Gresley Colliery Band are...
A hard working, ambitious Championship Section brass band based in the very heart of the Midlands.
We provide entertaining concerts both in our local community and around the country.
We rely entirely on income from concerts
, donations, fund raising, and the enthusiasm of our members.
We are managed by a committee
of elected members chosen at an Annual General Meeting.
The band also competes at both regional and national level, and 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 is the first time the band has competed
at this level in its 150 year history, and a solid result against the very best bands in the Midlands
region in March of this year ensured our continuation in the Championship Section for 2011.
4Barsrest, the online Brass Band magazine, said of our 2007 winning performance...
" Eventual victory went to Gresley Colliery Band. Playing off the final number 18 draw, the band
produced a performance which had so much to admire in it - certainly down to the picture which the band's
MD Richard Grantham was able to create.
This was a performance that saw the band get better and better as it went along. Although the horn line
was somewhat overshadowed during the piece's telling opening bars, and there were a couple of uncertainties
in some solo lines, the band coped with the piece's challenges admirably, producing a full, balanced sound
and featuring one of the best cornet/euphonium sextuplet sections of the day.
Despite the aforementioned uncertainties, Gresley's soloists acquitted themselves extremely well, adding
to the overall quality of the performance. Everything was shaped musically by the conductor, and the work
moved along nicely allowing the listener to simply sit back and, well, listen. The band can be well pleased
with their efforts here, and will undoubtedly represent the Midlands with distinction in Harrogate."
(4barsrest - full article here).
Since the 1970's Gresley Colliery Band has enjoyed considerable competition success having been Regional Champions and National
Finalists many times and ultimately achieving promotion to the Championship Section for 2010.Gresley also boasts a thriving Youth
Band which, under the musical direction of senior band Eb bass player Pete Hylton, perform
regularly both with the senior band and independantly and have recently competed for the first time at the Butlins Mineworkers
Brass Band competition in Skegness. The band prides itself on taking players of all abilities and in many cases can offer
informal tuition outside of normal rehearsal time. So, if you know of anyone who wishes to learn to play a brass instrument or
is already playing and looking for a new challenge, please get in touch via the contact
Read the Band's constitution here