Brotton Brass Band - Events
31 August 1875 - Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Stokesley.
The annual exhibition of plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables etc, of the Stokesley Floral and Horticultural Society was held in the field occupied by Mr Law, situated at the east end of the town. In connection with the show was a band contest, which proved a great attraction. The following five bands came to the scratch: Brotton Old Brass Band, conductor B. Beaver; Guisborough Artillery Brass Band, conductor, W. Winter; Middlesbrough Model Band, conductor Thomas Woods; Normanby Brass Band, conductor Edward Booth; and Whitworth Brass Band, conductor, T. Woods. There were three prizes given, viz.: 1st, £12, 2nd £4 and 3rd, £3. The judge was Mr F. A. Fenders, of York, and his awards were as follows: 1st, Whitworth; 2nd, Middlesbrough; 3rd, divided between Normanby and Brotton Bands
31 July 1876 - Band Contest - Brotton, Cleveland
The first of what is intended to be an annual brass band contest, at Brotton in Cleveland, was held in a field near the village. The weather, unfortunately, was wet and unfavourable, and the persistence with which the rain fell until late in the afternoon, threatened to put an end to the proceedings, but, as the elements took up between three and four o'clock, a commencement was made with the programme. The prizes were not large, £7 and a ten guinea cornet being offered to the first, £5 to the second, and £3 to the third; and five local bands entered, viz. Guisborough Artillery Volunteers, Guisborough Rifle Volunteers, Marske, Skelton Lower Edge, and South Bank. The playing on the whole was creditable, but the playing of Mozart's "Flauto Magico" by the Skelton was evidently the best performance of the day, and secured for this recently-formed band the principal award. South Bank was second, and Marske third. Of the Guisborough bands the Artillery played in better time, and many thought it deserved a better position than it received. Mr T. Woods was judge.
19 September 1876 - Band Contest - Guisborough
Though late in the season the brass band contest which was brought off at Guisborough was in many respects a success. The contest was a local one, and was chiefly promoted by Mr Michael Calvert. Five bands competed, viz. South Bank, Brotton, Skelton, Loftus, and the Guisborough Artillery Volunteer Corps; and the first prize was eventually awarded to Skelton, the second. to Brotton, and the third to South Bank. The prizes amounted to £20.
25 June 1877 - Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
The annual Band contest at Loftus-in-Cleveland took place in a pleasantly situated field belonging to Mr Hunter on the south side of the town, in the presence of a large and gay company from all parts of the district. The prizes offered were £25 to the first, £15 to the second, £9, third, £6, fourth, and £3 fifth, and a prize of two guineas was also offered to the bandmaster bringing the most bands to the ground. There were eight entries, namely: Brotton Brass Band, Black Dyke Mills Band, Mirfield Band, Saltaire Band, Skelton Band, St. Helen's Band (Auckland), Linthwaite Band, and the Meltham Mills Band, but of these only the first six put in an appearance. The Brotton Band, under the leadership of Mr T. Woods, opened the programme with a fine selection from "William Tell", and was followed by Black Dyke Mills, which gave in excellent style "Homage to Wagner". The St. Helen's Band next gave in a creditable manner a selection from "Tanhauser"; and was followed by the Mirfield Band, which gave "The Gem" by Mozart; the Saltaire Band, which gave a selection from Meyeerbeer's "Robert le Diable"; and the Skelton Band, which gave one of the most interesting portions of Mozart's "Il Flauto Magico". The second round, like the first, consisted of selections from the principal composers, and were "Beliseno" (Donizetti); "Atilla" (Verdi); chorus from Handel; "Huguenots" (Meyerbeer); "Tanhauser" (Wagner); "Stiffelio" (Verdi), and were given by the bands in the order named. The Saltaire Band fully sustained the excellent reputation it has gained during the past few years, and the two selections given by it were in themselves a rich musical treat. The Black Dyke Band, which has several times visited Loftus, and has on each occasion obtained a prize, also played exceedingly well, and between these two bands the chief prize rested, and was eventually given in favour of Saltaire. Mirfield was a good third, and St. Helen's a good fourth. Last year the first prize was won by the Linthwaite Band, Saltaire being second. and. Mirfield third. The prize to the bandmaster bringing the most bands was awarded to Mr T. Woods, who entered and led the St. Helen's and Skelton bands. .Mr Fender, of York, officiated as judge. The arrangements, which were under the superintendence .of Mr Wm. Walker, were, as usual, of the most satisfactory character.
16 July 1877 - Band Contest - South Bank, near Middlesbrough
The first of what is expected to be an annual brass band contest, was held at South Bank, near Middlesbrough. Four prizes were offered: the first was £7 in money and a £10 10s desideratum cornet by Besson; the second prize £4 and a £9 9s cornet, by Higham; third, £4; and fourth, £1. The contest took place in Mr Turner's field, and, although the weather was anything but favourable to outside entertainments, a large number of people assembled in the field. Mr James Briggs, of Darwen, officiated as judge. The first prize was awarded to Shelton Brass Band, the second to Wooley Prize Band, third to Upleatham Mines Saxhorn Band, and the fourth to Brotton Brass Band. Thu contest was not concluded till after six o'clock, and an open-air ball was announced to take place in the evening.
7 July 1877 - Band Contest - Brotton, Cleveland
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