Little is known about the history of the band, although we believe a brass band has been in existence in the Chesterfield are for over 150 years, and the Chesterfield Band won the UK National Championships in 1862. It is also believed that the Ireland Colliery band was formed in the 1880s.
However, it was in the 1980s under the leadership of Francis Evans that the band won many national competitions and was regarded as one of the finest bands in the area. It was also about this time that the Ireland Colliery and Chesterfield Bands merged to form the Ireland Colliery Chesterfield band.
In the early 1990s the band also formed a separate youth band with youngsters from Chesterfield Borough. This band went on to win many local and national competitions. Some of those players are still with the band today.
In 2003 following the demise of the senior band a rebuilding exercise got underway and the band resumed contesting. In the years that followed the band got promotion to the First Section. While this was short lived and we are now a Third Section band, the band retains the ambition to return to those contesting heights and our current players are working hard towards that end.
We are very proud of our local roots and reputation within the community, and are keen to preserve the brass banding tradition in this area of Chesterfield and Staveley.
Whilst we are no longer just a training band, it remains the band’s policy to encourage and train new players through an active training programme and our players now encompass a wife range in age and experience.
A particularly rewarding feature of the band is that many of the founders have continued to actively support the band long after their children have grown up and moved on. Equally, past players have returned or stayed to help later generations. the band continues to provide a welcoming environment to all newcomers.
The band now has a busy and varied programme of concerts, competitions and engagements throughout the year meaning there is never a dull moment.
Details for Rehearsals
All of our rehearsals are held in our very own band room at Field House, Dock Walk, Chesterfield, S40 2AB.
· Senior band rehearsals are Tuesday and Friday evening 19.45 – 21.45pm
· Training band rehearsal are Friday evenings 18.30 – 20.00pm
We welcome anyone to any of our groups or rehearsals either to come and listen and watch to see what goes on, or to come and join in. either way we’d be pleased to see you there.