateur Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1863
Stamford Bridge Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1844
Stamford Brook Silver Band (London)
Active in the 1930s, based at St Mary's Church.
Stamford Foundry Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1855, 1857
Stamford Hill Tramway Brotherhood Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1913
Stamford Mechanics Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Formed in 1863
Stamford Temperance Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1890s
Stamford Wesleyan Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1890s
Stamfordham Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1869
Stamp End Brass Band (Lincoln)
Formed in 1874
Stamshaw Brass Band (Portsmouth, Hampshire)
Active in the 1990s - it folded around 2000.
Standard Ironworks Band
See: Davey Paxman Standard Ironworks Band
Standedge Brass Band (Saddleworth, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Standfast Works Band (Lancaster)
Formed in 1910, renamed Storey's of Lancaster Band in 1946, (a.k.a. Storey's Works Band), the Storey's Decorative Products Band in 1987, finally, in 1992, City of Lancaster (Storey's) Band. Falling membership prompted an amalgamation with Red Rose Youth Band in the city to form Red Rose Lancaster Band in the early 2000s, but as with many such ventures it didn't quite work out, folding a few years later. A few dedicated members broke away and formed the present band, Lancaster City Brass.
Standish Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1873 as a village band by the name of Crooke Band. Crooke is a small village about 2.5 miles to the north-east of Wigan. Following WW2 it was reformed as Crooke Miners Welfare Band in 1950. As Wigan Collieries closed down, the Band again changed names to Kirkless (NCB) Band. In 1987 it became the Quaker House Colliery Band. In 1990, the mine closed and with it went the sponsorship and Standish Band came into being. It merged with the Coppull Subscription Band in 2005 to form the Coppull and Standish Band.
Standish Subscription Band (Wigan)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s. Competed in the First Annual Brass Band Contest organised by Wigan Borough Prize Band in 1943 (conducted by F. Wilson).
Standlake Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
During the 19th century entertainment became more organised with concerts and dramatic activities proving very popular. Standlake had had its own Annual Fair from the mid 1800s, later becoming a pleasure fair with stalls along the High Street and in 1881 the Flower Show was established, eventually developing into a large village fete. These both survived until after the Second World War. Towards the end of the 19th century the Standlake Brass Band was started by a retired schoolmaster and lasted some ten or fifteen years. It was not universally popular and was described not too long ago by an older resident as "that terrible band". It also was said to have had a "mixed reputation"! Still active in 1907.
Standlake Village Band
See: Standlake Brass Band
Standon Farm Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s. The band was formed from boys who were resident at the Standon Farm Home For Boys. The instrumentation was largely brass with a few woodwind instruments. The Standon Home was established in 1885, as only the second boys' home in the Waifs and Strays' Society (later The Children's Society). Standon Farm initially housed fifty boys (aged 10-14), reaching 90 boys in a few years and also increasing the age range to 16 in 1908. Its primary purpose was to provide education and specifically agricultural training. The home closed in 1947.
Stanford-in-the-Vale Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in 1884
Stanford-le-Hope Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the early 1910s to the 1930s. Conductor in 1913 was F. Arthrell.
Stanhope Saxhorn Band
Competed in July 1860 at the Crystal Palace, London, conducted by Mr de-Lacey, they had massive success with their placement being 5th out of 15 bands! The band declined until 1881 when new instruments were purchased, however after 1895 interest again died down.
Stanion Jubilee Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Stanley Brass Band
See: West Stanley Brass Band
Stanley Colliery Band (West Stanley, Durham)
Active in the 1890s and still active in 1938
Stanley Common and District Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Stanley Dry Soap Works Band (Liverpool)
Active in 1885
Stanley Methodist Mission Band (Durham)
Active in 1893
Stanley Newmarket Colliery Band (Wakefield, Yorkshire)
Founded in 1895. Known as Stanley Band (to 1947), Newmarket Colliery Stanley Band, and later, Newmarket Colliery Band. Another source quotes"This village band started with its headquarters in a room above a stable at the rear of an ale house known as the Miners Arms. It was situated on the corner of Lee Moor Road. The band started as a string and bass in the year 1889. Mrs Walker of Lofthouse has a photograph which shows her father, Mr W. Goldthorpe, and her uncle, Mr N. Goldthorpe, along with other band members A. Colley, T. Field, F. Holgate, W. Clarke, A. Whitam, J. Ward, J. T. Seaton, A. Field, W. H. Sampson, A. Savage and G. Lunn. The conductor was Mr L. Turner. For 100 years the band has had some members in it from the Holgate family. At one time there were 14 members of the family playing various instruments in the band. Special mention must be made of Fred, a son of one of the founders. Fred started playing in the band when he was 12 years of age and was still playing after he had celebrated, with his fellow members, the band's centenary. The band played at Crystal Palace at the 30th anniversary of the Great National Band Festival on 26th September 1936." The band stopped contesting in 2005 and folded in 2011. A successor band was formed in 2013.
Stanley Brass Band
See: Stanley Newmarket Colliery Band
Stanley Subscription Prize Band
Active in 1921
Stanley West Temperance Band
Stanley West Town Band
Stannary Temperance Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1894
Stanningley and District Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Probably formed after WW2. Active in the 1950s. Merged with Bramley and District Subscription Band to form Bramley and Stanningley Band in the early 1950s
Stanningley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1900s
Stanningley Old Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Stanningley Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1886
Stanningley Primitive Methodist Sunday School Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Stannington Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed before 1881. Later known as Stannington Church Brass Band. Folded in 1962. A successor band was formed in 1968
Stannington Church Brass Band
See: Stannington Brass Band
Stannington Community Association Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the early 1970s
Stannington Old Brass Band
See: Stannington Brass Band
Stannington Wesleyan Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Stanshawe (Bristol) Band
See: Stanshawe/Sun Life Band
Stanshawe Band
See: Stanshawe/Sun Life Band
Stanshawe/Sun Life Band (Bristol)
The band was founded as the Stanshawe Band (1968) and modified its name to Stanshawe (Bristol) Band (1972). On receiving sponsorship from Axa Sun Life they changed again to Sun Life Stanshawe Band (1978) and finally to simply the Sun Life Band (1983). They disbanded in January 1997. For more information see Stanshawe/Sun Life Band - unofficial historical site
Stanstead Brass Band (Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Stanton and Staveley Band
Stanton Brass Band (1) (Derbyshire)
See: Stanton by Dale Band
Stanton Brass Band (2) (Derbyshire)
See: Stanton in Peak Public Brass Band
Stanton Brass Band (Leicestershire)
See: Stanton under Bardon Brass Band
Stanton Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1840s
Stanton-by-Dale Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1850s to 1880s
Stanton Harcourt Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1892
Stanton Hill Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1884. Still active in 1929
Stanton Hill Silver Prize Band
See: Stanton Hill Brass Band
Stanton in Peak Public Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1850s (as Stanton Brass Band), active in 1911 as Stanton in Peak Public Brass Band
Stanton St John Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Stanton under Bardon Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s. Also known as Able Jack (Stanton) Band in the late 1970s and early 1980s
Stanwick Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s. Also known as Stanwick United Brass Band from the 1910s
Stanwick United Brass Band
See: Stanwick Brass Band
Stapenhill Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1900s
Stapleford Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s. Probably folded prior to the formation of the Stapleford and Sandiacre Brass Band
Stapleford and Sandiacre Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Formed in the early 1860s by J. Atkin, the first bandmaster (also a cousin of the great Dan Godfrey). Atkin's son was the bandmaster in 1914, when they acquired a new set of uniforms, costing £60.
Stapleford Silver Band (Nottinghamshire)
Probably formed after WW1. Active in 1926, when it entered the Spondon Contest, conducted by W. Wood
Stapleford Town Band
See: Stapleford Silver Band
Staplehurst Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1980s
Stapleton Brass (Bristol)
Active in 1864, when they took part in the processions celebrating the official opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
Star of Temperance Brass Band (Widnes)
Report of the Penketh Methodist Church School in 1880: "For many years the Good Friday Tea Meeting was a great day in the School's year. Its origin is interesting. It had become the custom for a fair to be held at Fiddler's Ferry on that day and crowds came by train from Widnes and Warrington to enjoy a day in the country. The affair usually ended in alcoholic disorder and riot. It was, of course, a great attraction to the youth of the village and non-conformist consciences were deeply troubled. In 1880, in an attempt to provide a counter attraction, the first Tea Meeting was held. The Star of Temperance Brass Band from Widnes paraded through the village beforehand to publicise it, and played at the Penketh Methodist Church School during the evening."
Star of the East Brass Band
See: Baltonsborough Brass Band
Star of the Vale Brass Band
See: Marnhull Star of the Vale Brass Band
Star of the West Brass Band (Crewkerne, Somerset)
Active in the 1890s, early 1900s
Starbeck Brass Band (Harrogate)
Formed by Samuel Day in 1904 and , after rehearsing in a house on Stonefall Avenue, found a more permanent home on Back Regent Place in 1906.
Starcross Institution Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1909
Station Mills Brass Band (Nafferton)
Active in 1897
Staunton Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Staunton Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1887
Staveley Ambulance Brass Band
See: Staveley Works Brass Band
Staveley and Speedwelll Mission Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Staveley Brass Band (Cumbria)
Active in the 1870s
Staveley Iron and Chemical Works Band
See: Staveley Works Band
Staveley Silver Band (Cumbria)
Active in the 1950s
Staveley Volunteer Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s. Contemporary with the Staveley Works Band.
Staveley Works Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1863 as Staveley Works Band, Towards the end of the century and into the 1900s, more commonly known as Barrow Hill Brass Band, later Barrow Hill and Staveley United Prize Band, Barrow Hill and Staveley Works Silver Prize Band. The band was attached to the Staveley Works Ambulance Corps. Active in 1962, when it competed in the Senior Trophy, conducted by A.H. Dawes. Active through to the 1990ss
Stawell Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1922
Stedham Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed in the 1860s, still active in 1944. Mr. Rooke, had been conductor and sub-conductor for 33 years in 1944. His father, who played the euphonium for 67 years until he was 82, was conductor for over 40 years, he died at the age of 85 years. With him played David Christmas and two others named Tucker and Titcombe, all of whom also kept their music going until nearly 80 years of age. Christmas, who lived to be 92, was a Stedham bandsman from boyhood until over 80 years of age and kept his band love and interest alive to the end. Another family were the Faulkners, father and son: Fred Faulkner, the father, was presented with an engraved record of his 50 years' service to the band. These are outstanding cases of musical stamina, faithful friendship and esprit de corps. They took engagements at various other villages, chiefly at Friendly Societies' Club Feasts, with, now and then, outside performances in their own village streets all through the summer months to reward their constant practices in the band room during the preceding winter. Individual members of the band after walking sometimes two to six miles, would meet at the rendezvous of the village club engaging them about 11 a.m.; the proceedings would begin with a parade headed by the band to the Church and round about: members of the club, mostly in smock frocks and round hats, each member carrying a hazel twig or stick peeled round like a small barber's pole, and the club officers in broad, picturesque sashes of silk. After the Church service the procession marched to the dinner tent near the village "pub", where, after all had been inwardly more or less satisfied, the squire, the parson and the club doctor would "hold forth" for their edification. The material, spiritual, and intellectual human interests having all been thus attended to, members and friends would then enjoy themselves with sports of all kinds whilst the band mounted on a four-wheeled farm wagon, played "Selections" in the afternoon and dance music in the evening till about 10 p.m. In the 1860s to 1880s, each bandsman would receive about 2s. 6d. or 3s. 0d. with free dinner and beer for the engagement and be ready for work again at his job by five or six o'clock the next morning. The old country Friendly Societies had all suffered extinction at the beginning of the 20th century, but other band engagements, Flower Shows, Garden Parties, Athletic Sports, etc., came along and provided suitable occasions for bands to let off their musical steam.
Steel and Garland Priory Foundry Band (Worksop)
Conductor was Mr E. Russon in 1910. On November 18th 1910, the Worksop Old Soldiers Association held their Annual Church Parade, and the Priory Foundry Band took part in the procession, along with the Worksop Town Band and Shireoaks Band. In the evening a concert was given at the Gaiety Theatre. The Priory Foundry Band played selections. Bandsman Craven of the Priory Foundry Band received first prize for the smartest Bandsman.
Steel Company of Wales Band
Competed in the 1964 West of England Regional Championships (2nd Section), conducted by H. Nuttall
Steel, Peech and Tozer Phoenix Works Band (Rotherham)
Active in the 1930/40s. Based at Phoenix Hall, Ickles
Steeple Claydon Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1889, conductor George Jackman
Steeple Langford Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Secretary in 1899 was A. Everett.
Stella Colleries Workman's Band
Active in the 1900s and folded after WW1. Stella Company owned several collieries near Durham.
Stenalees Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1890s to the 1960s
Stenhouse Brass Band (Stenhousemuir, Stirlingshire)
Activein the 1920s
Stennals (St Austell) Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1888
Stephen Heath Works Brass Band (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Active in the 1930s
Stephen Recreation Brass Band (Scotland)
Active in the 1950s
Stephenson's Brass Band (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Active in 1866
Stepney Borough Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1920s
Stepney Gas Workers Brass Band
See: Stepney Gasworks Band
Stepney Gasworks Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1898 and 1907, when it played at the dinner for the Sandwich Men of London, on Christmas Eve.
Stevenage Brass Band (1) (Hertfordshire)
Active from the 1860s to the 1880s
Stevenage Brass Band (2)
See: Stevenage Town Band
Stevenage Town Band (Hertfordshire)
Active from the early 1960s to the early 1980s
Stevenson Box Works Band (Manchester)
When it disbanded its instruments helped to form the Central Manchester Band.
Steventon Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in 1933
Stewarton Youth Brass Band (Ayrshire)
Active in the 1980s
Stewartry Brass Band (Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
Steyning and District Band
See: Steyning Brass Band
Steyning Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed around 1874 and was still active in 1944.
Steyning Town Brass Band
See: Steyning Brass Band
Stibbard Silver Band (Norfolk)
Founded by John Abram. Active in the 1920s to 1950s
Sticker Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1860s. Records of the band, from 1914-1928, are held by Cornwall Record Office. Probably reformed/renamed Sticker Silver Band after WW1. Still active in 1936
Sticker Silver Band
See: Sticker Brass Band
Stinchcombe Silver Band (Gloucestershire)
Founded as a Brass Band in 1898 by Anthony Williams and continued for over 75 years. During World War II it suffered from a brief suspension of activities, but resumed its charitable and social activities until the nineteen-eighties. It gained a high reputation for its musicianship under Mr. D. Smith who died in recent years. In its heyday it used to provide an annual Christmas concert with a supper and food parcels for the elderly. It also toured the village playing carols outside groups of houses or actually playing inside the larger houses. These were very convivial occasions and one can say that a high note was struck. It also played in Dursley in the festive season and gave concerts and competed, with success, in competitions for local bands. There is a story about the band playing one Christmas to a haystack in the late evening during one of its tours through the lanes, until a walker going in the band's direction called out "that aint a 'ouse - it's a 'aystack". [Note: similar stories are told of Potterspury Band and Woodchurch Band!]. It is sad that this feature of Stinchcombe life has disappeared. Among the village names which figured among many others are; Attwood, Burcombe, Clark, Summers, Woodward, and the members of the band were ably supported by their wives who undertook the catering for the Christmas party for the pensioners and similar duties for other occasions. The band rehearsed and were based in Lister's Club in Dursley Gloucestershire. They were in the Championship Section in 1997. They disbanded around 2000. During the 1920s to mid-1960s it was known as Lister's Silver Band, or R.A. Lister's Silver Band. The engineering company, R.A. Lister and Co Ltd., had its own military band at one time, as well as the brass band.
Stirling Brass Band
See: Stirling Burgh Band
Stirling Burgh Band
Active in the 1890s to the 1930s. Conducted by W. Drummond in 1928.
Stirling Public Band
Active in the 1980s
Stithians Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s. A successor band (St Stythians Band) was formed in 1928
Stockbridge Brass Band (near Keighley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1873, conductor Henry Smith.
Stockbridge Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1863
Stockbridge Works Brass Band (near Keighley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1861, conductor Hugh Betcliff
Stockfield Mission Band (Acocks Green, Birmingham)
Active around 1910
Stockingford Brass Band (Nuneaton)
Active in the early 1900s. Probably disbanded before WW2.
Stockport Borough Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1880s to the 1890s
Stockport Borough Silver Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s to the 1950s
Stockport Borough Police Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1950s. Possibly a precursor to the current Cheshire Constabulary Band (formed in 1967)
Stockport Brass
See: Stockport Telephone Band
Stockport L.M.S. Railway Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s to the 1950s
Stockport Excelsior Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1876, 1880
Stockport Old Yeomanry Band
See: Stockport Yeomanry Brass Band
Stockport Police Band
See: Stockport Borough Police Brass Band
Stockport Telephone Band (Cheshire)
Formed in 1967, later known as POEU (Post Office Engineering Union) Brass Band (to 1987), British Telecom Band, BT Band (to 2007) and finally Stockport Brass until its demise in January 2009. Most of the original bandsmen were members of that union, being telephone engineers employed at the time by the General Post Office (GPO). In recognition of this support, the band changed its name to the POEU Brass Band. It later became supported by the employer, British Telecom and the name changed to reflect that. In 1992 it became the first ever winners of the newly formed First Section of the National Championships. The band was promoted to the Championship Section in the North West of England and appeared at the British Open in 1998 (coming 9th), 1999 (16th) and 2000 (23rd). As with most bands there were periods of ups and downs and in January 2001 the band was down to about 10 players. With MD Michael Fowles taking up the challenge, within a few weeks they came 5th at the North West Area. This was the start of a partnership between MD and band that saw the band become a consistent performer at major contests - especially at the Regionals.
Stockport Temperance Brass Band
Active in the 1880s. It organised a contest in the town in 1889.
Stockport Yeomanry Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active from the 1860s until 1954, when it merged with the Edgeley Brass Band to form the current Stockport Silver Band. Also known as Lancashire Yeomanry Stockport Band, Cheshire Yeomanry Stockport Band, Late Yeomanry Band, Stockport Yeomanry Cavalry Band and Stockport Old Yeomanry Band.
Stockport Yeomanry Cavalry Band
See: Stockport Yeomanry Brass Band
Stocks Bridge Works Brass Band
See: Stockbridge Works Brass Band
Stocksbridge Amateur Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1891, conductor P.S. Anderson
Stocksbridge Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Instituted in 1871. Over the next 17 years attended 52 contests winning 43 prizes, value £336. Conductor in 1888 was Charles Marsden. Also known as Stocksbridge Works Band, associated with the Stocksbridge Steel Works, it folded in the early 1980s
Stocksbridge Old Prize Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s
Stocksbridge Works Band
See: Stocksbridge Band
Stockton Adults Brass Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in 1889
Stockton Amateur Brass Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in 1842
Stockton Borough Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in the 1900s and the 1910s
Stockton Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1880
Stockton Catholic Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s
Stockton Christian Mission Brass Band
Active in 1899
Stockton Clarence Brass Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in 1842
Stockton Corporation Brass Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in 1850 and 1860s
Stockton Druids Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in 1906
Stockton Malleable and Rail Mill Band
See: Stockton Malleable Band (1)
Stockton Malleable Band (1) (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Stockton Malleable Band (2) (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in the late 1940s and 1950s
Stockton Malleable Institute Band
See: Stockton Malleable Band
Stockton Model Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in the 1890s
Stockton Municipal Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Active in 1937
Stockton Simonettes Volunteer Band (Stockton-on-Tees, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and active in 1911
Stockton-on-Tees Union Band (Durham)
Active in 1856
Stogursey Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1857
Stoke Borough Victoria Prize Brass Band (Staffs)
Active in 1878
Stoke Brotherhood Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in 1912
Stoke Bruerne Amateur Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Stoke Excelsior Brass Band (Ipswich)
Active in 1887.
Stoke Excelsior Brass Band (Stoke Heath)
Active in 1883
Stoke Golding Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1856
Stoke Heath R.A.F. Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1950s
Stoke Newington British Legion Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1930s
Stoke Newington Foresters Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1891.
Stoke Newington Gospel Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1910
Stoke Old Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
Stoke Police Band
See: Stoke-on-Trent Special Constabulary Brass Band
Stoke Railway Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Stoke Rifles Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
Stoke Steam Shed Brass Band
See: Stoke Railway Brass Band
Stoke sub Hamdon Band (Somerset)
Formed in 1891 and disbanded around 1930. A new band was formed in the village in 1945.
Stoke Victoria Brass Band (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Stoke-on-Trent Special Constabulary Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the lat 1940s to the 1970s
Stoke-on-Trent Brass
See: City of Stoke-on-Trent Brass Band
Stokecourcy Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1857
Stokenchurch Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Stokenchurch Temperance Band
See: Stokenchurch Brass Band
Stokesley Volunteer Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Stone Cross Brass Band (near Eastbourne, Sussex)
Active in the 1900s through to the late 1920s
Stone Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1870s
Stone Brass Band (Stone in Oxney, Kent)
Active in the 1870s, conductor Frederick Medhurst
Stone Volunteer Band (Staffordshire)
Active around 1890, it was formed by Band Sergeant H. Wood from members of Stone's battalion of volunteers. Several of Sergeant Wood's sons served in the company and played in the band. The band was very popular and played at numerous events and dances throughout the area. On Whit Monday 1889 they had the honour of being the first band to play on the bandstand in Longton Park.
Stonebroom Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
Stonebroom Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1898
Stoneham School Brass Band (Reading, Berkshire)
Active in the 1970s
Stonehaven Town Band (Aberdeenshire)
Active in 1913
Stonehouse Public Prize Band
See: Stonehouse Silver Band
Stonehouse Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1860s
Stonehouse Silver Band (Lanarkshire)
Founded around 1901-1902. This band was also self-supporting and relied on subscriptions and fund raising events to raise money to buy music, instruments and uniforms. The early years of the band were spent giving local concerts and fund raising events. Throughout the war years they gave concerts for wounded soldiers in hospital and regularly played at the Palace Picture House and the Rex. Also a competing band, they were very successful from 1919 and through the 1920's. In 1919 they won the Scottish Championships and their trombone player James Chalmers was the British Empire Champion Trombonist. They had the reputation of being one of the best bands in Scotland throughout the 1920's. Bob Chalmers led the band during this period. Some may also remember him as a regular correspondent in the Advertiser during the 1920's under the pseudonym of 'Couplaw'.In the thirties the band began to decline, probably due to the industrial depression, financial problems and a general lack of interest. In 1936 a meeting was called which resulted in the bands demise. [Thanks to Stonehouse Heritage Group for these details)
Stonehouse Town Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1900s
Stonesfield Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1894
Stonesfield Silver Band (Oxfordshire)
Stonesfield Silver Band was formed in 1956 by John Nunn. Prior to that, John's relatives and friends cycled to Woodstock to practise with the Woodstock Town Band. However, attendances at Woodstock became poor and John found himself taking rehearsals at times. One evening they arrived from Stonesfield to find that the door had not been unlocked and they did not go again. As a result of this, the Stonesfield Silver Band was formed and began practising in the old Stonesfield Village Hall. In 1959, Dorothy Calcutt and her very musical family joined the band and from then on the band went from strength to strength in numbers. Mrs Calcutt took a position teaching at the primary school at Woodstock and as funds became more plentiful, she began giving brass lessons there, soon having many of the children playing. Although no charge was made for lessons at the primary school, it was a condition with the loan of an instrument that you also joined the Stonesfield Band. In December 1963, the band went out playing carols 26 times, collecting a princely £28! The band was thrilled with the amount collected and purchased its first tuba with the money. As well as using the old Stonesfield Village Hall as a practice room, the Boot Inn, The Combe Tavern and a now-derelict building erected by the Band on the premises of Dorothy Calcutt were used over the years. In the late 60s, the Band ran an annual solo, duet and quartet contest in Stonesfield where members of the local association used to send along players. The association itself ran a similar contest and although Stonesfield players did not win many trophies, they were usually sure of one trophy - the cup awarded for most entries! At association contests Stonesfield would often enter two bands, junior and senior. In 1997, Terry Brotherhood joined the band as Musical Director. After an illustrious career as a player, including Principal Cornet at Morris Motors Band, Terry's conducting career had taken him to City of Oxford and then Kidlington, who he took to Championship Section status. When Terry joined, the band was struggling at the bottom of the fourth section with a core of just twelve players. Under Terry's directorship, the band won many competitions up and down the country and raced up the tables from Fourth to First Section, competing in three national finals on the way. In 2006, the band reluctantly bid farewell to Terry and a new Musical Director joined in the form of Simon Jones. The band folded in 2009.
Stoney Middleton Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1887
Stoney Stanton Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s
Stoney Stanton Silver Band
See: Stoney Stanton Brass Band
Stoneyburn and District Collieries Band
See: Stoneyburn Brass Band
Stoneyburn and District Public Brass Band
See: Stoneyburn Brass Band
Stoneyburn Brass Band (West Lothian)
For a mining community to be without a band was unthinkable, and so, in September 1923 a meeting was held in Paton's Picture Palace to consider the formation of a brass band. Joseph Colquhoun chaired the meeting and it was agreed that a band should be formed. A committee was set up with Mr George McDougal as President, Messer's Alex Geddes and Hugh Crawford as Vice-Presidents, John Paton as Secretary and John Murphy as Treasurer. It was proposed that, in order to start raising money for the venture, all the miners were to be asked if they were willing to have a penny deducted from their wages each week. This was agreed, even by the men who came from Blackburn to work in the 'Foulshie'. By November of that year enough money had been raised to get the band started even though they had to hire their instruments. Their first big public appearance was, when as Stoneyburn Brass Band, they proudly led the Gala Procession in July 1924. This band continued to play for many years, apart from the war years, giving pleasure to many and winning several competitions on the way. It was referred to by various names over the years, the Public Band, the Silver Band, the Colliery Band or The Stoneyburn and District Public Brass Band. It was finally disbanded in the early 1960's, and its instruments were handed over to the West Calder Band. Over the years the band had many outstanding conductors, the first being a Mr Wardrope. In 1927 the post was given to a Mr Robert Gillies from Fife and the following year a Mr Williamson took over. Over the next twenty years there is no information about the conductors, but in 1949 a Mr Kirsley was the leader. Played at the Loganlea Gala, Addiewell, Midlothian in 1949. The band was still active into the early 1960s.
Stoneyburn Colliery Band
See: Stoneyburn Brass Band
Stoneyburn Public Band
See: Stoneyburn Brass Band
Stoneywood and Auchmull Union Band (Aberdeen)
Formed in 1850 by George Gibb together with John Beveridge and ten others. Auchmull was the earlier name from the village now known as Bucksburn,and the term 'Union' appears to have been adopted simply to signify that the two villages were united in the band. New instruments were purchased for the twelve original members, but their ownership was vested in a trust as the public property of the two villages. A letter, that was circulated to local gentlemen in an effort to secure funding for the band, read ".... we trust, that through the liberality of the friends of progress, we will be enabled to bring it within the reach of all who have a desire for the cultivation of Music, Thus forming a source of harmless recreation to us, and a pleasing gratification to the community generally". In 1908 the band was given a new constitution under the name of The Stoneywood Brass Band. A formal link was now established with Alex Pirie and Sons Paper Mill and band practices were held in The Works Hall. It soon became the best known band in the North East of Scotland. By the end of the Second World War the name had been changed to Stoneywood Silver Band. In the post war years the band travelled widely to take part in contests - this included several trips to London for national finals. By the 1980's the link with the mill was finally severed. New rehearsal accommodation was offered by UDI, an off-shore services company with premises in Bridge of Don, and the band changed its name to UDI Brass. In 1997 UDI Brass merged with Aberdeen City Band to form UDI Aberdeen City Band (later Granite City Brass).
Stoneywood Brass Band
See: Stoneywood and Auchmull Union Band
Stoneywood Silver Band
See: Stoneywood and Auchmull Union Band
Stoneywood Works Band
See: Stoneywood and Auchmull Union Band
Stony Stratford Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Formed in the 1860s and lasted until 1929
Stony Stratford and St Mary's Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1889
Storey's Decorative Products Band
See: Standfast Works Band
Storey's of Lancaster Band
See: Standfast Works Band
Storey's Works Band
See: Standfast Works Band
Storm Brass (Newton Abbott, Devon)
Founded in 2009, aimed to become Devon's premier brass band. MD was Simon Dobson, band manager Ken Cassidy. It had some success, being graded in the 1st Section, and was based at the Stover School. It folded in 2012
Storrington Brass Band
Formed by monks and lay brothers from the Premonstratension Priory. It numbered nine to ten performers all playing on brass instruments with rehearsals held in a temporary shed on the site now occupied by the monastery church in Monastery Lane in Storrington. The band played at significant events in the village such as: 1875 - The band played at the end of a successful trial for the Storrington Parish Council in the Hurston Road case trial held at Brighton Court along with the church bells ringing and fireworks. 1877 - Mention of the band playing at a 100 year old's birthday party. 1878 - The band played to welcome home the victorious cricket team from a match on the Isle of Wight. January 1891 - The band played on the homeward journey from Chantry Mill Pond when a cricket match was played on the ice covered pond! The players wore tall black hats! However, there were no accidents and because the roads were slippery with ¾" of ice on them , people skated most of the way back into the village! 1902 - Coronation. Storrington Brass Band played music in the procession for the festivities in Storrington. These references do not mention whether the band was the one which was made up of the monks and lay brothers or a subsequent band. The band probably folded around 1902, as Storrington Military Band was formed in 1904.
