The Enderby Band
LBBA 1st Section Champions 2013
Midlands Area Champions 2014
Woodfarm Brewery 1st Section Champions and 'Band of the Day' 2015 & 2016
Shirebrook Entertainment Champions 2015 & 2016
The Enderby Band (sometimes referred to as The Senior Band), is the organisation’s premier ensemble and the root from which the Enderby Band Organisation has grown. Village records state that there was a temperance band in Enderby in the 1850’s, however the band was officially formed in 1895 when members of the temperance band joined with a new group to form the Enderby Band.
From these early days the band quickly grew and throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s they were the pride of Enderby and much in demand, often being invited to attend more engagements than they could possibly fulfil. It was not unusual for the band to appear at three different engagements on a Sunday during the summer; church in the morning and then two concerts in the local parks. One tradition that survives to this day is for the band to be out on Christmas and Boxing Day mornings entertaining the residents of Enderby Village with carols and festive music.
During the inter-war years the band was very successful, getting promoted to the highest tier of brass band competition and adopting the name ‘Enderby Silver Prize Band’ as a mark of their achievements. However the onset of World War 2 had the inevitable effect on membership and the standard declined.
After the War, the band reformed, but it seemed destined to never achieve its former glory. In fact by the mid-seventies, the band was all but defunct. At this point Garry Sleath (now one of the Organisation’s trustees), took on the task of rebuilding the band. Success returned to the band, numbers grew and a youth band was formed. Enderby Band again began to achieve significant contest successes and have remained as a top-end First Section Band since the mid-eighties. During this time the band has twice spent time in the Championship Section.
The current band is a well balanced mix of players from our own youth band and a number of experienced players from Leicestershire and the wider East Midlands. We are proud to state that half of the band's current members have come through the ranks of the organisation. Once again the band is enjoying a period of contesting success, with recent appearances at the prestigious Spring Festival in Blackpool, and qualification for the National Finals showing that the band is building a genuine nationwide profile, whilst still being a proud and active member of the local community.
Whilst contest success is good for bragging rights, as a community band, the concert platform is not overlooked. The band’s philosophy is to perform to the highest standard possible, whilst still providing a good value and enjoyable entertainment experience for its audience and its players. As well as its own concerts in and around Enderby, the band has become a regular contributor to events at Leicester’s Curve Theatre, appearing in the Christmas production of Hello Dolly, at Curve’s 5th Anniversary event and for the recent World War 1 and 2 memorial concerts. The band has also featured in two productions of the stage musical ‘Brassed Off’ at the Concordia Theatre, Hinckley and the Little Theatre Leicester. The band also regularly performs at the Pershore Festival of Brass.
Assistant Principal Cornet
Solo Cornet 3
Solo Cornet 4
Solo Cornet 5
Victoria 'Tor' Hodges
Euphoniums and Baritones
Chris 'Stan' Stanley