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April 2017

The band played for the Tour De Yorkshire which came down through Pateley Bridge


 

 

 

March 2016

The band has grown in size over the last few months, however there is still room for a percussionist and a Bb bass player. We also welcome addition players from the Lofthouse & Middlesmoor Silver Band and we will be helping them with some of their concerts.

This year promises to be quite exciting with a number of high profile concerts in Pateley Bridge and the surrounding area. We will be performing with the High Side Singers and Nidderdale Chamber Orchestra and on the success of a themed concert last year, we will be having a “Night at the movies” concert in the summer.

The Junior band is now well established, but we are looking for additional players to boost the band. Anyone is welcome to join. Tuition is free and we will loan an instrument.

 

July 2016

The annual summer concert was well attended and with a theme of  “A Night at the Movies”, it was an opportunity to show off our beginner group, our soloists and put on a  programme of film music. The band also played at the annual 1940’s event in Pateley Bridge.

Pateley Bridge 1940's weekend 2016

 

March 2016

The band has grown in size over the last few months, however there is still room for a percussionist and a Bb bass player. We also welcome addition players from the Lofthouse & Middlesmoor Silver Band and we will be helping them with some of their concerts.

This year promises to be quite exciting with a number of high profile concerts in Pateley Bridge and the surrounding area. We will be performing with the High Side Singers and Nidderdale Chamber Orchestra and on the success of a themed concert last year, we will be having a “Night at the movies” concert in the summer.

The Junior band is now well established, but we are looking for additional players to boost the band. Anyone is welcome to join. Tuition is free and we will loan an instrument.

Overview of 2015

A 2015 was a very successful year with the band gaining a number of new players in key positions. The Junior Band has been a big success with some youngsters and other youths moving into the main band.  Thankyou to everyone who came to our concerts, booked the bands for weddings and other events.  A big thank you to Harrogate Council for providing the band with a grant to pay for music, percussion instruments and repairing instruments for our beginners to use.  Thank you also for all the kind comments that  the band has received throughout the year on FaceBook, email and at concerts.

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November 2015

We are very proud of our beginners group who played in their first concert with the main band as part of Darley Remembrance service. Anyone else, children and adults,  wanting to join the group are very welcome. free group lessons are provided and instruments.

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Beginners first concert in Darley Memorial Hall

January 2015

A beginners group has been formed to encourage children and adults in the dale to take up a brass instrument and learn to play in the band. So far there is a small group of 5 players, but we are hoping this will grow. Lessons are free and the hope is that after a year they will be able to move into the main band.

November 2014

Its been a busy year. The band has grown over the last 12 months as several new players have joined us. Other players have moved around a little to fill out the remaining missing parts.  As a result we have recently had Six successful engagements in parks, churches, shows and private events, with more planned over Christmas.

September 2013

The band can formally announce the arrival of a new Musical Director, Mr Charles Hindmarsh. As a result the band has now begun regular rehearsals on Thursday nights at the Darley Methodist Church from 7:30 until 9:30pm. The band is preparing a programme of music for future concerts and would welcome back past players and new players to build up the band.  For further information please contact the Musical Director on 07979 686675.

 

October 2012

It was with great sadness that  Mr. Arthur Leslie Layfield, the Musical Director of the band, died at the age of 74. He was a much loved and highly respected conductor. Born in Darley, Arthur joined Darley’s Junior Band at the age of nine. When this band folded in 1959, he joined the Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Prize Band, remaining with it for the rest of his life. He became musical director  in 1989.

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Mr. Arthur Leslie Layfield 1938-2012

 

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