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March 2016 - Yorkshire Regional Area Competition
The band performed in St Georges Hall in Bradford coming 5th out of a field of 10 in the fourth section. Our best results at this competition to date.

Other Successes:

  • 3rd Place in our section at the Buxton own Choice contest April 2014
  • 2nd placed band at Bolsover Entertainments contest 2013
  • 2nd highest Fourth section band at Battle of the Bands contest 2013
  • Whit Friday 2nd place in the 4th section band at Lydgate contest 2013
  • Best 4th section band at Pogson Bray Entertainments contest 2012
  • Third Place at Bolsover Entertainments contest 2012
  • Best 4th section band at Battle of the Bands 2012
  • Training band - First place in training band category, Battle of the Bands 2012


April 2014 – A successful performance at our annual City of Sheffield Band club date where the band tackled some challenging and difficult music. The performance on the night was great from all players especially the 4 soloists (Geraint Hale, James, Broadhead, Tim Freebury and Michael Priestley). The audience enjoyed the varied programme and our concert was well received by all.
27th April we travelled to Buxton to take part in their Festival of Brass contest. The band had chosen to play a test piece called Oregon written by Jacob De Hann, depicting a train journey through the American state and describing all that it has to offer along the way. Our performance was well received by Mike Kilroy who in his own words we had him “rocking in his box” to the music, and the band walked away with 3rd place overall, putting us above some very good bands from Yorkshire, the North – West and the Midlands. We were all delighted with the performance and result and this gave the band it’s best ever result, and first ever trophy in a test piece style contest!!


January – March 2014 – A happy new year from all at Deepcar band! New year, new programme and plenty of hard work to do this year as we look to build on the recent successful concerts and contests.  The MD has bought a pile of new music and solos to get stuck into this year and we have the area contest in Bradford in March which we hope will see a change in our fortunes here this year. New players: we welcomed Steve Currer on 2nd Euphonium, Emma Pickles on Cornet, and Nick Tolley onto our Bass section, and also Olivia Addy on Percussion from our training band.

Back from Bradford, and what we all agree was a disappointing performance on the day, brought with it a disappointing 8th place result. The band is now hard at work preparing the programme for our annual evening entertaining the City of Sheffield band club audience on 6th April.

November – December 2013 – A few players changes in November saw Georgia Kirk move from Cornet to fill the vacant 1st Horn seat, and we welcomed: Bryony Lister, Patrick Holder and Sue Wragg into the main band who have all started in, and progressed through our training band. Christmas time again for the band saw 14 engagements during December keeping us very busy, culminating with our Christmas concert and local carols evening at The Venue in Stocksbridge, and the very popular Christmas ‘extravaganza’ at Bolsterstone church.
The band also some great news to hear that our Solo Horn player – Paul Kirk, had been accepted to the National Youth Brass Band of Britain (NYBBB) – congratulations Paul, and we hope you enjoy the experience!
October 2013 –  TROPHY ALERT!! Deepcar Band are delighted to have been awarded the Runners-Up Prize at the recent Bolsover Entertainments Contest. Congratulations must go to the winners: Blackley Band, who, by all accounts were flawless in their execution. Last year the band won 3rd prize at this contest, so to improve our standards to achieve 2nd place is a great result and a fitting reward to all the hard work that is put in week in, week out by the’s to many more!
July – September 2013 – A busy time as the band are out on the road for many summer engagements playing at Brodsworth hall, Bolsterstone Gala, Wortley vintage car show, Wentworth Garden centre and amongst all this was Broomhead show, organised and run by the band itself. After the disappointment of last year’s show being cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, this years was a huge success.

August slowed down a little with holidays, but the band continued to work towards our last night of the proms concert on 21st September. This was held at The Venue in Stocksbridge and the band were priviledged to be joined on stage with the wonderful singer Maxwell Thorpe who wowed the very appreciate audience with his vocal talents. The band accompanied Maxwell with

the well known song - Con Te Partiro (Time to Say goodbye) which was made popular by Andre Boccelli and Sarah Brighton.


September also saw us say a sad farewell to two of the bands players

May/June 2013 – Again, back at The Venue but this time for a fund raising concert to help save the Stocksbridge Leisure centre, followed by our annual trip over the hills to Saddleworth to compete in the Whit Friday march contests. This year, after a little confusion, the band were delighted to pick up the “Second highest placed 4th section band” at Lydgate village, rounding off a great evening of banding.
The band were also honoured to play at the wedding of two very special people: Charlotte Watts and Geraint Hale (one of the bands percussionists and Soprano cornet player respectively) were married on June 1st in a lovely service which the band were asked to be part of. Congratulations and all the best to you both for a very happy future.

