Oughtibridge Brass Band

Regional Contest.

Success at Bradford as the band comes second in the Yorkshire Regional Contest.

Oughtibridge played first in the contest, and so had the nail-biting wait until the end, as comments on each bands performance from 4 Bars Rest and British Bandsmen were anxiously watched as we listened to the bands following us.

Our two youngest players, on rep and kit performed brilliantly, as did our oldest player Brian who is Thomas's grandfather. Our rep player and Brian with the best percussion and second place shields are smiling like the rest of us.

Our smiling MD Gavin, is seen here in more relaxed mood holding the trophies. He is as delighted as the rest of us, and will hopeully drive us towards a good placing in the nationals.

So it is now onwards towards the National Final in Cheltenham, and looking forward to performing as a third section band once more.

A few of the congratulationary and supportive comments rom our Twitter account.

#regs2015 An excellent opening performance from @OughtiBrassBand. Well shaped, soloists all on form and accompaniment is all good. Terrific!
@OughtiBrassBand fantastic result this morning... Well done
@OughtiBrassBand and rightly so.... amazing result for you all.. Well done!! South Yorkshire banding is doing very well this weekend!!
Great result @OughtiBrassBand !!! Excellent result & a trip to Cheltenham too! #regs2015 #bandingfriends #topbanding
Congratulations @OughtiBrassBand on a great success today. Fantastic.

The official Yorkshire Day parade took place through the streets of Moorthorpe and South Kirkby on Friday 1st August. Oughtibridge Brass Band led a procession of the dignitaries, including mayors, councillors and Yorkshire Society members, down Minsthorpe Lane.

Hundreds of representatives from across the region attended the celebrations which included a service at All Saints Church.

A video giving a taste of the parade and some interviews can be seen if you click on the link below.

Yorkshire Day Parade

Tour de France

The long awaited day arrived, as on Sunday the 6th July the Tour de France passed through Oughtibridge on day 2 of the race in Yorkshire and the band was delighted to play in the Community and Entertainment hub in Coronation Park to an audience of at least 2,000 spectators.

We had decorated the bandroom, with specially made bunting depicting musical notes in the Tour de France and the band's colours.
A trio of our interpid players put up the bunting and banners on the roof and around the building. The banner funded by the Arts Council and designed by a local artist Ian Askham would have been clearly visible from helicopters overhead as the race passed through.

We served drinks and homemade buns from our refreshment stall all the day and still had time to watch the cyclists whizz through. We rounded off an exciting day with a band barbeque.
To see the race passing through the village and to catch the fantastic atmosphere of the event, have a look at the following link BUT you have to wait for the advert to finish!

More than just a cycle race .

Oughtibridge Sport’s Night

Each year Oughtibridge village holds a sport’s night for village children and a chase through Wharncliffe Woods for adults and youth; the Tom Holme’s Chase. The band provides a lovely musical atmosphere while the children race in the various events from pre-school to secondary age. A very pleasant village tradition, which the band is pleased to support.

Staveley Contest: The Battle of the Bands.

What an amazing day at the Staveley contest. Our Training Band played their first contest today, a great experience for them and we are proud of their performance. They performed against Training Bands which had much greater experience, one of which has a player from the National Youth Band. All credit to their MD, Tony Woodley for bringing the band on and encouraging the players both young and slightly older!

The performance of the main band won 4 first prizes and a second prize. Our principal cornet player Ian Nash, won best solo, with a beautiful rendering of “The Nightingale”. Our MD’s composition of “In Flanders Fields” won best entertaining piece. This is a poignant, lyrical piece inspired by the poetry of the First World War. Well done Gavin. The band won the prize for the band representative’s choice and best deportment. Unfortunately we had 3 time penalty points, so that reduced our position to second overall. A brilliant day’s success. Gavin, you have to talk less and we need shorter bursts of applause! So we experienced a wonderful weekend, and one to savour. Well done everyone.
Our thanks also to Doug Morton who generously donated monies to purchase a trophy cabinet in which we can now display our silverware. Not quite there yet though since many of these things take time to organize. However now the band room is complete we will be able to order and fit the "Doug Morton Trophy case"

Whit Friday Marches.

