Past Concerts and Events - 1900s

1900 Date Event Time
  1900 Various Corporation Of Gravesend Committee minutes show that -
  • The new Band Stand on Gordon Promenade was "bid fair to become a temporary lodging house for tramps etc." and so was enclosed in an unclimbable fence and gate four feet six inches high.
 
Fri 30/03/1900 Corporation Of Gravesend Paving, Lighting And Works Committee minutes show -
"Gordon Promenade (Music).—the Chairman having resumed the chair, the Town Clerk read a letter from the Town Prize Band asking permission to play selections of music on the Promenade during the forthcoming summer season on the same conditions as last year, and also to use the band stand for that purpose. The Band also took the opportunity of thanking the Mayor and members of the Corporation for their kindness in allowing them to play in the Market during the winter months. The Band ventured to think that, judging from the large number of people attending on each occasion, it had been the means of affording considerable enjoyment. Permission was given accordingly."
 
Mon 16/04/1900 Gravesend Town Band came 3rd at a contest at Barnet winning 5 guineas. (Conductor: Albert Wade, Test piece: Songs of England)  
Mon 04/06/1900 Gravesend Town Band came 3rd at a contest at Uxbridge, and 1st in the waltz contest. (Conductor: Albert Wade, Test piece: Joan of Arc)  
Tue 19/06/1900 Corporation Of Gravesend Band Sub-Committee minutes in full shows -
"Present.—The Mayor (Mr. Councillor Willis); Alderman Butchard; Councillor Davis, and Town Clerk.
The following gentlemen attended by invitation as delegates from the Gravesend Band, viz., Messrs. Wade, Allen, Harris and Denton, and submitted the last balance-sheet, which was considered in detail by the Committee.
It appears that with exception of the bandmaster no member is in any way remunerated for playing either on the Promenade, or in the Market, or in the streets, or for necessary practicing. The Christmas collection is, however, exceptionally dealt with, the members of the band dividing it on a basis arranged between them. Sixteen shillings was the highest amount netted by any individual during the entire period of six months.
The net amounts collected are devoted to paying off the cost of the musical instruments, the property in which is vested in Mr. G. M. Arnold, Alderman Butchard and Councillor Penney, as trustees for the public. The original cost (£250) has thus been reduced to £129.
If the Corporation would relieve the collections of the onus of fixing and taking down the band stand in the Market, the time at which the instruments would be freed from debt would be appreciably hastened.
The instruments being only brass and not silver plated, are simply washed after use and not polished, since the latter method, as tending to wear away the metal, would be contrary to the advice of the makers.
The members claim it as the Champion Brass Band for Kent.
There have been only three contests in which it has been engaged this year, and in each of these a prize has been secured.
A sample uniform approved by this Committee has been decided upon. It is to be supplied at a cost of under £70 by Messers. Hodgson & Co., of Huddersfield, who tendered the lowest price for a suitable dress.
The members have applied that this sum should be provided by the public, and have expressed their pleasure that their Committee should be strenghtened by the addition of delegates of the Council, and that on all state occasions which will not interfere with their business avocations, the Band should be in attendance.
The Committee recommended that the application be acceded to and delegates appointed accordingly.
19.30
1901 Date Event Time
Sat 26/01/1901 Corporation Of Gravesend Special Court minutes show -
"AT A SPECIAL COURT OF THE MAYOR, ALDERMEN AND BURGESSES OF THE BOROUGH OF GRAVESEND, duly convened and holden at the Town Hall, in and for the same Borough on Saturday, the 26th day of January, 1901, at 1.45 p.m.
Business.—To proclaim the accession to the throne of King Edward VII."
At 2 p.m. a "Proclamation was read by the Town Clerk, in the presence of a large concourse of the inhabitants of the Borough, who had been assembled by the voice of the Town Crier and Public Notification; silence having been first proclaimed by a fanfare sounded by four trumpeters."
After the proclamation was read "The fanfare having again been sounded the concourse sung, "God Save the King." accompanied by the Town Band, which was in attendance."
There was then a procession formed as follows:"

Chief Constable (mounted)
Two Gentlemen with Colours (mounted)
Town Band
Corporation Colours (borne by footman)
Councillors
Aldermen
Four Trumpeters
Oar and Mace
Mayor and Commanding Royal Engineer
with
Ex-Mayor and Town Clerk
(in a carriage drawn by four horses with postillions)
Corporate Officers
Magistrates
Mounted Police

