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2020: The Year the Bands Fell Silent

22nd November 2020


It’s been a funny old year so far. Who would have thought back in January and February that we would be where we are now: Air particles, transmission rates, COVID secure rehearsals, ventilation, no mingling, masks and social distancing were all things none of us would every have thought about before a rehearsal back in […]

The rise and fall of Skipton Brass in the Championship section. 1989-2001.

22nd November 2020

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During the Lockdown some of our players have been putting together some of their stories of the band. Here is another from Brian Cleaver – who previously wrote about his life as a youngster in banding. In the 1970s Skipton Prize Band formed close links with local schools, producing a vigorous and thriving Senior and […]

Brass Rubbings – The 1950s

26th April 2020


Wilbur – our flugelhorn player – has been writing his banding memoirs for a while now and the current lockdown is giving him more time to focus on them. Understandably it is taking a while as there are lots of them to write down, so here to start us off is a excerpt from his […]

Brian’s Bits….

2nd April 2020


If you want to talk to someone with banding experience, we have several players with more than a few years experience. Brian is one of those people who always has a smile on his face – he’s been doing this a long time and still loves it and for those of us who know him […]

Autumn’s Notes

10th November 2019


September and October saw the band working hard in the rehearsal room getting ready for our Autumn Concert and November has seen us out in Skipton at the town’s Remembrance Event. The autumn concert was held in Embsay at St Mary’s Church and was a very successful evening. There were solos on from Janet on […]