Gresley Colliery Band are a hard working and ambitious 1st Section Brass Band based in the very heart of the Midlands. We provide entertaining concerts both in our local community and around the country and rely entirely on income from engagements, donations, fund raising, and the enthusiasm of our members for our survival
The origins of the band are unclear although it is believed to have been formed from mineworkers around 1850. The first recorded mention of the band was in 1857 in the Burton Weekly News where the band was reported to have played at the Newhall Horticultural Exhibition. Since then the band has undergone several name changes including:- Gresley Colliery Band, Gresley Colliery Silver Prize Band, Gresley Ambulance Band, Church Gresley Colliery Band (1941), South Derbyshire Miners’ Welfare Band (1968 to 1980s), Gresley Old Hall Brass Band (to 2006); then following the AGM of 2006 it was decided to change the name back to its original Gresley Colliery Band. This was felt to be a suitable tribute to the band’s mining roots and was the inspiration for our 2006 CD release, Heritage.
Since the 1970’s Gresley Colliery Band has enjoyed considerable competition success having been Regional Champions and National Finalists. Following a series of impressive 1st section results including a win in 2007 and 3rd place in 2009, the band was promoted to the Championship Section for 2010. This was the first time the band had competed at this level in its 150 year history and subsequent solid results against the very best bands in the Midlands region ensured continuation in the Championship Section for a further three years. Despite Gresleys demotion back to 1st section in 2014, the bands drive for success still remains and throughout 2014 the band have produced some good results.
October 2014 saw the start of a reform of Gresley Colliery Band with a new committee and a clearer direction for the band. In March 2015 saw a brilliant 2nd place result leading them to the finals in Cheltenham in September of the same year and the band continues to build on their successes a year on with good performances at Butlins 2016 and the Area competition at Bedworth in March – Will 2016/17 be the year the band enters the Championship section – this is certainly a band who could do this. Exciting times ahead!