Hamilton Flute Band

The Hamilton Flute Band, Londonderry was formed in 1856. The band has established a name for itself as a top, Marching, Contest and Concert Flute Band.

Established in the Waterside area of Londonderry in 1856, the Hamilton Flute Band is one of the top flute bands in Northern Ireland.   The Band has established a name for itself through Marching, Concerts, Competitions and Ensembles in Ireland as a whole, the UK, and also in Europe.

The Band was formed in 1856 and was first known as ‘The Primrose Flute’.  This was later changed to the ‘Queen Victoria Flute Band’.  The name was finally changed to its present title of ‘Hamilton Flute Band’, in honour of the late Duke of Abercorn, then The Most Noble Marquis of Hamilton, when he first stood successfully as a candidate for Londonderry City Imperial Government.  We have gained permission from the present Duke of Abercorn to use the family Coat of Arms as seen above.  We use the Crest on our concert dress tunic, and on our stationary.

The inscription around the Garter is HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE and as I have been informed by my more learned colleagues, interprets to:

Evil To Those Who Evil Thinks.

The motto on the crest is SOLA NOBILITAT VIRTUS and this roughly translates to

Virtue Is The Only Nobility.

When World War One broke out in 1914, members of Londonderry’s Hamilton Flute Band joined up “to a man”.

They formed the nucleus of the regimental band of the 10th battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

They served as stretcher-bearers at the Battle of the Somme, performed concerts to lift spirits and their bass drum was even used as a communion table.



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