Storrington Military Band
Formed in 1904. The Prior maintained his interest when the village band appeared in 1904 by subscribing to its funds and inviting it to perform two to three times a year in the monastery grounds. The band was also funded, to some extent, by public subscriptions, but the bulk of the money came from Mr. Trotter's resources and he provided the instruments as well as the music. He played himself and superintended the practices and later a Mr. Bampton came from Christ's Hospital, Horsham, Sussex, to coach it on one day a week. The band gave its first concert in the village hall on December 14th 1904 and in preparation for this a Mr. Smith from Queen's Hall, London, came to coach the performers. A month after this event the band went to Brighton to hear Sousa's band which Sousa himself conducted. In June 1906, the band, which had started with brass only but by this time had added reed instruments, entered for a contest in Horsham. However, on this occasion the players were advised by the judge to go home and learn to play in tune! As time went on, they played concerts; at church parades locally and at flower shows as far afield as Southwater near Horsham. The band played regular concerts in the Square in Storrington which attracted large crowds. It always played carols at Christmas time visiting the big houses in the area such as Parham House, Greyfriars House and Fryern Lodge. Recollections state that for many years it was a much-loved institution in the village and was always called upon whenever there was an occasion for rejoicing. The village cricket team was sometimes welcomed home after victorious matches by the sounds of the band and the pealing of the church bells. However, after the second world war, enthusiasm gradually declined, and the Minute Book of the band comments on the lack of boys turning up for practice and the lack of older members to attract and tutor the younger ones. The band closed in the 1950s.
Stotfold Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s, probably folded during WW1. Conductor in 1913 was W. Tansley.
Stoughton Brass and Reed Band
Active in 1912
Stour Vale Brass Band
See: Marnhull Star of the Vale Brass Band
Stourbridge Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1880s
Stourbridge Iron Works Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1864
Stourbridge Memorial Band
See: Stourbridge War Memorial Club Band
Stourbridge War Memorial Club Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1920s
Stourpaine Brass Band (Dorset)
Active from the early 1890s to the 1920s. Conductor John Domoney in 1892 (he was bandmaster for 20 years).
Stourport Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1880s. A successor band was formed in 1969.
Stourton Memorial Public Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Some of its members went on to form the Yorkshire Copper Works Band.
Stowmarket Volunteers Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1880s
Strand Union Schools Band (Enfield, Middlesex)
Active in the 1870s to the mid-1900s
Strandtown Silver Band (Northern Ireland)
Active in 1962, when it competed in the Senior Trophy, conducted by J. Burch.
Stranraer Brass Band (Wigtownshire)
Active from the 1850s to the 1890s
Stratford Brass Band
Active in 1900, when it played at the Stansted Flower Show on 4th August.
Stratford Co-operative Employees Band (Essex)
Active in 1910
Stratford St Mary Amateur Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1885
Stratford-upon-Avon Brass Band
Active in 1865. From the Petty Sessions Court - "Agreement between Thomas Hutchings of S/A, Captain, 4th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, and the Executive Committee of the Stratford-on-Avon Town Band for the purchase of instruments and uniforms, 5 May 1893."
From the Stratford Sessions Court - "notice of plaint in Henry Mathews (pro Stratford-upon-Avon Brass Band) Professor of Music v. William Mills, Stratford-upon-Avon, needle stamper, for recovery of instrument, music and uniform."
Strathfieldsaye Municipal Band (Australia)
Formed in 1931 as Bendigo Citizens and Boys Band (which was an offshoot of the Bendigo Municipal Band - formally separating in 1941). Renamed Bendigo Central Band in 1971 and renamed Strathfieldsaye Municipal Band in 1978. Merged with Marong Municipal (Hopetoun) Brass Band in 1998 to form Greater Bendigo Concert Brass
Strathmore Brass Band
Active in 1863, when it played at the opening of Dundee People's Park
Stratton Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1840s to the 1890s
Streatham Town Band
Active in 1891 when it played regularly on Streatham Common
Street Amateur Brass Band (Somerset)
Active from the 1850s, probably as a factory band. By 1905 it had become a reed and brass band.
Street Brass Band
See: Street Amateur Brass Band
Street Fold Methodist Band
See: Streetfold Band
Street Fold Prize Band
See: Streetfold Band
Street Good Templar Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s. Conductor John Farrow in 1881, Mr Hawkins in 1884.
Streetfold Brass Band (Moston, Lancashire)
Formed in 1919 as the Streetfold Brass Band, later known as Streetfold Methodist Band, Streetfold Prize Band, Moston Band, Moston and Beswick Band (1965-2000). It folded in January 2006. Along the way it amalgamated with the Beswick Prize Band in 1965, and then with Chain Bar Methodist Band in early 1980s. Competed in the Senior Cup in 1962. The following account is provided by Arthur Hall as he neared his 93rd birthday in 2000.
"By tradition Streetfold Methodist Church took part in the Whit Friday Procession of Witness following the Beswick Prize Band, who charged a fee. My father, George Hall, who was the Sunday school secretary, collected a penny a week from the members of the church, so that the cost was spread over the twelve-month's period. The Primary Sunday school led the way followed by the church banner with the senior girls holding the banner ropes. The banner depicted Holman Hunt's "The Light of the World". Behind this walked members of the Sunday school followed by the church members. After the First World War, although some of the young men had died in action, a number returned and felt that if other churches, for example Culcheth, had bands, they could found a similar band. It was decided to contact Boosey and Hawkes to find out how much a complete set of instruments would cost. The figure was a little frightening but my father and some like-minded folk said they would raise the money. Each member of the group provided an interest free loan of £10 (which was approx. 1 month's pay for a manager and 6 week's pay for a labourer). The loan raised rather more than £2000 and it took four years to raise the capital. Not only did this money but the instruments, but it paid for the church to be wired for electricity and coke-fired central heating to be fitted. The last £500 paid for the installation of the organ, a gift from the family of a young man from Chester, Lt. Smith (?) who was killed in the Great War. On the front of the organ, behind the pulpit, was a panel of eleven dummy pipes which, with a brass plate, constituted the War Memorial to the eleven soldiers from Stretford who were killed in action between 1914 and 1918. Having got the instruments, the problem remained to find teachers. Because of the long association with Beswick Band, and appeal was made for help. Mr. Nelson and Mr. Cartwright came to take on the job. It is not clear if they got paid or just got expenses, but they were good at the job. Mr. Nelson became bandmaster and Mr. Cartwright his assistant. Mr. Cartwright had special responsibility for the trombone section. On the night that the instruments were issued I was at the Manchester College of Technology following a course in building and quantity surveying. However, I became the temporary owner of a Flugel horn whilst Donald Whittaker and Eddie Bethell were in the trombone section. Mr. Youd, who was a very good player, led the cornet section. Having the instruments we now needed music stands which my father provided from 3 x 2 uprights and tongue and grooved floor boards, It was the job of the first members on the scene to see that the stands formed a square with Mr. Nelson in the centre giving encouragement and at times admonishing the naked but enthusiastic talent. The trombones were now joined by Fred Eastwood and they made good progress. We later found out that they had marked the notes on the slides with scratches. The band progressed and it was with some anxiety that the Whitsun walk approached. The band had no uniform so we decided to wear straw 'kaydees' which were in vogue as head gear (at this time Culcheth wore top hats and were known as the Culcheth Tall Hat Band). The band lined up for its first public appearance and as we moved towards the Ben Brierley Public House, at the corner of Kenyon Lane, the heavens opened and it was like hailstones beating on top of the 'kaydees'. Needless to say, we survived. On Saturday afternoons, those of us that could be present, used to go to Johnny Brook's farm near the Bluebell Hotel. There were only cows to complain if you played the wrong note. Mr. Youd was in charge of the motley but enthusiastic group of players. As time passed, the band became better and better and we started to enter band competitions. We were up against some of the top bands in the country who used the small events on their way home from garden parties to boost their prize money. However, the day arrived when in competition we won the contest and became Streetfold Prize Band. Someone had fixed a sign on the front of the big drum and Mr. Nelson was presented with a bandmaster's coat by a firm who made band uniforms. At the same time, the euphonium player won the gold medal for his solo. The band had arrived. At this juncture due to pressure at night school, I had to withdraw from the band. It was good fellowship and whilst I maintained my friendship with individuals, the band had to take second place."
Stretford Church Brass Band (Lancashire)
Formed July 1877.
Stretford Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1840s. A band of the same name was formed when some players split away from Stretford Silver Band in 1933 (later to become Sale Brass Band)
Stretford Village Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s to WW1.
Strood Gospel Mission Silver Band (Kent)
Formed in 1898, attached to the Strood Gospel Mission Church in Brompton Lane, Strood. During the inter-war years the Band took part in contests at the Crystal Palace in London and had a small measure of success at these events. After the war the Band continued to play in the Mission Hall but ceased contesting. The numbers steadily fell until in the late eighties there were only 12 or 13 members. The Band ceased to be associated with Strood Gospel Mission in 1996 at the same time changing its name to The Master's Brass and moving to the new venue of St Nicholas's Church Hall in Strood. The Band celebrated its centenary in 1998 with a membership of 25. In 2001 the Band again changed its name to City of Rochester Brass. Over the succeeding years the number of adult players gradually declined and the band was unable to recruit new players, finally ceasing in 2009. The remaining members devoted their efforts to forming and tutoring a new junior training band - North Kent Youth Brass Band
Strood Mission Band
See: Strood Gospel Mission Prize Band
Stroud and District Brass Band
Formed March 1945 from the 7th Battalion Gloucesters Home Guard Band. Still active in 1960
Stroud Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1860s to 1870s
Stroud Town Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1880s. The band folded in 1932.
Stubbins Vale Brass Band (Stubbins, near Ramsbottom, Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1950s. Possibly linked, originally, to the Stubbins Vale Mill which was built in 1851.
Stubbs Band (Sunraysia area, Australia)
Founded in 1907, merged with the Irymple Brass Band in 1909 to form the present-day Mildura District Brass Band
Stubshire Cross Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1950s
Sturminster Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1861
Sturminster Newton Temperance Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Sturton Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1890s
Submarine Miners (Royal Engineers) Band (Middlesbrough)
See: Middlesbrough Model Brass Band
Suckley Excelsior Brass Band (Worcs)
Active in 1900
Sudbury Town Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1923
Sudehill Brass Band(Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1859 when it performed at a gala at Horn Hill, near Snowgate Head.
Suffolk Yeomanry Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1960s. Also known as 308 Suffolk & Norfolk Yeomanry Band
Summer's Steel Works Band
See: John Summers and Sons Steelworks Band
Summercourt Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1870s to the late 1920s. Tom Brenton (d.1923) was bandmaster for many years, at least from 1890.
Summerseat Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s
Sun Life Band
See: Stanshawe/Sun Life Band
Sun Life Stanshawe Band
See: Stanshawe/Sun Life Band
Sunbury Art Works Band
See: Sunbury Brass Band
Sunbury Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the early 1900s to 1920s
Sunbury Decorative Art Works Band
See: Sunbury Brass Band
Sunderland Amalgamated Musicians' Band (Durham)
Active in the early 1900s
Sunderland and District Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1910s
Sunderland Borough Police Band (Durham)
Formed 1866, still active in the early 1960s
Sunderland Boys Industrial School Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1880s to the early 1900s. The Sunderland Industrial and Ragged School was established in around 1850 on Silver Street, Sunderland. The school closed in 1924.
Sunderland Bridge Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1843
Sunderland British Legion Band (Durham)
Formed after 1918
Sunderland East End Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s - probably folded during WW1
Sunderland Highways Silver Band (Durham)
Formed August 1946, active into the early 1950s
Sunderland International Concert Band (Durham)
Active in the 1970s - a former Sunderland Education Authority Band that achieved high standards in the youth band scene, then later in the adult arena with good contest results before suddenly fading away, remaining members amalgamating with the City of Sunderland Band around the early 1980s.
Sunderland Naval Brass Band (Durham)
Active between 1899 and 1916
Sunderland Operatic Band (Durham)
Active from the 1870s to around 1900. In 1882, conductor was J.G. Cooper
Sunderland Orphan Asylum Band (Durham)
The asylum was located on Sunderland Moor, and the band was tutored by Edward Sanderson. The boys gave regular concerts on the moor.
Sunderland Police Band
See: Sunderland Borough Police Band
Sunderland Sailor Boys Band (Durham)
Active in 1904
Sunderland Shipbuilders Band (Durham)
Active in 1923, possibly formed in the early 1900s
Sunderland T.L.F. Brass Band
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Sunderland Temperance Brass Band
Active from the 1890s to the 1910s
Sunderland Wesley Hall Brass Band
Active in the 1910s. Conductor Mr Blackett in 1910
Sunderland Youth International Concert Band
Active in the late 1960s, early 1970s
Sundon Park Brass Band (Luton, Bedfordshire)
Active from the early 1970s. Renamed Farr's of Luton Brass Band in 1987, folding in the early 1990s
Sunlight Brass Band
See: Port Sunlight Brass Band
Sunlight Works Band
See: Port Sunlight Brass Band
Sunniside Colliery Band (Tow Law)
Folded after WW2
Sunny Brow Colliery Band
See: Sunnybrow Colliery Band
Sunny Vale Brass Band
Active in 1935 when it played at the Brighouse Borough Jubilee Celebrations
Sunnybrow Brass Band (Willington, Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Sunnybrow Colliery Band (Willington, Durham)
Founded in the 1890s. Still active in 1943. Folded during or shortly after WW2. Also known as Willington Colliery Band.
Sunraysia District Band (Sunraysia area, Australia)
Founded in 1929
Surrey Industrial School for Boys Band (Mayford, Surrey)
The home opened in 1887, with accommodation for 180 boys. The band was active from 1888. There were 24 players in the band in 1892.
Surrey Street Mission Band (Kings Lynn, Norfolk)
Active between the 1890s and 1930s. Later known as Kings Lynn Imperial Silver Band
Surrey Street Silver Band (Kings Lynn)
See: Surrey Street Mission Band
Suttell's Harmonic Brass Band (Redcar)
Active in 1900
Sutton and Cherington Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1935
Sutton and Hucknall United Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the early 1880s the 1900s.
Sutton Brass Band (Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire)
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 Sutton Band was still active in 1897 when it took part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Winthorpe, and 1898 when they took part in the Newark celebrations of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Sutton Bridge Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Sutton Bridge British Legion Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1930s
Sutton Harmonic Brass Band (Sutton-in-Ashfield)
See: Sutton-in-Ashfield Old Harmonic Brass Band
Sutton Harmonic Brass Band (Sutton-on-Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in 1864, 1897
Sutton Manor Colliery Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Sutton Manor Institute Brass Band
See: Sutton Manor Colliery Band
Sutton Model Prize Band
See: See: Sutton-in-Ashfield Model Brass Band
Sutton Old Harmonic Brass Band
See:Sutton-in-Ashfield Old Harmonic Brass Band
Sutton Old Model Brass Band
See: Sutton-in-Ashfield Model Brass Band
Sutton Red Cross Temperance Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s to the 1920s, conductor W. Gill from c. 1910.
Sutton Road Brass Band
See: Sutton Road Wesleyan Brass Band
Sutton Road Wesleyan Brass Band (St Helen's, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1910s
Sutton School Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in 1874, when it had 70 boys, 30 of whom were learners. This school was one of the poor law institutions.
Sutton Scotney Brass Band (Nr. Winchester, Hampshire)
Probably formed between the two world wars and folded in the early 1970s. Active in 1936 when it led a parade to Wonston Holy Trinity Church. Stuart Hay, a member of the band from 1954 through 1966, recalls: "At the age of 11 I was taught to play cornet by Fred Mathews - Euphonium, along with three other local kids from the village of Springvale near Kings Worthy. The band operated out of the local Springvale British Legion Club hall on Wednesday nights. At that time the band mustered about one dozen with two members from the village of origin Sutton Scotney - Fred Taylor - Tuba of Taylor Motors, and Stan ? - cornet. Other members came from Winchester and the surrounding villages as far out as Micheldever and a couple of Navy bandsmen from Worthy Down Fleet Air Arm Corps. Public performances were few, village fates, summer carnivals, Armistice Day parades and Christmas caroling - these events were augmented by musicians from Whitchurch and Andover Brass Bands. The three bands combined their forces for each others engagements and consequently were well travelled from Hungerford to Winchester and all places between. By the late 50's rehearsals had moved to the top floor of the Co-op Bakery in Winchester which happened to be directly opposite and in-the-line-of-fire of the belfry of Winchester Cathedral - rehearsals continued at the Co-op for several years until the Cathedral bell ringers decided to run their rehearsal at the same time at band practice - it was no contest so we moved to a room over the local Willow Tree Inn somewhat sheltered from the cathedral by the towering structure of the old bakery but never completely free of those infernal bells - on reflection I'd put it that they made a significant contribution to the bands demise. The band continued to operate into the early 70's - I'd estimate the band folded by 1973 and I believe the instruments were donated to the Hampshire Schools Brass Band". Another source recalls the instruments being lent to South Wonston School before being returned to the village and finally deposited with the Horniman Museum, London. See: Sutton Scotney Band Instruments for further details.
Sutton Temperance Band (Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1907, and around 1919, when Arthur Spencer was the bandmaster. In 1906 the bandsmen were: B. Elliott, F. Perrin, A. Whetton, C. Whitehead, F. Simms. J. W. Shaw, W. Davies, J. Booth, H. Heath (Treasurer), W. Searson, M. Turner, C. Wells, J. Attewell (Bandmaster, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield), H. Minchan (Assistant Bandmaster), G Lane, S. Williamson. H. Clarke, A. Lane, C. Dove, I. Gough (Secretary), B. Smith, and R. Vaughan.
Sutton Town Band
See: Sutton United Town Band
Sutton United Town Band (Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire)
Active in 1885, but had folded by 1907 when only the Temperance and Old Prize bands were active in Sutton.
Sutton Village Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Records of the band, from 1893-1906, are held by Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Cambridge
Sutton-in-Ashfield Brass Band
Active in 1873 when it provided the entertainment commemorating a new club at the Pilsley Colliery Company on 6th September 1873. It had folded by 1907 when only the Temperance and Old Prize bands were active in Sutton.
Sutton-in-Ashfield Model Brass Band
In 1876, as the band was returning from the Belper "Tap Dressing" Festival in the evening of July 5th, one of their members-Charles Searson, of Crown Street, by some means or other fell off the brake on to the ground, near to the spot where the old toll-bar was located on South Normanton Common, killing him almost instantaneously. He was only 38, and his untimely demise under such sad circumstances was deeply deplored by his fellow bandsmen. The band was still active in 1907.
Sutton-in-Ashfield Model Harmonic Brass Band
See:Sutton-in-Ashfield Old Harmonic Brass Band
Sutton-in-Ashfield Old Harmonic Brass Band
Sutton Old Harmonic Band earned a great reputation in the midland counties in the later part of the 19th century under the conductorship of Mr. Joseph Dennis, during the period 1870 to 1880. Owing to illness, Mr Dennis had to resign, and Mr A. H. Bonser, who was living at Leamington House in 1881, was invited to succeed him. In the spring of 1882 Mr. Denser took over the conductorship, and the band, with Mr Dennis, met in the garden at Leamington House to complete the transfer. The band added to its excellent reputation during the following 20 years, being in great demand, and earned hundreds of pounds in fees for parades and fetes and galas all over the counties around Nottinghamshire. Many prizes were won at band contests, which were very popular. In 1884 the band competed at a brass band contest at Derby Drill Hall with 17 other bands, and secured second place. Mr. Bonser was awarded an ivory baton, with beautiful silver mounting, for being the most efficient conductor present. In 1889 the band were engaged by the Duke of Portland to entertain his tenants at a great gathering at Welbeck Abbey for the whole day. All the bandsmen sat down to a wonderful lunch, with champagne, followed by drinks and smokes during the afternoon, and were sent home in a large brake pulled by three horses to the Denman's Head Hotel. in Sutton Market Place. Rehearsal performances were given in the old Market Place and were much appreciated. Sutton in those days was one of the most musical towns in the whole country. The band was still active in 1894
Sutton-on-Trent Brass Band
See: Sutton Brass Band
Swadlincote Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1860s to the late 1940s. It promoted a brass band contestin 1896. In 1926, it entered the Spondon Contest, conducted by A. Hilton. Competed in a brass band contest at Overseal, Leicestershire in July 1921, under conductor C. Sharpe (drawn 9 of 11 bands, they were not placed). Known as Swadlincote Town Band from the mid-1920s
Swadlincote Old Brass Band
See: Swadlincote Brass Band
Swadlincote Town Silver Band
See: Swadlincote Brass Band
Swaffham Town Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the 1920s to the early 1960s
Swainby Village Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1905
Swalwell and Derwent Valley Brass Band
See: Swalwell Brass Band (1)
Swalwell Brass Band (1) (Durham)
Active from the 1850s to the 1870s. Also known as Swalwell and Derwent Valley Brass Band
Swalwell Brass Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s, folded in the 1920s
Swan Foundry Band
Active in the 19th century. The works band of the W.J. Hillson Swan Foundry in Langley, Worcestershire.
Swan Garden Ironworks Band (Wolverhampton, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Wallsend Shipyard Brass Band
See: Wallsend Shipyard Brass Band
Swan Hunter Silver Band (Wallsend, Northumberland)
Active in the 1970s - probably a successor band to the Wallsend Shipyard Brass Band, which folded in the 1950s.
Swan Lane Brass Band (Hindley, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s - possibly linked to the Swan Lane Colliery.
Swanage Brass Band (Dorset)
Active from the 1850s to the 1930s. Known as Swanage Town Band from the 1890s onward.
Swanage British Legion Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1950s
Swanage Town Band
See: Swanage Brass Band
Swanbourne Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1888, conductor George Edwins
Swanbourne Excelsior Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1904
Swanbrook Soundwell Band
See: Soundwell Brass Band
Swanbrook Transport Band
See: Soundwell Brass Band
Swanscombe and Greenhithe Band (Kent)
Formed in the late 1920s
Swanscombe Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s
Swanscombe Brotherhood Band (Kent)
Active in 1918
Swansea Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1880s
Swansea National Fire Service Band (Glamorgan)
Swansea St John Ambulance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1920s
Swansea Temperance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Swansea Town Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1880s to 1930s
Swanwick Collieries Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the early 1900s to WW2. Conducted from 1926 by Edward P. Snook, b. 1888, who had been a highly regarded bandmaster in the Royal Marines. Known as Swanwick Collieries Silver Prize Band in 1914
Swanwick Colliery Band
See: Swanwick Collieries Band
Swindon Borough Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1900s
Swindon Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1874
Swindon Home Guard Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1944
Swindon Mechanics Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1855
Swindon Old Comrades Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1930s
Swindon Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1883.
Swindon Prospect Silver Band (Wiltshire)
Formed in 1908 at the Prospect Methodist Church, their object was to support as far as possible every charitable cause in Swindon. It was still active in 1953.
Swindon Prospect Primitive Methodist Mission Brass Band
See: Swindon Prospect Silver Band
Swindon Railway Brass Band
See: Great Western Railway Brass Band
Swindon Town Silver Band (Wiltshire)
Active from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s
Swingfield Brass Band (Kent)
Active around 1895
Swinstead Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Swinton and Pendelbury High School Brass Band
See: Swinton and Pendlebury Borough Band (youngsters)
Swinton and Pendlebury Borough Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1930s to the 1970s
Swinton and Pendlebury Borough Band (youngsters) (Lancashire)
Formed in 1972. Won the Manchester blow by blow contest in 1978.
Swinton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1870s to WW2. Known as Swinton Town Band from the 1910s onward.
Swinton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
See: Mexborough and Swinton Brass Band
Swinton Concert Brass (Lancashire)
Formed in the late 1960s or the early 1970s as a local Scout and Guide Band. It didn't really have a proper name then but developed into "Youth Town Brass" when local schoolchildren began joining. Eventually, they all grew up and some older people joined and it was decided that the 'Youth' wasn't really suitable, so the committee decided on Swinton Concert Brass. Sponsorship changed the name to "Kennedy's Swinton Concert" and they went on to win the British Open in 1989. When the sponsorship ended it went back to Swinton Concert Brass. (source: Heather Smyth- one of the two founder members)
Swinton Town Band
See: Swinton Brass Band
Sydling Amateur Brass Band (Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset)
Active in 1892
Symington's Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1874 - possibly related to the Syminton's soup powder factory in Little Bowden. May be the same band as "Little Bowden Brass Band"
Syston and Thurmaston Silver Band
See: Syston Brass Band
Syston Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1897
Syston Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in the 1870s as Ellmore's Can and Basket Works Brass Band, later known as Syston and Thurmaston Silver Band (1890s), Syston and Thurmaston Silver Prize Band (1900s) and finally Syston Silver Band (1950s). It disbanded in 1957. A successor band was formed in 1971
Sywell Brass Band (Northants)
Active in 1884

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T.D.S. Lancashire Brass
See: Lancashire Brass
T.L.F. Works Brass Band
See: Sunderland T.L.F. Brass Band
T.W. Lench Excelsior Works Band
See: Lench's Excelsior Works Band
Tachbrook Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1890s
Tadcaster Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the early 1850s to the 1930s
Taddington Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s, conductor Mr Bembridge.
Tadley and Ashford Hill Silver Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1920s. One of the bandsmen was Benjamin Miles.
Tadley Gospel Temperance Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Tadmarton Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1910s
Taff Merthyr Colliery Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1930s
Taibach and Port Talbot Temperance Band
See: Taibach Temperance Band
Taibach Temperance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Talacre Beach Caravan Park Band
See: Point of Ayr Colliery Band
Talbot Brass (Dorset)
Formed in the late 1970s or early 1980s and active through to the mid-1990s. A youth band also existed.
Talbot Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1885, 1891
Talbot Village Brass Band
See: Talbot Brass Band
Talk o' th' Hill Brass Band
See: Talke Brass Band
Talke Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s. Conductor in 1878 was T. Charlesworth.
Talysarn Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Tamlaght Silver Band (Londonderry)
Active in the 1980s
Tamworth Brass Band
See: Tamworth Town Brass Band
Tamworth Excelsior Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Formed in 1906, bandmaster Mr Titterton. It folded prior to WW1.
Tamworth Town Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1900s, folding before WW1.
Tanfield and Stanley Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1900s
Tanfield Lea Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1880s, folded in the 1950s
Tanfield Lea Saxhorn Band (Durham)
Active in the 1860s, presumed to have folded prior to the formation of the colliery band in the 1880s.
Tankersley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1891.
Taplow St Nicholas Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1860s, conductor Mr Rutland.
Tapton Schools Brass Band (Derbshire)
Active in the early 2000s
Tarbert Brass Band (Inverness-shire)
Active in 1886
Tarland Amateur Brass Band (Aberdeenshire)
Active in 1876
Tarland Brass Band
See: Tarland Amateur Brass Band
Tarporley and Clotton Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s
Tarporley Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s
Tarran Waterloo Silver Band
See: Hull Waterloo Band
Tarrant Monkton Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1880s to the 1900s
Tarrant's Brass Band (Byfleet, Surrey)
Active in the 1900s to the 1920s, and closely associated with Tarrants the builders in Byfleet. W.G. Tarrant had quite a business and built many houses in the area including many on St George's Hill. His yard stood in Chertsey Road and the site has recently been built over with new houses, which is quite an irony! Mr Tarrant seemed to be quite a character, and was involved with the invention of the Jim diving suit, the first articulated deep sea diving suit - the prototype of which was tested in a large tank in his yard. He was also involved with the Tarrant Tabor triplane, an ambitious project to build a long range bomber, which unfortunately crashed on its maiden take off.
Tarvin Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1840s and 1880s
Tatsfield Brass Band (Surrey)
Taumarunui Brass Band (New Zealand)
Formed around 1906 or 1907 and was initially reported to have had a 'chequered career', including outstanding debts over instruments that took many years to pay off. From 1910 when Mr Frank Woodmass took over the baton, things rapidly improved and the band flourished up until the early 1920's when it was in recess due to lack of bandsmen. The Taumarunui Boys Band was formed in 1927 and was later renamed as the Taumarunui Silver Band in 1938 as the Boys Band name was keeping older and more experienced players from joining.
Taunton Headquarters Volunteer Battalion Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1880s
Taunton Subscription Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1860
Taunton Town Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1890s
Tavistock Brass Band (Devon)
Active from the 1840s to the early 1890s. A successor band (Tavistock Town Band) was formed in 1897.
Tavistock Rifle Volunteers Band (Devon)
Formed in 1859 and still active in the 1880s.
