The Oldest Civilian Band in the world!


STALYBRIDGE OLD BAND was founded in 1809, it has a long tradition in the local area and beyond. The band has always been based in the town of Stalybridge, near Manchester, England and rehearse in rooms above Judges Bar on Corporation Street right in the heart of the town.

The STALYBRIDGE OLD BAND is a non profit making, self financing organisation, which has several objectives, the main ones include the education of all people, irrespective of age, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage, to become engaged in the advancement of learning about music and playing musical instruments, to advance the communities interest in the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Tradition and to provide an organised environment for all the community to share and enjoy.

The band has an extensive music library including original manuscript copies. As a result, we can provide a wide variety of concert programmes to suit all types of venue and audience, and a band ranging from a small ensemble to a full 28 piece formation.

If you want more details, contact us.  See the Contact Page for where to find us.


You'll find lots more about the band by looking at our Early History and Recent Events.


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