Foden's Band

The Foden's Richardson Band band are a brass band from Sandbach in Cheshire. The band derives its name from the Foden manufacturer of trucks in Sandbach.


In 1902, Edwin Foden set up the Foden Motor Works Band, from the remnants of a brass band that had been formed in nearby Elworth in 1900. In 1955, the musical director, Harry Mortimer, formed the Men O'Brass, whereby selected members of the band combined with other players from the Fairey Band and Morris Motors Band. In January 1983, the band was sponsored by Overseas Technical Services Ltd. from Harrow, being renamed the Foden OTS Band. In July 1986, it was sponsored by the Britannia Building Society to become the Britannia Building Society Foden Band, which became the Britannia Building Society Band. In September 1997, the band was sponsored by the Antoine Courtois company of France, to become the Fodens Courtois Band. In November 2004, the band was sponsored by Richardson Developments of Oldbury.

The band has won the National Brass Band Championships twelve times.

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