Breage is a civil parish and village three miles west of Helston
1840: “Monday last being the feast-day in this parish, the Revd Dr Johnson gave a handsome dinner at his Parsonage to the Breage Teetotal Band…” (RCG 13 March 1840)
1858 circa: Breage Churchtown Band formed. (John Brush)
1858 – June: “Breage Churchtown Band’s first known engagement was at St Keverne Church Sunday School tea treat. (John Brush) “The band performed many favourite pieces in a manner far exceeding the merits of any county brass band that we have heard for a very long time.” (Falmouth Post) Probably an exaggeration. (John Brush)
1859 to 1868: Jack Bartle Breage Churchtown Band MD. (John Brush)
1862: Breage Brass Band active from this date. (John Brush)
1863: Breage Churchtown Band at the local celebrations for the marriage of the then Prince of Wales. (John Brush) Possibly Breage Brass Band.
1863: “…procession be formed, consisting of the aged poor and children of the day schools of the parish, and headed by the St Breage Brass Band, to proceed to church when an appropriate sermon will be preached by the vicar….” (RCG 6th March 1863)
1863: “… a procession was formed at 2.30 p.m., and started from the National School-room, in the following order: the Breage Brass Band, the clergy, ladies’ committee, the aged and poor women, gentlemen’s committee, old men, St. Breage National School, …”(20 March 1863 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1865: “…with music by the Breage Band to whom at the conclusion a vote of thanks was accorded.”(Royal Cornwall Gazette 21 December 1865)
1868: “… when the children walked in procession to …the seat of Mr C W Popham, headed by the Breage Brass Band …”(RCG 16 July 1868)
1869: “… the collections realized a tolerably large sum. On Monday the scholars had tea at the Cove, when the Breage Brass Band was in …” (20 May 1869 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1869: “… Breage Band was in attendance…” (RCG 7th August 1869)
1869 or later: Breage Churchtown Band disbanded.
1891: Likely date of the formation of Breage Brass Band. (John Brush)
1891: “In four well-laden omnibuses, a Jersey car, wagonette, &c., the scholars of the Breage Church Sunday-school proceeded to Mullion on Monday, accompanied by the Rev Jocelyn and Mrs Barnes, and spent a most pleasant day. The Breage band accompanied, personally and by their enlivening music. The leader of the Helston rifle band is also master of Breage’s musicians. So, on the return journey of the large party from Mullion, the two bands massed at the top of Meneage-street and played sonorously and well through two of Helston’s main streets.” (Cornishman 16th July 1891)
1891: Amos Blight Breage Band MD. (John Brush)
1892: Breage Band at the very first Constantine Cottage Garden Society exhibition. (John Brush)
1892: “Constantine Cottage Garden Society. The weather was perfect, and the attendance in consequence large. The Breage Brass Band was in attendance, and a public tea was held in the grounds, …” (4 August 1892 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1892: “A Very Successful Concert in aid of Godolphin Church-school was given on Thursday to a crowded house. The St Breage Brass Band kindly contributed four selections in a way which shewed their musical capacity and the skill of their talented bandmaster.” (Cornishman 17 November 1892)
1893: “… the Bishop gave a very earnest and practical address to all Church workers at the service at 3 p.m. St Breage Brass Band played at the service. The church was densely crowded, both in the morning and afternoon.”(16 March 1893 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1893 to 1901: Tom Polglase Breage Band MD. (John Brush)
1901: Breage Brass Band possibly disbanded. (John Brush)
1904: Breage & District Silver Band formed. (Band website)
1918 circa: Breage & District Silver Band possibly suspended playing due to WWI.
1926: Breage & District Silver Band probable date of resumption of playing. (John Brush)
1928 to 1931: H L Young Breage & District Silver Band MD. (John Brush)
1928: Breage Brass Band social evening and dance. (Western Morning News 29th December 1928)
1928 to 1931: Breage & District Silver Band contesting under H L Young. (Contest archive)
1929: “…concert was given in the vicarage by Breage Band…” (Cornishman 27th June 1929)
1929: Breage Carnival. “Breage Band (under Mr H L Young) played selections.” (Cornishman 12th September 1929)
1929: Breage Brass Band AGM. President, Canon H Coulthard; chairman, Mr R Trend; treasurer, Mr F Pryor; secretary, Mr C King; bandmaster, Mr H Young. (Western Morning News 11th October 1929)
1931: “… carnival, which paraded up the Praa Sands Road and down again, headed by the Breage Band…”(Cornishman 27th August 1931)
1931 to 1937: unknown Breage & District Silver Band MD.
1932: “The procession, headed by Helston, Breage, Porthleven and Gweek Bands, had … popular item…. The collection amounted to £22, …” (28 July 1932 – Cornishman)
1932: Breage British Legion. “… Porthleven Band headed the procession, and Marazion and Breage combined bands also assisted…” (Cornishman 15th September 1932)
1937: Breage & District Silver Band possibly suspended playing due to WWII. (John Brush)
1958: Breage & District Silver Band suggested year of resumption of playing. (John Brush)
Circa 1970: Ashton Chapel Anniversary – Breage Band playing at Tregonning Preaching Pit. Robert Jewell, marked with an ‘X’ playing Tenor Horn, said that Breage Band played there every year during the 1960s and 70s for the Chapel Anniversary: at the Tregonning Hill pit in the afternoon and in the same evening either outside the Public House if dry, or in the Chapel if raining. (Photo: courtesy Jonathan Warner, Robert’s son-in-law)
1977: Breage & District Silver Band contesting under J Stone. (Contest archive) G W King Breage & District Silver Band MD.
1995 to 2002: Breage & District Silver Band contesting under G W King. (Contest archive)
Breage & District Silver Band in 2002 at St Michaels Mount (Photo: courtesy John Brush)
2009 – 17th April to 2017 – 30th Jan/19th November, 2021: Terry Reed, Breage & District Silver Band MD. (Ian King)
2017 – 1st Feb: William Brian Moyle, Breage & District Silver Band MD. (Ian King)
2021: Reuben Hesser, Breage & District Silver Band MD.
Compiled by Tony Mansell (Bardh Kernow)
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