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Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass
Whilst there has been a long history associated with the name of Hucknall & Linby Brass Band the recent history of the newly formed Hucknall & Linby Mining Community Band has been quite astonishing since its inception in 2008.
The band procured rehearsal facilities for an initial period of two months at the Hucknall Empire Club and had their first rehearsal on Thursday the 4th December 2008, playing on instruments borrowed from the trustees of the Riddings Band that had folded some years ago. The electrical firm from Ilkeston, SPEC, provided a new set of music stands. During the rehearsal a spectator was so moved by the playing that he donated £20 to the band funds; so after one rehearsal the band bank balance stood at £20.
On the 11th December the band had a meeting to discuss the way forward. There were two options: 1 To go to Riddings and adopt their name along with their band room and music library. 2 To stay in the Hucknall area with a new name.
The band made the decision to stay in Hucknall. The next item on the agenda was to find a new name, after much debate they came up with three names. 1 Torkard Brass, 2 Hucknall Brass, 3 Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass
The voting went in favour of number three as it was felt that it would fit into the local community with its history of mining.
On Saturday 13th December 2008 the band played outside Hucknall store of Tesco's store for the first time under their new name. They played for two and a half hours and raised £460.
The band played at the annual Linby village Christmas Tree ceremony to a record number of people (estimated at over 600). Councillor Brothwell stated in the local press that 'it had been a wonderful event, the best yet in the six years they had been running the event'.
On Sunday the 21st of December 2008 the band performed their first concert at the Grove Church, Farley Lane, Hucknall. Playing to a near capacity audience the entertained them with both seasonal and other light music. After a short break for Christmas, the band got down to the business of setting up the bands constitution and committee in January 2009. At a meeting at the Empire Club the new constitution was read out and approved by the persons present. The next item was the election of the new band committee. The elected officers can be view on the Committee page.
2009 saw the band rehearsing for their first contest. Because of the intensity of their rehearsals they played in a number of venues around Hucknall. They entered their first contest at the Midlands Regional Championships held at Bedworth on the 14th March 2009, They played in the 3rd section against 15 other bands and came in 5th position - an outstanding result for a band that was formed only 10 weeks previously. The test piece was 'The Once and Future King' by Andrew Baker. Mr Baker made a comment on the web site 4 Bars Rest the following day saying “three bands played the piece as he liked,” one of these mentioned bands was our band. Unfortunately he had been in the audience and not an adjudicator!
In April 2009 the band was involved in two concerts - a church service for the mining communities at St Johns Church Mansfield arranged by the NUM, and the second was with the Kirkby Rotarians in their annual concert at the Festival Hall Kirkby.
The band led the parade in Hucknall for the scouts St Georges day celebration on 26th April 2009 – the first march under their new name.
April 2009 was a very busy time with extensive rehearsals for the Buxton contest to be held on 3rd. of May. They were able to use different venues for rehearsals thanks to the kindness of the Hucknall people .i.e. Richard Darrington of the Empire Club, Neil Chauntry for use of the Hucknall Fire Station and the Salvation Army for the use of their hall.
They travelled to Buxton for the 46th Buxton Brass Band Festival. The test piece they choose to play was,” The Dark Side of the Moon”. They played in a contest of nine bands and came fifth.
Since inception in late 2008 the Band has enjoyed considerable success and is building its reputation in Hucknall and the surrounding area. The future for the band looks very promising indeed!