Tavistock Town Band (1) (Devon)
Formed in 1897 by George Williams of the Tavistock Mercantile Association. However it soon ran into trouble. The administration was apparently poor and the finances also - the rumour that this was the result of bandsmen receiving free drinks at the Queen's Head after band practices was hotly denied! In 1900 an opposition band was launched amid stories that the Town Band was facing collapse. They managed to keep going, but finally folded in 1912. [a history of the Tavistock Town Bands has been written by Chris Northey of the current Tavistock Town Band]
Tavistock Town Band (2) (Devon)
Formed in 1937. Again there seemed to be problems with the band's administration and various controversies, leading the band to disband in July 1939, on the face of it due to the "crisis" i.e. WW2. They reformed after the war, in 1946, winding up in June 1964, and the town council agreed to store the instruments, along with uniforms and money pending a revival. A successor band was formed in 1974.
Taylor Hill Brass Band (Huddersfield)
Active in 1874
Taymouth Instrumental Band
Active between 1860 and 1862
Tayport Brass Band
See: Tayport Instrumental Band
Tayport Instrumental Band (Fife)
Formed in the 1860s, but folded between the two World Wars. Conductor in 1903 was J. Matthew. A successor band was formed in 1970
Tayside Silver Band
See: Newburgh Brass Band
Teams Euphonic Brass Band (Gateshead, Durham)
Active in 1887
Tean Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1890s
Tebay Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Tebay Temperance Band (Westmorland)
Tees Ironworks Brass Band
See: Teesside Ironworks Brass Band
Teesdale Rifle Corps Brass Band (Barnard Castle, Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1860s
Teesside Brass
See: North Skelton and District Band
Teesside Bridge Brass Band
See: Teesside Bridge Brass Band
Teesside Bridge and Engineering Works Brass Band (Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s.
Teesside Ironworks Brass Band (Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Teesside Silver Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Teesside Temperance Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in the 1890s, later known as North Skelton Brass Band, folded in the 1950s
Teignbridge Silver Band
See: Newton Abbot Town Band (1)
Teignmouth Amateur Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1840s to 1860s
Teignmouth Subscription Brass Band (Devon)
Formed in February 1856, conductor Thomas Tucker. Active through to the 1890s
Teignmouth Temperance Band (Devon)
Active in the 1850s
Telegraph Messengers' Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1894, 1908
Telford Brass (Shropshire)
Active in the late 1990s and early 2000s
Telford Brass Band
See: Dawley New Town Band
Telford Concert Band
See: Dawley New Town Band
Tenby and District Brass Band (Pembrokeshire)
Active in the 1970s to 1990s
Tenby Brass Band (Pembrokeshire)
Active in the 1890s. In 1894 it accompanied the Tenby Fire Brigade on a trip to visit the Ilfracombe Fire Brigade in Devon, travelling on the S.S. Alexandria.
Tennal Approved School Brass Band (Harborne, Warwicks)
Active in 1948
Terrington Archangel Band of the Oddfellows (Norfolk)
See: Archangel Band of the Oddfellows
Terrington Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1887 and the early 1900s, and survived until the 1960s
Tetbury Institute Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1910
Tetford Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1900s to the 1930s
Teversall Colliery Band (1)
Formed in 1901 but fell upon hard times and folded before 1914
Teversall Colliery Band (2)
Formed in 1916 by the manager of Stanton Ironworks Co., C.W. Tagg, the conductor being J.T. Parkes. Still active in 1936, by which time it had won prizes to the value of £1,000
Tewkesbury Borough Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
See: Tewkesbury Town Band (1)
Tewkesbury Brotherhood Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1918
Tewkesbury British Legion Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1930s
Tewkesbury Corporation Band (Gloucestershire)
See: Tewkesbury Town Band (1)
Tewkesbury Town Band (1) (Gloucestershire)
In 1838 the Town Band led a procession through the town to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria. In 1860 there was a Tewkesbury Rifle Corps Band, with a uniform of salmon-coloured trousers, scarlet-faced tunics and plumes. 1874 saw the appearance of the Tewkesbury Philharmonic Band. In 1887 the town band appeared again in the records, giving a concert at the Philharmonic Hall (now the Watson Hall). In May 1900 the Tewkesbury Bugle Band headed a parade to celebrate the relief of Mafeking Queen?s birthday. 1900-1941 saw the town band at it's peak, proving to be very popular in and around Tewkesbury, averaging eight public appearances a year. In 1904 the band gave a concert to raise funds for a new bandstand to be erected in Victoria Gardens. In order to ensure a quality bandstand their target was to raise £50! In November 1918 there was an amalgamation of the Town Band and the Territorial Band under the baton of Mr A C Collins. Practises took place at the "White Bear" public house in Tewkesbury. The Band played at the unveiling of the abbey war memorial in 1920, and in 1922 at the Tewkesbury war memorial at the Cross. There were some 55 public appearances between 1922 and 1934. May 5th 1937 saw the Town Band heading a parade to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and playing for public dancing in the streets. This was the last public appearance of the band however as by September 1937 the band had ceased to be. The lack of funds and an increasing popularity of the radio were given as the prime reasons. The band was also known as Tewkesbury Corporation Band and Tewkesbury Borough Brass Band at various times in the early part of the 20th century. Successor bands were formed in 1947 and 1974
Tewkesbury Town Band (2) (Gloucestershire)
Formed in 1947, but only lasted a few years. A successor band was formed in 1974
Thackley Band (Yorkshire)
Thame Amateur Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1851
Originally formed as Thame Teetotal Band
Thame Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1841
Thame Royal Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1849 to 1883
Thame Teetotal Band
See: Thame Amateur Brass Band
Thame Temperance Brass Band
See: Thame Amateur Brass Band
Thame Town Silver Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1940s to 1950s
Thames Brass (Surrey)
Formed in 1999 from the ashes of Runnymede Brass, but only lasted a year or two.
Thames Iron Works Brass Band (Blackwall, Middlesex)
Active in the 1860s through to the early 1900s
Thames Ironworks Band
See: Thames Iron Works Brass Band
Thames Region Brass Band (Berkshire)
Formed in 1980, only lasted a few years.
Thames Valley Police Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active from the early 1980s. Folded in 1994.
Thatcham and District Brass Band (Berkshire)
Probably formed shortly after WW1, and active through to the late 1960s. Also known as Thatcham Silver Band after WW2.
Thatcham Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1870s
Thatcham Silver Band
See: Thatcham and District Brass Band
Thatcham Temperance Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1910s
Thatto Heath Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s
Thatto Heath Independent Methodists Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Theakston's Wakeman Brass
See: Wakeman Brass
Thetford Brass Band
Active in the 1860s to 1900s. Conductor A. Osborne in 1900.
Thetford Borough Brass Band
Active in the 1950s to 1970s, conductor Mr Sutherland in 1950.
Thetford Saxhorn Band
Active in 1861
Thirsk Brass Band
See: Thirsk Saxhorn Band
Thirsk and Sowerby Silver Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in the 1900s. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. The band was suspended during WW2 and several unsuccesful attempts were made to reform it when the war was over. It was finally disbanded in 1950. In the 1920s its president was Sir Edmund Turton, who home was Upsall Castle.
Thirsk Saxhorn Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1830s to the 1890s. Conductor A.G. Clemett in 1879
Thirsk Silver Band
See: Thirsk and Sowerby Silver Band
Thirsk Volunteer Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Thistle Brass Band (Glasgow)
Active in 1870 and 1882
Thistle Instrumental Band (Glasgow)
Active in 1865
Thixendale Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed in October 1890, by Thomas Andrew, from an earlier drum and fife band associated with St Mary's church, which had been formed two years earlier. Played at the Bishop Wilton Flower Show in August 1897, when "their efforts were duly appreciated both during the afternoon in the tent and cricket field, and in the evening at the dance".
Thixendale Church Choir Brass Band
See: Thixendale Brass Band
Thomas Street Silver Band
Active in 1945
Thomas Wilson, Sons and Company Prize Brass Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the early 1900s to WW1. Wilson's was a well known shipping line operating out of the city docks. The band won the People's Challenge Shield at the Crystal Palace in 1906. On Thursday July 4th, 1907, the band gave a concert in Pearsons Park, under the baton of Mr A. Dennis, comprising: Senator (G. Allen), Gems of Haydn (arr. W. Rimmer), Ida and Dot (cornet duet), Sappho (Paccini, arr. W. Rimmer), Queen Elizabeth (J. Ord Hume), Carmelite (arr. S. Cope), Blue Danube (J. Strauss), and A Casket of Gems (H. Round).
Thornaby Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
See: Thornaby Borough Band
Thornaby Borough Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1910s to the 1920s
Thornaby Colliery Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1889
Thornaby District Soldiers Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in the 1890s
Thornaby Iron Works Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active from the 1870s to around 1900.
Thornaby People's Mission Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1905
Thornaby Temperance Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Thornbury Baptist Prize Band (Gloucestershire))
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Thornbury Brass Band (1) (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1920s
Thornbury Brass Band (2) (Gloucestershire)
Formed in 1974, by the remaining members of disbanded Hambrook Silver Band. Disbanded in November 2004.
Thornbury Victoria Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Thorncliffe and Chapeltown Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s to WW1.
Thorncliffe Brass Band
See: Thorncliffe Victoria Band
Thorncliffe Victoria Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s. In June 1860 it played at the laying of the foundation stone of the chapels of the new Barnsley Cemetery. Conductor in 1859 was Henry Robinson.
Thorne Christian Temperance Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the early 1900s
Thorne Colliery Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1927, the first conductor was Mr. P. Stapleton (formerly conductor of the East Yorkshire Band). In 1950 the conductor was T. Richard, secretary T.L. Sellars. Held a slow melody contest in 1964. Still active in 1967
Thorne Colliery Silver Prize Band
See: Thorne Colliery Band
Thorne Excelsior Temperance Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Thorne Town Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1936 and the 1970s/80s
Thorney Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1865
Thornhill Brass Band (Dumfriesshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Thornhill Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s. Known as Thornhill Prize Brass Band in 1913. Also known as Home Charm Paints Thornhill Band. Merged with Tingley Band in 1994 to form Tingley Thornhill Band.
Thornhill Colliery Band
See: Thornhill Brass Band
Thorniewood Brass Band (Tannochside, Lanarkshire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s
Thornley Amateur Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1849
Thornley Colliery Brass Band (Durham)
Founded in 1870, then disbanded in 1914. New band formed in 1919 and active through to the 1990s
Thornley Ironworks Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s
Thornliebank Brass Band (Renfrewshire)
Active in 1878
Thornton Brass Band (Bradford, Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in 1849 and the 1870s
Thornton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1866
Thornton Brass Band (Leicestershire)
See: Thornton Excelsior Brass Band
Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s to 1950s. A successor band was formed in 1962
Thornton Cleveleys Public Band
See: Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band
Thornton-le-Dale Temperance Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Thornton Excelsior Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1893 and from the 1920s to the late 1940s
Thornton Hall Methodist Silver Band (Hull, Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1930s. Based at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Great Thornton Street.
Thornton Heath Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s
Thornton Hough Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Thorp's Brass Band (Winsford, Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s
Thorpe Amateur Brass Band (Essex)
See: Thorpe-le-Soken Brass Band
Thorpe Brass Band (Essex)
See: Thorpe-le-Soken Brass Band
Thorpe Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
Thorpe-le-Soken Brass Band (Essex)
Active from the 1880s. In 1911 bandmaster was Mr Henley. Still active in the early 1950s. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
Thorpe-le-Soken Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1888
Thrapston Chapel Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s - contemporary with the Thrapston Church Band
Three Mile Cross Brass Band (Wokingham)
Active in 1936
Threlkeld Brass Band
Active in the early 1900s
Throckley Brass Band (Northumberland
Active in the 1880s
Throckley Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Founded in the 1890s, but folded during/after WW1.
Throckley St Mary's Brass Band (Northumberland
Active in the 1890s
Throckley Workmen's Band
See: Throckley Colliery Band
Thundersley Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1900s, conductor G.W. Hand. A successor band was formed in 1980.
Thurgoland and Crane Moor Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s
Thurgoland Silver Band
See: Wortley, Forges and Thurgoland Brass Band
Thurlby Brass Band (Lincs)
Active in 1863
Thurmaston Brass Band (Leics)
Active in 1885
Thurrock District Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1930 to 1950s
Thurnscoe Band (Yorkshire)
Tibberton Silver Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1920s. Bandsmen at the time included: Alf Maddocks, Richard Maddocks (bandmaster), Sammy Beaston, George Teese, Jack Owen, William Maddocks, Reg Leach, Norma Faulks, William Tease, Sam Ruscoe, Dick Robinson, William Loynton, Bert Faulks, Tim Arkinstall, Jack Ruscoe, Rubin Munford.
Tibshelf Ambulance Band
See: Tibshelf St John Ambulance Band
Tibshelf Colliery Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1870s to the 1920s
Tibshelf Prize Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1887
Tibshelf St John Ambulance Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1890s
Tibshelf United Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1879, when it performed at the Tibshelf Flower Show, in July
Tibthorpe Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Tickhill Brass Band
Active in 1867 to 1895
Tickhill Jubilee Brass Band (South Yorkshire)
Formed in 1887, superseding the prior Tickhill Victoria Brass Band, lasted until 1939. [Further details here]
Tickhill United Band (South Yorkshire)
Existed in the 1890s
Tickhill Victoria Brass Band (South Yorkshire)
Gave its first concert in February 1866 and lasted for about 20 years
Tidenham Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s
Tideswell Old Band
Active in 1887
Tidmarsh Brass Band (Berks)
Active in 1886
Tidswell's Railway Foundry Band (Leeds, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Tillery Collieries Band (Abertillery, Monmouthshire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1910s. It came third in a brass band contest at Porth, conducted by Mr. John Griffiths, in 1894.
Tillings Brass Band (Brighton, Sussex)
Active in the 1920s. Sponsored by the Tilling Group, which operated various bus companies.
Tilshead Amateur Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1886x
Timaru Artillery Band (New Zealand)
Winners of First Brass Band Contest in New Zealand at Christchurch Exhibition, 2 May 1882. Two players at the times were Benjamin Pascoe and William Williams.
Timperley and District Band
See: Timperley Brass Band (1)
Timperley Brass Band (1) (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s, and also from the 1920s until it folded in the 1950s. Also known as Timperley and District Band. A first successor band was formed around 1999.
Timperley Brass Band (2) (Cheshire)
Formed in 1999, but folded in 2004. A successor band was formed in 2005. During that time, awards achieved included: North West Area Champions (Fourth Section) 2002; Tamesdie Open Champions (Fourth Section) 2001; 3rd prize Brass at the Guild (Fourth Section) 2001; Wilkinson Northern Open Champions (Fourth Section) 2000; Widnes Open Champions (Fourth Section) 2000; Buxton Entertainment Contest Champions (Fourth Section) 2000
Timperley Brass Band (3) (Cheshire)
Formed in 2005, folded in April 2010. Between 2006 and 2008 were one of the top bands in the North West winning many honours. North West Counties Brass Band Association Championship Section Champions 2007/08; 3rd prize Fleetwood Contest October 2008; Tameside Open Champions 2008; 2nd prize Brass at the Guild 2008; Wilkinson Northern Open Champions 2007; Tameside Open Champions 2007; North West Area Champions (First section) 2007; 2nd prize Tameside Open Championships 2006.
Tingewick Brass Band (1) (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1886
Tingewick Brass Band (2) (Buckinghamshire)
Founded in 1908. Active in 1923 when it played at the celebrations for the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John Moss (with their surviving four sons and two daughters, 43 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren!)
Tingewick Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1881
Tingewick Excelsior Band
Folded before 1908, when the successor White Hart Band (Tingewick Brass Band) was formed, including some of the old Excelsior band members.
Tingley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1979. Merged with Thornhill Band in 1994 to form Tingley Thornhill Band
Tingley Companions Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
A youth band active in the 1980s.
Tingley Thornhill Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1994 by the merger of Tingley Band and Thornhill Band. In 1999 it collapsed after successful charity concert at Morley Town Hall, reducing to a ten piece ensemble. The ensemble merged with the still successful youth band in 2002, renaming as the current Tingley Band in 2006.
Tinsley Brass Band
See: Tinsley Park Brass Band
Tinsley Park Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the 1860s to the 1900s. Conductors, John Brooke in 1883, F. Burgin in 1890
Tinsley Park Colliery Band
See: Tinsley Park Brass Band
Tintinhull Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in 1867
Tintwistle Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s. A successor band was formed in 1888.
Tipton and Princes End Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Tipton St John Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1900s
Tipton St Martins Brass Band
See: Revo Works Brass Band
Tipton Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Tipton Volunteer Rifles Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Tiptree Brass Band
Active around 1910, once competed in the Crystal Palace contest. Also known as Tiptree Silver Band and Tiptree Excelsior Band. The president at one time was CJ Wilkin of the Tiptree jam factory. The band folded just prior to WW2. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
Tiptree Excelsior Band
See: Tiptree Brass Band
Tiptree Jam Factory Band
See: Tiptree Brass Band
Tiptree P.S.A. Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1910s
Tiptree Silver Band
See: Tiptree Brass Band
Tirphil Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1900s
Tisbury Amateur Brass Band
See: Tisbury Brass Band
Tisbury Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Formed in the mid-1850s, active to 1905 at least.
Titan Works Band (Stourbridge)
The foundation stone of Stourbridge Public Baths was laid on 2nd August 1900 by Isaac Nash, Chairman of the Council. The building was designed by Frederick Woodward, the Council's Surveyor and cost about £4,500. Thomas Vale was the builder. On 23rd May 1901 local dignitaries met in the Town Hall and then went in procession, headed by the Titan Works Band, to the Baths which were opened by Joseph Wooldridge, Chairman of the Baths Committee. The water for the baths came from a well sunk in the sandstone.
Tiverton Amateur Brass Band
Formed in 1838, active through to the late 1860s.
Tobacco Factory Brass Band
See: Co-operative Wholesale Society's Factory Brass Band
Tockington Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1860s. In 1872 it played at the opening of the railway line from Bristol to Thornbury on September 2nd. They led a large concourse of people up the High Street from "The Swan" to welcome the first train at 10am. Also active in 1876.
Toden's Brass Band (Nottinghamshire, or Derbyshire)
Active in 1913
Toddington Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
The first reference to the band was in an 1856 issue of The Dunstable Chronicle. In 1910 is the first reference to the band under the name of Toddington Town Band, when it was under the baton of Mr James Hyde. Mr Hyde conducted the band for 41 years until his death in 1951. Under his leadership Toddington Town Band achieved competition success many times including a contest win at Reading in 1937, a second in the Area Contest in 1947and a 3rd in the Belle Vue Contest, Manchester. When James Hyde died, his son Dennis took up the baton and led the band until his death in 1982, when the band folded. A successor band was formed in 1987.
Toddington Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the 1880s to around 1910.
Toddington Town Band
See: Toddington Brass Band
Todmorden Old Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in the 1850s, folded in the early 2000s.
Tollcross Brass Band (Midlothian)
Active in 1888
Tollesbury Amateur Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1886
Tolleshunt D'Arcy Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the early 1900s
Tom Weymouth's Brass Band
See: Brislington Brass Band
Ton Pentre Volunteers Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s
Tondu and Aberkenfig Coronation Band
See: Tondu and Aberkenfig Silver Band
Tondu and Aberkenfig Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1940, at which time the principal cornet was Henley H. Jenkins. Henley went on to create the Bridgend and District Brass Band and also a dance band which played in the Bridgend Palais for a number of years. Other players included James Croft who went on to join Bridgend Band, Frank Able (cornet) who played in Ogmore Valley Silver Band until he died in the 1990s and Frank Merchant (euphonium) who also played in Bridgend Band in the 1950s and Ogmore Band back in the 1960s/70s. Band still active in 1948
Tondu Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Tong Church Silver Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1926
Tonypandy Hibernian Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1900s to WW1. Bandmaster in the early 1900s was G. Thomas.
Tonypandy Town Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1900s
Tonypandy United Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s
Tonyrefail Boys Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1950s. Also known as Tonyrefail Youth Band
Tonyrefail Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1890s to the 1950s. In 1894 it won a brass band contest at Porth, conducted by Mr.Thomas Lewis.
Tonyrefail Workmen's Silver Band
See: Tonyrefail Silver Band
Tooth's Brewery Band (Sydney, Australia)
Originally formed during the latter part of the nineteenth century as the Paddington Brewery Band or Marshall's Paddington Brewery Band. The Marshall's brewery was located firstly on the corner of Oxford and Dowling Streets, Paddington and later moved to a premises in Short St., Leichhardt. They are recorded as having taken part in a band contest held as part of a Fire Brigade demonstration at Albury in southern New South Wales in 1895. Marshall's brewery was taken over by the larger Tooth's Brewery, located at Broadway, which also took over Marshall's neighbouring Brewery, Resch's. During the early twentieth century the band became known as the Tooth's Brewery Band and was located at the Kent Brewery Broadway. The band seems to have reached the peak of its popularity during the reign of a Mr. Tom Watson as general manager of the brewery, 1929 to 1970. (Tooth's and Resch's were later taken over by Fosters/Carlton United Brewery, urrgghh!) The Tooth's Brewery Band competed at the New South Wales (NSW) State Band Championships of 1929 under bandmaster S. Thomas. They were placed 2nd in C grade and unplaced in B grade. They were also unplaced in the marching contest. In NSW State Contest of 1930, this time under bandmaster H.J. Cocks, they entered only B grade and the result is unknown at this stage. They did, however, win the march contest. In 1931, under bandmaster W. Cocks, they were 2nd place in B grade and won the marching contest. In 1933 they were equal 3rd in B grade and equal 2nd in the marching. The early 20th century was one of the periods of expansion in banding in Australia that was unfortunately curtailed by the depression in 1933. The NSW championships had expanded to 3 grades with at least 10 A and B grade bands and a lesser number in C grade. There were still more country bands that competed on a localised basis. In 1933 C grade had disappeared and A and B grades were down to 4 or 5 bands. The brewery band is one of the limited number of works bands in Australia. Australian bands tended to be more locality based although one works band, the Newcastle Steelworks Band of the 1920's, had great success over a short period. It was, in reality, a professional band.
Thanks to Mark Pinner, mark.pinner@bigpond.com, for these details
Tooting and Balham Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1920s
Tooting and Mitcham Silver Band (Surrey)
Thomas Draper may have been bandmaster at one time.
Tooting Central Silver Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1930s
Topsham and Lympstone Brass Band
See: Topsham Silver Band
Topsham Local Brass Band
See: Topsham Silver Band
Topsham Silver Band (Devon)
Formed in 1888, by E.A. Sandford, W. Bricknell and J. Bricknell. E.A. Sandford was still the conductor in 1928, celebrating 40 years behind the baton. Combined with the Lympstone Band for a period after WW2, then had a further separate existence at least until 1960. It competed in 1964 under the name of Topsham and Lympstone Silver Band under the baton of R. May, and was still active in 1970 under that name.
Torbay Borough Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1950s
Torpichen Brass Band
Active in 1884
Torpoint Congregational Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1927
Torpoint Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1920s to the mid-1960s. A successor band was formed around 1975.
Torpoint Town Band
See: Torpoint Brass Band
Torquay Amateur Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1844
Torquay Borough Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1950s
Torquay Free Mission Silver Band (Devon)
Active in the 1920s
Torquay Subscription Band (Devon)
In 1857 St. John's Masonic Lodge, Torquay built the Temple in Park Hill Road, allowing the Torquay Natural History Society to use the ground floor as Torquay's first Museum. At the laying of the Foundation Stone, special trains were laid on to bring brethren from all over the Province, and preceded by the Torquay Subscription Band, and accompanied by the Band of The Royal Dragoon Guards, in a procession more than a quarter of a mile long, over 300 Freemasons, including Grand Officers and Provincial Grand Officers marched in full Regalia from the Town Hall to Park Hill Road, through streets lined by cheering crowds, a public holiday having been granted for the occasion.
Torquay Town Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1910s to 1920s
Torquay Volunteer Rifles Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1860s
Torrington Amateur Band (Devon)
Active from the 1860 through to the 1930s when it disbanded. The instruments were put into trust and used by the successor band which was formed in 1952.
Torrington Brass Band
See: Torrington Amateur Band
Torrington Original Brass Band
See: Torrington Amateur Band
Totnes Brass Band (Devon)
Active from the 1840s to the 1860s. A successor band was formed in 1971.
Toton Sidings Brass Band (Nottingham)
Active in 1878 and 1880
Tottenham Borough Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1890s to 1940s
Tottenham Military Band (Middlesex)
"This was still operating in the 1970's. The secretary, Fred Hands was a co-worker. They played fetes and hospital garden parties. They weren't a marching band, for parades they used a float."
Thanks to David Dunton (Canada) for these notes
Tottenham Town Brass Band
See: Tottenham Borough Brass Band
Tottington Temperance Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Totton Temperance Band (Southampton)
Active around 1900
Tow Law Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in 1860
Tow Law Model Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s to 1890s
Tow Law Silver Band (Durham)
Formed after WW1 and active through to the late 1950s
Tow Law Wesley Mission Band
See: Tow Law Wesleyan Band
Tow Law Wesleyan Band (Durham)
Active in the early 1900s
Towednack Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s
Townfoot Band (Auchinleck)
Active around 1880
Townhill Silver Band (Fife)
Active from the 1880s to the 1950s
Townsend Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1860s
Tradeston Temperance Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1910s and 1920s
Trafalgar Colliery Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed in the 1870s. One source has it forming before 1866 and still active in the early part of the 20th century.
Trafford Brass Band (Lancashire)
See: Urmston and Davyhulme Silver Band
Trafford Park Public Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1919, active through to the 1930s
Training Ship Akbar Band (Heswall, Cheshire)
Active in 1906. The ship was scrapped in 1907 and replaced by an on-land school. See also: Akbar Nautical School Band
Training Ship Cornwall Brass Band (Purfleet, Essex)
Active in 1909
Training Ship Empress Brass Band (Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire)
Active in the 1890s through to WW1. Training Ship Empress was operated at Helensburgh, on the Clyde, by the Clyde Industrial Training Ship Association. The Empress replaced an earlier vessel, the Cumberland, destroyed by fire in 1889. The vessel, an Industrial Training establishment, trained boys in all aspects of seamanship and many went on to join one of the naval services. The "Empress" was a wooden battleship originally known as HMS Revenge and served as a training vessel until being sold off in 1923. The 3318-ton Revenge, built in in 1859, was 245 feet long and had a complement of 860 men.
Training Ship Exmouth Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1890s and early 1900s. The Training Ship Exmouth was established in 1877, replaced the Goliath, which had been destroyed by fire two years earlier. The Exmouth was moored on the Thames off Grays in Essex and was managed by the Metropolitan Asylums Board. The ship was an old wooden two-decker line-of-battleship, built in 1854.
Training Ship Goliath Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1875. See also: Training Ship Exmouth Brass Band
Training Ship Indefatigable Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the early 1900s. The ship was moored on the River Mersey, off New Ferry, Cheshire, established in 1865 'to receive the sons and orphans of sailors, and other poor and destitute boys, and train them for the sea.'
Training Ship Shaftesbury Band (Essex)
Active in the 1880s/1890s. The former P&O vessel, "Nubia", was renamed Shaftesbury and moored on the River Thames, off Grays, and opened as an Industrial School Ship in 1878, holding some 400 boys. The ship closed in 1905.
Training Ship Wellesley Band (Tynemouth)
See: Wellesley Training Ship Band
Tranent Brass Band (East Lothian)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s
Tranmere Gleam Silver Prize Band (Birkenhead)
Active from the 1890s to the 1910s. In 1900 it featured in a contest in Brighton: "The result of the Brighton Contest is particularly gratifying to the temperance bandsmen of England. Besides a big money prize, an immense challenge cup goes to the winning hand. The cup stands 3ft, high, and is of sterling silver. Black Dike (J. Gladney, conductor), Tranmere Gleam (J. Gladney, conductor) and Wyke Temperance (E. Swift, conductor) tied for first place With ninety-four points each. Wylie and Dike are recognised worthy rivals of each other, but the Gleam, a temperance band, furnished a mighty surprise. Sixteen bands competed. The judge was Mr. F. Haines, L.R.A.M. and bandmaster of The King's Own, Aldershot." Also Liverpool and District Champions in 1908.
Transport and General Workers Union Brass Band
Active in the late 1940s
Trawden Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1930s. The Trawden Brass Band and Gala Company Ltd. was incorporated in 1881 and dissolved before 1916.
