Poulton-le-Fylde Band formed in 1874 and can regularly be seen performing at local Gala and Club Days as well as providing entertaining concerts around the North West.
Award Winning Poulton-le-Fylde Band
The band won first place in the Championship Section of the 11th Annual North West Counties Brass Band Competition held at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood in 2011. They also won the Buster Porter Memorial Trophy and the band’s percussion section won the Phil Roughley Memorial Shield; quite an accolade indeed. A thriving Youth Band ensures that the future is full of promise, as the Band continues to develop.
Poulton-le-Fylde Band is a British brass band that was founded on the 25th September 1874, but little is known about its early activities, except what can be gleaned from some old photographs, which show the band was small in number. Although only some members had uniforms, the Band performed at local functions including processions and parades. The Band remained operational until the time of the Second World War when it functioned as The Home Guard Band under the musical direction of Mr Ernest Seed, until eventually ceasing for a short time before being reformed in 1951.
During the period that followed, the Band performed concerts in St. Chad’s Church Hall Poulton (as they still do today), marched in local galas, and entered competitions both locally and regionally. In April 1965, the Band won their North West Area Qualifying Contest under their conductor Mr Cyril Carter, and went on to compete in their first National Finals at London in October of the same year, gaining second prize in the Fourth Section.
Steady progress continued, with the Band moving up to the Second Section in the early 1970s with regular prize-winning performances including a Fourth Place in the Second Section during another visit to the National Finals. The Band was also one of the competing bands at the last of the famous Belle Vue Contests, held at the King’s Hall on Valentine’s Day in 1982. In 1982 Poulton Band then joined forces with The Alan Bell Band for the first recording of The Band in the Park Suite – The Life & Times of a Lancashire Family, with several public performances around the same time.
The Band has also worked closely with local schools for many years, developing young players into talented musicians. An association with local schools remains and the Band now have their own Youth Section that flourishes under the instruction of Mr John Squires-Evans – a former army musician who also teaches Brass in local schools.
The senior Band continued to compete at prestigious events, but it was not until the late 1990s that notable contest results were again achieved, starting with a fifth place in the Second Section at the North West Area Brass Band Association Championships at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood.
Poulton-le-Fylde Band is now the only current Championship Section Band on the Fylde Coast. Qualification for the National Finals was achieved again in 2001 and more recently in 2007, where a very credible Third Prize in the First Section at Harrogate gave the Band their highest placing in a 135-year history.
These are exciting times for Poulton-le-Fylde Band, with an ever-increasing spectrum of concert music available from different genres, and competition entry at the highest level.
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