Often described as 'the greatest free show on Earth', the Saddleworth & District Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday.
Often over 100 bands vie to play in the 11 villages taking part, and the lanes and roads are filled with coaches as they wend their way around. The bands range from small youth bands to the giants of banding, such as Black Dyke and Grimethorpe.
The bands play two marches; one through the streets of the village and this year we played “Come on England” which as you can imagine, being World Cup year, was very well received. The second march is usually a contest march, played on the village green or in the main square.

This is the second year Oughtibridge has taken part, leaving the village in their coach at 4.30 p.m. and returning home at 2.00 a.m., having played in 5 villages. We equalled our success of 2013, winning best 4th in the village of Uppermill.

A Tribute to Peter Jones

We were all shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected death in February of our colleague and friend Peter Jones, who played with the band for many years. Although a quiet man, Peter was a great strength to the band in his care and support of our younger players and his constant reliability. Peter sat on the back row helping and guiding the younger and less experienced players and they continue to miss his support and friendship. Peter was always there. He played in the band for over 35 years, hardly ever missing rehearsals and concerts and took on roles within the committee. He was our treasurer for many years and we all remember his carefully handwritten and detailed balance sheets.

Peter died three weeks before the Yorkshire Area Finals, an important competition in the banding world, for which Peter was rehearsing with his band colleagues. On the day, the band’s memories were very much with him and we played our best for him. An empty chair was placed on stage, as a mark of respect for a dear colleague. The previous week the band played at the Band Club at Niagara Sports Club along with other bands, where the sad news about Peter was announced. Many players who had known Peter over the years gave their condolences to the band and for his family, a mark of the respect and fondness in which Peter was held.
Peter initially played the bugle in the Boys Brigade.
Peter learned trumpet (in the 70's) and switched to cornet as one of 5 adults taking a Council funded “Brass for Beginners” course in 1978. Their teacher, John Jones, was also conducting Oughtibridge Brass Band at that time and lured the 5 students into the band. The three cornet players from the group would sit on the back row with Peter in the middle having great fun, with Peter’s impish laughter ringing through. He played flugelhorn horn with Oughtibridge for a while in the mid 80's.
He also played trumpet with a jazz group and Big Band.
We all remember him and his beloved Dorothy, who supported him and the band through all the years. Dorothy was always there, supporting and helping the band in her way, baking buns, shaking the collecting bucket when the band was busking at Christmas, being part of the audience with her friends and family. In later years, as Dorothy became ill, Peter’s love and care for her shone through, and he ensured that they continued to do all the things they enjoyed together, their dancing, family life and music.

Peter was a true gentleman, polite, kind, caring and gentle. He is a great loss to us, not only as a fine player but as a friend, colleague and wonderful person. We think of him often and he will remain in our hearts and thoughts.

Mixed emotions at the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships. 2nd March 2014

Oughtibridge Brass Band is delighted with its 4th place in this year's Yorkshire Area contest in Bradford.
The band were drawn to play second, and played between the eventual first and second placed bands, Clifton and Lightcliffe B and Rockingham.
Particularly satifying was the fact that we had five players under the age of 16, four of whom had moved up from our training band. Of those, three were playing in their first Area contest.

Due to sad and difficult circumstances we were also an incomplete ensemble as we were one Bb bass, second trombone and a front row cornet down. Ken, our second trombone, was (and still is) in hospital recovering from a hip operation.

The performance was very much in memory of our long standing second cornet Peter Jones, who very sadly died three weeks before the contest.

Our memories were very much with him, and we played of our best for him.

Grand Bandroom Re-Opening

The opening ceremony of our refurbished bandroom was a happy well attended event. Following a recognition given by our Chairperson to all of the charities, trusts and individuals who have contributed so generously to our building, Margaret Morlan introduced the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Vickie Priestley, who then gave an opening speech and cut the ribbon, aided by two of our young players, Peter and Thomas, who had progressd within the past year from the Training Band to the main band. Further speeches were made by our local MP, Angela Smith and Peggy Tomlinson, secretary of the Yorkshire Region Brass Band Championships. All were invited to come and look inside the new premises.

The opening was followed by our third "Music in the Park" in Coronation Park to a packed and appreciative audience. Our Training Band were the stars of the show and delighted us all with their superb and confident playing. As usual the homemade cakes were quickly devoured and all in all the day was a great success and hopefully is a mark of how the band will move forward in its new premises. The band and Training Band are now rehearsing in their new home, enjoying the better acoustics and comfort.

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

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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.
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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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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

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.

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