The band was formed in 1910 as the Craghead Colliery Band and provided recreational activity for the miners. The band began to contest under the baton of Eric Cunningham and gradually progressed to the Championship Section. By the end of 1968 Ever Ready had taken over sponsorship of the band and they became known as The Ever Ready Band. During 2003 the band signed a sponsorship agreement with the motor retailer, The Reg Vardy Group.
The band also provide master classes with school children, students and other local bands to develop the bandsmen of the future. Their professional conductor is Russel Gray.