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Gresley Colliery Band are a hard working and ambitious 1st Section Brass Band based in the very heart of the Midlands, providing entertaining concerts both in the local community and around the country relying entirely on income from engagements, donations, fund raising, and the enthusiasm of its’ members for its’ survival.
The origins of the band are unclear although it is believed to have been formed from mineworkers around 1850. The first recorded mention of the band was in 1857 in the Burton Weekly News where the band was reported to have played at the Newhall Horticultural Exhibition. Since then the band has undergone several name changes including:- Gresley Colliery Band, Gresley Colliery Silver Prize Band, Gresley Ambulance Band, Church Gresley Colliery Band (1941), South Derbyshire Miners’ Welfare Band (1968 to 1980s), Gresley Old Hall Brass Band (to 2006); then following the AGM of 2006 it was decided to change the name back to its original Gresley Colliery Band. This was felt to be a suitable tribute to the band’s mining roots and was the inspiration for our 2006 CD release, Heritage.
Since the 1970’s Gresley Colliery Band has enjoyed considerable competition successes having been both regional and national finalists. Following a series of impressive 1st section results including first place in 2007 and 3rd place in 2009 the band was promoted to the Championship Section, the first time the band had competed at this level in its 150 year history and subsequent solid performances against the very best bands in the Midlands region ensured continuation in the Championship Section for a further three years. 2014 saw Gresley drop back to the 1st section again, but unthwarted the band’s continued drive for success has allowed it to maintain it’s first section ranking through solid performances each year to the present day.
October 2014 saw the start of a reform of Gresley Colliery Band with a new committee and a clearer direction. In March 2015 a brilliant 2nd place result at the regional's in Bedworth lead them to the finals in Cheltenham that September, and the band’s popularity continues to grows year on year as it plays in Radio Broadcasts and at different venues across the country.
We practice every Thursday 8pm to 10pm at Gresley Old Hall Miners Club, Gresley Wood Ro, Swadlincote. DE11 9QW.
Bolsover Festival of Brass is one of the leading Brass Band Entertainment Contests of today which for the last three years has produced a live-broadcast around the world to over 15,000 audience as well as its live capacity audience.
The event for 2018 will again take place at Heritage High School, Boughton Lane, Clowne, Derbyshire. S43 4QG on Sunday 30th September 2018 commencing at 9am running in two halls simultaneously.
There are five sections (Championship, First, Second, Third and Fourth) with 50 competing bands in two halls all performing a twenty minute programme of entertaining music with a featured soloist. The school boasts great facilities for audiences and bands alike. Each band being provided a 30 minute rehearsal room prior to their contest performance.
The event is held all on one level and is very accessible to all.
Catering and bar on site throughout the day and evening.
Tickets are available on the day on the door and are £8 Adult and £6 Concessions (under 16 and over 60). Children under 5 entry free.
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