Hepworth Band logo Hepworth Band at New Mill Church, January, 22, 2017.

Band fails to find Whit Friday form

The Band competed at the Whit Friday marches on June 9. The weather was fine, and not too cold, making for an enjoyable evening.

Often described as “the greatest free show on Earth”, more than 100 bands took to the circuit around the villages of Saddleworth competing for individual contest prizes and for the overall award of Oldham and Saddleworth area champions.

However, it was something of a disappointing evening, with the Band never quite finding their form, playing the march “Ravenswood”.

After a slow start at Uppermill, the Band managed to play at Diggle, Dobcross, Delph, Denshaw, Scouthead and Lydgate.

Sadly, we were only in the prizes at Delph, where we were awarded second prize overall, best cornet, and best trombones.

The Grand Shield

The Band was proud to put in another quality contest performance in the Grand Shield at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Saturday, May 13 2017. Seventh was not quite the placing we were hoping for but we were really happy with what we delivered as a band with lots of positive feedback.

Congratulations to Whitburn Band and Wingates Band on qualifying for the British Open, and many thanks to all the messages from our supporters.

Dancing in the aisles

The magic and excitement of 19th-century ballrooms descended upon the unlikely venue of Christ Church, New Mill on Sunday, January 22, 2017 as the band presented a New Year’s Viennese Matinée Concert featuring guest vocal soloist Sarah Ogden.

Hepworth, in full evening dress, performed a programme of waltzes, overtures and polkas to the delight of a packed church as the Band’s new-year curtain raiser reflected the ever innovative approach taken on the concert platform.

Musical Director Leigh Baker guided the audience through the programme, even encouraging couples to waltz in the aisles André Rieux style during Strauss’s Blue Danube waltz!

The concert was also featured by Brass Band World Magazine in its February edition with Hepworth as its centre band.

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