Oughtibridge Brass Band

Christine Fearn (1955 to 2013)

It was with great sadness that this last week the band said its goodbyes to a much loved and respected member of the band. Christine Fearn played with the band for many years, in recent years playing the Repiano Cornet, a demanding role which enhances specific sections of the music by playing a variety of parts.
Christine helped regularly with the children in the Training Band, being especially gifted at supporting and encouraging new beginner players. Her sense of humour, patience and ability to make learning fun enabled the children to feel at ease and see that they could succeed.
Whilst Christine was ill and unable to attend rehearsals the band began each rehearsal with Christine's favourite hymn tune "Duke Street" so that we could still feel her presence amongst us. This we played along with players from other bands at the service of thanksgiving for her life.
Christine's enthusiasm, gentleness and warmth will be greatly missed, and she will stay in our hearts.

Bandroom latest

Much progress as the new roof goes on. Good photo of scaffold pole, with our new space behind it.


Footings are in, and the disabled ramp retaining wall is well under way.

Broomhill Festival

The band was delighted to open the 39th Broomhill Festival in St Mark's chuch. A very appreciative audience and a delightful venue to play in. We hope that the rest of the festival goes well and rewards all the hard work put into it by the organisers.

New Band Room

Oughtibridge Brass Band now has building regulations approval, and can move ahead with upgrading the Band Room.
Very exciting for the band, as by the end of the summer we should be able to move into a vastly improved practice facility.
Good news for the training band as it will at last be able to join us at our venue, and hopefully gain from the experience of playing with the rest of the band in the change-over from the Training band session to Senior band rehearsal.

Yorkshire Area Contest

Well done to all the band for its 5th place at this year's contest.

Don Valley Stadium

Oughtibridge Brass Band is again playing at the Varsity 10km on Sunday March 10th.
Proceeds are for St. Lukes Hospice which is a charity close to our hearts.

Cutlers Hall

Oughtibridge Band Ensemble were pleased to play at the Cutlers Hall for the Sheffield and District Law Society annual dinner.
The 2013 Banquet attended by about 350 people supported Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and The Cathedral Archer Pro-ject and is a prestgious event in the Law Society calendar.

A busy but Fruitful run up to Christmas. A reflection!!

The band worked hard in the period running up to Christmas, with only 2 days off in a two to three week period.
Carols at various venues have raised a sizeable sum towards our building work and disabled ramp for the new bandroom and work is expected to commence in March. We still have some way to go to have sufficient funds, but are optimistic.
Everyone put in a mammoth effort, with the long busking days covered by two teams, although a hardy few worked through, sustaining five to six hours playing. Our collectors also put in a huge effort although we really needed more since we only had one small team!

An event which stands out, was our annual Village concert, played to a packed hall.
The Training band were enthusiastically received, and were GREAT. Having been built up by Tim Benson who sadly had to leave us, they have been under the leadership of James Broadhead for the last few months and he produced an excellent performance from them.
Two of the traing band played with the Senior Band, as well as our "Percussionists Apprentice", Thomas. Our usual percussionist, Brian, was ill, but Thomas who has recently moved from the training band was brilliant.

Added 30th December, 11.00 am

All 4 Brass Latest News

Oughtibridge Band To Get New Band room

After years of rehearsing in an old telephone exchange, Oughtibridge Brass Band in Sheffield have finally been given approval from the city council to upgrade their band room.
The band own their own building, which has been in desperate need of modernisation for many years. There is currently no toilet or running water and no disabled access. When asked what players usually do if nature calls, one member commented "You either go before you leave home, or you nip to the pub up the road".
The band also has a thriving training band with over 20 regular members, however due to health and safety, the training band has to rehearse in a church hall up the road at a cost to the band and keeping the senior band and training band separate.
Now with the new plans to add disabled access, a toilet and running water etc, the training band will be able to rehearse along side the senior band. The bands secretary Margaret Morlan told A4B, "We are all thrilled to have secured the planning approval and are excited about the future prospects for the band and the future generation of players".
Fundraising has now begun and the band hope for work to start in early 2013.
Added 2nd Aug, 3:40pm

Oughtibridge band gets go-ahead to expand

Date: 01/08/2012. Story submitted by: Diane Shipley

Oughtibridge Brass Band has got the good news they've been waiting for - their application to extend their practice room has been approved by Sheffield Council.
The existing building, a former telephone exchange that the band acquired in the 1960s, is not large enough for the training band and main band to practice in together.
Even worse, it has no disabled access, preventing wheelchair users from joining in, and there's no toilet or running water.
As we reported earlier this month, not all local residents had supported the band's application, citing concern over parking on nearby Waterside Gardens.
However, the band is thrilled by the news. Chairman Margaret Morlan said: "The band is approaching its 125th anniversary and we're delighted to have the opportunity to obtain a facility which should secure the future of the band for the next generation of players."
Work on the extension will begin once the band has received building regulations approval.
In the meantime, they're raising money to complete the build.
Their next fundraising event is a concert on Sunday, September 2 at Coronation Park in association with Bradfield Parish Council and featuring Worrall Male Voice Choir.
It starts at 3pm and tickets can be booked by calling 0114 286 3471.
See the link below for our previous story on the band's planning application.
Submitted by: Diane Shipley
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Postcode Gazette

Wharncliffe Side Community Centre - 15/07/2012


The band held a fundraising concert, charging an entrance of One Penny, to raise funds. A variety of music, new and old, a decorated hall, raffle, drinks and biscuits and a full audience made this a most enjoyable evening.......the audience's words, not ours.

