Harry Mogg (1860-1929) - Banding Together
Richard Collard, cornet player in Mogg’s Military Band, c. 1910
Mogg’s Military Prize Band, 1912
Mogg’s Military Prize Band after winning first prize in the National Band Championship, Crystal Palace, London, 1912
(North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council Heritage Service, 2014)
Harry Mogg led Mogg’s Military Prize Band at recruitment events and fundraising concerts
Harry Mogg was born in Milton in 1860. He was the eldest of the seven children of Henry and Anne Mogg. A self-taught musician, Harry started Mogg’s Military Band in 1887 to give the young men of Weston-super-Mare an alternative to the pub!
The Band was made up of working men. Harry Mogg himself worked as a postman, a plasterer and later ran the Castle Coffee House with his second wife.
Harry trained the Band in the upper floors of a Mineral Water Factory near Jubilee Road. They played at important local events and began to enter national competitions. In 1912 they won the national band championship at the Crystal Palace. This was particularly impressive as most of the other bands employed professional conductors.
Harry married twice, first to Amelia in 1881, with whom he had three children, Ethel, Frederick and Frank. He then married Louisa in 1887, and had four more children, Adeline, Vera, Lilian and Harry.