Thank you for visiting our website. We are a vibrant and friendly Third Section brass band and are based near the centre of Littleborough in Lancashire. We perform contests and concerts throughout the year and are available for bookings for all occasions. If you would like more information or to make a booking, please use the details found on the ‘Contact us’ page.


history-1history-2The first recorded performance was on 20th December 1862 when a newly formed Littleborough Public Silver Band performed for the Littleborough Relief Fund (we believe this was in aid of the problems following the Gale floods if we are not mistaken). This performance was recorded in the Rochdale Observer.

The band was originally formed from three bands, one of which was Littleborough Temperance Band. The band re-enacted the War of the Roses with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band on York Train Station platform. This was in 1876 and followed a contest where Littleborough beat Brighouse again!

Littleborough Band won the British Open Championships at the Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester in 1883. One of the first Whit Friday Quick Step Contests outside Saddleworth was held in Chadderton in the 1890’s and Littleborough travelled to compete, attaining second place.






In 2001, Matthew Bailey took over as the band’s conductor. Beginning with only a handful players, over the next few years Matthew was able to build up the band until we had a full compliment of players. During this time Matthew was able to bring stability to the band and helped us to grow in our musical ability and as a result the band was able to resume taking part in contests from Lancashire to Yorkshire which led to a 2nd place at Greenfield on the Whit Friday Marches.

At the end of 2007, Matthew decided he wanted to continue his playing career and therefore resigned as our
Musical Director.
From 2008, Doug Clarkson was appointed as the band’s Musical Director. Due to unforeseeable health problems, Doug Clarkson announced his resignation from the band. Ady Woodhead was appointed temporary conductor during the summer months to lead us through one of the band’s busiest periods. Following a committee meeting in September 2008, it was decided to appoint Ady as the band’s full time Musical Director.
Since 2008, Ady has worked tirelessly to get the band up to full strength (a challenge now almost complete) and has progressed the band with fantastic performance and great results at contesting level.  In 2012, the band were promoted to the third section and have been growing stronger ever since.  

Recently, the band have had great success within contests, holding their own against some of the more established third section bands and also winning in the third section at Hebden Bridge march contest in 2014. Ady and the band look forward to continuing their hard work contesting in the third section and perfoming at various concerts and events throughout 2015.


The Band Today

The Band at Bolsover, 2011

  • Back Row Cornet Littleborough Band requires a Back Row Cornet Player; we are looking for someone with confidence and commitment to work alongside our existing experienced band…
  • Solo Horn Required We are currently looking for a Solo Horn player to join our Horn section. Our rehearsals are Monday and Thursday 7:45pm to 9:45pm…

  • Collaborations Littleborough Band are collaborating with the Little Jazz Funk Orchestra to perform a Wartime concert…
  • Remembrance Day Parade Yet again the band were honoured to lead the procession for the Remberance Day Parade…
  • September 2014 The band were honoured to be part of the ever growing Littleborough Arts Festival in September where they performed outside Littleborough Coach House…