At the start of 2018 the band entered Preston contest and the band was placed 8th out of 13 bands which was good considering we only had the area set test piece “Napoleon on the Alp” out for three weeks prior the contest.
Northwest areas 2018
The band performed brilliantly from the dreaded number one spot, the performance set the marker for the rest of the bands, until the comfort break Littleborough band were on their way to the National Finals again but unfortunately there was one great performance at the end of the day from Eccleston Brass which saw them take first prize. Out of 16 bands Littleborough were placed 4th just missing out on the top three.
Whit Friday 2018
After a very wet and windy start to the evening the weather did dry up and the band played consistently all night. The band played “The Contestor” march and managed to perform in seven different Saddleworth villages and came away with five prizes.
Hebdenbridge March Contest
The band played “The Contestor” march and was unlucky not to be in the prizes for the 3rd section again. On the positive side Littleborough Band was placed above two higher ranked bands one from the 1st section and one from the 2nd section.
At the end of October the band took part in the Rochdale Brass Band Contest, despite a few minor mishap’s the band played really well playing Phillip Sparke’s “Music for a Festival”.
Happy New Year 2019
The band had a week to work on the Overture Rule Britannia for the Butlins Mineworkers Contest on Saturday 12th January in Sunny Skegness. The band performed well and were unlucky not to have been placed higher, the band was placed 8th out of 13 bands. The band had an amazing time socialising into the early hours of Sunday morning and even the conductor Ady was seen dancing in “Jak’s night Club” at 3:20am. A brilliant and enjoyable weekend.
Christmas eve was Carols around the tree in the centre of Littleborough, Members of the band meet around the tree at 6:30pm and play for about half an hour, every year we get more and more people coming along for one last festive sing before Christmas Day. Merry Christmas everyone.
Sunday 23rd was the annual Christmas Concert at Littleborough Cricket Club, another full house with many people left standing at the back. It was fun and crazy as ever, but we would not want it any other way. Sadly, this concert is always the last official concert of the year and we all know we can now relax for Christmas.
On 22nd We had a new event this year which was for the Friends of Bamford, in Rochdale. This was another community Carol Concert, it is very pleasing to see new community groups formed to bring people together and enjoy a mince pie, a cup of mulled wine and sing a few Carols together. Well done Friends of Bamford!
Tuesday 18th the band played for the Terence O’ Grady Club which caters for young adults with learning difficulties. The people are just amazing at this Club and it is the band’s favourite concert of the year, everyone always goes home happy and smiling with a big sense of satisfaction.
Sunday 16th the band was in Hare Hill Park on the bandstand for the Friends of Hare Hill Park annual Carol Concert, another well attended event and a great afternoon enjoyed by everyone.
Friday 14th the band played a second concert at the Gordon Riggs Garden Centre in Rochdale, another full house and enjoyable night plus the band love playing these concerts at Gordon Riggs as we get fed pie at the interval.
Tuesday 11th December Littleborough Band joined the Holy Trinity School Choir at Littleborough Coach House for the annual community Carol concert.
On the 7th December the band preformed their 1st Christmas concert at Gordon Riggs Garden Centre in Rochdale. The band played some new Christmas music this year which included the theme from the film “The Polar Express”, “Silver and Gold” from the 1964 film “Rodolph the red nosed reindeer”, the song “It’s Beginning to look like Christmas” and Gavin Somerset’s arrangement of “Partridge in a Pear Tree” which is based on the “Twelve days of Christmas”.
Littleborough Band played Christmas Carols on 1st December to get the shoppers in a festive mood at Morrisons supermarket.
Our WW1 Concert on the 10th November 2018 was a sell out concert and a great success.
Remembrance Day was a wet one this year but there was hundreds of people out in Littleborough centre for the Act of Remembrance service.
Littleborough training band rehearse on Wednesdays evening. It’s a great place for players, young or old to come and improve their musical skills within a fun and exciting band environment. Many of the players in the senior band started their playing careers in our training band.
If you are interested in joining or just coming down to the band room to give it a try, please see the ‘Contact Us’ page.
The first recorded performance was on 20th December 1862 when a newly formed Littleborough Public Silver Band performed for the Littleborough Relief Fund (we believe this was in aid of the problems following the Gale floods if we are not mistaken). This performance was recorded in the Rochdale Observer.
The band was originally formed from three bands, one of which was Littleborough Temperance Band. The band re-enacted the War of the Roses with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band on York Train Station platform. This was in 1876 and followed a contest where Littleborough beat Brighouse again!
Littleborough Band won the British Open Championships at the Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester in 1883. One of the first Whit Friday Quick Step Contests outside Saddleworth was held in Chadderton in the 1890’s and Littleborough travelled to compete, attaining second place.
In 2001, Matthew Bailey took over as the band’s conductor. Beginning with only a handful players, over the next few years Matthew was able to build up the band until we had a full compliment of players. During this time Matthew was able to bring stability to the band and helped us to grow in our musical ability and as a result the band was able to resume taking part in contests from Lancashire to Yorkshire which led to a 2nd place at Greenfield on the Whit Friday Marches.
At the end of 2007, Matthew decided he wanted to continue his playing career and therefore resigned as our
From 2008, Doug Clarkson was appointed as the band’s Musical Director. Due to unforeseeable health problems, Doug Clarkson announced his resignation from the band. Ady Woodhead was appointed temporary conductor during the summer months to lead us through one of the band’s busiest periods. Following a committee meeting in September 2008, it was decided to appoint Ady as the band’s full time Musical Director.
Since 2008, Ady has worked tirelessly to get the band up to full strength (a challenge now almost complete) and has progressed the band with fantastic performance and great results at contesting level. In 2012, the band were promoted to the third section and have been growing stronger ever since.
Over the years the band has had great success competing against other third section band, especially in 2014 where they won in the third section at Hebden Bridge march contest. Ady and the band look forward to continuing their hard work contesting in the third section and perfoming at various concerts and events in the future.