Notes for specific vintage band pictures

No.1 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery (Padstow) Band, 1900s - phot3378.jpg
Bandsmen in the photograph: Back row:- H Apps, F Sluman, Alf Buckingham, Joe Buckingham, Edgar Tomkin (B/M), Sid Tomkin, Alf Langford, Stanley Veale, Sidney Sleeman. Sitting:- John Buckingham, Willie Veale, George Buckingham, T Chellew, Tom Langford, Harvey Lobb, Willie Lobb. Reclining:- Joe Williams, Albert Courtney.
(Information provided by John Brush)

Ainsworth Brass Band - phot7169.jpg
Picture taken in 1891.
Back Row: Jim T Brooks, Jack Brooks, Arthur Tootill, A Openshaw, Peter Openshaw, Fred Wardle, Wilfred Greenhalgh. Middle Row: Wm Norman Rayson (bandmaster), Ellis Haslam, Jos. Kirkham, Levi Brooks, Wm Albert Greenhalgh, Peter Brooks, Arthur Hampson, James Blackmore. Front Row: James Wm Rayson, Alfred Hardman, Albert Haslam, Fred Greenhalgh, Amos Brooks, Ottowell Partington

Aledo Ladies Cornet Marching Band - phot3896.jpg
The Aledo Ladies Cornet Marching Band was lead by my Great Grandfather, Professor E. D. Wood. I have other pictures of him and his daughters in the old musical conservatory in Aledo, There was at least one article published about the Band and their travels by one of the nephews of one of the players. Two of his daughters studied at the Sherwood Piano School in Chicago - Vesta E. Wood and Myrtle Wood (my grandmother).
(Information provided by Rita Ferguson)

Almonte Brass Band, c.1870 - phot4589.jpg
John King Home and his brass band taken by Albert Farr, photographer, Cole's Hall, Almonte, Ontario. John K. Home moved to Almonte in 1861 from Prescott when he married Lois Teskey from Appleton in September of 1861. John Home had a tin shop on Mill Street, Almonte, and then he moved to Hamilton in about 1878.

American Fork Band, Utah - phot3956.jpg
From "The Early History of American Fork", by George Shelley: "In the latter part of 1866, a committee from American Fork waited upon William Grant in Salt Lake City, and induced him to undertake the leadership and instruction of a newly organized brass band. The band consisted of twelve regular members and attained prominence as a musical organization, being invited by Brigham Young to play at a party in Salt Lake City given by him; and next to the Ogden City band, was considered to be the musical dean in the state in priority of organization. The band played at many public functions, both locally and elsewhere, and its services were in demand. After twenty years of faithful service, the band was disorganized."
Top row, left to right: William Paxman, William W. Robinson, Isaac Abel and Joseph Wild.
Second row: Joseph Robinson, Cyrus Gough, William Grant (leader), Thomas G. Steele, William B. Dunn and Edward Lee.
Kneeling: Frank Pulley and Martin Hansen
(Information provided by Mark Steele)

Argyll & Bute Volunteer Artillery Band, c.1895 - phot4260.jpg
The picture is taken somewhere in Scotland. My great grandfather (Archibald Morrison, 3rd from left, upright Bass), and his brother James Morrison (Cornet, 3rd from left in 3rd row) are in it. This unit became the 4th Highland (Mountain) Brigade in 1908 and provided the first guns to land at the West Beach landings at Gallipoli.
(Information provided by Mike Morrison)

Ashby Institute Band 1925 - phot6829.jpg
Back row: Harry Beacock, Joe Richardson, Charlie Read, Bernard Johnson, Mr Haller, Fred Foster, Mr Jacklin, Ray Markham, Bill Simpson. Middle row: drummer Jim Stott, Fred Johnson, Frank Johnson, ? Johnson, Frank Beacock, Wilf Markham, Dick Dent, Harry Driffield, Joe Holtby, Jim Markham, F. Fox. Front row: Mr Read, Bickerstaff Kendall, A. Smith, Clement Kendall, Tom Read, Arthur Watson, Bill Kendall, George Watson, Mr Lister, Mr Drury.
Ashby Silver Prize Band 1935 - phot5047.jpg
Back row: G. Jameson, T. Thompson, F.Dent, H. West, R. Tomlinson, R. Markham, K. Hopkins, F. Beeson, R. Wallis, T. Nicholson. Middle row: J. Stobbart, J. Williams, B. Bray, J. Shucksmith, F. Sharp, R. Roberts, T.B. Kendall, H. Driffil, A. Richardson. Front row: G. Norton, J. Richardson, C. Townsend, C. Talbot, W. Kendall, T. Stow, L. Townsend, F. Johnson, G. Watson.
Bamfords Military Band - phot5376.jpg
Some members of the Bamfords Military Band (formerley Leighton Iron Works Band) taken outside Alton Towers where they used to play once a month on a Sunday. Probably taken between the wars but I can't be sure. In the front row are three brothers, from left to right, John (Jack) Hollins (Trombone); Francis (Frank) Hollins (2nd Cornet) my Great-Grandad; Joseph (Joey) Hollins (1st Cornet).
(Information provided by Nikki Kelly)

Band of Servicemen - phot4103.jpg
Taken in 1942, this group of British bandsmen were: Back - Tom Alexander of Boston, L to R - Fred Ashmore (Sheffield, killed in Normandy), Charlie Willows of Lincoln, George Gould of Ilford, Joe Tindall. Front Row - Brian Millist (Scunthorpe), Len Deall (Boscombe) Jack - Jack Stanniforth - Major Thornett in centre

Band in street, London - phot4861.jpg
My late maternal grandfather, Charles Edward Pheasant, and his wife celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1947. The Kentish Times newspaper report of the event stated that my grandfather (who I believe played tenor horn) was a musician of some distinction, having been a founder of the Wood Green Excelsior Prize Band and played with the Enfield, Tottenham and Erith Town Bands. As a guide, he would have been aged 25 around the start of the 20th Century. Although born in Clerkenwell, I understand that he lived in the Wood Green area until 1914 when he and his family moved to Bexleyheath, Kent - now part of the London Borough of Bexley. This photograph is of him with a band in a street, although he is the only band member not in uniform, wearing a bowler hat. I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who can confirm my findings, or who can tell me more about the bands referred to above.
(Information provided by Fred Pallett)

Band - Old Kent Road Gasworks? Greenwich? - phot5803.jpg
These photographs are of a band in which both my father, Stanley James Holloway (cornet) and his father-in-law, James Smith (bandmaster / euphonium) , played during the 1920's and possibly 30's in South East London. I have an idea it was related to the Old Kent Rd Gasworks, but I can't yet trace it. I'm trying to find out something about my grandfather, a shadowy figure but apparently multi-talented. See also phot5804.jpg.
The first photograph is alleged to have been taken at Greenwich Market in south east London, and my grandfather, James Smith (Jim) is in the front (seated) row, 5th from the left, with a chap crouched in front of him. I must say, they look a rough and ready bunch of lads. I think Jim must have been born around 1875 and rumour has it, he veered between the church and the pub. I wouldn't be surprised if he also played in Salvation Army bands too, since they kept the family from starving during the Depression. Before coming to London he lived and worked in St Albans but I've no idea whether he learned to play there or whether he was in the services. His main instrument was the euphonium.
The second photo is of what I presume is the same band on the march, a few years later and just before the Second World War. My diminutive father, Stan Holloway, is the one playing French horn I believe.
Any information would be welcome.
(Information provided by Mandy Holloway)

BG WG Band, Poole? - phot4242.jpg
My grandfather is in this photo. He worked at Poole Pottery in Branksone. He's the drummer, 2nd row,4th one along. His name was Leslie Sidney Wellman. The photo may have been between 1934 and 1944.
(Information provided by Michelle Harris)

Bilsdale Silver Band - 1912 - phot1725.jpg
Back row: Will Ward, Geo. Teasdale, Alf Atkinson, Jim Allison, Tom Johnson. Front row: Harold Noble, Will Atkinson, Bob Bentley, Steve Hinton, Jack Atkinson

Black Dyke Juniors Band - phot2481.jpg
The 9th member on the back row is my grandfather James Hextall Devine who worked at the mill. He died in Burma in 1944 aged 34. I am also looking for photographs of my other Grandfather, (Albert) Victor Creasey who was in various silver bands and a music teacher, first in Knaresborough area, then in Essex.
(Information provided by Tina Smith)

Bolton Borough Prize Band - phot6793.jpg
Jim Aspinall is on the front row 2nd from right with his E flat bass.
(Information provided by Brian Aspinall)

Brighouse & Rastrick Band - phot5176.jpg
On display and playing after the contest, after winning the North East Finals in 1948. Coached by Eric Ball on his arrangement of Fantasia in F, he was not allowed to conduct them at the contest, but did conduct them in their "lap of honour" (see: phot5175.jpg). The young boy on flugel horn is Harold Gilmour, who was co-opted into playing flugel horn at the last minute, when the band's flugel player was taken ill some weeks before the contest. He was 14 at the time.
(Information provided by Harold Gilmour)

Camelford Band, 1916 - phot5031.jpg
Bandmaster J Maud. From left to right - back row: Arthur Richards, A George, Joseph Symons, J Rendle, F Richards. Middle row: B Cross, T Couch, Leslie Males, M Hawkey, E Dennis, M Neil, T Long. Front Row: C Webber, Jack Hill, J Maud, James Amy, A Richards.

Compstall Brass Band - phot5686.jpg
Taken at the rear of the Spring Gardens Hotel. Back: ?, F Cooper, J Dearden, E Walsh, C Dickenson. 3rd row: H Ingham, I Smith, W Pembroke, ?, I Pembroke, S Tomlinson, V Pembroke, W Rudd, B Cheetham, B Johnson, ?, ?, G Etchells. 2nd row: ? Jepson, C Ingham, J Holmes, J Pickford, ? Elwood, ?, B Dean. Front row: L Gormall, ?, F Pickford, ? Pembroke.
J Dearden was the conductor of the band before its final demise. (He and his wife looked after my mother and her sister whilst my grandmother worked in the mill.) Apparently he was very passionate about the band and was "the last man standing" when it disappeared (believed to be in the 50s.) It was certainly gone by 1960 as the Methodist Church were by then, engaging Tintwhistle Silver Band to accompany their annual "March of Witness".
(Information provided by Robert Bradshaw)

Cononley Band 1951 - phot5106.jpg
This photo was taken at Kildwick Hall, during a celebration dinner after winning the 4th section area contest at St Georges Hall, Bradford. Test Piece Call of Youth. The band went on to the finals (on the same test piece) held at Belle Vue, Manchester. Unfortunately, the band on arriving in their coach entered the car park, with Fred Hudson (principal cornet), and Joe Brown (soprano) - not on photo - and also a trumpeter in Fred Hudson's dance band) followed the coach in their car. They were denied acces to the coach park and had to find other car parks. After alighting from the coach an out of breath contest official was seeking the band stating that we were next on. We had to play minus our principal cornet and soprano player, needless to say we did not win.
Players in the photograph:
Back Row :- Terry Newboult (repiano), Jack Mackwell (probably G Trom with a long handle), Harry Jacobs (cornet), Jack Fawcett (drums), Bryan Seward.
Next to back row :- Alan Blades (baritone), Harry Ainsworth (EEb Bass), E. Hines (horn), Fred Hudson (principal cornet, was previously a professional trumpet player, and also had a 15 piece dance band playing weekly at the Welfare, Skipton), David Pearson.
3rd from back row :- Billy Moore (baritone), John Hudson (EEb Bass), Sir John Horsfall (President), Andy Hoe (Musical Director - also played trombone with Fred Hudson's dance band), Edgar Dolphin (BBb Bass), Jack Dean (BBb Bass - also played string bass with Fred Hudson's dance band), Harry Riddiough (Euphonium). In front of Jack Dean is Eric Moreton (cornet). In front of Billy Moore is Arthur Riley (trombone).
Kneeling :- Brian Cleaver (cornet), (B Smith (cornet), D Lee (cornet), Mick Seward, John Elrick (cornet), Keith Riddiough, Roger Hudson (cornet - he also played trumpet with Fred Hudson's dance band, had his own dixieland group and later became a professional dance band trumpeter playing with many top dance bands, always on TV as a freelance trumpeter).
(Information provided by Brian Cleaver)

Cream City Band, Milwaukee - phot7328.jpg
I have no further information about this band, so if anyone sees this and has knowledge of it, I would be most interested. The band member on the far left in the second row is my husband's grandfather, Henry Zuelsdorf (1888-1971). The man next to him is Henry's brother, Albert (1880-?)
(Information and pictures provided by Kay Voss)

Dick Kerrs Electric Works Band - phot4974.jpg
My uncle, Walter Furr (2nd back row), was a member of the band, and I think he also played for the British Legion. He played the cornet. He learned his trade as a bugle boy in KRRC and Rifle Brigade (from around 1900). He also served during WW1 in the East Lancs Regt, but was invalided out after, I think 2 years (a leg injury - not due to enemy action). He lived most of his life in Preston and apparently got a job with Dick Kerrs Electric Works in Preston because of his musical talents. Born in Limerick 1885, he died in 1937.
(Information and pictures provided by Harry Furr)

Eagley Mills Prize Band - phot6794.jpg
Picture taken around 1956/7 in the Granada TV Studio in Manchester. Jim Aspinall is centre right on the back row, with his E flat bass.
(Information provided by Brian Aspinall)

Easington Colliery Band - phot3224.jpg
The photograph shows Robert Walker, the bandmaster, with his son Robert (Bob) Walker immediately behind and Bobs brother Tom, the drummer. The family lived in Wheatley Hill during the 20's and 30's. On Roberts knee he is holding the ebony and silver top & tip baton presented to him by Wheatley Hill Workmans Social Club in 1922. A silver dedication around the centre is inscribed with "Wheatley Hill Workmans Social Club Presented to Robert Walker in recognition of Services rendered 1922 "

East Ham Band - phot4101.jpg
Back Row: L to R - Bert Rodgers, Jim Griggs, C. Ambuchi, Bert Coutt, Harry Trives, Gdn. Soustier, Ken Kettle, Arthur Kettle.
Second Row: Joe Davis, N or H. Hastings, Jack Lister, Bert, Mr. Foss, Unknown, Unknown, S. Andrews, Apy Lowe
Third Row: Albert Ernest Dowdeswell, Ron Heard, Ted Barton (President Patron), W. Baldwin (Band Master), Ron Cross, Ken Seff, Ernie Billot
Front Row: Bill Benton, Ted Hooten, Wally Watson, Bill Helenburgh, Jim Young
(Information and pictures provided by Ann Holt, daughter of Albert Dowdeswell)

East Lancashire Regiment Band, 1916 - phot4533.jpg
Arthur John Harvey, my grandfather, is second from the right on the front row with the 'flute' in his hand and behind the three drums. I guess he would have been about 18-20 when this was taken so that would make it between 1916-18 He was known as Jonny Harvey Sadly he died at 29 year old from TB when my dad was just 10 months old.
(Information and pictures provided by David Harvey

