1820: There is a suggestion that a Redruth Band was formed in this year and that it was known initially as the Redruth Volunteer Band. I am not disputing this but I have not found any evidence to support it. (Tony Mansell)
1828: Bands of musicians were playing in Redruth. These were likely to be a mixture of instruments including some brass.(Still Blawin’ / Band Website)
1830: “At the Proclamation of William IV, in 1830, the Yeoman Cavalry, two trumpeters on horseback, and a band, led a colourful parade through Redruth and Plain-in-gwarry…The band later played from a platform in front of Andrew’s Hotel ‘enlivening the occasion with national and other airs’.” (West Briton 16th July 1830 / Victorian Redruth by Michael Tangye)
1832: A [Redruth] Band paraded the streets playing The Dead March in connection of the resignation of Earl Grey. (Still Blawin’)
1836 – 27th June: A [Redruth] Band of Musicians headed a procession of Freemasons and townspeople from the town to Carn Brea for the laying of the foundation stone of the monument to Lord de Dunstanville.
1837 June: At each proclamation of Victoria as Queen the [Redruth] Town Band played the National Anthem. (Still Blawin’)
1838: Redruth Amateur Band played at various venues and functions. (Still Blawin’)
1839: Redruth Band played at the first exhibition for the season of the Royal Horticultural Show. (Still Blawin’)
1842: “…discharges of three or four pieces of cannon halfway up the hill, contributed to the animation of the scene. The Redruth band were in attendance and played during the day. The exhibition, which was held in a field near the new chapel, …”(5 August 1842 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1843 – May: A Redruth Band was at Portreath Harbour for the launch of the ship, the Trio. (Victorian Redruth by Michael Tangye)
1844: Redruth Band at Penryn for the opening of the Oddfellows lodge. (RCG 19th May 1843)
1853: Redruth Band was not chosen to play at a Grand Teetotal Demonstration held at the home of Michael Williams at Trevince, the procession was led by Camborne Brass Band. It is suggested that the current name of the Redruth and Porter Band may have made them unsuitable. (Still Blawin’)
1856 – 22nd July 1856: Penzance and Truro Teetotal Demonstration at Tehidy. Penzance Band, Godolphin Teetotal Band, Camborne Band, Truro Band (Emidy’s) and Redruth Band were in attendance. (Cornish Telegraph 30th July 1856)
1856: “The Cornwall Teetotal enjoyed their annual gala yesterday. Tehidy, one of the residences of J. N. Basset, Esq., was very readily and kindly placed at the disposal of the committee, and the teetotallers of Penzance and Truro repaired thither in great force. Early in the morning the committee, their assistants, and the excursionists were stirring in Penzance and towards nine o’clock many parties, on foot and in vehicles, were seen converging on the West Cornwall Railway Terminus, whither the Penzance band repaired in full force. Here 20 close and open carriages awaited the holiday-seekers. These were soon filled and, to the spirited strains of ‘Cheer, boys, cheer,’ the party moved off. As the train moved along the Eastern green it presented a very pretty sight. Each carriage bore its flag, with a motto appropriate to the occasion, such as Firm as oak, Built on the rock, Popular Principles, Come thou and all thy house into the ark, Temperance is the parent of virtue, The Penzance Total Abstinence. Society,’ &c. At Marazion a few passengers were taken up. At Hayle 10 well-packed carriages awaited the train. One of these was occupied by the Godolphin Teetotal Band who carried their banner. At Gwinear Road the numbers were still further augmented, and at Camborne 13 more open carriages (one which was tenanted by the Camborne Band) were attached. All along the line of railway groups had collected to peep at the flying train – the agriculturist fresh from the plough or the hay-field; the miner in underground habiliments and with candle only just extinguished; the cottager’s wife, with hands snatched hastily from household work; his children, momentarily withdrawn from their gambols; and the bal-girl brown complexioned, (in spite of her comfortable sun-bonnet) healthy looking and cheerful – all shewed their interest the excursion by a smile, a cheer, or a wave of hand. When the train (which now consisted of 52 carriages, without reckoning engines and tenders) left the main line at Cara Brea and traversed the Portreath branch the sight both of, and from, the train was of very interesting description. Those at a distance saw between two and three thousand persons travelling at a rapid pace, but cheaply, and bent on the most innocent of recreations. This would be pleasant to the mind, while the eye might be gratified by the varied hues of the flags borne allot, and the ear delighted by the strains proceeding from the three sets of musicians. From the train at this juncture the landscape was certainly well worth a look. On the right hand Redruth, with Pedn-an-drea stack as a prominent object, backed by the hills stretching away towards Truro. On the left hand a slope of six or seven miles terminating with the towans at Phillack, the high ground about St, Ives, and the elevated country near Ludgvan. Behind Carn Brea – its granite head looking somewhat sullen through the misty shower that had just touched the excursionists with its gentle hand, so gentle that they were not inconvenienced by it, and only seemed to enjoy the succeeding brilliancy the more – in front, the grounds of Tehidy with gay flags flaunting here and there amongst the trees, and the sound of more music swelling and dying away on the grateful breeze. This shews that our Truro friends have arrived. They came in 52 or 53 carriages, bringing with them variety flags and banners and Emidy’s band. At Redruth they were strongly reinforced, and the teetotallers of that town also brought their musicians with them. The monster trains discharged their swarming freight just outside the entrance to Fair field. To form a regular procession would have been of little service and have caused great trouble and delay, so along the highway the joyous throng tramped to the sound of the enlivening music. The Truro and Redruth bands and most of the excursionists had entered Tehidy park prior to the arrival of their Western acquaintances, and look a circuitous route through shrubberies and grounds which led them down to the ponds and up to the back of the house. Over the lodge-gate was the Association banner inscribed West Cornwall Teetotal Association, instituted 1838 and the pretty, rustic lodge was otherwise decorated. The well dressed and well behaved crowd swept onward through the narrow avenue until the whole park, with the antique, substantial mansion in the distance, came into sight. Here there was an opportunity of expanding, and the carriage drive was in many instances exchanged for the soft greensward. “And all the sloping pasture murmured, sown with happy faces and with holiday.” As the foremost of the walkers turned and looked back, just by the gateway fronting the mansion, they saw the road throughout the park thronged from end. The house was shut up, but the gardens were open, and through these – along rows of the queenly dahlias and the groups of orange trees, with their golden fruit and darkling leaves – down to the ponds by the spreading beech and shady elm, the visitors merrily disported. There was abundant supply of eatables and drinkables from stalls, and, whist the bands promenaded and played, the company either walked about or sub-divided into groups, reposed and refreshed themselves during the warm mid-day. In the afternoon the people amused themselves in a variety of ways – cricket, dancing, and games of various description were engaged in. Teetotal addresses were also delivered by the Rev. Mr. Hartley, and Messrs. Lomax, Wheeler, Docton, Downing, &c. At five a return train left and its occupants arrived safely at Penzance at half-past seven; at seven a second followed and reached its destination westward at half-past nine. The arrangements of the W C R throughout were admirable. Some thousands of people were conveyed cheaply, and speedily, without the slightest confusion or accident. Whether viewed as a mere holiday or an imposing teetotal demonstration, the Tehidy monster pic-nic was completely successful for its promoters, and satisfactory to the public at large who are indebted to the Committee (amongst whom Mr. R. Matthews was foremost) for their exertions in rendering the trip agreeable and the occasion one of unalloyed pleasure.” (30 July 1856 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1856 – 29th July 1856: The 4th Gala of the West Cornwall Teetotal Association at Tehidy Park… “Two monster trains from Truro and Penzance called at all the intermediate stations which converged into the Portreath line a quarter of a mile to the place. A procession was formed, headed by the Redruth Band followed by other bands from Truro, Penzance, Godolphin and Camborne.” (RCG 8th August 1856)
1857 – 29th June: Teetotal Festival at Mrs Pendarves’. Camborne Band, Truro Band (Emidy’s) and Redruth Band were in attendance. (Cornish Telegraph 29th July 1857)
1860: 17 Company Duke of Cornwall’s Rifles (Redruth) / H Company Duke of Cornwall’s Rifles / H Company 1st Volunteer Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry / H Company 4th Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (Territorial Force). “There was a brass band belonging to a service unit in 1857, but this Duke of Cornwall’s Rifles unit was formed in 1860 and very quickly had a viable band, recorded as accepting civilian engagements as early as 1862. They soon became a very successful outfit, finding themselves leading a busy life right up to WW1. There was a temporary hiccup late 1881 when, for reasons not too plain to see, they disbanded, reforming early 1882. The first conductor was W Sims, and in 1881, when the little pause took place, they were in the hands of William Gribble. How long he had been with the band is not exactly known but upon the band’s reconstruction in 1882 he was thanked ‘for his valuable services for many years past in connection with the band……’ Robert H Heath took over the new band. He was a much-respected musician and stayed with the band until 1894 when he immigrated to South Africa. R Wills took over until 1900 when he was relieved by James Williams. John Males had a turn in 1904 and James Williams came back in 1909. Despite the undoubted success of this band, they do appear to have entered very few contests.” (John Brush)
1861/62: “The Mount Hawke Band of Hope Tea-Treat had as many as two bands and paraded with banners in 1861, ending up for tea in Mr Garland’s field. (Chacewater and St Day Bands were used). However, it was quite an event the following year. From Mount Hawke the Redruth and St Day Bands led the party to St Agnes and from thence to Trevaunance Pier which was a distance of three miles! They then had their penny trips on the boats, returning to Mount Hawke for the tea. The day was rounded off by a concert.” (Ashley Rowe The Chapel at Mount Hawke – Journal of the St Agnes Museum Trust)
1862: Accepting civilian engagements. Redruth DCR Band soon became a very successful outfit, finding themselves leading a busy life right up to WW1.
W Sims Redruth DCR Band MD.
1862: The authors of Still Blawin’ consider that this year marked the starting for the first of the Redruth Brass Bands and, therefore, the first Redruth Brass Band. They suggest that it was formed of members from the Redruth Volunteer Band.
