In the Spring of 1998 a group of musicians responded to an article in The Citizen free newspaper and met in 'Hobos' on Westgate in the north west Norfolk sea-side town of Hunstanton to form The Hunstanton Concert Band.
Over the years players have come and gone but most of the original members are still playing in the band. The band has performed in many of the Royal British Legion's annual 'Lest We Forget' concerts at The Princess Theatre here in Hunstanton and this is not the only time that it has appeared on this stage - it also helped John Harris with the millennium Concert. The band has also played at Adrian Bloom's Garden Centre at Diss, when it was engaged to play at the opening of the 'Dad's Army' Museum. Many of the stars of the show were present and indeed they received many glowing comments.
On two occasions HCB has played at the Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI Harbour service and in 2005 the band featured at the Nelson 'Fleet' Review at Burnham Overy Staithe.
It accompanies the singing of Carols at the annual Hunstanton Town Carol Service and, of course, can be seen on the bandstand during the summer season.
The band was very pleased to be chosen to play for the Fleet Review at Burnham Overy Staithe to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Admiral Lord Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and also at the World Water Ski Championships held at Hunstanton in 2005.
On the 16th July, 2006 Hunstanton Concert Band was honoured to play at St. Mary's Church, Great Bircham on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of King George VI's unveiling of The Cross of Sacrifice.
This very special occasion was made particularly poignant as Her Majesty The Queen was there to rededicate the memorial sixty years after her father unveiled it.
The band has performed in many of our local churches and makes regular appearances during the year at fêtes, garden parties, flower festivals and private functions. Hunstanton Concert Band draws its players from the young, the middle-aged - and the more mature! Some of the players have played professionally and others are self taught. If you fancy trying out with the band there are usually vacancies for woodwind and brass players - our music is scored for all wind instruments from piccolo to tuba and covers a wide range including classical, Glenn Miller, Sousa's marches and selections from the shows! We rehearse every Friday evening from 7.30 p.m. in the crypt hall of the Union Church (opposite the Library) in Hunstanton - and all new musicians are assured of a warm welcome.
The Band celebrated its 10th Anniversary in September, 2008 with a concert given in the Town Hall, Hunstanton. The King's Lynn Male Voice Choir joined us on stage in the presence of the Mayor of Hunstanton, Councillor Mr. Richard Bird and Mrs. Elaine Bird.