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.