Later on in June we competed at the Stavely entertainments contest, hosted by our friends at Ireland Colliery Band in Chesterfield to defend our “Best 4th Section band” title.  After a great performance against some very tough competition we came 5th overall, and ended up as the 2nd highest placed 4th section band – a performance and result we were all very pleased with.

April 2013 – A very busy and important month for the band. The 14th of April saw the band playing at the City of Sheffield Band club, but this time under guest conductor Jonathan Beattie due to poor health from our regular conductor Lindon Bolt. The concert was a great success and went down well with Jonathan providing an excellent and entertaining compare to the bands performance that evening. A huge thank you from the band to Jonathan for stepping in!

1 week later we held our special 25th anniversary concert at The Venue – Stocksbridge. The evening saw former players and conductors return to perform with the band. The concert was great! The band played exceptionally well and the audience loved it. We even received a special letter from Peggy Tomlinson - the Yorkshire regional committee secretary who was in the audience to pass on her congratulations and appreciation for a great evening. Afterwards the current and former members stayed and enjoyed a catch up over a buffet provided by the band and a glass or two of refreshments form the bar! This was the perfect ending to a very busy few months.

February / March 2013 – February found us hard at work preparing for the regional contest in Bradford on March 2nd. The band performed exceptionally well (and were predicted by many of the websites covering the contest for the day) to be between 3rd and 5th place. Sadly, the adjudicators had other ideas, and placed us a rather harsh (we feel) 8th place. Never mind! The band is stronger and better for the experience and we have some important concerts to prepare for .............look out for more important announcements about our upcoming programme of events in April – one you’ll not want to miss!!!!
January 2013 – A very happy new year! 2012 was a great year for the band and 2013 brings the band’s 25th anniversary and with it some exciting plans and developments, and we hope even more success. The band is busy preparing for the trip to Skegness to compete in the national mineworkers championships at Butlins. We have a great time last year and are sure it will be a great weekend again.
Update - Well the band have returned from Butlins, and again enjoyed a great (but very very cold) weekend of banding. We put in a super performance of our piece “A Saddleworth Festival overture” but sadly did not find favour with the adjudicators this year. However, a well done mention goes to our friends over at Old Silkstone Band who achieved 3rd in the 2nd section contest on the weekend.
A special Thank You must be extended to Mike Priestley who offered to cover the Baritone seat for this contest which was very much appreciated. The band would also like to that Charlotte the Solo Horn player from Thurcroft band who stepped in on the day to play with us after poor weather conditions left us short of 2 players! The whole band should be really proud of the performance they put in at the contest and at all the rehearsals leading up to it. A lot of hard work has been put in, and as a result the band have moved forward another step.
Now the preparations for the regional qualifiers in Bradford commence on Eric Ball’s - A Devon Fantasy
December 2012 – A busy time of year for any band, and certainly no exception for us at Deepcar with a total of 13 jobs played during December as well as rehearsals continuing for a busy January. We were fortunate to welcome Mike Priestley along to the band – a very talented trombone player from the North East. Mike has moved down here with work and lives round the corner from the band room and has been a fantastic addition to the band. We also welcome Tim Freebury who has signed to Deepcar from Hatfield band to compete with us at Butlins in January. Tim has been a friend of the band for some time and has helped us out on a number of concerts and rehearsals this year welcome Mike and Tim and we hope you enjoy playing with us!


November 2012 –The band performed our first ever international job (broadcast on BBC TV!!). We played at the England V’s France Rugby league Autumn international match at the Hull KC stadium., playing pre match ‘patriotic’ tunes and songs and then leading both the French and the English national anthems. It was a great experience and most of the band stayed to watch the game (which England won quite convincingly!) please check out our photos page to see some snaps shots of the day.
We also took part in a fantastic Remembrance Day concert in Bolsterstone church along with Bolsterstone male voice choir and also the extremely talented baritone voice of Max Thorpe, who we are sure has a huge career in singing in front of him.....WATCH THIS SPACE!

Christmas started in November with the band playing some Christmas music and carols to entertain the shoppers (and browsers) at Wentworth garden centre . The band is now fully in the swing of preparing for all our Christmas engagements and what we hope will be a successful trip to Butlins in Skegness in January!


October 2012 A great start to the month! On 7th October, the band travelled to Clowne in Chesterfield to compete in the Bolsover festival of Brass and were delighted to return with 3rd place overall in the 4th section contest. Competing against 7 other bands (some of the best 4th section bands in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West region’s) this is the bands best ever result in competition and we were naturally delighted with the result. Adjudicator Philip Sparke said of our playing “A really well prepared programme that displayed all the good aspects of brass playing” ....Fantastic comments from a very highly respected figure in the banding movement!!