The Cortege proceeded up High Street, along New Road, and up Darnley Road to the Municipal Technical School, where the Proclamation was again read with the same formalities in the presence of about a fourth of the scholars from the elementary schools, and a large concourse of other inhabitants."
13.45
Sat 02/02/1901 From the "ORDER OF CEREMONY To be observed at Gravesend on the Day of National Mourning for Her late Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, on Saturday, February 2nd, 1901."
The following hymns (favourites of Her late Majesty) will be sung, accompanied by the Town Band:—
Happy Soul! Thy Days Are Ended.
Peace, Perfect Peace."
The Town Band was not involved in the procession, that task being carried out by the Band of the 1st K.V.A.
12.20
Mon 08/04/1901 Gravesend Town Band played but did not win at a contest at Barnet. (Conductor: Albert Wade, Test piece: Songs of Scotland)  
Sat 25/05/1901 Gravesend Town Band came 2nd at a contest at Willesden. (Conductor: Albert Wade, Test piece: Gems from Sullivan Operas No.1)  
Mon 01/07/1901 Gravesend Town Band held 2 presentations at thier headquarters in the Darnley Arms, Trafalgar Road.
Mr. A.Wade was given a handsomely-framed enlarged photo of a group of members of the Band, on which appeared the following inscription: "Presented to Mr A Wade, conductor, by the members of the Gravesend Town Band. as a token of their esteem. June. 1901." There can be no gainsaying the fact that under Mr. Wade's tuition the Band have made considerable improvement, and during the two years they have been under his conductorship they have received prizes at contests. Mr. Wade, it may be remembered. came to Gravesend from Wyke, Yorkshire, where he was Bandmaster of the noted Band of that place.
Mr. J. Wright, a member, received a gift of a silver-plated cornet, to show the members' congratulations upon his recent marriage.
In addition to the Band, a number of friends and councillors assembled at the proceedings.
evening - midnight
Mon 07/10/1901 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
The Gravesend Orchestral Society were granted the use of the "Town Hall on Monday evenings during the months October to April for the weekly rehearsals of the Society" on the same terms as granted to the Gravesend and Milton Choral Society. The Corporation reserved the right to "require the Hall on any Monday night for any purpose, whether for their own use or for letting or otherwise".
 
1902 Date Event Time
  1902 Gravesend library does not have a copy of Corporation Of Gravesend minutes 1902-1903. The 1901-02 minutes end on 10/11/1902  
Fri 09/05/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
"Gordon Promenade (Music).—On consideration of the letter from the Town Band for permission to play on the Promenade on Sundays, referred by the Council, the matter was left to the Mayor for him to see the leader of the band with regard to extending the playing to Wednesdays, and also to see the Chief Constable as to maintenance of order.
The Mayor was also requested to arrange for bands to play on Windmill Hill and the Promenade on Whit-Monday."
 
Tue 13/05/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Coronation Committee minutes show -
"Letters from the Town Band and the band of the 1st K.V.A. were read and their offers to play on the Coronation Day were accepted at the following charge :—Town Band, £10 10s. ; 1st K.V.A., £12 12s."
 
Tue 27/05/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Pleasure Grounds Sub-Committee minutes show -
"Gordon Promenade Music.—The Mayor stated that he had arranged with the Town Band for performances on the Promenade on Wednesday afternoons."
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Mon 02/06/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Whole Court minutes show -
"At noon the Mayor, accompanied by the members of the Town Council and their officers, proceeded from the town Hall ... preceded by the band of the 1st K.V.A. and the Chief Constable mounted." In a number of places, after a fanfare of trumpets, the Town Clerk read a statement announcing "the welcome news of the cessation of hostilities in South Africa" and the band then played "God save the King."
12.00
Sun 08/06/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Whole Court minutes show -
There was "a Thanksgiving Service to Almighty God for peace now proclaimed" at Christ Church. The band of the 1st K.V.A. was part of the cortége from Milton Barracks.
 
Mon 16/06/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Pleasure Grounds Sub-Committee minutes show -
"The Town Clerk was instructed to enquire whether the Northfleet Silver Band are desirous of playing weekly on Windmill Hill."
 
Mon 21/07/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Coronation Committee minutes show -
a payment of £12 10s. 0d. to Gravesend Town Band, one of may payments towards the celebration of the Coronation to take place on Saturday 9th proximo [09/08/1902]."
 
