March 1, 2014
On Saturday 1st March 2014, the Yorkshire Area Contest took place at Bradford St. George's Hall. The Band again played well on the day and were placed 3rd out of 11 Bands entered.
January 18, 2014
Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, has this week been unveiled as patron of Worsbrough Brass.
Formed in 1993 with only £14 in their bank account, Worsbrough Brass have gone from strength to strength and celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. The band and training band come from a broad age group, with musicians ranging from 8 – 80 years old, who all meet to practise at their band room at Worsbrough Mill.
The band perform all over the country and last year visited Schwabisch Gmund, Barnsley’s European twin town. This year the Musikverein Stadtkapelle Band from Schwabisch Gmund are visiting Barnsley, to perform alongside Worsbrough Brass at a number of concerts.
OnThursday night Worsbrough Brass and Musikverein Stadtkapelle Band performed at the Emmanuel Methodist Church in Barnsley and it was then that the MP Michael was unveiled as patron.
During the evening there was also a surprise presentation to John Hopkinson, to mark 50 years in the brass band competitive movement.
Mr Dugher, said: “I am proud to become the patron of Worsbrough Brass. I am a keen supporter and champion of brass bands. They are a vital part of the region and UK’s heritage.
“I have been a keen campaigner for brass bands since becoming a Member of Parliament. I am Vice Chair of the APPG for Brass Bands in Parliament and, more recently, I met with the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, to discuss brass band funding and help to ensure that brass bands are accessing the various Arts Council funding streams available.
“The concert on Thursday was fantastic and I would urge anyone looking to join, or learn to play a brass instrument, to get along to rehearsals.”
· For those interested in learning to play a brass instrument, the band offers full tuition, by catering for a range of abilities within a group setting.
· Worsbrough brass training band rehearse at the Band Room on Thursdays between 18:00 – 18:45, with a subscription cost of £2 (this includes instrument hire and more).
· The Band Room is situated at Worsbrough Mill and Country Park, the entrance to which is off the A61 Barnsley – Sheffield Road, approximately 2 miles south from Barnsley and 2 miles north from Junction 36 of the M1 via Birdwell.