Our History - the 1970s
By 1970 the band was taking part in contests and playing at fetes and church services. An invitation was received to forge links with an overseas band and as a result Hangleton played at the 25th Anniversary commemorations of the liberation of the Dutch town of Leeuwarden. The trip was such a success that a reciprocal visit was made to Hangleton by the Dutch band Soli Deo Gloria the following year. The trip was the first in a series of foreign exchanges over the next twenty years, with reciprocal trips also made between Hangleton and Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany. These trips are remembered fondly by band members and many friendships were made that endure to this day.
In 1971 the growing band was split in two, with a Senior Band created for children aged 13-18 and a Junior Band for children aged 8 – 12, however the upper age limit was soon lifted. In 1972 the name of the organisation was changed to the ‘Hangleton Band’, with 65 members split between the two units.
In 1973 the band undertook a ten day tour of Sweden. In order to raise enough funds for the trip an eight hour sponsored Hymn Tune Marathon was held at Hounsom Memorial Church, which was reported on in the local Evening Argus newspaper. Prior to the trip David Chappell was appointed as Assistant Musical Director. The tour saw the formation of the Hangleton Band Timbrel Troupe, who performed tambourine routines to band music in the Salvation Army tradition. Timbrel displays were a common feature of band performances during the 1970s and 1980s, and have been periodically revived since for special occasions
During 1974 another reorganisation took place which saw the re-christening of the Senior Band as the ‘A’ Band and the formation of an intermediate level ‘B’ band. There were now three units with the ‘A’ Band rehearsing on Friday evenings, and the ‘B’ and Junior Bands rehearsing on Wednesday afternoons.
In 1978 Bert Osgood sadly passed away. The HAJ Osgood Memorial Trust was set up in his memory and the band donated money from several concerts to this worthy cause over the next few years. David Chappell was appointed Musical Director of the ‘A’ Band, with Christine Harris MD of the combined ‘B’ and Junior Bands. A committee was formed to run the organisation with an agreed constitution and the band was turned into a registered charity.
1979 saw the ‘A’ Band under David Chappell sweep the board at the Portsmouth Regional Band Contest, winning the March and both the 2nd and 3rd (now 3rd and 4th) sections. David Chappell was also presented with a well-deserved Best Conductor Trophy.
During 1979 a dedicated fundraising committee was established, charged with raising money for new instruments, music and venue hire. The fund raising committee proved a big success, raising thousands of pounds in the years that followed. The band owes a huge debt of gratitude to all parents and supporters who played a role in this committee over the years, and particularly to individuals who chaired the group such as Keith Rogers, Pam Ansell and Roger Chamberlain.
The Junior and ‘B’ band were merged in August 1979 and renamed the Training Band to reflect a wider age range of players. Martin Obermuller took over as MD as Christine Harris left the area to study music.
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