Black Dyke Band

Black Dyke Band

The Black Dyke Band, formerly the Black Dyke Mills Band, is one of the oldest and best known brass bands in the world. It was formerly the band of the Black Dyke Mills in Queensbury, West Yorkshire, England, a company owned by John Foster. Foster, a French horn player, joined with others in a small band in Queensbury in 1816. This band faltered but finally, in 1855, Foster and other musicians established the new mill band and outfitted it with uniforms made from the mill's own cloth. The band has remained active since that time, and still rehearses in its original rooms.

The band has won many prizes and competitions over the years. In September 1968, it released a single on the The BeatlesApple Records label. The a-side was an instrumental composed by Paul McCartney called "Thingumybob" (the theme to a Yorkshire Television sitcom of the same name starring Stanley Holloway). The flipside was a brass band instrumental version of the Lennon/McCartney song "Yellow Submarine". The single was released under the name John Foster & Sons Ltd Black Dyke Mills Band, produced by McCartney, and was one of the first four singles issued on the Apple label.

The Black Dyke Band has made many recordings including classical music. It has recorded with classical bass trombonist Douglas Yeo, and pop acts Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel and The Beautiful South. The band also worked with Gabriel on the highly acclaimed Millennium Show, featured in the Millennium Dome, as well as recording the music for the BBC programme Ground Force.

Black Dyke was the first band to achieve the "Grand Slam" in 1985 by winning the Yorkshire regional, European, British Open and National Championship contests. They were also voted BBC band of the year.

Notable members of the current line up include Principal Trombonist Brett Baker, and Principal Cornetist Richard Marshall (who previously was Principal Cornet at Grimethorpe Colliery Band for 10 years), the seat commonly referred to as 'the hottest seat in banding'.

External links

* [http://www.blackdykeband.co.uk Black Dyke Band]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bradford/4516832.stm GNER train named after band in December 2005]

Audio clips

* [http://sveioskulekorps.no/musikk/Black%20Dyke%20-%20Variations%20on%20'Laudate%20Dominum'.mp3 Variations on "Laudate Dominum"] by Edward Gregson.
* [http://www.jinglemad.com/audio/gftheme.mp3 Theme] to "Ground Force"


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