Band Rules


The Management Team of Pennine Brass, hereafter referred to as 'the band', is elected annually after the AGM and meets every two months, or as required.

All matters concerning the organisation, planning, operation and financing of the band should be referred to the Management Team for discussion and action.

Members of the band are requested to inform the Management Team, through any member of that team, of any suggestions, ideas or complaints concerning the band's activities.


Applications: Shall be in writing to the band General Secretary on the designated membership application form.

Auditions: Players may be required to be auditioned by the Musical Director

Probation: Players may be required to serve three months probation before being formally elected as Full Members of the band.

Election: Full Membership of the band will follow approval of the membership application at a Management Team Meeting.

Subscriptions: The current subscription is payable by Full Members, with reductions for students in full-time education and Members who are retired. These subscriptions are reviewed annually and may be paid annually or quarterly in advance.

Rehearsals: The band currently rehearses twice a week, on Monday and Friday evenings. Other rehearsals may be required, which wherever possible will be called at a minimum of two weeks notice.

Registration of Players: Playing Members of the band may be registered by the band as members of the band with the British Brass Band Registry.

Affiliations: The band is a member of the British Federation of Brass Bands and the Huddersfield Brass Band Association.

Resignations: Members wishing to resign from the band shall do so in writing to the band General Secretary of the band, giving at least one month's notice. Playing Members who resign may seek, or be offered, Associate Membership of the band to maintain a non-playing association with the band

Termination of Membership: The Management Team shall have the power, by notice in writing to a member, to summarily terminate their membership of the band in any of the following circumstances:-

1. If such a member is considered to be in arrears with regard to their Subscription or any other monies owed to the band.
2. If such a member is guilty of any gross misconduct that, in the opinion of the Management Team, is detrimental to the band wherever it occurs.
3. If, in the opinion of the Musical Director, the musical standard of the individual is not maintained to an adequate level, and this view is endorsed by the Management Team.
4. If such a member is considered to be in breach of the band Rules and, following appropriate warnings, has not improved their conduct.
5. A member whose membership is terminated under the above, or a member who voluntarily resigns, shall return all the band property held at the termination of their membership, in such a condition as shall satisfy the Management Team.



Members shall at all times conduct themselves in an acceptable manner and with consideration for other Members and the general public. The deportment, appearance and total demeanour of the band are part of the service the band provides to its clients and has to be as high a standard as the musical performance.


1. Playing Members are expected to attend each scheduled band rehearsal and engagement.
2. Playing Members must indicate on the band Engagement Sheets whether or not they are available for the engagement as early as possible. The unavailability of any particular player can only be handled effectively when there is sufficient time to make alternative arrangements, if appropriate. All endeavours should be made to provide a minimum of 14 days notice of absence from band engagements.
3. Playing Members must indicate on the band Rehearsal Sheets if they will be unavailable for any scheduled rehearsals. This indication should be made as early as possible in order that changes to the rehearsal can be considered in advance if necessary.
4. In the event of last minute unavailability, playing Members must make every effort to inform the Bandmaster (or if unavailable another member of the Management Team) in person or by telephone as soon as possible.
5. Playing Members who will not be available for engagements are requested to assist with arrangements for replacement players by suggesting alternative personnel from other sources.


Band Members are expected to make their music parts available at all times for rehearsals and engagements. If a player cannot attend a rehearsal or engagement, they must ensure that their music is forwarded to the band in their absence, or left with the band in anticipation of their absence.


Band Members are expected to assist with the setting up and packing away of chairs, stands and other equipment at rehearsals and engagements.
The Management Team greatly appreciates assistance in moving equipment to and from engagements.

Time keeping

Band Members should arrive at engagement venues by the time stated and wear the full uniform specified. Sufficient time should be allowed for travelling and parking, where appropriate.


The band uniform is worn for all engagements unless explicitly notified otherwise.

Band Members are:

The band performance uniform is:

Gentlemen: Black trousers, white shirt, band tie, black socks and shoes

Ladies: Black skirt or trousers, white shirt, band tie, black shoes and 'barely black' tights.


Members who are issued with the band Property, including items of Uniform, will be required to sign the appropriate Property Register on issue of the property. The register will also be signed off when the item is returned to the band.

Members are expected to maintain in good working order and keep clean any property issued to them.

Members are expected to safeguard any property issued to them.

Members will return to the band any property issued to them when requested by the Management Team, or when leaving the band.

Playing Members are expected to keep music parts in good order and tidy within the appropriate music folders.

Members who wish to borrow individual parts of music from the Library will be required to sign the Music Loan Register, and return the music at the earliest opportunity.


The General Secretary, or designated deputy, will make provisional arrangements for the band's engagements. No other committee member or the band member should liaise, organise in detail or negotiate without the prior consent of the Management Team.

Detailed arrangements for the staging of the engagement and transport of equipment etc. will be made by bandmaster.

Band Members are expected to assist the Bandmaster in their arrangements for staging and transport./p>



(as of May 2002)

Honorary President Vacant
Chair John Lockwood
General Secretary Bruce Jones
Treasurer Mike Pearson
Band Master Graham Batley
Team Member Robin Morgan<
Team Member Pete Denton
Team Member Leanne Porthouse
Team Member Ruth Milnes