The Markham Main Colliery St. John’s Ambulance Brigade brass band was formed in 1924. They continued to play throughout the war years, and by 1947 they had won many prizes in the Brass banding world. During this time, women were not permitted to play in the same band as men and a separate women’s section was created.
The band had its own rehearsal room within the colliery grounds, however, as the player numbers increased, larger premises were required, so rehearsals moved to the Ambulance Brigade Hall which offered more space and better acoustics.
In the 1940’s, a weekly sponsorship of 1/2d was granted to the band by the local Branch of the National Mineworkers Union.
We are one of the last remaining Colliery Bands in the Country, and are extremely proud of our heritage; retaining the title of Markham Main Colliery Band is our sign of respect for all the miners who have supported us over the years.
In the 1960’s, the band won many accolades, including an appearance at the National finals at the Royal Albert Hall. During this time, they also released several LP’s featuring their award winning performances.
So to the present time, Markham Main Colliery Band is a progressive non-contesting band with a current membership of around 30 players. We regularly perform at our own concerts and also at venues such as Brodsworth Hall, Normanby Hall and Burnby Hall, to name but a few.
Markham Main Community Brass
Following the COVID lockdowns, we recognised that many people were now retired, working flexibly, working from home, or were home-makers and wanted to meet and enjoy the company of like-minded adults. In response to this, the non fee-paying Markham Main Community Brass was born, providing a sociable daytime activity which would boost the mental health of its members and cater to the wider community.
After a great first year with excellent support and interest personal circumstances reduced the number of available players which affected ability to hold rehearsals. As a result the community band is currently under review and has halted rehearsals for the time being. If you are interested in supporting or playing in any capacity from MD to percussion then please contact Len Hodgkiss. If you don’t have your own instrument, we have a wide variety available for loan free of charge to members. Contact Len on 07720 322635 if you or someone you know may be interested in joining this truly collaborative venture!