By the 1850s, and like many other bands, they were playing at local community events. In 1854 they played at Lindley’s first Floral and Horticultural Exhibition. The Huddersfield and West Yorkshire Advertiser enthused that: ‘Almost every member of the respectable families in the neighbourhood was present; and what with the flaunting, dazzling dresses of the ladies, the brilliant hues of the flowers, and the lively airs of the Lindley Brass Band, a scene of enchanting excitement, rarely, if ever equalled, in this township was presented.’26
They won prizes in local contests, but faced disappointment at the 1900 Belle Vue Open Contest in Manchester, where they expected a prize. The Brass Band News reported that: One burly Yorkshireman said, ‘It’s enough to break their hearts to play like that and to know it’s all for nothing.’27
From 1900-1907, their favourite pieces to play in the park were Souvenir De Meyerbeer (Arr. E. Swift), a Selection of Beethoven’s Works (Arr. E. Swift), a Selection of Weber’s Works (Arr. J. Gladney), and Overture from Mozart’s Magic Flute (Arr. J. Gladney).