History of the Band

The small Yorkshire town of Horbury is proud of it's local brass band which has performed at many festive occasions for well over a century.

Horbury Brass Band as it was originally known was established in 1866. The band was kept busy with all the school feasts, carnivals and festive occasions of those days. Many contests were entered with excellent results, the most notable victory being the one time at Crystal Palace. As a result of this event the band adopted a new title, Horbury Victoria Prize Band.

There have been hard times along the way and none more so than on the 20th of February 1984 when fire completely destroyed the old wooden bandroom in Peel Street, which had been the band's home for many years. However, after some 6 months of hard work raising money and keeping morale high, a new bandroom was designed and built on the old site.

In more recent years successful competition results have been awarded to the band. In March 2000 the band were runners up in the Yorkshire Area Finals which qualified them to take part in the Millennium National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall, London, which was an incredible experience for all involved. In 2011 the band won the Yorkshire regionals, qualifying for the finals held in cheltenam. The band were runners up at the finals and gained promotion to the next section as a result. The Senior Band is currently competing in the first section and have had a solid few years in this section.

Naturally there have been many changes over the years and today the accent is very much on youth. The Horbury Victoria Band now consists of a Senior Band, Youth Band, Intermediate Band and Learner Section, in all over 50 members, backed by a very willing and hard working Committee.

The Youth, Intermediate and Learner bands have recently been through dramatic change. At the end of the pandemic, long time Musical director Tom Greatorex decided it was time to hand the baton over. Tom had been the MD for over 40 years and has an incredible amount to be proud of in his time with us. He now plays Cornet in the senior band and continues to support the organisation in anyway he can. Our youth setup is now the responsibility of the world famous Euphonium player Michael Dodd. Michael is very keen to take the childrens playing to the next level

In March 2022, the bands secretary, Arnold Tattersfield sadly passed away. He had been the secretary for over 42years and its been a loss felt by us all - particularly his wife Carol, who continues to be heavily involved with the band