Notes from the 1951 programme
The Rushden Temperance Band was formed in November, 1875, and is one of the oldest Midland Bands. It has had a remarkable run of success for a strictly amateur band, and is thus well known throughout Britain.
As a Broadcasting combination it is regularly engaged in the Midland, Home and Light Programmes.
As a Concert Band, the "Temps," as they are commonly known, are engaged in most of the prominent Parks of Towns and Cities within a radius of 70 miles. Engagements for 1951 include Derby, Northampton, Coventry, Nottingham, Birmingham, Dunstable, Cambridge and some two or three visits to London to play in L.C.C, Parks.
The Band is fortunate in its soloists, Mr. Geo. Sayer receiving National Honours when he became the Champion of Great Britain 1946-7; Mr. Ron Benning was Area Champion in the same year, and last year was awarded the 1st Prize at Fodens' Solo Contest among 62 entrants.
For three successive years the "Temps" have been prizewinners at the September Belle Vue, and this is regarded as a remarkable feat for an amateur band.