1862: “… where they were joined by the Carharrack lodge, and about eleven o’clock formed into procession, preceded by the Redruth Brass Band, and walked to the parish church, …” (16 May 1862 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1862: “…children of that large and populous village formed a procession and marched to the Church Town, accompanied by the St Day and Redruth Bands. The procession was very imposing, being interspersed with several beautiful banners with appropriate mottoes, …” (13 June 1862 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1862: “Oddfellowship … preceded by the bands (those the Royal Cornwall Miners’ Artillery Militia, Truro, the Redruth Rifles, and the Chacewater Brass Band, marched to Tregullow, distance of about one and a half miles. arriving there the brethren drew up in front the mansion. (18 July 1862 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1862: “… preceded by the bands, (those of the Royal Cornwall Miners Artillery Militia, Truro, the Redruth Rifles, and the Chacewater Brass Band) marched to Tregullow, a distance of about … miles. On arriving there, the brethren drew up in front of the mansion …” (18 July 1862 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1862: “… procession, with similar banners, badges, insignia of office, &c., …. At eleven o’clock they marched, headed by the Redruth Brass Band, to the Centenary chapel, where Capt. Josiah Thomas preached an able sermon from Proverbs iii. 22. The chapel was crowded …” (29 August 1862 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1863: “…the bands of Chacewater, Forest Gate Illogan, St Day and the Redruth Volunteers.”(page 57 of Tehidy and the Bassetts by Michael Tangye)
1863: “…By the kind permission of Capt. Hay, the Redruth Volunteer Band will perform selection of new music, under the management of Mr W Sims, band master.” (11 December 1863 – Western Daily Mercury)
1864: “… There were seven bands entered for competition, but only six appeared on the ground, the 17th D.C.R. (Redruth) Band having broken up in consequence of some disagreement amongst the members. The contest piece was a grand selection from…” (30 June 1864 – Western Daily Mercury)
1864: Redruth DCR Band played at Illogan Cottage Garden Society annual exhibition at Portreath. (WB 12th August 1864)
1868: Plain-an-gwarry Band of Hope Fife and Drum Band at Wheal Rose Tee-Total Society’s treat. (Cornubian 26th June 1868)
1870: “… and proceeded to Truro. arriving at the station a procession was formed, headed the Redruth Rifle Band, under the management of Mr Tom Moore, resident partner. …” (22 July 1870 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
Redruth Volunteer Band 1870s
1881: “Redruth Rifle Band. The band the H Company played a selection of music, under the direction of bandmaster Gribble, …”(22 April 1881 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1881: “…hear that the Porthleven Brass Band has been broken up, and that the Sunday-school engaged the Redruth Band to play to them on St Peter’s day.” (23 June 1881 – Cornishman)
1881: Redruth DCR Band disbanded for some reason. (John Brush)
1882: Redruth Volunteer Band re-formed by Colour-Sergeant Robert Heath. (John Brush)
William Gribble Redruth DCR Band MD. How long he had been with the band is not exactly known but upon the band’s reconstruction in 1882 he was thanked “for his valuable services for many years past in connection with the band…”
1882 to 1894: Robert H Heath, Redruth DCR Band MD. He was a much-respected musician and stayed with the band until 1894 when he immigrated to South Africa. (John Brush)
1882: Redruth Mission Band at Plain-an-gwarry played at the Whitsun Fair. (Victorian Redruth by Michael Tangye)
1883: “This evening (June 14th) the Redruth Rifle Band, under the leadership of Colour-Sergeant Robert Heath, will play the following selection of music in field Green…” (14 June 1883 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1883: “… successful in attracting large numbers of persons to a field near the Rifle Barracks, and in attaining his object. The Gospel Temperance Band from Redruth, which Mr Wilson, the town missionary, has formed there, was present; …”(23 June 1883 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1883: “… had their annual tea-treat on Saturday afternoon, in a field near the chapel, having previously, headed by the Redruth Town Mission Band, visited, among other places, the grounds of Dr Harris. …” (3 August 1883 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1884: “New Connexion, headed by the Helston Brass Band, the Rev. Mr. Samples, Messrs, Williams, C. Hocking, and J. Taylor leading the procession, The Pengegon Wesleyan School, numbering about 200, was headed by a Brass Band from Redruth, …” (6 June 1884 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1885: “Rifle Corps Band, and Redruth Independent Rand. Dear Sir – As there appears to some misconception as to the relative positions of these bands, will you kindly permit me to explain the same. The same rules apply to the H Company Rifle Volunteer band in other Corps, namely, that the Corps provides uniform, instruments and music for the band, pays the bandmaster a salary for instructing the members, and provides refreshments for the band, on their practice nights, all the year round. The expenses amount, on the average, to nearly £3O a year. In return for all this, the only duty imposed upon the band to play the Corps the parade ground and back on Saturday evenings, during the spring and summer months. This was not done very regularly last year, and the Committee of the Corps, this year passed a resolution that the duty should be strictly performed this summer, as the attendance Drill, and consequently the efficiency of the company much depended upon it. Upon being informed of this by the band master, several of the members (who had previously shown signs of disaffection) struck, and refused to obey the order. These men (and some outsiders) have since constituted themselves into the Redruth Independent band and have been canvassing the town for subscriptions. The title is appropriate but unfortunate, as it has been earned by shirking public duty. Colour-Sergt. Heath, and his painstaking deputy, Band Sergt. Gribble, have, with the nucleus of the old band, and some promising new members, succeeded in reorganizing good Volunteer band, the members of which are practising assiduously several evenings a week. They have my consent, as in previous years, to accept all engagements for school treats, fetes, &c., which will not interfere with the performance of their duty to the corps on Saturday evenings, and they will, I trust, receive such measure of support from the town and neighbourhood as they deserve. —Yours faithfully, Jas. Kelly, Captain R Company.” (1 May 1885 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1885: “… The annual tea treat in connection with Carnkie Wesleyan Sunday School was held on Saturday last. Headed by [the new] Redruth Independent Brass Band, the school went to Wheal Basset and South Frances Mines and through Mr Rogers’ gardens.…” (26 June 1885 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1885: “… The Redruth Volunteer Band will precede the carriage to … Hall, where General Buller will be presented …”(24 September 1885 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1886: “The Redruth Philharmonic Band, numbering about … performers, are busily engaged in practising selections of music. …” (25 February 1886 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1886: “…Philanthropic and Rechabite Clubs met on Sunday, and marched in procession, accompanied by the H Company Volunteer and Redruth Town Mission Bands, to Gwennap Pit, where a service was held…” (3 September 1886 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1886: “A collection was made on behalf of the Miners Hospital. The Town Mission Brass Band, who were attired for the first time in their new uniforms, during the afternoon played selections of music …” (31 December 1886 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1887: “…song by the congregation and … of the various churches and chapels, led by Sergeant Heath, bandmaster of the Redruth Volunteer Band, accompanying. The proposed congratulatory address from the town of Redruth to the Queen was read by the clerk …” (22 June 1887 – Western Morning News)
1887: “… at Redruth. Subscriptions have been most generously proffered by the inhabitants of the town, so that the event might be commemorated in a manner which would reflect credit on all concerned. Nearly … had been … Health, School Board, and Burial Board; Brea Brass Band; members of General Committee; townsmen; Oddfellows; Town Mission Brass Band; Rechabites; and Four Lanes Brass Band brought up the roar. The procession was formed in the Clinton-road at 9.30 …”(23 June 1887 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1887: “Jubilee Celebrations at Redruth: …Early in the morning the various Friendly Societies of the town: … Company Volunteers; Clergy and …; Members of Local Board of Health. School Board and Burial Board; Town Mission Brass Band; General Committee; Townsmen; Brea Brass Band; Oddfellows, Foresters: Rechabites and Four Lanes Band…”(24 June 1887 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1887: “… of thanks was given to the bands which assisted in the demonstration free of charge. Mr W. Knight, the leader of the Town Mission Band, responded. similar vote was also passed to Messrs R. James. J. T. Jenkin and S. Sherman for the services rendered …” (26 August 1887 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1887: “…So called cards were sold, notifying that there would be seven competitions, but only five events came off. Redruth Volunteer Brass Band was in attendance and there was a capital trapeze performance. …” (16 December 1887 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1888: “… the reported campaign would end. Happily, their worst fears were not realized. True there was procession, headed by the Town Mission Band, but the ladies refrained even from looking in the direction of the public-houses, passing with all speed from East End …” (17 February 1888 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1888: Truro’s wooden cathedral, re-erected in Drump Road as a shoe factory, was used for a service when the Redruth Mission Band played. (West Briton 9th July 1888)
1889: “…the Institution a capital concert was given before a small audience, at Druids Hall, on Thursday evening, by the Redruth Philharmonic Band, under the conductorship of Mr R H Thomas, R.A.M. The music throughout was well rendered.”(4 April 1889 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1889: “…reception by the thousands of persons who thronged the … the approaches thereto exceeded all anticipations. The Redruth Band was present, …” (16 May 1889 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1889: “… scholars and teachers on Thursday afternoon formed a procession, headed by the Co. (Redruth) Volunteer Band, and, with the Town Mission Band dividing the boys and girls, paraded the principal streets, and visited the gardens of Mr. A. Lanyon, C.C., …” (25 July 1889 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1889: “…consisting of Oddfellows, Foresters, Philanthropies, and Rechabites, headed by the Redruth Independent, Brea, Four Lanes, and Illogan Bands, After parading the principal streets they proceeded to Trevenson Park, kindly lent by Captain Teague, …”(22 August 1889 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1889: “… after robing in their regalia, formed in procession, and headed the Brea, Four Lanes, Redruth Independent, and Illogan Brass Bands, proceeded through Alma-place, and Fore street, and thence Trevenson, Pool (two miles distance) kindly lent for the occasion …” (22 August 1889 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1890: “… if such is the case he would be grateful for the continuation of their support. It is to be regretted that the Redruth Town Mission Band, which was formed for the express purpose of assisting at this and similar meetings, for some reason known only to themselves, failed to appear.” (3 January 1890 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
A Redruth Bandsman – date unknown
1890 – February: The Band of the Redruth Town Mission disbanded.
1890: North Country Band of Hope Fife and Drum Band formed under Edward Stevens. (Victorian Redruth)
1890s: Carnkie Band of Hope Fife and Drum Band formed under W Warne. (Victorian Redruth)
1890: “Redruth Volunteer Band has been accused of obtaining money to the amount of half-a-crown under false pretences. It is customary at the new year for the band to go round and play at the residences of various inhabitants of the town, for which they receive such donations as good nature may be pleased to bestow upon them. They received from one gentleman the above-named sum, and afterwards were the recipients of another half-a-crown from the hands of a young gentleman who was at a short distance from the house, in company with a young lady, listening to the selections rendered. These happened to be the son and daughter of the gentleman from whom they had received the first half-a-crown, and subsequently the captain received a letter from the gentleman in question protesting against the conduct of the band, inasmuch as they obtained half-a-crown under false pretences — by asking his son for a donation after having received one from himself. If the money were not returned he said legal proceedings would be taken to recover the same!” (16 January 1890 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1890: “… have raged at Redruth for week or two and the war waxes warmer. The local bands of music are sore at the presence in the town of a band from Hungary, the latter meeting with warm and substantial support from the inhabitants. …”(19 July 1890 – Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser)
1890: “… funds of the hospital. In interrupting the Hungarian Band’s performances near Tabb’s Hotel on a recent evening the Redruth Volunteer Band and the Brea Band committed a grave error. This is a free country, and the fact that the Hungarians were strangers …” (25 July 1890 – Cornubian and Redruth Times) [This event seems to have been based on jealousy and resulted in the three bands trying to play louder than the others.]
1890: “Band for Redruth. Some time since, Redruth Town Mission Brass Band disbanded in consequence of some misunderstanding. It has now been thought feasible by the late bandsmen and their friends to start a Town Band, which should play twice or three times a …” (7 February 1890 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1890: Redruth Town Band re-formed.
1890: Stephen Hind, Redruth Town Band MD.
