Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band is part of a national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to save the many UK brass bands who are struggling to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Brass bands are a core of their local community, and many risk disappearing altogether without your help.
Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band and Junior Band are trying to raise funds to Help Keep our Bands Running. We need to find Income not only for general running costs but to make our band room COVID Safe ! We would normally be preparing for our busiest time of the year when we earn most of our revenue, from Concerts, Marches and Private Functions
How to get involved
You can get involved by sharing our page, donating towards one of the our Funds or by pledging towards the rewards section where there are different packages available from the Band.
Why are we crowdfunding?
We are Crowd Funding for 2 Projects to help our Junior and Main Band continue. Our brass band risks an uncertain future due to covid restrictions, this has stopped all our practices where we would be building up to our busiest season. We would usually be booked up from now until Xmas !
Your donations will be used to help with the running costs for next year, provide Online Junior Band Practices, help to keep the kids interested by replacing their plastic practice instruments.
We will be looking to purchase protective screens for the Band room and other covid safety measures to enable us to get back to a practice.
About Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band
ICCBB – A History
Little is known about the history of the band, although we believe a brass band has been in existence in the Chesterfield area for over 150 years, and the Chesterfield Band won the UK National Championships in 1862. It is also believed that the Ireland Colliery band was formed in the 1880s.
However it was in the 1980s under the leadership of Francis Evans that the band won many national competitions and was regarded as one of the finest bands in the area. It was also about this time that the Ireland Colliery and Chesterfield Band merged to form the Ireland Colliery Chesterfield band.
In the early 1990s the band also formed a separate youth band with youngsters from Chesterfield Borough. This band went on to win many local and national competitions. Some of those players are still with the band today.
In 2003 following the demise of the senior band a rebuilding exercise got underway and the band resumed contesting. In the years that followed the band got promotion to the First Section. While this was short lived and we are now a Third section band, the band retains the ambition to return to those contesting heights and our current players are working hard towards that end.
We are very proud of our local roots and reputation within the community, and are keen to preserve the brass banding tradition in this area of Chesterfield and Staveley. Last year we started a teaching programme for youngsters and now have a small group of talented young players who started their journey into brass on plastic instruments. This group have remained committed in spite of the challenges of Covid 19 and enjoy weekly sessions together on Zoom. These players are the future of brass banding and we are keen to grow this initiative.
A particularly rewarding feature of the band is that many of the founders have continued to actively support the band long after their children have grown up and moved on. Equally, past players have returned or stayed to help later generations. the band continues to provide a welcoming environment to all newcomers.
Before the pandemic the band had a busy and varied programme of concerts, competitions and engagements throughout the year meaning there was never a dull moment. We look forward to a return to those heady days!
About Save Our Brass Bands
Brass bands exist in every corner of the UK, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community.
But we risk losing this forever.
Brass Bands saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they ceased being able to perform in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Months later, we still don’t know when normal performances will be able to take place. A significant loss in income over the Summer months, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid compliant means that many Brass Bands are in a perilous financial situation.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing Brass Bands. Please help us to make sure they survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.
Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our Brass Bands survive this crisis.