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.
The current band members...
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 has very much enjoyed playing at receptions for no less than five holders of the title High Sheriff of Norfolk!
It has accompanied the singing of Carols at the annual Hunstanton Town Carol Service and, of course, can be seen on the bandstand during the summer season - having played during the Hunstanton Carnival for many years and also for the annual Picnic on the Green event.
The band was very pleased to be chosen to play in 2005 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.
On the 12th June, 2012, in the Diamond Jubilee year of H.M. The Queen, a royal Garden Party was held at Sandringham, the Queen's country home. Hunstanton Concert Band were one of only three Norfolk bands to be invited to play at this important social occasion. We were so pleased to be given this opportunity to entertain the Queen's guests and to be part of of this magnificent event in her Jubilee year.
For more information about rehearsals please visit the Rehearsals page.
From time to time opportunities arise for new players to join the Band. The Vacancies page lists any positions currently available.
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. Every ticket was sold and some folks were standing at the back! The proceeds for the evening, amounting to £1,031.52 was donated in full to the Hunstanton RNLI. You can view a photo of the cheque being presented to the RNLI in the Gallery.
Chris Gutteridge comes from a musical family and has been involved in music all his life, from being a folk singer and running folk clubs in his youth, to playing viola in
Norfolk Symphony Orchestra and trombone in various bands.
He has worked, and occasionally still does, as an early musician, performing with his daughter Lizzie as the duo Wyldes Noyse in concerts and school workshops, and for banquets, fairs, weddings and other events all over the country. He founded several groups including The Norfolk Gallery Quire, which performed pre-Victorian church music and The King's Lynn Waites - a re-creation of the town's Tudor civic band.
A new venture for Chris is his recent appointment as conductor of Centre Stage Swing Band, in which he once played 3rd trombone under the direction of the band’s founder, the late Roger Lines.
Chris finds his wide-ranging musical tastes ideally suited to directing Hunstanton Concert Band, as the band has a broad repertoire of all musical genres. He enjoys the challenge of getting the best out of a group of enthusiastic amateurs who range from young children to the elderly, whilst ensuring that the experience is fun for all.