The history of the Town Band can be traced to the early part of the 19th century qualifying the band as one of the oldest in the country. It was formed under the title The Whitworth Band. When the town of Spennymoor was created much later, Whitworth became part of Spennymoor. During the Boer War the band became a volunteer band adopting the military dress of the period, the band remained civilians however, not taking part in the action.
Whitworth Brass Band (Spennymoor, Durham)
Active in 1870, becoming Spennymoor Brass Band when the town of Spennymoor absorbed Whitworth. It became a Volunteer Band during the Boer War, and borrowed money from a local brewery in 1913 to purchase a new set of instruments, changing its name to the Spennymoor Silver Model Band.
In 1926 monies were still owed to the brewery and, the band being down to eleven players, it was decided to allow woodwind players to join, and they became the Whitworth and Spennymoor Military Band. It did not take long for the debt to the brewery to be paid off and, as more brass players joined, the woodwind players left to do dance band and orchestral work, leaving the band all brass once more.
After World War Two, the band started contesting as the Whitworth & Spennymoor Silver Prize Band. It gained sponsorship in 1975, becoming Camerons Silver Prize Band, but the sponsorship was withdrawn after three years and the band folded in 1978.
A successor band, Spennymoor Town Band, was formed in 1982. Another account states: "In the early 1870s the Whitworth Brass Band was formed, and the principal players were the members of the Raine family. Several of them became famous Band Conductors in various parts of the North of England.
One year Whitworth Band entered 41 contests, winning 16, being second 13 times, and third 7 times. The late Tom Snowdon conducted this Band for many years. Before this he was appointed Conductor of the Tudhoe Colliery Band when he was only 18 years of age. Mr. Snowdon led the Band on to several notable musical victories in North Country contests. He worked in the mine at Tudhoe and at Dean Bank until an advanced age, and died in his 79th year shortly after celebrating his Golden Wedding.
Mr. John Mutton, another famous bandsman, conducted the local Temperance Band for over 40 years, during which period they won many contests."