Trealaw Temperance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s
Trealaw United Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1896
Trebanos Public Band
See: Trebanos Silver Band
Trebanos Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Treboeth and District Temperance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1910s
Treeton Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Treffynnon Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the late 1980s
Trefor Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active from the 1890s. Folded sometime after 2005. In the University of Wales (Bangor) exist the Minutes Book of the band from 1897-1966,
Treforest Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s to the 1920s
Tregony Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in September 1846, when they headed the local Friendly Society parade
Trehafod Rechabites Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s
Treharris Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s. Also known as Treharris Workmen's Band
Treharris Workmen's Band
See: Treharris Brass Band
Treherbert U.N. Band (Glamorgan)
Active in 1938
Trelewis Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s
Trematon Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the early 1900s
Trent Vale Brass Band (near Wareham, Dorset)
Active in the early 1870s
Treorchy Wesleyan Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1910s
Treviglas School Brass Band (Newquay, Cornwall)
Active in the 1980s
Treviscoe Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1900s to late 1920s
Trevor Silver Band (North Wales)
Active in 1964, conducted by E.P. Hughes
Trimdon Colliery Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1860s to the 1930s
Trimdon Grange Temperance Band (Durham)
Active from the 1870s to the 1890s
Trimdon Temperance Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1920s to the 1940s
Trimley St Mary School Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1990s
Trimsaran Brass Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1890s
Tring Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active from the late 1840s through to WW2.
Tring British Legion Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1950s
Tring Silver Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s. Disbanded in 2003?
Trinity Brass (Maidstone)
Active in the 1970s and 1980s. Amalgamated with Elliot Concert Brass in 1985 to form G.E.C. Maidstone Band (GEC Avionics Brass Band, later BAE Systems Brass Band)
Trinity Excelsior Brass Band (Coventry)
Active in 1894
Troedyrhiw Brass Band (Glamorganl)
Active from the 1900s to the 1950s. Also known as Troedyrhiw Silver Band, Troedyrhiw Town Band and, during WW2, Troedyrhiw National Fire Service Band.
Troon Independent Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1890s
Troon Reed and Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1890
Trowbridge Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s
Trowbridge Comrades Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1920s
Trumpington Amateur Brass Band
See: Trumpington Brass Band
Trumpington Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed in 1864 and was still active in 1910.
Truro Amateur Brass Band
Active in the 1840s
Truro Saxhorn Band
See: City of Truro Brass Band
Truro Sax Tuba Band
See: City of Truro Brass Band
Truro Brass Band
See: City of Truro Brass Band
Truro Home Guard Band (Cornwall)
Active during WW2.
Truro Independent Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Truro Town Band
See: City of Truro Brass Band
Truro Volunteer Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1861
Tudhoe Colliery Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Tudhoe Grange Colliery Band
See: Tudhoe Colliery Brass Band
Tudor Silver Band (Southport, Lancashire)
Formed in 1937 as Southport Special Constabulary Band. Became Tudor Silver Band in November 1949. Active into the mid-1950s
Tunbridge Wells Brass Band (Kent)
Active from the 1840s to the 1900s - probably folded during WW1.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Band
See: Tunbridge Wells Brass Band
Tunbridge Wells British Legion Band (Kent)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Tunbridge Wells Fire Brigade Band (Kent)
Active from the early 1900s well into WW1 (1916 at least).
Tunbridge Wells Home Guard Band (Kent)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Tunbridge Wells Town Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1920s
Tunstall Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1850s to 1880s
Tunstall Bridge Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Tunstall Church Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
Tunstall St. Mary's Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Tunstall Rifle Volunteers Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Tupton Brass Band
Active c.1890
Turner Village Band (Essex)
Formed by patients and staff at the Turner Village Hospital in Turner Road, Colchester.
Turners Hill and Worth Brass Band (Sussex)
Active from the 1900s to 1939.
Turners Hill Silver Band
See: Turners Hill and Worth Brass Band
Turriff Brass Band (Aberdeenshire)
Active from the 1880s, conductor Mr Alexander, to the 1920s. A successor band, Turriff British Legion Silver Band, was formed after WW2.
Turton Church Brass Band (Bolton)
Active in January 1866 when they placed a newspaper notice thanking the local gentlemen for their generosity over the Christmas period.
Tutbury Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Formed before 1890, as Tutbury Sax Tuba Band, with around 21 players. It was disbanded in 1914, but reformed immediately after the war ended in 1918. It gained at least one prize at the Crystal Palace Championships which led to it being renamed Tutbury Town Silver Prize Band. Wallace Young conducted the band after 1918, when the uniform was mid-blue with a silver stripe down each trouser leg, and a tunic with brass buttons and a blue peaked cap. The people of Tutbury, who had received a leaflet titled "Band or no Band", raised the money for the uniforms. It headed a Coronation Procession in May 1937. It finally disbanded in 1939, and did not reform. Its instruments, uniforms and music were sold to an unknown band in Scotland. For a history of the band, see: Tutbury's Variations - A History of wind and brass bands in a Staffordshire village, by David Kennedy, published by D. and T.P Kennedy, Burton-on-Trent, 2002. For copies, contact tda.kennedy@tesco.net. A successor wind band was formed in the town in the 1980s.
Tutbury Sax Tuba Band
See: Tutbury Brass Band
Tutbury Town Silver Band
See: Tutbury Brass Band
Tuxford Temperance Band (Nottinghamshire)
Tweedales and Smalley (1920) Ltd. Band (Rochdale, Lancashire)
Active in the 1940s and 1950s
Twerton Club and Institute Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1877, conductor Mr. Maby
Twizwell Colliery Band (Grange Villa, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s, disbanded in the 1930s
Two Bridges Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed 1900. Disbanded 1952
Twyford Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s.
Twyning Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1913
Tycroes Brass Band
See: Tycroes Silver Band
Tycroes Silver Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the early 1900s. Tycroes Prize Silver Band played at the Llanwrtyd Wells Cycle and Pony Races held at Abernant Pleasure Grounds in August 1904, conducted by Mr David Williams. (from the Brecon and Radnor Express, Sept 1st 1904). The band was active through to the 1920s. After WW2 it was known as Tycroes and District Band, and was active to the early 1960s.
Tylorstown Brass Band
Active in the 1880s to the early 1900s. A successor band was formed in 1921.
Tyne Dock and Jarrow Temperance Band (Durham)
Formed by the merger of Tyne Dock Temperance Band and Jarrow Temperance Band around 1885. Active through to the 1910s. Also known simply as Tyne Dock Temperance Band during this time. In 1887 it led a procession for Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations in Jarrow - "June 21st this being Jubilee Day the town of Jarrow and surrounding district celebrated the day in right loyal style. Upwards of 7,000 children gathered at the educational centres to be regaled with buns, spice loaf, milk and tea. The masters attended the little folks and mistresses of the schools assisted by a number of ladies and gentlemen volunteers as waiters. After the tea the children prepared to start for the Recreation Ground where sports and entertainment were to be provided for them. Before the start was made each child received a present of a Jubilee Mug. On each of them were portraits of the Queen representing her in 1837 and the present year.. Each mug bore the words "Jubilee 1887 Jarrow on Tyne". The tea finished the young folk set off in two processions one headed by Hendersons Brass Band and the other by the Tyne Dock and Jarrow Temperance Band." Still active in 1913.
Tyne Dock Temperance Band (Durham)
Active in the early 1880s. Merged with the Jarrow Temperance Band around 1886.
Tynedale Brass Band (Northumberland)
Founded in the 1860s. Merged with Ovington Band in 1980 to form Ovington Tynedale Band
Tynemouth and Ellington Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Tynemouth Borough Band (Northumberland)
Active from the 1870s to the 1900s
Tynemouth Brass Band
See: Tynemouth Borough Band
Tynemouth Workhouse Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1882
Tynemouth Royal and Union Band (Northumberland)
Formed in the 1900s and still active in 1948
Tyseley Institute Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Tyseley Working Men's Club and Institute Band
See: Tyseley Institute Brass Band
Tysoe Temperance Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1893 and 1897 when performing at a Baptist Sunday School Treat
Tytherington Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1890s to the late 1940s. There was also a junior band in and around WW1.
Tyzack's Iron Works Brass Band (Sunderland, Durham)
Active in the 1870s

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U.C.B.S. Brass Band
See: U.C.B.S. Prize Silver Band
U.C.B.S. Prize Silver Band (Clydebank)
Active from the early 1900s to the 1930s. The United Co-operative Baking Society Ltd. Band. Won the Iles Cup 1st Class in 1908, the 2nd Class Championship in 1908, and the Iles Cup 2nd Class in 1906, 1907 and 1908. Famous biscuits were advertised as "The men of Clydebank have been responsible for world famous feats in shipbuilding and engineering, but what is to be said of those who are responsible for the care of the "inner man"? To the housewives of Clydebank equal praise is due, for good work cannot be accomplished without good food. The choice of Clydebank housewives has always been unanimously U.C.B.S. - Baking of Quality".
U.M.F.C. Temperance (Old Radford) Band
See: Radford United Methodist Brass Band
Uckfield British Legion Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1930s
Uckfield Original Town Band (Sussex)
Active in 1888, bandmaster James Haestier.
Uckfield Town Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in 1888 - contemporary with the "Original" band noted above.
UDI Brass
See: Stoneywood and Auchmull Union Band
Uffculme Town Band
Active in 1896, when it gave a concert in Wellington, conducted by Mr. Vickery
Uley Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1900s to 1920s and amalgamated with Uley Silver Band in the 1930s. The combined band folded in the Second World War. The instruments were subsequently stored in the village until the fifties when they were donated to Dursley Modern school where the music master was forming a brass band. When the school closed and was integrated with Dursley Grammar School to create Rednock Comprehensive School Dursley the band was transferred and it is believed to still be in existence to the present day.
Uley P.S.A. Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1900s to WW1.
Uley Silver Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1920s and amalgamated with Uley Brass Band in the 1930s.
Uley Town Band (Gloucestershire)
See: Uley Brass Band
Ulverston Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1875
Underwood Institute Brass Band (Notts)
Active in 1900
Union Foundry Band (Wakefield)
Founded in 1854
Union Place Military Band
See: Longford Union Place Military Band
Union Street Brass Band (Leicester)
Active in the 1870s
Unionist Working Men's Club and Institute Brass Band (Barry)
Active in 1899
United Ancient Order of Druids Brass Band
See: Hull Druids' Brass Band
United Asbestos Company Band
See: Harefield Asbestos Works Band
United Bakery Band
See: U.C.B.S. Prize Silver Band
United Christian Army Band (Malton, North Yorkshire)
Formed in 1883 and disbanded in 1888 when their premises were sold to become the Liberal Institute.
United Co-op Yorkshire Brass Band
See: Yorkshire Co-operatives Band
United Co-operative Baking Society Ltd. Brass Band
See: U.C.B.S. Prize Silver Band
United Harmonic Brass Band (Boston)
See: Boston Harmonic Brass Band
United Independent Harmonic Brass Band (Preston)
Active in 1840
United Services Band (Hampshire)
Active shortly after WW2 - did not survive long.
United Tetford Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Universe Works Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1871 and 1889
University Volunteer Band
See: Cambridge University Volunteer Band
Unsectarian Mission Brass Band (Reading)
Active in 1888
Unstone Brass Band (near Dronfield)
Active in 1892
Unsworth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
Updale Mission Band (Seacombe)
Active in the early 1900s
Uplands Boys School Brass Band (Smethwick, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s. The band was formed with the help of funds provided by Smethwick Council, which enabled them to purchase their first eight instruments. The main inspiration for the band came from Mr Ken Watkins (headmaster), Mr Lionel Burling (music teacher), band leader Mr Arthur Matthews and pupil Maurice Porter who played in a Salvation Army band. Amongst the band's highlights was entering competitions at Worcester and Cirencester in the late 1950s, and playing in a combined school brass band concert at Birmingham Town Hall, conducted by Mr Harold Gray (CBSO). On that occasion Sheila Attwood from Uplands Band played the solo trumpet. The band was also involved in radio broadcast from the Carpenter Road Studios, Edgbaston, and made three records - Four Little Maids (1963), Hiawatha (1965) and Little Suite for Brass (1966).
Uplands Brass Band (Smethwick, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1960s - probably connected to the Uplands School Band.
Uplands Warley Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1970, conductor A. Matthews. Possibly connected to the Uplands School Band or the Smethwick Uplands Band.
Upleatham Miners' Saxhorn Band
Active in 1877, when it took 4th prize at a contest at South Bank, Middlesbrough.
Upleatham Mines Band
Formed in the 1890s, folded with the colliery around 1924
Upper Arley Brass Band (Worcestershire)
Active in 1885
Upper Edge Band
Active in 1871
Upper Hulme Band (Staffs)
Active in 1850
Upper Rhondda Comprehensive School Brass Band (Treorchy, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1960s to 1980s
Upper Slaithwaite Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1892. Active into the 1900s
Upper Stoke Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1890s, conductor E. Gregory.
Upper Weardale Brass Band (Durham)
Active from the 1830s to the late 1930s.
Uppingham Public Brass Band
Active in the 1950's or 1960's.
Upton Branch Y.M.C.A. Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Upton Colliery Workpeoples Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed around 1937/38 and wound up in 1976. Qualified for the National Finals on four out of five years in the late 60's, and early 70's and rose from the 4th to 2nd section during this time. Just being pipped to promotion to the then 1st section by Brodsworth Colliery Band. Competed in the Senior Cup in 1962.
Upton W.M.C. Brass Band
See: Upton Colliery Workpeoples Band
Upton St Leonards Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active from the early 1900s to the late 1920s. Conductor in 1921 was M.G. Jordan.
Upton's Baskerville Works Band
See: Baskerville Prize Band
Upton-on-Severn Brass Band
Active in 1894, when they earned £pound;51 in engagements and the bandmaster was C. Pomfrey.
Upwell and Outwell Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1870s to the 1920s. Conductor Albert Ryder in 1925
Upwell Brass Band
See: Upwell and Outwell Brass Band
Urchfont Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1910s
Urmston and Davyhulme Silver Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1969 by Joe Woodward. Later called the Trafford Band, folded in the late 1990s? The A band was in either second or first section. The 'B' band (essentially a youth band) was 4th section.
Urmston St. Clement's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Urpeth Colliery Band (Beamish, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and still active in 1933
Ushaw Moor Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s
Usk and District Silver Band (Monmouthshire)
Formed in the 1970s when a group of players got together under the guidance of Jack Stradling. In addition to entertaining the community in and around Usk, it began competing and in 1982 won the Welsh Regional Championships (fourth section) under the musical directorship of Michael Pegram, which qualified the Band to play in the National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Also, in 1982 the Band made a highly popular visit to Usk's twin town Graben-Neudorf in Germany with Nigel Weeks as conductor, who conducted the Band at various times in the late 1970's and through the 1980's. Other conductors in this period included Aubrey Brice and home-grown Mark Stones. Unfortunately, due to a lack of players, the Usk and District Silver Band folded in the late 1980's. A successor youth band was formed sometime in the 1990s, later to become the current Usk Brass Band.
Usk Brass Band (Monmouthshire)
Active in the early 1900s. A successor band was formed in the 1970s
Usk Town Band
See: Usk and District Silver Band
Usworth and District Brass Band
Active in 1900
Usworth Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1860s
Usworth Colliery Band (1) (Durham)
Active in 1873, folded some time in the 1880s.
Usworth Colliery Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s and still active after WW2. The conductor from 1913 to 1932 was Henry Creswell, who had started his banding career at the age of 7, playing in Pontefract Borough Band, in 1879. The band was "broken up" in August 1932, and the instruments, 28 in number, cost about £600, were collected pending a decision to sell. However it must have had a stay of execution, because it was clearly active and playing again by August 1933.
Uttoxeter Brass Band
(Staffordshire)
Active from the early 1830s to the 1880s. Mr Onion was the conductor in 1842. During the 1860s it was for a time associated with the 2nd Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers.
Uttoxeter Town Band (Staffordshire)
Formed in the 1930s and folded a few years after the end of the Second World War. A successor band was formed in 1996.
Uxbridge and Hillingdon Band (Middlesex)
Formed in 1882 by Mr W.J.D. Sheriff. He inserted an advertisment in the local paper calling a meeting at his house in Alexandra Road and there the band was started. The band's first £5 was donated by Lord Hillingdon. The first practices were held in Mr Sheriff's kitchen, later moving to the band room in the Old Chapel in Chiltern View Road. Prior to starting the Uxbridge Band, Mr Sheriff was bandmaster of the Hillingdon Drum and Fife Band, and later, in addition to the Uxbridge Band and the Middlesex Regiment, he was bandmaster of the City of London Imperial Yeomanry and of the Herts Yeomanry Bands. He was the composer of the military fantasia "A Soldier's Life". Ten of the Uxbridge Band's members were engaged in 1885 by Dr Drury Lavin, of Heatherden Hall, to form a ship's band on a cruise to the West Indies. The Band fulfilled several seasons of engagements on the Island of Jersey. The amount of traffic in the early years was so small, that the band gave summer concerts seated in the High Street. The band continued to flourish between the wars, and was renamed the Uxbridge and Hillingdon Prize Band. About 1930 their conductor was Wing Commander A.E.Sims, director of music for the R.A.F. [The Central Band of the R.A.F. was based at Uxbridge camp]. In 1926 a bandstand was erected in a local recreation ground, and this became the venue for a series of summer concerts each year. During World War 2 the band gave concerts there as part of the local "Holidays At Home" programme. Numbers fell after the war, and the band closed down in 1952.
Uxbridge Artisans Brass Band
See: Providence Congregational Church Brass Band
Uxbridge Brass Band
See: Uxbridge and Hillingdon Band
Uxbridge Providence Brass Band
See: Providence Congregational Church Brass Band

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V.R.C. Brass Band (London)
Active in 1863
Vale of Leven Brass Band
See: Jamestown and Vale of Leven Silver Band
Vale of Lyvennet Silver Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. It seems to have been based at Crosby Ravensworth, but included members from Maulds Meaburn, also in the Lyvennet valley. John [Jack] Relph (born in 1871) was a member.
Vale of Pewsey Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the early 1960s
Valley Road Band (Bradford)
Vane Tempest Band (Seaham)
Active in the 1950s - attached to the Vane Tempest Colliery.
Varteg District Memorial Hall Band
See: Varteg Silver Band
Varteg Silver Band (Monmouthshire)
Formed July 1914. Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s. Still active in the early 1960s. A memory from Grayham Jones - "My father Haydn Jones was born in 1911 at Varteg. Growing up in a family with mining associated jobs, it was assumed that my dad would automatically follow in the family's footsteps. Eventually, it was time for my dad to look for a job, but unfortunately in the 20s jobs were few and far between. Luckily something unexpected happened. Dad was walking around the village with some of his friends when who should walk by but Mr Tipton. Mr Tipton was an official at Lower Varteg Colliery, and also a committee member of Varteg Silver Band. He asked the lads if they were working, only to be told that they had tried for a job in the colliery but nothing was available. Mr Tipton assured them if any of them wanted a job in the pit, they just had to turn up at the Band Hall on band night, join the band and a job in the pit would be theirs. My dad took Mr Tipton at his word. He joined the band and he, in return, got a job. The job lasted up until his death in 1956 and he was a proud member of Varteg Silver Band for many years." Another memory from Roffey Edwards, who played second cornet in the late 1950s, his father C. Edwards, played bass drum in the band, and his step brother Brian Williams played first cornet. The band was conducted by Mr Ron Molsom who he remembers being very strict at band practice.
Vaux Samson Band
See: Lord Londonderry's Volunteer Temperance Band
Vauxhall Motors Recreation Club Band (Luton, Bedfordshire)
Active post-WW2 in the 1940s and 1950s.
Vaynol Royal Silver Band (Caernarfonshire)
Formed in 1888, and active to the late 1890s. For details of its predecessor, see Llanrug Royal Brass Band. A report in 1888 records the formation of the band: "The Llanrug Royal Brass Band has been well known in North Wales for many years, and during that time they were successful gladiators on the field of contest, and won for themselves a far-famed name and many a worthy victory at band contests held in different parts of England and Wales. But, to our sorrow, this band was disbanded about two years ago, and since then the melodious strains of the old and highly respected company who gladdened many a heart in this romantic neighbourhood have disappeared. But the quarrymen of this musical locality could not rest on their oars; and, to remedy the loss, a meeting was convened, and a committee formed as follows: Rev. T. Jones, rector (chairman); Mr J. Williams, Buarth (treasurer); Rev. D. Collwyn Morgan, curate (secretary); and Mr R. J. Pritchard (bandmaster). Negotiations were entered into with the noted firm of Messrs Besson, London, for the purchase of an entirely new set of instruments. A number of musical enthusiasts offered themselves, and were formed into a band, under the old name, and under the conductorship of a member of the old band and a noted cornet player. The efforts of the bandmaster have given perfect satisfaction to the members of the band and committee, and are highly appreciated in the parish. He has won already a victory, and deserves the praise of all for the very high state of efficiency of his band, The old band was one of the finest in North Wales, and we entertain such hopes of the new company and able conductor that we expect to record more victories and better laurels for them than the old band ever won. A grand concert was given lately in aid of the band fund, the Rev. T, Johns, rector, took the chair. There was a crowded audience, and a handsome surplus was left, At Llangefni on Easter Monday the band carried away the prize and the silver medal with great credit to themselves. They were highly complimented by the adjudicator on their almost perfect rendering of the "Hallelujah Chorus" the test piece. Last. Thursday the band was invited to play at Portdinorwic on the occasion of Mr Assheton Smith's wedding. The pieces played were rendered in good style and taste, and were highly appreciated and loudly applauded by the hundreds of people present".
Ventnor Artillery Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1900s.
Ventnor Rifles Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1900s.
Verdin Adelaide Band (Northwich, Cheshire)
Active from the mid-1880s to the 1910s
Verdin Moulton Institute Band (Moulton, Cheshire)
Active in 1889
Verdin Winsford Works Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1889
Vernon's Motors Brass Band (North Wales)
Active in the 1950s
Veryan and Portloe Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1900
Vickers Armstrong (Barrow Shipyard) Band
Vickers Crayford Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1920s
Vickers' Works Brass Band (Sheffield)
Active in 1919
Victoria Band (Wallsall)
Victoria Bar Primitive Methodist Brass Band (York)
Active in 1887
Victoria Batley Band
Active in 1854
Victoria Brass Band (Kirkburton, Huddersfield)
Victoria Brass Band (Petersfield, Hampshire)
Formed in 1904. Five or six instruments were purchased by Mr Kimber and Mr Gale and a band was formed under the tuition of Mr Stacey. The first practice was held in a wash-house in Swan Street. With further members joining, more adequate room was required and the band moved to Borough Hill for practices, being for a long time known as the "Borough Band". Their first appearance in public was on Easter Monday in 1906 under the lead of Mr Stacey. On this occasion the band paraded the town, playing what music they could manage. On Whit Monday 1906 a fete was held on the Heath by the Working Men's Association, this proving to be their first official engagement. With the outbreak of war in 1914, nearly all the members, who were Territorials, went into camp, afterwards being drafted to India and not returning until 1920. From the year 1908 to 1914 the band was under the baton of Mr. E. Lee, who held the office of deputy bandmaster. In 1921 a reconstruction of the band took place and Mr Walter Bone was appointed bandmaster, an office he still held in 1932. The band had the honour of performing before the Duke of York and also Princess Beatrice. It appeared with distinction at many places, including Guildford, Winchester and Gosport. It relies entirely on voluntary contributions for its upkeep of the instruments and provision of music, and is entirely self-supporting. The band disbanded after WW2, in the early 1950s.
Victoria, Earlseat and Lochhead Band
See: Victoria Lochhead Band
Victoria Foundry Brass Band (Leeds)
Active in 1855
Victoria Hall Brass Band (Bolton)
See: Bolton Victoria Hall Band
Victoria Hall Brass Band (Manchester)
See: Manchester Victoria Hall Band
Victoria Hall Mission Brass Band (Kettering)
Active from the 1890s to the 1920s
Victoria Institute (Hartshead Moor) Brass Band
The Victoria Institute, at Hartshead Moor near Scholes, was established in 1868. This was largely on the intiative of Robert Firth Crosland (of the long-established local Quaker family). One of the Institute's first activities was to form a brass band. The institute folded around 1922.
Victoria, Lochhead and Earlseat Band
See: Victoria Lochhead Band
Victoria Lochhead Band (Fife)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Based at the Lochhead Colliery near Wemyss, Fife.
Victoria Mills Brass Band (Elland, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1871
Victoria Mills Brass Band (Hopwood)
See: Hopwood Victoria Mills Brass Band
Victoria Park Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1891
Victoria Rifle Volunteers Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1860s. Also known as London Victoria Amateurs Brass Band
Victoria Road Mission Brass Band (Southsea, Hants)
Active in 1893
Victoria Road Wesleyan School Band
See: Victoria Road Mission Brass Band
Victoria Station Brass Band (Sheffield)
See: Mexborough Plant Band
Victoria Street Congregational Brass Band (Derby)
Active in 1889
Victoria Works Brass Band (Darlaston)
Band of the Rubery and Owen Ironworks. Active in the early 1900s
Victory Pit Crookhall Colliery Band
See: Crookhall Colliery Band
Viney Hill Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1930s
Viney Hill Excelsior Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Vobster Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1870s
Voel Gaer Brass Band (Flintshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Also known as Voel Gaer Halkyn Band and Rhosesmor Voel Gaer Band
Volunteer Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers Band, 1st
See: Bury Public Silver Band
Vrynwy Vale Brass Band (Llanwddyn, Montgomeryshire)
Active in the early 1880s
Vulcan Motor Works Brass Band (Crossens, Lancashire)
Active in the late 1910s and 1920s

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Waddesdon Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Formed in 1835 or earlier (records only went back to 1835). Celebrated its centenary in 1935.
Waddesdon Old Band
See: Waddesdon Brass Band
Waddesdon Temperance Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Waddesdon Wesleyand Brass Band
See: Waddesdon Temperance Band
Waddesdon Village Band
See: Waddesdon Old Brass Band
Waddinton Brass Band (Clitheroe)
Wound up in the courts as of 5th February 1923
Wadebridge Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1870s until the mid-1960s. . Although the ranks of bandsmen would have been thinned by the call to arms of 1914-18, enough were left to take part in the Bugle Band Contest in 1919 and 1923 under the direction of Mr W.T. Lobb. In 1915 the band presented their bandmaster, W.T. Lobb, with a rosewood sideboard as a wedding present. In January 1923 the band purchased a new set of silver instruments, costing £400. Harry Roberts, an outstanding cornet player, took over the band in the early 1930s. The band made excellent progress under his leadership and by 1940 players from Wadebridge Town Band were also able to give support to Bodmin and St Minver bands. Harry Roberts was succeeded by Mr W.A. Mills and many contest trophies were won by the band before the baton was handed on to Mr R. Dawes who was previously band sergeant with the Devon and Cornwall Light Infantry. A.H. Dawes was the conductor when the band entertained the crowds for the Royal Visit to Wadebridge in July 1950. Further success followed for the band at local contests in the 1950s when representatives of the band were also to be found in the National Youth Band. David Blake then became band leader and his son Philip formed the Wadebridge Youth Band around 1962. Sadly the band disbanded in the middle of that decade and most of the instruments were disposed of in 1968. A successor band was formed in the 1970s.
Wadebridge Mission Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the 1890s
Wadebridge Town Band (1)
See: Wadebridge Brass Band
Wadebridge Town Band (2)
Formed in the 1970s by Philip Harris and the band actually appeared on the children's TV show "Multi-Coloured Swap Shop" in 1978. It was held at the Egloshayle playing fields and still remembered by some current players. The band conductor was apparently shared around that time between Phil, Jack Wills, Lionel Boundy, and Keith Babbs. Sadly the band dissolved once more in 1985. The instruments were passed on the St John's Ambulance band for their community use. A successor band was formed in 2002.
Wadebridge Town Band (Cornwall)
Active in the early 1900s and in 1938. A successor band was also active for a few years in the 1970s.
Wadhurst Brass Band (Sussex)
Formed around 1870, disbanding during WW2. Conductor in 1876 was Mr Pomfret, in 1893, Mr C. Piper, in 1925 G. Till, in 1934, William Skinner. In 1898 it nearly folded until it managed to raise £62 to buy some new instruments and uniforms. A successor band was formed in 1957 as a youth band, becoming a full adult band in 1974.
Wadsley Bridge Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from the mid-1870s to the 1900s. Bandmaster "for many years" was Michael Wilkinson (d. 1901). Conductor in 1887 and 1892 was Mr S. Marsh. Harry Crofts played trombone in the band.
Waenfawr Brass Band
See: Waunfawr Brass Band
Wagon Works Band (Radstock)
See: Radstock Coal and Wagon Works Brass Band
Waihi Federal Band (New Zealand)
Active in the 1900s
Wainfleet Amateur Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1863
Wainfleet Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1890s
Waipawa Brass Band (New Zealand)
Active in 1896
Wakefield Belle Vue Brass Band
See: Belle Vue Brass Band (Wakefield)<
Wakefield City Brass Band
Active from the 1900s to the 1980s
Wakefield Foresters Brass Band
Active in the 1860s
Wakefield L.M.S. Brass Band
Active in the 1930s
Wakefield Old Brass Band
Active in the 1920s to the late 1940s
Wakefield RIfle Corps Band
Active in the 1860s
Wakefield Temperance Band
See: Carlton Temperance Band
Wakeman Brass (Ripon, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in the late 1980s as a breakaway group from Ripon City Band, it lasted until the mid-1990s.
