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The origin of Wellington Silver Band can be found as far back as 1860 when it was called the Wellington Rifle Corps Band, and attached to the 8th Somerset Rifles.  By 1869 another Band, The Wellington Amateur had formed and in 1880 the Wellington Harmonic Society in Tonedale. All three Bands were in demand but in 1886 only the Volunteer Rifle Corps Band remained.

In 1887 the Wellington Town Band was formed with musicians from all around the area.  A new set of instruments were purchased (for £70 including music stands).  Their first open air concert was performed outside of the Squirrel Hotel.

The first World War saw a reduced Band due to many members doing Military service but it did, in part continue.

In 1920-23 Volunteer groups were disbanded and in March 1926 the Band became Wellington Silver Band and by 1934 the Band had adopted a more comprehensive attitude to record keeping with up to date statements showing income and expenditure. The Bands bank balance was £6,16.3d

From 1934 the Band was in great demand playing concerts and charity events around the area. New uniforms in 1931 further enhanced the Bands popularity. A highlight in 1936 saw the Band and the Wellington Branch of the Royal British Legion travel to London.                The Band led the party, marching from Paddington Station to Hyde Park for a service.

1939 again saw lean times in terms of players, many being called up for active service. Some engagements, mainly garden fete's were performed. By 1947 things greatly improved and normal bookings were taken. At the end of 1951 the Band's Bank balance was £147.15s

The Band continued its success over the years winning contests at Crewkerne and Barnstaple in 1957. They have continued to entertain the citizens of Wellington and the surrounding area and go from strength to strength. At the time of writing in 2022 we have over 30 active playing members and have the respect of other Bands in the area.

We have decided not to compete but play for the enjoyment of ourselves and our public.  We do many charity events throughout the year. The Band has competed in its past and achieved the 4th round of the SWEBBA contests.

We are fortunate to have aquired our own Bandroom which is above a retail business we rent out in Wellington Fore Street. Fund raising for the provision of a lift is in progress, much to the relief of our Bass players who bravely manhandle their instruments up and down a sheer flight of steps each band practice!

We practice on a Tuesday evening 7.30pm to 9.30pm and welcome anyone who would like to play with us, or just listen.                Please phone our Secretary to confirm your visit.


(information and photo's courtesy of 'History of Wellington Silver Band, compiled by Len Parsons published in 1987.)