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Marske Brass Band was formed in 1875 and has been delighting audiences ever since with a repertoire of traditional brass band music and arrangements of popular tunes of the day.
Almost a century and half later the band is thriving under the baton of local legend Alun Prest with a busy concert and competition schedule, not to mention the excellent junior section (of which the band is very proud).
Players are assured of a very warm welcome by this famously friendly band whether experienced or new to the brass band world.
Although Marske Band is rightly proud of its reputation as one of the most inclusive and friendly bands in the North East it is the music that is ultimately the number one priority for all players.
Truly the global language, making great music with good friends is one of the most rewarding pursuits.
The band takes pride and pleasure in the variety and quality of the musical programmes that are performed throughout the year.
Once home to three bandstands, one at the pier head, one in the Valley Gardens and one in Hazel Grove, all now lost, a long campaign was fought by local people, in particular the Saltburn 500 Club to bring a bandstand back to the town.
In July 1997 after years of fund raising and a National Lottery Grant for £63,500, the Bandstand,which was designed by Peter Fenton, a well known local architect, was opened.
The Bandstand also boasts decorative security screens made by local wrought ironsmith James Godbold who has a forge in the village of Egton, North Yorkshire. Every year free band concerts are held between May and September. Volunteers from the Saltburn 500 Club work hard to raise money to maintain the bandstand and organise the concerts with support from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council.
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