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.

Fashion Show

The band are hosting their annual fashion show on Wednesday 1st October at Scholes Cricket Club Cleckheaton.

This event is always a great success and you can get yourself your new Autumn wardrobe or get some early Christmas bargains with High Street brands being sold at discounted prices.

Either purchase your tickets through the band or pay on the door and all proceeds are going to the band.

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.

How old is the band? Can you help?

The Spen Valley Scout & Guide Band are trying to research their history. This year Scouting in Spen Valley is 100 years old and Guiding is 50 years old.

Up until recently it has always been understood that the Spen Valley Scout & Guide band started in 1977 as the 9th Spen Valley Scout Band. That is until the photograph below was uncovered picturing the 9th Spen Valley Scout Band with drums and bugles taken in 1929.

Unfortunately there appears to be no history documenting the band so we need your help. Do you know anyone who was in the band? Do you recognise the picture and do you know anyone in it? If you can help the band find more out about our history then please contact us.

We’re very keen to find out about the history of banding in Spen Valley so any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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Spen Valley at Star Quest

This Saturday the Spen Valley Scout & Guide Band will be playing at Wetherby Racecourse as part of the Girl Guiding UK celebrations for 100 years of Brownies.

Star Quest is an action packed day for Girl Guides of all ages, the band will be playing throughout the day entertaining the 11,500 people who are taking part in the event.

More information on the event can be found here:

Outstanding Service Award for Bandmaster

Joanna being presented with her award by Mike Terry, District Commissioner Spen Valley.
Picture courtesy of Ian White.

At this years St George’s day service band master Joanna Nelson was awarded The Award for Merit from the Scout Association.

Awards for good service are made by the Chief Scout to those that have given valuable service to Scouting over a considerable period. The criteria for The Award for Merit is as follows:

The Award for Merit is given for outstanding service of not less than 12 years and 10 years exceptionally.  It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period.

Well done Joanna and congratulations from all the band for a well deserved award.

Harrogate International Youth Festival

The band is set for it’s first public performance of 2014 performing at the Harrogate International Youth Festival on Easter Saturday 19th April.

The band will be playing in the parade followed by a Beat Retreat ceremony later on in the day. Joined by other members of the National Youth Marching Band this promises to be an exciting event.

A full report and pictures will follow but if you’re wanting something different to do over the Easter holiday then there’s lots going on in Harrogate. Further information can be found on the HYIF website –