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Lockwood Brass

In 1998, despite concert and competition successes, both Lingdale Silver and Yarm & District Bands began to founder as players moved away due to work and college commitments. Financial support for Lingdale also disappeared as ICI started to sell many of its divisions. In order for the bands to survive it was decided to form a tentative alliance.

In those early days we had no idea how this would work. In fact, such an alliance was virtually unheard of because of the strong competition that exists between neighboring bands and the fierce pride they have in their historical and musical identities.

Despite, the potential obstacles the alliance thrived, we had contest successes as Yarm & District and sell-out concert success as both Lingdale Silver Band and Yarm & District. For three successive years we performed at the National Brass Band Championships.

The loss of several key players meant that the band were unable to continue contesting for a serval years. It felt that the only way forward would be to complete the alliance once and for all by forming Lockwood Brass. As the Lingdale band had their own band room and Yarm had to pay rent it was finally decided that it would be give the bands more financial stability if they moved to one permanent base. The Lingdale band room was given a facelift with new carpet and interior decoration, giving us our new home.

The band are named after the nearby parish of Lockwood.