We’re hugely proud at Moon to sponsor the world renowned Black Dyke Band; a fantastic fellow Yorkshire success story.
The Black Dyke Band was formed in 1855. Most of its musicians both lived in Queensbury (just 12 miles from our own mill in Guiseley) and worked at the Black Dyke Mill, so a close link between the band and the community was formed which remains to this day. The Band has always been at the forefront of Brass Band activity, making one of the earliest Brass Band recordings in 1904 and embarking on a five month tour of Canada and the United States in 1906, on which it played in over 200 concerts and traveled over 13,000 miles.
The Band has made over 350 recordings; famous ‘collaborations’ have been with Former Prime Minister Edward Heath who was guest conductor on one track, whilst Paul McCartney and Wings broke new ground with the Band with another. The Beatles link is strong, with Black Dyke dedicating an entire album to brass band versions of the Beatles Greatest hits.
After winning the National Brass Band Championships of Britain for a record 23rd time (in 2014), this year they perform a coveted slot on the main stage at Glastonbury! Spot the ‘Moon’ adorned music stands in the screencaps below. Congratulations to all at the Black Dyke Band; you can view a BBC feature on their Pyramid Stage performance here: