The band at Seaton Town Hall in August 2005

History

About Us

 

The rural  south Somerset village of Stoke-sub-Hamdon has a banding tradition going back to June 1888, when Stoke Military Band played its first engagement on Ham Hill. The press cutting of the event said “ The time and expression were carefully marked”. The band continued until the middle of 1920’s when economic conditions of the time prevailed.

 

The present band was reformed in 1945 after an adhoc band toured the village during VE celebrations. In the fifties a traditional brass band formation was adopted, with all woodwind instruments being phased out.

 

The history of the band may best be characterised as being colourful and chequered; certainly never dull!

 

In 1995 the band celebrated its 50th anniversary by qualifying for the National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall, yet with in a few years the band had moved away from the contest arena to concentrate on bringing an entertaining programme of light, popular music to the general public.

 

In October 2006 the band undertook its first overseas trip to Igny near Paris with Crewkerne Twinning Association, which included playing in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

 

The band relies entirely on public donation through a schedule of engagements throughout the summer at local fetes, street fayres and bandstand concerts. December is always a busy time with the Christmas Concert and carolling.

 

A book chronicling the history of the band has been produced in an amusing and witty style by one of its founder members, Alan Richards. Alan died in 2008 following a stroke and attended band practice right up to the night before he was taken ill. 

 

2014 saw some players retire leaving the band with a core of a dozen players. Fortunately since then new members have joined the band but like most bands we are still looking for more cornet players.

1991 at URC in Stoke

Norton sub Hamdon Flower Show 1955

1972 at Paignton