Shepherd Group


The Shepherd Group Band began its life in 1903 under the name of the Rowntree Cocoa Works Band. In 2003 the then parent company of Rowntree’s Nestle, decided to discontinue the support of the band.  Luckily the Shepherd Group stepped in and took over the support of the band, a partnership which has flourished to such an extent that the Shepherd Band Group now supports five bands with over 200 musicians of varying ages and abilities. Absolute beginners start with our Brass Roots group then they move to our Academy Band, more able players are fast tracked into our Junior Band.  Following that players move to our Concert Brass Band and then through to our Senior Band. Our Senior Band are currently the 1st section North East Champions and have been promoted to Championship section for 2018.

The band has enjoyed a very successful 12 months with a respectable 3rd place at the Bolsover Entertainment Contest 2016 and a first place at the 2017 Area Contest. They took part in this year’s Spring Festival gaining a very creditable result which sees them returning in 2018.  At the beginning of the summer the band won the 1st section prize and overall best hymn tune at the Easingwold Marching Competition. In July, the band performed a joint sell-out concert with the world famous Cory Band.  We are soon to be recording two new CD’s featuring works by the up and coming composer Rob Collinson.

First Nationals appearances since 2012 (Section 1). Total of 8 previous Nationals appearances. Best result of 5th (S1 2012, S3 1988). After qualifying for S2 1968 , had to wait 20 years to qualify for Nationals again (S3 1988).


Principal Players

Soprano Cornet           Samantha Woodman

Principal Cornet           Andy Novell

Principal Euphonium   Mike Pratt

Solo Trombone             Paul Wilkinson

Solo Tenor Horn            Sally Mansell

Flugel Horn                     Paul stamp

Solo Baritone                 Alister Talbot

Solo EEb Bass                 Joe Steede

Solo BBb Bass                 Adrian Davis