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Mixed start to 2017

Posted by band on March 20, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Matlock Band got off to a flying start in 2017 with a win in the 3rd section at the NEMBBA contest at South Normanton. Playing band number 5, Matlock caught the ear of adjudicator David Hirst ,who awarded the band 1st position.

The result followed a busy festive season, both in recruitment and playing.

David Batley returns to the band on Solo Euphonium along with Trombonist Julie Dunn and Fiona Duncan on Cornet.

New faces include Chris Emblen on Flugel, Jane Rutter and Chris Priest filling the Baritone section.

John Loxton made the 9500 mile trip from Australia to compete in his first UK brass band contest on EEb Bass and the band hope he enjoys his extended stay this year.

Following on from the success at South Normanton, the band was hoping for a strong performance in the Midlands Area Championships.

Having drawn band number 18 and last in the day, Matlock maintained their standard but on this occasion was placed 7th.

Drama was to unfold at the end of the day when a mechanical failure on the coach left the band stranded in Bedworth for 4 hours.

Having re-affirmed its position in the 3rd section, Matlock now look forwards to performing around the locality during the summer season.

Dronfield Success

Posted by band on September 18, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Matlock Band claimed 2nd prize at the NEDDC entertainments contest held on Sept 13th.

Under the baton of Geoff Hawley, the band played a 25 minute concert programme which found favour with adjudicator Derek Renshaw.

Results were;

Shirebrook Miners Welfare Unison Band


Ireland Coliiery

Soloist Prize: Jane Baldwin, Matlock 

New Musical Director

Posted by band on July 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Matlock Band are pleased to announce the appointment of Geoff Hawley to the post of Musical Director. Geoff has previously worked with the band and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Geoff takes over from Andrew Dennis. The band would like to thank Andrew for his hard work and motivation during his time with us. His efforts yielded the band with several prizes and we are very thankful for his guidance during his tenure.



Posted by band on July 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Matlock Band currently have vacancies for a Flugel and Solo Baritone players.

Kit percussion players also required.

Please contact the band via [email protected]

Matlock Thank Last Minute MD Geoff Hawley

Posted by band on May 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Matlock Band would like to thank Geoff Hawley for stepping in to conduct them at the Buxton Brass Band Festival after regular M.D. Andrew Dennis was admitted to hospital.

With limited rehearsal time, Geoff led the band on Philip Sparke's Kaleidoscope to 2nd place in the 2nd section.

The Band wish Andrew a speedy recovery


Buxton Success

Posted by band on May 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Matlock Band were placed 2nd at the recent Buxton brass band contest. Under the baton of Geoff Hawley, the band caught the ear of adjudicator David Horsefield playing Phillip Sparke's Kaleidoscope.

Second Section Result

Adjudicator: David Horsfield

Test Piece: Own Choice

1. Hazel Grove (Nigel Beasley)

2. Matlock (Geoff Hawley)

3. Royal Buckley Town (Scott Lloyd)

4. Bakewell Silver (Roland Spencer)

Busy weekend despite the weather..

Posted by band on June 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Saturday saw a very appreciative audience at Breadsall Memorial Hall dancing in the aisles...!

The concert was recieved well by the organisers and guests, with several of the audience paying specific compliments to Musical Director Andrew Dennis after the show.

Sunday was an outdoor event at Crossley Park Ripley in the recently refurbished bandstand. As the wind wistled through the bandstand and stormclouds gathered, the rain just about held off long enough for the hardy group of onlookers ( including the Lord Mayor of Ripley) to enjoy a lively programme and brighten up the dull day.

Photos of both events have been added in the photo gallery section:

Sunshine and Solo's at Ashford in the Water...

Posted by band on June 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM

The sun shone down on the band at Ashford in the Water, attracting a good crowd to witness some of the band playing a selection of solo pieces amongst the summer programme..

Musical Director appointed

Posted by band on April 8, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Matlock Band are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Dennis as Musical Director.

Having conducted the band for the last 6 months on an ad-hoc basis, Andrew has agreed to become the bands full time M.D. alongside his position with Chapeltown Silver Band.

A full profile has been uploaded to the site menu.


End of a era 1970-2012

Posted by band on February 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

42 years of music making at the bands Jackson Road site came to an end following the completion of the sale of the band room this month. Having secured the derelict land in the 1960's, band members, parents and supporters raised the necessary funds to clear the site and lay the foundations for the band hall. In 1970 a mortgage from the Matlock Urban District Council allowed the completion of a timber framed building with a 25 year lifespan. More than 4 decades later, the building has been reluctantly sold due to its condition. Despite the bands maintenance program, failure to attract funding and planning restraints have left the building uneconomical to repair. The band hope to make an announcement on its future rehearsal facilities over the next few weeks.