Bands of the past had benefit concerts, much as we do today to a lesser extent. In those days it was usually a means to raise funds for new instruments (or at least some instruments) to start or maintain the band. There are many examples of such concerts being arranged with singers, instrumentalists, comic turns etc. and, occasionally, the band itself playing or contributing individual performances of one sort or another. Quite often the first report of the existence of a band can be seen in the concert(s) arranged to raise the initial funds. This concert, for Cheadle Village Brass Band, was to fund replacement instruments, as the band itself had originally been founded in the 1850’s.