Old Silkstone Band is one of South Yorkshire’s oldest brass bands, with a history dating back to 1861. The band originates from the village of Silkstone, near Barnsley, where we have been based for over 150 years. Rehearsals now held in Silkstone Common Methodist Church Sunday 7pm -9pm & Wednesday 8pm – 10pm

This website gives you detailed information about the history of the band, our calendar of events and what we can offer; from formal brass band concerts to Weddings and Bavarian ‘Oom-pah’ gigs!

Years of Making Music!

Old Silkstone Band

Old Silkstone Band Musical Directors 1861 – 1894 Coniah Stringer 1894 – 1896 Dennis (wag) Bailey 1896 – 1901 Joe Bottom 1901 – 1918 Dennis (wag) Bailey 1918 – 1940 Ellis Bailey 1940 – 1968 George Edward Mann 1968 – 1985 Stanley O’Connor 1985 – 1987 John Hopkinson 1987 – 1987 Andrew Armstrong 1987 - 1989 Frank Hoyland 1989 – 1991 John Hopkinson 1991 – 1992 Brian Rostron 1992 – 1993 John Kendal 1993 – 1996 Brian Rostron 1996 – 1997 John Hopkinson 1997 – 1998 John Roberts 1998 – 2000 Brian Rostron 2000 – 2006 Norman Law 2006 – 2009 Alan Exley 2009 – 2010 Chris Hirst 2011 - 2014 Simon Kerwin 2015 - 2017 Sam Fisher 2017 - Owen Wedgewood
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Old Silkstone BandThursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 8:56pm
Its birthdays galore here at OSB.


We'd like to wish an amazing happy birthday to our band secretary

She eminates everything that OSB is... enjoy your day hun, you deserve it xxxx
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Old Silkstone BandWednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 6:09am
Two birthdays in the OSB camp today!

Happy birthday to our wonderful Eb Bass player, Tim Stell!

We hope you have had a great day!

Love from OSB 🍻🎉🎺
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Old Silkstone BandWednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 5:20am
Happy birthday to this fantastic lady!

She is our bands very own fairy godmother as well as our fabulous repiano player.

We hope you have had a great day Tracey Helliwell!

Love from everyone at OSB 🎉🎺🍻
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Old Silkstone BandSunday, May 12th, 2019 at 8:15pm
🌈🎺 Rotherham Pride are delighted to welcome back Old Silkstone Band to the our iconic bandstand stage this year.

They are a 1st section band from Barnsley & have recently qualified to represent Yorkshire at the National Finals in 2019!

If you don’t blow your own trumpet at Rotherham Pride this year, I’m sure Old Silkstone Band won’t mind blowing it for you!

See you on Saturday 13th July, Clifton Park Bandstand! 🎺🌈
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Old Silkstone BandMonday, May 6th, 2019 at 9:42pm
Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary to Wendy and Ian Atkinson!

We hope you have a lovely day!

From all at OSB ❤️🎉

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 3:11am
Tune in to @PenistoneFM now!

The Best of Brass with our very own David O’Connor as their special guest 🤩🤩🤩🤩 https://t.co/JUOI9IdtAs
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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 at 2:41am

Titan’s Progress (Pallhuber)

Endeavour (Sparke)

Occasion (Gregson)

Viking Age (Deleruyelle)

Beecher Variations (Bulla)

More information will be published in the next few days
Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 6:20am

The first of today’s two clues for the #finals2019 test pieces is below! Good luck with this one 🍰 https://t.co/b0D7EWevUg
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Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 6:19am

Stop what you’re doing - here is the first clue in the #finals2019 test piece guessing game. Start guessing............. NOW! https://t.co/wJrYagOTUT
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About the Band

Rehearsals now held in Silkstone Common Methodist Church Sunday 7pm -9pm & Wednesday 8pm – 10pm

155 years is a long time for any musical tradition to survive, especially with the distractions of modern life, but that’s how long our community has enjoyed a village band.

Formed in 1861, Old Silkstone Band has maintained the characteristics of a typical village band, performing at local events and venues whilst representing the communities of Silkstone, Silkstone Common and Barnsley both nationally and internationally. Hard work and dedication has moulded the band into a strong musical team that has in recent years competed against the very best brass band’s the country has to offer.

As ambassadors for the local council, the band has been privileged to perform in the presence of royalty on several occasions, both in the UK and abroad. We have forged links in Schwäbisch Gmünd (Barnsley’s twin town), Austria, Paris and St Florent des Bois (Silkstone’s twin town in the Vendee). In July 2015 several members of the band also competed, as guests of the Carrick on Suir band, in the Clonakilty Brass Band Championship in Southern Ireland.