Wed 30/07/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Whole Court minutes show -
In relation to the coronation celebrations "(c) That the bells of the two parish Churches be rung throughout the day, and that the services of two bands to be retained to play at intervals during the whole of the day."
 
Mon 22/09/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
"Choral Association.—The application of the Gravesend and Milton Choral Association for permission to hold their weekly practices in the Town Hall during the coming season as in previous years was granted."
11.00
Mon 22/09/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
"Bands.—Applications were read from the Gravesend Town Prize Band asking for leave to play in the Market on Sunday and Wednesday evenings during the winter and to make a collection ; and from the Northfleet Band Committee for permission to play on Wednesday evenings in the Market for the same object, as they had been allowed to play on Windmill Hill.
Resolved that the Gravesend Band be allowed to play in the Market on Sunday evenings at eight o'clock and on every alternate Wednesday evening, and that Northfleet Band be allowed to play every alternate Wednesday evening, and further that, with a view to preserving order and allow the general public to listen to the music without inconvenience, no collection be taken but a charge of one penny each person be made by the bands for admission."
11.00
Wed 08/10/1902 Corporation Of Gravesend Whole Court minutes shows -
"Gravesend and Northfleet Bands.—A question having arisen as to whether these Bands should be allotted alternate Wednesdays, and run the risk of the Market being engaged on any night which might fall to either of them, or whether they should have the Market by turns, it was resolved that the Bands should take turn and turn about."
11.00
1903 Date Event Time
  1903 Gravesend library does not have a copy of Corporation Of Gravesend minutes 1902-1903 or 1903-1904.  
Sat 07/03/1903 Gravesend Town Band came 6th in the 1st section at the championship contest held at the Crystal Palace, London, winning a prize of £1. (Conductor: Mr. Jesse Manley, Test piece: Don Sebastiano)  
Sat 11/04/1903 Gravesend Town Band came 3rd in a contest at Lewisham, winning a prize of £3, a box of cigars and book. (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Gems of Welsh Melody)  
Mon 13/04/1903 Gravesend Silver Band came 2nd in a contest at Barnet, winning a prize of 6 guineas. (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Casket of Gems)  
Sat 27/06/1903 Gravesend Silver Band came 1st in a contest at Wembley Park (Section 1) winning £6, a cup, trombone and medal for conductor. (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Gems of Welsh Melody). Best Trombone and Horn were also awarded to Gravesend.  
Sat 11/07/1903 Gravesend Town Band came 2nd in the National Cooperative Festival contest at Crystal Palace, winning a prize of £5. (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Don Sebastiano)  
Wed 22/07/1903 Gravesend Town Silver Band came 1st in a contest at the Biggleswade Bedfordshire Agricultural Society Brass Band Contest held at Fairfield Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, winning a prize of £8, along with £2 for winning the March contest and all soloist medals. (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Gems of Welsh Melody).  
Sat 15/08/1903 Gravesend Town Band came 2nd in a contest at Woolwich, winning a prize of £12. (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Don Sebastiano)  
Sat 22/08/1903 Loyal United Order of Anglo-Saxons Friendly Society
First Annual Fete & Athletic Sports
in aid of the Society's Convalescent Home.
Held at Rosherville Gardens, Gravesend.
Procession and Concerts (Gravesend Town Silver Band)
12.00 - 12.45
14.50 - 15.10
16.30 - 17.30
19.00 - 19.45
21.30 - 22.10
Sat 05/09/1903 Gravesend Town Band came 1st in a contest held at Dartford (Section 1), winning a prize of £6 and a trombone. (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Gems of Welsh Melody)  
Sat 05/12/1903 Gravesend Town Band conducted by Mr. Jesse Manley gained second prize in Section 1 at the London and Home Counties Amateur Band Association quartette contest held at the Alexandra Palace.  
1904 Date Event Time
Fri 01/01/1904 Gravesend library does not have a copy of Corporation Of Gravesend minutes 1903-1904. The 1904-05 minutes start on 09/11/1904  
Sat 06/02/1904 Gravesend Town Band came 3rd in Section 1 of the London and Home Counties Amateur Band Association annual contest held at the Alexandra Palace, London, winning a prize of £5. (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Poliuto Suite)
This competition was adjudicated by William Rimmer (composer).
 
