Even though The Oldham Band (Lees) is a relatively young band, its history can be traced back to 1873 when The Glodwick Band was formed. In 1955 the band became The Lees and Glodwick Band and later amalgamated with The Cobden Chadwick Band. The band reformed as Oldham Brass ’97 and when the band was reduced to a dedicated group of 8 players, it was agreed that John Collins would take over the helm as Musical Director and bring with him several young players from Bare Trees Community Band. After months of planning and preparation, the band had its first rehearsal in August 2004 at the Royal British Legion in Lees and The Oldham Band (Lees) was born.
The band is now thriving and is busy performing in concerts and competing in contests. After enjoying a lot of success in the lower sections, including 5 consecutive North West Area Championships and 4 Pontins’ titles, the band is currently competing in the first section. 2018 has proved to be one of the most successful contesting years for the band. The 4th place finish at Butlins in January was followed up with wins at Preston, the North West Areas and The British Open Spring Cup and a creditable third place overall in The Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Contest.
As well as contesting, the band enjoys performing in concerts in various local venues, has appeared in Coronation Street and was part of Oldham Coliseum’s production of Brassed Off.
Soprano – Ben Richeton
Principal cornet – Alan Hobbins
Flugel – Toni Heywood
Solo horn – Cassandra Bardsley
First baritone – Tom Yeomans
Euphonium – Harrison Heeley
1st trombone – Charlotte Spence
Eb bass – Joshua Flynn
Bb bass – Tommy Tynan
Percussion – Jordan Hall