Silver Band marks its 90th birthday

HUNMANBY Silver Band will celebrate its 90th anniversary next Saturday by performing a specially commissioned piece of music.

Band chairman Rodney Court, whose idea it was, said the march, called ‘Hunmanby’, would put the village on the musical map.

It has been composed and arranged by Duncan Wilson, a trombonist with Manchester’s Halle Orchestra, whose parents are friends of bandmaster Ernie Marsden.

Mr Court, who also plays the trombone, said: “It’s been well received by the band. This will be the premiere performance, and in future it will become our signature tune.”

The concert will feature music from throughout the band’s nine-decade history, culminating in the new work. And there will be a souvenir programme and a display of historic pictures of the band, which has been through several incarnations since its formation in 1919 as the Dennis Bayley Hunmanby Silver Band.

Before then, there were two brass bands in the village, which merged and adopted the name when a prominent local industrialist offered to buy a complete set of instruments for them – providing they named the new band after him. “Being Yorkshiremen, of course they accepted!” said Mr Court.

The band is still officially known as the Dennis Bayley Hunmanby and District Silver Band.

Mr Court said: “It’s had its up and downs.

“There was a time when it was winning competitions, but we don’t enter them any more.

“And it had to fold in 1960 because all the band got called up to do National Service.”

The band also lost out to the RAF Association Band in Scarborough, and what remained of the Hunmanby and Filey bands merged in 1979.

The anniversary concert will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 14 at Hunmanby Community Centre.

Tickets, at 5 each, are on sale at the St Catherine’s Hospice shop in Filey and Moss Chemists in Hunmanby. The price of admission includes wine, nibbles and entry in a free prize draw, first prize being a meal for two at the Wrangham House Hotel.

There will also be table games in the interval, including a Guess the Total Age of the Band competition.

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to St Catherine’s Hospice.