Social evening: the Black Dyke Band, 28 February 2015

The Black Dyke Band

The Black Dyke Band

As you may know, my nominated charity for my Chairman’s year is the Scarborough Salvation Army.

On Saturday, 28 February, they are hosting a performance by the world-famous, award-winning Black Dyke Band.

The event starts at 7.30 pm at the Salvation Army Citadel on Alma Parade. Tickets are £12 pp. It’s a superb venue for this type of performance, if you haven’t been before.

Brass bands may not be to everyone’s taste, but this will be a quality performance by a superb Yorkshire brass band of great repute (see below). I guarantee you will certainly not be brassed off by the end of the evening. If we are lucky we may even get a rendition of the “Dambusters”.

The event will also be suitable for family members so members’ partners and children/children’s children and other family members would also be most welcome. If there is enough interest we may try to organise a bite to eat beforehand for those who might like to to do so.

Please let me know if you can come along when we meet at our next Club meeting, otherwise and at the latest by 31 January by email to and I will arrange your tickets.

I hope Club members and their families and friends can join us, and both enjoy yourself and support the great work of the Sally Army at the same time.

Best wishes


Chairman, Scarborough 41 Club

ps Video sample below, but nothing beats feeling the power of their live performance

A history of the Black Dyke Band

In 1816 Peter Wharton founded a brass and reed band in the Yorkshire village of Queenshead – later to become Queensbury. John Foster, apart from being the founder of Black Dyke Mills, played French Horn in this band. It has been said on many occasions that Black Dyke was formed from it; however this is not strictly true, as “Peter Wharton’s band went out of existence through loss of members”. In 1833 a new band was formed named ‘Queenshead Band’, which may well have contained players from the former band.

Black Dyke Band is the most recorded band in the world with over 350 recordings and growing every year. It is also the most successful contesting band in the world having won the European Championships twelve times, most recently in 2012, the British Open no fewer than 30 times (most recently 2014) and the National Championships of Great Britain 23 times (most recently 2014). In 2009, and again in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the band became Champion Band at the English National Championships and were named English National Champions in 2014 by virtue of having won the National Brass Band Championships in October 2014.

In August 2007 the Band were invited to take part in the BBC Promenade Concerts, at the Royal Albert Hall, London

In 2006 as part of its initiative to sponsor the work of young people, Black Dyke Band, under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas Childs assisted by qualified members, formed the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band . The purpose is to inspire and motivate young people aged 11 to 21 years to achieve their full potential as musicians, composers and citizens.

The band logo of the stags head and Latin quotation are taken from the armorial bearings granted in 1857 to John Foster, founder of the band. The quotation translates to:

A C T J U S T L Y  A N D  F E A R N O T H I N G

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