Walbottle Brass Band
See: Walbottle Colliery Brass Band
Walbottle Colliery Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1867, conductor C.A. Halpin
Walbottle Temperance Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1890s
Walcot Industrial School Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1888
Walgrave Amateur Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the early 1870s to 1916 at least. Conductor in 1871 was G. Jones, 1889 - E. Dickens, 1893 - Alfred Dickens.
Walgrave Brass Band
See: Walgrave Amateur Brass Band
Walkden Band (Lancashire)
Formed in the early 1870s when the band had connections with the Duke of Bridgewater's Yeomanry Band in Worsley. Records of the band from 1937 to 1974 exist in the Salford City Archive Service. Known as Alvin Walkden Brass Band in 1989 when they were 3rd Section National Champions. A good example of the many dedicated and tireless people who support bands around the country is given in this obituary notice which appeared on 15 November 1995: "Tributes for bandsman Cyril - One of the vanguards of Walkden Brass Band has died at the age of 63. For more than 25 years, Cyril Wright, of Grosvenor Drive, Walkden, was a tireless worker behind the scenes. Band members said his musical contribution as third assistant percussion when he was needed in contests was always of the highest quality, which was his trademark on everything he was involved in. He will be most remembered for his administration role within the band. His infectious energy and dedication as treasurer, concert secretary and committee member meant the band was self-funding and able to weather the tough financial conditions of the brass band world. Since early retirement from Mellings Bakery at Farnworth, he became involved in transferring the band's music library system onto a computer data base. He leaves his son Alan - the band's assistant principal cornet player - and his wife Joan. She is a tireless member of the ladies' section who serves the band members with refreshments during rehearsals. Colleagues say Cyril was well known throughout the brass band scene and was one of the great characters in the musical world." Merged with Eaton Farnworth Brass Band in 2004 to form Eaton Farnworth and Walkden Band.
Walker Neptune Band
Active between 1900 and 1914
Walkern Brass Band (Herts)
Active in the early 1900s. Formed mainly from workers at Wright's Brewery in Walkern, who were one of the village's main employers.
Walkers and Hardmans Works Band (York)
Founded in 1833
Walker's Brass Band (York)
Active between 1834 and 1855
Walkers' Brewery Brass Band (Warrington, Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s
Walkley St. Mary's Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Wallace Arnold Rothwell Band
See: Rothwell Temperance Band
Wallaroo Mines Federal Band (Australia)
Formed in 1897 with the assistance of the mining company which supplied funding for instruments and uniforms, and eventually a band rotunda. W H Woolcock, a talented musician, formed and lead the band throughout its existence. When the mines closed in 1923, the band was wound up. Some players, however, found places with the Excelsior Band in Kadina.
Wallasey Silver Band
Active in 1929
Wallasey Village Silver Band
Prior to 1939 the Wallasey Village Carnival was a spectacle of horse drawn floats covered with flowers and people. The floats being interspersed with bands and dancers of varying standards, Decorated bicycles, handcarts and even dressed up dogs had their part to play. The major float carried the Carnival Princess and her court, whilst the whole event was led with great aplomb by the Wallasey Village Silver Band (which used the Lighthouse Pub in Wallasey Village as its unofficial headquarters).
Wallingford Amateur Brass Band (1)
Active in 1845
Wallingford Amateur Brass Band (2)
Formed in 1860
Wallingford Brass Band
Active in 1990.
Wallington Silver Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1919
Wallsend Borough Band
See: Wallsend Colliery Band
Wallsend Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Formed in the 1900s, still active in the mid-1970s, also known as the Rising Sun Colliery Band (Rising Sun pit at Wallsend). Later known as Wallsend Borough Band
Wallsend Miners' Band
See: Wallsend Colliery Band
Wallsend Shipyard Brass Band (Northumberland)
Formed in the 1900s, later known as Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Band. Active in 1935, conductor Joseph C. Welsh, 1937 conductor Jack Boddice, and 1947. Folded in the 1950s
Wallsend Slipway Band
See: Wallsend Shipyard Brass Band
Wallsend Town Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the late 1970s
Wallsend United Collieries Band
See: Wallsend Colliery Band
Walmer Bridge Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s, conductor Adam Warburton.
Walsall and West Bromwich District School Band (Staffordshire)
Pennyhill Lane, Wigmore - active in 1904. The school opened in 1870 to house workhouse children from the two unions.
Walsall Borough Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1. Originally formed as Walsall Provident Brass Band, it was renamed Walsall Borough Brass Band in 1898. The conductor at that time was James Grundy, the secretary, A. Moore.
Walsall L.M.S. Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1930s. Formed by John Henry Cowley, who played Solo Trombone for them. (See also Brass Band People). The band were conducted at various times at contest by Harry Mortimer, Issac Perrin, Harry Hayes, and William Halliwell.
Walsall Police Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1880s to WW1.
Walsall Provident Brass Band
See: Walsall Borough Brass Band
Walsall Rifle Corps Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
Walsall Star Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s to the 1890s
Walsall Temperance Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1865, when they played at the Cottage Hospital Gala in August. Still active in the late 1890s.
Walsall Town Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1900s to WW1. Conductor G. Carrington in 1901
Walsall Town Mission Band (Staffordshire)
Formed in 1911, active to the mid-1920s. The band was struggling with a "scrap set of brass instruments" when it was formed, but Joseph A. Leckie generously advanced the money for new silver instruments. All the members had to belong to the Mission Brotherhood and be Total Abstainers. Ten bandsmen were lost to the fighting in the Great War, and the band, lacking a BBb bass, Eb Bass, two Bb trombones, a G trombone, two tenor horns, two Bb cornets and a soprano, sought these from other players from the area (as long as they maintained abstinence with the band!)
Walsall Victoria Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s.
Walsall Volunteer Rifles Band
See: Walsall Rifle Corps Brass Band
Walsall Wood Olde Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Reference to this band in 1910
Walsden Brass Band
See: Walsden Temperance Brass Band
Walsden Temperance Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1890s to the 1930s. The band's president was Thomson Halliwell until 1913. Harold Hargreaves (Welsh Regiment), cornet player with the band, was killed aged 23 in 1917 in France - he was by trade a tackler in a cotton mill.
Walsham-le-Willows Temperance Band
Active in the early 1900s. An undated notice reads: "We beg to draw your attention to the above Band, and to say that we shall be pleased to serve your interests during the coming season in attendance at GARDEN PARTIES, SPORTS, FLOWER SHOWS, GALAS, FETES etc. We have a good variety of Music, including Selections, Marches, Dances etc. We should at all times do our best to meet your requirements in every particular. The Band provides its own Gas Light, to facilitate playing on grounds after dark, when required. For particulars as to terms, apply to either of the following: Wilfrid Y Nunn, Band Master - Harry W Hubbard, Hon. Secretary."
Walshaw Public Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Walsingham Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1887
Walsingham Brotherhood Band
Probably formed in 1909 and disbanded during WW1.
Waltham Abbey Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1880s
Waltham Brass Band (1) (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s. In 1866 the band had 12 members, conducted by Mr Acey.
Waltham Brass Band (2) (Lincolnshire)
Active from the 1930s to the early 1960s.
Waltham British Legion Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Waltham Cross Temperance Band
See: Waltham Gospel Temperance Brass Band
Waltham Gospel Temperance Brass Band (Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1900s and in 1949
Waltham St. Lawrence Brass Band
See: Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band
Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band (Berkshire)
Founded in 1886 as Waltham St Lawrence Brass Band. The founder players were mainly village tradesmen backed by two wealthy benefactors, William Landsdowne Beale and the Revd. Grey Neville. It was a well established part of the local scene by 1910. The band was revived after the disruptions of World War 1 in 1922, and made great progress under the direction of Twyford publican Ernest Pearce. Activities included regular appearances at hospital parades to raise funds for Royal Berks Hospital, and there were significant contest successes in the inter-war years, including a first prize at Fairford Contest in 1938. After World War 2, the band was re-established in 1946 as the Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Prize Band, again under the direction of Mr Pearce. He continued as conductor until his death in 1953. It was a struggle to get the band going again, and it is thanks to the efforts and determination of Sydney Boyd that the band continued. In 1950 the name changed again to East Berks Silver Band, reflecting the wider area from which members were being drawn. Jack Clark, who formerly played cornet for Morris Motors band among others, became bandmaster in 1954. There were a number of contest successes both locally and at national level through the 1950's. In 1957 the East Berks Silver Band decided to base itself in Reading, a move that was unacceptable to many members. A new Waltham St. Lawrence Band was formed, based in the village
Walthamstow and Leyton Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1897
Walthamstow British Legion Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1930s
Walthamstow C.E.T.S. Brass Band
See: Walthamstow Temperance Brass Band
Walthamstow Lighthouse Band
See: Lighthouse Silver Band
Walthamstow Northern Ward Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1912
Walthamstow Oddfellows Band (Essex)
Active in 1896
Walthamstow Silver Band (Essex)
Active in 1896
Walthamstow Temperance Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1890s to 1912 at least.
Walthamstow Town Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1890s through to WW2.
Walthamstow Town Silver Prize Band
See: Walthamstow Town Brass Band
Walton Amateur Brass Band (Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex)
Formed in 1875, active through to around 1910.
Walton and District Brass Band (West Walton, Norfolk)
Active in the 1950s
Walton Brass Band (Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire)
Active in the 1850s
Walton Brass Band (Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Walton Brass Band (Warrington, Cheshire)
Active in 1887
Walton Works Brass Band (Frinton, Essex)
Active in 1886
Wandiligong Brass Band (Australia)
Formed in 1874, and it travelled around the district providing entertainment for the miners and their families.
Wandsworth Borough Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Wandsworth 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 Putney Brass Band.
Wanlockhead Brass Band (Dumfriesshire)
Active from the 1870s. The Band would always appear on New Years Day and march around the Village 'weather and the roads permitting' to an enthusiastic local support. It also performed local concerts and parades and was in great demand. The coming of the railway and the 'new machines' enabled the band to travel further afield to play at engagements and enter National Contest where they frequently proved to be successful. Linked to the local lead mine. Still active in 1928, conducted by John Faulds
Wantage Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1870s. A successor band was formed in 1972.
Warbleton Brass Band (Sussex)
Active from the 1890s. Merged with Buxted Silver Prize Band in 1952 to form Warbleton & Buxted Band.
Warburtons Bakery Band
See: Hoggarths Works Band
Ward Jackson Brass Band (Greatham, Durham)
Active from the 1880s to the 1920s
Wardley Colliery Brass Band (Pelaw, Durham)
Formed in the 1890s, active through to the 1950s. Also known as Pelaw Colliery Band. In September 1937 the band was on its way to the Alexandra Palace to compete in the National Finals contest, when its coach was in collision with a lorry on the Barnet by-pass at South Mimms. Six bandsmen were injured.
Wardley Grammar School Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the early 1960s
Ware Brass Band (Herfordshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s. A successor band was formed in the 1890s
Wareham Silver Band
See: Wareham Town Band
Wareham Town Band (Dorset)
A community wind band formed in 1855. It competed as a brass band (without its wind players) briefly in 1937 and 1938 in the National Championships. The band is still active.
Warford Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1910s. Based at Great Warford, near Lindow End.
Warford and Lindow Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s
Wargrave Industrial School Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1880s to the early 1900s. The Reading and Wokingham District School was set up in a former workhouse building at Wargrave. The school closed in the early 1900s.
Wargrave School Brass Band
See: Wargrave Industrial School Brass Band
Warialda Brass Band (Australia)
Active in February 1899 when it played in the street every Saturday night. It ceased on several occasions only to be reformed again. Some of the bandmasters were: R.H. Stewart, E. Quickenden, J. Myers, Walter Davis and Tom Graham. An effort was made to reform the band under bandmaster T. Graham in May 1915. A number of instruments were available and it was hoped that a number of others would be purchased. The band was formed that year and played for a number of wartime functions including send offs for soldiers; the visit of the Kurrajongs from Inverell in January 1916 and the unveiling of the Honour Roll at the Public School. It continued for many years until the 1930s when it finally ceased.
Warleggan Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in the early 1900s
had folded by 1933, when the instruments were called in by the parish council
Warley Town Band (Yorkshire)
Warlingham Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1890s to WW2. Conductor in 1899 was W. Dicker. In 1901, H. Jackson, in 1929, J. Barley, in 1939, Alf Barden.
Warlingham British Legion Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1950s
Warmington Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1930s
Warminster Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1884
Warmley Excelsior Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1900s, conductor W. Norman.
Warmley Military Band (Gloucestershire)
Founded 1903, as Warmley Mission Reed and Brass Band, by the men of the Warmley Independent Methodist Church, predominantly from the Mill Lane and Cadbury Heath area, many of whom were from the Lovell Family. The Band had a membership of about twenty men, one of whom was George Webb, father of Bill Webb the cycle shop owner. The Warmley Military Band achieved a great deal in the world of music, a small dedicated band of men, whose fame spread to Minehead, Hereford and Berkeley, where they had regular engagements and the fact that the Band existed for 33 years is an achievement in itself. Perhaps their most frequent and enjoyable engagement was to lead the annual Whitsuntide parades through surrounding villages. George Webb was born in 1842 and at the age of eight started his working life in a nearby coalpit. Inspired by the sounds of brass band music, he taught himself to play the cornet and at the age of thirteen he left the pit. George was now in his element. In a very short time he was able to 'triple tongue' on his cornet and was capable of producing 700 notes to the minute. In 1862, he was the star player of 'The Christie Minstrels". From this time on he was often on tour but always returned to his roots where he had a wife and young family. Around 1882, George took part in a ceremony when the chimney stack at Haskins Pottery was heightened. When the chimney was completed George stood on the top run and played the National Anthem, God Bless the Prince of Wales and Auld Lang Syne. The cornet was not the only instrument George mastered as he was able to handle many instruments, particularly the trombone. His ability did not stop there as he also became bandmaster to numerous bands but, in particular, the Warmley Military Band. At the turn of the century George Webb had produced scores of compositions for brass bands and his name was familiar all around Britain as well as on the Continent. There is a story that the Black Dyke Mills Band were passing through Warmley station on their way to Bournemouth. They had persuaded the driver to stop the train so as they could meet their hero, George Webb. However, George had prepared a surprise for them and with the aid of a local brass band, the Black Dyke and Warmley Bands marched along the road, playing at full pitch and meeting in the middle of the village.
Warmley Tower Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1864, when they took part in the processions celebrating the official opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Winners of the first prize brass band contest at St George's, Bristol, in 1883. Still active in 1899
Warner's Ironworks Band (Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex)
Active in 1886
Warren Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed as Warren Youth Band in the late 1970s with Duncan Beckley at the helm. It was based either in Wakelfield or Lepton. It was named after Alison Warren, a teacher in the Wakefield area who had a great interest in youth and music. It dropped the "youth" appelation in the early 1980s and continued until the late 1980s or early 1990s.
Warrenby and Loftus Band
See: Warrenby Brass Band
Warrenby Brass Band (Cleveland)
Formed in the 1900s. Also known as one times as Warrenby and Loftus Band. Did not survive WW1
Warrington Borough Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active from the 1850s to the late 1920s. It led the parade for the foundation stone laying of Christ Church, Pennington on 19th May 1853.
Warrington Brass Band
See: Warrington Borough Band
Warrington Catholic Subscription Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s to 1950s
Warrington Catholic United Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s. Conductor T. Meredith in 1891.
Warrington League of the Cross Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s to 1900s
Warrington Pioneer Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s
Warrington Silver Band
See: Kent Street Mission Band
Warrington United Brass Band
See: Warrington Catholic United Brass Band
Warrnambool Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1990
Warsash Brass Band (1)
Formed by the Rev Holt, vicar of St Mary's church at Warsash, and disbanded aound 1922
Warsash Brass Band (2)
Formed in 1993 as an all-brass band, but now a concert band with reed instruments as well as brass, known as Warsash Band.
Warsop Main Colliery Brass Band (Warsop Vale, Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1930s
Warth Fold Brass Band (Bury, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Warton Village Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in 1904
Warwick Bridge Brass Band (Cumberland)
Formed in 1839, folded in December 1858. The conductor in that final year was Joseph Robley, but he was replaced by Mr Carruthers at a contest in Alston in June 1858.
Warwick Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1860s
Warwick Excelsior Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. It possibly folded around 1903 and was "reformed" in 1905 under the baton of S. Gumley. The conductor in 1908 was E. Taylor.
Warwick Town Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1880s to the 1930s
Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary Band
See: Coventry Police Band
Washington and District Band (Durham)
Active between 1907 and 1911
Washington Brotherhood Band (Durham)
Founded in 1923 as a temperance band, and later known as Washington Colliery Band (or Washington F Pit Band) up to 1968, Washington Glebe Colliery Band, then Washington Welfare Band, led by Tyneside danceband leader George Rowell. Despite the closure of the Washington Glebe Colliery in 1972, band members had soldiered on and were determined to keep the music alive. Memorable events in the '70s were: Gaining promotion to the Championship section, Winning Section B contest at Northumberland Miner's Picnic for about 8 years in succession, Taking part in CISWO finals at Blackpool year after year, Visiting Belgium and Germany, Playing throughout England and Scotland in clubs and other venues under the name of "the Washington Showband", Making a commercial for Vaux Breweries, Taking part in Tyne Tees drama productions, Playing for Royal visits to the area, Playing for President Carter's visit to Washington Village. George Rowell died 1972, at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Washington Welfare was taking part in the CISWO contest, and as the band proceeded to take the stage, George collapsed and died. The band took the stage, and Gordon Kitto MBE, well known conductor of Thornley Coll. Band, came from the audience and conducted the band for it's contest performance, never having conducted band beforehand. Playing in the band was George's son Ray, and his brother Harry. The band completed it's performance and was awarded 2nd prize, an amazing result under the circumstances. The band competed in championship finals in London and Blackpool and won the trophy at the Bedlington Miners' Picnic in Northumberland eight years in a row. In 1997 they were finally forced to disband because of lack of funding and interest. A successor band was formed in 2007.
Washington Colliery Band
See: Washington Brotherhood Band
Washington F Pit Band
See: Washington Brotherhood Band
Washington Glebe Colliery Band
See: Washington Brotherhood Band
Washington Welfare Band
See: Washington Brotherhood Band
Watchet British Legion Band
Competed in the 1962 West of England Regional Championships (4th Section), conducted by J. Alexander
Water Orton Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s
Water Street Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s. The band was connected with the Water Street branch of the Manchester Corporation Health Department.
Waterfoot and Newchurch Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1888 when it competed in a contest at Todmorden.
Waterfoot Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the late 1890s
Waterhead Brass Band (Oldham, Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s to the late 1940s. Also known as Waterhead Public Band around 1910
Waterhead Public Band
See: Waterhead Brass Band
Waterhouses Institute Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s. Advertising for solo trombone and baritone players in 1898 - with the offer of work found as coke fillers (single men preferred).
Wateringbury Volunteer Band
Active in 1895
Waterloo Brass Band (Birkenhead, Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s, conductor J.G. Dobbing
Waterloo Brass Band (Brighouse, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Waterloo Brass Band (Hull)
See: Hull Waterloo Brass Band
Waterloo British Legion Band (Crosby, Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Waterloo Christ Church Brass Band (Crosby, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Waterlow and Sons Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1866
Waters Upton Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1950s
Waterside Brass Band (Tintwistle, Cheshire)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Watford Artizan Prize Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the early 1900s, bandmaster R.C. Smith.
Watford L. and N.W.R. Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Watford School of Music Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1980s
Watford Volunteer Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in 1872
Wath and Bolton United Brass Band (Wath-on-Dearne, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Wath Brass Band (Wath-on-Dearne, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s to 1900s
Wath Old Brass Band
See: Wath Brass Band
Wath Town Band (Wath-on-Dearne, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Watlington Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1840s to the 1880s
Watlington Excelsior Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1917
Watlington Nephalite Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Watlington Temperance Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Watney Band
See: West London Silver Band
Watney Mann Band
See: West London Silver Band
Watsonville Brass Band (California, USA)
Formed in 1994 by Gonzalo Viales from a subset of the Watsonville Community Band, it sadly only lasted a few years.
Watton and District Brass Band (Norfolk)
Formed as Watton British Legion Band in the 1920s or early 1930s. Renamed Watton and District Brass Band around 1950, active through to the late 1970s
Watton British Legion Band
See: Watton and District Brass Band
Waunarlwydd Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1900s to the 1920s.
Waunfawr and District Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1920s through WW2 to the late 1940s
Waunfawr Brass Band (Caernarfonshire)
Active in the 1890s
Waunfawr Silver Band
See: Waunfawr and District Band
Waveney Brass Band (Beccles, Suffolk)
Active in 1990s, folding in the early 2000s. Some remaining members formed the Waveney Valley Brass Ensemble around 2004.
Waveney Valley Brass Band
See: Waveney Brass Band
Wavertree Silver Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1900s to WW1. Richard Greaves, known as "Red Dick", was the leader of the Wavertree Silver Band. He was the last known resident of "The Smallest House in England", which stood at 95 High Street, Wavertree, Liverpool . Whether or not it actually was the smallest house in England is open to conjecture but it was only 6 feet wide and 14 feet from front to back and it's alleged that one couple raised 8 children in it. Richard Greaves allegedley was so robust that he had to climb the stairs sideways.
Wear Royal Yacht Club Band
See: Royal Wear Yacht Club Brass Band
Weardale Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1860s and the 1900s. Held a Cornet Contest at Darlington in August 1877 where the winner was Thomas Jenkinson, leader of Northallerton Temperance Band.
Weardale Saxhorn Band
See: Weardale Brass Band
Wearmouth Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1850s
Wearmouth Colliery Band (1) (Sunderland, Durham)
Active in the 1910s to the 1930s
Wearmouth Colliery Band (2)
See: Hylton Colliery Silver Band
Wearmouth Silver Band (Durham)
Active in the 1930s
Weaste Public Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Webster and Horsefall's Excelsior Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1884
Wedmore Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1880s to the 1920s
Wednesbury and North Stafford Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
Wednesbury Borough Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1870s to the 1930s
Wednesbury Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active from the 1850s to WW1. Still active in 1887. Also known as 34th Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers Band, and Wednesbury Rifles Band.
Wednesbury Crown Tube Works Band
See: Crown Tube Works Brass Band
Wednesbury Globe Tube Works Band
See: Globe Tube Works Band
Wednesbury Old Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1873
Wednesbury Rifles Band
See: Wednesbury Brass Band
Wednesbury Temperance Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Wednesbury Tube Works Band
See: Crown Tube Works Brass Band
Wednesbury United Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Wednesbury Working Men's Club Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Wednesfield Excelsior Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Wednesfield Prince of Wales Rifle Corps Band
See: Wednesfield Prince of Wales Temperance Band
Wednesfield Prince of Wales Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Wednesfield Royal Victoria Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Wednesfield Silver Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1940s
Weedon Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1892
Week St Mary Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active from the 1840s to the 1880s
Week St Mary Rechabite Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1916
Welbeck Abbey Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s to early 1900s
Welbeck Colliery Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active from the 1920s to 1940.
Weld Bank Brass Band (Chorley, Lancashire)
Played at the Chorley Catholic School's Children's Treat in May 1850, and led a procession of "Ancient Shepherds" to a new lodge in November that year. Took part in the Whitsuntide processions in Preston in 1872. Active in the mid 1890s, when it benefitted from the gift of new instruments and patronage from Dean Lennon of St Gregory's, Weld Bank. Still active in the 1920s/40s. Practiced on Weldbank Lane in Chorley. After it folded, its remnants formed the Chorley Silver Band.
Weld Bank Prize Band
See: Weld Bank Brass Band
Weld Bank Roman Catholic Brass Band (Chorley, Lancashire)
Active in 1887
Welford and District Band (Berkshire)
Officially founded in 1870 (although there is evidence to suggest it developed from an earlier fife and drum band). It seems to have petered out around the time of the Great War. It was quite well known in the West Berkshire/East Wiltshire area and the local Newbury and Marlborough newspapers regularly reported their concerts (aided, probably, by the fact that the Bandmaster was also the village Postmaster!). James Brown was the Bandmaster and several other members of the Brown family also took part in the band. (Source: Bob Chandler, great-grandson of James Brown)
Welford Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed in 1859.
Welford-on-Avon Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
It was in existence in 1924. By the early 1950s the band had 16 instruments, consisting of 5 B flat cornets, 2 Tenor Horns, 2 baritones, 1 Euphonium, 2 Trombones, 2 E flat Bases, 1 bass drum and 1 side drum. However by 1960 the band was no longer active, and the uniforms and instruments were stored in the Rectory in case it was reformed. The band was later (date unknown) reconstituted, but support for it locally became less and less. Around 2000 there were no folk from the village left in the band, and only a regular core of about 4 or 5 people, so a decision was taken reluctantly to wind the band up.
Well Street Brass Band (Coventry, Warwickshire)
Active in the 1870s, conductor Mr Carter.
Wellesley Colliery Band (Fife)
Formed in 1919 and in 1920 they competed at their first competition in Methil where they took 3rd prize. In 1921 they won first prize at the open championships in Bathgate and took the cup for the best third section band. Promoted to second section in 1926 Wellesley had a run of bad luck that took them back down to third section. William Pegg was bandmaster in 1927. By 1930 at Stirling under George Hawkins they won the third section and were back up to the second section. It seemed Mr Hawkins gave the band the confidence they needed and they were promoted in 1934 at Leith to the championship section. By now they were progressing as a programme band and were asked to play at the empire exhibition in Glasgow. They won the Fife championships 1938, 1939 and 1940. In 1944 they won the Scottish championship and were runners up the following year. 1947 and yet another great result, first prize at the miners gala day in Edinburgh entitling them to compete at the miners festival in London representing Scotland. There finest hour was in 1964 when they won the second section daily herald British brass band championships in London. The band ceased to exist in 1976 when the remaining players amalgamated with the Buckhaven Town Band, to form the current Buckhaven and Methil Miners Band.
Wellesley Training Ship Band (Tynemouth, Northumberland)
Reformatory School for boys. They made their first public appearance in April 1872. The band closed with the school in 1914.
Wellingborough Congregational Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed in August 1880, tutored by William Skinner (of Rushden). Active through to the 1900s.
Wellingborough L.M.S. Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Wellingborough Railwaymen's Brass Band
See: Wellingborough L.M.S. Band
Wellingborough Rifles Band
See: Wellingborough Volunteer Band
Wellingborough Temperance Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1910s, conductor W. Brawn. The band folded during WW1, some time after 1915. Drummer Alfred Reynolds of the 5th Northamptonshire Regiment took a bullet wound to the hip in 1915, and was recuperating in the base hospital in Boulogne - he had been a cornet player in the band and worked for the Wellingborough Ironstone Company. Another band member, Reginald Renaut, was killed by a trench bomb, aged 19, in 1916.
Wellingborough Town Silver Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed in 1895. Active through to WW1.
Wellingborough Volunteer Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s
Wellington Brass Band (Bacup)
See: Bacup Wellington Brass Band
Wellington Brass Band (Bristol)
See: Wellington Road Mission Brass Band
Wellington Brass Band (Glemsford)
See: Glemsford Brass Band
Wellington Foundry Band
See: Leeds Railway Foundry Band
Wellington Foundry Operatic Brass Band
See: Leeds Railway Foundry Band
Wellington Newtown Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the late 1850s
Wellington Rifle Corps Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1860s, and the 1890s to 1900s
Wellington Road Mission Brass Band (Bristol)
Active in the 1890s
Wellington Town Band (Somerset)
Formed 1887 with players who left the local volunteer band. Still active in 1938
Wellington Silver Band
See: Wellington Street Mission Band
Wellington Street Mission Band (North Shields)
Formed in the 1890s, became Wellington Silver Band in the 1920s, but did not last much beyond then.
Wellington Street People's Mission Silver Band
See: Wellington Street Mission Band
Wells Brass Band
See: Wells City Band
Wells City Band (Somerset)
Active from the the 1850s to the 1950s. A successor band was formed in 1989.
Wells Excelsior Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1888
Wells Union Juvenile Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1858
Wellworthy Works Brass Band (Lymington, Hampshire)
Formed at the end of WW2 and active through to the late 1950s. 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.
Welsh Flannel Mills Band (Holywell, Flintshire)
Active in 1896 when it competed at a contest at Hawarden.
Welshpool Brass Band (Montgomeryshire)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s
Welton Excelsior Brass Band (Yorks)
Active in 1900
Welwyn Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1850s to 1880s
Wem British Legion Band
See: Wem Silver Band
Wem Silver Band (Shropshire)
Formed after WW1. Folded at the start of WW2. Competed at Belle Vue.
Wem Town Band
See: Wem Silver Band
Wembley and Sudbury British Legion Silver Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1937
Wembley Town Band (Middlesex)
Formed in 1910. Its prime movers included Mr Wiggins, an upholsterer, and the band's first practices were held in the basement of his shop. Titus Barham [the chairman of Express Dairies, who lived at Sudbury Park in Wembley and was an important local philanthropist] became their president and provided free of cost their resplendent green and silver uniforms. It proved impracticable to continue during the First World War but the band was re-formed in 1919 under the leadership of J. R. Masters of Sudbury. Eventually the group faded away, perhaps partly due to difficulties in securing suitable premises for regular practice.
