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The Brighouse and Rastrick Band is regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by ‘Briggus’, whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur.
The band was formed over 130 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.
Today, it still continues to be supported through public subscriptions and its own fund raising efforts. Its amateur members traditionally pride themselves on being financially independent, never having been beholden to any commercial interest, yet they are still regarded as one of the ‘elite’ on the contest and concert platforms.
Over the course of the band’s history B&R has won 10 National Championships, 3 English Masters, 2 European Championships, 2 Brass in Concert titles and one British Open title. B&R has won more prizes at the Saddleworth Whit Friday march contest than any other band in history and retained the overall Saddleworth Area prize in 2018, winning an unbeatable 6 contests on the way to completing a hat-trick of titles.
B&R are the current National Champion Band of Great Britain, having won their 10th National title at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October, and will be proud to represent England for the third time in four years at the European Championships in Montreux in 2019.