Thu 18/02/1904 Gravesend Band came 2nd in the London Eisteddfod, winning a prize of £10. (Conductor: J.Manley (could that be a typo for Jesse Morley ?], Test piece: Gems of Welsh Melody)  
Mon 04/04/1904 Gravesend Town Band came 3rd in the 1st Section at a contest held at Lewisham. (Conductor: Joseph Jackson, Test piece: Ploiuto)  
Mon 23/05/1904 Gravesend Town Band came 3rd in a contest held at Dunstable, winning a prize of £3 . (Conductor: Jesse Manley, Test piece: Ploiuto)  
Sat 03/09/1904 Gravesend Town Band came 3rd in the 1st Section at a contest held at Dartford.  
Mon 21/11/1904 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall and Market Committee minutes line 36 shows -
"Application from Northfleet Band.—An application from the Northfleet Silver Band for permission to play in the Market having been read, it was recommended that the Council grant them the use of the Market on alternate Wednesdays upon the same terms as the Gravesend Town Band."
 
1905 Date Event Time
  1905 Various Corporation Of Gravesend Committee minutes show that -
  • Councillor I.B.Berkowitz, with the co-operation of Alderman J.H.Cooper, and assistance of other townsmen, asked for the right to provide "Popular Concerts" on Windmill Hill on every Wednesday during the summer months (June-August), the cost being borne by public subscription (programmes 1d, seats 2d), and thus not to fall a burden upon the rates. The concerts were to "be carried out upon high-class and intellectual principles ... to provide healthy amusement for our townspeople". The intention was to "provide a band of music, and artists, vocal and otherwise", "individual local amateurs, ... also ... Gravesend Choral Society, ... Gravesend Orchestral Society, and other kindred institutions." The use of the summit of the hill was granted.
  • The Gravesend Orchestral Society were granted the use of the Town Hall for their weekly practices.
 
Sat 18/03/1905 Gravesend Town Band came 5th in Section 1 at the London and Home Counties Amateur Band Association championship contest held at the Crystal Palace. (Conductor: Angus Holden, Test piece: La Cenerentola).  
Wed 29/03/1905 Corporation Of Gravesend Pleasure Grounds Sub-Committee minutes show -
"Bands.—It was recommended that the Town Clerk ascertain the wishes of the following bands :—Welch Regiment, Town and Northfleet, as to playing on the Promenade and Windmill Hill during the summer months."
10.30
Tue 11/04/1905 Corporation Of Gravesend Pleasure Grounds Sub-Committee minutes show -
"Bands on Promenade and Windmill Hill.—Letters from the Gravesend Town Band, Northfleet Silver Band and the Band of the 1st Batt. Welch Regiment having been read and considered, it was ordered that the matter be deferred for further consideration."
11.00
Fri 09/06/1905 Corporation Of Gravesend Pleasure Grounds Sub-Committee minutes show -
"Promenade.—It was recommended that permission be granted to the Gravesend Town Band to play on the Gordon Promenade during the summer months on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ond [sic] on Sundays at 3 and 8 p.m. on the same conditions as the permission was granted last year."
10.30
Wed 28/06/1905 Corporation Of Gravesend Whole Court minutes line 68 shows -
"Bands.—His Worship stated that the Colonel commanding the Rifle Brigade had offered to allow the Regimental Band to play on the Promenade on Sunday next, but as the Town Band had a previous engagement to play there, it was suggested, if it met the Council's approval, that the Colonel's offer be accepted for a performance on Windmill Hill."
10.00
Sat 22/07/1905 Gravesend Town Band came 4th in a contest held at Grays. (Conductor: Joseph Jackson, Test piece: Donizetti)  
Wed 09/08/1905 Concert on Windmill Hill 18.30 -
Wed 09/08/1905 Windmill Hill, Gravesend 18.30 -
Sat 02/09/1905 Contest held at Gravesend (Rosherville Gardens?). Not known if Gravesend Band were competitors.  
Sat 16/09/1905 Gravesend Town Band came 2nd in the 1st Section at a contest held at Bromley. (Conductor: G.H.Thomas, Test piece: Donizetti). They also won best cornet and horn.  
Sat 23/09/1905 Gravesend Town Band came 3rd in a contest held at Sunbury-on-Thames. (Conductor: Joseph Jackson, Test piece: La Cenerentola).  
Tue 03/10/1905 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
"Bands.—Letters from the Gravesend and Northfleet Bands asking for permission to play in the Market were read, and it was Resolved that the Northfleet Band be allowed to have the use of the Market either on alternate Wednesdays or on one Sunday in the month, as shall appear to be their desire upon enquiry by the Town Clerk."
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Tue 24/10/1905 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
"Band playing in the Market.—Read a letter from the Gravesend Town Band asking for a reconsideration of the decision of the Council to allow the Northfleet Band to play in the Market on one Sunday a month.—The Committee saw no reason to vary the order already made."
 
