© Otley Brass Association 2013 - 2017
The Wharfe Valley, although beautiful and vibrant, is not as steeped in brass banding tradition as other areas of Yorkshire nearby. In 2009 Otley 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 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 Andy Novell'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 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 MD of the band through the website before coming down to The Courthouse any term-time Tuesday evening.
Wharfe Brass rehearses at Otley Old Courthouse from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. 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.
Rehearsals take placein Term Time only.
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.
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