HALIFAX Concert Band is the only adult wind band in the Calderdale area.
With a playing membership of 40, the band will be in action at St Martin’s Church, Brighouse, on Saturday, October 15 at 7.30pm - with all the proceeds going to pay for urgent repair work to the church roof caused by two recent thefts of lead.
The band will be under the musical direction of Christopher Binns and will play a varied programme of music for all tastes.
Formed in 1979, the band was originally known as Highlands School Old Students Band. As the band grew in popularity and there were requests to join from musicians not previously associated with the former Highlands School, membership became open to all and the band changed its name to the Highlands Concert Band.
In 2001 there was another name change to Halifax Concert Band. While the band’s reputation is well-established locally, it also performs further afield and has played in Lille in France, in Brighouse’s twin town of Ludenscheid, at Peasholm Park, Scarborough, and at the Dickensian Christmas festival, Grassington.
In December 2008 the band played for the visit of Prince Charles to Sowerby Bridge and it has appeared alongside several of the bands of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces including the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, the Royal Air Force Regimental Band and the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Band.
The concert will provide an excellent opportunity for members of the audience to view the recently-completed internal refurbishment of the church. Tickets at £7.50 are available from 01484 715077 or on the door.