Wendover Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Formed in 1888. Conductor Mr. Howe in 1890. Active through to the late 1920s
Wendron Brass Band (Cornwall)
Active in 1892
Wenhaston Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in 1887 when it took part in the Golden Jubilee celebrations in the village
Wenlock Brass Band
See: Much Wenlock Band
Wensley Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1887
Werneth and District Silver Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Werneth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
Wernos Colliery and District Silver Band (Carmarthenshire)
Active in the 1960s
Werrington Industrial School Brass Band (Staffs)
Active in 1880
Wesley Hall Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1900s to the 1960s. Also known as Wesley Hall Trinity Band in the 1960s
Wesley Hall Brass Band (Sunderland)
See: Sunderland Wesley Hall Brass Band
Wesley Hall Trinity Band
See: Wesley Hall Brass Band (Manchester)
Wesleyan Central Mission Brass Band (Luton)
Active in 1903 - bandmaster A. Eheritt.
Wesleyan Home Mission Brass Band (Bedford)
Active in the 1880s
Wesleyan Mission (Victoria Bar) Band (York)
Active around 1891
Wesleyan Reform Church Brass Band (Bedworth)
See: Bedworth Silver Prize Band
Wessex Royal Artillery (TA) Band, 256th
See: 256th Wessex Royal Artillery (TA) Band
Wessex Youth Burton Bradstock Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
West Ardsley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s to 1930s. Conductor Harold Smith in 1932.
West Auckland and St Helen's Silver Band
See: West Auckland and St Helen's Temperance Band
West Auckland and St Helen's Temperance Band (Durham)
Formed on Good Friday 1909 by the Independent Order of Good Templars and Rechabites. Later known as West Auckland and St Helen's Silver Band, West Auckland Brass Band and West Auckland Town Band. Still active in the 1970s.
West Auckland Brass Band
See: West Auckland and St Helen's Temperance Band
West Auckland Temperance Band
See: West Auckland and St Helen's Temperance Band
West Auckland Town Band
See: West Auckland and St Helen's Temperance Band
West Bergholt Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1890s. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
West Boldon Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1850s
West Bromwich Borough Band (Staffordshire)
It started its life with William (Billy) Goodwin, who ran a coffee shop in Bull Street, who in 1908 secured from Boosey and Sons several instruments with which to start a band - Goodwins Silver Band. It was short lived under his influence and nearly folded but for the enterprise and dedication of half a dozen players who struck their own terms with Boosey and Son to continue with the instruments. They named their band the West Bromwich Borough Band, soon becoming quite proficient and winning prizes in competitions. The various band members combined their skills to erect a wooden structure in Beeches Road as a temporary practice room; prior to that their practice was on an ad hoc basis using various pubs and members houses, etc. In 1935 Alderman Jesse J Grant, of Grants Bakery, built Grant Hall primarily for the band, and was to be a lifelong benefactor and President. The band then had its first permanent Headquarters in September 1935. The band was still active in 1962, when it competed in the Grand Shield, conducted by G.A. Morris. Won the Grand Shield in 1964. Merged with Black Country Brass in 1987 to form Sandwell Brass Band (which later was renamed as Black Country Brass).
West Bromwich Borough Silver Prize Band
See: West Bromwich Borough Band
West Bromwich Excelsior Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1920s to the early 1950s, conductor J.T. Hughes in the early years.
West Bromwich Flower of the Forest Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s and 1870s
West Bromwich Mission Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the mid-1890s to WW1.
West Bromwich New Town Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1866
West Bromwich Silver Band
See: West Bromwich Borough Band
West Bromwich Volunteer Rifle Corps Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
West Burton Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s, conductor John Hammond.
West Calder Brass Band
Active in 1891(when it performed on a Sunday - shock/horror!]. Was in financial trouble in 1896, trying to raise funds. Active in 1920/1933
West Calder Instrumental Band
Active in 1879, when it played a "musical extravaganza" on 21 June 1879
West Calder Public Band
Formed in 1919. Won third prize in the final of the Edinburgh Charities Band Association contest in April 1931. Won two trophies at the West Lothian and District brass band contest in September 1932, still active in 1946, still active in 1984
West Cholderton Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1850s, also the 1900s and 1910s
West Cramlington Colliery Band
Active in 1883
West Crawley Brass Band (Surrey)
Formed in 1900 and still active in 1950
West Crawley Temperance Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s to WW1, conductor A. Williams.
West Cumberland Youth Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1970s
West Derby Brass Band (Lancashirel)
Active in 1875
West End Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in 1863 and in 1899, when it moved its practice premises from the New Inn to the Schoolroom
West End Working Men's Club Brass Band (Wolverhampton, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1950s
West Essex Artillery Band
See: Waltham Abbey Brass Band
West Gorton Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1880s
West Haddon Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active from the 1860s to 1919
West Hallam Brass Band (1) (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1850s - folded prior to 1864 when a successor band was formed.
West Hallam Brass Band (2) (Derbyshire)
Formed in 1864, active through the 1860s
West Ham Borough Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1890s
West Ham Boys Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1920s, conductor J. Montague
West Ham Brotherhood Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1912
West Ham Crusaders Temperance Band
Active in 1894
West Ham Excelsior Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1920s, conductor W.R. Sharp
West Ham Gasworks Band (Essex)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. May have been a "reed band" rather than brass band.
West Ham Imperial Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1906
West Ham Union Workhouse Saxhorn Band (Leytonstone, Essex)
Formed in 1860, bandmaster Mr Phemister (on a salary of £40 per annum). This was a boys brass band of the inmates.
West Hanningfield Brass Band (Essex)
Formed in the mid-1880s, conductor James Roberts. Active through the 1890s
West Hartlepool Blue Ribbon Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s
West Hartlepool Borough Band (Durham)
Formed in 1890, active through to 1900
West Hartlepool British Legion Band (Durham)
Active in the 1920s
West Hartlepool Gospel Mission Brass Band (Durham)
Formed in 1923 by H. Midgley. Based at the Mission in John Street, Hartlepool. In 1931 they were seeking funds for new instruments. Still active in the late 1940s.
West Hartlepool Mission Band
See: West Hartlepool Gospel Mission Brass Band
West Hartlepool Model Band
See: West Hartlepool Old Operatic Brass Band
West Hartlepool N.E.R. Band (Durham)
Formed in 1883. Still active in 1895
West Hartlepool Old Operatic Brass Band (Durham)
Formed in 1851. Also known as West Hartlepool Operatic Band. Known as the 4th Durham Artillery Band until it resigned its connection with the corps in 1875. Folded in the 1950s
West Hartlepool Operatic Band
See: West Hartlepool Old Operatic Brass Band
West Hartlepool Original Band (Durham)
Active in 1893 when it promoted a contest
West Hartlepool Prize Band
See: West Hartlepool Borough Band
West Hartlepool Temperance Band (Durham)
Formed in 1891. It obtained old instruments from the West Hartlepool Old Operatic Band and spent £40 on new instruments. Still active in 1929.
West Hartlepool Recreation Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
West Hill Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1890s
West Hill School Brass Band (Stalybridge, Cheshire)
Active in the 1960s and 1970s
West Hoathly Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the early 1900s to the late 1920s. Conductor Thomas Briggs in the early years.
West Hull Excelsior Brass Band (Yorkshire, East Riding)
Formed around 1910, active through to WW2. Also known as West Hull Prize Band. In 1937 the band was at a stage of collapse owing to lack of funds and support. Major G Thompson and the Adjutant, Captain H Potter, of 150th (Northumbrian) Division, Royal Army Service Corps, persuaded the Band members that by joining the unit, they could retain their instruments and continue playing. This suggestion was readily accepted and the Unit was now in possession of an official Band under Bandmaster Keenan. Many of the instruments were in poor condition but thanks to the support of the Officers, improvement was effected and the Band was able to give inspiring performances on parades and on route marches. The Band was known as 150th (Northumbrian) Column Territorial Army Band and players were also recruited from the ranks of 522, 523 and 524 Companies Royal Army Service Corps (Territorial Army).
West Hull Prize Band
See: West Hull Excelsior Brass Band
West Humberstone Mission Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1898
West Kirkby Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s
West Lancs Home Guard Band
See: Farnworth Old Band
West Lewisham British Legion Band (Kent)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Conductor Tom Morgan in the 1920s
West Lavington Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1880s
West Linton Brass Band (Peeblesshire)
Active in the 1840s, had folded by the mid-1860s.
West London District Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in 1890
West London District School Band (Ashford, Middlesex)
Active in 1876
West London Silver Band (Surrey)
Formed in 1937 and loaned its instruments to the Home Guard during the War, reforming in 1946 as Borough of Barnes Brass Band. Became the Watney Band in 1959. Jimmy Edwards, the comedian, once played tenor horn with the band. In the 1970s the Watney Band, under the baton of Albert Meek, experimented with including french horns (along with a string bass). Continued through the 1970s into the early 1980s as the Richmond Band
West Mendip Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1850s to 1870s.
West Merryston Brass Band
Active in 1873 and 1883
West Mersea Brass Band (Essex)
Active from the 1890s. By 1938 had become the West Mersea British Legion Band. They disbanded in 1939. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
West Mersea British Legion Band
See: West Mersea Brass Band
West Midland (Hereford) Brass Band
Active in 1862, conducted by Mr Smiley (a different band to the West Midland Railway Brass Band)
West Midland Railway Brass Band
Active in 1862, conducted by Mr Hollings
West Midlands Police Brass Band
Active in the 1980s
West Moor Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1860s
West Norwood Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
West Nottingham Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1870s
West Orchard Brass Band (Coventry, Warwickshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
West Pelton and District Band
See: West Pelton Brass Band
West Pelton Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s to the late 1940s.
West Pelton Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in the 1950s
West Pelton Volunteers Band (Durham)
Active in the 1880s
West Rainton Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1850s through to the 1880s
West Riding County Fire Service Band
See: West Riding Fire Service Band
West Riding Fire Service Band
Active in the 1960s to 1980s
West Riding Home Guard Band, 26th
See: 26th West Riding Home Guard Band
West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum Brass Band (Wakefield, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s, based at the Stanley Royd Hospital.
West Sleekburn Brass Band
See: West Sleekburn Colliery Brass Band
West Sleekburn Colliery Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1870s and the 1880s
West Smethwick Park Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s. West Smethwick Park itself opened in 1895
West Stanley Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1860s to WW2. Known as West Stanley Town Band after WW1.
West Stanley Town Band
See: West Stanley Brass Band
West Stockwith Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
West Street Brass Band (St Helens)
Affiliated with the West Street Independant Methodist Church.
West Tarring Brass Band (Sussex)
Active around 1900
West Thorn School Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1930s, it was based at the Parkhead Roman Catholic Reformatory for Boys, West Thorn, Tollcross, Glasgow.
West Thurrock Brass Band (Essex)
Active in the 1880s
West Vale Brass Band
See: Greetland and West Vale Band
West Vale Works Band
See: Greetland and West Vale Band
West Wickham Salvation Army Corps Band
The Corps was founded in 1886 and had a silver band almost right from the start. In 1950, John Simpkin, who had then been Bandmaster for all the band's 64 years, reminisced that first instrument was a cornet bought new for 30 shillings and that the first drum, a relic of the Crimean War, was so strong it was used for many years as an open air pulpit! Those living in the village (pop. in 1881 was 455 and declining) were entirely dependant, directly or indirectly, on the land for their living, so most of the band members were agricultural labourers or tradesmen - John Simpkin, for example, was a blacksmith. The band played at open air or cottage meetings in all the surrounding villages, members walking or cycling some miles to do so. They also took part in village occasions such as the celebrations for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, where they led the procession, and Armistice commemorations. The Corps, with its band, survived to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 1986 but the increasing age of its members and the cost of repairs needed to their Hall saw its close and absorbtion into the Haverhill Corps soon after.
West Worthing Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1860s
West Wylam Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
West Yorkshire Fire Service Band
See: West Riding Fire Service Band
West Yorkshire Motors (Sharlston) Band
See: Sharlston Colliery Band
Westbourne School Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1980s
Westbury Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1850s to the 1900s
Westbury Imperial Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1900s
Western Australia Police Band (Australia)
Formed in 1902 under the able leadership of Constable C.Dodd. It quickly became known for the quality of its music, its presentation, and for its contribution to charities. The Band was well equipped with first class instruments and an up-to-date library of music which enabled it to successfully compete against other WA bands. In a competition at Fremantle in 1906 the band won the Quick Step and came second in the Selection competition, while in 1909, at Albany it finished in third place. However the band's musical successes were, to a certain extent, over-shadowed by the success in raising money for various charities, particularly widows and orphans, with around £7,000 raised in the years before World War 1 - a very considerable sum in those days. In 1911 leadership of the band passed to Constable Alf Timm, but with the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 the band went into temporary recess. Although it was hoped to resume normal activities after the war, this was not possible and in 1925 it was officially disbanded.
Westfield Brass Band (Midlothian)
See: Dalkeith and Westfield Trades Band
Westfield Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1890s
Westgate Band
See: Dalkeith Burgh Band
Westgate Hall Methodist Church Silver Band (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
Formed in the 1900s. Disbanded in the late 1950's
Westgate Hall Mission Band
See: Westgate Hall Methodist Church Silver Band
Westgate Mission Band
See: Westgate Hall Methodist Church Silver Band
Westgate-on-Sea Band
Active in the early 1900s
Westhall Excelsior Band
Westham and Pevensey Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1900s, conductor R. Hargreaves.
Westham Brass Band
See: Westham and Pevensey Brass Band
Westham School Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1970s
Westhoughton British Legion Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1921, active to the late 1940s
Westhoughton Old Band (Lancashire)
Formed in 1854, the first event at which they are recorded attending was the peace celebrations for the Crimean War in 1856. A wit from the Westhoughton Journal and Guardian wrote in 1934, 'The band reached the summit of their achievements in the 1870's. The old Westhoughton factory was burned down by incendiaries and a new factory was built on the site, opposite the White Lion. It was a larger and more ambious building and boasted a high new chimney. When the mill was opened the band played on top of the chimney to celebrate the event! There is said to have been one 'chicken hearted' member who refused this glorious opportunity!' And what a clever man he was! Although formed many years before Wingates, Westhoughton Old had been for some years considered the 'nursery' for the bigger local bands, with many of its more gifted players going onto such bands as Wingates, Horwich RMI and Besses'. One final note of interest is that a draw took place in 1869 'to provide the Westhoughton Brass Band with military uniforms to enable it more efficiently to co-operate with the Westhoughton sub-division of the 27th L.R.V.'. The list of prizes to be drawn follows. It includes a first prize of a harmonium, a fat pig, a sack of flour, a cheese, an iron bedstead and a live fat duck! The latest reference for the band is in 1936, it must have disbanded either during or shortly after the Second World War.
Westhoughton Public Brass Band (Lancashire)
Formed around 1890 in the Daisy Hill area, it was conducted by a Mr Joseph Chadwick, who later went to Australia and conducted two bands there. They rehearsed in a hut behind the Cross Guns pub. It would appear that they were a group of men who got together to enjoy making music and may never have performed in public. They seem to have disbanded around the First World War.
Westleigh Brass Band (Lancashire)
Formed in June 1881, with John Brown as the leader. He was also the bandmaster of Blackrod Temperence Band. In 1884 they played in a contest in Leigh, organised by St Joseph's Brass Band, playing the quadrille "Jeanette", but they gave only a moderate performance. In 1885 the Band won two 1st prizes at a contest in Cadishead. Still active in the late 1890s
Weston All Saints Brass Band (Bath)
Formed in 1921 by W.J. Bray, who was their conductor for many years (probably until the mid 1930s). Still active at the start of WW2
Weston (Bath) Brass (Somerset)
Active in the 1920s to the 1960s.
Weston Brass Band (Bath)
See: Weston (Bath) Brass
Weston Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1860s (near Welford).
Weston Brass Band (near Shavington, Cheshire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s. Played at local garden parties. John Capper and his family were key members.
Weston Brass Band (Runcorn, Cheshire)
Active around 1900
Weston Brass Band (Weston Favell, Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s, conductor D. Law
Weston Brass Band (Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset)
Active in the 1850s
Weston Brass Band (Weston under Penyard, Herefordshire)
Active in the 1880s, conductor S. Jackson.
Weston Methodist Brass Band (Runcorn, Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s
Weston Mission Brass Band (Bath)
Formed in 1882. Still active in 1926
Weston Point Salt Union Band (Runcorn, Cheshire)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Weston Point Works Band
See: Weston Point Salt Union Band
Weston-sub-Edge Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1870s, conductor Mr Court.
Weston-Super-Mare Blue Cord Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Weston-Super-Mare British Legion Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1950s
Weston-Super-Mare Rifles Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1860s
Weston-Super-Mare St John Ambulance Band (Somerset)
Active in the late 1940s
Weston Turville Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Weston Turville Temperance Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1898
Weston Wesleyan Brass Band (Weston, Runcorn)
Active in the 1860s, and at least until after WW1 when the band took part in the Runcorn Festival which was held to raise funds for the hospital.
Weston Wesleyan School Band
See: Weston Wesleyan Brass Band
Westoning Brass Band (Bedfordshire)
Active in the 1890s
Westside Town Band (Stockon-on-Tees)
Formed in the 1890s
Westwood Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Westwood Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in 1910s to 1930s
Wetley Rocks Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Wetton Band (Derbyshire)
Active before 1900
Weymann's Works Band
See: Woking Brass Band
Weymouth Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1860s
Weymouth Military Band
See: Wyke Regis Silver Band
Weymouth Town Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1950s to 1970s. Also known as Weymouth Silver Band. A successor band was formed in 1985.
Weymouth's Brass Band
See: Brislington Brass Band
Whaddon Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1889
Whakatane Citizens Brass Band (New Zealand)
Active in 1973
Whalley and Billington Brass Band
See: Whalley Brass Band
Whalley Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to the 1900s. J.T. Peters was conductor in 1881, J.E. Birtwell in 1887 and 1894
Whaplode Drove Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active around 1910
Wharfedale Brass Band (near Otley, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1875
Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active from 1919 to 1929
Whatstandwell Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the early 1900s
Wheatley Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in 1892
Wheatley Hill Colliery Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1890s. Robert Walker was the bandmaster in the 1920s and received an ebony and silver baton from the Wheatley Hill Workmans Social Club in 1922. "As with other mining villages, Wheatley Hill has a Brass Band, which was formed as far back as the year 1900. An amusing incident concerning the band is the tale of its drum being in prison. It was in the early 1900's. The band was playing away somewhere, some of the bandsmen had too much to drink and the drummer and drum got separated. The drum landed up at Thornley Police Station for the night. On another occasion the band went to the Durham Miner' Gala and the drummer lost his drumsticks. As the band could not begin its march home without a drummer, someone suggested using a beer bottle, so thanks to a beer bottle the band played its way out of Durham City and back home." 1968 - "Although the pit officially closes today, the Lodge banner has not been laid up. Tomorrow with the Wheatley Hill Miners' Lodge Band, it will head the procession at the Easington Divisional Labour Party May Day demonstration." The band folded in the late 1960s
Wheelock Heath Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1870s to 1910s. Conductor J. Platt in 1876
Whetstone Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1920s to WW2.
Whickham Brass Band (1) (Durham)
Active in 1860 when it headed a parade for the unveiling of a monument to John English
Whickham Brass Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in the 1900s. "On Saturday July 18th 1914 the Swalwell Co-op celebrated its Jubilee in Axwell Park. A procession from the village headed by Whickham Brass Band started the proceedings at 2.30pm. Tea was provided and various games were played." Probably disbanded in the 1930s
Whickham Colliery Band
See: Whickham Brass Band
Whins of Milton Brass Band (Stirlingshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
Whiston Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
Whiston Brass Band (1) (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1860s to the 1900s. A successor band (Whiston Lonsdale Brass) was formed in 1984
Whiston Brass Band (2)
See: Whiston Lonsdale Brass
Whiston Lonsdale Brass (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1984, folded in the mid-2000s
Whiston School Silver Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1960s
Whit Lane Brass Band (Pendleton, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s through to the 1940s. In the 1910s it played in various parks in Salford (Ordsall Park, Peel Park, Albert Park, Claremont Park, Mandley Park and Buile Hill Park). In June 1922, conducted by Mr S Westwood, it took part in a musical festival in aid of Salford Royal Hospital, which attracted some 30,000 people to the Castle Irwell Racecourse.
Whit Lane Primitive Methodist Band
See: Whit Lane Brass Band
Whitbread Castle Eden Band (Durham)
Active in the 1980s
Whitburn Colliery Band (Sunderland)
Formed in the 1890s but folded in the early 1900s
Whitburn Public Silver Band (West Lothian)
Active in the 1900s. Reported, in 1919, that the band had been wound up.
Whitburn Silver Band
See: Whitburn Public Silver Band
Whitby Amateur Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Whitby Operatic Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1896
Whitby Volunteers Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1880s
Whitby West Cliff Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1850s to the 1880s, conductor J. Speedy in the 1850s, and H. Barraclough in the 1880s.
Whitchurch Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1900s. Conductor John Impey in the 1890s
Whitchurch Brass Band (Dorset)
See: Winterbourne Whitechurch Brass Band
Whitchurch Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s to WW1
Whitchurch Brass Band (Hampshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Whitchurch Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1858 to 1895. Must have folded prior to the 1970s. Forerunner of the modern Whitchurch Band which was formed in 1973
Whitchurch Temperance Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1860s
Whitchurch Wesleyan Mission Band
White Hart Band (Tingewick)
See: Tingewick Brass Band
White Lea Colliery Brass Band (Roddymoor, Durham)
Active in the 1870s
Whitechurch Brass Band (Dorset)
See: Winterbourne Whitechurch Brass Band
Whitefield Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Whitefield Original Band
See: Whitefield Brass Band
Whitehaven Artillery Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Whitehaven Grammar School Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1970s
Whitehaven Recreation Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1890s
Whitehaven Rifles Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1870s to 1890s
Whitehaven Volunteers Band
See: Whitehaven Rifles Brass Band
Whitehawk County Secondary School Brass Band (Sussex)
Active in the 1970s
Whitehouse Silver Band (County Antrim)
Founded in early 1900s and amalgamated in 1985 with Carrick Amateurs Band to form C.W.S. (Carrick Whitehouse Silver) Band
Whitehouse Street Mission Band (Wallsall)
Whiteshill and Ruscombe Brass Band
See: Ruscombe and Whiteshill Brass Band
Whiteshill Brass Band
See: Ruscombe and Whiteshill Brass Band
Whitewell Vale Brass Band (Waterfoot, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s to 1910s
Whitfield Colliery Prize Band (Audley, Staffs)
Active in 1924
Whitington Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in 1899
Whitley Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in the 1870s
Whitley Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
See: Whitley Lower Brass Band
Whitley Bridge Subscription Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1940s and early 1950s
Whitley Lower Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s to the 1920s
Whitley's Brass Band
See: Bramley Brass Band
Whitney Band
Active in 1912
Whitstable Bay Boy Scouts Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1920s and the 1950s
Whitstable Boy Scouts Band
See: Whitstable Bay Boy Scouts Brass Band
Whitstable Brass Band (1) (Kent)
Active in 1863, folded prior to 1868 when a successor band was formed.
Whitstable Brass Band (2) (Kent)
Formed in 1868, still active in 1878, folded prior to 1880 when a successor band was formed.
Whitstable Brass Band (3) (Kent)
Formed in 1880 by Sibert Saunders (who also opened the first bank in Whitstable). Bandmaster Harry Charles Wood in 1911 (who had been in that role for twenty years), W. Robinson in 1914. The band disbanded in 1914. In 1916 F.N. Headicar advertised in the local press requesting: "All persons having instruments belonging to the Whitstable Brass Band, to give them up as soon as possible." A successor band was formed in 1977
Whittingham Asylum Brass Band (near Preston)
Active in the 1890s
Whittington Band
Active in 1880s
Whittlesea Brass Band
See: Whittlesey Brass Band
Whittlesea Town Band
See: Whittlesey Brass Band
Whittlesey Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed in 1854, conductor Thomas Baker in 1856. Active through to the 1900s. In January 1861 there was a grand skating match on "our Wash" at Whittlesey, with some 3,000 people on the ice at one time. The band played on the ice for the competitors. Known as Whittlsea Town Band in the 1900s
Whittlesey King's Dyke Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1930s
Whitwell and Company Brass Band (Stockton, Durham)
Active in the 1890s. Conductor in 1895 was J.C. Coatesworth
Whitwell Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1860s to WW1. Conductor in 1903 was Steve Ashley
Whitwell British Legion Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1920s and early 1930s
Whitwell Colliery Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1930s. The band folded in 1936. A successor band was formed around 1946.
Whitwell Temperance Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1870s, contemporary with the Whitwell Brass Band
Whitwick Catholic Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Whitwick Colliery Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1890s
Whitwick Holy Cross Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1910s
Whitwood Colliery Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to the 1920s
Whitworth Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in 1856, playing its first concert on Brown Wardle Hill.
Whitworth Brass Band (Spennymoor, Durham)
Active in 1870, becoming Spennymoor Brass Band when the town of Spennymoor absorbed Whitworth. It became a Volunteer Band during the Boer War, and borrowed money from a local brewery in 1913 to purchase a new set of instruments, changing its name to the Spennymoor Silver Model Band. In 1926 monies were still owed to the brewery and, the band being down to eleven players, it was decided to allow woodwind players to join, and they became the Whitworth and Spennymoor Military Band. It did not take long for the debt to the brewery to be paid off and, as more brass players joined, the woodwind players left to do dance band and orchestral work, leaving the band all brass once more. After World War Two the band started contesting as the Spennymoor Silver Prize Band. It gained sponsorship in 1975, becoming Camerons Silver Prize Band, but the sponsorship was withdrawn after three years and the band folded in 1978. A successor band, Spennymoor Town Band, was formed in 1982. Another account states: "In the early 1870s the Whitworth Brass Band was formed, and the principal players were the members of the Raine family. Several of them became famous Band Conductors in various parts of the North of England. One year Whitworth Band entered 41 contests, winning 16, being second 13 times, and third 7 times. The late Tom Snowdon conducted this Band for many years. Before this he was appointed Conductor of the Tudhoe Colliery Band when he was only 18 years of age. Mr. Snowdon led the Band on to several notable musical victories in North Country contests. He worked in the mine at Tudhoe and at Dean Bank until an advanced age, and died in his 79th year shortly after celebrating his Golden Wedding. Mr. John Mutton, another famous bandsman, conducted the local Temperance Band for over 40 years, during which period they won many contests."
Whitworth Church Institute Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Whitworth Colliery Band
See: Whitworth Park Colliery Band
Whitworth New Model Brass Band (Spennymoor, Durham)
Active in the 1850s
Whitworth Parish Church Institute Brass Band
See: Whitworth Church Institute Brass Band
Whitworth Park Band
See: Whitworth Park Colliery Band
Whitworth Park Colliery Band (Spennymoor, Durham)
Active in the 1840s to the 1880s
Whitworth Scouts Band (Spennymoor, Durham)
Whitworth Vale Brass Band (Lancashire)
Founded in 1853. Amalgamated with the Healey Hall Band in 1884 to form the current Whitworth Vale and Healey Band
Whixall Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1910s
Whorlton Brass Band (Yorkshire)
Active in 1905
Whyteleafe Village Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in the 1900s to 1939
Wicken Brass Band
See: Wicken Wesleyan Brass Band
Wicken Wesleyan Brass Band
Formed in 1869, it was disbanded in 1885. A successor band was formed in 1911.
Wickersley Brass Band (near Rotherham)
Active in 1885
Wickham Band
See: Welford and District Band
Widdington Brass Band (1) (Essex)
Active in the 1880s, folded prior to 1909 when a successor band was formed.
Widdington Brass Band (2) (Essex)
Formed around 1909 by Rev. J.W. Court, and lasted through to WW2. For further details see this webpage: Widdington Brass Band
Widdrington Colliery Brass Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1877
Widnes Borough Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s
Widnes Brass Band
See: Widnes Subscription Brass Band
Widnes St Mary's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Widnes Soap Works Band
See: Gossages Soap Works Band
Widnes Subscription Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1930s
Widnes Wesleyan Mission Brass Band
Active in 1890
Wigan and District Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1960s to the 1990s
Wigan Borough Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s, also in the 1940s
Wigan Boys Club Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s
Wigan British Legion Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s to the 1940s
Wigan British Legion Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1930s
Wigan Harmonic Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1840s to the 1860s
Wigan Rifles Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1900s
Wigan St Patrick's Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s to the 1900s
Wigan Schools Band
See: Metropolitan Borough of Wigan Schools Brass Band
Wiggenhall St Germans Band
See: Wiggenhall United Brass Band
Wiggenhall Silver Band
See: Wiggenhall United Brass Band
Wiggenhall United Brass Band (Wiggenhall St Germans, Norfolk)
Active pre-WW1 in 1910-1913. However, it was reported to have been formed in 1919 by Rayner Dent. He trained this small village band to such a high standard that one year they won first prize at the band contest, which was an annual event organised by the East Anglian Brass Band Association. On Sunday evenings, weather permitting, the band would stand in a half-circle, in the village centre, in front of the pub. People would assemble on the grass of the river bank and enjoy the music of Gilbert and Sullivan or maybe Noel Coward or Cole Porter. The band also provided the music at the annual garden fete, held in the grounds of the vicarage where competitions took place, such as cork stabbing, guessing the weight of the pig and hoop-la etc. Rayner Dent's day-time job, in the Summer at least, was as a mole-catcher and, because he always wore a collar and tie, he was known as "The Gentleman Mole Catcher". By the 1930s the band had adopted the name Wiggenhall Silver Prize Band. A postcard exists, dated September 30th 1912, showing the Wiggenhall United Brass Band.
