Learners' Band

Early Years 1890s - 1930s

The Band in its Third Century

Post War
Some recollections of this period by John Baker can be found at this link:John Baker

     The Band reformed soon after the war, but in the 1960s it often had to struggle to keep going and in 1968 it went into a short period of hibernation.

In 1969, under the direction of Ted Allison, an ex-army bandsman working at the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill the band restarted. Two bands were formed, the Amesbury Town Silver Band, and the training band, the Amesbury Youth Silver Band. Quite a few parents started learning and playing alongside their children in the youth band. The Band met at the scout hut in Kitchener Road until it was pulled down in 1991 to make way for an extra classroom for Amesbury Infants' School.

     Late in 1989 Ted was suddenly taken seriously ill and Phil Marston stepped in at the last moment to take temporary charge. Phil, a serving squadron leader in the RAF, was our MD for nearly 8 years until pressure of work forced him to relinquish the reins to Ken Palmer in 1997.

1948 - The Band marching through Amesbury
1950 - The Band often played at dances in Antrobus House wearing a less formal uniform. 

Back Row : John Baker. Maurice Reed. Dennis Burgess. Harold Ware. Reg Thorn. Sunny Cooper. 

Front Row: Scooty Hunt. Don Harrison. Frank Mitchel. Chick Fowler(Conductor). Toby Hunt. Ernie Pike. Con Thomas.
1962 - The Band, with some service support, in their post - war, military style uniforms which are soon to be replaced by black blazers with red lapels, as modelled by Les Penny (Back row - centre). 

Back Row: George(Gabby) Hayes. Jock McClan. Mike Wilson. Geof Thomas. Les Penny. Neil(Jock)Kennedy. Con Thomas. Frank Thomas. Nick Carter. Brian Carter. 

Front Row : John Baker. Don Harrison. NK Sinclair. Dennis Burgess. George Freer. Tony Gee. Des Fry.
The reformed Band in the 1970's, leading the Annual British Legion Remembrance
Parade. Front row: Ted Allison, Ivor Dunford & Brian Carter
Ted Allison conducting in the Old Scout Hut, Kitchener Road, Amesbury.
The Band with their youth section in the 1970s, judging by the hair. Conductor - Ted Allison.
The annual Christmas Concert in Antrobus House, 1987. Ted Allison : Conductor. Back Row - Dennis Burgess. Ian Lowther. John Appleford. Brian Watts. Andrew Baker.

Middle Row - Brian Carter. Brian Bishop. John Baker. Ivor Dunford.NK. Julian Slater. David Shutler. Neil Slater. Jeremy Slater. 

Front Row - Jean Jackson. NK . Fiona Carr. Ted Alison. Carol Adlam. Marie Burgess. Hillary Dearden. Foreground - NK . NK .
A concert at Antrobus House - probably mid 1980s.
The Band leading Amesbury Carnival, June 1988
Great Wishord, Oak Apple Day. May 1989
The band in  St Peter & St Mellor Church, Amesbury April 1994, taken prior to their recording session. Phil Marston: Conductor. 

Back Row - Ray Brotherton. John Appleford. John Baker. Geraldine Williams. William Lowther. Peter Parfit. Ivor Dunford. David Shutler. Andrew baker. Brian Watts. Brian Carter. 

Third Row- Peter Hollingdale-Smith. NK. Sandra King. Bob Travis. Jean Jackson. Joan Dunford. Bill Prator. John Vent. Ken Palmer. 

Second Row - Tim Dunford. Christine Martin. Fionna Carr. Dennis Burgess. Marie Burgess. Hillary Dearden. Ruth Tuck. NK . NK? . Phil Marston. NK . NK .
The band in Amesbury's St Mary & St Mellor Church 1999. Ken Palmer: Conductor