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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' ;-)

Pictures from the TV recording


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


Diggle Band 2016

Steven Walsh (Musical Director)

Steven Walsh

Steven was born in Huddersfield and began to play the Euphonium at the age of 10 in the Linthwaite Band.

In 1994 Steven began lessons at Huddersfield Music College with the Euphonium legend Geoffrey Whitham and very soon Steven’s talents were recognised when he became the principal Euphonium of the Hepworth band at the age of 16.

During the same period he made regular appearances with the James Shepherd Versatile Brass. At age of 18 Steven was asked to join the famous Leyland band  under the charismatic direction of Richard Evans.

Steven has been principal Euphonium in some of England’s top brass bands, but regards his years with the Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band under his mentor Professor David King as his most successful, recording numerous award- winning CDs, winning the All England Masters, the British Open and representing England in the European Championships on 3 occasions, winning twice. He  also performed in the Sydney Opera House as part of the YBS ‘Kings of Europe’ Tour in 2005.

In 2006 Steven completed his Masters in musical performance at Salford University.

In 2007 Steven was awarded the Best Euphonium and overall brass winner of the European solo championships held in Birmingham, beating musicians from all over Europe.
In 2009 Steven joined the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band on Principal Euphonium and was awarded the ‘Best Soloist’ prize at the 2009 British Open Championships. He then went on to win the Yorkshire Area in 2010 and 2011 and was awarded with the ‘Best Instrumentalist’. The highlight of his tenure with the band was winning the National Brass Band Championships in 2010 & 2011

Steven leads master classes throughout Europe and the UK as a Yamaha artist.

Kirsten Stott (was Thomas) re-joins Foden's Band

We announce with regrets that Kirsten Stott (was Thomas) has decided to leave Diggle Band to re-join Foden's.We are extremely grateful for all the hard work Kirsten has put into the band in the last half a year and we wish her all the best; our loss is Foden's gain.

Fodens's press statement: http://www.fodensband.co.uk/about/news/kirsten-stott-thomas-returns-to-fodens/

Following the departure of Ryan Coates Foden's are pleased to announce the signing of Kirsten Stott (Thomas) who joins on 2nd Cornet. Kirsten originally joined Foden's aged 16 in 1985 on Flugel Horn and was instrumental in helping the band win numerous Area's, All England Masters, European Championships and BBC Band of the Year Contests. Kirsten left Foden's in 1994 and returned to playing in March this year when she joined the Diggle Band before moving to Principal Cornet with them. Kirsten returned to Foden's to help the band record their latest CD Patrons Choice X last weekend and will officially join in January. All at Foden's are extremely pleased to welcome such an experienced and accomplished player back to Foden's.

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.


Diggle Band is a registered charity (No: 1070278)

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