East Lancashire Regiment Band, 1904 - phot4534.jpg
This postcard was sent to my Great grandfather, Richard Henry Harvey who was born in St. Austell in Cornwall and moved to Burnley around 1900 for work. I guess he must have trained in St. Austell. I am not sure which is Richard but I think that it is probably the guy standing 4th from the left with a 'flute' in his hand. The message on the card reads "Call at [Burnley] Mechanics tonight for your march book, and be ready to play from bottom. Yorkshire L at 7.30pm."
(Information and pictures provided by David Harvey

Elgin Watch Factory Band - Illinois, USA - phot1429.jpg
(1) A new approach to advertising came in 1886, when the Elgin Watch company hired Joseph Hecker to build up an existing military band to give promotional concerts. He was a German-born musician who had been an army bandmaster in England. His players, many of whom were imported from all parts of the country, were given work in the factory when the band wasn't on tour. The band's usual membership was sixty. They filled engagements for expositions, banquets, ceremonies and parades in the Midwest and South. Among the places where the Elgin National Watch Factory Military Band won acclaim were the Ice Palace in St. Paul, the Sioux City Com Palace, the St. Louis Fair of 1887, and the Republican national conventions in Chicago in 1888 and Minneapolis in 1892.A four-story gymnasium, one hundred by fifty feet, was opened by the company in 1890 adjoining the National House on the east. The entire first floor was fitted up for the band and comprised an office for the director, a music room, a baggage room, uniform lockers, lavatories, and a practice room. In the days before the phonograph was perfected, Elgin residents enjoyed the music that wafted from the gym.
Hecker was among the first directors to introduce and use string basses in a military band, and he is said to have originated the arrangements of symphonies for band performance. The Elgin band was perhaps the only brass organization in the country in which strings, reeds and flutes outnumbered the brass instruments. "To hear Hecker is to be inspired," raved the Fort Worth, Texas, Gazette of March 29, 1890. "To hear the soft and sweet harmonies brought forth by the Elgins, under Hecker's lead, is to be lifted up-to be made happy."

(2) Elgin Watch Factory employees had social experiences that extended beyond the long working hours. In mild weather, they would eat their lunches in the grove in back of the plant. There were baseball games, cricket matches for a sizeable contingent of English watchmakers, parties and dances. The social events and athletic teams were often organized according to the department. A band was organized as early as 1868 and played concerts on Saturday afternoons in the front yard. The '80s and '90s of the last century were a golden age of military band music in the United States. Every aspiring town had an amateur band. A few bands in the larger cities employed professionals, but there were frequent changes in members and directors. From 1887 through 1892, the Elgin National Watch Factory Military Band under the leadership of Professor Joseph Hecker combined proficiency with continuity of personnel. The result was, according to one musical journal, "the most perfect instrumentation of any band west of New York while its membership includes many fine soloists." Hecker, German-born, had been a regimental bandmaster in England before emigrating to Canada and the United States. A composer as well as a director, be is said to have originated the arrangement of symphonies for band performance. Hecker was called to Elgin in 1886 by the watch company to build up an existing military band to give promotional concerts. The company assumed an indebtedness of more than $2,000 owed by the old band. Musicians who appreciated a steady job were recruited from throughout the country. The band members worked ten-hour days at the factory and were paid their daily wages while on tour. They owned their own fatigues and most of the instruments. The company supplied the dress uniforms and the musical library. For a two-year period, one man was employed practically full time copying music. Hecker claimed that the band could play all fall and winter without repeating a selection.
Some of the selections were by Hecker. His "Southern Memories" was written on the eve of departure for an engagement. Members copied their parts from the original manuscript on board the train and played it without a rehearsal. It became one of his most popular compositions. Although it also provided the music for the First Regiment, Illinois National Guard, the unit was designed primarily for concerts rather than marching. The Elgin National Watch Factory Military Band was unusual because reeds and strings outnumbered the brass instruments. Of the 42 pieces at one concert in 1890, for example, there were 11 clarinets and four saxophones, and only three trombones, three cornets, and one trumpet. In addition, there were three string basses. The band traveled extensively, especially in the Midwest. Their engagements included Republican national party conventions at Chicago in 1888 and Minneapolis in 1892, the St. Louis Exposition and the St. Paul Winter Carnival in 1887, the Knights of Pythias convention at Cincinnati, where they won a first prize of $500 in 1888, and the Sioux City Corn Palace in 1888 and 1890.
A fire at the Spring Palace in Fort Worth, Texas, broke out on May 30, 1890, soon after the Elgin performers finished a concert. About half of their instruments, 55 recently purchased uniforms, and much of their baggage and manuscript music was destroyed. When Joseph Hecker resigned his directorship in September, 1892, the company withdrew its support, and most of the professionals left the city. Although Hecker assembled a band to play at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and other local military bands were organized later, the glory days had passed.

Grays Temperance Silver Prize Band, 1939 - phot3252.jpg
Three people known in this photograph: Ernie Merrick (cornet - he was the Bandmaster in the 1960s - 4th from left, back row), Don Weal (cornet - 8th from the left, back row) and Dennis Watts (played the euphonium in the 1960s! - young lad in front, by trophy, holding baton)
(Information provided by Paul Woloschuk)

Haigh Prize Band - 1955 - phot5210.jpg
Taken outside Our Lady's Church, Haigh in 1955. The names of the players are as follows -:
Back Row (L-R) Vince Quayle, Arthur Birkett, Billy Birkett, Walter Ainscough, Billy Ainscough, Eric Birkett, Billy Gill, Sid Rainford, Brian Birkett, Tommy Birkett.
Middle Row (L-R) Ralph Johnson (Librarian) Gordon Pilkington, John Barlow, Alf Birkett, Lot birkett, Tom Birkett, Jack Birkett, Harold Mather, Wilf Gill, Alf Rudd (Asst Librarian).
Front Row (L-R) Jimmy Ryding, Bill Birkett, John Turner, Charlie Hulse(Conductor), Hugh Owen (President), George Ainscough, Cyril Ashurst(yours truly), Sammy Taylor.
The band was once known locally as Birkett's Band, I'm sure that you will understand why having read the names! Sadly there are only about six members of the band still living.
Haigh Band won the Grand Shield at Belle Vue in 1960, and the third section national title in 1958 plus many local contests.
Harry Oakes, Harry Bentham and Vince Preston all conducted the Haigh Band during the 1950s-1960s. Bert Stamford, Billy Gill, Jim Cunliffe and Bill Gregory all played for the Haigh Band during the contest winning years, mainly from 1958 -1960.
(Information provided by Cyril Ashurst, June 2006)

Haigh Prize Band - Whit Walk, 1957 - phot5216.jpg
This photo of Haigh Prize Band was taken in Wellington Street, Scholes, Wigan circa 1957. It was the Whit Monday walk. The band is led by President, Hugh Owen. The front rank consists of Lot Birkett (Trombone), John Turner (Euphonium), Basses- Cyril Ashurst, Ken Marsh, Jimmy Ryding and Sammy Taylor.
(Information provided by Cyril Ashurst, June 2006)

Haigh Prize Band - 1959 - phot5208.jpg
The players are:
Standing - Ralph Johnson (librarian), Alf Birkett, John Turner, Harry Bentham, Charlie Silcock, Vince Quayle, Joe Gregory, Ken Marsh, Sammy Taylor, Billy Ainscough, ? Keith Hollinshead, Gordon Clough, Jack Baxendale, Walt Horrabin, ?, John Jenkinson, Alf Rudd (Asst Librarian).
Seated - Cyril Ashurst, Bert Stamford, Frank Ainscough, Billy Gill, Tommy Pilkington, ? Billy Birkett, ? George Ainscough, Charlie Rushworth.
(Information provided by Cyril Ashurst, June 2006)

Hardwick Colliery Silver Prize Band, 1928 - phot4749.jpg
Back row, from left: ?, ?, Moakes, Elliott, Roughton, ? Middle row: Fawbert, Barnett, Faulkner, Neal, Fawbert, Lawson, Sims, ? Front row: Roughton, ?, Fawbert, Tearin, Flint, Roughton, ?, Robinson, Frants and Bridges.
Hardwick Colliery became Holmewood Colliery after nationalisation.

