Trinity Girls Brass Band, based in Garswood (strategically placed mid way between Wigan and St Helens), has the unique distinction of being the only all-female amateur brass band in the country. Its roots lead back to the late 1950’s when a local midwife and leader of the Girls Guildry, Margaret Stokes, on hearing the musical efforts of the local Boys Brigade, decided “anything boys can do, girls can do better”. With no conducting experience whatsoever she took the revolutionary step of setting up an all-girls brass band. Breaking away from the Girls Guildry, the band evolved from “The Girls Guildry Band” to become totally independent “Trinity Girls Band”, named after Holy Trinity Church to which it had originally belonged. The band began competing in 1970 in a predominantly male arena with many successes in a variety of performances – true girl power!
Trinity Girls are very proud to have retained the all-female status of their band, they enjoy performing and this is undoubtedly expressed in the music that they play and in their achievements on the contest stage.
Musical Director - Ryan Watkins, principal trombone with Brighouse and Rastrick Band, joined the band as Musical Director in August 2015. Assisted by Jonathan Davies (Associate Conductor) Ryan continues to work hard to ensure the band’s continued success achieving 4th and 5th place at Rochdale Contest 2015 and 2016 respectively, 7th and 2nd place at the NW Regional Championships in 2016 and 2017 respectively - thus securing the band a well-earned promotion to the second section for the forthcoming contesting year.
First appearance at Nationals since 2012 (Section 3), where they achieved their highest Nationals placing of 3rd. Total of 4 previous Nationals appearances.
Marie Hart - Principal Cornet
Jessica Royle - Principal Euphonium
Janet Kilmurray – Soprano
Denise Littler – Flugel Horn
Val Ineson - Solo Horn
Jill Riley - Principal Trombone