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.
Once home to three bandstands, one at the pier head, one in the Valley Gardens and one in Hazel Grove, all now lost, a long campaign was fought by local people, in particular the Saltburn 500 Club to bring a bandstand back to the town.
In July 1997 after years of fund raising and a National Lottery Grant for £63,500, the Bandstand,which was designed by Peter Fenton, a well known local architect, was opened.
The Bandstand also boasts decorative security screens made by local wrought ironsmith James Godbold who has a forge in the village of Egton, North Yorkshire. Every year free band concerts are held between May and September. Volunteers from the Saltburn 500 Club work hard to raise money to maintain the bandstand and organise the concerts with support from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.