After our champion performance in winning the North West Area 3rd section at Blackpool in February, we’re off to Cheltenham on Sunday 17th September!
About Hawk Green Band
Hawk Green Band is a friendly, sociable, brass band based in Marple, Cheshire. We currently compete in the 3rd Section and enjoy a busy concert schedule throughout the year, playing at a variety of locations and competing at various contests across the North West and other parts of the country.
We rehearse twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (8pm – 10pm) at The Charles Ingham Bandroom in Marple Memorial Park, Marple. If you’d like to come down for a blow or are interested in a vacancy, please get in touch with us via the contact form.
So good they named it thrice!
Hawk Green Brass Band was established in 1982, but was originally called Marple Brass, which later became The Marple ‘B’ Band. The band was renamed Hawk Green Band in 1997.
The band was intended to be the feeder band for The Marple Band, but established itself as a band in its own right and began entering contests and competitions as far back as 1987, when it came 7th at The NWABBA Buxton Competition (in the section then called, ‘C’ Division) as The Marple ‘B’ Band.
It won its first competition at Pontin’s under the guidance of Peter Christian. The ‘B’ Band, however, became successful in in its own right and developed over time into a thriving organisation with its own independent character, supporting the community and playing in concerts and contests. Eventually, under Peter, the band rose to the 2nd Section and competed in ‘The Nationals’ under his guidance. Sarah Groake-Booth took over as Musical Director and Hawk Green rose to the 1st Section. The Band competed in both 1st and 2nd Sections between 1999 and 2006.
Under the current Musical Director, Neil Hewson, the band has risen from the 4th Section to 3rd Section and has recently represented the North West Area, not once, not twice but three times at the National Finals of Great Britain in Cheltenham: once in the 4th Section in 2012, and twice in the 3rd Section. The band’s 3rd Section 2013 appearance at the Finals secured them 3rd place nationally. Their most recent visit to Cheltenham in September 2019, also in the 3rd Section saw the band come a most respectable 9th out of 18 bands.