The band was founded in 1875 as the Tarporley Order of Rachabites Brass Band, and although it has changed its name several times, it has always been playing in and around Tarporley in Cheshire.
We have our own band room and welcome players of any age or ability to help us perform in the local area and community of Tarporley.
"We look forward to playing together and learning as we go. This is a lovely old band, appreciated in our community, and we want it not only to survive but to thrive".
Hon. Secretary, Jonathan Howell
September 15th 2022: We are looking to start adult training sessions on Thursday Evenings. This would be for either for 'new to brass' or perhaps 'lapsed player. Maybe you have experience of another instrument and you want to try something different? Free tuition to enable you to progress with regular instruction to the main band at some point. Please watch for further announcements and check our [ Band FACEBOOK Link ]
April 5th 2022: Unfortunately due to illness, we have canceled the practice this Sunday 10th April. The following Sunday 17th is Easter Day, so no practice until Sun 24th April. Enjoy the break and have a great Easter.
March 10th 2022: The up and coming Jubilee events are going to be busy for the band. Delamere Community have changed their event from the Saturday to the Friday 3rd June to avoid a local clash with Tarporley Village nearby, who had both independently picked Saturday the 4th.
February 2022: Back to regular Sunday practices, and a new music selection for the forthcoming season.
June 2016: After our AGM in May, we have had a few changes. Chris Hardy has been kindly acting as Musical Director and Conductor for a couple of years, and he has now stepped down. The band is grateful to Chris for all his hard work preparing musical arrangements for us and organising our concert and practice programmed. We are now sadly without a conductor at present but are hopeful that this is but a short interlude. As you read this and either wish to help us out either on a temporary basis or potentially more permanently, you are welcome to ether come to our practice and make an introduction to us or seek further details in confidence from the Secretary Alan Walker or Treasurer Jonathan Howell.
Our strategy is to recruit more members and improve the band room to support our members. We have plans in progress for an inside toilet and possibly small refreshment area on a temporary basis while we seek charitable funds for larger improvements. To enable the future success of the band, we have decided to seek Charitable Status, and this will open a range of opportunities to the band in its organisation and community outreach. It is sad to say that a band so long established and with so illustrious a past could close due to a lack of members. The field next to the band room has planning permission for a new housing estate, and once this is completed, a new road will approach the band room and allow some easier access. We hope that this development will aid access for the band members to the band room.
September 2018: With great sadness to this band and many other banding friends, we heard the sad and unexpected news that Trevor Sutherland had died. Trevor, a musician, teacher, conductor, arranger and with associations to many bands and players, over a lifetime of music, was a regular conductor of our band. Trevor was full of enthusiasm and knowledge with a wit and humour that will be greatly missed. The band send deepest sympathy to Rita and his family at this sad time.
Winter 2019:A period of improvements have been started to add a new toilet, kitchen area and storage. The whole hall has been repainted and many areas improved by finishing touches and repair. The furniture has been improved, and a huge tidy up of old things has made quite a difference. With thanks for assistance from the Tarporley Parish Council for the successful grant, which helped fund the materials for the refurbishment.
February 2019: Hilary has kindly offered to conduct the band while we look to the future and try to build the band numbers. With the newly improved band hall, we hope improves our ability to recruit.
March 2020: We are sorry that as the COVID-19 restrictions will not allow band practices to continue and we must stop our regular practices. JH
September 2021: With the easing of lock-down restrictions and availability of vaccines, we are pleased to resume regular band practices on Sundays. This has been the only period where the band has not met since it formed in 1875, including both World Wars, so it has been a disappointment to have had to decline kind offers to play at resuming events this year. We look forward to much happier times ahead.
October 2021: We acknowledge the immense support as a Trustee, Chairman, player and organiser and other significant roles over many years, to Alan Kay, who announced his retirement from the band. In recent years he has played Baritone Horn, and a familiar face at our events, and someone we have been happy to know. We all wish Alan a very happy future. JH.
Wishing Ingrid Victor, who has been playing cornet for quite some time with Tarporley Band, our very best wishes and thanks.
Air from the Water Music - GF Handel, arr Matt Kingston
Theme from film Shrek -John Powel, arr A. Fernie
March: Punchenellie - Jonathan Bates, W Rimmer
The Little Swiss Polka - Edrich Siebert
John Peel - Trad, Arr Fred Mortimer
Moonlight Serenade - Glen Millar, arr. Matt Kingston
Sloop John B - Tradititional, arr. Matt Kingston
Three Blind Mice - Trad. Arr. Matt Kingston
Can you feel the love tonight, Elton John/Tim Rice
Barnard Castle March, Goff Richards
March: Kenilworth, Comp. Edwin Firth
We were proud to play for the celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Practice Times: Sunday from 2:30pm to 4pm. Thursday Evening Lessons (By Appointment) 6:30pm).
