Welcome to Hesketh Bank Silver Band's website. This website contains all the information you may need to know about the band.
We are a non-contesting village band that believes the enjoyment of music is paramount. The band plays a wide range of music from traditional marches and hymns through to jazz and modern compositions. We also have a Facebook Page and a Twitter Feed. These are used for up to the minute announcements. Links to both can be found in our contacts section. The band is also currently raising funds to support our training band. You can help by making a donation at JustGiving. More details can be found on our Training Band Page.
The band is available for weddings, parties, summer fairs and other occasions. For further details please contact the band secretary.
Hesketh Bank Silver Band has a long history, dating back as far as 1895. It was initially established as a temperance band, providing an alternative to the consumption of alcohol as a means of entertainment. The band has been through a number of ups and downs over the years and is currently in a strong position with an excess of players. In recent years our training band has been re-established. A number of players have already progressed to the main band and many more are in the pipeline. This will hopefully ensure the band will still be around in 2095. Hesketh Bank Silver Band plays a wide range of music from traditional marches and hymns through to jazz and modern compositions. You will find all the information you will need about the band, where we are performing, vacancies, etc. The band is available for weddings, parties, summer fayres and other occasions. For further details please contact the band secretary.
Hesketh Bank Silver Band was formed in 1895 as a temperance band. Members of the village joined along with members of their family. The original instruments were bought from the neighbouring band in the village of Banks for only four pounds (less than the cost of one hymn book today). The band's original drum survives in the band room.
After the war the band changed to silver-plated instruments and subsequently changed to its current name; Hesketh Bank Silver Band.
The 1950's saw the dissolving of the band as many players were called up for National Service, however, in the 1960's, under the direction of J.H. Hughes, the band regrouped and soon were known as the 'band to beat' in the local area. Following many successful years, the band appointed Harry Bentham as Musical Director. Under Mr Bentham the band saw great success, with an outstanding performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and became National Champions in 1985. Through the efforts of its players and the committee the band continue to play a wide variety of concerts, walking days, village fetes and charity events.
* the band should arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time.