Tintwistle Band is successful and currently enjoys Second Section status. The band is not sponsored and relies entirely on its members efforts.The Tintwistle Bandroom is situated on Old Road in the village. The bandroom was purchased and completely rebuilt after a long fund raising project. The project was completed in 1998 and secured the bands future for many years to come
The band is made up entirely of people who play for a hobby, giving up their time to play at concerts and contests throughout the country. We have been very fortunate in having received financial support from the National Lottery, the Foundation for Sports and the Arts and the High Peak Borough Council, which has enabled the band to buy and renovate a building in the village. The end result is a band-room that is probably one of the best in the country. We have also been able to purchase a completely new set of instruments, outdoor concert jackets and a trailer for transporting heavy items.
Over the years the band has been successful on the contest stage, some of the highlights being: Radio Manchester’s “Blow by Blow” champions, a “hat trick” of wins at Buxton Entertainments Contest, and success at contests in London, Oldham, Rochdale, Wigan and the annual Whit Friday march contests.
In 2004, the band came first at the annual Cumbria Brass Band Association contest in Whitehaven, and picked up fifth place in the National North West Midlands area contest.
More recently in 2009 the band were crowned as Second Section Champions in the Midland Area Contest. In 2014 once again the band were awarded third place in the contest.
In 2015 the band entered the Hardraw Scar entertainment contest for the first time and were rewarded by gaining second place.
In addition, concerts are given regularly at venues across the North-West.
Brass Band Contests / Festival
Often described as 'the greatest free show on Earth', the Saddleworth & District Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday.
From the earliest recorded contest in 1884, the event has grown in popularity. Last year well over a hundred brass bands participated in some twenty different contests at venues scattered around the moorland villages and towns on the western edge of the Pennines. All of the contests are open-air, many in delightful surroundings. The area has a very strong tradition of brass band music. In the weeks before Whit Friday, the sounds of rehearsals echo across the hillsides from the various band rooms and village halls. There are thriving bands in some of the tiniest villages. And the best bands are world class.
The contests are open to all-comers. So the local youth bands get to match their skills against the top bands of the country. For bandsmen, the dash from contest to contest makes for an exhilarating (though exhausting) evening. See the comments in the guest book. This is a major event in the brass band calendar and bands travel the length of the country to participate, some even turning up from overseas.
Contests typically start at about 4.30pm. Bands play two pieces (marches), one on the march and then their well-rehearsed show-piece on whatever passes for a rostrum. Each performance is scored 'blind' by an adjudicator, hidden in some adjacent darkened room or caravan.
Each contest offers prizes for the best band, best youth band, best soloists etc. At one of the busier venues, you could expect to hear over 50 bands, before the winners are announced shortly after close (10.30 pm or 11.30pm, though the most popular contests can go on well into the early hours).
It is possible to look in at several contests during the evening. But with over 100 bus-loads of bandsmen about, with many of the roads closed to traffic and the inevitable parking problems, it pays not to be over-ambitious.
Each contest is organised by local volunteers. All the running costs and prize money are raised by local donations and through fund-raising events. Most provide refreshments. Helpers are always needed on the night. If you can spare a couple of hours at any of the contests, please email.
Each contest sets its own rules. Bands are required to play a published march, an unmarked copy of which should be handed to the Contest Steward on arrival at the signing-on point. Normally, no more than 25 players may play the contest piece, plus the conductor.
On the morning of Whit Friday, the traditional Whit Walks take place. Dobcross contest have introduced a Henry Livings memorial prize, open to bands who have played on any of the morning's walks.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.