About Worsbrough Brass
Formed in 1993 from a small group of children and their parents, with no band room, no facilities, and no instruments. What we did have was a bank account inherited from the defunct “Barnsley Chronicle Band” with £14 to its name and an abundance of enthusiasm.
During the early years since formation, the band went from strength to strength, not only in the quality of its performances but also as an organisation. After gaining charitable status, the band’s committee were successful in securing a National Lottery award, at the time, one of the first in the area. With this the band was able to purchase a complete new set of instruments with this funding.
The band's recent history involves impressive competitive displays at the Yorkshire Areas - 1st, 3rd, 3rd and 4th in the 3rd section (2010, 2014, 2015, 2016) then finishing runners up in the 2nd section at their first attempt which led to a respectable 6th place finish nationally.
If anyone is interested in joining the band and adding to this history, the please contact our secretary below. We rehearse Thursdays 7:30-9:30 and Sundays 6:30 to 8:30.
Respected local conductor Rob Straw takes up the baton after a two-year break from banding and returns with fresh enthusiasm and renewed energy.
Rob began his playing career at Ecclesfield Brass Band at the age of eight and then moved on to Stannington Brass Band, where he hoped to join on percussion but was needed instead on cornet.
He has since enjoyed playing with a number of bands from fourth to Championship sections, notably Stannington, Strata and Unite the Union, on both cornet and euphonium.
Rob’s first foray as a conductor was in 1997 when he founded the Stannington Training Band, growing the band to a 20 strong team with its own beginner group. This led to an invitation to conduct Loxley Silver Band in 2001.
At around this time, Rob decided to make music his career, gaining his CTABRSM qualification and teaching players of all ages, abilities, and interests, from his home studio- an aspect of his work that Rob still very much enjoys. Current pupils range from those with an interest in jazz and folk, to school children studying for grades, and an experienced baritone player learning trombone.
As a “gigging” musician, Rob was for many years a member of the ESQ Jazz quartet, and trad jazz outfit New Orleans Strollers, playing trumpet, flugel, cornet and trombone. Soul bands followed, this time on piano and Hammond organ , and his current band, again on keys, is the much loved tribute band, Ian Dury and the Blackheads.
In 2009 Rob became musical director of the then Barnsley Chronicle, taking the band through its metamorphosis to Barnsley Brass and into the First Section. Posts with Rockingham and Dronfield followed, with Rob taking a break from conducting in 2015 to join Unite the Union under David Hirst as assistant Principal Cornet and Deputy Conductor.
Rob and the team at Worsbrough look forward to building an enjoyable new programme of music for the summer and beyond.
Worsbrough Brass Band Secretary