Heatherington Elk Band, Bellaire, Ohio, 1920s- phot4200.jpg
[RK]: This photo was believed to have been taken in the early 1920's looking east on 32nd Street in Bellaire, Ohio. The cliffs in the background are West Virginia, just beyond the Ohio River. My great grandfather was Joe Heatherington, who passed away when I was eight years old (1948). I think he is standing in the center of the photo in a light suit.
[TK]: My 96-year old Uncle, Charles Bomer, former Fire Truck Driver in Bellaire, Ohio, told me that he heard this band play when he was a child growing up in Bellaire. Here is what he shared with me about the photo:
The street shown is 32nd. The picture was taken prior to 1924, because the Bellaire Bridge was not yet built (people crossed to WV in a ferry for 5 cents). The ramp to the Bellaire Bridge would be built at 32nd Street. The factory across the river in Benwood (or South Wheeling) is probably the Wheeling Nail Company. The street behind the band is Union Street. The Belmont Bank is on the SE corner of 32nd and Union. The large building on the left was Bellaire Hardware (1st floor). Apartments were on 2nd and 3rd floors). The piccolo player (3rd bandsman from left) may have been Dan Archibold. Uncle said that Dan's eyelids fluttered when he played. There was a girl (3 or 4 years ahead of me - Tim Kreiter) whose last name was Archibold. She played piccolo in the Shadyside Band. (Perhaps she was a relative of Dan's.) The tuba player on the far right was Mr. Zastudale. Again, there was a boy (3 or 4 years behind me) named Zastudale who played sousaphone in the SHS band. The tuba player in this photo went to NYC to play in a "big band" according to Uncle. Uncle knew the big guy who played bass drum, but forgets his name. The snare drummer's name may have been Copeland (brother of Frank who lived in Shadyside). Uncle claims that Bellaire had four bands at the time - the Heatherington, the Archibold, the Roxy Palmer, and another whose name he forgets. Roxy was a trumpet player and his band played for Italian functions (ITAM, IAC, Sons of Italy). They also played for Italian funerals and would go to Rose Hill (cemetery). On their way home Uncle remembers them playing, "The Man I Left Behind Me."
(Information provided by Roger Kreiter and Tim Kreiter)

Hillgrove Brass Band - photo369.jpg
Hillgrove, New South Wales, is a town located 557 kilometres NN East of Sydney and 32 Kilometres east of Armidale in the New England region of New South wales. Gold was discovered in Hillgrove in 1866 and full scale mining commenced in 1880. At its peak, 1898, Hillgrove had a population of around 3000, more than neighbouring Armidale. During its peak years Hillgrove could boast 2 brass bands, namely, McMahon's Hillgrove Band and the Hillgrove Municipal Band. McMahon's band had a nucleus of 7 McMahon brothers and is the band commonly known as the Hillgrove Band. Little is known of the municipal band other than its existence and the odd engagement. It is impossible to say when the Hillgrove (McMahon's) Band was formed, somewhere between 1880 and 1890, but it was fully in existence by 1897 when they won a contest in Tamworth. In 1898 the Hillgrove Band was placed 2nd to E.T. Code's Melbourne Band at an Intercolonial Contest at Launceston Tasmania. In 1899 the band competed at an Intercolonial Contest at Bathurst New South Wales in the 1st Class section but were unplaced. They did however manage 2nd in the march contest . Both Hillgrove bands were still in existence in 1900 and combined to play at a ceremony celebrating the incorporation of the town. By the early 1900's the population of Hillgrove began to decline along with the fall in gold prices. By 1921 gold mining had ceased and both bands had long disappeared. Antinomy mining was started in 1969. The population of Hillgrove is currently in the vicinity of 200 whereas Armidale, their former rival town, is now a large city with a population nearing 40,000. Band activity began in Armidale and nearby Glen Innes around the time of Hillgrove's demise.
(Information provided by Mark Pinner)

Horwich Band - 1940s - phot5209.jpg
Back Row (L-R): Harry Oakes, Harry Bentham, Vince Preston, Charlie Maguire, unknown, Bert Stamford, Tom Mather, George Wright, Eric Ambler, Jim Thompson, Ellis Spibey.
Middle Row (L-R): Fred Holt, Harry Pownall, Jack Bentham, Bob Bentham, Billy Gill, unknown, unknown, unknown, J Cunliffe.
Front Row (L-R): A Hicks, W Gregory, John Bentham, J Greeley, Arthur Hazelhurst(Bandmaster), unknown, unknown, Fred Chell.
Harry Oakes, Harry Bentham and Vince Preston all conducted the Haigh Band during the 1950s-1960s.
Bert Stamford, Billy Gill, Jim Cunliffe and Bill Gregory all played for the Haigh Band during the contest winning years, mainly from 1958 -1960.
(Information provided by Cyril Ashurst (from Harry Bentham), June 2006)

Huthwaite Prize Band - phot4751.jpg
A Walters, F Willan, J G Evans, W Thorpe, A Spencer, Chas Cooper jnr, W White, S Cockayne, J Clay, J Anderson, G Hames, R A Cooper, John George Dobb, J Limb, C F Marriott, W Thompson, A E Robins, F Rowbottom, W Walvin, F Hickling, C T Chapell, J Laitt, J B Cooper, P B Cooper, Chas A Cooper (Band Manager), S Fox, Clarence Cooper, C B Cooper, W Cooper.

I.O.O.F. Home Boys' Band, Gilroy, 1912 - phot6800.jpg
In 1910 the Rainbow Rebekah Lodge No. 97, of Stockton, had fulfilled its promise to the boys. Through their work and effort they gave a carnival that netted them a good sum of money. This enabled them to purchase and presented to the boys a beautiful set of brass instruments, together with leather cases. It was the pride and ambition of the lodge to have a Boys' Band formed in the Home and to provide the instruments. The Boys' Brass Band was formed at the Home in 1911. In the Fourth of July celebration in Gilroy, the Band led the second division of the parade. Jules Chourre, Leonard Newport and Jay Rice played cornet in the high school orchestra. Some of the boys were Archie Lucke, Albert Sherman, Leonard Newport, Bud Clemons, Emile Chourre, Jay Rice, Jules Chourre, and Chester Rice. In 1912 the Boys' Band traveled to Stockton by train for a concert. The Rainbow Lodge had purchased the instruments for the band. The band stayed for three days. A year later in 1913 Gilroy decided to have a city band. Four of the Home children joined. The Boys' Band played for the Grand Lodge in San Francisco in 1915. The children stayed for three days. The Boys' Band was in their new uniforms and played in the parade. The new Children's Home in Gilroy had been completed in 1922 and a large rooms on the main floor became the music room. The Boys' Band gave way to a full orchestra. Mr. Taix became the instructor and conductor of the Home Orchestra that became one of the best Junior Orchestra in California in the 1930's.
(Information provided by Ray Burgess)

Irwell Springs Band - phot6154.jpg
Message on this card reads: "Dear Jim, Many happy returns of the day! How do you find yourself? This P.C. is a photo of our crack band "Irwell Springs". The cup in the centre is the one they won at Crystal Palace last year. Is it not elaborate? If my memory serves me true, the cup itself is set with precious stones, but what a fraud if they have to give it up this year. Both the other cups they gained last year, one at the marvellous Belle Vue Contest. The excitement of contests are just commencing again for this year."

