Daventry Band originated in the 19th century, and is thought to have been started as a Fife and Drum Band. Around 1881 the name changed to The Daventry Working Man's Band. In 1927, the band bought its first
uniforms for a cost of £100!! After the end of World War II Daventry and District Silver Band, was formed by the amalgamation of Daventry Town, Long Buckby Town and Long Buckby Temperance Bands.

Daventry Band originated in the 19th century, and is thought to have been started as a Fife and Drum Band. Around 1881 the name changed to The Daventry Working Man's Band. In 1927, the band bought its first uniforms for a cost of £100!! After the end of World War II Daventry and District Silver Band, was formed by the amalgamation of Daventry Town, Long Buckby Town and Long Buckby Temperance Bands.

The band in the early fifties practiced in rooms over a bank in the high street. These being totally inadequate, the first tote in the town was formed and from the proceeds a purpose built hall was constructed in 1960. The band name has changed to Danetre Brass and, following an embarrassing name announcement at the nationals in 1999, the band and committee decided to change to, our current name, Daventry Brass.

The Band has had some notable Band Masters and Conductors. The current band owes its very existence to the hard work, dedication and motivation that was given by Les Clare and the then music teacher at the Old Secondary Modern School, Arthur Jolley. This was continued with many contesting successes between 1965 and 1968, under the directorship of the late Bert Sullivan, the famous Euphonium player, culminating in the band becoming champion band on the Midlands area for the first time in 1968 (thus enabling promotion into the Third Section).

Major achievements came under the influence and directorship of John Frith in the late Seventies. In 1977 and 1979 the band qualified to go to London for the National finals and progressed from the third section into the second section, ultimately being one of the top three bands. The intervening years have been spent endeavoring to maintain standards and consolidate the band membership. To a certain extent this was achieved, though we were back in the third section in 2001. In March 2003 Daventry become regional champions of the 3rd Sections and represented the Midlands at September's Finals in Dundee. This was the second time the band had won it's Regional, in any section, and the 7th time that the band had qualified for the Finals. The other years were 1959, 1964,1966, 1968, 1979, 1989.

The band is currently "on a high" having been Midland Regional Champions for 3 of the last 4 years (2011, 2012 and 2014) and will be contesting at First Section level for the first time in its history from January 2015.

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