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Daytime musical delight at Ratby

February 17, 2022
There was a hugely encouraging start for the Ratby Daytime Band as players far and wide enjoyed a lunchtime work out.

New signings

New additions at Ratby Mid Band

January 18, 2022
New faces young and old join the set-up at Ratby Mid Band in time for their assault on the Midlands Area title.


Ratby savour congratulations

October 18, 2021
The Ratby Co-operative Band has thanked the banding community for their messages of support and congratulations following their outstanding Royal Albert Hall result.


Recalling Ratby's National heroics

October 08, 2021
4BR catches up with Mareika Gray to talk about Ratby Co-operative's remarkable fifth place finish at the National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall — one that came in just a three week period of preparation.


Ratby to replace Desford at Albert Hall

September 10, 2021
The Ratby Co-operative Band has accepted the invitation to compete at the National Final following Desford's withdrawal.


Ratby get together for lockdown release

December 07, 2020
A new CD release from the Ratby Co-operative Band organisation aims to bring joy to supporters and cash to the coffers.


Death of Howard Bland

April 30, 2020
The death has been announced of the respected band administrator Howard Bland.


Hood takes top man role at Ratby for Area

February 19, 2020
The respected cornet soloist Jamie Hood will make his contest debut with Ratby Co-operative Band at the forthcoming Midlands Area contest.

Luke Pallister

Pallister takes principal role at Ratby

August 31, 2019
Luke Pallister is set to become the new principal cornet at Ratby Co-operative Band following a final Open appearance with Leyland.


Report & Results: 2019 Buxton Brass Band Festival

May 02, 2019
Ratby Cooperative lead the winners at a day of excellent music making as bands return to Buxton's wonderful Octagon Theatre.


Tuba duo join Ratby

July 27, 2018
The Ratby Band will welcome two new foundation layers to their band...

Betty Anderson

Death of Betty Anderson

January 10, 2018
The death has been announced of Betty Anderson, one of the pioneering women of the brass band movement in the 20th century.


Ratby welcome new soprano

September 21, 2017
The talented Richard Bates has joined Ratby Band on soprano alongside a few more talented signings.

New MD

New MD in the Middle

March 29, 2017
Geoff Wood takes over the conducting duties at Ratby Co-operative Mid Band.

Dave Purkiss

Purkiss joins Ratby team

October 13, 2016
David Purkiss has been appointed as the new Associate Musical Director at Ratby Co-operative Band.

Mareika Gray

Gray set for pioneering link with Ratby

July 18, 2016
Mareika Gray has become the new professional MD at the Ratby Co-operative Band organisation — renewing a pioneering link with the past.

Michael Fowles

Fowles ends 12 year Ratby link

March 24, 2016
The 12 year musical partnership between Ratby Co-operative Band and Michael Fowles will come to an end at the Senior Cup in Blackpool in May.

Ratby in Disneyland Paris

Ratby Youth enjoy EuroDisney

June 03, 2015
The young players of the Ratby Co-operative Youth Band recently enjoyed a third musical trip to the joys of Euro-Disney Paris.


Ratby happy with Senior Cup near miss

May 19, 2015
Despite just missing out on promotion to the Grand Shield in 2016, Ratby Co-operative is still happy at their show of contesting consistency.


Ratby Youth set for third trip to Disneyland Paris

April 11, 2015
Ratby Co-operative Youth Band will be making their third trip to perform at Disneyland Paris in May.


Ratby treble delight at contest successes

November 28, 2014
The Ratby Co-operative Band organisation has been making a threeway contesting mark of late.

Ratby Band

Death of Richard Ferris

August 26, 2014
The death has been reported of one of great characters of Leicestershire banding.

Ratby Juniors

Ratby players enjoy Wessex break

August 20, 2014
There was a superb week of music making on the recent Wessex Band Summer School — especially enjoyed by young Ratby Band players.


Ratby quartet success

April 04, 2012
The young players of Ratby have been enjoying quartet success.


Ratby enjoy the Green Dragon experience

October 04, 2011
The Ratby Mid Band certainly enjoyed its first experience of the Green Dragon at Hardraw Scar...

Bold As Brass

Report & Result: 2022 Bold as Brass Contest

June 28 • Shirland Miners Welfare enjoy the holiday spirit to claim Bold as Brass title in Wakefield

British Open

Limited tickets only for British Open

June 28 • There are only a limited number of tickets now available for September's British Open Championship.

Gavin Higgins

Higgins continues to champion brass band music

June 28 • Composer Gavin Higgins took the opportunity to champion brass bands once again at the world premiere of his latest major work at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Black Dyke

Black Dyke to open doors for Kerkrade

June 28 • Black Dyke will hold an open rehearsal ahead of their trip to Kerkrade for the World Music Contest Championship.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band - KKL Luzern, Switzerland – Brassed Off Live!

Saturday 2 July • Europapl. 1, 6005 Luzern 6005 Luzern

Boarshurst Silver Band - Silk Brass

Sunday 3 July • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7EW

Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band - Keithley & Worth Valley Railway - Oxenhope Station

Sunday 3 July • Oxenhope Station K&W Railway. Mill Lane. Oxenhope BD22 9LB

Derwent Brass - THIS IS DERWENT 30! Gala Concert

Saturday 9 July • Allestree Woodlands School Theatre, Blenheim Drive, Allestree, Derby DE22 2LW

Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band - Summer Music Sunday - RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

Sunday 10 July • RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. Crag Lane. Harrogate. HG3 1QB HG3 1QB

Linthwaite Band

June 27 • We are a friendly 4th section Band, based in Huddersfield, currently looking for front row cornet players and a percussionist.

Harlow Brass Band

June 27 • HBB are a friendly, non-contesting band who have a vacancy for a MUSICAL DIRECTOR. We play at various local events and hold our own concert twice a year. We play to a good standard and are looking for an MD who can take us forward.

Blidworth Welfare Band

June 24 • The Championship section Blidworth Welfare band are now accepting applications for the position of BBb bass Player. Following an excellent Midlands area and 1st place at Buxton contest we are looking for a Bass player to join our ranks. .

Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)


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