Wigginton Brass Band (Hertfordshire)
Active in the 1920s
Wigmore School Brass Band (West Bromwich)
Active in 1892. Based at the Wigmore District School, Pennyhill Lane, Charlemont, it catered for pauper children to keep them out of the workhouses.
Wigston Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1890s. The current Wigston Band started life as Wigston Wesleyan Mission Band in the early 1890s.
Wigston Excelsior Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in 1894
Wigston Working Men's Club Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1880s
Wigtown Brass Band (Wigtownshire)
Active in 1915
Wigtown Burgh Band (Wigtownshire)
Active in 1925
Wilans and Robinsons Works Band
Rugby, 1910
Wilberforce High School Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1970s
Wilberforce Mission Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1886
Willans and Robinson Works Band
Active around 1910
Willenhall Britannia Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s to 1880s
Willenhall Prize Band
See: Willenhall Town Band
Willenhall Silver Prize Band
See: Willenhall Town Band
Willenhall Temperance Band (Staffordshire)
Formed around 1880, changed its name in 1897 to Willenhall Temperance Prize Band, following success in local Band competitions. Possibly merged with the Willenhall Silver Prize Band at some time. In a photograph of them, taken in 1880 on the Isle of Man, the names of some of the members were: Page,Sidebottom,Dunton,Lawrence,Bailey,Summerfield (4),Roberts (2),Proffit,Jolborn, E.J. Read,G. Read,Aston,Wolverson and Worthington. The band also performed in the Market Place,Willenhall on Christmas Eve 1885.
Willenhall Prize Band
See: Willenhall Town Band
Willenhall Templars Band
See: Willenhall Temperance Band
Willenhall Town Band (Staffordshire)
Formed in the 1880s, changed its name by 1894 to Willenhall Silver Prize Band, following success in local Band competitions. The Band continued to function well into the 1960's and practiced from their band room in Gomer Street until it was demolished when the area was cleared to make way for new development. Possibly merged with the Willenhall Temperance Band at some time.
Willenhall Volunteer Rifle Corps Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Willesden Junction Brass Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1890s to the 1930s. The Willesden Junction LMS Railway Steam Shed (Silver) Prize Band was engaged to play in Gladstone Park for £100 for the 1930 season. This was repeated in 1931, but the Council were concerned that in the depression as many unemployed musicians should be employed as possible, and the engagement went to the British Professional Military Band in 1933. It was known as Willesden Junction Town Band in the early 1920s, then Willesden Town Band and Willesden Borough Band in the later 1920s.
Willesden Junction LMS Railway Steam Shed (Silver) Prize Band
See: Willesden Junction Brass Band
Willesdon Borough Band
See: Willesden Junction Brass Band
Willesdon Brass Band (Middlesex)
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.
Willesdon Town Band
See: Willesden Junction Brass Band
William Davis Construction Group Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in 1863 as the Snibston Colliery Band, later known as the Coalville Ebenezer Band, Ebenezer Chapel Band, Coalville Coronation Band, and Snibston Colliery Silver Prize Band from 1924. In 1970 it became sponsored by the Loughborough based building firm, William Davis Construction Group. From this time the band were permanently in the Championship Section and a regular competitor at the Open, National and All England Masters. The band were runners up (to Desford Colliery) at the Midlands Area contest in 1985, 1986 and 1987, winning in 1988, 1989,1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994. 1990 saw a 6th place finish at the Albert Hall on Odin. The band enjoyed less success at the British Open as a "mid-table" band until relegation in 1988; but the band returned after winning the Grand Shield comprehensively in 1993. Arguably the best result for the band was its 2nd place at the All England Masters in 1992, during which period the band reached the giddy heights of 12th in the Brass Band World rankings. Over this time several CDs and overseas tours were undertaken and the band enjoyed a busy concert schedule at key UK venues and were regularly guests on BBC's Listen to the Band. Hard times in the building industry led to a series of lay offs for the workforce of William Davis and the axe inevitably fell on the sponsorship of the band in 1996. The band continued unsponsored for a further year or so under the name of the Markfield Band, the village location of its band room, but failure to attract a full band led to its demise after the Midlands Area contest in 1997. During its 26 years William Davis Construction Group had five musical directors; Dr Jon Hall, Ian Bartram (1972-1975), John Berryman, Dr Keith Wilkinson, and John Hudson.
Thanks to Stuart Rudd for these details
William Rhodes School Band
See: Rhodian Brass
Williams' Brass Band (Reading)
Active in the 1840s - linked to the Williams Ironmongery and Tin Factory.
Williamson Street Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Hull)
Active in 1883
Willington Colliery Band (Durham)
See: Sunnybrow Colliery Band
Willington Orchestral Silver Band (Durham)
Active in the 1900s
Willington Silver Prize Band
See Willington Temperance Band
Willington Temperance Band (Durham)
Formed in 1860, renamed Willington Silver Prize Band in 1891, Brancepeth Colliery Band in 1922 and Brancepeth Welfare Band in 1976. Merged with Aycliffe Brass Band in 1994 to form the new Aycliffe and Brancepeth Band. "Gresford", the famous miners' anthem, was first played by the Brancepeth Colliery Band at the Durham Miners' Gala of 1938. The composer, Robert Saint, a former miner, came from Hebburn-on-Tyne, and he conducted the massed bands of 10 collieries in the Galas of 1947 and 1948.
Willoughby Waterless Band
See: Willoughby Waterleys Brass Band
Willoughby Waterleys Brass Band (Leics)
Active in 1892
Willow Street Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Hackney, London)
Active in 1899
Willowfield Unionist Band (Belfast)
Active in 1938
Wilmslow Brass Band
See: St Bartholomew's Brass Band
Wilmslow Public Subscription Band (Cheshire)
Formed after WW1 and active through the 1920s into the 1950s
Wilnecote Brass Band (Warwickshire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1. Conductor in 1899 was H. Williamson. In 1905 Frederick Titterton conducted the band at the Wilnecote Fete, during which there was a 'Band Race' - the band "toed the line and played a tune which they were supposed to continue while running. The big drummer (J. Young) would have won if he had not fallen over his drum near the winning-post, when T. Oakes, the piccolo player, went to the front. As there was plenty of time it was decided to run the race over again, and at the second attempt the drummer was given a good start so that he won rather easily. F. Sowerby, the euphonium player, was second."
Wilnecote Victory Silver Band (Warwickshire)
Formed in 1945, active into the 1950s. Conductor A. Ball in 1947
Wilpshire Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1920s. Conductor T. Johnson in 1900
Wilsden and District Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1910s and 1920s. In 1911 the Goit Stock Cafe and Ballroom, where the band had been playing that afternoon, was destroyed by fire, taking with it the band's instruments, value ££180.
Wilsden Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Wilsden Boys Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s and 1940s
Wilsden Evening Institute Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the late 1940s
Wilsden Subscription Band (Yorkshire)
Founded in 1909
Wilsford Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in 1911
Wilson Line (Hull) Band
See: Thomas Wilson, Sons and Company Prize Brass Band
Wilson Son and Company Band
See: Thomas Wilson, Sons and Company Prize Brass Band
Wilson Street Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in 1880
Wilson's Brass Band (Leeds)
Wilson's Dye Works Amateur Brass Band (Hoxton)
Active in 1866
Wilson's Line Prize Band
See: Thomas Wilson, Sons and Company Prize Brass Band
Wilton Amateur Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1849 and the 1850s
Wilts and Dorset (Motor Services Ltd) Band (Hampshire)
Active in the early 1950s - did not survive long.
Wiltshire Reformatory for Boys Band (Warminster, Wiltshire)
Active in the early 1900s.
Wimblebury Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1870s
Wimblebury White Star Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1899
Wimbledon Battery R.A. Army Cadet Force Band (Surrey)
Active in the late 1950s
Wimbledon Brass Band (Surrey)
Active in 1920
Wimborne Brass Band (1) (Dorset)
Active in the 1830s to the 1880s, folding in 1887. Also known as Wimborne Town Band. They obtained a new set of uniforms in 1881.
Wimborne Brass Band (2) (Dorset)
Formed in the early 1890s and active through to the 1930s. Also known as Wimborne Town Band. Link with Wimborne United Brass Band at some time?
Wimborne Brass Band (3) (Dorset)
Active in the 1970s
Wimborne British Legion Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1950s
Wimborne Town Band
See: Wimborne Brass Band
Wimborne United Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1930s
Wincanton Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1850s to the 1870s. A successor band was formed in 1890 (still active today).
Wincham Brass Band
See: Wincham Temperance Brass Band
Wincham Temperance Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Winchburgh and District Brass Band (West Lothian)
Active in the 1920s to the 1960s. Conducted by Richard Pritchard in the 1950s and 1960s.
Winchburgh Public Band
See: Winchburgh and District Brass Band
Winchcombe Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1860s through to WW1 - it had disbanded prior to 1919.
Winchcombe Town Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed in January 1954. Instruments were scarce - some were donated by members of the old band, some were obtained from the Parish Church Museum! Any advertisements offering instruments were followed up and as a result a euphonium was bought from Upton-on-Severn for £5.00 together with another euphonium and Eb bass from fifteen shillings each. The latter two needed a little attention but were considered good enough to learn on. Concerts were given in Winchcombe by Cheltenham Silver Band and the Gloucester Sparkingham Trombone Quartet, the proceeds going towards Winchcombe Band funds. Engagements became quite plentiful even as early as the summer of 1954. Garden parties and fetes for the Royal British Legion, Red Cross Society, Girl Guide Association, not to mention Bredon and Stanway Flower Shows. Local Cup Finals and Armistice Parades featured also. In Cheltenham the band performed at the Rotary Torchlight Procession and the Battle of Britain Parades. Coach parties were organised to attend the National Championship Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, Mecca to all bandsmen! Band Contests were held in 1957, 1958 and 1959. These were obviously modeled on the famous Whit Friday Marches held in the Uppermill area of Lancashire. The visiting bands were judged on deportment on the march from the Anchor to the Babesmoor. Playing on the stand took place in Babesmoor. The first Bandmaster was John Innes, who left in 1958 to join Morris Motors Band. Mick Sharpe took over in December 1958. Unfortunately numbers declined and it became financially impractical for him to continue. He left in January 1960. For the next twelve to eighteen months the band still met weekly and played for their own pleasure until reduced to a quartet. Eventually they decided to disband in 1961 and all available instruments were sold. A successor band was formed in 1984
Winchelsea Brass Band (Sussex)
Reformed on 21 Oct 1912, so there would have been an earlier band in the town.
Winchester Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1865
Windermere Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active in the 1850s. In 1856 it welcomed Admiral Pasley to Windermere, leading a parade for him from the station to his house, playing a few airs and partaking of refreshements on the lawn.
Windermere Volunteers Brass Band (Westmorland)
Active in the 1900s
Windlesham Band (Surrey)
Pictures of the band are held in the Surrey Heath Museum.
Windlestone Colliery Band (Chilton, Durham)
Active in the 1910s to 1930s
Windsor Brass Band (Salford)
See: Windsor Institute Brass Band
Windsor Colliery Workmen's Silver Band (Abertridwr, Glamorgan)
Formed 1903 as Aber Valley Band, then became the Windsor Colliery Silver Band in 1917. Its original conductor was Jim Radcliffe. He was followed by Morgan Jeremiah who conducted the band at their first successful competition, at St. John's in Cardiff, winning first prize. The music performed was from Iolanthe. The band was also successful at the Daily Herald National Area Competition, held at Llanelli, winning the premier award in their class. Other notable members of the band included George Simms, Tom Pitten, Jack Williams, Sam and George Adams, Bill Evans, Will Davis and Fred Creece. Tudor Llewellyn played the cornet to perfection even though he had lost his hearing. Sam Jones and his son Emlyn also gave great service to the Windsor Band. Glyn, another son, was active in the band until the 1930s when he joined the Enniskillen band. Another Abertridwr family with a long association with the band was the Hazell family. Another conductor of the band at one time was Harold Laycock, the famous trombone player. The last conductor of the band was Fred Hazel. When the Windsor Colliery closed in the early 1970s, all the miners were transferred to Bedwas Colliery and the instruments followed them. They subsequently started a band which in later years became the Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen Band.
Windsor Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1869
Windsor Institute Brass Band (Salford)
Formed in 1917 and was conducted by Mr J Dooley. Following a reformation in 1923 it was known as the Windsor Institute Silver Band, and conducted at that time by Mr Tom Eastwood. By 1927 it was being described as being one of the best in Lancashire, winning the Manchester and district amateur Brass Band Association challenge shield. Conductor Thomas Dooley worked with the band from after the war until the 1960's. It reinvented itself by training a group of children in the early 1970's to become NW champions and be invited to play at the British National Finals. The last mention of the Windsor Brass Band is in the Manchester Evening News April 1986, and the band itself folded in the 1990s. A website, dedicated to the history of the band, can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/184842212490/
Windsor Salford Prize Band
See: Windsor Institute Brass Band
Windsor Silver Prize Band
See: Windsor Institute Brass Band
Windsor Volunteer Town Band
active around 1890
Windygates Brass Band (Fife)
Active in the 1900s and 1910s
Winfield Transport Band (Walsall, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1960s. Belonged to the Winfield Transport Company based at Wolverhampton Street, Walsall, which had a fleet of 112 lorries transporting coal from local pits to power stations, schools and factories
Winfield Walsall Band
See: Winfield Transport Band
Wingate Colliery Band
See: Wingate Grange Band
Wingate Grange Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1850s, associated with the Wingate Grange Colliery. Later known as Wingate Colliery Band (1891), Wingate Silver Model Band, and Wingate Colliery Band again up to the 1960s
Wingate Silver Model Band
See: Wingate Grange Band
Wingate Sons of Temperance Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the early 1900s
Wingrave Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1892
Winkleigh Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1902 and 1908 when it played at the High Bickington Sports, Bandmaster F. Dulling. Also active in 1910.
Winkleigh Subscription Brass Band (Devon)
Active in 1887, conducted by W. Friend
Winlaton Brass Band (Durham)
It was formed in about 1801 and linked to the 5th Volunteer Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. Active through to the early 1900s. "Coffee Johnny" was a long time follower of the band but does not appear to have actually played in it. At his funeral, on the 7th April 1900, his body was brought to Blaydon station to be met by the Band who marched him up the hill to St Paul's cemetery. At his request they played "When Johnny comes marching home." Coffee Johnny has almost mythical status due to his appearance in the last verse of Blaydon races. This conferred on him a sort of immortality. Yet he was a real man, who was born, married and buried in Winlaton.
Winlaton Silver Band (Durham)
Probably formed some time after WW1, active through the 1920s into the 1930s.
Winnington Boy Scouts Band
See: I.C.I. (Alkali) Band
Winnington Lads' Club Band
See: I.C.I. (Alkali) Band
Winsford Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1890s
Winsford Temperance Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1910s. Also known as Over and Winsford Temperance Band in its early years.
Winsford Terriers Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1912
Winsford Volunteer Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in 1902
Winsford Volunteer Social Institute Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s
Winsham Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1860s. A successor band was formed in 1902
Winsham Coronation Brass Band (Somerset)
Founded in 1902, its founding members having been members of the Winsham Drum and Fife Band. It folded in 2010. See Archived Histories for more details.
Winslow Brass Band (1) (Buckinghamshire)
Formed in the early 1860s. Conductor in 1865 was A. Nelson. Active into the 1870s.
Winslow Brass Band (2)
See: Winslow Town Band
Winslow Town Band (Buckinghamshire)
Formed in 1901, active through into the 1910s. Conductor J. Bathe in 1907, Mr Emerson in 1909
Winster Brass Bandx (Derbyshire)
Active in the 1840s into the 1880s. It folded prior to 1900.
Winterborne Zelston Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1890s
Winterbourne Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1879. In 1893 took part in a temperance procession at Frenchay.
Winterbourne Down Reed and Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1899
Winterbourne Whitechurch Brass Band (Dorset)
Active in the 1860s to the late 1940s. Also known as Whitchurch Brass Band.
Winterslow Amateur Brass Band (WIlts)
Formed in 1860, bandmaster P. Hobbs
Winton Brass Band (1) (Hampshire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1910s
Winton Brass Band (2) (Hampshire)
See: Winton British Legion Silver Band
Winton British Legion Silver Band (Hampshire)
Formed in 1925 as Southbourne Silver Band, became Bournemouth YMCA Silver Band in 1945, then Winton Brass Band in 1949. It went into decline in the 1950s and eventually amalgamated with the Bournemouth Silver Band in 1959.
Wire Brass (Warrington)
Formed in 2001, rose rapidly through the sections and eventually folded in 2011, conductor Paul Andrews. Named Bactiguard Wire Brass in 2006 after sponsorship.
Wirksworth Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1840s to the 1910s. Obtained a new set of uniforms in 1884. Conductor E.Martin in 1899.
Wirksworth Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active in 1894
Wirksworth United Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1880s through to the 1920s. Conductor J. Oxpring in its early years, H.B. Snow in the early 1920s.
Wirksworth Volunteer Brass Band (Derbyshire)
Active from the 1880s through to the 1900s. Conductor B. White in the late 1880s.
Wirksworth Silver Prize Band
Active in the early 1960s. In 1964 it amalgamated with the Brassington and Middleton Victoria bands to form the BMW band, rehearsing at Wirksworth.
Wisbech Rifle Corps Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Formed in 1864.
Wisbech Brass Band (Cambridgeshire)
Active from the mid-1830s and through to the 1940s at least. Known as Wisbech Town Band from the late 1890s
Wisbech Town Band
See: Wisbech Brass Band
Wishaw Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1890s to the 1900s
Wishaw Ironworks Brass Band
See: Wishaw Steel Works Brass Band
Wishaw Rifle Volunteers Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1860s
Wishaw Steel Works Brass Band (Lanarkshire)
Active in the 1900s to 1910s
Wistanstow Brass Band (Shropshire)
Active in 1913 and 1937
Witham Metropolitan School Brass Band (Essex)
Active in 1896
Witheridge Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1840s to WW1. Conductor in 1875 was S. Hill. It was "resuscitated" in 1884, conductor C. Parish, though there does not seem to have been a major break in its activity just prior to then. Conductor in 1892 was S. Hill, Mr Palfreymand in 1897.
Witheridge Subscription Brass Band
See: Witheridge Brass Band
Withern Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Active in the 1880s to 1900s
Withernsea Gospel Mission Brass Band
Active in 1932
Withington Brass Band
Active in 1867
Withnell Fold Mill Band (Chorley, Lancashire)
Active from the 1880s to the 1930s. The mill at one time boasted a Silver "Prize" Band equipped with a full set of silver instruments and a handsome uniform. They were open for engagements and were very much sought after for events such as Walking Days, Garden Parties etc. The Band Master was Mr. Joseph Hargreaves who held that position for a great number of years. Other prominent members were Albert and William Nightingale. Robert and Joseph Marsden - both machine men at the mill in those days but later to become managers of other mills in the group - Jack Jones, Joseph Miller, Fred Fairhurst, Ralph Eccles, Eddie Ambrose, Harry Jones - just to mention a few. They had a room on the mill premises for practices which were held each week, but on summer evenings they rehearsed outside, often marching up and down the road preparing for walking days etc. Mr. Hargreaves was an excellent Band Master and at the same time a very 'droll' Lancashire man. If the band were not performing as well as he thought they ought he would say "Na cum on lads, put a bit o' leet and shade in it, it's like a white washed wa'". The Band, like the Cricket team was also transported by the mill lorry whenever playing in any of the surrounding towns, there being no other form of transport capable of carrying both men and instruments, plus some of the villagers who went along to support them, as we were all mighty proud of our Band!
Witney Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the late 1830s through to the 1870s. Known as the 5th Oxfordshire Rifles Brass Band for a time in the 1850s/1860s, it was "newly organised" in 1866. A successor band (Witney Town Band) was formed in the 1880s. See Archived Histories for more details.
Witney Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1880s
Witney Temperance Brass Band (Oxfordshire)
Formed in 1850 and folded around 1875.
Witton Park Brass Band (Durham)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Witton Park Ironworks Brass Band (Durham)
Active in 1876
Witton Village Band
See: Witton-le-Wear Brass Band
Witton-le-Wear Brass Band (Durham)
Formed in the 1860s and folded in the 1950s
Wiveliscombe and Milverton Rifle Corps Brass Band (Somerset)
Formed in 1865.
Wiveliscombe Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1860s to the 1880s
Wiveliscombe Volunteer Band (Somerset)
Active in 1896, when it gave a concert in Wellington
Wivenhoe Alexandra Brass Band
Active in 1863, becoming Wivenhoe Town Band by the end of the century. Also known as Royal Alexandra Brass Band. It possibly folded in the early 1900s - possibly becoming the Band of the 2nd Volunteer Battery Essex Regiment. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
Wivenhoe Town Band
See Wivenhoe Alexandra Band
Wivenhoe Wesley Guild Band
Formed in 1907, disbanded at the outbreak of war in 1914. For more details, see Grandad Played The Cornet: A History of Brass Bands in North East Essex, by David Cawdell.
WL Marriner's Private Brass Band
See: Marriner's Band
Woking Brass Band
Formed in 1892 as Chertsey Town Band. Later became Chertsey Town Silver Prize Band. In September 1942 it merged with Addlestone Temperance Band and became attached to the Weymanns Coach Works, near the railway station at Addlestone, Surrey, not far from Chertsey. It was called Weymann's Works Band. Weymanns built bodies for London Transport buses, charabanc and coach bodies, and made very fine lightweight fabric bodies for Bentleys and similar prestige cars. The band and the coachworks were still active in the ealy 1960's, but the works closed in 1966. The band decided to continue independently and re-formed as the Chertsey and Addlestone Band. They competed in the 4th section in the late 60's and 70's, and were in the 3rd section by 1982. In 1988 they became the Genet Group Band (Chertsey) and finally Woking Brass Band in 1999, reflecting a five year agreement with the Borough of Woking. The band carried the Borough's coat of arms on it's banners, wore new red, black and gold uniforms and performed a range of Borough events throughout the year. The band had a close link with the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Twickenham, several of whose students would play as guest members and conductors. The band dissolved in early 2005. See the book by Vic and Jean Gale - A Brass Heritage: 100 Years Of Chertsey And Alderstone Village Bands, 1993. An ex-member, Mike Sheehan, recalls that in the 1960s "we had a single token female in an otherwise all-male band. Rosie was a very presentable young woman who played Flugel (long before the release of "Brassed Off"!). She looked a treat in the short mess-kit pattern jacket and her above-the-knee skirt ; this was, after all, the mini-skirted swinging sixties! To me as an impressionable teenager she was a goddess. "
Wokingham All Saints Brass Band
See: Wokingham Amateur Brass Band
Wokingham Amateur Brass Band (Berkshire)
Founded in 1871, under the leadership of W. Breach. Aligned to the parishes of All Saints and St Pauls in the town. Still active in the 1910s
Wokingham Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1850s and 1860s
Wokingham Town Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1890s through to the 1950s. Also known as Wokingham Town and British Legion Band in the 1930s, and Wokingham British Legion Band in the 1950s.
Wokingham Volunteers Brass Band (Berkshire)
Active in the 1900s. Known as the 1st Volunteer Battalion Berkshire Regiment Band
Wolborough Brass Band (Devon)
Active in the 1900s. In 1908 it merged with the Highweek Brass Band to form Newton Abbot Town Band
Woldingham Band
Competed in the SCABA contest in Chichester in April 1927.
Wolds Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in 1845
Wollaston Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1860s to the 1880s
Wollaston Excelsior Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s through to WW1. Renamed Wollaston Town Band after the war. In 1919 the band took over the uniforms of the Wellingborough Temperance Band, which had folded earlier during WW1. Active through to the early 1970s.
Wollaston Town Band
See: Wollaston Excelsior Brass Band
Wollaston Village Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Formed September 1881, conductor W. Lamb.
Wollaton Colliery Brass Band (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s. Conductor H. Toynton in 1904.
Wollongong Steelworks Band (Australia)
Active in 1930s
Wollongong Town Band (Australia)
Active in 1900s
Wolsingham Brass Band (1) (Durham)
Active from the 1830s to the 1860s. A successor band was formed in the 1880s
Wolsingham Brass Band (2) (Durham)
Formed in the 1880. Folded in the 1960s
Wolsingham Steel Works Band
See: Wolsingham Brass Band (2)
Wolverhampton Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1950s to the 1990s
Wolverhampton British Railways Band
See: Wolverhampton Railway Works Band
Wolverhampton G.W.R. Institute Band
See: Wolverhampton Railway Works Band
Wolverhampton Junction Works Band
See: Wolverhampton Railway Works Band
Wolverhampton Railway Works Band (Staffordshire)
The G.W.R. Institute - Stafford Road Railway Works, Wolverhampton. In 1858 a brass band was formed, the Institute to provide the required musical instruments, the teacher's fees to be paid by the members themselves. By 1860 fourteen instruments had been furnished for the band. A newly constituted band, complete with a distinctive uniform was formed in 1876 and held a brass band competition at the beautifully wooded grounds of Oxley Manor. Crowds of people lined the Stafford Road to see the event and a jolly time was had by all, thanks to the benevolence of the owner of land, the M.P. Alexander Staveley Hill. After the prize giving, won by the "Kidsgrove Real Excelsior Band" the entertainments went on into the evening with "Old English pastimes", and dancing. Active through to the 1970s
Wolverhampton Victoria Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1860s
Wolverhampton Victoria Operatic and Quadrille Band
See: Wolverhampton Victoria Brass Band
Wolverhampton Victoria Saxhorn Band
See: Wolverhampton Victoria Brass Band
Wolverton Printing Works Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s
Wolverton Rifle Volunteers Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Wolverton St Mary's Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1890s
Wolverton Wesleyan Mission Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1891
Wombwell and Houghton United Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active during WW1 in 1915.
Wombwell British Legion Band
See: Wombwell Town Band
Wombwell Public Brass Band
See: Subscription Brass Band
Wombwell Subscription Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s to the 1900s
Wombwell Temperance Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s
Wombwell Town Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s through to the 1950s. In 1912, a Besson "Prototype" BBb bass was provided by the Wombwell Reform Club for the use of the Town Band in January that year. After WW2 it linked with the British Legion and was known as Wombwell Town and British Legion Band, and Wombwell British Legion Band
Wood End Brass Band (near Kingsbury, Warwickshire)
Formed before 1890. Active through to the 1950s. It became associated with the town working men's club when that was formed in 1905.
Wood End WMC Silver Band
See: Wood End Brass Band
Wood End Working Men's Club and Institute Brass Band
See: Wood End Brass Band
Wood Green and Southgate British Legion Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1930s
Wood Green Excelsior Band (Middlesex)
Active in the 1900s to the 1950s
Wood Lane Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1910s, pre-WW1, to the 1930s
Wood Street Mission Brass Band (Manchester)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Woodborough Brass Band (1) (Nottinghamshire)
Active in the 1850s
Woodborough Brass Band (2) (Nottinghamshire)
Formed in the early 1880's when Arthur Wylde, a talented musician, was employed at Woodborough Hall as butler and handyman to the Parkyns family. Miss Parkyns recognised his potential and sent him to train for a year at the London School of Music where he was primarily a violinist but took cornet as his second instrument. On his return to Woodborough he became a local music teacher and also formed a village band. This band finished in 1901 (For further details, see: www.woodborough-heritage.org.uk
Woodborough United Brass Band
Formed in December 1911 when Mr Charles Ernest Foster called a meeting at the Post Office and suggested that several young men of the village were in favour of reviving a village band. After 50 years of service to the village and district it disbanded in March 1962. (For further details, see: www.woodborough-heritage.org.uk
Woodbridge Chapel Brass Band (London)
Active in early 1900s
Woodchurch Brass Band (Kent)
Formed in the 1860s, the first reference was in a procession in 1868. One year they were on a tour of the big houses in dense fog and played the tune "The Mistletoe Bough" in front of what they thought to be one such edifice, discovering it to be a haystack when they went to solicit alms. [Note: similar stories are told of Stinchcombe Band and Potterspury Bands!]. The band folded in the early 1930s.
Woodcock's Well Brass Band (Mow Cop, Staffordshire)
Active in the 1890s to WW1.
