Methodist Brass Band was formed in 1938 by a handful of young men at
the Church, with the aim of providing an accompaniment to the hymns
being sung by the Sunday School scholars and staff as they toured the
village on several Sunday mornings prior to their annual Sunday School
“Singing Rounds” helped not only to publicise
forthcoming anniversary, but also provided an opportunity for Christian
witness in the open air. Christmas time found the
touring Winterley and the neighbouring village of Haslington to play
the 1940s and 1950s, a steady number of new players joined the
band. However, compulsory service in H.M. forces
robbed the band of key players for several years on
During this time, demand for the services of the band steadily
grew. Occasional small concerts were given, but the
demand came from an increasing number of Sunday Schools requesting that
the band accompany them on their “Singing Rounds”.
to the dedication of its musical director, during recent years,
the band has continued to go from strength to strength, and includes a
very wide age range in its membership.
The band performs
concerts a year and rehearses each Thursday
evening. It has
never received sponsorship nor entered a competition and yet can boast
that many players in premier brass bands began their playing career at
the years the repertoire has been expanded, and nowadays includes
everything from the music of Lennon and McCartney to the
classics, as well as opera and hymns.
for the main band are held on most Thursdays, commencing at 7-30
p.m. Details can be found on the Events
encourage youngsters to gain an interest in music - and brass band
music in particular, of course - a trainer band was set up in
2007. Tuition is provided free
of charge to anyone wishing to learn. The classes,
and enjoyable, commence at 6-30 p.m .each Thursday and last for about
special “Band Sunday" service is held on the last Sunday in
each year. On two occasions, in 2003 and 2007, the
recorded and the resulting CDs have been sold to help band
These services, which are conducted in Winterley Methodist Church, are
band looks forward to serving the community for many more years.
photos are taken from originals
us by Seamus O'Dowd; further photographs can be found in the Gallery
and Gallery 2 sections.
Church, Crewe Road, Winterley.
members during a
break on 28/3/13