History Of The Band

 

The Market Rasen Band, as it is formerly known, goes back a long way. We are unsure of the exact formation date as early records are sketchy and it's hard to piece together but there are references to the band in the local newspapers as far back as the 1880s.

 

 

As was the case for most brass bands, activities ceased to exist with the onset of WW2 and unfortunately, Market Rasen Band lapsed 25 years. In 1966 the band reformed using existing instruments left in storage before the war. It soon became apparent that as more players joined the band new instruments and uniforms would be needed. The money for these was raised at concerts and from the generosity of the people in Market Rasen and surrounding areas, who supported the band through its fund raising events.

 

 

Since its reformation the band has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, not only at sell out concerts but also as a contesting band. Over the years the bands popularity grew not only locally but also nationally and internationally, playing at concerts in Holland, France & Germany. Television appearances and radio broadcasts have been made about the band and a long-playing record was also produced.

 

 

In 1986 the band obtained sponsorship from A.W. Rhoades and Son, a family saddler in Market Rasen who still maintains interest in the band today. In 1996 the band was awarded grants from the National Lottery and the Sports and Arts Council for a set of new instruments and its own practice room.

 

With an Arts Fund Lottery Grant the band was able to set up a junior band using the old instruments that had now been replaced. This became a great success with several of the youngsters working through into the senior band.

 

 

In 2003 the sponsorship was taken over by RPC an international containers firm with strong links to Market Rasen; previously known as Mckecknie and, before that, The Metal Box Company. New banners and uniform was purchased for our 2010 trip to the National Finals Contest to reflect our association with the company. In 2012 the sponsorship was taken over by RESDEV, a resin development company based in Leeds which ended in June 2016.Market Rasen Town Council had taken a leading role in 2016 by raising its funding who has been a secondary sponsor since 2012 and also providing the Festival Hall for free on three events a year which is revised every three years until United Health saw the potential in the Band at the end of 2016 and is now the bands main Sponsor.

 

The Band have Qualified for the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britian in 2005, 2010 and 2013

 

 

Previous Musical Directors of the band are Mr Malcolm Skeels, Mr Geoff Moralee, Mr Derick Ward, Mr Keith Edwards, Mr Robert Hanson, Dr Jon Hall, Mr Barry Mathews, Mr Alan Needham.

 

 

1966 Market Rasen Town Band soon after reformation
1966 Market Rasen Town Band soon after reformation
1966 Five Members of The Hall Family, responsible for the reformation of the Band.
1966 Five Members of The Hall Family, responsible for the reformation of the Band.
1967 First public Concert at the Modern school hall Market Rasen
1967 First public Concert at the Modern school hall Market Rasen
Early Remberance Parade in Market Rasen
Early Remberance Parade in Market Rasen
Marching Through Market Rasen Street's
Marching Through Market Rasen Street's
1971 When the Band won First Major Trophy at City of Nottingham Open Brass Band Contest
1971 When the Band won First Major Trophy at City of Nottingham Open Brass Band Contest
1973 when the band won nine trophies including the prestigious WD and HO Wills finals in London
1973 when the band won nine trophies including the prestigious WD and HO Wills finals in London
Band Celebrating at the four seasons Dunholme after the WD & HO Wills Final Win
Band Celebrating at the four seasons Dunholme after the WD & HO Wills Final Win
1972 & 1978 The band traveled to Holland for a Tour
1972 & 1978 The band traveled to Holland for a Tour
1982 The band became the Kesterby brass band for the TV series Nanny, filmed on location at Tealby, Lincolnshire.
1982 The band became the Kesterby brass band for the TV series Nanny, filmed on location at Tealby, Lincolnshire.
Filming on Location
Filming on Location
Practicing for The Deal Disaster Fund concert at The Drill Hall Lincoln 1989, Playing with five other bands
Practicing for The Deal Disaster Fund concert at The Drill Hall Lincoln 1989, Playing with five other bands
1985 The Bands new Uniforms with money raised by a sponsored bike ride from Market Rasen to Rotterdam
1985 The Bands new Uniforms with money raised by a sponsored bike ride from Market Rasen to Rotterdam
 The bands Long Serving Mascot Fred
The bands Long Serving Mascot Fred
October 1996, New Band Room, Opened by Mayor Councilor Jack Cook
October 1996, New Band Room, Opened by Mayor Councilor Jack Cook
Guest Soloist Glyn Williams
Guest Soloist Glyn Williams

 

 

Sponsors

Patrons

Judith Barnard

Mr G.M Cooper

Diane Cottingham

Ralph Coulson

Gill Fitch

Mr & Mrs C C Hall

Mr & Mrs Dennis

& Joan Hall  

Jossals

Mrs J Lloyd

Marshall Funeral Directors

Mrs Naylor

Mr & Mrs J Nock

Mr John Prince MBE

Mrs Sheila Prince 

Mr T Stanway

Valerie Walsh

Mr Peter Wood