A week later (14th October) we travelled to Elland to take part with 15 other bands, in the “Pogson Bray Entertainments Contest”. This saw 2nd, 3rd, 4th section bands, along with Youth and unregistered bands compete together in a hard fought contest. Once again we were delighted to come home with yet more silverware taking the trophy for the best 4th section band on the day.


September 2012 – Following a well earned break for the band at the end of August/beginning of September the band returned to rehearsals. Sadly we had to say farewell to Liz Hartley who had been our principal cornet for the past 10 months. Liz has now started university in Hull and we hear is playing with the East Riding band based in Hull. We all wish her all the best for the future, and we hope she will not be a stranger to us.


Catherine (Kit) Biggins has now officially taken over the Principal cornet position, after a spell covering the flugel position during Eleanor Long’s absence following the birth of Mia in May. We were also delighted to see Eleanor come back on her Flugel seat following her recent maternity break. 


The band travelled to Alton village in Staffordshire for a concert in their village hall on 29th September. Most of the band travelled down earlier on in the day and enjoyed a sociable meal in which comes highly recommended if you’re ever in the area!!  The concert was a huge success, and the band showed off some wonderful playing with solos coming from Geraint Hale, James Broadhead, Kevin Broadhead and a Bass feature showcasing the talents of our Eb Bass section (Pete York, Nathan Flaherty and Colin Clegg). The residents of the village very much enjoyed their evening and look forward to welcoming us back again soon.


July/August 2012 – Another busy summer for the band, as we played at Wentworth garden centre, Bolsover Gala and rounded off our summer by persevering the weather at Brodsworth house, where the rain tried to deter us and the audience – however we were wise enough to outwit the rain and moved to the cover of a large cedar tree where we were able to entertain the crowd that had turned up for the afternoon much to their delight. Sadly the band had to make the tough decision to cancel our ever popular Broomhead Show as heavy rainfall had waterlogged the ground making it very dangerous. This was a real shame as a lot of hard work had gone into preparing another fantastic event, but it will be back in 2013 (… permitting!!)


June 2012 – Again a very successful trip around the Saddleworth villages. Our results were even better than the previous year playing the March - Castell Coch. We only managed 6 villages this year, but as always we had a great time, and this year we were followed by the local TV station S36.TV so look out for a short documentary about our evening coming soon……















The training band took part in a master class session along with Skelmanthorpe B training band, and Thurlstone training band which was hosted and run by members of the Black Dyke band. It was a very successful day and everyone got a lot out of it.


We also took part in the Ireland Colliery battle of the bands contest held on 17th June where we came 5th overall out of 7 bands. Deepcar senior band won the best 4th section band of the day as well as our training band taking second place and winning best soloist for Charlotte Lindley’s performance of “Another day”. Congratulations to everyone involved it was a very successful weekend. The senior band played:

  1. Bandology
  2. Aye Waukin O  - Cornet Solo featuring Liz Hartley
  3. St Clement
  4. Lord of the Dance - featuring Irish dancing from Charlotte Lindley
  5. Salamanca


May 2012 – Congratulations to Eleanor and Paul Long on the birth of their baby daughter Mia born on 6th May 2012. Mother and baby doing well. On the playing front, the band had successful performances at Wentworth garden centre and also at Weston park bandstand this month and are getting ready for our trip to Saddleworth once more.


April 2012 – the band took part for the very first time in the Mexborough Imperial Club band club concerts organised by Frank Hoyland. Deepcar played the first concert in a series of Sunday night band concerts that last most of the year, and received a great reception. We hope to be back very soon.


March 2012 – Yorkshire regional contest time again. This time playing Holst’s English Folk Songs, we came 9th out of the 12 Yorkshire bands. A result we felt was a little harsh for what was probably some of the best playing Deepcar band has ever done – but never mind that’s contesting!! However, the band is playing extremely well at the moment, and there were may very encouraging remarks this year that show we are progressing in the right direction.

Only 2 weeks later we were back at the City of Sheffield band club again (now Unite the Union band though) and put on a great show that was enjoyed by the audience. We even managed to uncover the secret talent of the band’s Repiano cornet player Charlotte Lindley and featured her Irish dancing in the music from Lord of the Dance. Bandology

1.      One day in your life – Horn Solo featuring Paul Kirk

2.      St Clement

3.      Summertime – Sop solo featuring Geraint Hale

4.      Reet Petite

5.      Aye Waukin O - Cornet Solo featuring Liz Hartley

6.      Toccata in D Minor


7.      Seventeen come Sunday

8.      Donegal Bay – Euph Solo featuring James Broadhead

9.      Florentiner March

10.   Lord of the Dance

11.   Somewhere out there

12.   Amazing Grace

13.    Pirates of the Caribbean


14.   Bandstand Boogie

Sadly, this was also the band’s Flugel player’s last concert with the band for a while as Eleanor leaves to have a baby – due on May 5th we wish Eleanor and Paul all the very best, and we hope to see a new band member very soon.


