Welcome to
Friendly Band
(Sowerby Bridge)
Established 1868
Welcome to the website of the Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge). We have been based in the Village of Friendly since 1868 and are proud of our history.

The band is totally self supporting, having no sponsors, and works hard all year round, performing not only locally but throughout Yorkshire. We are available for any occasion, Weddings, Birthdays, Concerts, Corporate Hospitality etc. A full Band or Ensemble can be hired to suit your needs.

We are always seeking new brass players to compliment and improve our line up (as well as help out on occasions) so why not come to one of our practices and enjoy yourself with our social group of players. We rehearse Tuesday and Friday 20:00-22:00 playing many different types of music. We also provide free tuition and free instrument loan to any person, young or old, who wishes to take up the playing of a brass instrument. Free instrument and uniform loan are also provided to players wishing to join the Band.

Thanks to the Sita Trust for their generous grant together with donations from our supporters, work has now finished on the Bandroom Roof, securing the building for many years to come. Friendly Band would like to thank you all.

The Bandroom has also been fitted with Intruder Alarms and Fire Detection Equipment to ensure the safety of all users of the building.

The Bandroom is in a prime location in the heart of Friendly Village, and we encourage any Organisation, Group or Individuals who wish to utilise the Building as a meeting place or hold a function within, to contact the Secretary expressing their interest. We wish to ensure the whole community can benefit from this work and maximise the use of the Bandroom as a Community Meeting place.

The building benefits from 2 floors, the upper being the Bandroom (which can be cleared if necessary), comprising of a large room, seperate kitchen area and ladies and gents toilet facilities. The lower level floor has a smaller main room but again has a seperate kitchen and ladies and gents toilet facilities.
Friendly Band at Hardraw Scar, September 2015
Contact us enquiries@friendlyband.org or Telephone the Secretary, Jayne Lawrance 07707697778 for all your enquiries.
Charity No. 1164724
We are currently faced (unexpectedly) with a very large repair bill to repair the main wall of the Bandroom adjoining Burnley Road. The wall is 'bowing out' away from the inner wall and requires pinning to prevent it totally collapsing. We are urgently seeking donations to help us fund the building work to secure the building and enable it to be the home of Friendly Band for generations to come. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

We are pleased to announce that the Charity Commission have granted The Friendly Band Charity Status. This will allow us to maximise all donations by the use of Gift Aid. Please contact the Secretary if you require a Gift Aid Form.

We have been contacted recently regarding performances by another local Brass Band and there appears to be confusion as to the Friendly Band name. We would like to point out that Break Away Brass have NO connection with The Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge). Whilst the Conductor and several players were former members of Friendly Band, they no longer have any connection to us.