New Musical Director

Strata are pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Hobbins as MD of the band.

Alan started playing the cornet at 8 years of age with Desford Colliery youth band. At the age of 12, he joined his first of many championships section bands.

As a player, Alan’s highlights have included touring Brazil, Australia and Canada. Other memorable events have been playing with The Beautiful South and featuring in the film Brassed Off.

In 2012, Alan was appointed as MD of Hebden Bridge band and had a successful period winning The Yorkshire Area First Section 2013 and Butlins Mineworkers First Section 2016 along with other various podium finishes.

The band look forward to working with Alan & hope to maintain their championship section status.

About the MD

Durham Miners Gala 2016

Strata have again been in Durham this weekend, attending the annual Miners Gala to accompany the banner from Washington ‘F’ Pit.



Another excellent weekend had by all (and may have included the odd beer somewhere along the way!)

Thanks to all our deps (Amanda, Neil, Toni, Ian, Natalie) for helping out!

Looking forward to next years event already!

New Principal cornet and 1st Horn in time for Whiston contest

We are delighted to announce the signing of 2 key players ahead of our title defence at the Whiston festival of brass.

John Parkinson signs on principal cornet and brings over 40 years of experience with top flight bands with him.

Over recent years John has held the position of principal cornet and soprano cornet with Yorkshire Imperial band, Skelmanthorpe band, Wakefield Metropolitan, Knottingley and Lydbrook band.

Our vacancy on 1st horn has been snapped up by Lee Hugill.

Lee started playing with Carlton Main Youth at the age of 11 before progressing onto the Senior Band and helping them regain their top flight status in the late 80’s. He took a break from banding in 1992 and didn’t return to playing again until 2008, some 16 years later, when he took up the Solo Horn seat at Frickley South Elmsall and helped them to achieve 1st section status. Lee Returned to Carlton Main in 2011 for a second period before taking another break from banding in late 2014.

Both of these signings will make their contesting debut with the the band on the 2nd July at Whiston festival of brass in Rotherham.

Updated vacancies

Strata are now advertising for the following vacancies:

  • Principal/Tutti Cornet
  • Principal Eb Bass

The band would like to thank Russell Cavanagh (Cornet) & Simon Fisher (Eb Bass), who leave the band due to work/family commitments.

If you are interested in joining the band please see the contact page for more information. We have a sensible concert schedule & have also entered the All England Masters contest.

Yorkshire Area Result

Following weeks of intense rehearsals Strata took to the stage on Sunday evening for the first time in the Championship section. From a field of 12 the band placed a creditable 10th, which secured championship status for 2017!

A huge congratulations to everyone involved!

A recording of the performance can be heard here

Player news

Strata have continued their recent recruitment drive and can now announce the signings of several new players, along with the return of some familiar faces to the bandroom.

The Principle Cornet position has been taken by Russell Cavanagh. Russell has been a friend of the band for several years & we are pleased to have him on board.

Helena Wardle-Spencely joins on Flugel Horn from Blidworth & Nigel Bunting has joined on Eb Bass from Cornerstone Brass.

Welcome back to Sam Pearson (Solo Cornet), Steven Shipman (Percussion) & Simon Fisher (Eb Bass)

The lineup is almost complete, however there is still a vancy for Eb Horn available (position negotiable). Please contact us if you are interested!

Recruitment Update

Strata Brass would like to announce the Solo Baritone position has been taken up by Victoria Hallworth. Victoria has played Horn with the band for over 9 years, however has decided to return to her roots, having previously played Baritone with Old Silkstone.

The ongoing recruitment drive is progressing well, with a number of new faces joining the band – more details to follow!

There are outstanding vacancies for both Eb Bass & Horn – if you are interested please contact us! Rehearsals nights are Sunday & Wednesday & we are located 5 minutes from the M1 (J36)

2016 Preparations

STRATA BRASS are delighted that Dr Owen Wedgwood has agreed to prepare the band for its debut in the Championship Section in March.

The band has been graded in the top flight for the first time in its 126 year history; a fantastic achievement for an unsponsored village band!

The band is still looking to recruit players to complete the lineup – Eb BASS, FRONT ROW CORNET & SOLO BARITONE. Please contact the band via the Contacts Page for more information.