This page is part of an archive of historical details from existing or defunct brass band websites. This is being maintained to provide a record of this information in the event of a band folding, its website disappearing or other loss of the historical record. Where possible, and appropriate, the information cached will be updated from time to time - and any corrections or updates are welcome.
Elmfield Brass evolved in 1982 when four young ladies formed a quartet, with the idea of playing strictly for enjoyment. After a few months they began to enter quartet contests with much success. Slowly but surely interest was growing from their school friends and the membership reached thirteen.
In the first twelve months the band entered three local music festivals and on each occasion were rewarded with the winners trophy. Their second year saw the band enter an official brass band contest in Oldham, where out of seventeen bands they were placed fourth. Considering that the oldest player was only fourteen at the time it was felt to be a great achievement! The band went from strength to strength, becoming a very successful youth band and enjoying many more prize awards and of course, the inevitable disappointments!
The band also found themselves in high demand and concerts were popular and well received. Gradually over the following years the youth band aged gracefully and evolved into the band we have today. Of the original members, most have moved on to greater things, in fact several current members of many Championship section bands today started their banding lives with Elmfield. However, MD Jack Bennett who helped establish the band is still holding the baton.
The original idea of the band is still at the forefront of their aims today, where all the members are happy playing for enjoyment.