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History of the Band

An old photograph of the Marsh Gibbon Silver Band
The Marsh Gibbon Silver Band in the post-war era
Another post-war era photograph of the Marsh Gibbon Silver Band
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The Band has close ties with the Friendly Society...

The history of Marsh Gibbon Silver Band has close ties with the history of the Marsh Gibbon Friendly Society, with members of the Friendly Society reforming the band on a number of occasions, most notably after both World Wars.

The Friendly Society holds an annual feast day on the nearest Saturday to Oak Apple Day (usually late May). The Band leads the parade of club members to the Church and to the village hall for their feast.
 
In 1820, Mr Heritage, the landlord of The Greyhound Pub in Marsh Gibbon, noted in his diary that there was a parade of the Friendly Society through the village accompanied by a band. This is the first written reference to a band in the village, forty five years before the Marsh Gibbon Band was officially established.
 
The Band was reformed in 1906 by Will Herring and Marley Walker and has been in existence ever since, except for two short spells during the war years.
 
In 2015, the Band celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The silver band has close ties with the Marsh Gibbon Friendly Society

The Marsh Gibbon Silver Band in the mid 1900s
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