New CD Recoding Set for Release


The release of Dodworth Colliery Band's new CD is fast approaching.

Recorded back in October St Margarets Church, Swinton near Rotherham, the CD is set for release in early December just in time for a Christmas stocking filler!

If you would like to be kept up to date about the release or would like to order a copy please contact Secretary Rob Loukes.

The CD is full of favourites from our concert performances with something to please everyone and will cost just £10.

Music in the Gardens 


Dodworth Colliery Band broke new ground with the first ever appearance of a Brass Band at the annual musical event in Sheffield at the weekend.

Organised by the Rotary clubs of Sheffield – The Music in the Garden event takes place in the grounds of the city’s Botanical gardens and runs over four consecutive evenings culminating on the final night with a performance by Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra. Other evenings at the four day event had seen a wide variety of musical genres performing including Jazz, Cuban, Big Band, Soul and Funk but as stated earlier Dodworth’s appearance broke new ground with a Brass Band performance

Dodworth Colliery were invited to perform as support to the Philharmonic Orchestra to an audience approaching the 3000 maximum capacity, most of whom had made themselves comfortable on the grass in front of the stage on the warm summer evening with picnics and bottles of wine and champagne to listen to the amplified performances of Dodworth and the Philharmonic.

Among the Bands programme items on the evening that were well received was the duet of Soprano Cornet – Karen Everitt and Flugel – Dave Hill performing "Pie Jesu", Steve Stockwell Solo Euphonium with "Brilliante" and the first solo for Dodworth’s Principal Trombone player – James Hunter performing "Star Dust".

Feed back and comments from the audience were most positive after Dodworth’s performance and organisers The Rotary Club also made their appreciation known to the Band and have indicated that they may even consider an extra night of Brass music at the event next year which would be the sixth year of this most popular musical event. –

According to the organisers:- Comments from members of the audience, about Dodworth, were "Brilliant". "The choice of music was perfect."

"The first solo brought tears to my eyes." One guy had been on Wednesday, due to our cock up in not getting the tickets correct (the flyers & website were), but he paid again to come & see you.

So this may be Dodworth Colliery Bands first performance at the event but possibly not the last

Christmas Comes Early at Dodworth Dec 09


Christmas cheer has arrived early for Dodworth Colliery Band, the band can announce important new arrivals to the Band's line up for the start of 2010.

The Band have welcomed Alan Garbutt on Principal Cornet and Sarah Marson on 1st Horn, both previously from Dodworth's neighbours - Old Silkstone Band.

The Principal Cornet seat had been vacant for a while after previous Principal - Josh Green had taken up a career as a musician in The Royal Marines Band and after several key players moved on the outlook was not looking that favorable - but the band kept its spirits up and hoped that if it could get players into the bandroom they would see what Dodworth was about. Sure enough the Band was approached by a number of quality players to fill the vacant seats within a few weeks.

The Band's MD Eliot Darwin is looking forward to building for the future with the new line up and hopes that all the new players will have a long happy association with the Band, Eliot added further "It shows the beliefs and work ethics of the band have proven themselves and attracted some quality key players to the organization".

The Band will be looking for continued success at the Butlins Mineworkers Championships in January where previous outings there have seen Dodworth taking 2nd and 3rd prizes, the band are also looking to do well at the Yorkshire regional Championships which are approaching fast.

Dodworth are halfway through a very busy Christmas schedule that grows every year and can be seen and heard at venues over the Yorkshire and Nottingham areas

New Arrivals at Dodworth 2009


Dodworth Colliery M.W Band has announced changes to their line up. Departing from Dodworth are family members Bob and Wendy Woffinden from the horn section and Ian Woffinden from Eb Bass along with Mary Golder on Trombone. Dodworth Colliery Band would like to thank them for their valuable time and commitment given to the Band and wish them well with their move.

On a positive note, Dodworth Colliery Band is pleased to announce several new appointments.

Joining the Band are new members James Hunter on Solo Trombone, Geoff Benson on Principal Eb Bass and returning to the Band on Solo Horn Paul Wainwright, The Band also recently welcomed Adam Holder on Cornet.

Dodworth are presently seeking to appoint a new Principal Cornet after the departure of Josh Green to The Royal Marines Band, and a Horn position to complete their line up.

