Dennis Bayley Hunmanby & District Silver Band

It is known that brass bands have been in existence in Hunmanby since the 1800s and prior to the formation of the present band there were thought to have been two bands in the village.

The Hunmanby Silver Band was formed in 1919 at a time when a prominent industrialist Sir Dennis Bayley was President of the band and Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Sir Dennis Bayley offered to purchase a full set of new instruments and uniforms if the band would adopt his name. The bandmaster of the day Mr W Raylor accepted his offer and the title of Dennis Bayley Hunmanby Silver Band was adopted, 2013 being the 94th anniversary of that event.

During the 1960s the band ceased operation due to the pressures of compulsory conscription and the instruments were leased to RAF Scarborough Band. 1979 was the termination of the lease and the band was re-formed with some members of Filey Silver Band who had also folded in the 60s due to a lack of players. The newly formed band was then renamed yet again to reflect the fact that players also came from the surrounding district as well as Hunmanby Village, so the new name of the Dennis Bayley Hunmanby & District Silver Band was adopted and still stands today. The band currently continues under the trusteeship of Hunmanby Parish Council.

The new formation meant that the band would require new uniforms and Sir Billie Butlin provided the band with a wonderful set of Redcoat Blazers. As the blazers wore out, the uniforms were replaced with bright red sweaters which are still being worn for public engagements to the present day.

We are one of the few remaining full complement brass bands operating on the North Yorkshire coastal strip, with emphasis on entertainment and enjoyment rather than more traditional brass band music.

The band remains very active and gives many public performaces concentrated during the summer season and Christmas.

We are an open door band and welcome visiting musicians to our rehearsals and are always happy to recruit new members.