Sat 25/11/1905 Gravesend Town Band came 2nd in a contest held at St. Albans. (Conductor: Joseph Jackson, Test piece: Rose of England).  
Mon 04/12/1905 The band, under conductor G.H.Thomas, commenced playing their annual Xmas selections of music in various parts of the town. Collectors wore band uniform.  
1906 Date Event Time
  1906 Various Corporation Of Gravesend Committee minutes show that -
  • The Council took over the assets and liabilities of the Windmill Hill Popular Concerts Committee as a going concern, by mutual agreement.
  • The first concert on Windmill Hill was on Wednesday 6th June from 6.30 to 8.30 and that local bands were approached for their services from June to August.
 
  1906 Homeland Hand Book lists the band under its Various category as
"Gravesend Town Siver Band and Institute, Old Distillery, Bank Street. Band Sec., F. Allen"
The old distillery, visible on the 1863 Ordnance Survey map, was on the site of the current Gravesend Medical Centre. Some of its cellars were encountered while building the medical centre.
 
Sat 10/02/1906 Gravesend Town Band came 4th in a contest held at Northfleet. (Conductor: G.H.Thomas, Test piece: Halevy).  
Tue 27/03/1906 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
"Market, Use of. Read a letter from the Gravesend Town Silver Prize Band asking for permission to give a sacred, vocal and orchestral concert in the Market, on Good Friday evening at 8 p.m.—Resolved that permission be granted subject to the Band paying the cost of lighting and paying the attendants for their extra work."
 
Tue 29/05/1906 Corporation Of Gravesend Pleasure Grounds Sub-Committee minutes line 17 shows -
"Town Band On Promenade.—The Town Band having applied for permission to play on the Promenade on Sundays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., it was recommended that the permission be given.
Band Contest.—The Town Band having applied for permission for the bands attending the band contest at Rosherville Gardens on 2nd June to muster on the south of the Recreation Ground, permission was given accordingly."
 
Sat 02/06/1906 Gravesend Town Band came 4th in the First (Championship) Section of the London and Home Counties Amateur Band Association contest held at the Rosherville Gardens, Gravesend, winning a prize of £2. (Conductor: G.H.Thomas, Test piece: Mayerbeer).  
Sat 21/07/1906 Gravesend Band came 3rd in a contest held at Dartford. (Conductor: G.H.Thomas, Test piece: Meyerbeer's Works).  
Sat 08/09/1906 Gravesend Band came 4th in a contest held at Southend-on-Sea winning a prize of £2. (Conductor: G.H.Thomas, Test piece: Carmelite).  
Tue 30/10/1906 "Market.—Applications having been received from the Gravesend Town Band, the Northfleet Band, and the Band of the 1st K.V.A. [sic K.A.V.] for permission to play in the Market on Sunday evenings it was recommended that such permission be given as follows, the charge for admission not to exceed one penny:—
The Gravesend Town Band to play two Sundays in four.
The Northfleet Band to play one Sunday in four.
1st K.A.V. Band also to play one Sunday in four."
 
1907 Date Event Time
Tue 08/01/1907 The Daily Telegraph & Courier reported "As it had not been conducted in good faith, the Gravesend Town Band Club was yesterday struck off the register by the Gravesend justices for twelve months. The police, who watched the premesison twelve nightsduring December, alleged that thirtyone men left the club intoxicated after midnight, and there were eight offences of disorder, which included a number of fights."
[Sounds like the band ran a club, possibly at the bandroom the Darnley Arms public house]
 
Wed 06/03/1907 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
"Market: Use of.—An application from the Gravesend Town Silver Prize Band for permission to use the Market on the evening of Good Friday in order to give a vocal and instrumental concert, was considered. Resolved that permission be not granted as it has been found on previous occasions such performances tended to disorganise the Market on the following day."
 
