Lanner & District Silver Band was formed in the mid 1890’s. Sadly, due to the considerable emigration of would-be musicians to countries such as South Africa (mining being the primary cause), it disbanded in 1902.
The band was reformed in 1965, and in those early days practised in a chicken shed in the garden of Lanner resident Daisy Moyle. Mrs. Moyle later became the band’s first ‘Life Member’. As the band attracted more members they outgrew the chicken shed and moved to a bandroom at the top of Lanner Hill. From these humble beginnings a strong youth band emerged, and as time went by these young players progressed into the senior band, thus helping to sustain its development. Eventually, even the Lanner Hill Bandroom became too small, and a concerted effort from the players and committee members resulted in the purchase, in 1983, of the old chapel on Lanner Moor. This remained the band HQ until 2013 when, following a successful 18-month long project, the band moved into it’s brand new, purpose built rehearsal room and conference facility.
Lanner & District Silver band has progressed from its early days in the fourth section of the Cornish and national ratings, and is today one of the finest bands in Cornwall – no mean achievement in a county which has around 40 brass bands. It has represented the South West area at the National Finals and won many other contests throughout the south west.
In April 2003 the band was crowned West of England 2nd Section Champions. This led to promotion to the First Section and qualification to the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The success continued later that year when at the finals, the band achieved a magnificent 3rd placing. Since that time the band has competed successfully in the First Section with many fine achievements both on the contest and concert scene and as of January 2014 now compete in the Championship section. The success continues and the Lanner Band is recognised as one of the most innovative, entertaining and successful bands in Cornwall.
The band owes its success to a string of Musical Directors, committee members, players and supporters (past and present) who have made Lanner & District Silver Band a part of their lives, and a huge debt of thanks goes out to each and every one.