The Hathersage Brass Band takes its name from the small, North Derbyshire
village of Hathersage close to the South Yorkshire border.
Hathersage Band was formed on 4th November, 1882 as the 'Hathersage
United Brass Band' and early in 1883 the first fourteen new
instruments were purchased from a London company at a cost
of £61/4s/6d to be paid monthly at a rate of £1/5s/0d. The
cost of a Cornet then was £3/3s/0d. The band is unusual in
having been in continual active existence ever since this
date and has played through the two world wars when it was
sustained by its older members to keep local spirits high.
It has also played at many significant events in the
surrounding districts over the years. One was the
involvement in, and playing for, various stages of the first
lighting of the village by gas on 14th December, 1908.
Another more recent event at which the band played a
significant part was the large party given at Chatsworth
House in honour of the late Duke of Devonshire's
The current band draws its members from a wide area
around Sheffield, Chesterfield and the Hope Valley whose ages and
abilities vary widely but the standard of playing is
The band chooses to no longer enter
competitions in order to preserve its relaxed and
Regular events include marches and outdoor concerts in a number of villages to celebrate their Well Dressings, Fetes
Galas during the summer season whilst during the winter
the band is
busy with Christmas concerts and playing carols.
We play a lot of venues in Derbyshire.
The band originally rehearsed in a back room of the Little
John pub in Hathersage but when the landlord retired this
was no longer possible and due to no other suitable venue
available in Hathersage, the move was made to a little
chapel in Grindleford.
This was the band room for a good number of years, but then
due to the lack of
the chapel, it had to be sold. The band now rehearse at
Green Lawns, a community hall, in Marsh Lane,
Eckington, North East Derbyshire.