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Grimethorpe Colliery Band (Phillip McCann)

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The Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a brass band, based in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, England. It was formed in 1917, as a leisure activity for the workers at the colliery, by members of the disbanded Cudworth Colliery Band. The band has 28 players.

International fame came with the film ‘Brassed Off’, starring Ewan McGregor. The plot of which was based on Grimethorpe’s struggles against pit closures, and whose soundtrack was recorded by the band. The band also performed Ron Goodwin’s film score for the 1976 Disney film Escape from the Dark (also called the Littlest Horse Thieves), with the composer conducting.

The band represented England at the European Brass Band Championship in Norway in May 2008 and came second, sharing the same amount of points as the winning band, 194 points. In June 2008 Grimethorpe gained its second successive victory at the English National Brass Band Championships, thus qualifying to represent England once again at the European Championships in Ostende, Belgium, in 2009. They are to attempt a hat trick of victories at this Year’s Brass Band Finals, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall in October.

The Band is currently ranked number 1 in the world, with some of the World’s best brass players amongst it’s ranks, including - Roger Webster (Principal Cornet), Kevin Crockford (Eb Soprano Cornet), Jamie Cooper (Repiano) Michael Dodd (Solo Euphonium), Robert Richardson (Solo Baritone), Arfon Owen (Solo Horn), Andrew Holmes (Flugel), Richard Brown (Solo Trombone), Shaun Crowther and Ken Ferguson (Eb bass), and Garry Procter (Bb bass)

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