Heartache and joy as promoted Greenfield Brass Band seeks new home

THERE IS simultaneous heartache and joy for Greenfield Brass Band who have been promoted to the second section but are seeking a new home after 30 years.

As of January 1, 2018 the talented band will play in the second section of the brass band gradings and they are extremely excited about the news.

Andy Clayton, the band’s secretary, said: “Moving up into the second section will present new challenges for the band, performing more complex pieces and pitting our skills against established higher section bands.

“Over the next few weeks we are busy practising for Buxton Contest at the beginning of May and of course for our favourite day of the year, Whit Friday.”

Greenfield Band after their performance at the North West Area competition in Blackpool in March 2017

The promotion follows the continued success of the band which recently placed first in the third section at Holmfirth, second in Skegness, third in Rochdale and narrowly missed out on a place in the National Finals.

The band plays local concerts throughout the year as well as Whit Friday, and they also travel all over the country for competitions.

They have a large concert repertoire for any occasion including weddings and garden parties, and a marching band for processions.

However, their immediate future looks set to be challenging as the band’s home of 30 years – Greenfield Conservative Club – will close its doors on April 30.

The band now faces the difficult task of finding a new rehearsal room big enough to accommodate their 30 players twice a week, as well as some storage space for instruments.

Andy said: “We would like to place on record our thanks to the Conservative Club committee for their support over the years.

“The band also shares their disappointment that a place which has been central to village life for so long has been sadly forced to shut down.

“Now comes the difficult task of finding a new rehearsal room. If anyone could offer space or assistance either on a temporary of more permanent basis then we would be very grateful.”

For more information about Greenfield Brass Band, visit their website: www.greenfieldbrassband.co.uk or contact secretary Andy Clayton by email: andy.e.clayton@bt.com or call: 07801 351046.


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