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|About||Founded in 1843, the Skelmanthorpe Band is one of the oldest in the country.|
Formed in 1843, the Skelmanthorpe Band is one of the oldest brass bands in the country. Often referred to as "Shat Band", sharing the local name for the village of Skelmanthorpe, the band is very much a part of the community, and plays a part in a number of village traditions, such as the Sing, an annual hymn-singing festival held each summer and the traditional carols round the tree on the final Sunday before Christmas. Skelmanthorpe Band is extremely proud to play a part in the Service of Remembrance held in St Aidan's Church in November each year.
In 1993, the band celebrated its' 150th Anniversary in style by becoming the Third Section National Champions under the direction of Stuart Fawcett. Further success followed, resulting in the band achieving Championship status in January 2000.
Kevin Wadsworth then led the band for the next four years, achieving success on both the contest and concert stage, culminating in the title of Pontins Brass Band Champions in 2003. During this period the band's reputation grew and highlights included a concert with Aled Jones, a performance at the Shroeders London International Boat Show and a recording for the BBC's "Songs of Praise". John Hinckley conducted the band in 2005, the highlight of which was a sell-out concert with Katherine Jenkins in Huddersfield Town Hall.
John Roberts was appointed as MD in 2006, leading the band to immediate success becoming the 2006 Wilkinsons Northern Open Champions, the 2007 Butlins 1st Section Champions, the 2007 Silkstone March Champions and the 2007 Pontins 1st Section Champions. The band retained the Butlins 1st Section title in 2008, during which year the band won the Yorkshire Regional 1st Section title, before taking 2nd place in the National Finals.
In recent years the band has shared the stage with a number of top celebrity guests including West End star tenor Alfie Boe, New Zealander Hayley Westenra, teenage singing sensation Farly Smith, Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts an