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Tintwistle is a small village in the North West of Derbyshire, close to Glossop. The village has been the home of Tintwistle Band since it was established in 1888, Tintwistle Band was not the first band in the village: there is evidence of three other bands prior to that.
The band is made up entirely of people who play for a hobby, giving up their time to play at concerts and contests throughout the country. We have been very fortunate in having received financial support from the National Lottery, the Foundation for Sports and the Arts and the High Peak Borough Council, which has enabled the band to buy and renovate a building in the village. The end result is a band-room that is probably one of the best in the country. We have also been able to purchase a completely new set of instruments, outdoor concert jackets and a trailer for transporting heavy items.
Over the years the band has been successful on the contest stage, some of the highlights being: Radio Manchester's "Blow by Blow" champions, a "hat trick" of wins at Buxton Entertainments Contest, and success at contests in London, Oldham, Rochdale, Wigan and the annual Whit Friday march contests. In 2004, the band came first at the annual Cumbria Brass Band Association contest in Whitehaven, and picked up fifth place in the National North West Midlands area contest. In addition, concerts are regularly given at venues across the North-West.
The band also reached No.1 in the national pop charts many years ago with its recording of "Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs." More recently in 1999 the band recorded its first CD, entitled "On the Edge of the Moors." A further CD entitled "Serenade" was recorded in 2004.