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Welcome to the Diggle Band of Saddleworth!

The official website of the Diggle Band.

Diggle Band is a traditional amateur English Pennine village brass band consisting of 25 players, 2 percussionists and a conductor. Diggle Band's revival has been remarkable.  From reforming in 1996, the band has risen from a first place in the 4th section in their first ever appearance at the NW championship in 2000, up through the 3rd, 2nd and 1st section - qualifying a total of three times for the National finals, crowned National champions once (3rd section) - to gaining promotion to the Championship section in 2015. The band regularly performs music from a wide repertoire in concerts both locally and nationally and also takes part in a number of brass band competitions each year.For booking details please email the event secretary This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Death of Alan Rhodes

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of band President Alan Rhodes early this Tuesday 17th October 2017. Alan has not enjoyed the best of health in the past year and had to spend his last few months away from his beloved home at Harrop Green Farm.

Alan Rhodes was Diggle Band’s president since the band was reformed in 1996; he played a significant role in making the dream of once again having a band in Diggle came true. He made an indelible mark on the band's history, and we wish to extend our sincere condolences to his wife Dorothy and the rest of the family. The band will never forget him or his contribution.


St George's Day Concert 22nd April 2018

Join us for a St George's Day Celebration at our own Club
Conductor: MelvIn Tay
Guest: mezzo soprano, Rachel Colley
Tickets can be purchased on the door or in advance from
Diggle Post Office, or call 07708 313773
Price £7.00 - Includes hot supper

Review: Diggle Band at Boarshurst Band Club 12th November '17

Full article available at:

A winter warmer from Saddleworth’s

Championship section Band

After a scorching summer performance, Diggle Band returned to the Boarshurst Band Club with a real winter warmer. Once more, the Boarshurst audience was treated to a superb concert which warmed the cockles of our heart. For six of your finest British Pounds, a delightful night with some great solo pieces.

As for the programme, a lovely mix of brass banding classics and something new to engage the audience. This was not your microwaved pub lasagne with a perfunctory garnish. This was a Sunday dinner with freshly cooked vegetables, the finest beef, and a home made Yorkshire Pudding.

Diggle Band’s Musical Director, Steven Walsh said he was fifteen years old when he last went to Boarshurst Band Club. Back then, he was playing for Linthwaite Band. On Whit Friday, he would have seen Robert Knight’s pork pies and the plethora of sandwiches and other snacks they sold. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Last night, he left Boarshurst Band Club on a high.

NW Area 2018

The NW Area Championship took place at Blackpool on Sunday 25th February 2018.

Test piece for the 1st section was Brass Metamorphosis - James Curnow.

The band was pleased with their performance on stage and received great feedback, but the result in the end was slightly disappointing. What a great effort of everybody in the Band who has pulled together in the last few weeks with the shared goal to get us on the stage in Blackpool. A special thanks to Melvin Tay for his hard work, encouragement and motivation, and for the musical reading of this piece!

Onwards and upwards!

Whit Friday 2017

Absolutely thrilled with the results from yesterday, crossed over the border into Tameside– 9 contests done and six prizes to show for: 1 x 2nd overall, 2 x 3rd overall, 2 x local prizes and a prize for the highest placed Band involved in the Whit Walks (the Marian Bainbridge Cup) at Mossley. Thanks to the gentlemen from the Yorkshire corps of drums for adding a special note to our marching and for teaching us how to 'fall out' ;-)

Diggle Band on iTV

Fame at last! Did you watch us on Tele? itv tonight 4/05/2017
Don't worry if you missed it, it  is still on iplayer for another 14 days until 2nd June 2017

Pictures from the TV recording


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