After the pit closed in 1968 the band relocated to nearby Stanley when the Ever Ready battery company took over sponsorship which saw the band transformed from being a small colliery band into an internationally recognised works band, performing concerts the length and breadth of the country and regularly appearing on national radio and television. After the battery factory closed the band were self-supporting until the North’s leading motor retailer, Reg Vardy plc, took over sponsorship in 2004. The band’s reputation as the premier brass band in the North of England has seen a partnership formed with Geneva Instruments, an instrument manufacturer based in the North Yorkshire town of Stokesley, who’s instruments are played by many of the world’s leading professional brass players.
The band have cemented a formidable reputation in competitions, featuring in the prizes at the National and British Open an World Championships and becoming one of the most successful brass bands in history, having won their Regional Championships more times than any other brass band in the country and they are the only North East band to have competed in every major UK competition as well as the World Championships in Kerkrade.
Away from competitions the Reg Vardy Band are renowned for giving high quality concerts of new original music alongside the more traditional brass band repertoire, appearing in theatres, churches, schools and community halls all around the north of England. Some of the higher profile engagements recently were a live broadcast for a BBC Songs of Praise programme from South Shields, the French Open Brass Band Championships Gala Concert in Amboise, and performing alongside a specially assembled chorus in a very moving performance of The Durham Hymns to commemorate the centenary of WW1 ending at Durham Gala Theatre.
Dates and Times
- Box office
- 01423 502116
- Oxford Street,
- HG1 1QF