Horwich RMI Band

 Re-established 2016

Horwich RMI Band


 Champions of  Great Britain 1922​


Suppliers of quality uniforms to the Horwich RMI Band

"Thank you for the rapid turn-around from order through bespoke embroidery, fitting  and delivery"

A special Thanks to Mark Wilkinson  (Fodens principal Cornet),

He will feature as guest soloist at our Grand Autumn Concert at Horwich Parish Church on 28th October.



Business Support

A huge thank you to business partners  (local and further afield)  for their generous offers of support. Rehearsal facilities, financial input, equipment, marketing, music and much more. Business working with the community - Thank you !!

Stomvi Soprano

as  played by Eddie Hill

​Horwich RMI Band

Peter Hill performed a Buble and Swing set during the band's recent concert at Victoria Hall, Bolton.

A versatile performer often seen on the wedding scene in the North West, Peter turned professional back in 2009.

The combination of Brass and Vocal entertainment can be hired out to provide that 'Something Special' to make any occasion a little bit different from the norm.


Other Bands and Individual Support

Bands, players, conductors and fans from all areas of our great Brass Band movement have generously donated or loaned their time, music, equipment and expensive instruments in order to help re-establish the great and historic name of Horwich RMI Band. Most bands have put aside their rivalry to make this work.


If you would like to support the running of the Horwich RMI Band, there are various activities where you can help ;-

Fund Raising, Events, Ticket Sales, Marketing, Recruitment, Music Library, Uniforms, Transport, Donations, Ideas, Fun, Projects etc..

Email and Telephone contact can be made via The Band Manager - See 'CONTACT' page for details.


Establishing a brass band from scratch is no easy task and one that could never be successful without the commitment of players and supporters from the local community and further afield. The reaction to the re-formation of the Horwich RMI Band has been nothing short of amazing - Thank You !!





Mark started playing the cornet aged 6 with his local band Ellenbrook and Boothstown before moving to the Walkden Band and then Besses Boys aged 13 where he stayed for 5 years on Principal Cornet. During this time Mark was also appointed Principal Cornet with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.' When he was 18 Mark joined the Wingates Band on Principal Cornet for 2 years before accepting Howard Snells offer to join the Britannia Building Society Band (now Foden's) on Principal Cornet in 1992. During this time he has been privileged to have won every major contest with Foden's including the British Open, National Finals, European Championships, Swiss, French and American Opens as well as numerous victories at the All England Masters Contest, Area Contest and Brass in Concert entertainment competitions.
As well as performing in France, America, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Italy and Ireland as a soloist Mark is also heavily involved in Youth education. Mark enjoyed 3 years as the cornet tutor with the 'National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain' and has been an entrance examiner and cornet tutor with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain' since 2000. Mark has also appeared as a cornet tutor with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Wales' 'National Youth Band of Switzerland' as well as a guest soloist with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Denmark.'

As well as being a founder member of the 'Northern Ireland Armagh Summer School' Mark is in demand on various summer schools in this country and abroad.

In 2010 Mark was appointed as 'Visiting Cornet Tutor' at the Royal Northern College of Music, Cornet Tutor at the 'University of Salford' and Cornet/Trumpet Tutor at 'Manchester Metropolitan University.'

Mark is in demand in this country and abroad as a cornet soloist, teacher, conductor and clinician.  Mark is also in demand as an adjudicator and has adjudicated at a number of leading contests including various Area Contests, National Finals, Swiss and Belgium Nationals, Grand Shield, Pontins and the All England International Masters and is also as a fully credited member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators. 

In 2013 Mark released a Solo cd entitled 'Milestone' which received critical acclaim and designed and produced a range of cornet mouthpieces produced by 'Pickett Brass.' 
Mark is presently the Band Manager of Foden's Band

A special Thank You goes to Matt Ryan,

MD at Horwich RMI Band. He has worked tirelessly to bring the musical direction necessary to support the journey ahead.