Irwell Springs Band members - 1920s - phot3316.jpg
Clockwise, from left: Harry Butterworth, Mary Ellen "Nellie" Whittaker (née Lomas), Robert Whittaker, Edith "Ada" Foy (née Lomas)
[From Helen Coffey] "Nine family members at least were in these bands from 1880's onwards. When my dad (Harry Whittaker) was in Stacksteads band, they didn't just play in the band either. Several members of the band played in a jazz group called the Varsity Blues, my dad and two others had a trio called the Derby Trio. Both these bands played in venues all over the north of England. My dad was also a semi-professional singer on the pubs and clubs, and had played the piano in pubs for extra income from the age of 14, as his dad died when he was 8. He was a drummer in the ATC at 16, someone from the Halle Orchestra came to listen to him play and wanted him to go to live in Manchester to train to be in the Orchestra. He couldn't go, he had to work to support his mother and sister. Even though he was self taught on all these instruments, he was the one who played the solo parts at Belle Vue and London (possibly Crystal Palace) in the 50's when they won the cups. The London one was recorded, and he said they sometimes played it on Radio Blackburn. Another band member, George Clarke, my dad's friend has written a book about band life - "Bold As Brass", published by United Writers. This is based on Stacksteads band, and I can recognise my dad's "exploits" in this, although he is split into three different characters, as are the others. My mum says it's so their wives don't know what they were up to. My dad was solo cornet player for Stacksteads Prize Band from 50's to 70's
(Information provided by Helen Coffey)

Irwell Springs Band members - 1922 - phot3315.jpg
Far left is Robert Lomas, aged 16, together with three Whittaker brothers. See further family information below
(Information provided by Helen Coffey)

Irwell Springs Band - 1930s - phot3313.jpg + phot3314.jpg
During the band's tour of England in the 1930s. Seated on gun at far left is Robert Lomas. See further family information below
(Information provided by Helen Coffey)

Kate Baker's Ladies' Silver Cornet Band - phot1389.jpg
Active in the late 1880s in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, also perhaps Missouri. The band accompanied a travelling medicine show operated by a Dr. Diamond Dick, actually George B. McClellan (not the U.S. Civil War General).

Kearsley St. Stephen's Band c.1920 - phot7192.jpg
Back row: James Ogden, Thomas Entwistle, James Clayton (Treasurer), William Cooke, Walter Wilson, Ernest Steele, William Ivill, William Wolstencroft, James Green. Middle row: John Collier, John Rowland, Hy. Robinson, Robert Yates, Jas. Tomkinson, John Dean, F Grime, Jas Wallwork, M Eckersley, E Robinson, C Whitelam (Secretary). Front row: Robert Tonge, Frank Scoble, John May, Fred Sixsmith, Wilfred Townley, William Taylor, John Edward Ogden

Linacre Wesleyan Mission Silver Band - phot5802.jpg
My late grandfather is one of the band members, but I don't know anything about it. Any information or leads would be very welcome
(Information provided by Maureen)

Lofthouse and Middlesmoor Band - phot7205.jpg
(rear) Cyril Hall, Ernest Calvert .d Torn Whitfield; (middle) Thomas Bradley, William Harrison, J J Calvert, Browse, Carlin Eglin and Sam Egli, (front) Arthur Calvert, Browse, G Whitfield, Gilbert Eglin .d Rev H Minton-Senance.

Longridge Prize Band - at Woodville, 1908 - phot4734.jpg
Top row: Jack Counsell, Tom Marshall, Gill Isherwood, Eccles Fletcher, Jack Willan, Ike Counsell, Pat Sharples, Tom Thistleton, Tom Walne, Herbert Wallbank, G. Wearden, Tom Parkinson
Middle row: W. Iddon, Dave Gardner, Robert Wilson, Jack Parkinson, Mark Sharples, Fred Wightman, F. Smith, Willie Heap, G. Wightman, H. Sharples, George Pye, George Pye Senior, W. Emmet
Bottom row: Tom Fare, Sam Wightman, Charlie Counsell, Dan Pickup, John Clayton, A. Parker, W. Ormerod, J.T. Norcross, Tom Wilson.
[From Milton Gray: " My great grandfather, George Pye, who played horn, but was not in uniform on this particular day when the picture was taken, is standing beside his son, also named George Pye."
(Information provided by Milton Gray)

Medstead Band - photo403.jpg
In the back row at the far left is Ken Kercher's grandfather Harry King. He was a builder who some years later, built and lived in Furzedown (now called The Junipers), South Town Road. Some older properties in Medstead may still have the name of his firm, H T King and Sons, on their drain covers. Fourth from the left in the back row is Dick Licence. He later ran the village Post Office and petrol pumps which were located on the opposite side of Jubilee Cottage from the Handy Stores. Third from the right in the front row is one of the brothers Jefferey, either Arthur Jefferey, who had a yard in Row Downs Road later taken over by Lonmer Builders, or Kim Jefferey, who lived in Wentways on the comer of High Street and South Town Road.

Metropolitan Police Band - New South Wales, Australia, - phot1326.jpg
The years 1894 and 1895 saw the formation of the New South Wales Police Band, still in existence, which was initially known as the Metropolitan Police Brass Band. Funding for the band was raised initially by player subscriptions and subscriptions from other police, with salaries being covered by the Police Department. Members of the band were initially drawn from the ranks of the police force but 'Special Constables' were eventually appointed. Formation can be dated back to the initial meeting held at the Central Police Barracks in Sydney with the founding secretary being George Neil. Permission was granted by the Inspector General of Police for the formation of the band on the 15th June 1894 thus:- I cordially concur and approve the movement. The matter of time for practice can be subsequently considered but I must say I see no necessity for it interfering with the fixed tour of duty. It was obvious that the Inspector General was willing to support the band as long as the members practised in their own time. The aim of the band was twofold. Firstly the band provided an outlet for musicians who happened to be police officers. The main aim, however, was loftier. The band would:- "Materially strengthen that Esprit De Corps so necessary for the highest development of all bodies of disciplined men. It would also bring the respectable portion of the community more into touch with the Police."
Initial fundraising for the band had reached over £116 which enabled the band to purchase a full set of instruments for £108 from the French Musical Instrument Depot. Although initially titled as a brass band, the instrumentation was mixed from the word go, consisting of:-
1 piccolo, 1 Eb clarinet, 3 Bb clarinets, 4 cornets, 2 flugelhorns, 2 tenor horns, 1 baritone, 2 trombones, 2 euphoniums, 1 contra bass 1 side drum,1 bass drum, cymbals and 20 music stands.
The first bandmaster, Mr. W. Hutchinson was appointed on a part time basis from outside the police force on a salary of £75 per annum. Mr. Hutchinson was also the bandmaster of the Permanent Army Band. Rehearsals started in February 1895 at the Police Barracks in Belmore Park Sydney. The first performance of the band was on the 27th February 1896. Problems had arisen, however, with some members not being allowed off duty to attend the twice weekly rehearsals, a problem that would persist until the band became a full time unit during the twentieth century. By 1899 some £300 had been collected in subscriptions from members of the police force. More instruments had been purchased, including a set of saxophones, which were still somewhat of a novelty at this time. Performances of the band required the approval of the Inspector General and were largely limited to police or charity engagements. The activities of the Police Band would raise the ire of the Professional Musicians Union on more than one occasion during the early twentieth century. The first chapter of the history of the New South Wales Police Band came to an end with the resignation of bandmaster Hutchinson in 1901 and his death a short time later.
(Information provided by Mark Pinner), author of "A History of Brass Bands in New South wales : 1788 to 1901", unpublished M.A. Honours thesis, Macquareie University Sydney. See also:

Military Band (funeral of Captain Eustace B. Loraine, 1912) - phot2805.jpg
The Royal Flying Corps's first fatal crash was on July 5, 1912 near Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Captain Eustace B. Loraine, Royal Engineers, the pilot and his observer Staff-Sergeant R.H.V. Wilson were killed. This photograph is of the funeral of Captain Loraine.
(Information provided by David Adams)

