Leading up to the war years the band played many contests under A. Ashcroft with varying success. Contests include:
- London & Home Counties BBA Spring Contest
- Hanwell Contest
- Romford Contest
- Uxbridge Contest
- Walthamstow Contest
And winning the Uxbridge March Contest in July 1938. E. Huckridge took the baton in 1939 before the band loaned its instruments to the Home Guard during WWII.