History of the band

Introduction

Armthorpe Elmfield Band was founded by Haydn Griffiths MBE in 1964 from 2 players and 6 instruments. The band was formed to give everyone a chance to become involved in music particularly children.

The band soon became affiliated to the youth service and at one time the junior section of the band had over fifty members.

From humble beginnings the band grew as a result of one man’s lifelong dedication, vision and passion for teaching. Haydn introduced brass music to hundreds of students over the years, many of whom still play for bands, or are still active members of his beloved Armthorpe Elmfield Band to this day.

Armthorpe Elmfield have gone from strength to strength throughout their years, with a string of successes.

Honours and Successes over the years

  • Winners of youth entertainment contest at the royal festival hall, London and the royal court theatre, Liverpool
  • Radio Humberside band of the year, 1984
  • Radio Sheffield band of the year
  • Yorkshire and Humberside champions 1984
  • Tetley open champions winner, 3rd section 1985 and prize winners 1983 and 1986
  • Yorkshire champions winner 3rd section 1989, 3rd place in 2000
  • National champions CISWO contest 4th section 1975 and 1982; 3rdsection 1989; runners up 2nd section 1993 and prize winners most years
  • Silver club award in the BBC North Champions 2000
  • Yorkshire champions 3rd section 2001
  • Winners 3rd section Queens Golden Jubilee Award in 2002
  • 2nd in the Yorkshire Regionals in 2012, representing Yorkshire at Cheltenham 2012, 4th section
  • 3rd place in Yorkshire regionals, 4th section 2018- promoted back into the 3rd section

The band has played for  royalty-  the Queen, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Kent, High Sheriff of South Yorkshire all under the baton of Haydn.