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Whitwell Brass Band
Whitwell Brass Band is based in a small Derbyshire village, situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
Records show that the band started as the Old Whitwell Village Band, and after a name change to the Whitwell Temperance Band, it gave its first concert in 1904.
Numerous other name changes occurred upto the 1960s when the Whitwell Colliery Band enjoyed a lot of competition success, including three visits to the lower section National Finals, then held at the Royal Albert Hall.
Following the closure of the pit in 1988, the band nearly ceased to exist until a group of members began to develop youngsters into bandsmen and women.
The band received a grant from the National Lottery in 1998 enabling new instruments to be bought, and financial assistance is provided by Lafarge Aggregates Ltd.
2005 was a good year for the band, being placed first in the 3rd Section of the Butlins National Mineworkers contest in Skegness.
Back to back wins in the NEMBBA Contest in 2007 and 2008 was followed by winning the Midlands Fourth Section Championship in 2009. This qualified the band to appear at the National Finals for the first time in nearly half a century.
The Main Band rehearses at the Whitwell Community Centre between 7:15 and 9 every Monday and Wednesday evening as well as the thriving Training Band from 10:00 on Saturday mornings.