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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 Westhoughton’s Pretoria Pit, nine were playing and committee members of Wingates Temperance Band.… Read the rest

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 listening audiences.… Read the rest

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 horrors of the 1910 Pretoria Pit Disaster, which could so easily have seen the demise of the band.… Read the rest

Quiz

Wingates Brass Band   February 9, 2015   Comments Off on Quiz

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

Wingates Band and World War 1

Wingates Brass Band   August 28, 2014   Comments Off on Wingates Band and World War 1

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

Wingates Brass Band perform at Disability Awareness Day

Wingates Brass Band   August 18, 2014   Comments Off on Wingates Brass Band perform at Disability Awareness Day

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

New Website for Wingates Brass Band

Wingates Brass Band   August 15, 2014   Comments Off on New Website for Wingates Brass Band

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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

Wingates Star in Brassed Off

Wingates Brass Band   July 14, 2014   Comments Off on Wingates Star in Brassed Off

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