Unite the Union


Currently supported by the UK's largest union, Unite the Union Brass Band is the current incarnation of the Sheffield Recreation Band. Originally formed in 1900, the band has previously been known as City of Sheffield, Stocksbridge Engineering Steels, Quaker Sutherland and Andrews Heat for Hire. Based in the centre of Sheffield, the band are led by their experienced MD John Roberts.

Over the years the band has toured extensively in Holland, Germany and Australia. Guest artists appearing with the band have included internationally-renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie, former Black Dyke cornet soloist Phillip McCann and trombone virtuoso Derek Southcott of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Television appearances include the BBC National Lottery Show, YTV’S Calendar and Channel 4’s Big Breakfast. The band has also made regular broadcasts on Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio 2’s Listen to the Band and recorded a number of successful CDs. Recently the band performed with Lesley Garrett at the Sheffield City Hall. Most famously, the band was also strongly featured in the hit film ‘The Full Monty'.

In the contest field the band has competed alongside the finest bands in the country - playing in the National Championships in the Albert Hall, the British Open Championships and English Masters. The band were the Yorkshire First Section champions in 2000, 2001, 2007, 2012 and 2015 and First Section National champions in 2001 and again in 2012.

First Nationals appearances since 2015 (Section 1). Total of 11 previous Nationals appearances, including impressively two wins (S1 2012 and 2001) and 4 RAH.

Principal Players

Principal Cornet: Kim Wear
Soprano Cornet: Jim Bulger
Flugel Horn: John Lee
Solo Horn: Melissa Maddison
Solo Euphonium: Lynden Cooper
Solo Baritone: Clare Moore
Solo Trombone: Richard Windle
Principal Eb Bass: John Pullin
Principal Bb Bass: Don Jones