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Very little is known as to the exact date of the formation of Redruth Town Band, but records show that as early as 1828 there were mentions of "Bands of Musicians".
In 1832 it is recorded that "the Band paraded the streets playing ' 'the dead march'. Then on the 27th June 1836 the Band led a parade from Redruth to Carn Brea to lay a foundation stone for the monument to Lord Dunstanville.
Between 1820 and 1856 the band were referred to as a volunteer band, a temperance band, Redruth amateur band and even, unofficially, under the name of Redruth Beer and Porter Band. From 1862 it seems the name of Redruth Town Band (Brass) became its official name and it was formed with members of the volunteer band.
It seems the band flourished into the Great War (1914-1918), but there was not an active band in 1918. In 1919 the band reformed. During the Second World War (1939-45) it was a similar story with the band having to cease. At this time the band was formed by members of the home guard. Over the years the Band has had great success with its most prolific period being in the 1980's.
The band has also had its fair share of struggles, but has always come through. Currently the band are enjoying success in the lower sections and is building for the future. There has been a lot of information recorded about Redruth Town Band, and the majority of the above information was taken from a book called 'Still Blawin' by Monty Pearce and Denzil Richards.
We practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:45 - 9:30pm at the Band Room at Redruth Rugby Ground
The name Killacourt may be a corruption of the Celtic Killas, meaning grove and Quoit, meaning burial place. The trees were removed in the late 1920's to afford an uninterrupted view to the sea.
Killacourt gardens are above Towan beach, in the centre of Newquay, with lovely views along the coast.
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