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 BandWednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 9:01am
Old Silkstone Band needs you!

We have just taken part in the Yorkshire Regional Championships, in the 1st section, where we performed Symphony of Marches by Gilbert Vinter which gained us a very credible 2nd place! 🎺🏆🎶

This now means we have qualified to go on and represent Yorkshire at the National Finals, in Cheltenham this September!

We are looking for a Solo Trombone player and a Cornet player (position negotiable) to join us and our Musical Director, John Hopkinson.

We are a very friendly, hard working and social team. We perform a variety of different concerts throughout the year from very traditional ones to a few fancy dress themed ones in there too.

The band enjoyed a trip to Ireland in 2018 and we will be looking forward to going there again in the future.

We rehearse on Wednesdays, 8pm - 10pm, and also Sundays, 7pm - 9pm.

We rehearse at Silkstone Common Methodist Church near Barnsley.

If you are interested in a new challenge and would like some more information please get in touch, in confidence. Contact Danni Brookes, our Band Secretary, on 07540240703 or drop her a message via Facebook or Twitter.
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Old Silkstone BandSunday, March 17th, 2019 at 8:50pm
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Especially to our Irish players Kevin and David!

Have a great day!! 🍻🍻

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Old Silkstone BandWednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 6:37am
Thank you for everything you have done Peggy. We, along with many other bands, appreciate all the hard work and commitment you have given over the years.

Time to relax now, you thoroughly deserve it.

Love from all at OSB

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Old Silkstone BandSaturday, March 9th, 2019 at 10:05pm
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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!


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

September 2018

Saturday 29th September Shaw Lane Sports Club – Oompah Night 19.30 – 23.00

October 2018

Friday 7th October Silkstone Church Harvest 18.00 -19.30

Friday 12th October Oktoberfest Fairway Dodworth 20.00 – 24.00

Saturday 27th October Brassfactor Entertainment Contest Holmfirth

November 2018

Friday 9th November Rotherham RNN Graduation

December 2018

Sunday 9th December Christmas Concert Fairway Banqueting Suite 19.30

Friday 14th December Silkstone Church Christmas Concert

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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