Bethlehem Congregation Moravian Trombone Choir - photo652.jpg
The picture is of the Bethlehem Congregation Moravian Trombone Choir and was taken in Bethlehem, PA behind the Bell House - circa 1900. The group is the oldest continuous musical organization in North America (1754), and still performs to this day.
(Information provided by David Freeman)

Napoleon Band - phot2503.jpg
The picture was taken at Aiken's Landing on Wolf Lake near Napoleon, Michigan, on July 7, 1902. The members of the band are as follows: Edmond A. Harrington, Director. Back row: Clyde Lester, Lona Carpenter Griffin, Bessie Andrews Hayes, Merrell Russell, Forrest Hay, Marcus Graham, Leonard Watkins, Willie Watson, Leland Andrews, Warren Graham. Front Row: Claude Cole, Ward Andrews, Herbert Andrews, Narman J. Nichols, Frank Baker, Herbert Hastings.
(Information provided by Gayle Hawley , current director of the Napoleon Lions Community Band)

Nutgrove Prize Brass Band - phot2643.jpg
Dated around 1900.
Based in St Helens, they came 2nd in the British Open Championships in 1925 (Cresswell Colliery came first) and 3rd in 1928 to Fodens Motor Works and 4th in 1929. The gentleman marked with a cross is my grandfather - John Shaw - born 1868 - and the gentleman to the left with silver hair may be his father Joseph who died in 1907, but that is just guesswork on my part, since he also had a brother Joseph who was 13 years older than him. John Shaw was the secretary for the band.
(Information provided by Lesley Bromilow, née Shaw)

Oakengates Band, 1929 - phot2788.jpg
Back row standing, from the right: T. Plimmer, R. Williams, W. Bould, T. Gilbert, W. Shuker, W. Brice, H. Williams, J. Harris, G .Harris, T. Bywater, W. Lovell, J .Bates, E. Dyas.
Seated: T. Hyde, W. Tranter, F. Beaman, W. Williams (Conductor), J. Fenn, P. Lamsdale.
The band practiced at The Charlton Arms Hotel, Oakengates, where the landlord was Mr J Foulkes.

Ohio State University Marching Band, 1954 - phot4194.jpg
This picture of the 1954 Ohio State University Marching Band is provided by Tim Kreiter, formerly of Shadyside, Ohio (3rd row, 7th from left, directly above the OH on the bass drum). The director is Jack Evans, first row, 2nd from left. The Drum Major is George Souder (between the bass drums). Charles Spohn (who would succeed Jack Evans as director) is the last person on the right in row 1. Nick Demos is the snare drummer in the first row, 4th from the left. Don Bates is behind Tim off his right shoulder, and Dick Flores is just to Tim's right. Also in row 3 are Ed Stamm of Cadiz, Ohio (5th from the right) and Norman Pennick of Shadyside, Ohio (6th from the right.)

Paignton Citadel Salvation Army Band - phot2642.jpg
Taken in November 1947, with myself as fourth Solo Cornet at the age of 13 and a half years.
Personnel in the photograph are, seated, left to right, Basil Hooper, Raymond Snell, Duncan Snell, (front row) Bill Williams, Evan Smith, Alf Nott, Colin Evans, Idwal Evans (my father) Jack Cunningham, Les Harvey, Ken Peake, Cyril Hayman, Freddie King, Stan Ellis, Bill Bowden, Cliff Roper, Sem Evans, Johnny Price, Les Roper, Bill Bamsey.
Standing, left to right, Mrs. Major Nancy Crouch, Sammy Searl, (?) Nott, Sid Peake, Les Baker, Bert Radford, Billy Vane, Tommy Northcott, Wilf Laing, Len Snell, Tom Roper (Bandmaster) George Gardiner, Charlie Gibbings, Peter Pannell, Len Roper, Christine Roper, Frank Baker, William Roper, Jack Mitchell (retired Bandmaster) and Major Chris Crouch.
(Information provided by Colin Evans)

Peel Band (Isle of Man), 1885 - phot3929.jpg
The picture is dated October 13, 1885, Photographer: F. Woodoock, Douglas Head, Isle of Man. Players:
Top row from left: Douglas boy, Tom Kelly, Tom Harrison, J. McCall, J. Proctor, E. Kelly, J. Hyslop, D. Callister, J. Cottier, Tom Craine, W.W.Watterson, H. Crese, H. Cool
Front row from left: D.M. Berkey, J. Moore, L. Clucas, Ed. Quiliam, Arther Fargler, Tom Quayle, Berkley, Tom Callister, J. Quay, W. Kelly, J. Corlit, Douglas
(Information provided by Larry Scott)

Philharmonic Providência (Portugal), 1904 - phot6549.jpg
The beautiful, historic village of Azeitão is near the city of Setubal (30 km from Lisbon) capital of Portugal. The Band of "Sociedade Filarmónica Providência" was founded on 26 November 1880. In 1904, the Band played to D.Carlos I (King of Portugal) in the Royal Palace of Bacalhoa in Vila Fresca Azeitão.
In Portugal, the organisation and the territorial deployment of the Army during the 19th and 20 Century were instrumental in fostering the development of various regions where the only existing musical groups were the Regimental Army Bands. Army musicians became the professors, maestros, and founders of Philharmonic Bands, which contribute to the development of musical culture to this day.
(Information provided by Pedro Sousa)

Portland SA Band - Victoria, Australia, 1932 - phot2896.jpg
My grandfather, Andrew Callander, was the bandmaster of the Portland Salvation Army Band for a number of years and this photo taken on Anzac Day 1932 shows him on the extreme left. My father, Ern, is third from the left and my uncle, Wilbur, is fifth from the left (both in the back row). This band is now defunct however there is still a community brass band in the town but it struggles to survive. Portland is a deep sea port town approx. 220 miles west of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, and has a current population of only about 8000 people.
(Information provided by Brian Callander)

Preston Excelsior Band, 1932 - phot5840.jpg
My grandfather, Charlie Greer, was Principal Cornet at the time and is 2nd from left on the back row. The band was still in existence albeit in a small way, until the mid-1970's, based on Kent St. in Preston. I remember as a teenager playing for a combined Preston and District Association Band, conducted by Dick Evans, that was assembled for a special one-off civic occasion about that time and we used the Excelsior's bandroom to rehearse.
(Information provided by Stephen Brodie)

Preston Town Band - phot6803.jpg
Photograph taken in the late 50's (suspect it was 1958). The photo was taken to show off their brand new dark green uniforms, purchased for the grand total of £700, and the cup they had recently won at Belle Vue. It was taken on one of the many jobs they did that summer to pay for the uniforms, probably somewhere in the Lake District or perhaps Barrow in Furness (the photographer is given on the back as 'Scholey Press Photographer Ambleside'). The conductor was Tom Mitchell, who went on to teach many good young players in the Preston area in the 1960's. Front Row left to right : Dick Hopkinson (one of the best triple tonguers you were ever likely to hear!), Alec McCarthy, Eric Naylor, Keith Wilson, Dick Higham, George Billington, ?, Tom Mitchell, Jack Higham, Clifford Gregson, Gerry Ollerton, ?, Joe Billington. Back Row left to right : ? Naylor, ?, ?, ?, Bernard Brodie, Jimmy Ollerton, ?, ?, Dave Gregson, Jimmy Sleddon, ?, Frank Bleasedale, Ronnie Billington
(Information provided by Stephen Brodie)

Ribchester Brass Band, 1906 - phot6573.jpg
The band won first prize in a pre-World War 1 competition at the Crystal Palace. This photo shows members of the band pictured in 1906. They are (left to right) standing: Matthew Molyneux, John Salisbury, ?, Jack Barton, ? Hesmondalgh, J L Barton, George Yates, Alex Eccles, Witty Walton, William Molyneux. Sitting: Albert Molyneux, Joseph Molyneux, Joshus Walton, John William Molyneux, Dick Shuttleworth. None of them lost their lives in the war.

