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Sutton Scotney Band Instruments

These were given into trust of the Sutton Scotney Club (Gratton Trust) and in 1996 donated to Winchester Museums Service, together with the papers of the band. The instruments were later transferred to the Horniman Museum in London.

Note from 1995:

The band itself is believed to have been founded late in the 19th century. There are photographs of the band which are tentatively dated 1910 and an extract from the parish magazine of 1919 congratulating the band on its succesful re-formation after the Great War, Twelve brass instruments, two drums and a pair of cymbals have survived. Instruments made by Boosey & Co have been precisely dated from the archives of Boosey and Hawkes while others are more tentatively dated by reference to The New Langwill Index. The dates, see the list below, suggest that a set of new instruments was bought in the 1920s; three of the cornets are a little older although they may have been bought some time after the date of manufacture; one cornet and at least one of the tenor horns may date from the original foundation of the band.

The instruments have been kept in a store room in the village hall and while most are basically sound many are dented and all are dirty and tarnished. All but one of the brass instruments has a modern adhesive label stuck to it with an identifying number and there are many makeshift repairs which have been carried out with commercial adhesives and masking tape. The bass drum is partly dismantled, both heads of the side drum are broken and one of the cymbals has been knocked on the edge. Most of the instruments will be stable after cleaning and tidying and this could be made into a congenial group activity with instruction and supervision from an expert. Brass instruments are quite robust and can be safely stored in acid-free boxes with suitable padding.

The band instruments, photographs and archival material, together with the banners and documents from local charities which have survived, could form the basis of an interesting social history collection relating to life in rural Hampshire in the first half of the century. The cleaning bees could also be used to encourage the deposition of further documentary and oral evidence. The collection should be kept together if at all possible and would not be suitable for sale as individual items.

Brass Instruments from Sutton Scotney band

  • Solbron Light valve cornet, Boosey & Co, 86614 - 18 Apr 1913
  • Solbron Light valve cornet, Boosey & Co, 106781 - 20 Feb 1920
  • Solbron light valve cornet, Boosey & Co, 109405 - 22 Oct 1920
  • Cornet, probably by Courtois of Paris - before 1901
  • Clear bore cornet, Boosey & Co, 89039 - 15 Jul 1914
  • Class A trombone, Boosey & Co, 99341 - 1 May 1916
  • Solbron tenor horn, Boosey & Co, 110925 - 10 Feb 1921
  • Class B tenor horn, Boosey & Co, 1107011
  • CEG tenor horn, made in Paris
  • Class D tenor horn, Douglas & Co, 7 South St London EC - c. 1900
  • Class B tuba, Boosey & Co, 107335 - 7 Jan 1920
  • Class A tuba, C Foote, 1359 - after 1923
  • Solbron Class A euphonium, Boosey & Co, 114302 - 15 Feb 1922