The picture shows the Black Dyke Heritage Centre situated in the old bandroom. The wooden stands were made in the mill joiners shop and have been an important part of the bands history. Every player carved their names into their stand as a lasting legacy.
Everyone associated with Black Dyke Band is fully aware that they represent a truly unique musical organisation – one that has a proud heritage that spans over 160 years of remarkable achievement.
It is a heritage that combines both artistic and competitive excellence, collaborations and partnerships that has no equal in its field of amateur music making.
The band has worked with some of the greatest and most celebrated professional musicians, artists, performers and celebrities in the world – from The Beatles to Andre Previn, Oscar nominated film makers to former Prime Ministers.
Many of the brass band world’s finest composers have written works for them, whilst many of its players have gone on to perform with some of the world’s finest professional orchestras. The band has a recording history unparalleled by any other brass band and a competitive record of success without equal.
In initiating this project, the current custodians of Black Dyke’s musical excellence are attempting to preserve this heritage, in order that it can be shared by lovers of brass band music, academics and the general public for generations to come.
The Black Dyke Heritage Project comprises:
- The Black Dyke Heritage Centre - A living museum of artefacts and memorabilia
- The Heritage Website - History of the band and their people, with personal testimonies and sound recordings
- Educational Outreach - Development and delivery of Arts Award Explorer qualifications to young people.
Future priorities include:
- Development of our heritage collection
- Share our heritage with the brass band movement and beyond
- Enable research and archival study
- Deliver Educational resources and training