1890 June: Concert in Silver Field by the Redruth Season Band attended by a thousand people. (Victorian Redruth)
1890: “Redruth Volunteer Band. At the suggestion of some of the supporters of the Corps in the town, the Band have made arrangements to give occasional performances in convenient places; and the like suggestion, a subscription list has been started …”(19 September 1890 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1891: “The members of the Gwennap instrumental Band had their annual supper in Churchtown School-room on Wednesday evening…” (4 June 1891 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1891: “The Redruth Town Brass Band desires to let the public know that they are open to receive engagements. For terms, apply to J Polkinghorne, …” (3 July 1891 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1891: “… afternoon. A procession was formed at the Market house and paraded the principal streets. The Redruth Volunteer, Brea, Pool, and Illogan Bands were in attendance. The weather being extraordinarily fine, thousands of people congregated the streets to witness …” (16 July 1891 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1892: “Redruth Volunteer Band, under Band-sergt. Wills, bids fair this year to be the best band Redruth has yet been favoured with…” (6 May 1892 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1893: “…numerous spectators, and high … were passed upon the competitors for the rapidity and symmetry of the work. The Redruth Volunteer Band, under Bandmaster Wills, played selections during the day…” (20 July 1893 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1893: “… and at 2 p.m. paraded the principal thoroughfares in full regalia, accompanied by the Redruth Volunteer and Illogan Brass and Reed Bands. At the conclusion of the parade a service was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, addressed by the Rev. John Fish …” (28 September 1893 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1894: “… nothing of the kind was suggested. They heard, saw and complimented. The latter was well deserved for Illogan, Pool, and Redruth Bands are each making rapid strides and their determined efforts to attain musical proficiency are much appreciated.” (23 August 1894 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1894: Mr Passmore Edwards at Redruth. …music was provided by the Redruth Volunteer Band, Illogan Brass and Reed Band, and the Fife and Drum Bands from Redruth…” (13 September 1894 – Cornishman)
1894: “…Redruth, on Saturday evening, the Illogan Reed-and-Brass Band, conductor the Rev. H Oxland, and the H Company Redruth Volunteer Band, conductor Mr Wills, gave an open-air concert.” (20 September 1894 – Cornishman)
Redruth Town Band disbanded.
1894 to 1900: R Wills Redruth DCR Band MD.
1895: “… nothing could prevent the chilling influence of the rain. The strains of the Redruth Volunteer and the Illogan Brass and Reed Bands even could not help to keep the children’s dresses and flags from becoming damp. …”(18 July 1895 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1897: “…The Redruth Hungarian Band has been engaged. A bonfire and tar-barrels will be lighted at 10 p.m. punctually.” (17 June 1897 – Cornishman)
1897: “… marshalled, the scholars and teachers promenaded the principal streets to the music of the Redruth Volunteer and Illogan Reed and Brass Bands. The meeting place for the afternoon’s enjoyment was at Penventon, the grounds being again placed at the disposal of the school …” (15 July 1897 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1898: “… It was headed by the Camborne Volunteer Band, under the conductorship of Mr Andrewartha, and was also accompanied by the No. H. Co.. D.C.L I. from Redruth, Mr R Wills conducting, and the Camborne Independent Band, under bandmaster …”(30 June 1898 – Cornishman)
1898: “…large tent was for refreshments, and a third was set apart for concerts. Smaller tents were used for side shows, &c. Redruth Season’s Band was present…” (1 September 1898 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1899: “The man in the street heard one or two of the old Camborne town-band talking this week about the Redruth Band. The consensus opinion was that they are capital fellows but are badly treated through their leader being insufficiently paid. This leader does many kinds of job to earn his living, but cannot much with his band for them to earn a little from the tea-treats, &c. The moral of the talk was that if a volunteer company wishes to have good music they should put things in their way, so that the study of music should be something more than a weariness of the flesh.” (27 July 1899 – Cornishman)
1899: “… in a field kindly lent by Mr Jenkin, Trelill. Lovely weather favoured the proceedings and all passed off happily. Redruth Season Band supplied music…” (27 July 1899 – Cornishman)
1900: James Williams Redruth DCR Band MD.
1900: John G Males, RMCM Redruth DCR Band MD who had a musical degree of some sort and managed to lead an eventful life for a few years at least. In 1904 to 1905 he conducted Redruth Duke of Cornwall’s Rifles Band and took on, at the same time, the Royal Engineers Submarine Miners Band at Falmouth. In 1905 he moved to live in east Cornwall where he took over the St Blazey Artillery Band. From there he moved to Camelford DCR Band where he stayed until 1908 to 1909. He then conducted Wadebridge DCR. “It is most fortunate that there was no cavalry band in the county!” (John Brush)
1900: “… about £20, and we understand it is hoped that a total sum of £50 will be raised. During the evening, the Illogan Reed and Brass Band, conducted by the Rev. H. Oxland, and the Hungarian Season Band at Redruth, played appropriate selections, …”(24 May 1900 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
Despite the undoubted success of Redruth Volunteer Band they do appear to have entered very few contests. (John Brush)
Redruth DCR Band 1900 – James Williams MD (Photo: courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
1900: “… Division of Cornwall). At five o’clock the Redruth Volunteer Band, the Camborne Town Band, and the lllogan Reed and Brass Band left their respective districts and marched to … park. First to arrive the scene shortly before six o’clock, …”(14 June 1900 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1900: “A movement is on foot in Redruth to start a Town Band, and the earnest help of all is asked for. Mr Knight, of Redruth, a well-known cornet player, has the matter in hand, …” (24 August 1900 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1901: The defunct Redruth Town Band re-formed as the Redruth Independent Band. (John Brush)
1901: “The newly-formed Town Band at Redruth gave very fair selections of music in Fore-street and other parts of Redruth on Saturday, and the performance was much appreciated by persons attending the market. …” (16 October 1901 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1901: J Williams Redruth Independent Band and Redruth Volunteer Band MD. (Victorian Redruth)
1902: “… Redruth is the happy possessor of two Brass Bands —the Volunteer and the Redruth Independent – both of which are excellent. They discourse sweet music – and it is sweet …” (13 February 1902 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1902: “The Redruth Town Band will render the following programme of music in Fore-St., on Saturday … when a collection will be taken …” (14 February 1902 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
Redruth Volunteer Band 1902 (Photo: unknown)
1902: “The Redruth Town Band is making satisfactory progress, its enlivening strains are often heard in our streets. …”(19 March 1902 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1902: “Redruth Volunteer Band visited St Day Saturday evening last, and rendered some choice selections of music, under the conductorship of Mr J Williams. The playing of the band showed careful training and was much appreciated by those present.” (28 March 1902 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1902: “The Redruth Voluntary Band, lately re-organised, and under the leadership Mr James Williams (Cornet Soloist) is open take Engagements, such as Tea Treats. Picnic Parties, Concerts, etc. Terms moderate. For particulars apply to Sergt. Fisher…” (18 April 1902 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1902: “Redruth Town Band. This Band is now open to accept engagements for Sunday School Tea Treats. Picnics, Concerts, &c. …”(2 & 11 May 1902 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1902: “Redruth Town Band will play the following selections of music at Penventon Thursday next, the occasion the Redruth Primitive Methodist Sunday-school …” (25 July 1902 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1902 to 1905: James “Jim” Williams Redruth Independent Band MD and Redruth Volunteer Band MD from October 1901.
1902: Redruth Season Band active and making annual tours of Hungary and Germany.
1902: “…towards the new instruments for Redruth Town Band.” (22 May 1902 – Cornishman)
1902: “…The Redruth Season Band was in attendance and played some capital music.”(31 July 1902 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1902: “Redruth Volunteer Band and the new Band [Independent] both played selections Christinas music… town on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day …appreciative crowds.” (31 December 1902 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1903: “…Wesleyan Sunday School, Breage, annual tea took place on Wednesday. A procession … from the school was led by the Redruth Hungarian Band, and perambulated the village, returning to a field near the chapel, where tea was provided. …” (9 July 1903 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1903: “The annual Sunday school treat will be held Saturday next. The Redruth Season Band will in attendance and there will be a public tea …” (15 July 1903 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1903: “Carnkie Primitive Methodists held their annual tea treat Saturday. They were headed from that place to Redruth the Redruth Town Band, under the conductorship of Mr Wills. On the return journey the children, were regaled, with a good tea…” (23 July 1903 – Cornishman)
1903: “… to-day we have the pleasure knowing that all Heaths and Mr Wills … soloists are to found in the Redruth Town Band, whose reputation is greatly increased this season, and they have had more work offered them than they could do.” (24 July 1903 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1903: “Sunday is Hospital Sunday Camborne. The arrangements are in the hands of the Town Band, who will receive assistance from Redruth Town Band.” (24 September 1903 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1903: “Mr Williams, bandmaster Redruth Volunteer Band, contributed two cornet solos, and the hand played several choice selections, under the baton of Bandmaster Rogers.” (8 October 1903 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1903: “… John Ambulance Corps. Oddfellows, Rechabite (with about 150 juveniles), and … It was headed by Redruth and Camborne Town Bands. Starting from … Meadow at pm. it … through several of the principal streets of the town. …” (31 October 1903 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1903: “… Chacewater Saturday, November 2Ist Redruth School Mines V. Chacewater. Kick … p.m. when Redruth and Blackwater united Brass Bands will be … A Collection will be made on behalf of James Lavin, who recently lost both his legs through an accident.” (12 November 1903 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
John G Males, RMCM. MD who had a musical degree of some sort and managed to lead an eventful life for a few years at least. In 1904 to 1905 he conducted Redruth Duke of Cornwall’s Rifles Band and took on, at the same time, the Royal Engineers Submarine Miners Band at Falmouth. In 1905 he moved to live in east Cornwall where he took over the St Blazey Artillery Band. From there he moved to Camelford DCR Band where he stayed until 1908 to 1909. He then conducted Wadebridge DCR. “It is most fortunate that there was no cavalry band in the county!” (John Brush)
1905 to 1915: R Wills Redruth Band MD.
1905: “…All assembled lodge at 3 p.m., and, headed by the Redruth Brass Band, marched in procession to the lovely grounds, where games and sports, for which liberal prizes were given…” (29 June 1905 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1905: “… After making the procession, headed by the Redruth Volunteer Band, the scholars and teachers repaired to field kindly lent by … where the children were supplied with … tea.” (8 July 1905 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1905: “Wesleyan Sunday-school treat was held on Midsummer day in ideal weather. Headed by the Redruth Town Band (in their new uniform, which becomes them well), the scholars …, Peace and back through the village …”(8 July 1905 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1905: “Portreath. … Wesleyan Sunday school held their annual Treat on Saturday last in a field kindly lent by Mr. F. D. Bain, J. P. The Redruth Town Band were in attendance and rendered selections of music.” (29 July 1905 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
Redruth Band 1905 (Photo: courtesy of Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
Redruth Band 1905 (Photo: courtesy of Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
Redruth Volunteer Band 1905 (Photo: unknown)
1905: “Porthtowan. The Wesleyans held their annual tea treat on Saturday, and headed by the Redruth Town Band, started from the schoolroom at … p.m. After marching through the beautiful grounds of Mr. Dungey, proceeded to the beach …”(5 August 1905 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1906: Sergeant Jim Williams Redruth Volunteer Band MD.
