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Highley Colliery Band

A brass band had existed in Highley since the turn of the 20th Century until the closure of the pit in 1969.

Early in 1993 a handful of brass band musicians met at the Bache Arms Public House in Highley. The first steps had been made towards the reformation of a brass band in the village. Regular rehearsals were adopted, meeting every Wednesday and Sunday night at the Bache.

Gradually numbers grew, and the band began performances under the name of Highley Band. With the aid of a Lottery Grant the band purchased much needed instruments and went from strength to strength.

In 2000 to coincide with the new uniform, the band adopted the now familiar Pit Head Wheel emblem and renamed the band, Highley Colliery Band, to reflect the mining heritage of its home village.

Today the band performs across the Midlands and beyond at band stands, parks and concerts. In 2009 the band performed at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, to an audience of 6,000 people.

The band's future is strong, building on it's hard-earned reputation.