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16th May 2017

 

 

 

After a long 2015 where numbers in the band started to dwindle due to work and life commitments, life at Worsbrough Brass has once again started to blossom.

 

A number of cornet players have joined the ranks on both the front and back rows respectively.

 

A full statement will be announced in the coming days.... watch this space for updates on who these talented players are. 

 

 

 

 

 

13th April 2016

 


Today began the arduous task of breathing new life into the website and updating the infomation contained therein. That however, is scarcely interesting in comparison to the other recent news ...

 

On the 5th March 2016, Worsbrough Brass competed at the Yorkshire Regionals playing Michael Ball's A Cambrian Suite and were placed 4th. Due to previous results in the Yorkshire Regionals, this result was good enough to see the band continue their meteoric rise by being promoted to the heady heights of the second section. Another few years and we'll be up in the Championship putting the likes of Black Dyke and Grimethorpe in their place ...

 

Until then, feel free to enjoy this live recording of the band's promotion-acheiving performance at St. George's Hall in Bradford.

 

 

Now no great third second section band can function without the support and dedication of all involved and it seems right to follow on from our contest success with two honorable mentions. Every year at our AGM, two awards are presented. These are the Sydney Woolton Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Band and the Most Improved Player award.

 

James Boswell was awarded the Sydney Woolton Trophy for his tireless dogsbody-ing, far beyond the call of duty even for a Band's secretary.

 

Charlie Moulson was awarded Most Improved Player for his services in providing all manner of percussion from the occasional bass drum thwack and cymbal crash to "layin' down phat beatz" (as I believe 'the kids' would say) in our more funky repetoire. Below is a photo of Charlie with his shield

 

Charlie with the shield for Most Improved Player

So hearty congratulations to both James and Charlie and here's to a prosperous debut year in the second section.


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

Worsbrough Brass entered the Mineworkers Contest at Butlins, Skegness in January 2014. The Test peice was "Music for a Festival" by Philip Sparke. The Band played well and were placed 7th out of 18 Bands entered.

 

 

Worsbrough Brass unveil new patron

May 31st, 2013

 

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.