A concert band with historical roots to Accrington is appealing for help in their search for a long-long bass drum.
The East Lancashire Concert Band, formed in 1842 as Accrington Old Band, have been unable to find the drum last used in 1973.
The band, who were also previously known as the Accrington Military Band and Hyndburn Concert Band, have not seen the drum since dropping their military links four decades ago. They are now planning to have a commemorative picture taken in time for a special Accrington Pals concert in Accrington later this year and want to hunt down the missing drum before then.
Nick Holme, who is the bands principal trumpet player, said: “It would be a shame for the bass drum to be languishing somewhere.
“The last time we used it was in 1973. There was an AGM and the band decided to stop marching and change the name which effectively dropped its military connections.
“After that point a big bass drum wasn’t needed. The drum could be long gone or it could be in someone’s garage or attic.”
One of the earliest recorded appearances of the drum was in 1904 in a picture taken at the Hope and Anchor pub in Accrington.
The bass drum can also be seen in a band photograph taken in the 1960s during rehearsals at the Imperial Hotel in Accrington. Mr Holme, 58, from Deepdale, added: “We are planning to have an up to date commemorative photo done of the band along the lines of these photos and possibly also one of us in military uniform.
“It would be nice to be able to feature the bass drum and side drums if any could be found.”
The band, which rehearses at Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, will perform at a Pals commemorative concern in Accrington Town Hall on September 27. The date will mark exactly 100 years since the Accrington Old Band led the procession of the newly formed Accrington Pals battalion past the Town Hall in 1914.
Composer Dr Peter Meechan has been signed up to create a special 12-minute musical composition which will focus on the Pals story and also include poetry and letters from soldiers. The band rehearses on Sunday mornings between 10am and noon and are looking for new musicians, especially those who play trombone, bassoon and oboe.Anyone with information about the drum should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 465596.