About the Band

In mid April 2015 a group of children, parents and friends decided to form a brass band.

They had no instruments, no premises and no music. What they did have was purpose and determination to succeed.

On May 16 2015 Rother Vale Community Band held its first practice. Every player who needed an instrument had one and the pride and joy in each player’s face was there for all to see. This would not have been possible without the support of Brass Bands England who were so helpful in providing advice, guidance and contacts who could help the band along the way. The band are also grateful to Thurcroft Parish Church for providing a practice venue and to Simon Mansfield and the Rotherham Music Service who have supported us magnificently.

The band was fortunate to secure the services of Ken Vernon as its first Musical Director, who has said that it an honor to be asked to fulfil the role. Ken has been involved with the brass band movement for over 50 years, as a player of high regard in his early playing career and then as Musical Director.

30 May 2015 saw another key milestone reached when John Swift  formally launched the band at its current home of Thurcroft Parish Church.

On the evening of its first anniversary concert Ken Vernon led the band for the final time as he retired as Musical Director.

31 May 2016 brought the announcement of Terry Clifford as the band’s new Musical Director.

In May 2017 the band cemented its relationship with Maltby Miners Welfare by becoming Maltby Miners Welfare Training Band.