Ripley United Silver Prize Band, 1930 - phot4759.jpg
The Band were winners of the 'Daily Sketch' Cup and Junior Championships, 3rd Section, of the British Empire at Crystal Palace on 27th September 1930. Pictured are back row, left to right: Job Saint (soprano), Walter Saint, Ernie Lamb, Maurice Wileman (flugel), Joe Cowley, Joe Holmes, Lol Cuttel, Tom Saint. Middle row: George Battison, Bill North, Jim Wall, Tom Curzon, Tom Crossley, Harry (Jock) Townsley, Charlie Bailey, Fred Cuttel, Jim Bratby, Jack York. Front row: Bill Careless, Oliver (Taffy) Williams, Gren Hawkins, Harry Armstrong (secretary), W J Saint (bandmaster), Alf Curzon, Fred (Final Freddie) Palmer, Ralph East.

St Cleer Band, 1905 - phot5036.jpg
Bandmaster WJ Glovett. Band members: Back row, from left: A Johns, M Johns, C Rolstone, S Wilton, W Harris, William Stephens. Front row from left: H Stephens, ? Mitchell, J Oliver, W Stephens, J Mitchell, J Rolstone, S Johns

St Dennis Band, 1934 - phot4351.jpg
Back row, from left: Preston Juleff, Joe Varcoe, Coventry Barrett, Melville Brewer, Claude Trudgian, Frank Brewer, ?, ?. Middle row, from left: Jim Williams, Harley Brewer, ?, Frank Arthur, David Coombe, ? Halford, ?, ?, ?. Front row, from left: Ron Polmounter, Steve Dunstan, ?, William Juleff, Charles H Baker, Maurice Bunt, Stan Penhaligon, ?, Hedley Martyn

St Dennis Temperance Brass Band, 1910 - photo755.jpg
Back row, from left: Back row: Charles Coombe, James Bunt, Alfred Varcoe, Owen Bunt, Harry Rodda. Centre row: C Parkyn, Melville Coombe, Clifford Snell, J H Liddicoat, Marsh Kessell, Fitz Rogers, James Best. Front row: Jack Docking, Charles Coombe, Hedley Martyn, William H Juleff (Bandmaster), Stanley Blight, John Coombe.

St George's Old Band, c.1905 - phot2792.jpg
The band together with the trophy they won in the Shropshire Brass Bands Championships held annually in The Quarry. The boy seated is William Shuker, aged twelve, later to be the conductor of the St Georges Orchestra. Immediately behind him is his father who was the band's conductor at that time. William Williams (second left, back row) later went on to conduct the Oakengates Town Band

St George's Temperance Band - phot2789.jpg
Pictured are, back row: Messrs George, Rigby, Eli Latham, Jarvis, ??. Second row, Messrs W Allen, Davies, Alfred Leyland, Cheadle, R Brothwood, Willetts. Third row, Messrs Alf Stanley, Noah Stanley, George Gittens, Alf Brothwood, Jim Leese. The two lads on the front are Bill Smith and Eli Latham Jnr.

Salvation Army Boys Band, Hartlepool, 1905 - phot2038.jpg
The writing on the back of the photo on the lefthand side... "Telegraph, Messenger No. 13, M. Jack, Post Office, West Hartlepool" then on the righthand side, a name that looks like "OK Butcher(s), Postmaster, West Hartlepool, July 15th 1907". My grandfather, David Jack, who is one of the band in the photograph, emigrated to Australia about 1925 with his wife and then 9-10 year old son (my father). He died in Australia in 1939, aged 49 years, a few years before I was born. The photo was printed in Post Card format for those days. When my grandmother died she left behind a small box of photographs, and these recently came into my possession. The band photo was among them. As a child she said that when grandfather was a young lad, he played in the Salvation Army Band. From looking at other photos of my grandfather, I think I recognise him in the photograph as sitting on the right hand side of the big bass drummer (i.e. on the left hand side of the drummer as we look at the photograph). Maybe someone else out there will have records or memories of these fine young fellows from around the West Hartlepool area!
(Information provided by Vivienne Hooper )

Sankey Castle Works Band - phot2791.jpg
The Sankey's Band's radio broadcasts were a big attraction in the early years, 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. Following Cyril Yorath, by 1956, Captain 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." He was ex-Royal Marines Chatham, and a warm hearted gentleman. For many years they played for the Sankey Sports and Social Club at Sankey's ballroom. 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.

Sheffield Transport Band - phot7358.jpg
In the picture my grandfather Richard William Redding is on the front row, fourth from the left. He played the cornet. Ultimately he retired as Chief Inspector of Sheffield Transport in 1949, having joined in 1913. Any further details about the band, which competed in the National Championships at the Crystal Palace in the 1930s and also at Belle Vue in the 1930s and late 1940s, would be welcome.
(Information and pictures provided by Pat Smith)

Sheridan Cornet Band - 1888 - phot3978.jpg
This picutre of the band from Sheridan, Wyoming, USA, was taken on May 31, 1888 in front of the Windsor Hotel. The band was still playing well into the 1920s. The band was formed earlier in 1888 and included, as numbered, 1. Mike Burns, Bass Drum; 2. M. Matthews, Snare Drum; 3. Henry Gerdle, Flugelhorn? (Ladies' Shoemaker); 4. Art P. Club, Alto (Mine Manager); 5. Bill Barnes, Baritone; 6. Fay Pettit, Trombone (Sign painter); 7. Oscar Collier, Trombone (student); 8. Dick Weaver, Tenor (Saloon keeper); 9. Col. Ferguson, GAR Commander and Band President; 10. J. Frank Heald, Cornet (Jeweler); 11. Herbert Coffeen, Cornet (Businessman); 12. Thomas Tynan, Cornet (Newspaper editor); 13. W. W. Neely, Cornet (Saloon keeper); 14 Charles H. Thurmond, Alto (Blacksmith & Carriage shop). A new band was reformed in 2001 as "The New Sheridan Cornet Band". It plays the music of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Cowboy Band for their local Buffalo Bill Days activities, and plays music of the 1860s for events at nearby Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site.
(Information provided by Dana Prater, Sheridan County Historical Society Museum Curator)

Shropshire (Wellington) Volunteer Band - phot6894.jpg
This picture was taken in the early years of the 20th century. The bass drummer is my grand-dad James Meeson 1863-1931 and his son Hector McDonlad Meeson (born 1905) is the boy sitting beside him. James wears the Volunteer Long Service & Good Conduct medal of the Edward VII era. Any information on this or similar volunteer bands would be welcome.
(Information provided by Frank Meeson)

Stacksteads Prize Band - 1953 - phot3312.jpg
From the Bacup Times, Saturday 19th December 1953: Winners of the "Holden Trophy". Back row, 2nd right - Harry Whittaker, front row, centre - Dan Young (conductor). See further family information below
(Information provided by Helen Coffey)

Stibbard Silver Prize Band - phot3226.jpg
Founded by John Abram. Members in the picture are, back row left to right: Victor Curzon, Charlie Seaman, Joe Atwell, ??, Jim Heyhoe, Leonard Abram,Charlie Bean, ??, ??.
Front row left to right: Alec Scott, ??, Thomas Ashworth, John Abram, Bob Curzon, David Abram, Alfred Abram.