1906: “…teachers and children met at the schoolroom at 2 p.m., formed into procession and walked to Polurrian grounds headed the Redruth Hungarian Band, thence back to their schoolroom where tea was provided. The tables were very tastefully decorated by the lady teachers …” (14 June 1906 – Cornishman)
1906: “… On Thursday the teachers and scholars of the Wesleyan School, Ruan, headed by the Redruth Independent Band, marched in procession through the village, after which ample justice was done …” (21 June 1906 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1906: “Took place Tuesday week in delightful weather. The large … of scholars, teachers, and friends, headed by the Redruth Season Band, paraded the village, after which they were regaled with buns and tea.” (5 July 1906 – RCG)
1906: “… when an excellent tea was served to scholars and visitor., after which games etc., were indulged in. The Redruth Town Band was present, and played excellent selections of music, large number shows and visitors were the field, …”(14 July 1906 – Cornubian and Redruth)
Redruth Volunteer Band 1906 (Photo: unknown)
1906: “Primitive Methodist Sunday School Treat. … streets were paraded, and the grounds of Mr. Alfred … and Mr. Arthur Carkeek visited. The Redruth Volunteer and Town Bands were in attendance. Among those who headed the procession was old Redruthian, in the person of Mr. Richard Hosking.” (28 July 1906 – Cornubian And Redruth Times)
1906: “St. John Ambulance Brigade. Rechabites, Foresters. Oddfellows, Fire Brigade, St. John Ambulance Corps, The Camborne Town, Illogan, Redruth Volunteer and Town Bands, will be formed at the Fair Meadow at … O’clock. After the principal streets have been paraded the procession will proceed …” (25 August 1906 – Cornubian And Redruth Times)
1907: “The Primitive Methodist Sunday School, headed by the Redruth Volunteer Band, went their usual round, and then had their tea at Pendarves road. Games were indulged in till nine o’clock.” (23 May 1907 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1907: “A Town Band. Some weeks ago I made suggestion that Redruth should do something in the direction of establishing a town band. Several correspondents wrote to me pointing that there was one time town band in existence. I made enquires, and I am sorry to say it is finally disbanded. The chief difficulty the band bad to contend with, 1 was informed, was lack of funds. This state of affairs is oft times the direct outcome of bad management. There is plenty of support in Redruth for a good band properly managed. Perhaps the clearest evidence of this is the annual sojourn in our midst of the little knot of foreign musicians – the Hungarian band.” (23 May 1907 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1907: “… children, after meeting at the chapel, walked to Truthall Manor, by permission of Mr Prideaux, headed by the Redruth Hungarian Band. On returning they were provided with tea. The wet weather interfered with the usual games and sports being indulged in…” (13 June 1907 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1907: Redruth Band played at St Agnes Hospital Sunday (RCG 18th July 1907)
1907: “… chapel, and then through the town and fine gardens of …, the residence of Mr. Lanyon, accompanied by the Illogan Brass and Reed Band and the Redruth Volunteer Band, as well as the games in the … Penventon, lent by Mr. A. Carkeek, …” (1 August 1907 – Royal Cornwall Gazette
1908: “…and in two processions marched through the principal streets of the town, headed Redruth and Illogan Bands, assembling Penventon, the residence of Mr A Carkeek, where selections were played by the bands. In the evening concert…” (27 August 1908 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1908: “Redruth Territorial Band, under Bandmaster R Martin, gave a sacred concert in Falmouth Drill Hall on Sunday afternoon instead of in Kimberley Park, owing to wet weather.” (1 October 1908 – Cornishman)
Redruth Band in Treruffe Chapel tea treat parade heading up Falmouth Road in 1908 (Photo: from “Redruth” by Paddy Bradley)
1909: “In the evening the Redruth Territorial Band, bandmaster Williams conducting, and the lllogan Military Band. Rev. H Oxland conducting, rendered special music…” (15 July 1909 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1909: “The people of Blackwater and district fully realise the benefit derived from the Royal Cornwall Infirmary, Truro, and the Miners’ Hospital, Redruth, and for years have had what they term a Hospital Sunday demonstration. The idea originated with the members of Blackwater Band, with Mr. T. D. Jenkins as president, and for some years that band gave their services, assisted by some members of Redruth Volunteer Band. Through emigration and other causes the Blackwater Band ceased to exist and for the last two years the Redruth Band has gratuitously placed its services at the disposal of the Hospital Sunday Committee. Last year over £8 was raised. The interest in the cause has not waned; in fact, it has largely increased. After an address in front of Blackwater Institute, a procession will be formed, headed by the Redruth Territorial Band, and march to the top of Blackwater-hill east, where an address will be given by the Rev. B. Smart, vicar of Mithian. (RCG 15 July 1909)
Redruth Territorial Band circa 1909 (Photo: courtesy Mac Waters)
1909: “…In the evening a concert was given in the park by the Redruth Territorial Band, under the conductorship of Bandmaster Williams…” (26 August 1909 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1910: “Mr H T Reed, of Tregembo, and Mr Parr, of Gulval held their annual Sunday school festival Saturday. Redruth Hungarian Band was in attendance, and a very enjoyable time was spent.” (16 June 1910 – Cornishman)
Redruth Territorial Band 1910
Redruth Band in Penventon Grounds 1911 (Photo: Paddy Bradley / names: Ben Oliver of Four Lanes and Redruth Bands)
The headline was “The Redruth Band that beat Camborne back in 1911”
Back row: unknown, Dick Hooper, unknown, J Coombe (Four Lanes), unknown, Dick Kemp, unknown, unknown, unknown,
Middle row: ? Jeleff (in suit), Horton Venton, unknown, Joe Sandow, guest professional conductor for the day, Jim Williams (bandmaster), Bill Roberts (Four Lanes), unknown, Joe Gill, unknown
Front row: Nick Thomas, unknown, unknown, Wiggy Johns (Four Lanes), ? Northey, Frank Tresidder (Four Lanes), unknown
1911: Redruth Town Band re-formed according to a 1936 newspaper report which states that it had been in existence for 25 years. (30 January 1936 – Western Morning News)1911: “… The interpretation aimed refinement in keeping with the spirit of the … rather than robustness. The Redruth Band included some brass and woodwind and side drum. The first movement was played with spirit without catching the rhythm, …”(19 May 1911 – Western Morning News)
1912: “On Tuesday the children, headed by Redruth Hungarian Band, marched in procession to the Polurrian grounds, and were entertained to tea. Later, a public meeting was held …” (30 May 1912 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1912: “Redruth Town Band gave a concert in the Park on Sunday afternoon and a nice programme included the march Gloria, and selections Norma…” 30 May 1912 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1912: “… Tuesday the 74th annual demonstration of Mawgan Teetotal Society was held. The procession was formed at Garras and headed by Redruth Season Band, marched through the beautiful grounds of Trelowarren, by permission of the Rev. Sir Vyvyan Bart.” (13 June 1912 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1912: “…and J Williams, bandmaster, Redruth Town Band.” (14 November 1912 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1913: “The annual tea treat was held Thursday. Redruth Season Band headed the procession, which visited Barripper, Ramsgate and Penponds, and then returned to a field …” (17 July 1913 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1914: “…celebrated their annual Sunday school festival on Saturday. The officers and members marched up and down the village. Redruth Hungarian Band was in attendance.” (25 June 1914 – The Cornish Telegraph)
The activities of Hungarian and German Bands seem to have ended at the outbreak of WWI. (Victorian Reduth)
1914: “… sunshine weather favoured Penponds tea Fast Wednesday afternoon, when headed by Redruth Season Band, the … and also visited Barripper. The evening a very large number of visitors attended, …” (2 July 1914 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1914: Mr W Halstead conducted Redruth DCR Band at Camborne Contest.
1914: “… Fore-street in the evening and Treruffe Hill in the morning. The day closed with a great procession, headed by the Redruth Town Band, and mass open-air meeting in the fair Meadow. The president will preside, and addresses will be given by the Revs, D. J …” (9 July 1914 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1915: E C Wills Redruth DCR Band MD (JB / Contest archive)
E C Wills, Lelant Brass Band MD, resigned to conduct Redruth Band.
Redruth Band and Redruth DCR Band disbanded during WWI.
1919: Redruth Town Band re-formed.
1919: Redruth Town Band at St Agnes Wesleyan Sunday School tea (RCG 6th August 1919)
1920: “…The Redruth Salvation Band played several selections of music.” (25 August 1920 – Cornishman)
1921: “… Street United Methodist Sunday school annual tea-treat was held on Thursday afternoon. A procession, headed by the Redruth Town Band, paraded the principal streets of the town, afterwards proceeding to a field at Penventon, by permission of Sir Arthur Carkeek …” (21 July 1921 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1921: “North Country. … Country Primitive Sunday School was held on Saturday in brilliant weather. After marching to Redruth, headed by the Redruth Town Band, the scholars returned to a field, kindly lent by Mr. E. …, where they were regaled with tea and buns. …” (11 August 1921 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1921: “…on Sunday and the morning service was attended by the Redruth Town Band, under Bandmaster H. Venton…”(10 November 1921 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1921: “… refreshing to hear the old time-honoured strains once more. The Tin Miners’ Choir sang in the streets and Redruth, Four Lanes and Carharrack Bands rendered selections. The former patrolled parts of Ihe town during the morning.”(29 December 1921 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1922: “… Successful effort for the funds. Opened by Capt. A Leslie were song by congregation and choirs of the various churches
and chapels, led by Sergeant Beath, bandmaster of the Redruth Volunteer Band, the band accompanying. The proposed congratulatory address from the town of Redruth to the Queen was read …” (24 August 1922 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1922: R H Venton, Redruth Town Band MD.
1922: Rugby Football. … defeated by two tries 1 penalty goal (9 points), to try 1 mark goal (6 points). Previous the commencement of the game the Redruth Town Band gave selections of music. Penryn opened promisingly, and from a mark a few minutes after starting, Jago landed a beautiful goal …” (16 November 1922 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1923: “… (by kind permission of Mr, L. Holman), and thence on to “Trevu,” where they were regaled with buns and tea. The Redruth Town Band gave selections during the afternoon and evening and programme of sports was arranged (for the children of the combined schools) …” (24 May 1923 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1923: “… During the evening the usual games were indulged in and … music was rendered by the Redruth Town Band, in connection with the Lane End Sunday School, anniversary services were celebrated on Sunday. …”
19 July 1923 – Cornubian and Redruth Times – Redruth, Cornwall, England
1923: “… members of the British Legion, Redruth Ambulance Brigade, Fire Brigade, Redruth Police, and …, headed by the Redruth Town Band, attended the morning… at the Primitive Methodist Church. where the preacher was the Rev. A. Tanner (St. Day), …” (15 November 1923 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1924 circa: E C Wills, Redruth Town Band MD.
