History

Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band was formed as a Flute Band in 1908 to provide a recreational activity with a 'temperance' outlook for the local youth from the Laganvale area (beside the River Lagan).  The headquarters of the Band was a converted dwelling in Laganvale Street and thus the band was known as the Laganvale Temperance Flute Band.

The Flute Band flourished in the period following the First World War, winning the Irish Championships in 1921.  The Band was a familiar sight in the many and varied traditional parades in Belfast and District during the 1920s and early 1930s.  In November 1938, the Band decided to change to brass instruments and became known as the Laganvale Silver Band.
Members determinately kept the Band running during the Second World War despite several members having joined the forces and the remainder working long hours to support the war effort.  Early in 1942, following discussion with the Officers of the local Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC), Laganvale became the basis of the Band of 1136 Squadron, Air Training Corps.  The ATC Cadets provided a valuable source of new players and following 6 months of hard work, the Band led the Squadron on their monthly Church Parade to All Saint's Parish Church.  Thereafter, engagements followed thick and fast throughout the Province.  The band was upgraded to Wing Band of the Training Corps, Northern Ireland and performed in Scotland and England.  Following the war the members, new and old, returned en masse to Laganvale Silver Band.

The Band has a busy contesting programme with 5 wins in the Irish Championship contest (1968, 1972, 1995, 2004 and 2005), 3 wins in the Brass Band League Spring Festival (1985, 1999 and 2005) and numerous wins in local entertainment contests.  The Band has also travelled to contests in Great Britain every year since the early 1950s.  This resulted in several top placings, the best being 1st prize in the Buxton High Peak Brass Band Festival in 1999 against a strong field of 14 bands.  These "away" trips have included competing in the European Brass Band Championships in Bergen (1996), Belfast (2006) and Birmingham (2007).

In addition to contesting the Band undertakes an extremely busy schedule of public engagements, fetes and concerts.  The senior Band is supported by the Concert Band which also takes on occasional engagements.

The Band gained sponsorship from Antrim based company Metal Technology in 2004 and became known as Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band.
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