Milnrow Band’s roots trace back to 1869, when it formed as the St. Stephen's Band. Before the Second World War, the band changed its name twice more, finally settling on the name of the village in which it was based - Milnrow. From this period until 1995, Milnrow remained in the lower sections, but began its successful competitive drive in 1995.

Over the next three years, Milnrow progressed and in 1998, merged with Rochdale Co-op Band and became a 1st Section band six years after the start of its progressive competitive campaign. Milnrow Band became a Championship Section band in 2006 and has proudly held the position ever since.

In 2011 the Band joined forces with Mareika Gray and enjoyed a string of successes under her baton. With the assistance of Mareika’s husband, Russell, the band qualified for the 2013 National Finals for the first time in its long history. Keen to build on this success, and with Mareika back at the helm, Milnrow won the 2013 Grand Shield, qualifying for the 2013 British Open - another first for the band.

In October of 2014, the band partnered with Mark Bentham and has enjoyed many successful contests results including retaining its strong position in The British Open. In March 2017, the band were extremely successful at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and were thrilled to gain 2nd place and once again qualified to represent the North West at The National Brass Band Championships in October 2017 at The Albert Hall, London.

Nationals Contesting History

Only other RAH appearance was 2013. Only one appearance in each of S1 (2003), S2 (1999), S3 (1997) & S4 (1996) Finals - and came 2nd place in all four contests! (Also 1931 Champ Crystal Palace, unknown result). Has never won a National title.

Principal Players

Principal Cornet - Senna LeMala
Soprano Cornet - Christopher Musgrave
Flugel - Natalie Beer
Solo Horn - Jennifer Brown
Solo Euphonium - Michael Morris
Solo Baritone - Adam Snape
Solo Trombone - Christopher Binns
Eb Bass - Gordon Clark
Bb Bass - Jonathan Shaw
Percussion - Alan Connell