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October News Update

Wingates Brass Band   October 30, 2017   Comments Off on October News Update

The band were delighted to play to another full house on Saturday 21st October,  in our ‘Best of British’ concert at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Westhoughton, one of our local churches. The band were on great form once again led by our charismatic Musical Director Paul Andrews. There was also some fantastic solo playing in particular from Andrew MacDonald (Cornet),… Read more »

August 100 Cub Winner

Wingates Brass Band   August 29, 2016   Comments Off on August 100 Cub Winner

The 100 Club draw has taken place for August and the lucky winner is Paul Andrews.  We do hope that Paul enjoys spending his winnings.

June 100 Club Winner

Wingates Brass Band   July 2, 2016   Comments Off on June 100 Club Winner

The 100 Club draw has taken place for June and the lucky winner is Anita Shaw.  We do hope that Anita enjoys spending her winnings.

May 100 Club Winner

Wingates Brass Band   June 8, 2016   Comments Off on May 100 Club Winner

It was with pleasure that the band held their first draw to determine the winner of the May 100 Club Lottery.  The lucky winner was Susan Densfield who won £65. 

A Fond Farewell

Wingates Brass Band   April 22, 2016   Comments Off on A Fond Farewell

It is with sadness and regret that we have to announce the end of an era as our Band President, Mr David Kaye, has now retired.  David has been a loyal servant and ardent supporter of the band for over 25 years and has seen the band through the many trials and tribulations of band life with a smile on… Read more »

Wingates adds six-pack strength

Wingates Brass Band   February 22, 2016   Comments Off on Wingates adds six-pack strength

The Wingates Band has announced the signing of six new players ahead of their North West Regional Championship Section challenge in Blackpool on February 28th. Craig McFarland, Gwen McFarland, Dave Black and David Notley join the cornet section, whilst Melanie McFarland and Chris Billington come in on tenor horn.

Brass Toff Sponsorship

Wingates Brass Band   January 28, 2016   Comments Off on Brass Toff Sponsorship

Wingates Band are pleased to announce that they have recently secured a brass repairing sponsorship contract with Brass Toff Ltd. Trustee and Vice Chairman Tony Smith commented, “This is a very important move in order to consolidate our quest to bring continued financial security to Wingates Band.” Brass Toff is a instrument repair/service/sales business established in 1983.  Providing a full range of services catering… Read more »

Pretoria Pit Disaster

Wingates Brass Band   December 21, 2015   Comments Off on Pretoria Pit Disaster

WINGATES BAND REMEMBERS ITS FOREFATHERS WHO PERISHED IN PIT DISASTER The story of Wingates Band, shortly to enter its 144th year, has seen many wonderful triumphs, but major trauma too. By far the blackest chapter in the band’s long history came on 21st December 1910, when, of the 344 men and boys killed instantly in a massive underground explosion at… Read more »

90 Years On and Wingates Band Still Featuring on the National Airwaves

Wingates Brass Band   October 20, 2015   Comments Off on 90 Years On and Wingates Band Still Featuring on the National Airwaves

Way back in 1925, when the BBC was still in its infancy, the sounds of Westhoughton’s internationally-renowned Wingates Band were first heard on transmissions by our national broadcaster. In the intervening 90 years, Wingates  has featured on innumerable BBC radio programmes – and with a few TV appearances as well – with its music regularly heard by national and international… Read more »

A Century of Recorded Music

Wingates Brass Band   August 18, 2015   Comments Off on A Century of Recorded Music

WINGATES BAND CELEBRATES YET ANOTHER MAGNIFICENT MILESTONE  – A CENTURY OF RECORDED MUSIC Wingates is fiercely proud of its reputation as one of Britain’s oldest and finest brass bands, and one of the few whose history is totally unbroken since its formation in the middle of Queen Victoria’s reign, continuing throughout the traumas of two world wars, and surviving the… Read more »