Like any new brass band it wanted to join the contesting circuits and was soon stepping out on to the contest playforms in the 4th section. The band had an incredible rise to the top and by 1991 it had gained championship band status. Although not destined to regularly maintain that championship section position, it has held its own in the first section. The band took part in this year's Yorkshire Area Brass Band Championships held at Huddersfield where from the twelve bands taking part it was placed a creditable 6th place. The band has played at many prestigious concerts as well as what might be described as the bread and butter concerts, the ever popular park engagements throughout its compatrative short history..
Away from the contesting platform it has always been prominent in the popular march and hymn contests.
Sadly, in recent times the band has fallen on hard times with the retention of players and the availabilty of replacements creating a serious problem.
This is where you might be able help. The band committee took the difficult decision to reduce the number of weekly rehearsals to one which is on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm. The band would dearly like to see or hear from anyone who would like to call in at the bandroom to one of the Thursday rehearsals. The band like many others is actively trying to recruit from an ever decreasing number of avalable players.
Drighlington Band will not be the only band that is finding it difficult to recruit players. Other bands may be in the same position as Drighlington and if the empty seats are not filled the band may have to take the reluctant decision and bring the band's previously successful history to a close. If a band is in that same situation merging two bands together could be a solution and one worthy of discussion.
The band meet at:
Unit 4A Manor Works
West Yorkshire BD11 1LH
It is 42 years since the junior band first started and went on to develop into a quality band. Please try and help at its hour of need.
For further information about the band please have a look at its website: http://www.drighlingtonband.co.uk/