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Winterley Brass

The band was formed in 1938 by a handful of young men at the church with the aim of providing an accompaniment to the hymns being sung by the Sunday School scholars and staff as they toured the village on several sunday mornings prior to their annual Sunday School Anniversary. These "Singing Rounds" helped not only to publicise the forthcoming Anniversary, but also provided an oppurtunity for Christian witness in the open air. Christmas time found the band touring Winterley and the neighbouring village of Haslington playing carols.

During the 1940s and 1950s, a steady number of new players joined the band. However, compulsory service in H M forces frequently robbed the band of key players for several years on end. During this time, demand for the services of the band steadily grew. Occasional small concerts were given, but the main demand came from an increasing number of Sunday Schools requesting the band to accompany them on their "Singing Rounds".

Thanks to the dedication of its musical director and conductors during recent years, the band has continued to go from strength to strength and includes a very wide age range in its membership. It performs several concerts each year and rehearses each Thursday evening at Winterley church. It has never recieved sponsorship nor entered a competition and yet can boast that many players in premier brass bands began their playing career at Winterley.

The band celebrated 65 years in 2003 and saw John French, Euphonium player with Black Dyke, appear as a soloist with them at Band Sunday. John is an ex-winterley player himself and along with the band considered it an honour to play at the anniversary event. Hopefully the band will continue to carry on its success with a large number of youth players showing great potential for the future.