The Origins of St Helens Concert Band

The origins of British Concert Bands can be traced back to the 1600s, when the key components of British military music were the trumpet, fife and drum, such instruments being used on the field of battle to transmit orders and maintain a steady march beat. In the 1700s, double reeded instruments, such as the oboe and bassoon were included in military bands, and the function of the bands were expanded to include social occasions….   Click here for more on the origins of St Helens Concert Band



The First decade of St Helens Concert Band

1973 was the band’s first full season of public performances. During 1973 the band played in local parks, working men’s clubs and at the St Helens show. Joining the band required considerable commitment by the parents as the children had to be taken to two rehearsals a week (Wednesdays and Sundays) as well as performances  and the average cost of a musical instrument was £100. (and at that time a brand new Ford Escort 1100 car only cost £900)…..Click here for more on the First Decade of St Helens Concert Band



The Later Years

The early 1980s saw the formation of the Parents Association.The Association supported the band in many ways, but mainly by raising money for band funds.The band took part in concerts with some well known celebrities, including Geoff Love, Stan Boardman and Ken Dodd,  but the band sadly had to say goodbye to the Elephant Hotel in 1985, and moved to the Lingholme….. Click here for more on the Later Years of St Helens Concert Band