The History of Emley Brass Band

Emley Brass Band was founded in 1870 from the basis of a woodwind and brass ensemble. The Band does have some mining roots, as do most brass bands like Grimethorpe and Carlton Main Frickley.15241386_10154598846882012_6879988701642582460_n-1

Emley Brass Band was sponsored by the mine in Emley, but due to the pit closures the Band no longer carries a mining name, and no longer has any affiliation with the mining industry.15135953_10154598847272012_5542588555432808061_n

Around the 60’s the band had probably it’s most successful period, pictured above are the band in 1964 with the trophy haul from that year.

Emley band received a lottery grant which enabled us to buy a new set of brass instruments and some extras for the percussion section.15178048_10154598847402012_4222442208841315577_n

Due to the resignation of the conductor in 1998 Emley Brass Band joined forces with Cawthorne Brass Band, until another change brought around a new conductor to take the Band into the new millennium.

This awe inspiring conductor brought some positive changes along with some new players and new goals and ideals for the band. These changes were beneficial to the continuing improvement of the Band.15134669_10154598847537012_1332388270970197170_n

Keith Heliwell conducting Emley brass band (above) Unfortunately, after a lot of thought the conductor decided to move on to pastures new at the end of 2001 leaving the band without a conductor yet again.

Jack Boden stepped in and proved to be a great success as the band qualified to take place in the National Finals 2002 in Torquay.

We then acquired another conductor, Marc Robins who was a Barnsley College graduate after having studied under David Hirst. Marc’s first contest just happened to be the National Finals in Torquay.

Since 2003, Garry Hallas has been leading the band from the front and his enthusiasm to take the band to further heights is very encouraging.Emley Brass Band 180909 (62) Plain Background

In recent years the band has been competing at many contest around the country and even managing to pick up some silverware along the way.


Emley currently play in the second section since 2013 and this achievement is the highest the band has ever reached.