1924: “Redruth Town Band, under Mr. E, Wills the new bandmaster, rendered selections of music in Alma Place …”(22 May 1924 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1924: “… Primitive Sunday School held their annual treat on Saturday afternoon. A procession was formed at the school and, with Redruth Town Band supplying the music, a visit was made to Redruth. Afterwards The Company returned to a field in North Country…” (31 July 1924 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1924: “… Divisions St John Ambulance Brigade, and Redruth Friendly Society should parade the streets of the town, headed by Four Lanes and Redruth Bands, were to give a sacred concert Penventon during the evening but this had to be abandoned as well.”(7 August 1924 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1924: “St. Day. … Wesleyan Sunday-school annual treat look place on Thursday. The teachers and scholars, headed by the Redruth Town Band, paraded the streets of the district, and partook of tea and buns …” (7 August 1924 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1924: “The Redruth Town Band, under Bandmaster E Wills, was in attendance, and played selections before the kick-off and again the interval…” (9 October 1924 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1924: “…The procession was headed by Redruth Town Band, Bandmaster Wills.” (23 October 1924 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1924: “Illogan. … Service was attended by members of Redruth and Pool Ambulance Brigades, Highway Branch of the British Legion, and the Redruth Town Band. In the afternoon excellent musical service was given by the Redruth Primitive Chapel choir …”(6 November 1924 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1925: “… distributed from the Christmas tree. Lady Carkeek forwarded a gift of money and fruit for each child. Christmas Eve the Redruth Town Band visited the Institution and Christmas morning the Illogan Band…” (8 January 1925 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1925: “… Ancient Order of Buffaloes, in full marching regalia, ex-service men. and the Lanner footballers, and, headed by Redruth Town Band, under Mr. Wills, marched to the top of the hill, where they were met by the Redruth branch of the St John Ambulance Brigade …” (16 April 1925 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1925: “Lanner … Methodists had their annual tea treat Thursday last when the scholars, headed by the Redruth Town Band (under Mr. Wills) paraded the village to Trevarth, the residence of Mr. T. Balph and thence to a field …” (23 July 1925 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1925: “Lanner. … Sunday evening the Redruth Town Band, under Bandmaster Wills delighted a large gathering with a well sustained programme of music in the Melrose Grounds, lent Mr W. Aver. The proceeds were divided between the Redruth Division of the St. John Ambulance …” (6 August 1925 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1925: “Sir Edward Nicholl, of London. … under Court News, that Sir Edward has been appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of London. The drummer boy in the Redruth Town Band has had many surprises in the course of his strenuous and successful career; but whatever dreams he had when a working lad in the Carn Brea railway repair shop, he has never claimed, like Dick Whittington, to have dreamt or heard the bells telling him, that he would be “thrice Lord Mayor of London, or rather Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the greatest city” in the world, with its seven-million population. …” (19 August 1925 – Cornishman)
1925: “Redruth Town Band, under the direction of Mr. K. C. Wills, gave a splendid concert at the Park Sunday evening to a large and appreciative attendance.” (20 August 1925 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1928 circa to circa 1930: R W Floyd, Redruth Town Band MD.
1928: “… The carnival procession was headed Redruth Town Band, under Mr W J Floyd…” (4 August 1928 – Western Morning News)
1929: Redruth Town Band contesting under R W Floyd. (Contest archive)
1929: “On Sunday at Four Lanes an open-air concert was given by Redruth Town Band, under Mr W J Floyd.” (28 May 1929 – Western Morning News)
1930: “Illogan Highway Wesleyan Sunday-school annual festival was held on Saturday. Music was provided by Redruth Town Band, under Mr J W Floyd…” (7 July 1930 – Western Morning News)
1930s: Redruth Band made the first BBC broadcast by a Cornish band. (A claim made by at least three bands)
1930 circa to 1932: E J Williams Redruth Town Band MD.
1931: “Redruth Town Band, under Mr E J Williams, gave a concert on the Recreation Ground. Redruth, on Sunday night.”(2 June 1931 – Western Morning News)
1931: “…received by the host and hostess and the President and Mrs Ford Reed. Selections were rendered during the evening by Redruth Town Band, conducted by Mr E J Williams, and vocal items were contributed by the Camborne Centenary Male Quartet.” (9 July 1931 – Western Morning News)
1931: “Redruth’s First Carnival. Redruth made a success of its first essay at carnival. It took place on Saturday and was in aid of the funds of the Town Band. Excellent weather prevailed. There were over 300 entries, and the procession was nearly two miles long; thousands lined …” (10 September 1931 – Cornishman)
Redruth Town Band early 1930s (Photo: courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
Back row: Joe P Reynolds, Clifford Harris, Otto Rhilmann, Stanley Coombes, Jack Williams, Ivor Watts, Harry Eddy, Stanley Parsons, Telfor Kent
Middle row: Sam Chegwidden, T Gilbert, George Martin, Walter Williams, J Gilbert, Fred Bawden, Richard “Dick” Bray
Front row: George Robinson, Richard “Dick” Penaluna, Norman Reynolds, Ivor Hosking, Charles Baker (MD), Ernie Pearce, William “Bill” Tremain, Alfie Opie, J Parkin
1932: “…The Fire Brigades in the procession were from Camborne, Redruth, St Ives and Falmouth. The bands taking part were Camborne Town, Redruth, Gweek, St Erth, Hayle, and Helston…” (23 June 1932 – Cornishman)
1932: “Perranporth Carnival. …were distributed by the queen and music for the procession was provided by Camborne Town Band under Mr A W Parker, Redruth Town Band under Mr E J Williams and Perranporth Town Band under Mr H Robins. The queen led off a dance at the Women’s Institute…” (11 August 1932 – Cornishman)
1932: “Redruth new bandmaster. Mr C H Baker of St Dennis appointed. The committee the Redruth Band are determined to place them a better …, so that in the future they may have fair chance of competing successfully with the other leading …”(15 September 1932 – Cornishman)
1932 to 1934: C H Baker, Redruth Town Band MD.
1933: “Cornish bandsmen will learn with interest that Mr C H Baker, conductor of Redruth Town Band, and formerly conductor of the popular St Dennis Band, has been appointed conductor of Falmouth Town Band.” (30 March 1933 – Cornishman
1933: “Bandmaster Baker to take Falmouth Band. Cornish bandsmen will learn with interest that Mr C H Baker, conductor of Redruth Town Band, and formerly conductor of the popular St Dennis Band, has been appointed conductor of Falmouth Town Band. …” (30 March 1933 – Cornishman)
1933: “… Music was provided by Redruth Town Band, under Mr C H Baker; …” (31 August 1933 – Cornishman)
1934: “… conducted by Mr. W. 0. Harris, and assisted by Redruth Town Band. The proceeds were in aid of the Redruth Hospital. Hayle Town Silver Band rendered selections of music in the grounds of St. Michael’s Hospital on Sunday evening. There was a fair attendance …” (24 May 1934 – Cornishman)
1934: “At Redruth, Treruffe Hill Methodists Sunday-school annual festival took place on Thursday of last week. Headed by the Redruth Town Band, under the conductorship of Mr C H Baker, and followed by the minister …” (26 July 1934 – Cornishman)
1934: “Bandmaster to go. … Pay Salary reluctant step at Redruth … disquieting financial position was reported last night to the annual meeting of Redruth Town Band. Mr J J Pascoe, acting …, secretary and treasurer, said the committee felt that their resources would not permit the employment of a bandmaster at the salary of per annum at present being paid to Mr. C. H. Baker, and accordingly they had reluctantly given Mr. Baker notice to terminate his appointment on October 3. … Crystal Palace Contest. The President (Mr. C. J. Cooke) said there was no question that Mr. Raker had served the band exceedingly well and had brought about considerable improvement, which was greatly appreciated by the townspeople generally. The only reason for the committee’s decision to dispense with Mr. Baker’s services was on the grounds of inability to meet the expenditure entailed In his appointment. Mr. Cooke announced that the band had entered for the Crystal Palace contest, and that Mr. J. D. Howarth, of Westminster, had generously offered to defray the whole the expenses associated with the band’s visit to London. In view of Mr. Howarth’s great generosity on this and previous occasions, Mr. Cooke proposed his election as president of the band, and this was carried unanimously. …” (21 September 1934 – Western Morning News)
1934: “Cornish Band at Crystal Palace. The Parish Council adjourned for half-an-hour so that the members might …Church Corner to wish the band good luck. Redruth Town Band, who were taking part in the contest for the first time, … 28 competitors. Their journey to London was made possible…” (4 October 1934 – Cornishman)
1934: Redruth Town Band placed 3rd in Junior Shield A of the final of the National Brass Band Championship of GB at Crystal Palace. (Charles H Baker)
1934: “Cornish Bands at Crystal Palace. … returned to Redruth on Sunday morning, very proud of their success and greatly encouraged. Mr. G. W. Cave, conductor of Truro City Band, was one of the adjudicators at the festival for the fifth time. …” (4 October 1934 – Cornishman – Penzance, Cornwall, England)
1934: “Mr A G Richards, of Penzance, till recently bandmaster of St Dennis, has been appointed bandmaster of Redruth Town Band. Mr C H Baker, the Redruth bandmaster, has now returned to St Dennis, and is once more in charge of the clay workers…”(8 November 1934 – Cornishman)
1934 to circa 1939: A G (Tim) Richards Redruth Town Band MD.
1935: “…headed by Redruth Town Band under Bandmaster A G Richards, and members of St Ives and Illogan Ambulance Brigades under Supt. W H Care also attended. The sermon was preached by the vicar, Rev. I F Jolly, and in the afternoon Redruth Band gave…” (2 May 1935 – Cornishman)
1935: Redruth Town Band placed 4th in Section Four / Junior Cup B final of the National Brass Band Championship of GB at Crystal Palace. (A G Richards)
1935: “Cornish Band’s Success. … west was not represented in the Shield contest, which was won by Blackall Colliery, Durham. Redruth Town Band were placed fourth in the Junior Cup contest. Stithians Silver Band was placed fourteenth out of 34 competitors in their …” (3 October 1935 – Cornishman)
1936: “Redruth Band will broadcast from the West Regional on February 11th, under the baton Mr A G Richards. It is the band’s first broadcast. …” (16 January 1936 – Cornishman)
Redruth Town Band’s signature tune was White Ruth by A G Richards.
1936: “…Cornish concert will be relayed …. The artistes will be Miss Pinch (contralto) and Redruth Town Band, conducted by G Richards. This band has been in existence for 25 years, and during the last twelve months has won nine…” (30 January 1936 – Western Morning News)
1936: “Two Broadcasts from Bodmin. Redruth Town Band will make their microphone debut on Feb. 11. Their conductor, Mr. Arthur G. Richards, conducted St Dennis Silver Band when they made the first broadcast from a Cornish borough in April 1934. …”(6 February 1936 – Cornishman)
1936: “…from the Foster Hall, Bodmin. Marjorie Pinch (contralto) will be the soloist with the Redruth Town Band which will conducted by Arthur G. Richards. The Redruth Town Band have been in existence for about 25 years and all the members are amateur musician …” (11 February 1936 – Western Daily Press – Bristol)
1936: “Cornish Concert; Marjorie Pinch (contralto); Redruth Town Band, conductor, Arthur G Richards, from the Foster Hall, Bodmin.” (11 February 1936 – Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer)
1936: Redruth Town Band participated in Section Three / Junior Cup A final of the National Brass Band Championship of GB at Crystal Palace. (A G Richards)
1936: “…Addresses were given the Chairman, Rev. Y V F Kirk (vicar), and Mr P C Oliss, Redruth. The band [Redruth Town Band] which was under the direction of Mr T Hubbard, gave an evening concert at Crellow House…”(18 August 1936 – Western Morning News)
1936: “…judges; and all who had worked in connection with carnival week and helped to make successful. Mr Johns mentioned that Redruth Town Band had been advanced to the third section for the Crystal Palace contest at the end of September, …”(20 August 1936 – Cornishman)
1936: “… prevailed and a fine crowd gathered on the Redruth ground. Before the kick-off they were entertained by selections by the Redruth Town Band, conducted by Mr A J Richards. Gloucester kicked off against the wind …”(17 December 1936 – Cornishman)
1937: “… Redruth Silver Band visited Penzance Wednesday evening and rendered an excellent selection of music, under the conductorship Mr. A. G. Richards (of Penzance). Their programme included the Student Prince, …”(24 June 1937 – Cornishman)
1937: Redruth Town Band participated in Section Three / Junior Cup A final of the National Brass Band Championship of GB at Crystal Palace under A G Richards.
