Brighouse & Rastrick Band
Coming to national prominence during the 1920s, the Brighouse and Rastrick Band have racked up an impressive list of championship victories and prizes. Current holders of the National Champion Band of Great Britain (2017) title, it’s a prize they first picked up way back in 1946.
In fact, they've been expanding their awards cabinet since 1929, and in 1998 they notably concurrently held the English Masters, British National and European Championships - a unique ‘Triple Championship’ still not equalled today!
They’re perhaps best known for their hit single, The Floral Dance, which spent an impressive six consecutive weeks at No2 in the UK Singles Charts in 1977 – where it sat nestled between Paul McCartney and Wings’ Mull Of Kintyre (No1) and The Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love (which peaked at No3).
They continue to record today, marking the 175th anniversary of Dickens’ festive classic A Christmas Carol with actor Simon Callow in 2017.
The band were formed in 1881 through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire.
Whilst maintaining their great traditions and continued quest for musical excellence, with over 137 years of proud history behind them, the band is still fiercely financially independent and beholden to no one other than itself.
It is still true to say that no other public subscription band has held such high status for as long as the Brighouse and Rastrick Band!