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 2103. 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
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.
2021: Rehearsals resume and during July, The Marple Band perform at their first official event since March 2020
2022: Steve Sutton appointed Musical Director.
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
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
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”
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.
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.