Address: The Band Room, Off The Close, High Street, Tarporley, CW6 0DA
NEXT PRACTICE ON: Sun Sept 24. Summer break, Sun 9th July - 24t23rd Sept.
Find us just off the High Street in Tarporley. Find the 'Papillion Shop', then following the sign for 'The Close, walk about 100 yards down the public footpath to our Hall. There is an alternative path from the Rising Sun Car Park across the field or through the field side of the new housing estate on Daffodil Fields.
Find us down the path...
To reserve a date, just send us a message with your outline:-
Although we have a few music scores and instruments that date back a 100 years or more, the historical photo archive is a bit thin. If you are a past member of you have any photos, documents or press cuttings, it would be fantastic to hear from you.
The Friendly Society known as the Independent Order of Rechabites was founded on strict principles of total abstention in Salford on 25 Aug. 1835. The name was derived from the Rechabites spoken of in the prophecy of Jeremiah "who drink no wine" and, as they dwelt in "Tents", the local branches of the order were designated by that name. The "Hope of Tarvin" Tent no.1288 was opened in 1879 in the Winsford and Norley District No.19 and met in the Public Hall in Tarvin. We are still researching the Tarporley IOR.The Tarporley and Clotton Band between 1904 and 1926.
28th Nov 1992, North Wales Rally (Fifth Section), 1, , Trevor Sutherland
7th Dec 1991, North Wales Rally (Fifth Section), 2, , J. Pickering
24th Sep 1989, Burtonwood Brewery Brass Band Championships (Fourth Section), W, ,
19th Mar 1989, North West Area (Fourth Section), Suite for Brass [Davis], David Moulton
18th Sep 1988, Burtonwood Brewery Brass Band Championships (Fourth Section), W, 4,
1st Apr 1988, Pontins Southport (Fourth Section), 19, Stantonbury Festival, 6, David Moulton
27th Mar 1988, North West Area (Fourth Section), 4, Stantonbury Festival, 16, David Moulton
6th Mar 1988, Oldham Contest (Section 4), Stantonbury Festival, 6, David Moulton
15th Nov 1987, Pilkington Northern Open (Section C), 11, Voices of Youth, 11, David Moulton
17th Apr 1987, Pontins Southport (Fourth Section), W, Simon called Peter,
29th Mar 1987, North West Area (Fourth Section), Overture to Youth, 10, David Moulton
1st Mar 1987, Oldham Contest (Section C), 14, Overture to Youth, 14, David Moulton
23rd Nov 1986, Manchester District Contest (Fourth Section), 4, Overture to Youth, 7, David Moulton
16th Nov 1986, Pilkington Northern Open (Section C), 10, Overture to Youth, 6, David Moulton
11th Oct 1986, North East Derbyshire District Council Annual Brass Band Festival (Grade Four), , David Moulton
21st Sep 1986, Burtonwood Brewery Brass Band Championships (Section 'C'), 11, , David Moulton
23rd Feb 1986, NWABBA Contest (Fourth Section), 8, Petite Suite de Ballet, 8, David Moulton
23rd Sep 1984, Burtonwood Brewery Brass Band Championships (Section 'C'), 7, Divertimento [Ball], 7, Kevin Birch
25th Mar 1984, North West Area (Fourth Section), Divertimento [Ball], Alan Brotherston
25th Sep 1983, Burtonwood Brewery Brass Band Championships (Section 'C'), Rufford Abbey, 1, Alan Brotherston
1st Apr 1983, Pontins Southport (Fourth Section), Suite Gothique, 15, Alan Brotherston
20th Mar 1983, North West Area (Fourth Section), First Suite in Eb [arr. Herbert], 14, Alan Brotherston
21st Mar 1982, North West Area (Fourth Section), Excelsior [Hanmer], 17, Dave Newton
22nd Mar 1981, North West Area (Fourth Section), Fantasy for Brass Bands [Wiggins], 12, Dave Newton
30th Mar 1980, North West Area (Fourth Section), Overture to Youth, 5, Dave Newton
14th Oct 1978, Whitchurch (Shropshire) Contest (Section A), 3, Othello, 4, Jim McDean
30th Apr 1978, Buxton Festival (Section B), Call of the Sea, 6, Jim McDean
3rd Apr 1977, North West Area (Fourth Section), Hungarian Fantasy, 9, Jim McDean
10th Apr 1976, Radio Stoke Knock-Out Brass, 4, 4, Jim McDean
27th Apr 1975, Buxton Festival (Section B), Devon Fantasy, 6, Jim McDean
4th May 1974, Senior Trophy, Othello, 20, Jim McDean
