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Uppermill Band originates from the village of Uppermill, Saddleworth in the foothills of the Pennines straddling Lancashire and Yorkshire, hence the red and white roses on their badge.
The band was formed in March 1979 initially as a Youth Band. Following its registration as a Fourth Section Band it enjoyed a very successful period on the Contest arena culminating in two consecutive qualifications to the National Finals in 1988 and 1989 held in London, both from third place at the area championships. Promotion to the Third Section followed.
At this stage the Band had 6 of its young players in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. The Band was a victim of its own success losing players to higher section bands and several players continuing their studies at University and the band found itself back in the fourth section as a result.
Over the next few years, Uppermill remained a hard working and friendly band under Jim Hunter and regulars at the Pontins and Whit Friday contests to name but a few.
In 2004, the band’s 25th anniversary year, Simon Wood took the band to the Areas in Blackpool and qualification for the National Finals resulted.
That appearance in Harrogate was under Alan Widdop who replaced Simon when he had to step down due to other commitments, and the band came ninth but perhaps some experience was gained, and over the next two and a half years a pattern of consistency began to emerge of placings at Whit Friday and other contests and some considerable prize money won.
Over the next few years, six wins in a row at the Holme Valley contest, a hat trick of wins at Pontins, several sectional and individual awards, and appearances at the Nationals in 2007 and 2008 culminated in promotion to the third section and, as a result of good performances at the Areas, to the second section effective from January 2011.
Uppermill band continues to remain a friendly and stable band and, as the band is unsponored, very hard working as a result, especially over the Christmas carolling period.
The band now has the luxury of having it’s own band room with appropriate storage facilities after having to endure some years of a nomadic existence.
In 2016 following the North West Area Contest. Alan, who had been MD with Uppermill for 12 years decided to stand down mainly due to health reasons. This was the end of an era and the start of new beginnings. Following 2 months of auditions the Band appointed Dean Redfern as their new MD. Dean enjoyed several conducting appointments prior to putting his conducting ambitions on hold whilst he concentrated on his work commitments and Career continuing his playing at the the famous Brighouse & Rastrick Band where he was also Chairman.
the band Room.
Saddleworth Cricket Club
Calf Lane, Well I' Hole
Venue Type : Brass Band Contest
North West Area Regional Brass Band Championships
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