The Oldest Civilian Brass Band in the world!


STALYBRIDGE OLD BAND was founded in 1809, and has a long and very successful tradition in the local area and beyond. The band is based in the town of Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England.

The Band's Headquarters is situated at 'Judges Bar' on Corporation Street, right in the heart of the town. Premises which are owned by the Stalybridge Old Band and named after Jack Judge, the composer of It's A Long Way To Tipperary'.

We are a Charity Commission Registered, non profit making, self financing organisation, with several objectives. Which 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 a very extensive music library, including numerous, 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.

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