In 1899 a group of Derbyshire villagers came together to form what became one of the country’s leading brass bands.
Today Creswell Colliery Band is still going strong and the band’s history has been brought back to life in a new film.
Junction Arts, in Chesterfield, joined forces with film maker Ian Nesbitt to produce the documentary which explores the past, present and future of the band.
Over the years the band has won competitions both nationally and internationally, claiming The British Open Championships title in 1925 and becoming world champions of the Trombone Quartet competition in 1945.
The band has also made several records, performed on television and radio hundreds of times and played in front of royalty including King Edward VII, King George V and the present Queen.
Mr Nesbitt said: “It’s more than 20 years since the pit was closed but the band is still going, without any backing.”
The film focuses on an event in early 70s when the band became the first in the world to play down a pit.
Mr Nesbitt added: “The band is a community within a community. A lot of people talk about the sense of camaraderie and togetherness they get.”
Members range in age from six to 80 with some having been in the band for over 30 years.
BAND members past and present attended the premiere screening of the film - called Underground Music - at Creswell Old Miners’ Welfare last week.
Ami Aubrey of Junction Arts which funded the event along with Limestone Journeys, said: “It was a great event. “Around 80 people attended including a 90-year-old lady who was talking about when the pit closed.
“A lot said it would be the last time they would all be together again in the miners’ welfare.”
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