Band History

Castleton Band was officially inaugurated for the King's Jubilee in 1935. It originally consisted of anyone who could 'blow',
ex servicemen, ex Salvation Army Bandsmen etc. from Castleton and the surrounding villages. Following Jubilee year the band became the main musical support for Castleton Garland, Castleton Wakes, Empire Day parade and Armistice Day parade.
In 1937, Mr T.H. Cooke, himself a talented cornet player took over the task of reorganising what was then known as
"The Castleton Brass Band". Together with a very energetic committee and with the full support of local residents funds
were raised to change Brass to Silver.
This was finally achieved in Coronation Year when the band turned out in their new uniforms, from Jimmy Nichols at 8 stone to
Spider Green at 18 stone.
Over the years Castleton Silver Band has seen many changes, the most shocking, Women joining the ranks of bandsmen.
Vera Dawson (nee Robinson) being the first woman to join the trombone section. After a lot of huffing and puffing from the
men they looked after her very well.

NEWS4

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

It is with sadness we have
to announce the retirement
of our Musical Director
Brian Hazlehurst.
Many years ago Brian came
to help the band out for a
couple of weeks and stayed
for some 16 years.
The band wishes him a very
happy retirement and many
thanks for all the years of
conducting and composing.
We are happy in the fact
that from time to time he
will be appearing as a
guest conductor.

On that note we are very
pleased to announce that
John Whitfield has agreed
to become our new Musical
Director for which we are
very excited.

band 1953

Harry
Eyre

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