Josh Green Departs for a Life on the Ocean Wave


Dodworth Colliery Band are both pleased and saddened to announce that their Principal Cornet player Josh Green has embarked on a new career as a musician in the Royal Marines. Josh has played with Dodworth since he was 10 years old and has given the band many years dedication on cornet. Josh had taken up the Principal Cornet chair in January this year when Dodworth competed in The Butlins Mine Workers Championships, where he helped the Band take the 3rd place prize in the 2nd section contest.

Josh comes from a banding family, his mum Shirley had played Tenor Horn with Old Silkstone and his Dad Alan is on the front row at Old Silkstone, but it seemed Josh’s heart was always with Dodworth even though he helped out down at his Dad’s band.

A good send off with a surprise party held at Dodworth Miners Welfare Club, where friend’s family and fellow band members wished him Bon Voyage! But not goodbye – as Josh has promised to return to Dodworth in his holiday breaks from the Marines.

Dodworth’s Musical Director Eliot Darwin presented Josh with an engraved hip flask as a memento from the band and said " This young man has been a credit to Dodworth as both a player and person and I’m sure will do both himself and the band proud as he takes up his new career as a musician in the Royal Marines"

Silkstone March & Hymn Tune Contest 2009


On Saturday 11th July, Dodworth Band took to the streets again for the 8th annual Silkstone March & Hymn Tune Contest for 2009.

Playing off of a number 8 draw, the band played John Golland’s arrangement of the hymn tune Deep Harmony swiftly followed by the contest march, The Contestor by T. J. Powell.

With a total number of 11 bands playing on the day, adjudicators Alan Morrison and Colin Hardy had their work cut out to put them in order. The band came away with the prize for Highest Placed 2nd Section Band and came a respectful 6th overall.

Our congratulations go to the Skelmanthorpe Band who won at both venues, the Red Lion and Silkstone Lodge, and therefore won overall in this years contest.

The Maccabees Recording


Dodworth Colliery Brass Band were in the recording studio the other weekend but not recording your usual brass band numbers, no, the band were recording two cover versions of songs by South London "indie" band "The Maccabees".

It all began just a few weeks ago when Barnsley based Dodworth were approached by "Fiction" records in London who are one of the labels associated with major record label "Polydor". The "Maccabees" have released their second album "Wall of Arms" to much acclaim and wanted to invite a Colliery Brass Band to cover the next single from the album titled "Can You Give It" and so Dodworth grasped the opportunity firmly.

It got a little complicated as the single release date was approaching fast and a date had to be co-ordinated so "The Maccabees" themselves could actually be at the recording.

Mike Kearsey arranged the track for Dodworth, who actually plays trombone with the likes of "Madness" and Jules Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The arrangement only arrived the week before the recording date. Then to add even more pressure the "The Maccabees" wanted Dodworth to record another number – "Young Lions" and that arrangement only arrived the rehearsal before the recording.

So Dodworth went into the "Yellow Arch" recording studios in Sheffield on a very hot and sticky summers evening at 4.00pm and by midnight the final brass and percussion tracks were done on the two numbers.
Felix White from The "Maccabees" said "It was a proper pleasure having the Dodworth Colliery band play two of our songs. They seemed like a real family and had exactly the right spirit we had hoped for. It was an exciting day for everyone I think because we were all doing something completely different to what we were used to.'"

The single " Can You Give It" by "the Maccabees" from the album Wall of Arms with Dodworth Colliery Band on the "B" side is due for release pressed on vinyl on 6th July 2009 on Fiction Records.

CD Single:

1. Can You Give It
2. No Kind Words (Dan Le Sac: Sucked In Remix)

7" Vinyl:

1.Can You Give It
2. Can You Give It (Dodworth Colliery Band Rendition)

7" Vinyl:

1. Can You Give It
2. Young Lions (Dodworth Colliery Band Rendition)

Whit Friday Marches 2009


The band took part in the 2009 Whit Friday March Contests on the 5th June, which took place around the villages of Saddleworth near Oldham. During the cold, wet evening the band managed to participate at a total of 6 venues, allowing the band to be included in the final rankings for the day.

The results for the day came in one by one throughout Saturday, with Dodworth picking up the 1st prize in the 2nd Section at the village of Grotton.

Overall the band was placed 24th out of 157 competing bands, with Black Dyke Band taking 1st prize.




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