Thu 16/05/1907 Corporation Of Gravesend Fetes Committee minutes show -
"Bands.—It was decided that it was not desirable that any performances by bands should clash with the concerts provided by the Committee and it was accordingly Resolved (a) That the Town Band be allowed to play independently on the Promenade on Sunday only from 3 to 4.45 and from 7.45 to 9, and on condition that they place their services for the evening of one Wednesday in each month at the service of the Fêtes Committee free of Charge ; (b) That the band of the Kent R.G.A. be thanked for the offer to give a monthly concert and that they be invited to play on a Wednesday in co-operation with the Committee.
The Town Clerk was instructed to see the secretaries of the bands and to arrange accordingly."
 
Sun 19/05/1907 Some 1400 people attended a concert given by the 1st K.R.A. Volunteer Band in the Market, this being the last of the series. Each item rendered under the the conductorship of Mr. J. Whiting was well received, and Thomas Bidgood's fantasia "In Coonland" was encored.  
Mon 20/05/1907 Pelham-road Sports Ground playing selections of music at the Whit Monday races arranged by Gravesend United Football Club Afternoon
Fri 31/05/1907 Corporation Of Gravesend Borough Fetes Committee minutes show -
"Bands.—The Town Clerk reported that both the Town Band and the Band of the Kent R.G.A. had agreed to give their services to the Committee for one night per month free of all charge."
11.00
Wed 17/07/1907 Windmill Hill  
Fri 20/09/1907 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall And Market Committee minutes show -
"Market: Use of.—Applications having been received from the Gravesend Town Band of the Band of the 1st K.A.V. for permission to play in the Market on Sunday evenings it was recommended that such permission be given as follows:—The Gravesend Town Band to play three Sundays in four and the 1st K.A.V. Band on the fourth Sunday."
11.00
Sat 28/09/1907 Gravesend Town Band was granted permission to play in the Market three Sundays in four, and the 1st K.A.V. Band on the fourth Sunday.  
Sat 28/09/1907 Gravesend Town Band played in Gravesend's Hospital Parade along with Gravesend Salvation Army, Gravesend Volunteers, Northfleet, and two drum and fife bands from Tilbury. The route of the procession was from Lennox-road, through Perry Street to Huggen's College, back through Gravesend to the Echo and then to Lennox-road. 16.30 - 20.30
Tue 03/12/1907 Commenced playing Christmas music around town. Collectors in uniform. Official reciepts given if required.  
1908 Date Event Time
  1908 Various Corporation Of Gravesend Committee minutes show that -
  • A solid floor was formed for the Band Stand on the Promenade using cement or asphalt as the existing wooden one was rotting and dangerous.
  • The Council created a "Concerts on Windmill Hill and Promenade Sub-Committee", of eight members. (Later referred to as the Fetes Sub-Committee.)
  • Electrical lighting was added to the Band Stand in the Windmill Hill Gardens.
  • An Orchestra played on the Windmill Gardens Band Stand of a Wednesday evening in the summer months.
  • The Council advertised the concerts with 25 large bills (posters), advertisements in 3 local papers, and 1000 hand-bills.
  • Programmes were sold at the Windmill Hill Gardens concerts.
  • The Borough Treasurer took charge of all monies and kept the accounts.
  • Refreshments were supplied from a stall by the occupier of the kiosk (a previous request for permission to erect a refreshment stall having not been acceded to).
  • The Fetes sub-committee hoped to arrange for entertainments on the Promenade every night of the week through the summer so the poorer classes would not be deprived of amusements.
The band included woodwind - Mr. John Boosey an alto-saxophone player joined the band and continued as an active member until 1956.
 
