AS DIGGLE Band celebrates promotion to the Championship Section in January and their 20th anniversary, there is another band at the club also glowing with success.
Diggle B Band was created during the early success of restoring banding in Diggle and over the last dozen years has grown to boast players aged eight to 80.
It fills a gap for experienced players, relative novices and young people all looking to learn, improve and enjoy performing.
The standard of playing is good and improving under the baton of Dave Shipp, striving to follow the main Band.
The B Band sees itself very much as the village band and supports local events such as Whit Friday processions, Christmas Lights ceremonies and Harvest Festivals.
It has also become a popular choice for concerts, marching and ceremonial events across Saddleworth and has also performed on several occasions in Belgium.
The happy, friendly band takes their music seriously and also maintains active social and leisure links to sustain the pleasure.
In partnership is also a lively Trainer Band which prioritises teaching and encourages young people, mainly primary school age, to play.
Wherever possible these very young players are given the chance to join the other bands for special events, including this year’s Whit Friday morning procession.
All the bands are especially proud of players who have progressed through to higher levels, including four teenagers who now play regularly in the main band and one former player, still only 14, who plays in the world famous Fairey band.
The B Band rehearses on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm while on Wednesday evening at the same time there is a more informal ‘blow’.
New members and guests are always welcome and the band is very keen to encourage the development of players, of any age, or previous experience.
It is a chance to play purely for musical enjoyment and, if desired, to prepare for a place in musical events throughout the year, including Whit Friday.
If you are interested, or would just like to know more, email Jackie Clowes at email@example.com or call 07540730139