1939: “… Music was supplied by Redruth and St Agnes Town Bands, under Bandmasters A G Richards and F C Langford. Before the carnival procession left the field, the carnival …” (10 August 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: “… was manifest in the marriage in Redruth Wesley Methodist Church, on Thursday, of Mr Leslie Truran, bandmaster Redruth Salvation Army Band, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J Truran. of 19. Dolcoath-road. Camborne, and Miss Janie Roskrow, …” (25 December 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: Redruth Town Band struggled on during the early years of WWII but eventually disbanded. (John Brush)
1939: “… Methodist Church sang carols to the inmates, and also presented them with gifts of fruit, etc. Redruth Town Band paid their annual visit to the institution on Saturday. Santa Claus visited the nursery on Christmas morning, …”(25 December 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
Redruth band room suffered a direct hit by an enemy bomb causing the destruction of all instruments.
WWII: 9th Battalion Home Guard Band formed.
Redruth Home Guard Brass Band – nb some names do not match photo position (Photo: unknown)
(courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
1945: “Continuing the annual festival of Redruth Salvation Army Band, a programme was rendered in the hall on Thursday evening by the band of St Ives Salvation Army Corps, …” (30 August 1945 – Cornishman)
1945: “Cornwall versus Devon … to make one alteration in their side, Phillips, of Redruth, filling the place of R. Matthews, of Penzance. The Redruth Silver Band played selections prior to the game. Cornwall kicked off, but were immediately penalised, and Devon, under the kick, reached …” (14 November 1935 – Cornishman)
1946: Redruth Town Band re-formed.
1946: P Clotworthy, Redruth Town Band MD.
1946: “Redruth’s Band – Redruth townsfolk will welcome their town band when it makes its first re-appearance post war…”(2 May 1946 – Cornishman)
1946: “… instrumentalist, band trainer and conductor. A talented player of the euphonium, Mr Floyd was many years ago bandmaster of Four Lanes Brass Band. Later, he held a similar appointment with Redruth Town Band. He was also one of the founders of Loscombe-road Methodist …” (30 May 1946 – Cornishman)
1946: “Redruth Band resignation of Musical Director. There have been 23 applicants for the position of musical director of Redruth Band vacated by Mr P Clotworthy. This was announced at the band’s annual meeting on Tuesday, when regret was expressed that …” (3 October 1946 – Cornishman)
1946 to 1949: Albert S Grant, Redruth Town Band MD
1946: “St Euny Feast … Parish Church when the preacher will be Dr. John Holden. Assistant Bishop of Truro. He hoped that the resuscitated Redruth Silver Band would accept their invitation to lead the procession. The Chamber acceded to the president’s request …” (26 December 1946 – Cornishman)
Redruth Town Band 1946/1947 at Tolvean House (Photo: courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
Back row: F Williams (bass drum), F Williams (soprano), R Jennings (principal solo cornet), L Truran (solo euphonium), O Rhylmann (solo cornet), G Eustace (2nd baritone), S Parsons (2nd cornet), H Evans (baritone), unknown, T Dunstan (solo baritone), H Eddy (flugel), B Faulkner (1st horn), J Williams (solo cornet),
F Bawden (solo horn), F Thomas 2nd/3rd cornet), D Parkyn (side drum)
Front row: E Pearce (2nd euphonium), G Robinson (double bass), T Dunstan (Eb bass), F Richards (solo trombone), E Bray (2nd trombone), Albert S Grant (conductor),
D Penaluna (2nd trombone), N Reynolds (bass trombone), A Opie (Eb bass), R Penaluna (double bass)
Seated: L Pearce (2nd horn), C Opie (2nd cornet)
Redruth Town Band 1947 at the Regional Championships at Exeter where they were placed second in the fourth section behind Swindon Railway
(Photo: G Heanly courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
Back row: Fred Williams (soprano cornet), Roy Jennings (solo cornet), Otto Rhilman (solo cornet), Jack Williams (solo cornet), Mr Paul (Committee),
Fred Williams (sectretary/bass drummer)
Middle row: Ernie Pearce (2nd euphonium), Les Truran (solo euphonium), Tom Dunstan (solo baritone), Geo Eustace (2nd baritone), Harry Eddy (flugel),
Len Parce (horn), Clarence Opie (cornet), Bernard Faulkner (1st horn), Stanley Parsons (2nd or 3rd cornet), Fred Bawden (solo horn)
Front row: Norman Reynolds (bass trombone), Ernie Bray (2nd trombone), Freddie Richards (solo trombone), A W Grant (conductor), Tom Dunstan (Eb bass),
Alfie Opie (Eb bass), Geo Robinson (double bass), Dick Penaluna (double bass)
1947: “…Association on Saturday evening, when it was reported that the instruments of the Battalion had been purchased by the revived Redruth Band.” (6 March 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “…ambulance men and nurses, boy and girl cadets, and N.F.S. men, marshalled by Corps Supt. C C Pellowe and headed by Redruth Silver Band, under their newly-appointed director, Mr Albert S Grant. …” (8 May 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “Redruth Silver Band, with their musical director, Mr A S Grant, played Redruth Victoria Park on Sunday evening for the first time. Proceeds of £13 will go towards the national area band contest at Manchester in November…” (26 June 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “… a donation, and agreed to decorate premises where possible. To benefit by the carnival are Redruth St. John Ambulance, Silver Band, and Cornwall Blind. Mr. A. Vague, welcomed the chairman as new treasurer, said the Chamber had £33 to its credit …” (3 July 1947 – Cornishman – Penzance, Cornwall, England)
1947: “… Courtenay Jacobs, Messrs. H. Kitchen (superintendent), and T. P. Jenkin (general secretary), and headed by the Redruth Silver Band, they paraded the village including Chariot-road, where they halted and played to Mrs. S. Jose, Mr. and Mrs. F. Opie, …” (10 July 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “The funeral of Mr. Hart Biddick (67), of Blowinghouse, near Redruth, took place last week at Illogan parish church. Rev. W. E. W. Wycliffe- Jones officiating. Mr. Biddick was a well-known euphonium player and played for many years with the former well known Illogan Military Band, and since then had assisted the Redruth Town, Home Guard and the Carharrack and St. Day Silver Bands and various orchestras, and he had also spent some time in the U.S.A. …” (17 July 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “… was given by the Redruth Silver Band (musical director, Mr. A. S. Grant). The programme included a cornet solo, Love’s own Sweet Song and the concert piece, Pixies’ Parade. The proceeds, shared by the Redruth Silver Band and Illogan Ambulance Division …” (31 July 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “… scholars and teachers, with Messrs. W. H. Langford and H. J. Keast (superintendents) paraded the village, headed by Redruth Silver Band, and the traditional serpentine walk took place in the Square. Miss A. Langford, general secretary, supervised the day’s …” (31 July 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “… Selections were rendered each evening by Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. A. S. Grant. Carnival Week Redruth’s annual week of carnival festivities opened on Sunday night, when Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. A. S. Grant, gave a programme in the Recreation …” (14 August 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “Carnival Week a Triumph. … Music was supplied by Redruth and Truro Silver Bands and the Bugle Band of Redruth Ambulance Divisions. At the Recreation Ground the prizes were distributed by Cmdr. Agnew …” (21 August 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “Miss Cornwall. … this event, the profits of which will be divided between Cornwall Blind, the Redruth St. John Ambulance Division, and the Silver Band. …” (18 September 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “… Band Lovers’ Chance. This time last year the Cornishman reminded Camborne-Redruth band lovers that Camborne Town Band, in the first rank of brass bands, still needed money for its Albert Hall visit…” (2 October 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “Redruth Silver Band organised a dance in the Ambulance Hall on Saturday with music by the Tophatters, with Mr. E. J. Trevarthen. …” (16 October 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “Band Needs New Instruments. Redruth Silver Band supporters on Thursday heard the band needed nearly £600 for new instruments. Mr A S Grant, their musical director, said they had to have at least three instruments costing £387, …”(23 October 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “Hour of Memory of Two Wars. … Feature of Redruth’s united morning service was the playing in Plain-an-Gwarry Methodist Church by the Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. A. S. Grant. Rev. L. Keeble conducted this service at which both the senior and junior, choirs sang special hymns …” (13 November 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “… Proceeds were for Adult School funds. Redruth Silver Band, director Mr. A. S. Grant, gave a concert in Redruth Ambulance Hall on Sunday evening. Mr. Foster Hooper (bass) was soloist …” (20 November 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “Redruth Silver Band organised a dance at the Ambulance Hall on Saturday, raising over £30 for band funds. …”(11 December 1947 – Cornishman)
1947: “… Methodist Church gave a concert of Christmas music in the Lecture Hall on Thursday evening. Rev. M. A. May presided. Redruth Silver Band fund will benefit from a dance in the Drill Hall on Saturday. Ted Uren’s Falmouth Band had Messrs. Penaluna and Adams as …” (25 December 1947 – Cornishman)
1948: “First Feast Of The Year. ,,, and Cadet Divisions (Corps Supts. C. C. Pellowe and Miss F. W. Paul), and Redruth N.F.S. (Coy. Off. F. Johns). Redruth Silver Band led the procession of which Corps Supt. Pellowe was marshal.” (5 February 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Civic and Church Work Combined. … parade, marshalled at the Town Hall by Corps.-Supt. C. C. Pellowe, of St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, and headed by Redruth Silver Band, were Redruth Chamber of Commerce, with its president, Mr. J. T. Odgers, with uniformed contingents from the Ambulance, …” (12 February 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Redruth Silver Band, under its director, Mr. A. S. Grant, gave a concert in Redruth Ambulance Hall Sunday evening.”(19 February 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “…London again by leading the championship section at Exeter in the qualifying contest of the National Brass Band Contest. Camborne Town Band, under Mr A W Parker, will once again represent the West at the Albert Hall. Redruth Silver Band, under Mr S Grant added to their laurels by winning the second section.” (25 March 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… Redruth Silver Band supporters enjoyed a social and dance in the Ambulance Hall on Thursday. Mr. W. Nye was M. C and vocal and musical items were given by Mrs. E. J. Williams (Lanner), Miss Tripconey (Illogan), Miss Hancock …”(25 March 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… people’s service in the Ambulance Hall in the evening, at which Mr. D. Foot Nash (Plymouth) will give the address and Redruth Silver Band will play. St Ives Salvation Army Band and songsters were welcomed at Redruth Salvation Army hall …”(25 March 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Redruth Silver Band held a dance, organised by Mr. R. J. Vincent (secretary), at the Drill Hall, Redruth …”(8 April 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… continued support from townsfolk as well as the committee, Mr. Parker welcomed Mr. A. S. Grant, musical director of Redruth Silver Band, who is also a member the National Brass Band Club and a teacher of the Brass Band College of Music. …” (6 May 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… Divisions of the Redruth Corps, assembled at Carn Brea and marshalled by County Officer Jackman. and headed by Redruth Silver Band, marched to Tuckingmill Wesley Methodist Church, where Rev. M. A. Maygave the address. …”(6 May 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… Aldridge demonstrated traditional songs and dances at Redruth Women’s Institute last week. Mrs. F. Clemo presided. Redruth Silver Band organised the Flora Night dance in the Ambulance Hall on Saturday, Mr. K. Langdon was M.C., with the Premier dance band …” (13 May 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Redruth Silver Band and Four Lanes Male Voice Choir gave a concert in the Fair Ground at Redruth on Sunday evening. Mr. H. Rich presided, …” (20 May 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “A concert by Redruth Fore Street Methodist choir and Redruth Silver Band in Redruth Ambulance Hall on Sunday evening raised £18 for band funds.” (10 June 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Paynters Lane End Redruth Silver Band. Mr A. S. Grant, headed the Parade at Paynters Lane End Sunday-school at their tea treat on Saturday …” (17 June 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Redruth Exhibition Society President: H. Rich, Esq. The Annual Exhibition of Horses, Cattle, Dogs, Cage Birds, Pigeons, Rabbits and Horticulture … including the Jack Cliff Perpetual Cup (value £50) for the best horse bred in Cornwall. Special Engagement of Redruth Silver Band Musical Director: Mr. Albert S. Grant, A.8.C.M., 8.8.C.M. Gates open 10 a.m. Judging (Horse Section) commences 11 a.m. …” (24 June 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Redruth Silver Band, under Mr A S Grant, and the choir of Fore Street Methodist Church, under Mr Donald Broad, took part in a concert …” (15 July 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. A. S. Grant, and the choir of Fore Street Methodist Church, under Mr. Donald Broad, took part in a concert …” (15 July 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: Redruth Town Band participated in the fourth section final of the Daily Herald contest at Bellevue, Manchester.
