Pilling Jubilee Silver Band
*2020 3rd Section National Finalists*
**Promoted to 2nd Section in 2021**
There has been a band in Pilling since 1875, first a pipe and drum band and then Pilling Brass Band. In 1935 the 'Junior' section of the band split off and formed the Pilling Jubilee Silver Band, the name taken from their first engagement on May 6th 1935, His Majesty George V's Silver Jubilee.
1987 saw the opening of the new, purpose-built bandroom which provided the best facilities the band could wish for. Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength, with the band receiving a grant from the National Lottery Arts Council which provided funds to purchase nine new instruments and help to re-surface the Bandroom car park.
One of the bands claims to fame, is that in 1969, some of the players were invited to perform on Blue Peter where one of the members (Ted Sykes) actually played a 1902 copper kettle !!!!!
In 1997, the band resumed contesting after a 10 year break, and with Stephen Simpson as Musical Director, rose from the 4th section to the 2nd section locally in only 2 years !!
At the moment, we have a busy schedule of concerts and contests around the local area throughout the year, ranging from local festivals and garden parties, to Blackpool Winter Gardens. We have even be heard on local radio and seen on TV as part of 'Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast'!! Watch the video here
In the recent past, Pilling Band have helped to raise over £30,000 for local charities.
In 2013 under the direction on Len Charnock, we qualified for the Brass Band National Championships for the first time in the band's history. Playing as one of the North West's representatives, we gained an excellent 5th place.
In August 2015 after a series of fundraising efforts, the road to the bandroom was properly surfaced for the first time and the band car park was extended.
In February 2020 this time under Steve Hartley, the band again qualified for the National Finals to be held in September at Cheltenham Racecourse.