History of Shirebrook Band


The band was formed in 1903 to teach music to children of the miners of Shirebrook. Practices commenced over a chemists shop in the village. In a short period of time a successful brass band emerged and became known as the Shirebrook Silver Prize Band under its conductor Mr. J. Levick. During his 35 years with the band many prizes were won but the most notable was the Grand Shield at the Crystal Palace in 1927. In 1949 the band went under the wing of the Miners Welfare Scheme and became known as the Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band.

In 1977 Mr. Seth Appleton took over the baton and further successes came. 

In recent years the band was conducted by Mark Wilcockson,under his direction the band went from strength to strength with considerable success in major competitions in recent years, culminating in reaching the National Brass Band Finals of Great Britain in 2010 and 2012 and promotion to the First Section.