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Arnfield Brass blow out the Birthday Candles

The Derbyshire Band celebrates its first year in existance.


The band, from Tintwistle in Derbyshire, was formed on the 30th December 2001 by a number of local players who wanted to branch out from existing organisations to establish their own presence and style within the local community and in the wider Brass Band world. The overriding Band philosophy was one of making music for both personal and community enjoyment and to this end they we were fortunate in having a number of very experienced players who could coach the less experienced to ensure they quickly felt they were able to actively participate. The band completed a number of varied bookings for 2002 — local school concerts, High Peak and Tameside music in the park days, the Glossop Victorian weekend and market days, various local pub and club concerts and took part in 9 of the venues in the Whit Friday march contests.

At the recent band Xmas Disco they were able to celebrate their formation and take the opportunity to thank people and organisations for their invaluable help from conception through to final realisation. Musical Director Adrian Loader took time to thank the players, parents and local village people for their support and encouragement throughout the year. This certainly helped with the purchase of a set of uniforms that helped establish a true identity for the band and further he noted the help they had received from many others including Tintwistle Conservative Club (for the use of their function room for Band rehearsals), Hollingworth Band (for the loan of instruments), Failsworth Band (for the loan instruments and music) and Mr. E. Loader for his significant financial support which ensured the Band started life on a secure footing.

The diary for 2003 is already taking shape with their first event being an important local concert for the Steve Bagshaw Trust that supports local organisations with small donations. Speaking to 4Barsrest, a happy secretary, Bren Wright endorsed the band’s plan to focus on regular concert work and to again take part in the Whit Friday event. Whilst consideration may be given to a wider contest involvement as the band develops, for now, they are enjoying the roller coaster ride of development and success.


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Nicholas B. Hudson

Musician | Trombonist | Educator