There has been a brass band in Loddon since 1907. The original band met in a small
band room near the Fox and Hounds pub in Loddon. This was reportedly an eclectic
group of individuals with many characters in it. The band folded in the mid fifties and
gave the instruments to the then brand new Loddon Secondary Modern School. In
the Sixties Ron Hinton, a science teacher at the school, found some of these
instruments under the school stage and, wanting to show how sound waves work, he
dusted them off and got them out. Ron was taken by these instruments and took up
playing one himself and was then asked by the headmaster to learn more in order to
teach the students and form a band. This was the beginning of the re-birth of the
Loddon Band. The band then went on to contest with success as a youth band and as
the players became adults the band became a senior band once more. Ron’s pupils
were spread far and wide with students playing in the top bands in the area and
some moving on to study music at university level (even appearing in Lovejoy!) and
now teach brass to younger students thus continuing the work founded by Ron.
During the early life of the new band Kevin Heggarty conducted while Ron played and
taught. Ron then took over the baton and conducted the band for over thirty years,
later passing the baton on to Simon Linger who conducted the band throughout the
1990s during which time the band contested successfully and purchased a new
uniform. Eventually work commitments meant that Simon had to resign his post as
musical director. The band then entered a period of decline as members had
children, moved away or their lives just became too busy, but a faithful few remained.
In 2003 Joseph Knight, a former pupil of Ron’s, contacted Ron about the possibility of
reviving the band as he had received interest from people about playing in a band.
Ron agreed and contacted old members to see if they were interested in playing
again. One November evening in 2003 eleven people sat down to play and the band
slowly started to build again. We are now looking forwards to a bright future with our
playing membership increasing and improving. More challenging projects have been
undertaken including contesting for the first time in many years and the recording
and releasing of our first C.D. Glory and we are now thinking about recording our
second. Simon remains as treasurer and we have even been visited recently by Kevin
so all is looking well. If you would like to play, or you are an ex member please do not
hesitate to get in contact via email, or telephone, or just turn up to a practice at The
Hollies in Loddon at 8.00 pm on Thursdays. All are welcome.