Wooden Box Band
See: Woodville Brass Band
Woodford Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
See: Woodford Britannia Brass Band
Woodford Britannia Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in 1859 and from the 1870s to 1918. Jeremiah Holdsworth was engaged as Bandmaster in 1893. Folded for a short while in the late 1890s, but restarted again in 1899.
Woodford Halse Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1920s
Woodford United Military Brass Band (Essex)
Records of the band, from 1890-1946, are held by Essex Record Office
Woodgate Silver Band (Worcestershire)
Founded in 1893 at the Woodgate Methodist Chapel. The men were all nailers or nailer's sons. It later became known as the Woodgate Prize Band. The band practised in the Methodist Chapel school room in Adams Hill but when Birmetals opened (1938) they were given the use of the canteen. When WW2 started they were unable to use the premises and the band was disbanded and never started up again. The Band would go through the streets playing carols at Christmas time. One resident as a young lad recalled shaking the 'box' down at Lapal but when they got to the Crown Pub in Woodgate the box was taken off him. Another recalls the band playing on Armistice Day. As each man left the band, his instrument had to be handed back to the secretary. Some names associated with the band:- Thomas Hall, his son Harold Hall, Aaron Smith, Freddie Andrews, Ephriam Henshaw, his son Stephen Henshaw, William Riley, Will Smith, Harvey Hackett, Frank Moore, Tom Inston, John Payne, Frank Guest, Dave Moore, Thomas Inston.
Woodhorn Colliery Band (Northumberland)
Formed in March 1950, the band folded in the late 1970s prior to the pit closing in 1981. The instruments were passed on to the Ashington Colliery Band, which also inherited the Woodhorn Band's wooden practice hut - sadly burned down by vandals in July 2005.
Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves Total Abstinence Band (Leicestershire)
Formed in 1883
Woodhouse Carr United Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s
Woodhouse Perseverance Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1890s
Woodhouse Victoria Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1850s
Woodhouses Brass Band
See: Dunham Woodhouses Band
Woodland Colliery Band (Durham)
Active in the 1870s to the 1930s
Woodland Street School Brass Band (Smethwick, Staffordshire)
Active in 1882
Woodlands Brass Band (Birmingham)
Active in 1891
Woodlands Village Band (Doncaster, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1900s to the 1920s
Woodplumpton Brass Band
Mentioned in the Preston Chronicle, 17th May 1845, when they accompanied the "Amicable Society" during the Whit Tuesday Processions at Goosnargh. The earliest report of their activities is found in the Preston Pilot of the 25th May 1839 when "At Goosnargh on Tuesday the procession was headed by a colour and the Woodplumpton Band of Musicians". The band played again at Goosnargh in 1846 and in 1847 when "After dinner at the Grapes Inn came the toasts and then the proceedings were enlivened by the merry strains of the excellent Woodplumpton Band which played at intervals throughout the afternoon." The final lnown performance was shortly after the demise of the Society when in September 1847 at the coming of age of E. H. Stanley the celebrations by his tenants at Treales included a procession headed by the Woodplumpton Band.
Woodside Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in 1853 when it competed in the first British Open contest, conducted by J. Settle.
Woodside Ironworks Brass Band (Dudley, Staffordshire)
Active in 1857
Woodstock Brass Band (1) (Oxfordshire)
Formed in 1870, W.E. Embury was the first bandmaster, with the Marquis of Blandford providing 20 instruments. Active to 1886
Woodstock Brass Band (2)
See: Woodstock Town Band
Woodstock Town Band (Oxfordshire)
Active in the 1930s to the 1950s. James Moss was the conductor in the 1930s
Woodville Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Founded in 1834. Originally known as the Wooden Box Band, nicknamed the Doodles Band, if was known as Woodville Orchestral Band by 1882 and Woodville United Silver Band by the 1900s. In 1905 it added "Prize" to its name in recognition of winning the Elkington, Hazelhurst and Gisborne Challenge Cup. It was still active in the 1920s
Woodville Orchestral Band
See: Woodville Brass Band
Woodville United Silver Band
See: Woodville Brass Band
Woodville United Silver Prize Band
See: Woodville Brass Band
Wookey Hole Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1887
Wooldale Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s and 1890s
Wooler Band (Northumberland)
Active in 1910
Wooley Colliery Band (Stanley Crook, Durham)
Active in the 1870s to the 1890s
Woolley Colliery Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1950s and 1960s. The band was accused in 1953 of poaching players from Skelmanthorpe Silver Band. Geoffrey Hirst (soprano cornet), Peter Fretwell (principal cornet) and Bobby Whittles (principal euphonium) took jobs at the colliery. Followed soon after by Stewart Ferguson (principal trombone) and Ernest Wood (principal horn). Only Mr Hirst and Mr Wood had any mining experience. The band did then shortly after win the CISWO Yorkshire contest - so the new players obviously made a difference!
Woolwich Borough Silver Band (Kent)
Founded in 1906, conductor J. Reay, and active into the 1910s. The bandmaster was Mr A. Prescott and the Secretary, Mr W. Knight in the early years.
Woolwich Dockyard Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1840s and 1850s
Woolwich Dockyard Labour Club Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the 1920s
Wootton Bassett Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in the 1870s. A successor band was formed in 1980
Wootton Brass Band (Isle of Wight, Hampshire)
Active in the 1880s to the 1900s
Wootton Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1900s
Wootton Institute Brass Band (Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire)
Active in the 1890s
Worcester Excelsior Brass Band
Active in 1883
Worcester Municipal Band
Active in 1934
Worcester Railway Band
See: Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhamption Railway Saxhorn Band
Worcester Railway Institute Band
See: Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhamption Railway Saxhorn Band
Worcester Railway Operatic Band
See: Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhamption Railway Saxhorn Band
Worcester Saxhorn Band
Active in 1859
Worcester Working Men's Recreation Band
Active in 1859
Wordsley Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in the 1850s
Wordsley Excelsior Brass Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1887
Working Man's Recreation Brass Band (Worcester)
See: Worcester Working Men's Recreation Band
Workington Analine Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1880s
Workington Artillery Volunteers Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1880s to WW1.
Workington Catholic Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in 1891
Workington Discharged Sailors and Soldiers Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1920s
Workington Rifle Volunteers Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1870s and 1880s
Workington St Cuthbert's Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1880s to the 1900s
Workington Town Brass Band (Cumberland)
Formed in 1918 and active into the 1990s. A successor band was formed in 2013
Workington United Brass Band (Cumberland)
Active in the 1920s
Worsbrough Dale Brass Band (Yorkshire, West RIding)
Active in the 1870s to the 1900s
Worsham Mill Brass Band (Witney, Oxfordshire)
Formed by William Webley in the early 20th century. He often found places in his mill for people who were known to be good musicians, although they were expected to buy their own instruments from him in instalments. This unusual method of staffing the mill may have contributed to the collapse of the business: one day Mr Webley took all the instruments to an Oxford pawnbroker and not long after the blanket making business failed.
Worsley Wardley Grammar School Brass Band (Wardley, Lancashire)
Active in the 1960s
Worthing Borough Band (Sussex)
Formed in the 1890s. Alfred Ham Snr. was a founder member of the newly formed Worthing Borough Band, together with an Albert Collins and an Edgar White, which got together after a lot of hard work as well as some assistance from one George Searle and other businessmen. Alfred Ham Jnr., together with his three brothers and his father, all played in the Borough Band. The band presented Hilda and Alfred with a timely gift on their wedding day in 1923. This inscribed clock that they received as a wedding present from the Borough Band is now on display in the wireless building at the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum. Around 1920, Hilda's brother Ronald Scott joined his uncle Alf Naldret in the Borough Band, having split from the Salvation Army band. They frequently went with friends from the Borough Band to London's Crystal Palace for the annual brass band contests. At Christmas time, the Borough Band played carols in Worthing Streets and at special house parties to raise funds. In the mid 1930s, as a result of injuries received at the battle of Arras in the war, Alfred Ham Snr. became a total invalid and died in 1944. A touching tribute from fellow bandsman Albert Collins in a local newspaper read, "Mr Ham, who had reached the useful age of 66 years, spent practically all his spare time for many years encouraging aspiring bandsmen. Bands and music was his life, apart from his daily employment as a well-known gardener."
Worthing Brass Band (1) (Sussex)
Formed in 1851. Still active in 1890, possibly folded before the Worthing Borough Band was formed towards the end of the 1890s.
Worthing Brass Band (2) (Sussex)
Formed after WW2. Active through the 1950s. A successor band (arising from a local youth band) was formed in 1967.
Worthing Corporation Band
See: Worthing Borough Band
Wortley, Forges and Thurgoland Brass Band
Active in 1892/3, and still playing in 1952, though probably did not survive long beyond that. Possibly linked to the Earl of Wharncliffe of Wortley Hall.
Hylton Boothroyd, recalls: "I knew the Thurgoland Silver Band when I was 5-18 in Thurgoland between 1939-1952. It must not have been just a village band as I'd always imagined - it must have had been the final stage of an industry-inspired band like all the colliery bands of the Yorkshire mining area whose western limits was just the other side of the Thurgoland-Wortley ridge. The River Don, a mile or so below the ridge, had had its Old Mill, New Mill, Top Forge, and Low Forge strung along it for a mile or two: named from C18 and C19. But by World War 2 only New Mill still flourished, with just the handful of men needed to run the machinery drawing finger-thick furnace-heated steel coil into the finest steel needle blanks. In my day the large black-tarred wooden Band Room, at the junction of Huthwaite Lane and the main road from Thurgoland to Deepcar (and lying 100 yards from the river between the Mills and the Forges), functioned also as an occasional community hall for those of us who lived in the valley. What had been Mill- and Forge-men's housing lay mostly along Old/New Mill Lane close to the river; what had been mainly quarrymen's housing mostly up Huthwaite Lane. The people who lived there were still working people, but nearly all catching workmen's buses running through Deepcar to the big steelworks in Stocksbridge or running to collieries on the road to Barnsley. Thurgoland's school, church, and most shops were up on the ridge, as were Wortley's. All we had down by the river were the pub, the Band Room, the small shop opposite, and a little Primitive Methodist chapel.
That said, the band was part of the life of Thurgoland as a whole for Remembrance Day and I think also for the Whit Monday walk. For the Walk, the Prims processed up the hill with their banner, Wesleyans on the hill emerged with theirs, hymns and prayers in the open air in the centre of Thurgoland on the ridge, all processed down the hill past the Band Room to the road junction by the Top Forge, there they met the Methodists and their banner from the Green Moor chapel, all processed back to the roadside in front of the Band Room for the final big sing. I'd never really understood the joining up with Green Moor (technically a part of Wortley but on the ridge on the other side of the Don), but with the band playing a big role in earlier days, it seems to slot into place.
The band didn't long survive World War 2. Neither did the Wharncliffes at Wortley Hall -- a palatial pile that had outstripped their capacity to maintain it. Although I got to know the future earl during his vacations from Eton during my four years as organist at Wortley Church, the parents sadly had largely passed out of public life.
The Band Room itself is now long gone. The Prim Chapel became a workshop years ago. The shop is just a house. But the pub flourishes as a place to aim at on heritage walks. And the Top Forge has become a heritage centre."
Wortley Brass Band (Leeds)
Active in 1855
Wragby Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1880s to the 1900s. Conductor B. Benson in 1893
Wrawby Brass Band (Lincolnshire)
Wrawby Brass Band formed in 1875 under the direction of George Twigg. It had 12 players. How long it had existed before this is uncertain, but in 1874 the Instumental Music Society was mentioned as 'the only musical society in the town' and it seems likely that 1875 was when the Wrawby band was started. Before this there had been the 'excellent brass band recently formed by members of the Oddfellows and Foresters Societies'. The band was practising three evenings a week at the Gladiator in May 1862. By 1886 the Wrawby Brass Band was reported to have really improved during the previous couple of years. Took part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Brigg in 1897. In 1900 it held its 'annual supper' at the Gladiator, and it was then stated to have 30 members. In the obituary to Alfred John Tapling (1911) it states: "It is interesting to recount the fact that the late Mr Tapling was the founder of the Brigg Subscription Band, which up to recent years was known as the Wrawby Prize band." So, sometime between 1900 and 1911 it seems to have been renamed as Brigg Subscription Band. In 1913/1919 George Quarmby was the conductor, living in Bigby Street, Brigg. Still active in 1937 when it competed at Belle Vue.
Wray Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1860s
Wrentham Brass Band (Suffolk)
Active in the 1860s. A successor band was formed in 1919
Wrekin College Brass Band (Wellington, Shropshire)
Active in 1969
Wrexham Blue Ribbon Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active in the 1880s, conductor H.R. Williams.
Wrexham Borough Band (Denbighshire)
Formed in April 1890 and active into the 1900s.
Wrexham Brass Band (Denbighshire)
Active in the 1840s to the 1880s
Wright Memorial Band (Stirlingshire)
Active from the early 1890s to the 1910s. As a breakaway from the Camelon Brass Band, Charlie Wright, who once owned the Canal Inn, formed the Wright Memorial Band. Mr Wright was a notable character in the area who resided in the first house in Blinkbonny Road. Each New Year' s morning he would come out and stand at his door and serenade the village with the tune "A Guid New Year to Ane and A' ."
Wrightington and Heskin Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s
Wrightington Subscription Brass Band (Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s and 1900s
Wrington Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1894
Wroughton and District Band
Active in 1938, when it competed in the National Band Festival at the Alexandra Palace in the Junior Shield "C" (2) section, against Wroughton Silver Band.
Wroughton Primitive Methodist Band (Wiltshire)
Formed in 1902
Wroughton Silver Band (1) (Wiltshire)
Active from the 1850s - a successor band was formed in the first half of the 20th century. From his obituary: "Francis Cowdrey [of Wroughton] took a keen interest in music, and for many years was a member of the Village Band, and was the only surviving members of the old band. When George Frederick, a local trained horse, won the Derby in 1874, Mr Cowdrey was a member of the band that played the horse home from Swindon station."
Wroughton Silver Band (2) (Wiltshire)
Active in 1938, when it competed in the National Band Festival at the Alexandra Palace in the Junior Shield "C" (2) section, against Wroughton and District Band.
Wroxall Prize Band
Active in 1910
Wycliffe Brass Band (Lutterworth)
See: Lutterworth Wycliffe Brass Band
Wycliffe Brass Band (Stonehouse, Gloucestershire)
Active in 1914
Wycliffe Brass Band (Warrington, Lancashire)
Active in the 1870s
Wycombe Brass Band (1) (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1840s to the 1860s
Wycombe Brass Band (2) (Buckinghamshire)
Active in the 1980s
Wycombe Excelsior Brass Band (Buckinghamshire)
Active in 1884
Wye Brass Band (Kent)
Active in the early 1900s to the 1920s. Thomas Edward Worrell, (d. 1915) and a member of the 1st Kent Cyclist Battalion, was a member of Wye Brass Band.
Wye Village Band
See: Wye Brass Band
Wyke Old Band
Formed in 1856. In 1888 won 18 prizes, worth £260 16s., including coming 4th in the British Open that year and beating their local rivals, Wyke Temperance, at the Irish Exhibition contest in London. Sadly the band wound up shortly after that.
Wyke Regis Silver Band (Weymouth)
Formed in 1922 as a British Legion band and renamed as Weymouth Military Band in 1924.
Wyke Teetotal Brass Band (Yorks)
See: Wyke Temperance Band
Wyke Temperance Band
Formed 1869 from the remnants of a Band of Hope Union drum and fife band with the enthusiasm of Ephraim Pearson. Conducted by William Rimmer and Edwin Swift, and were highly successful, winning the British Open in 1888, 1889 and 1898. Dropped "Temperance" from the title in the early 1890s. Remained a force through the 1900s to 1910 but thereafter seemed to disappear from view and probably folded prior to the Great War. Following a contest in 1895 where Wyke beat Black Dyke and Besses, a commentator wrote: "Then hurrah for the brave lads from Wyke; Thrice they've slated the warriors from Dyke, Likewise the champions who style themselves Besses, Showing more talent than either possesses!" See also Newspaper report of the concert prelude to the first National Championships. There's a story along the lines of when Temperance came home on the train sat on the front with the Open cup and celebrating their win Wyke Old (who had been in the pub!) stood on the bridge and hurled abuse at them! (source: Helen Varley)
Wylam Colliery Band
Founded around 1850 and was supported by the colliery owners, the Blackett family, and also by subscription. It was administered by a committee comprising the colliery viewer (manager), the master of the band and a nominee of 'the subscribers of five shillings and upwards per annum'. The band met at 8 p.m. each Saturday evening for practice and performed in the village square on the first Thursday in the month.
Wylye Brass Band (Wiltshire)
Active in 1905
Wymondham Brass Band (Leicestershire)
Active in the 1920s and 1930s. Conductor A. Alexander in 1923
Wymondham Excelsior Brass Band (Norfolk)
Active in the early 1900s
Wythenshawe Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1940s to the 1970s
Wythenshawe Residents Brass Band (Cheshire)
Active in the 1930s

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Xylonite Works Band (Brantham, Suffolk)
Active in the 1890s through to the 1930s

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Yarmouth and Gorleston Silver Band
Active in the mid 1970s. After a decline, and without playing a concert for over a year, it became associated with the Shrublands Youth and Adult Centre, which gave it a new lease of life.
Y.E.W.C.O. Works Band (Idle, Bradford)
A band formed by a group of businessmen, in 1944, who bought the rights to use the name "St Hilda's Band", was taken over by the Yorkshire Engineering and Welding Company in 1951. They achieved 5th place in the British Open in 1955 but disbanded soon after.
Yackandandah Brass Band (Victoria, Australia)
Active in the 1940s and folded in the mid 1950s.
Yalding Volunteer Band
Active in 1895
Yallourn Brass Band (Australia)
Active in 1922
Yardley Albions Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s
Yardley Gobion Britannia Brass Band (Northamptonshire)
Active in the 1890s to 1938. Conductor in 1893 was E.C.Gear. Joseph Lambert was conductor in 1899 and the 1900s. T. Horton in 1921, F. Horton in 1926.
Yarm and District Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Formed in 1945 as the Head Wrightson Works Band. Renamed Middlesborough (Dovecot) Brass in 1980 and Yarm and District Band in 1989. Merged in 1998 with Lingdale Silver Band to form Lockwood Band
Yarm Brass Band (Yorkshire, North Riding)
Active in the 1860s to the 1920s. Conductor in 1899 was R.L. WIlford. Played at the centenary celebrations of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1920.
Yarraville Amateur Brass Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Folded around 1895
Yarraville Brass Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Formed in 1888 and folded around 1895
Yarraville Citizens Brass Band (Melbourne, Australia)
Founded in 1910. Amalgamated with the Kingsville Brass Band in 1921 to form the Kingsville-Yarraville Citizens Band
Yate Village Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1880s
Yeadon Old Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1850, it was first organised by William Hudson and William Taylor. In 1862, the band was re-organised, and some ten years later an effort was made to procure more efficient instruments. This resulted in the purchase of four from Mesgham and Co. in Manchester. Later other instruments were obtained, but in procuring them a few at a time from different makers meant that the tone was never quite equally balanced. It was then in 1900 that an entire new set of electro plated instruments were purchased from Boosey and Co at a total price of £220. In the early days the band rehearsed in the old school which stood oposite the Yeadon Town Hall, this however was later pulled down in 1880. It then rented rooms at Well Hill, for about ten years and then at the Yeadon Trades Hall. Since then a number of small rooms have been rented in the area. In 1931 the band's contest results were: 28th March; 1st Prize and Cup in March, Yeadon. 28th March; 4th Prize in Selection, Yeadon. 26th May; 5th Prize in Selection, Huddersfield. 27th June; 2nd Prize in Selection, Yeadon 15th August; 1st Prize and Cup, 1st Selection, Ripley and 12th September; 1st Prize, Guiseley. In 1950 the Yeadon Old Brass Band claimed the title of Prize Band. Under the conductor of Mr Walter Jackson the band had won thirty-seven prizes, including eleven trophies and prize money to the value of £200. The band disbanded in 2004.
Yeovil Corporation Band (Somerset)
Formed in 1870 as the 16th S.V.R. Band, later known as Pettres Works Military Band (1930s) and Yeovil Corporation Band (1930s to 1967). A splinter group from Yeovil Corporation Band formed Yeovil Working Men's Band in 1949. Merged with Yeovil Working Men's Band in 1967 to form the current Yeovil Town Band.
Yeovil Imperial Band (Somerset)
Competed in the Crystal Palace Championships in the 1930s
Yeovil Primitive Methodist Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in 1913
Yeovil Volunteer Brass Band (Somerset)
Active in the 1870s
Yeovil Working Men's Band (Somerset)
Formed in 1949 from a splinter group from Yeovil Corporation Band . Merged with Yeovil Corporation Band in 1967 to form the current Yeovil Town Band.
YEWCO Band
See: Y.E.W.C.O. Works Band
Y.M.C.A. Brotherhood Brass Band
See: Bristol Y.M.C.A. Band
Ynysdarren Brass Band (Ystalyfera, Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s
Ynyshir St John Ambulance Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1930s
Ynyshir Standard Colliery Silver Band (Glamorgan)
Formed in 1898 as the Ynyshir Drum and Fife Band, became associated with the Ynyshir Colliery and converted to a brass band. Later adopting Tý Mawr into its name, in 1920 it won the South Wales and Monmouthshire Championship Shield and the Royal National Eisteddford at Barry. It disbanded at the start of the Second World War. A successor band (originally a youth band) was formed in 1946.
Ynysybwl Workmen's Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1910s to 1930s
York Amateur Brass Band
Active in 1859
York and District Mission Band
See: Ebor Excelsior Silver Band
York Blind School Band
founded in 1843 at the Yorkshire School for the Blind
York Boys' Industrial School Band
Active in 1882 through 1913. Played at a garden party at Bishopthorpe Palace in July 1910
York City Brass Band
Formed 1906 or earlier. Merged, in 1952, with Ebor Excelsior Silver Prize Band to form the current York Railway Institute Band.
York City Model Brass Band
See: York Model Brass Band
York Excelsior Brass Band
See: Ebor Excelsior Silver Band
York Home Guard Association Band
See: Ebor Excelsior Silver Band
York Industrial School Brass Band
See: York Boys' Industrial School Band
York Model Brass Band
Active in the 1860s and 1875
York N.U.R. Silver Band (York)
Active in the 1920s
York Operatic Brass Band (York)
Active in the 1850s
York Postal Brass Band (York)
Active in the 1930s to the 1950s
York Rifles Brass Band (York)
Active in the 1860s to the 1900s
York Road Silver Band (Ulster)
Active in 1943
York Street Brass Band (St Helen's, Lancashire)
Active in the 1890s
York Subscription Band (York)
Active in 1913
York Temperance Band (York)
Active between 1882 and 1885
York Tramways Band (York)
Active in 1913
Yorkley Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in 1853
Yorkley Concert Band (Gloucestershire)
Active in the 1970s
Yorkley Excelsior Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed in 1860, folded in the 1890s
Yorkley Onward Brass Band (Gloucestershire)
Formed in 1903. Disbanded in 1993 and the few remaining players amalgamated with Coleford Town Band in 1994 to form Forest of Dean Brass. Also known as Yorkley Onward Kear's Group Band for a short time in the early 1990s
Yorkshire Bus Company Band
See: Yorkshire Transport Band
Yorkshire Coking and Chemical Works Brass Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1930s
Yorkshire Co-op Brass Band
See: Yorkshire Co-operatives Band
Yorkshire Co-operatives Band (Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1998 by the merger of Jayess '87 Band and Jayess (Queensbury) Band. Folded in 2010. Also known as United Co-op Yorkshire Brass Band
Yorkshire Copper Works Band
See: Yorkshire Imperial Band
Yorkshire Engineering and Welding Company Band
See: Y.E.W.C.O. Works Band
Yorkshire Evening Post Band (Leeds)
Formed on 10th February 1856 as Leeds Model Band. in 1864 it came third in the British Open Championship. It was later known as the Cameron Ironworks Band. One of its most successful periods was in the mid 1960s when in a three year period in seventeen contest appearances it won fifteen first prizes and two second prizes. In common with an increasing number of bands, in the 1970s it sought financial assistance through sponsorship to meet the dramatic rise in operating costs. This led to successful periods first as the John Waddington Band (the games manufacturers) and then as the Yorkshire Relish Band (within the Hammonds Sauce Group), before becoming associated with the Yorkshire Evening Post. The band merged with Sharlston Colliery Band around 2000, to form Yorkshire Evening Post (Sharlston) Band, but then disbanded in 2002. The band's contest achievements included the Radio Leeds Knockout Brass Champions, Second section Regional champions, prize winners at the finals of the National Championships of Great Britain, the Pontins National Championships, The Isle of Man Brass Band Festival, the Telford New Town Entertainment Contest, and featured in the prize lists of many local contests.
Some memories of the Leeds Model Band, which rehearsed in the Royal Hotel in Lower Briggate, Leeds, from Robert Thomas of Seacroft. I was "borrowed" by the band on a number of occasions to stand in for absent players. The bandmaster at the time was Jack Parish and I was paid a 'handsome' reward - sometimes as much as £2. I attended the odd rehearsal at the band HQ - a small room over an alleyway between Lower Briggate and The Calls. It is still there but the murky back lane I remember now has a trendy wine bar in it. The band was always busy and I recall playing at Burton's Sports and at Cliffe Castle Gardens in Keighley where I played the tenor horn in the afternoon and the cornet in the evening. The afternoon concert opened with the march Round Tower and when we'd finished the conductor announced over his microphone to the large audience the band had just played its signature march. "How long has that been your signature march?" I asked the chap next to me. "Since about five minutes ago!" was his reply. In between the two concerts most of the band 'disappeared' - they'd gone for a pint or two. My pal and I were given directions to the hostelry and told to knock three times on the back door and ask for Leeds Model . This, of course, was in the days of strict licensing laws when no pub would be open early Sunday evening. When we were admitted we were under age and out of hours! I have good memories of a hard-working and friendly band who always produced the "big sound".
Yorkshire Evening Post (Sharlston) Band
See: Yorkshire Evening Post Band
Yorkshire Imperial Band (Stourton, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in 1931 as Yorkshire Copper Works Band, from members of the Stourton Memorial Band, later known as Band of the Yorkshire Imperial Metals (1958), Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band, Yorkshire Imperial Band (1980), I.M.I. Yorkshire Imperial Band, DUT Yorkshire Imperial Band. Merged with Rothwell Band in 1999 to form DUT Yorkshire Imperial Rothwell Band.
Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band
See: Yorkshire Imperial Band
Yorkshire Main Band
See: Yorkshire Main Colliery Band
Yorkshire Main Colliery Band
Formed after World War 1. Still active in the mid 1990s. Also known as Ceramia Goldthorpe Colliery Band, Goldthorpe (Ceramia) Band, Edlington N.U.M. Silver Prize Band.
Yorkshire Main Goldthorpe Colliery Band
See: Yorkshire Main Colliery Band
Yorkshire Relish Band
See: Yorkshire Evening Post Band
Yorkshire Steel and Iron Works Brass Band (Penistone, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Active in the 1870s to the 1890s
Yorkshire Traction Band
See: Yorkshire Transport Band
Yorkshire Transport Band (Dewsbury, Yorkshire, West Riding)
Formed in September 1935. Also known as the Busman's Band, Yorkshire Bus Company Band, Yorkshire Woollen District Transport Sports Club Band. Merged with Honley Band in 1997 to form Yorkshire Traction Honley Band
Yorkshire Transport Sports Club Band
See: Yorkshire Transport Band
Yorkshire Woollen District Transport Sports Club Band
See: Yorkshire Transport Band
Yoxall Band (Staffordshire)
Active in 1904
Yr Eifl and Trefor Brass Band
See: Trefor Brass Band
Ysguborwen Brass Band
See: Aberdare Town Band
Ystalyfera Public Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Formed in the 1920s, active through to the 1980s
Ystalyfera Town Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Formed in the 1920s, active through to the 1980s - contemporary with Ystalyfera Town Brass Band
Ystalyfera Temperance Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1900s through to the 1970s - contemporary with Ystalyfera Public Brass Band
Ystrad Mynach and District Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1980s and 1990s
Ystrad Rhondda Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s
Ystrad Volunteers Brass Band (Glamorgan)
Active in the 1890s
Ysbyty Ystwyth Brass Band
Active c. 1910

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Zealley's Brass Band (Aston, Staffordshire)
Conductor Mr Zealley. Became Aston Excelsior Band in 1907.
Zeals Temperance Band (Wiltshire)
Formed before the First World War, provided music at many local functions. By 1930 the abstaining zeal of its members had waned and it was renamed the Zeals St. Martins Silver Band
Zion Band
See: Cobden Chadwick Band
Zion Brass Band (Colne)
Zion Congregational Brass Band (Hyde, Cheshire)
Active in the 1900s
Zion Methodists Band
See: Cobden Chadwick Band