Our History - 2010-2015
In 2011 the Youth Band carried out a visit to the Isle of Wight as guests of Shanklin Town Brass Band. The band exchanges continued the following year when United Brass from Belgium visited Hangleton for the weekend. Highlights of the weekend included a Ceilidh and fish and chip supper, a joint concert in Brighton, a group trek across the South Downs from Hangleton to the Devil’s Dyke and a performance on Brighton Bandstand. The weekend was a huge success and we are hopeful that a return visit to Belgium can take place in the next couple of years.
2012 was also a successful year for the Youth Band, taking part in the national Bandstand Marathon in Brighton, as part of the London 2012 Festival, and hosting their own Brass Band Festival at Hangleton Junior School. The event saw a return visit from Shanklin Town Youth Band, and also an appearance by ex-member Alan Thomas who has gone on to carve out a successful career in several high profile orchestras.
In 2014 in preparation for our upcoming 50th Anniversary the band adopted a new logo, with the letter ‘H’ being represented by the bell of a brass instrument. A new set of uniforms and stand banners incorporating the new design were also purchased. 50th Anniversary preparations continued with the recording of a commemorative CD and the commission of a new piece of music called ‘Golden Rhapsody’.
In May 2015 the band had a successful trip to the Crawley Entertainments contest, being placed third, and also being awarded the highest placed Youth Band trophy.
In June 2015 the Hangleton Band celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a special reunion and concert at the Windmill Theatre in Hove.
We hope our founder Bert Osgood would be really proud that the small school band he created in 1965 has grown and prospered for half a century and that it has had such a positive effect on the local community. We are sure he would take great satisfaction from the fact that the band has encouraged so many young people to play brass instruments and has brought so much pleasure to both players and audiences over the years.
Here’s to the next fifty years!
Read more about the Hangleton Band in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.