This was the start of a fresh era for music in Oxfordshire, with the formation of a new brass band.

Oxford Concert Brass and Kidlington Silver Band combined in 1992 to form Kidlington Concert Brass.

This picture was taken soon after the merger at the band hall off High Street, Kidlington.

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Kidlington Silver Band was by far the oldest of the two bands, with local newspaper stories about them going back to 1840.

Oxford Concert Brass was formed in the 1970s by Harold Williams, former secretary to the Lord Mayor of Oxford, who was a passionate musician.

He had begun his musical career with the Pressed Steel band at Cowley while he was a teenager, playing the cornet.

Within a few years, he had progressed to playing the trombone, tenor horn and bass.

He joined the City of Oxford Silver Band and later became its conductor, holding the post for more than 10 years.

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Oxford Concert Brass, which he formed with a group of friends, entertained at concerts for nearly 20 years before joining forces with Kidlington.

Kidlington Concert Brass performs regularly.

One of its most popular concerts is on Remembrance Sunday at Exeter Hall in the village.

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It has enjoyed considerable success in competitions over the years, including an appearance in the finals of the 2001 National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The band performs to a high standard, competing with the best bands nationally, while retaining its roots performing within the local community.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

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