Band members agree that it would be hard to live in or around Lofthouse and not know someone who is involved in some way with the Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band.
It was set up in 1999 with just a handful of musicians and a few instruments. Since then it has grown into a flourishing organisation, helped by the brass tradition of supplying instruments and tuition to players for a modest subscription. There are three bands: Beginner Brass, for those starting from scratch, Brass Roots, for those who are developing their skills, and then the the main band, who have recently won the 2022 3rd Section Yorkshire Regional Championships.
The band is thoroughly involved in activities at all levels in and around Lofthouse and the neighbouring communities. From concerts, fetes, garden parties, bandstands, event openings, church services and Christmas carolling, the band is never still and enjoys being an active part of local communities.
Success for Lofthouse 2000 has come not only through hard work and dedication, but by making brass banding a fun and rewarding experience that gives musicians of all ages a unique sense of community and in the case of younger members, valuable interpersonal skills to carry into later life.
Rehearsals take place at Outwood WMC, Ledger Lane, Wakefield WF1 2NS.
Main band: Thursday evenings 1930-2130 and Saturday mornings 1000-1200. Beginners/Brass Roots: Saturday mornings 0900-0955.