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Wychavon Festival of Brass 2018

The band returned to the De Montfort School on the 3rd of November after 4th Section success last year. This year the band entered both the 3rd and 4th section competitions and our results are as follows:

4th Section

Second Prize

Best Entertainment Prize

Best Soloist: Mark Leigh - Trombone

Adjudicator: Nicholas Garman

3rd Section

Third Prize

Best Soloist: Mark Leigh - Trombone

Adjudicator: Ian Porthouse


Double fourth section success for Rode Hall Silver Band at Whit Friday 2018

The band traveled to Saddleworth once again this year to take part in the Whit Friday contests on the 25th May. Heavy Bank Holiday traffic coupled with extensive roadworks meant that the journey took a little longer than usual. However, the band arrived for their first contest at Scouthead at just before 5pm. The weather was wet and windy and the players thought that the first performance went well considering the conditions. So well in fact that the band achieved the top placing for a fourth section band!

Moving on from Scouthead, the band then played at Delph and Dobcross, putting in solid performances under steady rainfall. On leaving Dobcross to head to the next contest at Uppermill, band members at the rear of the coach noticed the smell of smoke. The driver pulled over (conveniently outside The Commercial pub) as he entered Uppermill. It was fairly clear on inspection that this was the final stop that this particular coach would be making! Fortunately, the band were well within walking distance of the contest at Uppermill and so were able to register and compete in what could have been, and turned out to be, the last contest. As such, the band focused hard and made its last performance count, resulting in another top fourth section placing.

Although players had fingers crossed that a replacement bus would arrive in time to make another contest or two, it wasn't to be, and the band enjoyed the opportunity to socialise, take refreshments and absorb the... rather lively... Uppermill atmosphere!

Even though the day's playing was curtailed, the band are delighted with the performances and results achieved and would like to thank MD Nigel Butler for all the hard work preparing the band for this year's event. 

Photographs from the night can be found in our Gallery.

North West Area Preview Evening 2018

Rode Hall Silver Band are pleased to once again be appearing at the 2018 MMU Brass United preview evening, hosted by the TCTC Group Band. We encourage our local supporters to come along and hear our test piece, World Tour by Rodney Newton, as well as performances of test pieces from each of the other sections.

The event starts at 7:00pm on 17th February at the MMU Crewe Campus.

Admission is free.

Rode Hall Silver Band win at Wychavon Festival of Brass 2017

At 7:30am on the 28th October 2017, after weeks of rehearsals the band set of for Wychavon Festival of Brass in Evesham, Worcester. The band were returning to Wychavon to try and better the runners-up position achieved in 2016, and we are delighted to announce that we did just that. The band celebrated becoming Overall Winners of the 4th Section, Winners of the Entertainment Prize and Winners of the Best Percussion Section.

Our winning programme was:

  1. Prismatic Light - Alan Fernie
  2. Under the Boardwalk - Young & Resnick arr. Philip Harper
  3. Libertango - Astor Piazzolla arr. Leigh Baker
  4. Lisa Lan - Dan Price
  5. Caravan - Duke Ellington / Juan Tizol arr. Steve Sykes

The band would like to thank our MD Nigel Butler for all the hard work with the band to bring us to winning ways and we hope that we can continue this good form into the 2018 Regional Championships.

MD Nigel Butler and David Chapman receiving the 2017 Winners certificate, The Fleece Inn Trophy and conductors plate from Wychavon FoB Treasurer



Our winning percussion section- Matthew Brett, Bryony Baird and Katharine Slater


Wychavon Festival of Brass 4th Section Winners - Rode Hall Silver Band

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The passing of Graham Tilley

It is with deep regret that Rode Hall Silver Band announce the passing of our longest serving member Graham Tilley today. Graham has been a very valued member of the Rode Hall Silver Band for over 60 years and he will be sorely missed by all his friends at the band. Our sincerest condolences to his wife Claudette and his loving family.

Rode Hall Silver Band is now a Registered Charity

The band committee is very excited to announce that we have been awarded charitable status in recognition of the part it plays in supporting community activities in South Congleton and North Staffordshire. This is the culmination of months of work by the committee ensuring that all requirements of gaining charitable status would be met. In our 180th Anniversary year, this opens an exciting new chapter for the band during which we aim to increase our fundraising activities in our drive to promote education in, and appreciation of brass band music amongst people of all ages. Our registered charity number is 1171502.