Imps Boost Youth Brass

Before the summer break, our Principal Cornet Player, Alan Fowler had been working with Gommersal Primary School and their Brass Club.


 6 year 4 children were given the opportunity at Easter to learn to play a brass instrument  with teaching assistant Jane Barker. Also another teaching assistant at school wanted to have a go so Emma joins in too. Kirklees music school were able to loan 6 cornets.

The children meet up on a Wednesday lunch time for 40 mins and are learning  to play the cornet  and read music. On 25th May Alan went in to see how the group were getting on. He joined in with the group, giving the children helpful tips and techniques to help with their playing and listened to them all play.

The children were very excited to see him as he played in the schools assembly back in February so the children could hear the instrument and hopefully inspire them to have a go.


Alan was very impressed with their  progress and is looking forward to when they can play in a school assembly! All the children enjoyed Alan’s second visit, especially when he and Jane played the Star Wars Theme tune! The tune is in their book so it has inspired them to get practicing to play the theme themselves.

If you would like to have one of the band visit your school for some inspiration then get in touch!

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Update From Imps

It has been a while since we have posted on the website, and for good reason too! We (the Imps) have been hard at work preparing for several contests and concerts, as well as working with a new conductor – it has all been a bit hectic recently!

Spring Festival

The Imps didn’t have the best of weekends at this years spring festival, with Philip Sparkes Music for Battle Creek, however we did manage to give a performance worthy enough to stay in the Senior Cup. Now to some, this would be disappointing, however the band came off stage happy in the knowledge that we all performed together and enjoyed our time on stage with new conductor Steve Walsh.

Whit Friday

Fresh from the unfruitful weekend in Blackpool, the Imps were more determined than ever to pick themselves back up and restore some glory (and some funds into the coffers) at the Whit Friday Marches.

We competed in 10 Tameside contests and 1 in Saddleworth managing two first places on the Tameside circuit against strong opposition from bands such as Fodens, Leyland, Wingates and Rothwell.

Full results can be found here.


After working with Steve Walsh for the past 2 months, Steve has won over the band, not only earning the trust and respect of the band but he has brought a vibrancy and energy to the band that really engaged all players and improved the band. We hope that Steve continues his great work with the band, especially after leading us to our two victories on Whit Friday.


We would like to thank everyone who showed an interest in the vacancy.


The band have made a few changes to the players and would like to welcome several new members to the band.

Firstly, we would like to welcome Dawn McKone, who came out of retirement before the areas to help us out and just can’t get enough. Dawn has joined the band on Repiano, adding some great experience to the back row bench. Dawn is camera shy and very elusive!!

Secondly, we welcome Roy Taylor onto the back row bench too who joins us from Old Silkstone. Roy has tons of experience with top flight brass bands and his move is very much welcomed in the Imps cornet section.


From the other side of the world, we welcome Ash Paradise. Ash moved from Australia to England some few months ago and has since moved to Yorkshire and joined Imps on the Solo Cornet line. Ash has been welcomed to the ladies cohort of the band with open arms, totting the number of ladies in the band to 3!



The band are accepting applications for the following positions:

Soprano Cornet

3rd Cornet


If you would like to be part of this forward thinking championship section Band please phone our player manager (Chris Newbery) on 07930648825 or email him at for a confidential discussion.

Upcoming Concerts

The band is looking forward to working with the Trinity Church in Ossett again for its Best of British Concert on the 11th June. To get more information on the event then click here.


We are also looking forward to performing as art of Leeds Concert Series in Roundhay Park on the 14th August. More information can be found here.

Imps 80th Anniversary Celebrations

Later on in the year, we will be celebrating the anniversary of our 80th year of music making. We will be hosting a concert on the 22nd October in Ossett Town Hall and we are hoping to perform a joint program with the Imps Veterans.

If you are an Imp of past then get in touch – the more the merrier!

Stay posted for more updates!

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Spring Festival Preview Concert 2016

Following on from the previous success of these events, The Imps will be holding another preview concert at the University of Huddersfield on the 8th May.11034443_779759122101119_6329648652205933797_o

The Yorkshire Imps will be joined on the night by: Wingates who will be performing Of Distant Memories by Gregson, and The Oldham and Lees Brass Band, who will also be performing their test piece, James Cook Circumnavigator by Vinter.