January 2012 – Happy new year to all our friends! January saw the band travel to Skegness on the 21st and 22nd January to take part in the Butlins festival of brass. We had a great result coming 8th out of 15 bands from all over the country. The band were delighted with the result as was our conductor Lindon Bolt who was witnessed performing what was described by some band members as “some strange ritual celebration dance” in Reds bar later that evening………hmmmmmmmm!??!


November- December 2011 – the band was delighted to officially welcome back Liz Hartley on principal cornet. Liz left the band in 2010 to go and play for Hatfield band, but missed us all so much that she had to come back. We are delighted to see her back with the band. Our Christmas 2011 kicked off on 6th November when the band played at Chatsworth house as part of their traditional Christmas celebration season (it’s a lovely atmosphere, you really should try to get along if you have never been before!). We had over 15 engagements over the Christmas period which also included the band being conducted by a mad woman with a spoon!


October 2011 –We travelled north to Kippax (just outside Leeds) to take part in the Kippax band club’s entertainment contest. The bands managed a respectable 3rd place behind the two other bands who were both graded as third section. It was a great evening and Deepcar band put on a very good show of themselves.

1.       Do Ray Me

2.       Solitaire – Soprano Solo featuring Geraint Hale

3.       Shepherd’s song

4.       The Old Gumbie Cat

5.       A little prayer

6.       Bandstand Boogie

7.       Glasnost


September 2011 – The band joined forces with the City of Sheffield band to put on the annual “Last night of the Proms” concert at The Venue in Stocksbridge. The evening ended with both bands on stage playing popular proms music such as: Jerusalam, Fantasia on British sea songs Radetsky March and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No.1 (there was also much singing and joining in from the audience!)

1.      March - Aces High

2.      Toccata in D minor

3.      Over the rainbow – Flugel solo featuring Eleanor Long

4.      Do Ray Me

5.      A little prayer

6.      Solitaire – Soprano Solo featuring Geraint Hale

7.      Time to Say goodbye

8.      Glasnost

The very next day the band took part in the Bolsover Entertainments contest, where we came a very respectable 7th place out of the 11 bands that had entered. Our programme for which was:

1.       Do Ray Me

2.       Solitaire – Soprano Solo featuring Geraint Hale

3.       The Old Gumbie Cat

4.       A little prayer

5.       Glasnost

June to August 2011 – We had a very busy summer season playing at village fete’s galas, parks bandstands and another performance at Chatsworth house…..phew!! July also saw the band run and organise yet another successful and ever popular Broomhead show. The weather was great, and we had a huge turn out of visitors. We look forward to next years show.


May 2011 – the band had a very enjoyable day (and evening) at the Whit Friday match contests in and around the Saddleworth villages. Playing the march Kenilworth we had some of our best results ever at the contest beating off some much higher graded bands including 2 championship section bands at 2 separate venues! We managed to play at eight villages on the night and here are our results:




















April 2011 – Paul Kirk (one of the many players who started learning in our training band) was officially appointed as the band’s Solo Horn player at the age of 16. While Geraint Hale (previously the band’s solo horn player) has moved to take up the challenge of filling the Soprano cornet seat. Good luck to both of them! April also saw the band invited to play at Chatsworth house on the day of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton


March 2011 – The band took part in the Yorkshire regional contest held in Bradford in March. We had a disappointing result (coming 11th) but on the plus side received plenty of tips and advice to help us improve, which we have taken on board. March also saw Deepcar band take part in the City of Sheffield band club concerts. The band put on a great performance, had lots of very positive feedback and also managed to win the youngest player award again – well done to Georgia Kirk (age 10). Our programme of music was as follows:

1.       Kenilworth           

2.       Adventures in Brass           

3.       Rondo from 4th Horn Concerto - Horn Solo featuring Geraint Hale

4.       The Little Mermaid             

5.       A little prayer      

6.       Buster Strikes back – Cornet Solo featuring Russell Cavanagh

7.       Calling all workers               

8.       Theme from Moulin Rouge (Come what may may)       


9.       Trailblaze              

10.     Singing in the rain               

11.     Andante and Scherzo - Euph Solo featuring James Broadhead

12.     Shepherds Song                  

13.     Troublemaker      

14.     The Old Gumbie cat

15.     Glasnost