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The Band plays for general public enjoyment, mainly on Sunday afternoons, and often outdoors in some of the most beautiful places in Yorkshire, including stately homes, abbeys, and seaside resorts.
The busiest schedule of playing is from the Spring through to Autumn. At home the Band supports the local community playing at occasional church services, and at the traditional village shows and fetes, giving an annual Christmas Concert in Chop Gate village.
The band is neither a 'competition band' nor a 'marching band', but has occasionally attempted both, just for fun, coming fourth in the Lofthouse Grand Village Band Contest back in 1859, (as ably described by Charles Dickens), and winning class 'C' for unregistered bands at Malton Brass 2002. In 2006, the Band came second in this competition.
There is a weekly practice in Chop Gate Village Hall, and everyone plays just for the love of it, nearly all income going towards new music and repairing and replacing the instruments.
Bilsdale show is a traditional dales show renowned locally for it's equestrian events. In addition to the many equestrian events there will be classes for beef shorthorn cattle rabbits pigeons cavies and bantams sheep sheep dog trials hound trails and dog classes. Other attractions at the show which is held at Thornhill Farm on the Helmsley to Stokesley road will include demonstrations of birds of prey and Bilsdale Silver Band.
Admission charges 2018 - Pay on the gate
Family ticket 2 adults and 2 children £15, additional child £2
Showfield Parking £5
Free parking available over the road
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