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 1998 they were awarded first prize in the Ripon Music Festival Entertainment Contest held in the town's Cathedral. 1999 brought further fortune with a 1st prize again at Ripon and a win later in the year at the Malton Brass Entertainment Contest. And 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.

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 numbering almost 100 members, backed by a very willing and hard working Committee.

The Senior Band still maintain its high quality and this year, 2020, gained promotion to the 1st section at the Yorkshire Regional Champioships held in Huddersfield Town Hall on Saturday7th March.

Unfortunately due to the present circumstances, like all brass bands and musical organisations in the country, Horbury Band is in lockdown until the foreseeable future.

In the meantime contact is being kept with all members of the band online and we are all waiting until we can get back to rehearsals in the band room.

The Senior and Youth Bands are committed to maintaining high performance standards in all their contest and concert engagements and they look forward to working hard as a team for the future.