Upcoming events

Saturday 10th November Joint Concert with Little Jazz Funk Orchestra, Littleborough Coach House, 7:30pm

Sunday 11th November Littleborough Remembrance Parade  10am

Saturday 1st December Littleborough light’s switch on

Friday 7th December Gordon Riggs Rochdale Concert 6:30pm

Tuesday 11th December Littleborough Coach House Carol Concert 7:15pm

Friday 14th December Gordon Riggs Rochdale Concert 6:30pm

Sunday 16th December Hare Hill Park, Littleborough Carols around the Bandstand 2pm

Tuesday 18th December Private Carol Concert for Terence O’Grady Club 7:30pm

Saturday 22nd December Friends of Bamford “Carols” 4:30pm

Sunday 23rd December Littleborough Cricket Club Concert 6:30pm

Saturday 12th January 2019 Butlins Mineworkers Contest, all day





The Band


Principal Cornet

Stephen Robinson

Solo cornets


Laura Whittaker



Soprano Cornet

Steve Sharp

Repiano Cornet

Wendy Turner

2nd Cornet


Gordon Mallinson

3rd Cornet

Peter McGovern

Kath Parton



Danny Hirst

Solo Horn


1st Horn


2nd Horn

John Fletcher

Anna Woodhead


Stacey Webb

Martin Eastwood



Amy Woodruff

Lucy Miller


Sumayah Wright

Alison Cowens

Mark Howarth

Eb Basses

Justin Greenwood

Johnny Cowens


Bb Bass

Joshua Luke



Cheryl Henry

Damian Jackson

Alex Smith

Registered Players

Jeni Clarke

Gina Heywood

Kayleigh Dunn




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.


Training Band

img_2552Littleborough 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.

Our CD


The band recorded a CD in celebration of 150 years back in 2012 which is now at a reduced price of £5!

get in touch with us on our ‘contact us’ page to order yours now.

Track Listing:

Track 01: Trailblaze, Goff Richards

Track 02: Dimitri, Rodney Newton – Soloist Beth Haworth (Flugel Horn)

Track 03: I’ll Walk With God, Nicholas Brodszky arr. Goff Richards

Track 04: Frolic For Trombones – Featuring Sumayah Refaat, Michelle Kowalski, Stephen Lord (Trombones)

Track 05: The Contestor, TJ Powell

Track 06: Share My Yoke, Joy Webb arr. Ivor Bosanko – Soloist Laura Whittaker (Cornet)

Track 07: Concerto De Aranjuez, Rodrigo arr. Bolton – Soloist Beth Haworth (Flugel Horn)

Track 08: Manhattan Spiritual, Blilly Maxed arr, Timothy Paton

Track 09: Let Me Try Again, arr. Simon Kerwin – Soloist Lucy Smith (Soprano Cornet)

Track 10: St. Clement, C.C. Scholefield

Track 11: Czardas, Vittorio Monti arr. Dai Bach – Soloist Nick Wallwork (Vibraphone and Xylophone)

Track 12: Lord Of The Dance, Ronan Hardiman arr. Frank Bernaerts


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
Musical Director.

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.