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Stannington Brass Band

As far as we know, the first mention of Stannington Brass Band was in 1881. Later it became the Stannington Church Brass Band and after a six year break was reformed in 1968 as Stannington Brass Band.

The Band retains close links with the local community and many players reside in, or close to, Stannington. However, with true Yorkshire hospitality the Band actively welcomes students attending the local Universities and other visitors to the area.

Whilst maintaining a high playing standard the Band especially welcomes young or inexperienced players and some of its longest serving players originally joined as youngsters.

As part of this commitment to young players, a Training Band was formed in 1997. To ensure that no one, through personal financial circumstances, is denied the opportunity to fully participate, the Band provides instruments, uniforms, music etc. for all players from its own funds.

In a typical year players will attend some 400 hours of rehearsals, take part in up to 35 performances, enter at least 3 contests, travel over 500 miles to contests and engagements.

Due to the players' consistent hard work and loyalty the Band has had successes in many contests. Our most recent successes were coming 2nd at the 2008 Yorkshire Regional Qualifying Championships competition which then automatically entered the band in the The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain which were held on 28 September 2008 at Harrogate and then promotion to the Championship Section on 01 January 2009.