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Milnrow Band is a dynamic group of musicians based in Lancashire and has a proud history. The bands roots trace back to 1914, when they formed as the St Stephen's Band. Before the second world war the band changed their name a further two times Butterworth Band, as this was where they were based in the village, and then Milnrow Brass Band Club. Although from a small village Milnrow band can claim the accolade of playing for the first brass band concert to be broadcast on the radio.
From this period until 1995, Milnrow remained in the lower sections but began their successful competetive drive in 1995 under the batonship of David Morris at the Greater Metropolitan Police championship, claiming first prize in the fourth section. Over the next three years they progressed to the second section and merged with Rochdale Co-op band in 1998. Now under the baton of Ian Brownbill, they took first prize in the second section of the regional finals and then went onto take second at the Nationals. Under guardianship of David Hebb, Milnrow became a first section band only six years on from being in the fourth section.
With the help of Andy White they became a championship band in 2006 and have proudly held their own in this section ever since. Now under the baton of John Ward as MD the band achieved a defining win, with an eclectic interpretation of Gilbert Vinter's Spectrum, at the Senior Trophy in 2009. The band also made their first visit to the Scottish Open Brass Band Championships, which the band now attends annually. The band continued their drive onwards the following year with a fourth place at the Senior Cup, performing Phillip Sparke's Year of the Dragon with the brief return of Andy White.
After the Senior Cup, Milnrow engaged a new conducting team made up of David Evans and Leigh Baker. However less than a year later, the band employed the very talented Mareika Gray. Under her leadership & with Leigh Bakers assistance, the band came eighth in their first performance at the Grand Shield against a very strong field.
Leigh Baker has now moved on to assist as Resident Conductor of the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and so the band has engaged the services of Alan Wycherley, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team.
The band achieved a fantastic result of 5th at the Scottish open this year with a great performance. Now openwards to the Christmas season, where we have a busy schedule of engagements.