The Band competed at the Whit Friday marches on June 9. The weather was fine, and not too cold, making for an enjoyable evening.
Often described as “the greatest free show on Earth”, more than 100 bands took to the circuit around the villages of Saddleworth competing for individual contest prizes and for the overall award of Oldham and Saddleworth area champions.
However, it was something of a disappointing evening, with the Band never quite finding their form.
After a slow start at Uppermill, the Band managed to play at Diggle, Dobcross, Delph, Denshaw, Scouthead and Lydgate.
Sadly, we were onluy in the prizes at Delph, where we were awarded second, best cornet, and best trombones.
Both Hebden Bridge and Morley March and Hymn Tune Contests take place on Sunday afternoon, 18 June. The band will be hoping to successfully defend its 2016 title at the 11th Morley & District Lions March & Hymn Tune Contest.
On Monday, June 25, the band will, as usual, lead the procession in the afternoon from Hepworth, through the villages of Scholes and Jackson Bridge with regular stops for hymn singing along the way before returning to Hepworth School for a feast tea.
In the evening the festivities continue as the band leads the service in the village, followed by races and entertainment for the children, live music, a pig roast and a few well-earned beers. It’s a great local tradition that we’re proud to be part of.
The band will be competing at the annual Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest, organised by Brighouse & District Lions Club on Sunday 2 July from 1pm onwards as 26 bands from youth to championship section march down Bethel Street to the Town Hall Square to perform their Contest Hymn Tune and March.
The band rounds off its summer season with a free concert in the village playing outside the Butcher’s Arms on Sunday 16 July at 2pm.
Thanks to Mark and Caroline for hosting the event and particularly to Mathew Golden of R.N. Golden Ltd. for supporting the “Brass at the Butchers” series of summer concerts.
We’ll be back at the Butcher’s Arms on Sunday, August 27 for more Beer’n’Brass as we look forward to our autumn season of concerts and events.
The Band was proud to put in another quality contest performance in the Grand Shield at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Saturday, May 13. Seventh was not quite the placing we were hoping for but we were really happy with what we delivered as a band with lots of positive feedback.
Congratulations to Whitburn Band and Wingates Band on qualifying for the British Open, and many thanks to all the messages from our supporters.
The Band has a vacancy for a front-row cornet player.
Anyone interesed in playing in the championship section can contact us on 07885 251454, or speak to any band member.
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The Band was formed in the village of Hepworth, near Holmfirth, in 1882, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the country. Today, it competes in the Championship Section, making it one of the best bands in the UK.
It has had a proud contesting tradition since its founding, and in recent years, has won a string of prestigious prizes. At the same time, it runs its own concert series every year, supports local charities and other events, including the famous Hepworth Feast, and appears at other venues across the U.K. throughout the year.
The Band relies on generous donations from a number of companies, both national and local, for its continued existence. Since the beginning it has also relied heavily on subscriptions raised from local people, and this tradition continues today.
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