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  • Friends of Glossop Old Band - December 2017 draw

    The December 2017 "Friends of Glossop Old Band" prize draw has taken place. Due to a number of non renewals, there were 136 numbers (135 of which are allocated to members) in this months draw, so a prize fund of £67.50Winning numbers were:1st prize - 1562nd prize - 1513rd prize - 58
  • Friday 15th December 2017

    Christmas concert, St Peter's & St Raphael's Church, Hough Hill Road, Stalybridge, 7.30pm startTickets £5 - contact 07784 135812
  • 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
  • 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 9th December 2017

    Private function
  • Saturday 25th November 2017

    Christmas Light Switch On - Nolfolk Square, Glossop
  • 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.
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2011 News

All the news from 2011


Have you ever been a playing member of Glossop Old Band?

Are you free and available on Sunday 18th December?   Then this message is for you.
GLOSSOP OLD BAND have secured the services for their Christmas Concert this year at their bandroom in Wood Street, of a conductor who is undoubtedly among the finest in this country, if not the world.   I refer to the current Senior Director of Music of the Household Division and Director of Music to the Coldstream Guards, Lt. Colonel Graham Jones

Graham Jones’ early interest in music was encouraged while a pupil of Glossopdale College and he furthered this interest as a member of Glossop Old Band during this period.

He began his military career studying the harp whilst serving as a musician with the Royal Artillery Band.   In 1981 he was selected to become a Bandmaster and attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall for three years during which time he was rewarded with prizes for composition and orchestration.  He rose through the ranks conducting a variety of Army bands and received a Master of Music degree from Reading University and gained his Doctorate of Music Arts (DMA) at the University of Salford in the summer of 2006. Among the more recent highlights was the wedding early this year of HRH Prince William to Miss Kathrine Middleton (now Duchess of Cambridge) when he Directed the Massed Bands of the Household Division outside Westmister Abbey.

Lt. Colonel Jones is now very much in demand as a lecturer, adjudicator and conductor in both Europe and the United States, where he has recently been guest conductor at Leigh University, Pennsylvania, USA.

The success of Glossop Old Band in securing the services of such an eminent conductor is seen as a great opportunity for any former playing members of the band to come along to the bandroom on the 18th December, not only to meet with Lt. Colonel Jones MBE, but to listen to the Glossop Old Band and maybe even to play a part in the concert.   

One of the traditions of the Christmas concerts is for ‘guest’ players to come along to have blow and this year we would love to welcome former players to sit in with the band during the 2nd half of the concert.  To make sure we have enough chairs and music is would help if you could contact and let us know what instrument you play.

Highs and Lows at Glossop Old Band

Following on from the high of their recent success of being placed as the highest overall Local Band at the Whit Friday marches, Glossop Old Band are sadly losing 3 of their young talented musicians to Higher Education. Sam Richardson (percussion) will be leaving the band to attend The University of Huddersfield studying Music, Anthony Newington (cornet) will be attending the University of Southampton to study Aeronautics and Astronautics and Adam Corbridge (cornet) will be at Lancaster University studying Physical Geography!

All 3 players will be missed by the whole band and the last concert before the summer break will be in Glossop Bandroom on Sunday 16th July where a concert with an American theme is planned to help raise money for local Scouts to attend the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.  Tickets for the concert are £6 each or Tickets £6 each, Families £20 (2 adults, 2 children) and includes a “Meat and Potato Pie”.  Doors open 7.15pm and tickets are available from  Julie Fawley on 07961 461855.  Fancy dress optional!

July Hoe Down

The band will be holding an American Hoe Down concert in the bandroom on the 16th July 2011 starting at 8pm.  Tickets are £5 with under 16's free and the entry includes a "Desperate Dan Pie"

It promises to be a fun night with fancy dress optional (but not for the band as fancy dress is NOT an option).  Come along and bring your family and friends!

Whit Friday 2011 Part 2!

During rehearsal on 21st June Glossop Old Band were delighted to hear that the band had been elevated to 1st Local in the Tameside area as Ashton Band had been awarded 3rd overall.  This is extremely good news for the band who are looking forward to the final concert before the summer break on the 16th July in Glossop Bandroom

Whit Friday 2011

Glossop managed to play at all 11 Tameside contest on June 17th thanks to some fantastic driving skills by the band's coach driver, Viv.  It turns out that Viv is a former player with Mossley St Johns and certain was in the Whit Friday spirit as she managed to gain us some valuable time by overtaking 2 coaches who were dawdling at the traffic lights in Denton!  She also taught Dave Richardson the difference between a bus and a coach, just ask him next time you see him!

