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Rainford Band was established from the former Rainford Boys Brigade Silver Band in 1976. At that date former BB members held a public meeting in the village hall to see if it was feasible to form a new band. The take-up from prospective members was very encouraging and so the new band came into being.

It was the inspirational captain of the 1st Rainford Boys’ Brigade, Alf Webster, who was behind the setting up of the original BB band, and it was his officers – Tony Brown, David Roughley and Ken Wesley who drove the Rainford Band project forward.

Some 34 years later the Band can look back on some considerable successes. From an early solid foundation, it spent some years as a non-contesting band before eventually entering its first contest at Oldham’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1979 where it played the test piece ‘A Winter’s Tale’.

Band 1987
Rainford Silver Band 1987

Some talented musicians led the band in its early days. William Lyon, then MD of Skelmersdale Prize Band, was the first tutor, starting in the BB days, followed by William Horrocks, Albert Atherton, Ken Heaps and Geraint Jones. But it was Colin Moore from Pemberton who led the band to its first contesting successes during a 21-year stint as the band’s MD. Most notable was in 1991 when the band achieved second place in the 3rd Section of the National Brass Band finals held in London.

Following Colin’s departure, Steven Pendlebury and Brian Harper took the band for short periods before Malcolm Brownbill took the helm and was instrumental in inaugurating the successful Summer Pops concerts at White House Farm, Rainford, which have been held there every year since. Malcolm also took the band to a National Qualifying Contest at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

Brass teacher Lynda Nicholson then took the band to a series of notable successes in the Third Section and established a solid base for future development.

After Lynda’s departure, a twenty two year old ex-Leyland trombonist was given the opportunity to take the baton at Rainford. This was Neil Samuel. Neil drove the band to its greatest contesting successes over an eight-year period and as a result, the band now competes in the highest echelons of brass banding, having achieved “Championship” status for the first time in its history.

Band 2013
Rainford Band June 2013

Early in 2013, Gareth Brindle, a Black Dyke baritone soloist for many years, was appointed as MD of the band. Gareth is very enthusiastic to continue the recent successes of the band and the band are looking forward with confidence with him at the helm.

The band can be grateful for some fantastic support from the community throughout its existence. It raised thirty thousand pounds as its contribution towards the National Lottery-funded band room under the inspirational guidance of the then Chairman – Linda Mawdesley. This sum was largely accrued through the help and generosity of the people of Rainford.

Past presidents, Eric Foster, Stanley Fishwick, David Wood and current president John Walker have all played a major role in the Band’s continuing development and the band is now looking forward with confidence and enthusiasm to future successes.

 


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