Drighlington Brass Band 2018
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Drig seeking new Solo Baritone

The band was sorry to see Emma Shaw leaving in January and we thank her for her fantastic contribution over the last couple of years. We are now entering an exciting new period under new MD Tommy Tynan, and there is now a super opportunity on Solo Baritone here at Drig. If you are interested, or know anyone who would be up for the challenge, please get in touch!

Thomas Tynan appointed Musical Director

Drighlington Band is delighted to announce Thomas Tynan as Musical Director.

Thomas is a Tuba player and Conductor from the brass banding heartland of Saddleworth. He started quite young in brass and then made the move onto percussion, where he made it to the local Marsden Silver Prize Band at the age of 13. After a year, he moved onto BBb Bass with the band and made his name as a Tuba player, performing with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain from the age of 15, achieving Principal Bass at the age of 16 and picking up a Katie Ogden Solo Award.

Thomas also performed with the Halle Youth Orchestra at the age of 16 and at the age of 17 was invited to join the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band on BBb Bass. During his time at Grimethorpe, he took part in CD Recordings, a sell-out tour to Australia, performances at the Royal Albert Hall and The Sage Gateshead, and most memorably the 2015 British Open Brass Band Championships win at the Symphony Hall. Thomas first took his hand to the baton at the start of 2016, taking Linthwaite Band from the brink of folding to a steady performance at the Yorkshire Areas just a few months later.

After taking a break from the banding scene, Thomas is now also a playing member of Oldham Band (Lees), and runs his own online Pie Business, Saddleworth's Humble Pie, which specialises in gourmet pies with contemporary fillings.


Great result at Spring Festival 2017

Drighlington Band enjoyed another year at Blackpool's Spring Festival on 13th May, competing in the Senior Trophy against 18 other bands.

The band played off draw number 14 and this year's test piece was Salute to Youth by Gilbert Vinter.

The performance went very well under Duncan Beckley's direction which led to Drighlington being placed in 5th, narrowly missing out on promotion by just one place.

Onwards & upwards, we look forward to competing in the festival once again in 2018 and aiming to do one better and gain promotion to the Senior Cup.   


Appointment of Musical Director

Drighlington Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Duncan Beckley as their new MD.
Following the departure of John Roberts in August, the band has been looking for the right person to direct the band.
“Duncan has proved to us that he is an excellent band trainer and we are looking forward to building the band prior to the contesting season next year. He brings with him a wealth of experience and player base to strengthen the band”.
The band has a busy concert schedule in the lead up to Christmas, starting with a collaboration with the folk musician Roger Davies as part of the Brighouse Arts Festival on Saturday 22nd October at Brighouse Methodist Church.
Duncan will make his debut at the upcoming Holmfirth contest in November.   


Summer Fun

Drighington band has been very busy this summer, competing at Morley March Contest and Brighouse March Contest, attending the annual Durham Miners Gala and also entertaining the local community at several park events.


Please help us by returning any Drighlington jackets!

Drighlington Band is having a jacket amnesty! If you have played for the band in the last few years, please can you raid the back of the wardrobe for either their black/green/gold stage jackets, blue blazer walking out jackets or ties. If you find any, please can you get in touch with Secretary Anna Jackson, via enquiries@drighlingtonband.co.uk or 07922 883591.


Celebrating Our Queen's 90th Birthday & St George's Day!

This week Drighlington band were part of the annual St George's Day celebrations at Leeds Minster. This year was particularly special as the festivities coincided with our Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.


















Promoted to Senior Cup 2015!

Drighlington Band are very pleased to announce that following their performance at the Senior Trophy on Saturday 26th April, the band placed 3rd and have been promoted to the Senior Cup for 2015!

Band member Charlotte Critchley accepting the award from Mike Kilroy
[Image courtesy of 4BarsRest]

Drawn very early on during the day's events on number 2, judges David Horsfield & Mike Kilroy were overall very pleased with the band's performance of Berlioz' "Judges of the Secret Court", and along with the section winners Friary Guildford, runners up City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) & 4th place St Dennis, the band has been promoted to compete in the Senior Cup in 2015!

Drighlington Band performing in the Spanish Hall, Winter Gardens in Blackpool
[Image courtesy of 4BarsRest]

The next contest that Drighlington Band will be perfoming at is Morley Hymn & March contest in June.

Principal & Tutti Cornets Wanted for Yorkshire Area

Drighlington band (runner up in last weekends Butlins Mineworkers championships) would like to appoint committed Principal & Tutti cornets in time for the area contest in March. Are we what you're looking for? 

Please get in touch via the website of by contacting our friendly chairwoman, Cat, on 07714 953038.




Triumphant Second Placing!

Drighlington band are pleased to announce an excellent second place result at the Butlins Mineworkers contest in Skegness on the16th January 2016.

The Band celebrating after playing at the contest.

Drawn early on during the day's events on number 4, judges Alan Morrison & Steve Sykes were overall very pleased with the band's performance of Ian McElligott's "A Celt in Jerusalem".

The next contest that Drighlington Band will be perfoming at is the Yorkshire Regional Championships in Bradford on the 6th March.

Appointment of Musical Director

Drighlington Band are delighted to announce the appointment of John Roberts as their new Musical Director. John joins us after a successful 2 years as Resident Musical Director at the Reg Vardy Band.

Chairwoman, Cat Chadwick, said "we are thrilled to have John on board, and are really excited to be beginning a new chapter. We look forward to working with him."

The band have a busy winter season ahead, and will be competing at the Butlins Mineworkers Championship in January, hoping to emulate their success after winning the title in 2013.

Yorkshire Regional Championships 2014

On Sunday 2nd March the band competed at the Yorkshire Regional Championships at St George's Hall in Bradford, performing Kenneth Downie's "St Magnus".

This contest was the first one that the band entered since being promoted to the Championship section at the start of the year, where the band gained a respectable 12th place.

As this was the band's first contest since promotion, along with a late draw (and a stage which was at sauna temperature!), the band is pleased with this result and would like to thank the adjudicators, journalists and most importantly audience members & band supporters for their supportive comments!

Drighlington Band preparing to perform...
[Image courtesy of British Bandsman/Twitter]

Congratulations go to the Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and Black Dyke Bands who will be representing Yorkshire at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall later this year.

Following a brief week off, the band will now be preparing for the Senior Trophy contest at the Spring Festival in Blackpool on Saturday 26th April!

New Signings

Drighlington band are pleased to announce the arrival of two new players to add to their ranks.

Janice Davison has been appointed to the Solo Horn position & Matt Hoyle has been appointed on Eb Bass.

Janice moved to Yorkshire 5 years ago after spending over 20 years in Berkshire. She has previously played Flugel horn at Elland Silver before moving to Lindley band on Solo horn. She is still involved at Elland with their training band.

Matt Hoyle has been appointed on Eb Bass. Matt is originally from Holmfirth & began his playing career with the Honley band. He then spent time with Hade Edge where he moved from tenor horn onto Eb Bass. During his University days he played withYork Railway Institute & following graduation, Skelmanthorpe Prospect Brass. He is now working as a teacher.

Drighlington band are pleased to welcome both Janice & Matt to the band. Both players made their debuts playing at the recent Brighouse March & Hymn contest.

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Upcoming events

19th December 2018
Bramham Park Christmas Concert