1948: “On Sunday evening, when the weather was bad, Redruth Town Band (under Mr O Rhilmann), gave a concert in Illogan Highway Fore-street Methodist schoolroom instead of in the open air…” (22 July 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… About 80 children paraded behind Redruth Silver Band to the recreation ground, where sports were arranged by the Supts., Messrs. W H. Curtis and W. Glasson, and the Sunday-school teachers. Redruth Silver Band and Chacewater male voice choir …” (29 July 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… procession through the village headed by the school superintendents, Messrs. W. H. Langford and H. J. Keast and Redruth Silver Band, ended with the traditional “serpentine walk” in the Square. During the evening the band, under Mr. O. Rhilman, gave selections …” (5 August 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… This opened on Sunday evening, a fine night between two indifferent ones, with a concert by Redruth Silver Band, a combination which under their musical director, Mr A S Grant, is rapidly achieving popularity.” (12 August 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… This opened on Sunday evening with a fine night between two indifferent ones with a concert by Redruth Silver Band, a combination which under their musical director, Mr. A. S. Grant, is rapidly achieving popularity. …” (12 August 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… of children, thrilled by their unexpected ride. It was unexpected because this second duck should have carried Redruth Silver Band, since these musicians thought its movement might upset their playing, they preferred to parade on foot. …” (19 August 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “…drumhead parade service yesterday. It was held the Drill Hall because of the weather. A parade … the service was headed Redruth Band, under Bandmaster O Rhilman, and included representatives of Camborne-Redruth RAF Association, Redruth British Legion…” (13 September 1948 – Western Morning News)
1948: “By so many to so few. … which he is chaplain. The parade, under Corps.-Supt. C. C. Pellowe, marched in procession to the hall, headed by Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. O. Rhilman. Included were members of Camborne-Redruth R.A.F. Association, under Air Commodore S. S. Benson …” (16 September 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… event was Mr. J. N. Johns, vice-chairman Mr. F. D. Johns, secretary Mr. E. W. Johns, and treasurer Mr. C. J. Hawke. Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. C. Railman, played selections during the evening which concluded with a fireworks’ display and dances in the Drill …” (16 September 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Several Charities Will Benefit. … Daphne Smitheram. This parade of carnival royalty was capped by the presence of the Carnival King, Mr. E. Wallace. Redruth Silver Band brought music to the parade, marshalled by Mr. P. J. R. Martin, and Redruth Fire Service, under Station Officer F. Johns …” (23 September 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… committee president, of an £85 cheque to Mr. George Russell, Albany’s president. The committee also gave £5 to Redruth Silver Band for its good work for the Carnival, which was accepted by Mr. A. Mitchell …” (30 September 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… Redruth Silver Band organised a dance in the Thornton Hall on Saturday. Mr. R Ward was M.C. and music was by Donald and his Metronomes, …” (14 October 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Three new applicants for the position of musical director of Redruth Silver Band have been interviewed, but the committee has not yet made an appointment, supporters heard at the annual meeting on Tuesday.” (4 November 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “West Cornwall’s Part in a Day of Memories. … was assisted by Rev. E. J. Saunders, curate, and Mr. W. J. B. Warner, lay reader. Many Parades In the afternoon. Redruth Silver Band led a parade of Illogan British Legion and other organisations, marshalled by Mr. W. Smith, to the parish church …” (11 November 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “Good Cheer In Hospitals. … red coated nurses, carrying lighted lanterns. Visits were also received from the choir of Redruth Wesley Church. Redruth Silver Band, and Redruth Salvation Army Band. On Christmas morning, Dr. Wainwright (house surgeon), dressed as Father Christmas, …” (30 December 1948 – Cornishman)
1948: “… Bandmaster for several years of Camborne Town Band, Mr. J. Volante has been appointed musical director of Redruth Silver Band in succession to Mr. A. S. Grant, who resigned …” (30 December 1948 – Cornishman)
1949: “… for 40 years a cornet player with the band, has resigned from this position on his appointment as musical director of Redruth Silver Band. Camborne Band’s musical director, Mr A W Parker, re-appointed for his 25th year, has thanked Mr Volante for his…” (13 January 1949 – Cornishman)
1949 to 1952: Joe Volante Redruth Town Band MD. (Cornishman 13 January 1949)
1949: “… pasty supper. Mr. L. Trevena led community singing. Thursday’s variety show in Redruth Ambulance Hall was arranged by the Silver Band …” (20 January 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “The variety show, organised by Redruth Silver Band on Thursday, raised £12 for band funds. Compere was Mr. W. E. Rowe, vice-chairman of the Entertainments’ Committee. …” (17 March 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “Fifteen Hundred at Service. … sang a solo, and Fore-street choir an anthem; Mr. D. F. Broad was organist. The procession to church, led by Redruth Silver Band, under its musical director, Mr. J. Volante, included Redruth and District St. John Ambulance Corps and Cadets, under Corps …” (7 April 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “Paynters Lane End Sunday school annual treat was held on Saturday. The parade of the village was headed by Redruth Silver Band, conducted by Mr. J. Volante and accompanied by Rev. G. H. Simpson and Messrs G. Trewhella and W. H. Roskilly. superintendents …” (16 June 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “’Plane At Redruth Carnival. … Barbara Gilbert and Stephanie Perry. Mr. J. C. Matthews marshalled the parade, and rode his horse at its head, with Redruth Silver Band, under its musical director, Mr. J. Volante. …” (11 August 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “… accompanist. Mr. Lynn Holman. (Camborne, contributed clever lightning’ sketches, and selections were rendered by Redruth Silver Band, under Bandmaster J Volante. Taking part in a variety show in the Drill Hall …” (18 August 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “Furry Dance at Redruth. … The Silver Band played its part in the carnival week opening with concert led by its musical director, Mr. J. Volante, at Buttock-hill …” (25 August 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “Praze Fair Show. … now progress, has raised £170 in the last two years. To the Albany R.F.C. the committee have given £160 and to Redruth Silver Band and Redruth R.A.F. Association £5 each. This year half the proceeds will go towards purchase of equipment …” (25 August 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “… Southgate Cricket Club, who have been able to start their career with a gift of £100 from the carnival committee, Redruth Silver Band, who received £50 tonight, and the district Old Folks’ Club who enjoyed the first outing from the £50 given them yesterday …” (8 September 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “Triumph of Mousehole Girl. … Jacqueline Fewins, queen, Anne Tovey and Dianne Solway, attendants). A fanfare of trumpets, played by four members of Redruth Silver Band, greeted the fairy and carnival queens as they ascended the platform. and a similar honour was accorded Miss June Bunt, …” (15 September 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “… Rev. M. C. Browning, curate, was Bishop’s chaplain. The offertory yielded over £6 for Earl Haig’s Poppy Day fund. Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. J. Volante, led the parade, in which Redruth men and women legionnaires were headed by their presidents, …” (15 September 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “… Air Commodore S. S. Benson, president of the R.A.F. Association, took the salute at a march past led by Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. J. Volante. its musical director. Rev. E. C. Grimwade, of St. Enoder, county chaplain of the A.T.C. preached.” (22 September 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “… modern furniture and other domestic articles offer another exhibition and in Fore Street every day of the week. Redruth Silver Band, led by Mr. J. Volante, will entertain the crowds if weather permits. …” (22 September 1949 – Cornishman)
1949: “Remembrance Celebrations in West Cornwall. … Fire Service, under Sub-Officer B. Richards, Cornwall County Constabulary with Divisional Inspector J. Robins. Redruth Silver Band, under Mr. J. Volante, led the parade in that town, from the War Memorial, where the silence was observed, …” (10 November 1949 – Cornishman)
1950: “New Year’s party on Friday for children of members and committee of Redruth Silver Band was once more voted a success by the 40 children who attended. …” (19 January 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “A dance at Redruth Ambulance Hall on Saturday raised £35 for Silver Band funds. Organiser was Mr. H. J. Vincent, with Mr. K. Langdon M.C., and music by Jimmy Treloar’s band. …” (9 February 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “… assisted by that of the Salvation Army, render well-known airs on the square. Again, Christmas Day, at Redruth, I heard the Town Band and that of the Salvation Army together give more fine renderings of traditional carols, …”(20 April 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Mr. W. G. Pelmear. A lover of music, he was formerly a member of Illogan Military Band, Redruth Military Band and Carharrack and St Day Silver Band. He was also an instrumentalist in Redruth Wesley Orchestra. He was a Trustee Carharrack Mills Hall …” (1 June 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “A flag day for Redruth Silver Band raised £18 10s. Redruth Town Band, under its musical director, Mr. J. Volante, gave a concert in the Park on Sunday evening. Collections were for band funds …” (22 June 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Misses M. Lanvon and Hayes, Messrs. Rigley. b. James C. Opie and L. Dunstan. the evening a concert was given by Redruth Town Band under Mr. J. Volante. The vicar presided and thanked the band, who gave their services. …”(29 June 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Many Entries At Redruth Show. They became part of the tradition. Yesterday there was no band, and neither is one planned for today, not even the town’s own Silver Band. Otherwise, the organisation proved excellent. Entries were high and standard good. Cattle are still to come today …” (29 June 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Navy Week at Redruth. The parade assembled outside the hall, and headed by Redruth Silver Band, under Bandmaster J. Volante, the Constantine Silver Band, marched to the ground. …” (27 July 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Enterprise At Southgate. … by Joyce Stanbury and Kenneth Gill Judges were Mr. and Mrs. Brookes-Green and Mr. C. Simpson was M.C. On Sunday Redruth Silver Band gave an open-air concert at Buckett’s Hill, which brought another £5 10s. Furry Dance on Monday evening …” (31 August 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Commemoration Service at St. Andrew’s Church, Redruth, preceded a parade headed by Redruth Town Band. Salute taken at the March Past after the Service by Group-Captain P. Haynes, 0.8. E., D.F.C., Commanding Officer, R.A.F …”(7 September 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Miss Cornwall, 1950″ … A fanfare of trumpets, played by members of Redruth Silver Band, greeted the successful queens as they were presented to the judge, and a similar honour was accorded Bertha Pomeroy, Mousehole …” (14 September 1950 – Cornishman)
Brothers Leonard and Monty either side of their father, Ernest Pearce, in 1950 and still
wearing their pre WWII uniforms (Photo: courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
1950: “Carnival Time at St. Day. … present with her attendants, Misses Florence Gay and Mary Knowles. They were on a decorated lorry, and preceded by Redruth Town Band, which led the parade. On another decorated lorry was the Fairy Queen, Wendy Hocking, with her attendants. …” (28 September 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Redruth Band on Upgrade. Efforts for new uniforms. The chairman, Mr. L. Williams, presiding at the annual meeting of Redruth Silver Band said he believed it was on the upgrade and that there was more unity than ever before. He especially thanked the ladies …” (26 October 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Torchlight Procession. … evening from the top of Lanner Hill down through Redruth; it was organised by Southgate Carnival Committee and led by Redruth Silver Band. In the procession were Southgate Carnival Queen (Miss Pat Curtis), with her attendants (Misses Yvonne Skinner and Betty …” (9 November 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Torchlight Procession. … recalled by the Torchlight procession organised the Harris Mill Village Hall Committee, Illogan. on Friday. Headed by Redruth Town Band, under Mr. F. Williams, the deputy bandmaster, a procession of 250 mostly in fancy dress and illuminated by 70 blazing torches …” (9 November 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Representatives of various organisations assembled at the headquarters of Illogan British Legion and, headed by Redruth Silver Band, under Mr J Volante (musical director), paraded to the church…” (16 November 1950)
1951: Monty Pearce Redruth Town Band Deputy Bandmaster. (Bugle Contest programme 2008)
1952 to 1955: Alwyn Teasdale Redruth Town Band MD.
