Rehearsals now held in Silkstone Common Methodist Church Sunday 7pm -9pm & Wednesday 8pm – 10pm
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158 years is a long time for any musical tradition to survive, especially with the distractions of modern life, but that’s how long our community has enjoyed a village band.
Formed in 1861, Old Silkstone Band has maintained the characteristics of a typical village band, performing at local events and venues whilst representing the communities of Silkstone, Silkstone Common and Barnsley both nationally and internationally. Hard work and dedication has moulded the band into a strong musical team that has in recent years competed against the very best brass band’s the country has to offer.
As ambassadors for the local council, the band has been privileged to perform in the presence of royalty on several occasions, both in the UK and abroad. We have forged links in Schwäbisch Gmünd (Barnsley’s twin town), Austria, Paris and St Florent des Bois (Silkstone’s twin town in the Vendee). In July 2015 several members of the band also competed, as guests of the Carrick on Suir band, in the Clonakilty Brass Band Championship in Southern Ireland and in August 2018 the band was proud to return to Ireland and be a part of the Waterford Spraoi (Spree) which is a weekend long international music festival.
The band, apart from enjoying a brief period of sponsorship, has always been self-supporting. Themed concerts are now held frequently in the Bluebell Banqueting Suite at The Fairway in Dodworth. These themed concerts include a ‘Silkstone does Strictly’ concert featuring the Maria Penrose School of Dance, Silkstone Does Disney an afternoon of fun with the band dressed up as Disney characters and in October we hold our ever popular Oktoberfest concert with Barnsley’s Frumptarn Guggenband playing their unique part. The latest themed concert was the 1940's & 50's re-visited. On this occassion we did something a little different and invited people from local care homes who are suffering with Dimentia and Alzheimers. The afternoon was a great success with many of the audience singing along and some dancing along to the music played by the band.
Not only does the band continue to play and support the local community and the church the band also plays at venues as diverse as York races, Wetherby bandstand, St Georges Hall in Bradford, Huddersfield Town Hall, Barnsley Town centre, Barnsley Live, Tour de Yorkshire, Bolsover, Cheltenham race course as well as various Royal Horticultural Society and English Heritage locations.
Locally you can hear us at ‘Silkstone Sing’ in July, the church Harvest Festival in October and on parade for Armistice Day. Our annual Christmas concert in the church has no fixed date but continues to take place every December. Village collections are a tradition around Silkstone and Silkstone Common. Couple all this with practices twice weekly, contests and other fund raising events and you realise the huge commitment all band members put in to keep their village band alive and kicking.
In 2019 the band came 2nd place in the first section of the yorkshire regional brass band championships. This is reportedly the highest result in the bands lifetime. This 2nd place qualified them to compete at the National finals in Cheltenham and the result also gained the band promotion to the Championship section of the national brass band championships of Great Britain. This will see them competing in 2020 against some of the best bands in the country such as Grimethorpe, Black Dyke and Brighouse to name a few. This will be only the 5th time in the bands history that they have been in that section.
Read more about the bands long history on our History section.