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 Westhoughton’s Pretoria Pit, nine were playing and committee members of Wingates Temperance Band.… Read the rest
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 listening audiences.… Read the rest
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 horrors of the 1910 Pretoria Pit Disaster, which could so easily have seen the demise of the band.… Read the rest
At the close of last year Wingates band got a number and letter quiz together, to support band funds.
We sold these at a few of our concerts prior to the Scottish open and Christmas season.… Read the rest
A great way to help the band is to shop online at one of the stores listed below. Those stores give a small perecentage of what you spend directly to the band.… Read the rest
Wingates Band has made its own modest contribution to the plethora of local, national and international projects focusing attention on the centenary of the commencement of the Great War, by publishing a brochure outlining the band’s story during the difficult years of 1914 to 1918.… Read the rest
Disability Awareness Day (“DAD”) is the world’s largest ‘not for profit’ voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington.
This year Wingates Brass Band performed an evening concert on behalf of the organisation to raise funds for the charity.… Read the rest
We are pleased to announce the new website for Wingates Brass Band (you already know about it because you are here!)
The old website at www.wingatesband.co.uk will remain online for a couple of months before being removed.… Read the rest
Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, John Logie Baird, Ian Fleming and John Lennon all have one, and so do Bow Street and Scotland Yard – and now Wingates Band is set to get one too!… Read the rest
The band will have little time to wallow in the warm afterglow of the Blackpool Spring Festival success, since further exciting chapters in the Wingates story are imminent.
The band is one of three local ensembles chosen to share the musical load in the forthcoming stage version of the hit film ‘Brassed Off’, which ends a widely-acclaimed National tour at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre with a 31-performance run, commencing on 15th May.… Read the rest