The band, apart from enjoying a brief period of sponsorship, has always been self-supporting. Themed concerts are now held quarterly in the Bluebell Wood Banqueting Suite at The Fairway in Dodworth.  These themed concerts include  a ‘Silkstone does Strictly’ concert featuring the Maria Penrose School of Dance, Silkstone Does Disney an afternoon of fun with the band dressed up as Disney characters and in October we hold our ever popular Oktoberfest concert with Barnsley’s Frumptarn Guggenband playing their unique part.

Not only does the band continue to play and support the local community and the church the band play at venues as diverse as York races, Wetherby bandstand, St Georges Hall in Bradford, Huddersfield Town Hall, Barnsley Town centre, Barnsley Live, Tour de Yorkshire, Bolsover, Cheltenham race course.

Locally you can hear us at ‘Silkstone Sing’ in July, the church Harvest Festival in October and on parade for Armistice Day. Our annual Christmas concert in the church has no fixed date but continues to take place every December. Christmas village collections are a tradition, as is the carol collection on Boxing Day around Silkstone. Couple all this with practices twice weekly, contests and other fund raising events and you realise the commitment all band members put in to keep their village band alive and kicking.

Work is underway to reform a junior/training band and we urge any interested children or parents to contact us regarding this. We have secured the services of 2 qualified brass teachers to teach any interested players young or old and further develop the band through our own community.

The band now competes in the first section of the British Brass Band Championships; securing promotion in February 2016, following a 2nd place at the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships for the second consecutive year, a first in the history of the band!

At the Yorkshire Regional1st Section contest held in Huddersfield in March 2019, the band gained 2nd place , the bands highest placing at the contest in its history and will now go on to represent Yorkshire at the National Finals in Cheltenham in September 2019. The 3rd time the band have attended the National finals in 5 years, this time however it will be in the 1st section !!

With this result the band await the decision of the Yorkshire regional committee to decide whether the band have gained promotion to the Championship section. 



The band has a busy calendar, delivering a variety of programmes for a range of events throughout Yorkshire and beyond. Forthcoming events are listed below

June 2019

Friday 14th June 2019 – Whit Friday March contest

Sunday 23rd June 2019 – 40’s & 50’s revisted

If you require any further information regarding any of our events, please do not hesitate to contact the band via our form below or by telephone. Alternatively, through Facebook or Twitter.

Online Ticket Sales

Some of our event tickets are available to buy online using the button below, or alternatively call our ticket sales box office on 0333 666 4466.  Please have the exact details of the event you require when you call.

Events with online tickets are marked *



Rehearsal Silkstone Common Methodist Church Sunday 7pm – 9 pm Wednesday 8pm -10pm


Rehearsal Gallery


Butlins 2016

Historic Images

Whit Friday 2016

Christmas 2015

Yorkshire Regionals 2016

Brass Factor 2015

Rehearsal Gallery

Whit Friday 2016

Yorkshire Regionals 2016

Butlins 2016

Christmas 2015

Brass Factor 2015

Historic Images

Book the Band

There’s nothing more rousing or heart warming than the sound of a traditional Yorkshire brass band. So why not hire us, for a truly British musical experience.

Our traditional band is ideal for formal concerts, parades, weddings, parties, Christmas and corporate events. We can provide a full brass band, a ten piece or a five piece ensemble for any event.

The band can perform a wide repertoire of music in a variety of musical styles and genres from classical to modern arrangements.

Choose from:
– Traditional Brass Band Classics
– Classical
– Wedding
– Swing
– Film Music
– Dance
– Popular
– Christmas

Whatever your needs, why not let our music team create a specifically tailored set-list to accommodate all your musical requirements.


The Old Silkstone Wedding Ensemble
From walking down the aisle to signing the register and the first dance, let the Old Silkstone Wedding ensemble help you plan a bespoke programme of music for every stage of your wedding or civil ceremony.
Whether it’s sacred music, classical, opera or modern day love songs, the right music can help create the perfect atmosphere for a day that you and your guests will remember forever.

Perfect for Your Wedding Day?


The Old Silkstone Bavarian ‘Oom-pah’ Band
Our Bavarian style ‘Oom-pah’ band, performing in traditional costume, is guaranteed to bring some Bierkeller fun to your event. Perfect for parties, hen nights, stag nights, wedding receptions and corporate events; the band will entertain you with our foot-stomping, thigh-slapping Bavarian style music and games! Why not book us for a beer festival or Oktoberfest style event?

Feeling a little Bavarian?


Christmas with Old Silkstone Band
Nothing compares to the sound of a brass band at Christmas time. From warm, homely Christmas carols to modern day festive music, why not hire the band for your Christmas party nights and dinner dances?
With a range of festive favourites, old and new, we can offer you a programme of entertainment that is sure to fill you with Christmas Spirit!

Spread some Christmas Cheer


More information & Bookings

For further information or to book the band, please contact Danni Brookes on 07540240703 or complete the form below.

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