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Honiton Band, July 2016

Press Release: Share your musical memories for Band’s Diamond Anniversary
Embargo: 25th July 2016

A local musical institution is set to mark its sixtieth anniversary this year by inviting past and present Honiton residents to share their memories.  Whilst there are records of brass bands in Honiton dating back to the 1800s, the present Honiton Band formed in 1956 when the discovery of a collection of instruments by the then Honiton Borough Council inspired the resurgence of this tradition. Fast forward sixty years and several name changes, and Honiton Band is now looking to mark its diamond anniversary by looking to the past – and the future – with the help of the local community.

The twenty-strong brass band is calling upon past members, Band supporters and local residents to help build a picture of Honiton Band over the last sixty years by sharing their photographs, anecdotes and newspaper clippings. The aim is to share these collective memories at a special diamond anniversary event to be held in the local area, later this year.

Musical Director Liz Carter explains

 “Honiton Band is a community, within a community. A love of music continues to draw people of all ages and from all walks of life to play in and support the Band. Between our main band and our learner musicians, we span seven decades in age and hail from many counties of the UK and beyond.  It is this diversity that continues to spark creativity and passion for the music we play, and we are sure that the past sixty years hold many fond memories and amusing anecdotes for those who have in some way been connected to Honiton Band.

“The Band has been fortunate to have been part of many local events over the years, from summer celebrations to Christmas carols, as well as many family gatherings such as weddings and anniversaries. As Band Members, we all have our favourite memories, and we would love to hear your memories and see your photographs of what Honiton Band has meant to you and those you love over the years.

“Share your memories on our Facebook page (, via email at, or post them to Honiton Band, c/o The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1LZ.”

As well as looking to the past, Honiton Band continues to invest in the talents of learner musicians to keep the brass brand tradition alive in Honiton. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings between 7:30-9:30pm at The Beehive community centre in Honiton, with lessons for learner musicians of all ages and abilities taking place from 6:30pm.

If you are interested in joining Honiton Band or learning a brass instrument, please contact Honiton Band Secretary, Sharon Dibsdall, on 01404 44763 or via email at

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