Our History

The Marple Brass Band was founded in 1900 and included reed instruments in its early days. There have been many ups and downs of musical fortune in times past, but its more recent history included appearances at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Brass Band Championship Finals in 1994 and a wonderful win at the British Open Brass Band Championship in 1996 at the Bridgewater Hall.

The current band has recently started contesting again and in March 2013 became the North West 3rd Section Regional Champions. We then competed at the National finals in Cheltenham in September 2013. The band has now been promoted to the second section at national level and again competed in the North West Regional contest in March 2014, attaining a very creditable 2nd placement. The band is again taking part at the National finals, this time as a 2nd section band. We also compete in the Whit Friday March Contest which means dashing around the small Saddleworth and Tameside villages in a 50 seater coach to compete at around 8 or 9 events.

Charles Ingham Bandroom

Headquarters building.

Charles’s Bandroom Dream

Charles Ingham was a local lad who lived and worked in Marple and had a passion for brass bands.

He was a member of the Marple Band and worked tirelessly to keep the band going through good times and bad. He shivered and sweated through rehearsals in all manner of halls, sheds and function rooms. Right up until his death in 1985, it was his abiding wish that the band should have a real home of its own.

Charles’s dream has now become a reality. With the culmination of decades of hard work and a huge task of fund-raising, the new band room has now been completed. It opened in March 2014 and is now in constant use by both The Marple and Hawk Green Bands.

More information about the Charles Ingham Bandroom can be found on The Brass Bands of Marple website.


2020: Coronavirus brings a halt to all competitions and concerts.

2021: Rehearsals resume and during July, The Marple Band perform at their first official event since March 2020

2022: Steve Sutton appointed Musical Director.

2013: NW Regional, Winners, 3rd Section, L Webb, “Hollywood”. National Finals, 14th, 3rd Section, L Webb, ” Penlee”

2014: National Finals, Winners, 2nd Section, S. Groark-Booth, “Traversada”. NW Regional, 2nd prize, 2nd Section, L Webb, “Chaucer’s Tunes”. Promotion to 2nd Section.

2015: Promotion to 1st Section

2017: Dewsbury Annual Open, 2nd prize, 2nd second, S. Curtis, “Connotations for Brass Band”.

2018: Morley March & Hymn Contest, Winners, 2nd section, S. Curtis

2000: British Open, 22nd, D Hirst, “Ceremony”. Millennium Concert, A Berryman, G Cutt, Old Gits Band.

2001: British Open, 18th, D Beckley, “Les Preludes”

2002: Regular rehearsals suspended, VP and Xmas Concerts continue.

2004: Whit Friday, unplaced, A Jenkins. Band re graded Second Section. Regular rehearsals resumed, once per week with small band.

2005: Whit Friday, 3rd Lydgate, S Groarke

2006: Whit Friday, unplaced, H Taylor.

2007: Whit Friday, 15th Overall Tameside, S Groarke

1990: British Open, 14th, G Cutt, “Le Roi d’Ys”

1991: British Open, 11th, GCutt, “Pagannini Variations”

1992: British Open, 4th, G Cutt, “Cloudcatcher Fells”

1993: British Open, 4th, G Cutt, “Masquerade”

1994: The Martell Grand National, Afternoon Concert at Aintree. NW Area, 2nd, Championship Section, G Cutt, “Partita”. British Open, 4th, D Broadbent, “Salamander”. National Finals Albert Hall, 8th, G Cutt, “Theme and Co Operation”

1995: British Open, 11th, D Broadbent, “Revelation”

1996: British Open, Winners, G Cutt, “Severn Suite”

1997: British Open, 11th, G Cutt, “Whitsun Wakes” (Jan 98)

1998: British Open, 5th, G Cutt, Diversions on a Bass Theme”

1999: British Open, 12th, G Cutt, “Dove Descending”

1980: Stead and Nelson Memorial Fund started for Buxton Contest. Bryan Warrington appointed conductor.

1982: Garry Cutt appointed Musical Director. Buxton Contest, Winners, B Section, G Cutt, “Egmont”. Vice Presidents concert conducted by Garry Cutt. Marple Brass formed as a feeder band. Falklands Concert conducted by Harry Mortimer

1986: NW Area, Winners 3rd Section, G Cutt, “Suite in Bb”. National Finals, Winners, 3rd Section, G Cutt, “Fanfare and Variations”

1988: NW Area, Winners, 2nd Section, G Cutt, “Royal Parks”. National Finals, Winners, 2nd Section, G “Cutt, Sunrise”

1989: Grand Shield, 2nd, G Cutt, “Trittico”. Buxton Contest, Winners A Section, G Cutt, “Trittico” 12 points clear.

1970: Manchester BBA Contest, 2nd, “London River”. Morris McLean appointed Conductor

1971: The Marple Bierkeller Band was founded at Marple Baths. A sponsored March took place to raise funds for new instruments..

1974: A double winning year for The Marple Band. NW Area, 4th Section, Winners with “Four Little Maids” and Belle Vue, 4th Section, Winners with “Everybody’s Child”. National Finals, 4th Section, Unplaced with “Youth Salutes a Master”.

1977: Alec Ashworth is appointed Conductor. NW Area, 3rd Section, 3rd with “Introduction and Allegro”. National Finals, 3rd Section, Unplaced.

1978: Brian Stead is appointed Conductor.

1963: Band re-formed by Charles Ingham and Eddie Close
1958: Band suspended, instruments loaned to Marple Willows School
1949: Re-formed after the war.
1900: Banding started in Marple.