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History of the Band

Bakewell Silver Band - The Beginning

Bakewell Silver Band, as it is now known, emerged from a desire by a number of town's folk of Bakewell to once again have a musical organisation in the town.  From the minutes of a general meeting held in the Congregational School Room on the evening of 19th February 1907 it was stated:

 

"[To] create a love of music amongst the young men of Bakewell, to encourage them to spend their time in a profitable and educational manner, and for their social uplifting."

The meeting was chaired by the Reverend W Rex, and the outcome of the meeting was that

 

"it was unanimously resolved that a band be formed."

The officers elected that evening were:

President: Mr. B Morton Esq. JP.

Trustees: Messrs. B Morton, T Allsop, A J Critchlow, W Rouston, T Briddon, S Wain and C Critchlow.

Committee:  Messrs.  Rose, Hughes, McGregor, Roberts, R Brammwell, Tiplady, R Blackwell, Webster, and Rev. W Rex.

Secretary:  Geo. Allsop

Treasurer:  Geo. Roberts

Conductor:  B W Duckmanton

And so it was that The Bakewell Free Church Band was formed.

After a rapid succession of meetings in early 1907, it was decided that it was necessary to purchase a set of 23 new brass instruments from Besson & Co. London at a cost of £105-6-0.  The instruments were paid for by public subscription, with each subscriber contributing a sum of at least 5/-.  The band at the time would have been very similar in instrumentation as it is today.

In its previous form The Bakewell Church Lads' Brigade Band, which existed up to about 1880, would have been a mixture of brass, woodwind and reed instruments.  Sadly, the band does not have any records from this organisation.

 

Bakewell Silver Band - The Conductors

1907-1929

B W Duckmanton

1929-1931

Mr. Cave

1931-1939

Mr Willis of Cressbrook

With assistance from professional conductor Mr.  J W Scott and Mr. Cooper of Huthwaite

1939-1969

Laurie Barker

Mr. Barker remained teaching youngsters prior to them becomming able to join the main band until 1974.

1969-1974

Len Birds

Assistant - Les Waterfall

1974-1975

Keith Blood

Assistant - Les Waterfall

1975-1979

Bill Morley

Assistant - David Beattie

1981-1984

Haydn Cooper

1984-1987

Les Waterfall

Assistant - David Beattie

1987

Ian Wildgoose

1987-1988

Bob Woodward

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

1988-1994

Geraint Jones

Assistant - Bob Woodward 1988-1994

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose 1988-1990

1994-1995

Simon Taylor

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

1995-1996

John Cooper

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

1996-1998

Brian Draper

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

1998-1999

John Cooper

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

1999-2001

Jeremy Cooper

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

2001-2013

Mark Wilcockson

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

2013-2015

Roland Spencer

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

2015-2016

Roger Jepson

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

2016-2018

Jim Henson

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

2018-2019

Andy Davey

Assistant - Ian Wildgoose

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