Band History

Skipton Mission Band

Skipton Brass started from humble beginnings in the 1870’s as Jack Guy’s Skipton Mission Band, as a temperance organisation, and is now thought to be Skipton’s oldest secular musical organisation.

Re-formed after World War I as Skipton Prize Band, the band enjoyed much contest success at Crystal Palace in the 1920’s and 1930’s under the direction of its most famous conductor, Fred Metcalfe.

After difficulties in intervening years, the band forged close links with local schools in the 1970’s, producing a vigorous and thriving Senior and Youth Band which laid the foundations for its rise from Fourth Section, to Champion Section status between 1977 and 1989.

Along the way, the band has been privileged to contest at many National Finals in such places as the Royal Albert Hall, the Cardiff International Arena and the Birmingham Symphony Hall and has also undertaken numerous broadcasts on television and radio.

The band remains amateur despite its considerable success. Playing members receive no remuneration. The band’s success has been due to the hard work and commitment of its players and supporters as well as the continuing support of Skiptonians and local businesses.

Skipton Brass is always happiest playing locally, and Skiptonians, Craveners and visitors alike can hear the band leading the Remembrance Day Parade, at Skipton Sheep Day and caroling at Christmas. The band has always been, is now, and will always remain a town band with the name “Skipton” always prominent in its title.