They have performed for Prince Charles at a hospice visit, Princes William & Harry at a polo match, performed Brassed Off in Wakefield and the Isle of Man, not to mention TV appearances and many concerts within the local community. European Tours have included France, Germany Holland and Luxembourg.
Formed in 1999 from a small group of young brass musicians, the organisation has grown to include a senior band of over 30 players, a junior band and a newly formed beginner group. Conductor at that first rehearsal was musician Andrew Whitaker, who is still with the band today.
The band, who meets on a Thursday and Saturday, has kept a consistent membership with at least four of the present members being at the very first rehearsal. Age is not a barrier, as teenagers and older members mix and perform as a unit. Maybe it is the variety of music the band plays – anything from classical to pop – or the regular social events – or tours every two years – but the band is going from strength to strength and with its development policy, its future looks bright.
The band is keen to encourage new players and as part of its ongoing promotion has recently introduced brass instruments into local schools, with a small group performing what is described as a “Lollipop Concert”. 2009 saw a new incentive supported by Leeds City Council called “On The Slide” which is designed to promote the trombone.
As part of the organisations music policy, the band is not afraid to try new music. Andrew Whitaker, musical director says:”We not only play the usual brass band music that you would expect, but we also try to include something that may be out of the ordinary”.
So, to take a line from Brassed Off, “these may be ordinary folk but they can knock out a good tune” and hopefully under the guidance of Andrew Whitaker they can become something special.