In 1876, Joe and Jim Waterhouse and four of their friends purchased a one key flute and a drum, founding the Middleton Perseverance Drum and Pipe Band. The first outings by the band were to local pubs where they played in exchange for ale or lemonade (some of its members were not of drinking age). This earned the band the nickname “The Pop and Ale Boys”.
Soon after, the boys joined forces with former members of the Rhodes United Brass Band and reorganised themselves into the Middleton Perseverance Brass Band.
The first recorded contest result for the band was at Luddenden contest in 1881 where the band came 2nd, see our results page.
In 1884 the band competed under the name Middleton Public Brass Band and in 1886 again changed their name to Middleton Borough Brass Band
Location: Middleton, Manchester, UK