Armthorpe Elmfield Band – book reveals life of 55 years of top brass

Haydn Griffiths MBE signing copies of the book 'One Man and his Band' about Armthorpe Elmfield Brass Band - this picture is free of copyright and can be used
Haydn Griffiths MBE signing copies of the book 'One Man and his Band' about Armthorpe Elmfield Brass Band - this picture is free of copyright and can be used

The trials and tribulations of more than half a century in Armthorpe brass banding is revealed in a newly launched book.

The book, ‘One man and his band’, tells the story of Armthorpe Elmfiedld Brass Band, from its early foundations in 1964 to its existence today nearly 55 years later.

It describes the band’s inception, the middle but not the end, as it continues to please; regularly giving concerts and competing in traditional brass band contests.

The book not only depicts the continuing struggle facing ‘self- funding’ brass bands, it details the achievements of the band, playing for Royalty and provides an insight into the fun and enjoyment the members have had entertaining others.

Band spokesman, Ken Trinder, said: “Haydn Griffiths MBE has been involved in banding for more than eight decades and is the ‘Man’ alluded to in the book’s title – and his Band is Armthorpe Elmfield Band.”

He added: “The book was written by one of the founder band members, Alan Barber, with contributions from band members past and present, as well as supporters and friends

“Armthorpe Elmfield Band was formed in 1964 with two learners and six Instruments the Band is entirely self-supporting and throughout this time has raised income through concerts and the usual money raising activities.

“The Band has toured France and West Germany with great success under the Town Twinning arrangements of Doncaster Council. The Band was chosen to play for Her Majesty the Queen at a Luncheon in Doncaster, for the visit of HRH Princess Margaret and for the Duke of Edinburgh in Harrogate, HRH the Duke of Kent, at Thorne and the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire at Sheffield and the Princess Royal at Thorne, and again at Fishlake.” Arranging music for the brass band has taken quite a lot of time and to date has more than 1,200 arrangements. is available at £9.99 from the band or contact alanbarber3@gmail.com or ken.trinder@btinternet.com email addresses.