About Us

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A brief history

Hook Norton Brass Band proudly celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2016.

In 1886 a group of railway workers constructing the Great Western  Railway joined together with local villagers in Hook Norton to form the  band. The very first rehearsals were held at the brewery because the  founder member and first bandmaster was a Mr John Harris, one of the  brewery’s directors. The band flourished during the first part of the  20th century, but village bands generally declined after the second  world war, for fairly obvious reasons. Hook Norton survived by moving to  Banbury and attracting players from a wider area.

  The band was granted charitable status in 1999 and has a large stock of  instruments so that nobody is prevented from playing by the lack of an  instrument.  

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Links to Hook Norton

Although the band is based here in Banbury, we are proud of our roots in the village of Hook Norton.

The Hook Norton Brewery is our main sponsor,  and the current Managing Director James Clarke is our President, as were his father and grandfather before him.

We also return to the village three times a year for our formal Spring, Autumn and Christmas concerts in St. Peter's Church.

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Musical Director

Shaun Humphries combines his conducting career with work in education.

He currently works as a music teacher at a middle school in  Bedfordshire, is writing a music theory guide as well running a life coaching business for musicians.