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.

National Finals

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.

Hawk Green Band News

Catch up with what the band has been up to!

Coronavirus Update

Monday 16th March, 2020 10.35pm * Information for events organisers regarding confirmed events and booking enquiries* (this latest update can be downloaded here – should you need a printable copy for your records/organisation) We wish Read more…

Wychavon Winners!

Early November saw the band secure the title of Third Section Winners for the second year running at the Wychavon Festival of Brass with a brilliantly entertaining programme of music from ‘across the pond’. Our Read more…

Contact us

If you'd like to get in touch about booking the band; learn about vacancies; or just to enquire about coming down for a blow; the easiest way to contact us is to use the form oppostite/below. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Bandroom Address

Charles Ingham Bandroom
76 Station Road
Cheshire  SK6 6NY


Booking enquiries: booking@hawkgreenband.co.uk
Vacancy enquiries: contact@hawkgreenband.co.uk
General enquiries: contact@hawkgreenband.co.uk

Contact Hawk Green Band

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Hawk Green Band Coronavirus Update

Monday 16th March, 2020 10.35pm
* Information for events organisers regarding confirmed events and booking enquiries*

We wish to bring to your attention the current position of Hawk Green Band due to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19:

As of 16th March 2020, Hawk Green Band has cancelled all rehearsals, concerts, events and any other person-to-person, band-related business following the advice issued by Brass Bands England (BBE) and the Prime Minister. We hope any cancelled events can be re-scheduled, or indeed that we receive advice from relevant organisations including the government and BBE that we may resume business as usual, may still go ahead.

You can read our full statement regarding this action on below, together with useful links to appropriate organisations regarding advice about COVID-19.

The preliminary steps we have taken for now, is to contact all event organisers of booked engagements with Hawk Green Band up to and [presently] including 31st August 2020 [although this is subject to change]. This is to give ample time to those organisations to contact all necessary persons should events need to be cancelled or rescheduled.

All previously confirmed engagements shall remain in the band's calendar with details advising that the event is presently cancelled or that the event may still proceed (as other organisations may not have been issued with the same advice which brass bands have) but without the participation of Hawk Green Band. Should the advice to refrain from performing at events be rescinded prior to the date of any previously confirmed engagement, we shall contact the event organiser to see if they still wish or require Hawk Green Band to perform at their event.

Any booking requests not confirmed or received prior to 16th March 2020 will still be provisionally entered in the band's diary, but we bring to your attention that until we have received advice that normal band business and activities can resume, we cannot confirm any new engagements.

Event organisers with previously confirmed dates, who wish to reschedule their event may do so as soon as they have proposed new dates in mind. Rescheduled event date requests shall take precedence over any presently unconfirmed booking enquiry, or booking enquiries received after 16th March 2020.

We appreciate and recognise the impact the action Hawk Green Band has had to take may have on you and your organisation, and thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Previous Hawk Green Band Coronavirus updates:

Monday 16th March 2020, 6.35pm
* All band business including rehearsals and events cancelled until further notice *

Further to our earlier communication today to events organisers advising of the possibility of events being cancelled due to too few members choosing or being able to attend rehearsals and/or events owing to the need to self-isolate in order to protect themselves and/or people in their care from coming into contact or contracting COVID-19, we have since received the following advice from Brass Bands England

Update [ from BBE ] 16/03/20 17:30

The Government has tonight updated its guidance to avoid all non-essential contact. Brass bands are non-essential. BBE now recommends to our members and the wider brass band community that all in person brass band activity is stopped for the foreseeable future. This includes rehearsals, concerts, contests, committee meetings, other group activity and individual lessons. 

Therefore it is with heavy heart that in view of the advice received from BBE and the Government to avoid social gatherings, we are cancelling all scheduled rehearsals, concerts, contests, committee meetings and other group activity related to the organisation: Hawk Green Band with immediate effect.

Any booking enquiries received will be responded to and provisional dates will still be entered into our events diary, unfortunately no firm bookings will be made until we receive further advice that our band business can resume to normal.

We will continue to post updates on our website and Facebook pages  and will be contacting event organisers with a copy of this statement. We thank you for your understanding during this worrying and difficult period, and thank you for choosing and supporting Hawk Green Band.

Useful links with information regarding COVID-19:

If as a result of having to self-isolate, or due to events being cancelled you are feeling isolated and vulnerable; unable to conduct normal activities including shopping, collecting prescriptions etc please do seek help from your friends, family, neighbours and local community groups. Please do not worry or suffer in silence: this is a worrying and distressing time for everyone and now is the time to pull together to help the most vulnerable amongst us. People are happy to help.

Monday 16th March 2020, 10.08am
* Hawk Green Band Coronavirus/Events Update *

In view of current global events: the spread of Coronavirus - we wish to update you regarding upcoming events and advise what Hawk Green Band are doing to limit the risks presented by the transmission of COVID-19 at any of our events. As an organisation, we have a duty of care to our players, members and the general public, and are following the advice issued by Brass Bands England (BBE) which can be found here https://www.bbe.org.uk/…/bbe-statement-the-covid-19-pandemic

Presently, there has been no instruction or advice from the BBE to cancel events, but this is an evolving situation and we are closely monitoring advice from the following agencies: BBE, the NHS, the Government and the World Health Organisation. However, as an organisation, we must respect and support the decision and right of every member of our band to not attend rehearsals and/or concerts/events during this worrying and uncertain period, because of the need to self-isolate in order to protect themselves or someone they care for, from coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19. There is no plan at this moment in time from Hawk Green Band to cancel events, but we must advise that should we not have enough band members to perform at an event then this is a likely possibility. We will keep all event organisers updated as soon as it becomes apparent an event is not viable.

We are also aware that your own organisation will be taking necessary steps to limit the worry, concern and spread of COVID-19 at your event and we ask that where events do go ahead, that your organisation gives careful thought to the provision of adequate facilities to enable hand-washing/sanitisation before, during and after the event for your event attendees, organisers and members of Hawk Green Band.

You may, as an organisation be considering the possibility of choosing to cancel your event. Should this be the course of action your organisation chooses, it will be fully supported by Hawk Green Band and at no detriment to yourselves. Hawk Green Band respects the decision of any event organiser to cancel an event in light of the current global situation.

Thank you for choosing and supporting Hawk Green Band