The Watney Years

Winning the London & Southern Counties fourth section contest with John Carr’s ‘Four Little Maids’, this signals the rise of the band, now under the baton Albert Meek. Meek, from the Royal Scots Guards and a prominent figure in local brass education, cultivated a youth ensemble as well as a ‘main’ band which was known as Watney Silver. During this period the band rose back the Championship section, produced 2 records and even experimented with alternate configurations (bringing in french horns and a string bass!)