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  • November 2017 Prize Draw

    The November 2017 "Friends of Glossop Old Band" prize draw has taken place. Due to a number of non renewals, there were 141 numbers (139 of which are allocated to members) in this months draw, so a prize fund of £69.50Winning numbers were:1st prize - 592nd prize - 613rd prize - 74
  • Friday 15th December 2017

    Christmas concert, St Peter's & St Raphael's Church, Hough Hill Road, Stalybridge, 7.30pm startTickets £5 - contact 07784 135812
  • October 2017 Prize Draw

    The October 2017 "Friends of Glossop Old Band" prize draw took place on Halloween. There were 157 numbers (155 of which are allocated to members) in the draw, so a prize fund of £77.50 Winning numbers were: 1st prize - 5 2nd prize - 146 3rd prize - 49
  • September 2017 Prize Draw

    The September 2017 "Friends of Glossop Old Band" prize draw took place last night, Thursday 28th September, at Learner Band. There were 157 numbers (155 of which are allocated to members) in the draw, so a prize fund of £77.50 Winning numbers were: 1st prize - 2 2nd prize - 90 3rd prize - 16
  • 16 September 2017 - Success at the National Finals!

    Well - we did it! We brought home some silverware coming 2nd in the 2nd section at the National Finals. A huge thank you to everyone in the local community that has helped support getting us there - it is very much appreciated
  • Saturday 25th November 2017

    Christmas Light Switch On - Nolfolk Square, Glossop
  • Saturday 9th December 2017

    Private function
  • August 2017 Prize Draw

    The August 2017 "Friends of Glossop Old Band" prize draw has taken place. There were 157 numbers (155 of which are allocated to members) in the draw, so a prize fund of £77.50 Winning numbers were: 1st prize - 30 2nd prize - 13 3rd prize - 118
  • Year 2 - and the 13th prize draw

    Thank you to everyone that has taken part in the Friends of Glossop Old Band prize draw.The July 2017 / 13th "Friends of Glossop Old Band" prize draw has taken place. There were 157 numbers (155 of which are allocated to members) in the draw, so a prize fund of £77.50 Winning numbers were: 1st prize - 105 2nd prize - 5 3rd prize - 95Just to explain, as we are now into month 13, this means we have seen the first round of renewals.  From the 104 numbers due for renewal, 102 numbers have renewed - meaning that the 2 that haven't, now have different rules applied to them (Any unsold numbers up to and including 100 will remain the property of the band, and if drawn, the prize will go into band funds in addition to the 50% stated) - both numbers are under 100.  These 2 numbers will be held unallocated until the October draw when they will be open for re-allocation - unless the original member contacts us before 30 September 2017.
  • Friends of Glossop Old Band - June 2017 draw

    The June 2017 "Friends of Glossop Old Band" prize draw has taken place tonight. There were 157 numbers in the draw, so a prize fund of £78.50 Winning numbers were: 1st prize - 95 2nd prize - 105 3rd prize - 39
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Early years

Band History

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Glossop is the town where the modern brass instrument valve system was invented, and the band is thought to have been formed sometime around 1830 when Glossop Original and the Whitfield Rifle Volunteers merged. Early contest success came under the baton of Alex Owen funded by a local businessman who in 1884 provided the bandroom, now a rehearsal room and thriving concert venue.

Subsequent sponsorship has been much harder to come by, though success has stayed with the band most of the time. During a highly rewarding period of 20 years under Barry Hinde in the 1960's 70's and early 80's, the band won many competitions and gained a still well deserved reputation for quality concert work. The band also played in the last Belle Vue Grand Shield. Further afield, the band has established an ongoing relationship with its own twin band in Bad Vilbel, Germany. Barry retired in 1986 due to poor health, but his good work was reflected when the band made its first visit to London in the second section finals in 1987


Financial problems within the management of the bandroom club, which was run as a separate organisation from the band, almost caused both of them to collapse in 1990 and unfortunately resulted in the departure of the conductor and many of the players.  This situation continued for almost three years with playing members dropping to around eight by early 1993.   Thanks mainly to the efforts of Ken Cant, a former player who has moved on to play with many top bands in both the UK and New Zealand, a full team was established in mid 1993.   In November 1993, Jim Cant (Ken's older brother) was appointed as musical director and contesting re-started in early 1994 resulting in a two year period where the band was unbeaten in the fourteen Regional and Championship contests they entered.

Having been promoted to the championship section in the North West Association in 1997, success continued to follow Glossop, and in that year saw a victory in the inaugural Tameside Open Contest and runners up spots in several others, including the GMR Brass contest held in the BBC's Oxford Road Studio 7. The band qualified for the national finals in the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, playing first of twelve bands and gaining a very creditable fourth place. Following that, the band retained the Tameside Open title and won the second GMR Brass Championship held in Wigan, with tenor horn player Stuart Wilkinson also picking up the best soloist prize for a superb rendition of "Over the Rainbow." Prizes continue to come Glossop's way with the current tally standing at 33 prizes from 33 competitions since 1993, including 21 firsts, 8 seconds, 2 thirds and 2 fourths.

Following a successful application for Lottery funding through the Arts council, the band was awarded a grant which enabled them to purchase a full set of instruments for the junior training band.

 The band has been through difficult times of late but in 2009 and 2010 competed in the Championship section where they were awarded 5th and 6th placing.  The band is actively involved in the local community and is often used by local charities to play at fund raising events and, over the years, has helped to raise many thousands of pounds for worthy causes.

Early years

Band History