Band Wins Promotion

The band gained promotion to the Traditional Youth Marching Band Association’s National Class following a successful performance at the National Finals on Sunday 25th October.

This is the first time the band has been in the National Class and it’s a great achievement for all the band members and the leadership team.

The band are now looking forward to a busy November and December with Remembrance Day parades, Performances at the Birmingham International Tattoo and various Christmas performances in the pipeline.

All set for the ‘Final’s Push’

After a successful day at Manchester with the band picking up another first place in their class the band are looking forwards to the TYMBA National Finals at Fenton Manor on Sunday 25th October.

If all goes to plan the band will win the league and move up to the top flight once again with promotion to the TYMBA National Class.

A successful start to the contest year

The band competed in their first contest of the season on Sunday 28th June at Himley Hall in the West Midlands.

With great comments and great scores the band walked away taking the Championship Class. This was a great result as the contest band this year also contains a large group of young players who have just moved up from the Junior band.

The TYMBA contest is run alongside the Dudley Borough Armed Forces Day with the band then taking part in the Beat Retreat ceremony alongside The Band of The Royal Air Force Regiment and West Midlands Fire Service Band.

A great day was had by all and a great start to the TYMBA contest season.

2015 is starting to look like another busy year.

2015 is looking like another busy year for the band with bookings in the diary already for a events in December!

Family and friends are invited to join us for our Race Night on Saturday 7th March at Whitcliffe Mount. A fun fund raiser for the band and open to everyone for an opportunity for fun, excitement and a chance to win big!

Band members will then be competing individually at the TYMBA solos’s event on Sunday 22nd March and pitting themselves against other individual players to fight it out for a chance to perform in the TYMBA Musician of the Year final.

The first event will be a joint concert and coffee morning with Cleckheaton Music Centre on Saturday 28th March. Full details will be released later but the band are looking forward to playing alongside Cleckheaton Music Centre once more.

Moving on to April will see the band playing at the Harrogate International Festival once more. There is also the annual St George’s Day Parade at the end of April.

For more information about what the band is up to then look at our events page.

Greater Manchester Contest

The band was out in force again for the Greater Manchester Contest and once again both bands performed brilliantly and really showing the improvements that all the hard work is generating.

The Junior band lead the way with a very confident performance and some great comments from the judges. It’s really great to know that the band has a strong future with the pool of talent in the Junior Band. They picked up a Bronze award which was really well deserved.

The Senior band then took to the arena and adapted to their new indoor surroundings by bringing home a 1st place in Turnout and Wind and a 2nd place in GME which was enough to secure a 3rd place overall.

The band now looks forward to competing in the TYMBA National Championships at Fenton Manor on 26th October.

The Queen of The Moorlands Contest

The TYMBA contest season resumed from it’s summer break on the 7th September. The band was there with both Junior and Senior bands competing.

The Junior band performed brilliantly and managed to get a bronze award and actually gained a 1st place in Wind, Turnout and 2nd places in General Music Effect and Drill.

The Senior band then took to the arena for their performance. Brilliant comments were received by spectators and judges alike with people amazed by the improvement of the band. The band came away with a 1st place for Display and Turnout and were overall Runners Up on the day.

It’s a brilliant effort and goes to show the hard work that has been put in by the band is showing.

Halesowen Contest 2014

Last Sunday 29th June the band took part in the TYMBA contest at Himley Hall.

This was also the first competition for our new Junior band to perform. Both bands performed brilliantly and proved that all the hard work over the last few months has paid off.

The Junior band came away with a bronze award and actually achieved a 1st place in display category. This was an amazing achievement by our young band members and our thanks go out to the the senior band members who have worked so hard in teaching and helping the Junior band, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

The senior band then took to the arena competing against 6 bands and pulled out a great performance winning the General Musical Effect category, which is the only caption that doesn’t look at an individual area of the band but rather how the whole band performed on the day. They achieved a very close 3rd place overall, which is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates a huge improvement from last year.

Following the contest the Junior and Senior band joined together with other members of the National Youth Marching Band to perform in the Beat Retreat Ceremony to bring the Dudley Boroughs Armed Forces Day celebrations to a close.

TYMBA Nationals 2013 – The Video

Sunday 24th November saw the band competing in the TYMBA National Finals.

Whilst the band didn’t win any trophies the results show a different story with the band achieving a 2nd place in Wind, 2nd place (By half a mark) in Turnout and a 3rd place in General Musical Effect. It’s a great improvement and one to build on for next year.

Well done all involved for a great performance and a great result.


TYMBA Nationals 2013

The TYMBA National Finals are returning this year after a 2 year absence and this year they are in Dewsbury.

Why not come along and support Spen Valley on home turf. The very best of youth bands will join together for a day of competition. There will be a number of trade stands there on the day who will be able to advise on all things bands.

Members of HM Royal Marines will also be holding a drumming competition to see who can drum the fastest with all proceeds going to The Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

It promises to be a great day and we look forward to seeing you there.

More information can be found on the TYMBA website here