1. This is a sketch made of George Belton, bandmaster of Kilburn Brass Band in London, during a visit to the Ring O’ Bells Inn in 1870.
Kilburn Brass Band (Middlesex) – Active from 1868 at least. Bandmaster George Belton in 1870. The band organised a “Monstre Fete and Gala” to raise funds on 1 August 1870 at a large field adjoining Mr Bannister’s farm, Kensal Green Lane and engaged the bands of the 20th and 36th Middlesex Volunteers to provide entertainment.
They held a “Grand Vocal and Instrumental Concert” in aid of the Kilburn Dispensary at the Queen’s Arms Hotel, Kilburn on 20 October 1870. In December 1872 they felt it necessary to remind the public that they should not make any payments to the band unless it was to an official representative with a signed card.
Officers included secretary Edmund S.G. Ronchetti in 1870, Mr Biggs in 1874. Conductor M. Seaman in 1871-1873, George Belton in 1877-1879. The band folded in 1879. A successor band (Saxby and Farmer’s Brass Band) being formed in 1880 with M. Seaman as conductor.
2. As I was transferring some old copies of the Musical Progress & Mail from box files to plastic archive boxes, a folded, torn poster fell out of a 1938 bound volume (not one I’d got round to reading/extracting data from yet). It features the solo trombonist of a band “who refused … invitation to … Cairo Red S … at Clacton … and so as not to let … band down. Cheers”. Below this (not shown here) was a hand-drawn map for a suggested route for Sunday, 10am from a location in Uttons Avenue to another in Glendale Gardens. This, together with other road names on the map, pinpointed the town as Leigh-on-Sea (which also fitted the Clacton reference). As the Glendale Garden location was the local Salvation Army the band is almost certainly the Leigh-on-Sea Salvation Army Band. I do have an image of this band, from around that period. I assume the trombonist gave up the chance to play with Cairo Red Shield SA Band, which was active during WW2, on its visit to the UK.