Glossop Old Band once again have been placed 2nd local overall for Whit Friday gaining 2nd overall at Dukinfield, best local at the Broadoak and 2nd best local at Stalybridge.

The full article is on 4bars rest

3rd Quiz Night - April 2011

Again a small but appreciative audience turned out on a lovely April evening to participate in the quiz concert.  The music was varied and the general knowledge quiz questions were well received.  This is an unusual concert in that the band participate in the quiz as they don't know the answer to the questions.  This time the quiz was won by the Euphs and Baritone section.

Note to quiz master - make the questions a bit harder next time!

Who really is the weakest link? (March 2011)

On Thursday 10th March our star soprano player will be showing the “Queen of Mean” how it’s really done!  Mandy will be appearing on the Weakest Link on BBC 1 at 5.15pm and shows Anne Robinson how to march. 

We can’t say whether she wins or loses but it promises to be interesting viewing.  Tune in to find out if Mandy really is the weakest link!

UPDATE - Mandy really was the strongest link as she won the show after being the weakest link on the 1st round.  Tut tut Mandy but congratulations and loved the wonderful marching display!

2010 News

All the news from 2010

2nd Quiz Concert

A small, but apreciative, audience participated in the 2nd quiz concert held in the bandroom on 25thSeptember.  The questions were set by Wendy McMylor who also chose the music for the evening. 

The evening was attended by Councillor Jean Wharmby who made a donation to the band of £500

Over £200 was raised on the night for much needed repairs to the bandroom roof.

The band would like to thank Jeff Lewis for being the Quiz Master (and solo trombone!)

Last Night of the Proms

11th September saw Glossop Bandroom host it's own version of the Last Night of the Proms which was a fundraiser night for St Mary's Church.  Over £400 was raised on the night for this worthy charity.

The featured soloists on the night were (Dame) Janet Lewis (Flugel), Stuart Wilkinson (Horn) and Tim (Benedictus) Dines (Euph).  The band also featured music from the 4 British Isles before finishing the concert with Sea Songs, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.  There was much audience participation throughout the evening and the audience managed to match the band in terms of volume and gusto!

A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all

Monthly Quizzes

Click on the above to see this year's quizzes


Whit Friday - part 2!

The band are pleased to have gained the honours of being the 2nd best overall local band in Tameside..  This, together with the prizes picked up throughout the evening brings the band in excess of £1,000 prize money. 
Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and the band is looking forward to the concerts and contests booked for the remainder of the year  (3rd June 2010)

Whit Friday

Despite the coach being over an hour late getting to us, the band still managed to get 8 contests in on the night.  Whilst waiting for the coach outside the town hall the band had their picture taken by the Chronicle photographer who spotted us waiting to go.

Thankfully the weather stayed good this year and an enjoyable evening was had by all.  The band would like to thank all the guest players who helped out and we couldn't have done it without them.  We'd especially like to thank Laurence Owen, who plays for the Band of the Coldstream Guards, for helping on Eb bass and hope he managed to get up in time to get back to London for Trooping the Colour rehearsals at 8.30am on Saturday.

Pictures and results will be posted here shortly

Results so far (4barsrest)

1st Local - Upper Mossley
1st Local - Droylsden (The Bush)
2nd Local - Broadoak

Midlands Area

Glossop Old Band played in the Championship section in the Midlands area and came a creditable 6th out of 12 bands. We would like to send a huge thank you to those players that came out of retirement for the contest. We couldn't have done it without you all!

Quiz Concert

The band's first quiz concert was held on the 27th March in the Bandroom and was well received by all those that attended.

Questions were general knowledge questions based (loosely!!) on the music that the band had just played.  Soloist on the evening were Mandy Crowther, Dave RIchardson, Janet Lewis and Stuart Wilkinson. 

Thanks to Jeff Lewis for being the host and Quiz Master.

Burns Night Concert

Glossop Band would like to thank everyone that turned up on Sunday for the Burns Night Concert. A good night was had by all and the band would like to express their thanks to June Cant and Betty Chaplin for organising the food.

What a good start to the New Year!