Thames Iron Works Band - phot2686.jpg
Original caption: "The band of the Thames Iron Works, Shipbuilding, Engineering and Dry Dock Company Limited, Westham and Blackwall. April 13, 1865"
Note from Peter Steele: "Thames Iron Works was not at Blackwall but on the eastern bank of the river Lee, Canning Town, West Ham, Essex. See inside Canning Town Station for Thames Iron Works Memorial. H.M.S. Warrior, now at Portmouth, was built there."

Thornbury Baptist Prize Band, 1910 - phot3388.jpg
Back Row left to right: Edgar Legge, Howard Knight, Claude Higgins. Second Row left to right: Frank Williams, Ernest Phillips, Jack Phillips, William Liddiatt, James Hobbs, Hurbert Baylis. Third Row left to right: Robert Underhill, Percy Liddiatt, George Phillips, Revd: Young, H. Martin (Conductor) Harry Phillips, George Hicks, Arthur Collins. Front Row left to right: Howard Baylis, William Champion

Tondu & Aberkenfig Silver Band, 1940 - phot6277.jpg
Front row 4th from left is the Principal Cornet, 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. 2nd row from front is James Croft - he too went on to join Bridgend Band. Front row 1st right is Frank Able who played in Ogmore Valley Silver Band for years until he died in the 90s. 2nd row 1st left is Frank Merchant who also played in Bridgend band in the 50s and Ogmore Band back in the 60s/70s.

Toronto Police Silver Band, 1928 - phot3331.jpg
This was in fact a brass and reed band, more of a military arrangement. This band is long defunct. It was in existence when the City of Toronto proper had a police force prior to 1956. All the small surrounding boroughs each with their own police departments were brought into the Metropolitan Toronto Area in 1956 and became the huge Metropolitan Toronto Police Force.

Unknown Band, Essex? - phot5255.jpg
I am tyring to identify this picture of a band my grandfather was a member of c. 1907 -1913. I think he was living in Essex at the time but this cannot be confirmed. My grandfather is the piccolo/flutist seated first on the left. Any information would be appreciated.
(Information provided by Michael de Monti)

Unknown Boys Band - phot2348.jpg
The unknown boy's band is more difficult to pinpoint. The instruments and uniforms suggest 1910's to 1920's. The best known boy's bands from this time in New South Wales were the Westmead Boys Home and the Mortdale Boy's Band. Others existed but were generally attached to training ships, these are not navy type uniforms, or were cadet bands, again these are not military uniforms of the era.
(Information provided by Mark Pinner)

Unknown Fire Brigade Band - phot1505.jpg
The building in the background appears to be the main fire brigade headquarters in Castlereagh St Sydney. It may be the City Fire Brigade Band of the latter half of the nineteenth century. During the twentieth century the band became known as the New South Wales Fire Brigades Band and is still going. This band has always been semi-professional. If my take on the architecture is wrong then it, judging by the strength of the band, it could possibly be the Melbourne Fire Brigade Band.
(Information provided by Mark Pinner)

Wedmore Band (Somerset) 1895- phot4579.jpg
Oliver James, my grandfather, is pictured standing holding the cornet , far right. The band are dressed in Hussar's uniforms - owing to the Uniforms Act of 1896, this uniform became illegal and new uniforms were bought by public subscription. Names are as follows:
Back row left to right: Percy Duckett, Frank Wall, Dennis Gibbs, James Gibbs, Sidney Vowles
Middle Row: ? Redman, Herbert Wall, Unkown, Edward Tincknell, Oliver James
Front Row Seated: Reginald Puddy, Albert Gibbs, Gilbert Urch, Harold Stone, boy Harry Wall
The band played for many years at most local events. they entertained villagers once a week out in the open. A local newspaper report of 1896 complimented them on their playing, even in the coldest weather. When playing at dances they became a reed band, exchanging the brass instruments for clarinets, flutes and piccolos. Albert Gibbs was the band leader for many years. See also phot4675.jpg - a picture of the band out of uniform, around the same date but featuring different members.
(Information provided by Richard Brock)

Windtown Band (Illinois) - phot2254.jpg
The town of Windtown, in Illinois, no longer exists. It once contained a few businesses, e.g. a mill, store, etc. All that's left now is the church and its parsonage, the cemetery, and a parochial schoolhouse at one corner of the church property. The church building behind the band still exists. It is St. Petri. Ev. Lutheran Church. Its address is rural Flanagan now. The cemetery next to the church is still known as the Windtown Cemetery. That present building was completed in 1918. The church's 100th Anniversary book mentions that the church has a history of two bands. This picture is of the second band organized in 1926. In the year 1926 a band was organized and directed by F. W. Goodrich and Mr. E. L. Meeker. It served the church at special services and occasions. Concerts were played at Benson, Minonk, and Flanagan. The engagement for Luther Day festivities at Prairie Du Sauk, Wisconsin, climaxed the activities of the band.
FIRST ROW. Left to Right: Albert Seeger, Harry Herold. SECOND ROW: Louis O. Rients, Harold Rapp, Henry Kalkwarf, John Wuebbens, Derwald Johnson, Elron Janssen, Edward Seggerman. THIRD ROW: Ronald Meeker, Clarence Koopman, Henry Franzen, Peter Wuebbens, Herman Mehlberg, Ernest Harms, John Obert, Harry Janssen. FOURTH ROW: Walter Von Nordheim, Edward Koopman, Fred Durre, Herman Vissering, Arthur Rustman, Fred H. Wiechman, Walter Harms, Ernest Doorn. FIFTH ROW: John D. Koopman, E. L. Meeker.
(Information provided by Gary Lutjens)

Various pictures from Don McDougald
Kroonstad Salvation Army Band - the man behind the drum is Richard White.
Los Angeles Congress Hall Band - The bandmaster is Harry Stillwell and the officer standing to the right is Major Andrew Telfer
Salvation Army Training College Cadet Band - International Training College, Denmark Hill, London, 1947. Included in the band is Brindley Boone, Ray Steadman-Allen and James Paterson and other men who served in WW2.
Los Angeles Congress Hall Band - Standing at the left is cornet soloist Carol Reinhart and at the far right is Bandmaster Harry Stillwell and Band executive officer, Major Andrew Telfer
Portland Citadel Band - The bandmaster is Orin Smith
Oakland Citadel Band - The bandmaster is Bob Slous
Govan Citadel Band - James Paterson is in the picture
Rat Portage Salvation Army Band - David McDougald is standing at the far left of the back row and his wife, Francis McDougald is immediately in front of him. Rat Portage is in the Land of Lakes area of Ontario and it merged with two other towns to form the present city of Kenora, Ontario.
Los Angeles Citadel Band - The pictures of the Los Angeles Citadel Band are the forerunner of the Los Angeles Tabernacle, which became the Hollywood Tabernacle and is now the Pasadena Tabernacle Band. The LA Citadel Band is consider to be the first Salvation Army band to fly to an engagement which was on a DC-3 Flying Tigers plane which had been outfitted for passengers. In World War 2, it had been used by the military and the seats were parallel along the sides.
The LA Citadel Band began the tradition of marching in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade in 1920 and the Salvation Army Band has marched longer than any other band.
Eric Ball came to Los Angeles a number of times and this picture is during a concert when Ray Ogg was the bandmaster. There is a picture of Eric Ball standing on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame beside a star with his name on it. That happened during one of his visits to the Hollywood Tabernacle Band.
In the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, on January 1, 1932, the band was in the pre-parade formation area directly in front of a mansion. The resident, Professor Albert Einstein and his wife came down the driveway to greet the band and listen as the band played (a Broughton march) for them. The Professor shook hands with each bandsman, said he enjoyed listening to the band and wished them luck in their future endeavors. The professor and his wife posed for this picture with the bandsman.
(Information provided by Don McDougald, San Pedro, CA)