Our History

Sherwood Forest Brass (formerly Thoresby Colliery Youth Band), was formed in 2000 by Musical Director, Christine Gent, who was playing Solo Horn for Thoresby Colliery Band at the time. 

In 2003, the Band gained their first win in the Unregistered Section at the LBBA Competition. The Band's success continued after they entered the Fourth Section, and in their second visit to the Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band Festival in January 2006, they became Champions of the Fourth Section. This success was repeated in the same contest in January 2007, and after two consecutive years of being Champions, along with a 3rd place in the East Midlands Area competition, they were invited to contest in the National Finals in September 2008.

Promotion to The Third Section
After further successes at both the Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band Festival and the Midlands Area Contest in 2009, the band were promoted to the Third Section in January 2010 and continued to contest in this Section.

10 Years Anniversary Celebrations
In September 2010 the Band celebrated their 10 year Anniversary with a fantastic concert featuring past and present members, and performances starring guest soloists including Michael Dodd and Mark Walters. Many of today's players have been members of Sherwood Forest Brass since it was formed in 2000.

Contest successes
In 2014, Sherwood Forest Brass were awarded 2nd place in the Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band Festival, and 4th place the following year in 2015. 

15th Anniversary Celebrations
On 11th October 2015, Sherwood Forest Brass celebrated their 15th Anniversary with a fantastic concert at Clipstone Welfare. In recent years, many young players have learnt to play a musical instrument with the band, and this concert was the perfect opportunity to showcase our growing talent. Not only that, a lot of players that have played with the band in recent years came along to play too.

Our Mission
To offer anyone the opportunity to play, and learn to play a brass or percussion instrument within a band atmosphere. We pride ourselves that if you want to learn or play, we will not turn you away.

We currently have two Bands - The Little Acorns, and the Sherwood Forest Brass Senior Band (4th Section). As an organisation we do not charge for our training and instrument hire, and members are expected to attend rehearsals and practice.

Whether you haven't picked up a brass instrument for years, or have never played before, you are always welcome at Sherwood Forest Brass.