5th May 1973, Spring Festival (Junior Shield), W, English Country Scenes,
8th May 1971, Spring Festival (Junior Shield), W, The Seasons [Carr],
7th Jun 1970, Buxton Festival (Section C), Divertimento [Ball], 7, Jim McDean
9th May 1970, Spring Festival (Junior Shield), 3, London River, 3, Jim McDean
12th Apr 1970, North West Area (Fourth Section), London River, 9, Jim McDean
8th Jun 1969, Buxton Festival (Fourth Section), 1, Beautiful Britain, 5, Jim McDean
17th May 1969, Spring Festival (Junior Trophy), Beautiful Britain, 12, Jim McDean
28th May 1960, Spring Festival (Junior Cup), The Princess and the Poet, 12, J. Dunn
13th Apr 1955, Llandderfel Contest, , J. Dunn
9th Oct 1954, North Wales Brass Band Association Selection Contest (Class B), A Welsh Fantasy, W. T. Blogg
3rd Apr 1953, Llandderfel Contest, 3, The Dawn of Spring, Unknown
24th May 1952, Rhyl Contest (Third Section), Wayside Scenes, J. Dunn
24th May 1952, Rhyl Contest (Second Section), Sirius [Wright], J. Dunn
16th May 1910, Hawarden Contest, 5, Robin Hood [MacFarren arr. Godfrey], 1, J. E. Fidler
3rd Aug 1908, Crewe Contest, 2, , Unknown
21st Sep 1907, Sandbach Contest, Daughter of the Regiment [arr. Greenwood], 9, Christopher Smith
7th Sep 1904, Whitchurch Contest, 2, 3, J. A. Greenwood
27th Aug 1903, Ellesmere Contest, 3, Casket of Gems, 3, G. Lindop
Maybe the 1960s. These uniforms are long gone.
The band at the 100 years celebrations in 1975.
Back a while ago, unsure of the date but probably 1960/70s.
September 2010 Article.
BAND SET OUT THEIR STALL FOR THE FUTURE
A welcome addition to the successful Country Market in Tarporley in September was Tarporley Band.
Situated in the middle of the High Street outside St. Helen's Church the Band performed a wide selection of classic Brass Band marches, selections from Musicals and also traditional airs/songs. This seems to have been appreciated by visitors and locals alike as they ventured up and down the High Street between various Country Market Stalls. This is clearly demonstrated by the large collection raised by the band who are very grateful for the generosity shown by all.
In thanking everyone for their support, the band confirmed that the funds raised from this collection (and hopefully also subsequent ones) will go towards funding the setting up of a 'junior band' to introduce the joys of making music to a new generation and ultimately ensuring that new members are available to replace current members as and when they retire.
Tarrporley Band (formerly known as the Tarporley Silver Prize Band) was established in 1875 and the current members would love to think it will still be around in another 135 years time. The monies raised will specifically be used to fund a professional tutor, suitable music for beginners and where necessary some new instruments. If you would like to help financially or just as importantly with your time, please contact the Band Secretary, Martin Brown.
If you wish you had kept up music lessons at school or if you know anyone who you think would like to join the Junior Band (aged from 7 upwards) or for that matter the Senior Band, then please see the web site www.tarporleyband.org.uk.
The new look band room. Toilet to the left and kitchen and store to the right. Mezzanine storage area for all the things you do not use, but don't want to throw away... We all have some of that?
Newly painted band room, ready for players...
Bass drum from the Tarporley and Clotton Band
And now, featuring the new composting toilet facilities...
The Band sets up a 'have a go' tent at the Tarporley Carnival 2019.
Tarporley Carnival 2019 'Have A Go!' ...Blow... go on, make a noise....
Playing at Badgerswood 30th May 2004.
Tarporley Band Marching: Article in Chester Chronicle 17/11/2011 re: 13/11/11 Remembrance Parade with Tarporley Band.
Carnival Time in Tarporley.
Our Practice Hall along the footpath (in panorama).
The Band at Tarporley Carnival 2019, by the Community Hall, under the direction of Hilary.
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