After the interval, there will be a short concert put on by the Imps.

Preview concert Spring Festival 2016

Doors open at 19:00, and the concert begins at 19:30.

Entry is free.

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Confirm your attendance here.

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A Tribute to Alan Exley: MD and Principal Cornet

Members of the Yorkshire Imperial Band will be paying tribute to their former Principal Cornet and Musical Director Alan Exley, at his funeral on Friday 8th April at 2.00pm, at Silkstone Church, High Street, Silkstone (S75 4JN). The cremation will take place at 3:30pm, at Grenoside Crematorium, 5, Skew Hill Lane, (S35 8RZ). A post funeral reception will take place at the Rose and Crown Pub, Barnsley Road, Hoylandswaine, (S36 7JA)

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Alan and the Yorkshire Imperial Band

Alan died in hospital following a bravely fought battle with cancer, on Wednesday 23rd March.  Aged 63, he enjoyed a highly successful playing career culminating in his appointment as principal cornet at Imps in 1983.  A decade later he relinquished his solo cornet role to take up the position of Musical Director, a post he held until 1997.

Alan loved his music and brought discipline and dedication to the role.  His work with the band was characterised by meticulous attention to detail whilst retaining the “soul” of the music. He was a great advocate of the “smooth rounded and controlled sound”.  During his four year conducting tenure the band secured 11 top 3 placings in national contests including wins in the 1993 Yorkshire Area and 1995 Brass in Concert.

Those who wish to be reminded of his wonderful playing can click on the link to hear his performance of  “Mexican Evening”  recorded with the Yorkshire Imperial Band in 1984.

Alan Remembered

“Alan was an Imps legend as a cornet player when I joined the band. My first rehearsal was Tuesday after the masters 1993 and he worked the band flat out for a Thursday night concert. My first thoughts were how efficient he was and what a work rate.

The concert on the Thursday was amazing I hadn’t seen a conductor have the audience in the palm of his hand all concert before. It was like Alan had cast an entertainment spell on them and the band just added the final topping to the Exley show. People could come to imps concerts Alan would do his thing and the audience would go home thinking the band were amazing even if the band hadn’t played a note.

There are two high points which stand out to me: October 1995, marching onto the Wembley turf, Alan leading us at the rugby world cup to a crowd of 80000 people and TV audience of 35 million worldwide, not once but twice.

The second was in November 1995,  winning Brass in Concert at Spennymoor even after time penalty points.

Alan Exley a true Imps legend”.

Jason Nowell

Alan’s playing career started at Clayton West Band on third cornet.  His musical talent clearly stood since he was recruited to Brighouse and Rastrick at the of 12 and was a member of the band that won the World Championship title in 1968 under the direction of Walter Hargreaves.  Alan’s tremendous range, formidable technique, beautiful sound and lyrical playing marked him out as one of the outstanding players of his generation and were factors in his winning the coveted titles of Champion Soloist of Great Britain and the Granada Champion Soloist.   Prior to joining Imps he played with many of the top bands in the country, including Black Dyke Mills and Grimethorpe and he was principal cornet for Hammonds Sauce Works, Carlton Main Colliery and Stanshawe Bands.

Throughout his career Alan gave generously of his time to helping and encouraging bands and players. He conducted Ecclesfield Band in 1977, leading them to the Fourth Section National Championship of Great Britain and Senior Trophy titles in 1978. He also enjoyed success with Askern Colliery, Dinnington Colliery and Old Silkstone Bands.

A versatile and hard-working musician, he was committed to making music a pleasurable and memorable experience for the listener and performer alike.  He will be sadly missed.

“Alan Exley, a true Imps legend”

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Imps Announce Spring Festival MD….

Since the recent departure of the bands MD Stig Mærsk, the band have received several applications to fill the position of Musical Director. 

After several IMPressive rehearsals, the band have appointed Steve Walsh to take the band to the Spring Festival and to Whit Friday. We are looking forward to working with Steve. 

Auditions will resume after both contests.

Keep posted for information on the Spring Festival Preview Concert that is due to take place on the 8th May.

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