Hammonds Saltaire Band has an impressive pedigree, with roots going back 162 years to 1855 when a brass band was formed as one of the amenities for the people of Saltaire. This was one of the ‘model villages’ built during the first half of the 19th century by wealthy industrialists and was the brainchild of Sir Titus Salt, a philanthropic mill-owner and onetime Mayor of Bradford.
In recent years the band has secured its place in the championship section with a number of strong performances at the Yorkshire Area. In 2016 the band achieved a long-term goal of breaking into the top six at the contest and 2017 saw us build upon this success, gaining the runner up position and return to the Albert Hall for the first time in ten years. The band has also broken new ground outside the contest arena. This has seen us form a partnership with the multi-instrumentalist Shri Sriram to fuse brass band and traditional Indian music together. As a result of this partnership the band has had the chance to perform at the 2015 London Jazz Festival and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival as an integral part of Shri's piece, entitled 'Just a Vibration'. We have also featured on Cerys Matthews' BBC Radio 6 music show, as well as on the BBC Asian Network. British Airways also included the CD in their inflight entertainment system for six months as well as including an article (written by Cerys Matthews) about the project in their in-flight magazine. In December 2016 Shri received the British Composer Award in the Wind Band or Brass Band Category.
Nationals Contesting History
First time at the RAH as Hammonds Saltaire. Only one previous Nationals appearance as Hammonds Saltaire: S1 2011.
Under their previous name of YBS: 6 podiums in 12 years 1994-2006. Total of 19 outings at RAH. Other National Finals: S2 1955, S3 1949. Has never won a National title.
Solo Cornet - Philip Varley
Flugel Horn - Cath Owen
Solo Horn - Zoe Wright
Solo Trombone - Charlotte Horsfield
Solo Euphonium - Ashley Higgins