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Band History

Formed in 1993 from a small group of children and their parents, with no band room, no facilities, and no instruments.  What we did have was a bank account inherited from the defunct “Barnsley Chronicle Band” with £14 to its name and an abundance of enthusiasm.

Angela Dawson, one of the parents, was asked to take on the role of band secretary for a period of 12 months, to guide the band through those early times, it is testament to Angela’s excellent organisational skills that she still holds this position today.

During the early years since formation, the band went from strength to strength, not only in the quality of its performances but also as an organisation.  After gaining charitable status, the band’s committee were successful in securing a National Lottery award, at the time, one of the first in the area.  The band purchased a complete new set of instruments with this funding.

The same year (1995) as the Lottery award, also saw the beginnings of the children’s themed social events of which there are two or three a year.  The band has visited such places as “Center Parcs”, “The Boosey and Hawkes Factory”, York for a “Ghost Walk” as well as ten pin bowling.

In 1997 the band continued to thrive and develop and in May of that year travelled to Saddleworth in Lancashire to take part in the famous Whit Friday Marches, sharing stage with some of the country’s finest brass bands.

The band room has been at various locations through the years, from welfare halls to local schools, but in 2000 we had the good fortune to acquire an ex-school,pre-fabricated building which was to be located at Worsbrough Mill and Country Park.  It was in October of 2000 that the Worshipful, The Mayor of Barnsley officially opened the band room, which is still our home to this day.

wbbIn summer 2008, the band appointed their current conductor, John Hopkinson, who started a programme of improving the overall level of the band. In October 2008, the band entered the Bolsover Entertainment Contest and won the unregistered section. This feat was repeated by the beginners band a year later. Also in 2009, the main band entered the Yorkshire regional brass band contest in the 4th section for only the second time in their history. And in July, the band entered the Kiveton Park contest where our solo tenor horn player at the time, Jenny Kril, won best soloist.

One of, the highlight of the band’s contest achivements was the win in the Yorkshire Area Championship contest in 2010. This saw the band gain entry into the national finals and also promotion to the 3rd section for the first time in the bands history.

Between 2011 and 2015 the band entered the Yorkshire Area managing to gain some credible results against bands at this higher level, not only securing their place in this section but in 2016 the band gained a fantastic result of 4th on the back of 2 previous results of 3rd and 4th meaning they qualified for promotion from the 3rd section to the 2nd section for 2017. A very proud moment for everyone in the band.

During 2013 the band decided they wanted to enter the 2014 Butlins Mineworkers Contest where 20+ bands in each section take part to be crowned champion band of their prospective section. The band at their 1st attempt in this contest came a credible 7th place which propelled the band to enter it again in 2015 where again they finished 7th.

Worsbrough Brass has a full itinerary of concert events,throughout the year.  Some of these events are annually repeated occasions, one in particular being the Co-operative Music Festival.  This festival spans a week of not only individual contests for each musical instrument discipline, but also awards Drama and Dance sections.  At the end of the week, the overall winner is selected and presented with the Rose Bowl Award. Worsbrough Brass have been proud winners of this trophy 3 times since 1996.

Other annual concerts are performed at Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster and Scarbrough’s Spa Complex.

The band also enters a number of contests including, the Whiston March & Entertainment Contest, the Yorkshire Areas, Butlins Mineworkers Contest and the Bolsover Entertainment Contest.

For a list of our forthcoming concerts and contests, please visit our Events Page