Redruth Silver Band lead the Coronation celebrations in 1953 (Photo: courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
Denzil Penrose, Ernie Pearce, Ernie Bray, unknown, Tom Dunstan jnr, Monty Pearce, Otto Rhylman, Jack Williams, Roy Jennings. Syd Davey, Tom Dunstan snr
Ernest Pearce of Redruth Town Band
Cadet Band, St John Ambulance, Redruth, 1950s
1954: Redruth Silver Band placed 1st in the Open section of the SWBBA Contest.
Circa 1955: Redruth Town Band disbanded.
1956: Redruth Town Band re-formed with seven members of the Dunstan family.
1956 to 1970: Otto Rhilman, Redruth Town Band MD.
Redruth Town Band 20th September 1957 at the rear of Tabb’s Hotel where the band rented a practice room (Photo: G Harvey courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
Back row: F Williamson, V May. L Rhillman, K Robins, L Dunstan, C Dunstan, M Stafford
Middle row: unknown, G Phillips, K Roberts, D Johns, J Dunstan, A Kellow, T Johns, D Roberts, Mr May, Mr Dyer, R Lawrence
Front row: T Dunstan, B Dunstan, T Allen, L Truan, O Rhillman, J Caddy, T Dunstan jnr, K Dunstan, H Scholethorpe
The Dunstan family (Photo: unknown)
Redruth Town Band 1960s
Monty Pearce in 1965, composer and member of Redruth Town Band (Photo: Henry Parkinson courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth) Monty was born in 1933
1960s: Trewirgie Secondary School Band contesting under Frank Moore. (Contest Archive)
Redruth Youth Band formed by Clifford Bolitho and Arthur Osborne.
1970 to 1975: Ken Hamlod Redruth Town Band MD.
1971: Redruth Town Band practise room based at Redruth Rugby Ground.
1975 to 1977: Philip James, Redruth Town Band MD.
1977 to 1978: Fred J Roberts, Redruth Town Band MD.
1978 to 1979: Ken Hamlod, Redruth Town Band MD.
1978: Redruth Town Band placed 3rd in the Third section of the Regional Championships under Ken Hamlod playing Call of the Sea by Eric Ball.
1978: Redruth Town Band participated in the Third section final of the National Championship of GB under Ken Hamlod.
1979 to 1980: Albert Chappell, Redruth Town Band MD.
1979: David Frost formed Redruth Junior Band. (Eileen Carter)
Redruth Junior Band 1979 with David Frost. (Photo: Eileen Carter, Perranporth)
Girl standing on left is Diane Pope, little boy with large gasses is Byron Fulcher, Jonathon Carter, Tamsin Carter
1980 to 1981: David W Frost, Redruth Town Band MD.
1980: Redruth Town Band participated in the Second section of the Regional Championships under David Frost playing Concert Overture for Brass Band by Vilem Tausky.
1981 to 1985: Leonard Adams, Redruth Town Band MD.
1982: Redruth Town Band placed 1st or 2nd in the Second section of the Regional Championships.
1982: Redruth Town Band in celebratory mood (Photo: Peter Hughes courtesy Sue Atkinson, St Agnes)
Andrew Caze being lifted aloft by Leonard Adams
1982: Redruth Town Band placed 6th in the Second section of the National Championship of GB. (Leonard Adams)
1983: Redruth Town Band winners of the Royal Trophy at Bugle Contest.
1983: Redruth Town Band placed 1st in the Open section of the SWBBA Contest under Leonard Adams playing Tam O’Shanter.
Redruth Town Band 1983 Leonard Adams MD (Photo: unknown)
1984: Redruth Town Band placed 7th in the Championship section of the Regional Championships under Leonard Adams playing Waverley by Hector Berlioz/Howard Snell.
1985: Redruth Youth placed 1st in the Youth section at the SWBBA Championships under Leonard Adams.
1985: Redruth Town Junior Band advertising for a Bandmaster. (British Bandsman 26th October 1985)
1985: Barry Thomas Redruth Town Band MD.
(Courtesy British Bandsman 26th October 1985)
1986: Redruth Town Band placed 10th at Yeovil Entertainment Contest under Barry Thomas.
1986: Redruth Town Band advertising for a Musical Director. (British Bandsman May/June 1986)
1986: Redruth Town Band participated in the Championship Section of Pontins Regional Championships under Barry M Thomas playing Lorenzo by Thomas Keighley.
1987 to 1990: Derek Johnson, Redruth Town Band MD.
1987: Redruth Town Band placed 2nd in the Second section of the Regional Championships.
(Courtesy British Bandsman 19th September 1987)
1987: Redruth Town Band participated in the Second section final of the National Championship of GB. (Derek Johnston)
1988: Redruth Town Band placed 2nd in the Championship section of the SWBBA Contest playing Judges of the Secret Court.
1990 to 1991: Leon Johnston, Redruth Town Band MD.
1991 to 1993: David Loukes, Redruth Town Band MD.
1991: Redruth Town Band placed 2nd in the Championship section of the 45th SWBBA Championships at Paignton on the 2nd November under D Loukes. (British Bandsman 9th November 1991)
1993 to 1995: F Ralph, Redruth Town Band MD.
Redruth Town Band 3rd July 1993 at Hicks Mill Methodist Sunday School tea treat (Photo: courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
1993: Redruth Town Band placed 1st in the First section of the SWBBA Contest under F Ralph playing Resurgam by Eric Ball.
1994: Redruth Town Band placed 1st in the First section of the SWBBA Contest. (British Bandsman 12th November 1994)
Redruth Town Band probably 1994 (Photo: David Penprase courtesy Paddy Bradley, Redruth)
Back row: Simon Phillips, Jo Ryder-Pollard, F Mills, David Pascoe, A Hardacre, Mark Atkinson, Felicity Danning, Sharon Dower, Chelle Rowling
Middle row: V Danning, , Andrew Sundrey, Ross Buist, Warren Bennett, Norman Johns, Amanda Trevena, Reuben Long, Barry Buist, Andrew Annear, J Phillips
Front row: David Parsons, L Brant, J Ralphs, Russell Buist (Chairman), Francis Ralph (MD), Russell Parsons (Vice Chairman), Steve Thomas, David Coad, B Williams
1995: Alan Toy, Redruth Town Band MD.
1995: “Still Blawin”, the story of Redruth Town Band, was written by Monty Pearce and Denzil Richards.
1996: Redruth Town Band placed 8th in the Second section of the Regional Championships under Alan Toy playing Hollywood by Goff Richards.
1997: Redruth Town Band placed 15th in the Second section of the Regional Championships under Stuart Chappell playing New Buckingham Suite by Andrew Jackson.
1998: Redruth Town Band placed 1st in the Second section of the Regional Championships under M Medlyn playing Culloden Moor.
Redruth Town Band at the Royal Show at Stoneleigh in 1998
1998: Redruth Town Band placed 17th in the Second section final of the National Championship of GB under M Medlyn or Denzil Stephens playing Capriccio by Kenneth Downie.
2005: Redruth Town Band contesting under Norman Johns MD / conductor. (Contest archive)
2015: Sara Munns, Redruth Town Band MD.
2015: Redruth Town Band placed 17th in the Fourth section of the Regional Championships under Sara Munns playing An English Pastorale by Dean Jones.
2016: Redruth Town Band placed 19th in the Fourth section of the Regional Championships under Sara Munns playing The Journal of Phileas Fogg.
2016: Keith Anderson, Redruth Town Band MD.
Redruth Town Band with MD Keith Anderson
At Bugle Contest in 2017
2017: Redruth Town Band placed 1st in section at Exmouth Entertainment Contest
2018: Redruth Town Band placed 8th in the Fourth section of the Regional Championships under Keith Anderson playing World Tour by Dr Rodney Newton
2018: Redruth Town Band placed 1st in the Fourth section of the SWBBA Championships playing Lydian Pictures. Best bass section.
2019: Andrew Craze, Redruth Town Band MD.
2019: Redruth Town Band placed 1st in the Fourth section of the Regional Championships under Andrew Craze playing Stantonbury Festival by Ray Steadman-Allen.
2019: Redruth Town Band placed 2nd in the Fourth section of the National Championships of Great Britain under Andrew Craze playing Beecher Variations by Stephen
Bulla. Report in the Packet Newspaper 2nd October 2019
Andrew Craze (Photo: Band website)
2019 – Redruth Town with MD Andrew Craze at Bugle Contest
2020: Redruth Town Band placed 2nd in the Fourth section of the Regional Championships under Mark Arnold playing Neverland by Christopher Bond.
2020: Redruth Town Band given notice to vacate its band room at Redruth Rugby Ground.
Compiled by Tony Mansell (Bardh Kernow)
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