Some early brass band contests pictured

A huge crowd at the Raith contest – 19th August 1905 – Raith Park, Kirkcaldy. Attracted 17 bands, test piece Tam O’Shanter (Harry Round), adjudicator W.M. Short, won by Polton Mills Band.

The Glastonbury Band Contest – 1st September 1906, won by Aberdare Town Band. Test piece Meyerbeer’s Works, adjudicator Tom Morgan.

One of the Ruardean contests c. 1910.

The Hastings Amusements Association Brass Band Contest – 20th August 1904, at Alexandra Park, Hastings. The Association offered to engage the winning band to perform in the park on the two days following the contest (Sunday and Monday). In the event, the winning band performed on the evening of the contest for dancing, and gave two performances in St Leonard’s Gardens on the Monday. Mr Harvey Du Cros, the Conservative candidate for Hastings, had provided a 50 guinea challenge cup for the contest, and there was an additional £100 in monetary prizes. The bands marched off at five minute intervals from Hastings Pier, to congregate at the Park for the contest proper, which consisted of each band playing two own choice selections. Rushden Temperance, the winners, had been tipped as favourites in advance – as they had only just lost out to Besses o’ th’ Barn Band by two points to come second in the National Championships the previous year – with a national newspaper stating “These shoemakers will thrill you with Wagner until your heart throbs”. George Seddon was the adjudicator and he placed the bands in the following order: Rushden Temperance, Raunds Temperance, Walthamstow Silver, Enfield Town Foresters, Chesham Town, Grays & District Temperance, and Bexley Heath United.

Unknown contest
Unknown contest
Probably not a contest – unknown band playing at Garforth (posing with no music?)
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