Rushden Town

History

Rushden Town Band was formed in 1979 with Peter Berrington as its conductor. It consisted of 10 junior/learner players plus a few interested adults!  In 1983, Kevin Nichols became its MD.  Three years later, the band entered its first contest and was quickly rewarded for its efforts with qualification for the National Finals, 4th Section. Kevin's drive and enthusiasm led to the band becoming very busy performing concerts and contests. In 1988, Lloyd Landry took over as MD.

In 1999, the band performed in the Royal Parks, London under the baton of David Twitchings for the first time, and also saw their first contest win after a long succession of 2nds and 3rds.

After six years, David Twitchings stepped down being replaced by Sean Millsom. From 2000 to 2002, the band continued to maintain a sizeable engagement list although didn't contest.

In December 2002, Lloyd Landry became its conductor for the 2nd time.  Under his direction, the size of the band increased and it started contesting again.  Peter Vine took over the baton in 2004.

During the past 11 years, the band has gone from strength to strength. In 2015, Adele Hudson took over the baton.

Since 2010, Rushden Town Band has represented the Midlands at the National Brass Band Championships in the 4th, 3rd and 2nd Sections.  In January 2017, it was promoted to the 1st Section, and with a second place at the Areas, takes part in the 1st Section for the first time in its history.

First Nationals appearance since 2015 (Section 2). Total of 7 previous Nationals appearances. Best result of 2nd (S3 1959). Qualified for CP 1920, had to wait 39 years until next Nationals appearance (S3 1959). Qualified for S4 1986, had to wait until 2010 before qualifying again (also S4).


Principal Players

Principal Cornet: Jane Nichols

Soprano: John Hudson

Repiano Cornet: Peter Vine

Flugel Horn: Paula Nicholson

Solo Horn: Kate Mullen

Solo Baritone: Mark Hanson

Solo Euphonium: Russell Booker

Solo Trombone: Bethany Peck

E Flat Bass: Becky Payne

B Flat Bass: Bill Layram

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