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Black Dyke Band

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In 1816 a brass and reed band was founded by Peter Wharton in the Yorkshire village of Queenshead, ­later to become Queensbury. John Foster, apart from being the founder of Black Dyke Mills, played French Horn in this band. It has been said on many occasions that Black Dyke was formed from it, however this is not strictly true, as “Peter Wharton’s band went out of existence through loss of members”. In 1833 a new band was formed named ‘Queenshead Band’,which may well have contained players from the former band. It is reported that this Band reached its Zenith from 1838 to 1843, at which time it consisted of 18 musicians”. However it is recorded in the Halifax Courier of the 15th September 1855 that:

Queenshead Band formed early in the century by residents came into difficulties. John Foster & Son, having lately become acquainted with the depressed state of the band determined to make an effort themselves to raise it up again. Accordingly they have purchased from the eminent maker, Mr. Joseph Higham, of Manchester a new set of instruments which have this week been delivered to the band, which in future is to be denominated Black Dyke Mills Band. A new and talented leader, as well as several performers, have been added to the band which now comprises 18 musicians. Messrs. Fosters have provided for them a comfortable room in which they will meet for practising.

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  • ax-ax

    I played a concert with them 2 days ago :) Nicholas Childs signed my t-shirt!

    10 Nov 2008 Reply

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