Milnthorpe Steel Band History
The band has been in existence since the latter months of 1998, following the purchase of ‘half’ a steel band by Milnthorpe Primary School from a school band visiting from Manchester.
The school band was introduced as a way of enhancing musical opportunities within the school and increasing the public profile in the wider community.
As the band became more experienced they were successful playing in local events such as the Mary Wakefield Festival in Kendal and nationally in the Festival of Music of Youth in London.
The Community Steel Band was formed at the same time as a way for interested individuals outside the school to take advantage of a previously unheard of opportunity of playing and performing in a full steel band. These members were parents of current and ex-pupils of the school, as well as people who had no ties whatsoever with it. It gained the affectionate name of “ Din on a Bin”.
In September 2005 the bands amalgamated.
Most of our members have little or no musical experience when they join and in recruiting for the band we always emphasise that experience is not essential but a sense of humour is!