East Lancashire Concert Band

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"MILITARY / CONCERT BAND. The Band's archives include well documented history taking us back to 1842 when, funded by public subscription, the Accrington Old Band was formed. There were a total of 24 instruments, including such long forgotten items as Ophicleids and Serpents.

Around 1854, largely as a result the technological development of valve instruments, the brass band came to the fore. Military bands (or concert bands) were very much larger, with reed and woodwind instruments being well represented, as they are today.

In 1859 and 1860, political upheavals in Europe led to the War Office raising volunteer military corps of over 130,000 men. Accrington Old Band got swept up in this and became the 7th Volunteer Rifle Corps (Lancs.) and later known as the 3rd Lancashire Volunteer Regiment.

In September 1914 the Band was reported by the Accrington Observer as leading a parade of the newly formed Accrington\Pals\Battalion. They played lively tunes as they marched past the Mayor who stood in front of Accrington Town Hall.
Other documents and photographs reveal the Band as:-
1904 2nd Volunteer Brigade East Lancashire Regiment
1922 Accrington Military Prize Band
1931 North East Lancashire Military Band
1941 30th County of Lancaster (Accrington) Battalion Home Guard Band
1945 North East Lancashire Military Band
1959 Accrington Military Band
1974 Hyndburn Concert Band

In 2000 the band adopted its present name in a gesture that recognised the new Millennium and its wider Lancashire connections. The green and gold music stand banners still in use today are a memento of this change.

In 2014 we were heavily involved in commemorating the Centenary of WW1, the Pals battalions and the Accrington Pals in particular. This will continue to a lesser extent over the next few years as we develop our repertoire of modern music. This includes popular melodies from the movies and the shows.

Venue Type:

Association or society

Opening hours

Sunday mornings 10.00am to noon.

Admission charges


Getting there

Union Rd. B6231( Junction with Lord St. NB One way traffic only) Oswaldtwistle BB5 3HZ
Use Junction 7 on the M65, follow the brown signs to the theatre.

Additional info

Modern facilities with disabled access.

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Show Your Support

SALUTE To Our Armed Forces

  • 27 June 2015 7:30-10pm


The "Accrington Pals Band" of 1914, then Accrington Old Band and now East Lancashire Concert Band, will present a concert of military and nostalgic music to SALUTE our Armed Forces in the presence of local Cadets, our guests of honour. This is the third time the event has been staged at this lovely theatre. We again look forward to the opportunity to raise funds for forces charities with our many friends and supporters.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10.00 (Concessions £9.00)



Getting there

Union Rd. B6231( Junction with Lord St. NB One way traffic only) Oswaldtwistle BB5 3HZ
Use Junction 7 on the M65, follow the brown signs to the theatre.

East Lancashire Concert Band
c/o Civic Arts Centre
Union Road






01204 303971

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