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The Band History

The Silverwood Band was formed in 1981, providing an opportunity for people across Teesside to play music together. The band was established by local musician, Allan Waller, with the band name originating from its silver and woodwind instruments, such as Clarinets, Flutes, Saxophones, Trombones, Tubas, Horns, Cornets, Oboes, Euphonium and Percussion and the area it was based in.

The band originally rehearsed in venues in Redcar, including the Coatham Hotel. In the early 90’s the band moved to the Nunthorpe Institute, Connaught Road in Nunthorpe which was their rehearsal venue for a few years. Due to its change in localtion and the fact that the band now drew musicians from across the Tees Valley it was about this time that the band was renamed ” The Silverwood Band”. Unfortunately a fire at the Institute in 1997 meant that band not only lost part of its music library, but also that the Institute and the band had to find a new home. A new venue for the Institute was found and the band had a new home. Rehearsals now takes place at The Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue Primary School, Nunthorpe every Thursday night from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Over the years the band has supported many local charities including the Ann Charlton Lodge, Take Heart, Daisychain, The Great North Air Ambulance and Cancer Research. We were also one of the original bands who supported the raising of money to build the Saltburn Bandstand playing at the location where the bandstand now sits.

The band currently has 43 members aged 12-80 who come from as far as Stokesley, Staithes, Hartlepool and Seaton Carew as well as Middlesbrough and Stockton. In 2011 the band celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a concert which was a great success, in the audience was Mavis Waller, wife of Alan Waller, and many of the past members.

Unfortunatly, the band was not able to celebreate its 40th anniversaty, due to covid. But watch this space as its going to be a big 50th!

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