The EverReady Band is a brass band based in North East England. Since 1958 the band has been nationally graded as a Championship Section band and has since won the North of England Brass Band Championships a record 36 times.
Originally formed in 1910 to provide recreational activity for the miners in the village of Craghead, County Durham, Craghead Colliery Band became known locally and nationally, ranking for many years in the top ten brass bands in the world.
In 1968, the Ever Ready company took over sponsorship of the band and gave the band a new home. Now known as The Ever Ready Band, between 1972 and 1982 the band won eleven consecutive regional championship titles. At this time, the band totally dominated North East brass band competitions and became well known for high standards of musicianship. The now famous scarlet tunics were seen at major concert venues throughout the UK. The Ever Ready factory closed in 1992 and the band became entirely self-supporting, whilst retaining the famous Ever Ready name in token only.
During March 2004, the band signed a sponsorship deal with the motor retailer, The Reg Vardy Group. Named The Reg Vardy Band, the band experienced a further period of success, achieving several further Northern Area titles. The band’s greatest achievement so far was gaining third prize at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2004, an achievement no other North East band has neared since. This led to the band being invited to represent England in the 2005 World Championships held in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, claiming fifth prize. Further success included winning the French Open Brass Band Championships in 2017.
In 2023, the band moved forward under a new name, The EverReady Band, as a nod to the past and a return to the name by which it is most widely recognised in brass banding circles.
The band has been involved in Durham Brass Festival, performing major concerts in the series in Durham Cathedral, and launching 2023’s festival with a stunning production at the Fire Station, Sunderland, celebrating 70 Years of Bond. Most recently, on Christmas Eve 2023, EverReady Band performed two sell out concerts of The Snowman, also at the Fire Station.
In contesting news, the band competed at the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the 52nd time, cementing its position as the North East’s premier band.
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