|The Argus, Friday 30th September 1910, transcribed by Kay Collins
Rushden Feast click here for full report
...... The Rifle Band also gave two concerts under the conductorship of Mr. E. Whitworth. The first was in Mr. Marriott’s field in the afternoon, and the second in the Council field at five o’clock.
The Wellingborough News, Friday 22 October 1915, transcribed by Nicky Bates [for full report see Wellingborough News]
Rushden Recruits - Enthusiastic Send Off of the New "Boys"
The recruits who have joined the Northants Regt., during the past two weeks left Rushden by the 11.49 a.m. train for Colchester on Tuesday morning.
They "fell in" outside the recruiting office and marched through the town, and were met by the Rushden Rifle Band, who played them to the station. Here they were bidden farewell by the Rector and Mr G Miller, C.A., and a large number of inhabitants.
|Rushden Echo, 14th July 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins
The Rifle Band gave a very fine programme in Spencer Park on Sunday afternoon in aid of the Northamptonshire Prisoners of War Fund. A good company assembled and the music was greatly enjoyed. Mr. C. H. Baker conducted. A very effective item on the programme was the one "To the memory of the brave", which includes some well-known hymn tunes appropriate to the piece.
|Rushden Echo, 25th August 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins
The Rushden Rifle Band and the Town Band Club Male Choir had a good half day’s holiday on Saturday. By the kind invitation of the Matron, the Northamptonshire War Hospital at Duston was visited by 23 of the band and 24 of the male choir, and a first class concert was given in the theatre to about 500 wounded soldiers and the nurses. Several who were looking forward to the concert were unable to be present on account of the severe wounds and their very low condition. The following programme was well rendered: March, La Romarno, Band; selection, musical comedy, The Girl in the Taxi; glee, Sweet doth blush, Male Choir; selection, Comrades in arms, Male Choir, valse, Eton boating song, Band; fantasia, Melodies of Great Britain and Ireland; glee, O’er the downs, Male Choir; selection Martyrs of the arena, Male Choir; cornet sols, I hear you calling me (encore, Until), Mr. M. J. Roberts; selection, Popular songs: Still smiling (encored); selections, The oath, and Twilights, Male Choir. The conductor of the band was Mr. C. H. Baker and of the choir Mr. W. G. Hardwick. The cornet solos and the solos and the songs in "Still smiling" brought down the house. Hopes were expressed that the visitors would pay a return visit to the hospital.
|Rushden Echo, 15th August 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins
The Rushden Rifle Band played in Spencer Park for dancing on Monday evening. There was a very large attendance. [The same newspaper advertises them leading a parade for a Co-op Tea]
|Rushden Echo, 4th March 1921, transcribed by Kay Collins
Rifle Band The annual meeting of Rushden Rifle Band was held in the Harmonic Hall of the Band Club on Monday, Mr. W. Neville presiding. The secretary (Mr. G. W. Coleman) reported a successful year, every request having been complied with. They had received the thanks of the Rushden Urban Council and many congratulations for their summer concerts in Spencer Park. They regretted the loss through death of Mr. S. Underwood, a genial and one of the oldest members. Two players, Mr. C. Neville (cornet) and Mr. A. W. Robinson (euphonium) had left owing to the bad state of trade, and had taken up music in South Wales professionally. All the members wished them well. He was pleased to state that their worthy cornet soloist, Mr. M. J. Roberts, had decided to stay on with them although he had received two very tempting offers to join well-known bands. (Applause) The auditor (Mr. H. Roberts) reported favourably on the accounts. There was a credit balance of £35 2s.2½d. Officers were elected: President, Mr. A. H. Sartoris, J.P., vice-presidents re-elected; bandmaster, Mr. E. E. Whitworth; secretary, Mr. Coleman; treasurer, Mr. L. Penniss; committee, Messrs. W. Neville (chairman), T. Robinson, C. Shrives, M. J. Roberts, W. Bates and W. Whitworth.
|Rushden Echo and Argus Friday 23rd June 1922, transcribed by Susan Manton
The Rushden Rifle Band, ably conducted by Mr. E. E. Whitworth, gave a splendid concert on Sunday evening on the lawn at the Windmill Club. Programme: March, “Viva Pettee” (W. Rimmer): Overture “Barber of Seville” (Rossini); Bell Solo “Les Cloches” (Partridge), soloist Mr. E. Cross; Musical Comedy “Count of Luxemburg” (Franz Lehar); March, “Coronation Bells” (Partridge); Cornet solo “Il Baccio” (Ardite), soloist Mr. M.J. Roberts; Fantasia, “Military Church Parade” (Ord Hume); Hymn Varie “Lead Kindly Light.”