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!’

Michael Eavis also backed the appeal and added that the band’s performance at Glastonbury Abbey in August ‘was indescribably brilliant and a joy for the thousands that were there.’

Opera star Lesley Garrett herself from Yorkshire also has backed the appeal as has Richard Morrison, chief music critic of The Times, who commented that the band’s jaw dropping achievements and 160 years of ferociously dedicated music making deserved support.

Commenting, Professor Nicholas Childs said that the project had already benefitted from the band’s successful Heritage Lottery Fund award but that a vast amount of work to record, restore and renovate the collection of memorabilia and digitise the collection of original compositions was still to be done.  He went on ”Many will have seen the new Heritage Centre featured on ITV and BBC 2 in the programmes surrounding our appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. We’re delighted that along with our loyal worldwide supporters these celebrities are also backing us”.

To help with the band’s heritage work go to our Appeals Page



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.


We have been very lucky to have been given personal momentos by ex-players of the band which are on show in our display cabinets. Equally our personal history videos are a fantastic record of life in Black Dyke Band from previous decades with fascinating reminiscences of their days as players.

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.

Medals were regularly given to the players of winning bands at both Belle Vue (British Open) and Crystal Palace (Nationals) and the practise continued until the early 1970's.

Once cleaned and catalogued, the medals will be on display in our Heritage Centre and also be listed on our heritage website.

Help us to preserve our heritage by visiting our Just Giving site

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.

Assist us in our Heritage Project and our quest to preserve our unique history by donating to our Just Giving page.



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.

The Centre, which is situated upstairs in the iconic bandroom building, was earlier opened by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, with local dignitaries, guests, former conductors and players all enjoying their first look at the wide ranging collection of artifacts and memorabilia that will soon be made open to the general public.


The event marked the culmination of over a year of intensive work. It followed a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application, supported by the National Lottery, made for the band by Carole Hirst, which gained an award of £61,500 to help towards the total cost of the ambitious Heritage and Archive Project of £94,500.

Professionally curated by Andrew Tebbs and helped by the work of volunteers, two brand new CDs have also been produced celebrating the musical history of the band, whilst an ongoing digistising process is being undertaken to preserve and document the vast library.

Over 100 children from local schools have also gained awards as part of an innovative educational outreach programme.

History brought to life

"Everyone associated with Black Dyke is conscious that the name of the band has resonated around the musical world for over 160 years," Director of Music, Prof Nicholas Childs said.

"This project enables that history to be brought to life and celebrated for a further 160 years, and provides supporters, as well as brass band lovers a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy a musical heritage like no other."

Everyone associated with Black Dyke is conscious that the name of the band has resonated around the musical world for over 160 yearsDirector of Music, Prof Nicholas Childs



He added: "My thanks go to so many people who have worked so hard on this project — from Carol Hirst and the Board of Trustees and management team at the band, to Andrew Tebbs and the Tolson Museum for their expertise alongside the volunteers who gave of their time to bring this project to fruition.

We now hope to welcome 'Pondashers' from all over the world to enjoy the Black Dyke heritage experience and to help secure the next 160 years of our history."

Courtesy of 4BarsRest