The Wharfe Valley, although beautiful and vibrant, is not as steeped in brass banding tradition as other areas of Yorkshire nearby. In 2009 Otley Brass Band set itself a target to create a new tradition of Brass banding locally, so as to develop and protect the wonderful sound of the Brass Band. At the suggestion of the then MD Gordon Eddison (a local peripatetic music teacher) Otley Brass Band decided to form a development band to feed new blood into the main band.

“Wharfe Brass” – named after the river flowing through Otley, was formed with nine members and older instruments from the band. A small Lottery Grant was obtained to support the new venture and three years on, over fifty players with ages ranging from 8 to “a little over retirement age” rehearse once a week under the musical director’s leadership. Wharfe Brass now performs as a band in its own right and has won classes in both the Rothwell and Wharfedale Music Festivals as well as sharing concerts with Otley Band.

Wharfe Brass is featured on the latest CD recording of Otley Brass Band and can be heard playing “Royal Parade” – a festival march celebrating the recent jubilee of Her Majesty Queens Elizabeth 2, also ”Jurassic Park” and “Eye of the Tiger”.

There is no formal “minimum standard” for new players of any age to join Wharfe Brass. It is suggested that interested players should make contact with the musical director of the band through the website before coming down to The Courthouse.

Rehearsal Times

Wharfe Brass rehearses at Otley Old Courthouse from 6.30pm to 7.30pm during term times. Access to the premises is available from 6.15pm and it is expected that members to arrive promptly to allow a punctual start at 6.30pm.

Facilities are available for non-players to wait during the rehearsal times. At 7.45pm Otley Brass Band rehearse in the same venue. Members of Wharfe Brass and parents, partners, etc. are very welcome to use the viewing gallery if they wish to listen.

Other Information

Wharfe Brass is focused on ensemble playing and developing musical skills as a group. As such private tuition will not be given, although details of tutors are available from the Musical Director if requested.

Although Wharfe Brass is aimed at developing players, a basic musical proficiency is expected, a rough guideline, the player should be able to read simple sheet music and play an octave scale on their instrument.

Otley Brass Band have implemented a Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy throughout their organisation. This policy is available here and can be discussed with Otley Brass Association’s Child Protection Officer.

Rachel Laidler

Rachel Laidler

Chairperson

David Sexton

David Sexton

Treasurer

Caroline Hawkins

Caroline Hawkins

Secretary

Abi Mooney

Abi Mooney

Publicity Coordinator

Jack Stewart

Jack Stewart

Band Manager

Chris Weir

Chris Weir

Librarian

Location


The Courthouse
Courthouse Street
Otley LS21 3AN

Tel


07817 007679

Email


info@otleybrassband.co.uk