Fri 27/03/1908 Corporation Of Gravesend Paving Lighting and Works Committee minutes show -
"Gordon Promenade: Bands.—A letter from the Gravesend Town Band asking for permission to play on the Promenade on Sundays during the forthcoming summer was referred to the Pleasure Grounds Sub-Committee."
10.30
Wed 03/06/1908 The Town Band wrote to the council asking permision to play on the Promenade on Sundays during the forthcoming summer.
Corporation Of Gravesend Whole Court in Committee minutes show -
"Bands on the Promenade.—Resolved that the Town Band be allowed to play on three Sundays out of four, and the Volunteer Band every fourth Sunday, if they so desire, during the hours 3—4.30 p.m. 7.45 and to 9 p.m."
10.30
Fri 05/06/1908 Corporation Of Gravesend Fetes Sub-Committee minutes show -
"Concerts.—Resolved—That owing to the short time available no formal concert be arranged for next Wednesday, but that the Town Band be asked to arrange for a performance on the Promenade on the evening of Wednesday, the 10th June, from 7 to 9 o'clock, and that the enclosure be arranged for as last year. Also
Resolved—That Concerts be given in Windmill Gardens and on the Promenade on alternate Wednesdays (except Hospital Fête Day) beginning in Windmill Gardens on the 17th June, and that the council be asked to authorise this Committee to close the Windmill Gardens on such Wednesdays as may be required, and to charge for admission thereto a sum not exceeding 2d., and a further sum of 2d. for admission to the enclosure in the Gardens, and also that the Council be asked to authorize this Sub-Committee to enclose on the occasion of concerts such portion of the Promenade as may seem advisable, and to charge for admission to such enclosure a sum not exceeding 2d.Whit-Monday.—The Town Clerk was instructed to arrange, if possible, for the Town Band to play on the Promenade on Whit-Monday.
Programmes.—The Town Clerk was instructed to obtain quotations from local tradesmen as to the supply of Programmes for the concerts.
Concert Conductor.—Resolved—That the Chairman, with Councillors Schultz, Huartson, and the Town Clerk interview several local musicians and discuss terms."
10.30
Fri 12/06/1908 Corporation Of Gravesend Fetes Sub-Committee minutes show -
"Promenade.—Resolved that the Volunteer and Town Bands be offered the use of the Promenade for performances on week-days other than Wednesdays."
11.00
Thu 16/07/1908 Corporation Of Gravesend Fetes Sub-Committee minutes show -
"Gordon Promenade(Naval Cadets).—Mr. Mack, of the Naval Cadets, having made an application for permission to perform on the Promenade on Wednesday evenings, commencing at a quarter past 8, in addition to the performances on the other evenings before arranged, it was resolved that permission be given accordingly, on condition that no special announcement of the Wednesday evening performances be made, and the time of starting be strictly adhered to. The Committee also agreed to Mr. Mack giving a sacred concert on Sundays, in conjunction with the Town Band."
[I assume the Council did not want the Wednesday concerts announced as it would have impacted their takings at the Wednesday Windmill Hill Gardens concerts].
The Town Band subsequently stated in a letter to the Reporter that they did not intend to run sacred concerts in conjunction with the cadets on the Promenade.
 
Fri 18/09/1908 A meeting was held at Gravesend Hospital of representatives of organisations taking part in the forthcoming Hospital Parade and Carnival. Gravesend Town Band, Northfleet Silver Band, Stanford Brass Band, and Tilbury Drum and Fife band promised their services and it was stated that there would probably be two others.  
Sat 26/09/1908 Gravesend Council discussed the use of the Market having received requests to play there on Sunday evenings. It was agreed that The Gravesend Town Band play on three Sundays in four, and the Home Counties (Kent) R.G.A, Heavy Battery Band play on the fourth Sunday. An application from Northfleet Band was also considered and dealt with (refused because a date could not be found for them).  
Sun 27/09/1908 Gravesend Market. 20.00 -
Sun 15/11/1908 Thousands' of people gathered in the streets when the Mayor of Gravesend (Alderman H. E. Davis) and members of the Corporation attended service in St. George’s Church in the time-honoured custom on the first Sunday morning of the municipal year. The procession, an imposing one, was headed by the full band of the 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantary Regiment, and there followed in the order mentioned: Members of the Board of Guardians, the local justices, representatives' of the Fire Brigade, and Friendly Societies, the band of the local Volunteer Artillery, the appropriate officials, the Mayor and Corporation in state, and the Gravesend Town Band. The Mayoress (Mrs. Davis) rode in a landau at the end. The principal thoroughfares of the borough were perambulated.  
Mon 07/12/1908 The band commenced playing Christmas selections of music in various parts of the town. They had with them Collectors in uniform, and offered official reciepts if required.
During December the the band played at various locations around the town under the direction of Mr. F. Allen, including the Clock Tower and the bottom of Parrock-street, collecting for the Mayor's fund. This lead to a donation of £4.0.7 to Mayor Davis' fund which had the object of giving relief in deserving cases of distress and to augment if thought advisable the resources of existing charitable organisations in the borough.
Evening
1909 Date Event Time
  1909 Various Corporation Of Gravesend Committee minutes show that -
  • Tenders were invited for the pitch on the Gordon Promenade "for Alfresco Concerts, &c.," "during the Summer months".
  • "Orchestral Concerts would be given on the Windmill Hill on Wednesday evenings and on Bank Holidays during the Summer months, the charge for admission being 3d."
 
Mon 29/03/1909 Corporation Of Gravesend Fetes Sub-Committee minutes show -
"Bands..—The Town Band having written asking permission to play on the promenade on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 4.30, and on Sunday evenings from 7.30 to 9, the Band also sought permission to play in the Market on such Sundays as were wet.
"It Was recommended that the Band be allowed to play on Sundays, the Council reserving the right to make other arrangements at any time."
10.30
Wed 21/04/1909 Gravesend Market, in aid of the Pay Day fund in connection with Gravesend Hospital. (Proposed date)  
Wed 28/04/1909 Gravesend Silver Prize Band, assisted by a number of ladies and gentlemen, in conjunction with the Co-operative Choir and the Hospital Carnival Committee gave a Vocal and Instrumental Concert in the Market Hall, in aid of the Gravesend Hospital. Admission was by pictorial postcard of the Hospital, 1d. of any member of the Band or Carnival Committee, Chairs 2d. And 3d. 20.00 -
Thu 13/05/1909 Gravesend Promenade. Gravesend Silver Prize Band's first Sunday afternoon concert of the season at the venue. Afternoon
Mon 24/05/1909 Entertainment at Pelham Road sports ground as part of Gravesend's Empire Day Celebrations.
Earlier in the day (14.30) there was a procession to the sports ground from Gravesend clock tower, accompanied by two bands - Royal Marines light infantry Chatham Fife and Drum band, who headed the procession, and the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantary bugle band. Mayor Alderman J.P.Davis, J.P. gave a treat to 700 poor children (420 from the ragged schools , 120 from the Salvation army, 50 from Miss Sharman’s Orphanage plus a large number from the workhouse and children's homes), and distributed bright pennies straight from the Mint to all and sundry of the children.
late afternoon
Wed 15/09/1909 Corporation Of Gravesend Town Hall and Market Committee minutes show -
"Market (Music).—Applications have been received from the Town Band and from the Band of the Home Counties (Kent) R.G.A. for permission to play in the Market on Sunday evenings, it was resolved that a deputation from each Band be asked to meet this Committee."
This duly happened on 21/09/1909
"Market: Uses of (Music).—The Committee interviewed the representatives of the Town Band and of the Band of the Home Counties (Kent) R.G.A. with regard to the performances in the Market on Sunday evenings, and discussed the best means of keeping better order among a section of the audience. It was suggested (1) That the charge of admission be increased from 1d. to 2d. (2) That there be no interval or re-admission. (3) That the platform be placed at the side of Market Place instead of in the middle and that other alterations be made in matters of detail, and the deputation undertook to convey to the Town Clerk the decision of their Committees as to the actual carrying out of the suggestions."
A local paper said the price increase was to the comfort of those who go to listen to the music and to discourage those who had hither-to paid their pennies simply for the purpose of making a promenade of the Market Hall. However both bands were averse to the price increase and applied for permission to revert to 1d., this was granted from 12/12/1909.
The R.G.A. Territorial's Band gave the first performance of the season.
 
Sun 14/11/1909 Mayor's Sunday procession from the Market Place to St. George's Church for a service, and back to the Town Hall afterwards. The procession was lead by the band of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantary, followed by half a dozen bluejackets from Chatham, the batallion of Cornwall's, the Gravesend Heavy Battery with their band, the Mayor and Corporation in carrages along with the Sergeant-at-Mace and Borough Oarsman, the Town Silver Band and a big detatchment of Boy Scouts bringing up the rear.  
Sun 05/12/1909 Gravesend Market. Under the direction of Mr. F. Allen. The programme was March, "Pride of the Band"; overture "Victory"; selection "Haddon Hall"; cornet solo "Old Green Isle"; selection "La Straniera"; march "Gipsy Belle" and "God Save the King". Evening
Mon 06/12/1909 Gravesend Silver Prize Band commenced playing Christmas music in various parts of the town, with collectors, in uniform, calling while the Band is in the neighbourhood.  
Sun 26/12/1909 R.G.A. (Territorial) Band played in the Market Hall. 18.30 -