The concert started with a rousing Fanfare for the Olympic year and ended with a composition by our musical director Gavin Somerset of a brilliant Jubilee Year piece which contained many familiar British melodies.

The audience were fantastic, donating generously to our funds

Coronation Park - 06/09/2011

Coronation Park - 06/09/2011

Family Concert Entertainment

On 4th September, Oughtibridge Brass Band and the Worrall Male Voice Choir hosted an afternoon family concert in Coronation Park, Oughtibridge. Over 100 people attended to enjoy the first, of what we hope will be many, concerts in the park.

No Wash Out
Despite the forcast of heavy rain all day, the band, with help from the Village Gala team, erected a marquee large enough for the performers and audience to enjoy the concert in the dry. The crowds arrived and were entertained by the band and the choir, both performing a range of popular and original music. Cakes, teas and flapjack The band, with help from the training band,served teas, coffees and a fantastic selection of home baked cakes, buns and flapjacks. These were enjoyed by all (and a few passers by who took advantage of the refreshments. As the band blew and the cakes were chomped, the sun came out to much relief, and the music filled the valley.

The band used this concert as an opportunity to present an award to Bob Crofts, baritone player in the band, who this year marks his 50th year playing with the band. The band, and audience, showed their sincere appreciation for the committment Bob has given over the last half century. Bob was presented with a commemorative tankard by Bradfield Parish Council. Read the full details here.

Play it again
Throughout the afternoon, and since, the band has received a large number of fantastic comments. Some of these are included on our testimonials page. More photos will be uploaded in the coming days, please come back to see these.

Archive News - 13/03/2011 New Uniforms Shown Off

Last weekend saw Oughtibridge Brass Band compete in the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Cotest at St. Georges Hall, Bradford. The band competed in the fourth section and finished in 7th place with an enjoyable performance, which received positive feedback from many in the audience. The improvement on last year's result and will give the band and new MD Gavin Somerset confidence that the band is moving in the right direction and will be able to build for a serious assualt on the many contests planned for the next 12 months. As well as the new MD, and a number of new players around the stand, the band looked splendid in smart new uniforms. The uniforms were purchased thanks to a recent grant (see archive news), and were supplied by Fanfare North. As well as new jackets and ties, the band were also thankful for the new waterproof jackets - much needed on a wet Bradford weekend in March. We hope to include some photographs of the band in their new uniforms soon. Keep an eye out for more details.

Archive News - 09/11/2010 New Musical Director

Oughtibridge Brass Band would like to announce the immediate appointment of Gavin Somerset as their new musical director. Due to their current MD Alan Coe moving away from the area, the band contacted Gavin and asked if he would be willing to accept the position in time for the busy Christmas period ahead. With several years experience playing at the top level of banding and as a well-respected musical arranger and composer in this field, Gavin was happy to accept the post with immediate effect. Following his departure from Deepcar Brass Band in July, Gavin has enjoyed a break from conducting and has recently rejoined the City of Sheffield Brass Band on percussion. "I am delighted about the position at Oughtibridge Brass Band. Exciting times lie ahead, the band and I want to work together to succeed in the contest arena, as well as performing entertaining concerts for our audiences that they will really enjoy". Oughtibridge Brass Band would like to acknowledge the hard work and thank Alan for all he has done during his time with the band.
The band's first large scale concert with their new musical director will be the Christmas Concert on Sunday 19th December at 'The Venue' in Stocksbridge, where they will team up with the 'City of Sheffield' Brass Band for an evening of festive music & carols.

Archive News - 27/10/2010 All about Gigs and Grants for Oughtibridge Brass Band

Oughtibridge Brass Band have been busy over the last few months playing in a number of concerts and working hard to push the band forward. To help, the band and training band have received a number of grants for which we are most grateful. More information on how donations and grants are spent in the band can be found on our Donations page. £1,948 "You Choose" Grant from Sheffield City Council Northern Community Assembly for the purchase of new uniforms. Tom Holmes and John Colan attended an event at The Venue, Stocksbridge to accept the award and talk about the work of the band. £1,500 "Kids Can Do" Grant from Sheffield City Council for the Training Band for the purchase of new instruments. Tim Benson (Training Band Conductor) along with John Colan (Instrument Manager) attended a public meeting to thank SCC for the grant. Oughtibridge Gala Committee Grants for the Training Band and Senior Band. In addition, the band has been out playing on a number of occasions, including the ever popular Brodsworth Hall, the wet and windy Dore Show, and a very well received concert in Bradfield. The band also took part in the Battle of Britain Memorial service in Sheffield City Centre - some kind words were received and are included on our testimonials page. Finally, as has been mentioned, the band secured charitable status. More details of the way in which the band uses grants and donations, and how you can make a donation, are included on the new donations page.

