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John Paley

Visitors to our site may be interested in the following piece from the Shipley Times in 1917:

A kindly act and one which cannot fail to be of interest to people of the Shipley district, was seen in the public street in Bradford on Saturday.


Support for our Heritage Appeal

The Black Dyke Heritage Appeal launched in July has just received a major boost with many celebrities all pledging support.

The actor and comedian Russ Abbot gave his support and commented that he had always been a huge fan and that the band was very close to his heart.

Ed Balls, the former politician and “Strictly” star also backed the appeal and writing in The Guardian newspaper called the band’s performance on the Pyramid at Glastonbury ‘set of the festival!’

Additional Artefacts for our Heritage Centre

Since opening in July we have had a number of visitors to our Heritage Centre and some wonderful artefacts and memorabilia have been donated to the collection. There are several items originally owned by Dr Roy Newsome, who for many years was the bands musical director, including an inscribed baton and a small engraved drinking cup. Also, of great interest is a book complied bythe legendary  Arthur O. Pearce of all BBC broadcasts by the band from the 1920's to the late 1940's featuring many during the war years.

These items will be in display at the end of September 2017.

Heritage Centre nears completion

After almost 18 months of hard work by our curator, historian and volunteers, the Black Dyke Heritage Centre nears completion. The official completion of the project is September 30th 2017 when all the building work and renovations are signed off. Subsequent to this the band are now looking at ways in which to preserve the centre for the public and also to supplement our display of artefacts and memorabilia.


Fred Bower - Contest Medals discovered

Pictured: Fred Bower



A wonderful find by our archivist Andrew Tebbs and historian John Clay, are three contest medals presented to Fred Bower, one of Black Dyke Mills Bands' long serving members. Fred was part of the famous Queensbury Bower family who served the band for almost a century, with Phineas and Harry Bower both being bandmasters in the mid to late Victorian period, and Fred playing Solo Trombone, retiring in 1930.

New Signage for our Heritage Centre


The Black Dyke Band Heritage Centre have now installed our new external signage to the front and side elevations of our historic 162 year old building. The new signage was part of our Heritage Lottery Grant and proudly displays the bands logo. Visitors can now be in no doubt that they have reached the home of one of the finest brass bands in the world.

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Black Dyke heritage comes to life

Black Dyke heritage comes to life

Black Dyke's ambitious Heritage Lottery Fund project is opened in Queensbury, as 160 years of history is celebrated in musical style. 

The opening of the Black Dyke Heritage Centre was marked with a concert in the Holy Trinity Church in the Yorkshire village of Queensbury, where the history and achievements of its world famous band was celebrated in musical style.

New Exhibit

The Black Dyke Band are pleased that we have a new addition to our Heritage Collection. Through the generosity of one of the band's former members, Sandy Blair, we have now on loan an A90 class tuba dating back to 1899. What is significant about this instrument is the inscription on the bell of the tuba - "John Foster & Sons Queensbury" and the same instrument apperas on one of the band photographs in our heritage centre.