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Broughtons Brass Band
Broughtons Brass Band originated as the Blackhall Youth Band, which was formed by Albert Haswell in 1971 to teach young people to play brass and percussion instruments. The band was hugely successful, producing many musicians and winning competitions in the UK and internationally, including two major youth awards at the International Music Festival held in Rastede, Germany. The band graduated to the senior sections of the Durham Brass Band movement and gradually brought in more senior players to enable younger players to benefit from their experience and expertise.
1982 brought us sponsorship from the Multi-National American Based Oil Company A.M.O.C.O., which we enjoyed for five years. 1987 our fortunes again changed when we were delighted to gain sponsorship from "BROUGHTONS" the official ROLLS ROYCE and BENTLEY distributors of Cheltenham where our name was changed reflecting our sponsorship and has since been recognized, both Nationally and Internationally as "Broughtons Brass Band". Also within that period brought us a move of rehearsal facilities to South Hetton Community Centre, a building converted from the offices of the now closed South Hetton Colliery, where the Band are still based rehearsing twice weekly.
Having been resident band at the annual Town and Country Festivals, held at the Royal Showground, Stone Leigh, Warwickshire for a number of years, we were invited July 1984 to appear throughout the four days of the Royal Show to share musical duties with H.M. Band of the Royal Life Guards.
The Band had until recently appeared at every major race meeting for 20 years at Doncaster.
We are Honored and privileged to represent the NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS (North East Area) and we are invited annually to take poll position for the service held in Durham Cathedral on Miners Gala Day, and for the service held to honor THOMAS HEPBURN the founder of the miners union at Heworth Church
Another outstanding milestone was achieved November 1996 with the announcement that our application to the Arts Council of England for a grant to purchase a set of new instruments was successful, to which we are now the proud owners. Our old instruments have been used to teach and train the youth in our community where we have in place a 20 strong and flourishing Junior Band.