Archive News - 23/07/2010

Oughtibridge Brass Band celebrate contest success as they come 4th out of 10 at a local entertainment contest.

Oughtibridge Band took part in the 2nd Annual Kiveton Community Woodland Brass Band Festival last weekend (18 July 2010). The contest takes place at the former Kiveton Colliery Tip, which has recently been restored to forestry land and is now a community woodland area under the management of the Forestry Commission. The entertainment contest takes place in the "arena", an open air venue created for performances like this. The bands sit in one tent, the adjudicators in another and the audience in the open air.

The band were second on stage and performed to a small, but appreciative audience. The music played was:

Just a closer walk - A New Orleans style funeral march, which featured the "Oughtibridge Strollers" a few members of the band with appropriate headwear opening the concert.

Castell Coch - A traditional Brass Band march

Lledrod - A Welsh hymn arranged by the band's conductor, Alan Coe.

The Muppet Show Theme

Charter Fair - 4th mvt from The Haslemere Suite - A Russian influenced movement.

The band felt they performed really well and were clearly not alone as Stan Lippeat (the Adjudicator) felt the band played the second best march of the day. This helped the band secure fourth place and a prize for "Best 4th Section/ Unregistered Band not in first three places". This was a fantastic result given the quality of the opposition, most notedly Dronfield Band (current Butlin's Mineworkers Champions) and Thurcroft Band (2nd at last year's Yorkshire Areas).

Many thanks to the players who stepped in to fill the few vacant seats and also to Rachael and Aidan from our training band who did a fantastic job holding the soloist stands in the windy conditions!  

Archive News - 23/03/2010

Oughtibridge Band were featured this week on the Sheffield 2013 City of Culture bid website. A kind supporter (not sure who) recommended that the City of Culture team consider making Brass Bands a key part of the bid and of the events in 2013. For more details visit the City of Culture Website's 1000 ideas. As the post says, there are over 30 bands in the Sheffield postcode region.

Let's hope that Sheffield's bands and bandstands can have renaissance in 2013.  

Archive News - 25/04/2010

Oughtibridge Brass Band will be out and about during the summer. A new list of band engagements for the next few months is now available on our Engagements and Events page. Please come back regularly to check if more dates have been added.

If you are interested in booking the band for an engagement, please contact us. There are still a number of weekends free and the band will endeavour to accommodate as many requests as possible.

Archive News - 26/01/2010

On Monday 26 January 2010, Oughtibridge Brass Band said a final farewell to Dave Needham, Bflat Bass player with the Band, who died on Monday 11 January 2010 aged 74. The band, accompanied by former players and friends, performed hymns and marches in tribute to Dave at his funeral held in Bolsterstone.
Dave was a dedicated bandsman and played with the Band for just short of 60 years, missing rehearsals or events was not an option for him unless really unavoidable. In 2001 he was awarded a medal in recognition of 50 years Service to the Band by the Huddersfield Brass Band Association.
Dave was born in Nether Edge, Sheffield, and spent most of his life living in Stocksbridge where he worked in the steelworks for for “Sammy Fox’s”, later British Steel, until his retirement. He was a proud man, who served his National Service 1953 to 56 with the Coldstream Guards, and he spoke many times of his military service.

He was an inspiration to many young bandsmen and in many ways larger than life. His sense of humour came to the fore on the many coach trips made with the band. He has provided fond memories especially on our Band Contest Finals trips to the Royal Albert Hall and to Torquay. He often spoke about his beloved late wife Wendy, particularly on some of these trips.

He was a devoted bandsman who will be sorely missed both for his playing and for his dry sense of humour by both Oughtibridge members and Brass Band players across the region, many of whom knew him affectionately as ‘Big Dave’.

Archive News - 19/10/2009

Oughtibridge Brass Band, Sheffield, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Alan Coe to the role of conductor. Alan has worked with the band on a number of occasions over the past few years, helping out as a guest conductor. More recently Alan took on a temporary role conducting the band whilst they auditioned for new conductors – and during this time demonstrated to the band that he was the best person for the job.

Alan has over thirty years playing experience at a high standard and has played under the musical directorship of some of the finest band conductors in the country. Most recently Alan played with the Skelmanthorpe Band, Chapeltown Band and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. Alan has also been conducting for a few years with a number of bands around South Yorkshire.

Oughtibridge Band looks forward to working with Alan over the next few months and hope that together they can make their mark in the Fourth Section in Bradford next year, and swiftly return to the Third Section, with the extra goal of a trip to Harrogate in September.


The Oughtibridge Strollers

The Band performs Lleddrod

Principal Cornet - Luke Denton

The Band - Muppets!

19/10/09 - ALAN COE - MD

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