New Mills Band or New Mills Old Prize Band to give them their proper title is the inheritor of a proud tradition going back 200 years. Its origin lies in a brass and reed band formed in 1811 or 1812 by Timothy Beard and can lay claim to being one of the oldest, if not the oldest, brass band in continuous existence in the country.
Beginning as a brass and reed band, it was also at times both an entirely brass then a reed band (in 1869), before finally reverting to a brass band around the turn of the century. It continues as a community band to this day, with up to 20 engagements a year and can regularly be seen at New Mills Carnival, New Mills Christmas Lights switch on and many other regular events within the New Mills calendar.
New Mills Band rehearses Mondays at Thornsett Band Room, High Hill Road, New Mills from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, for the learners group, and 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm for the main band. It welcomes experienced players as well as adult and child learners.