Dumfries Town Band has been in existence for over 140 years - it was formed in 1873 when a group of musicians came together, formally supported by the Town Council.
Over the years the Band has had various "homes" - presently they rehearse in Noblehill Community Centre, Dumfries and are looking to eventually buy the premises from the local council. The building will be renamed the Dumfries Town Band Community Hall when this happens.
The ages at the band range from 10 years to 70+ years. Over the years there has been a lot of related members - husband and wife; brother and sister; grandparents and granddaughter; cousins; aunt and nephew and even twins!
In August 1996 the band visited Gifhorn, the twin town of Dumfries. During the time we spent there it was their festival weekend ans we took part in several concerts.
The band has played for royalty on several occasions - The Queen and Price Philip in 1993; Prince Charles in 2000; the opening of DG1 for Princess Anne in 2008 and the Queen again in 2010.
The band participates in several championships throughout the year - the Scottish Championships, the Fife Charities Contest and the Borders Entertainment Contest to name a few.
Many years ago, the band produced a "cassette tape" with the Dumfries and Galloway Police Pipe Band. Several members of today's band probably have no idea what a cassette tape is anymore! Lots of copies were produced and these were sold far and wide.
As well as competitions, the band plays at several gala days during the summer months - Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Lanark Lanimers Day and our own local Guid Nychburris celebrations to name a few.
Over the festive period the band do several Christmas concerts and also visit the local nursing homes, hospital and supermarkets in order to get people into the festive spirit.