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FRANK AND ROBERT GREEN
Foreword by John Doxey
The Story below is a wonderful insight into the Band, and also of a family that were lovers of music, brass band music! Though Frank and Robert were not miners and had previously played with other bands they found their selves involved with the Silverwood band. Their time with the band left them with fond memories and a great respect for miners, and Robert Green the writer of the article below remembers the help he received from one of the band members.
He was surprised to learn upon visiting the site that his father Frank was not listed, I explained my ignorance of who actually had played in the band and that the site relied on the wonderful input of people like himself. Robert then kindly sent in the terrific family history below. I really enjoyed the story and feel sure that like me you the visitor will also enjoy the story of Frank and Robert.
I must add this bit because it emphasis's Roberts sense of humour and he wrote it in phonetic Yorkshire because I happened to mention how much I miss the Yorkshire accent.
" I wish 'mi 'fahtha 'wuh rear, 'tuh 'gi 'thi some 'intrestin facts 'abart it all.. 'Wa'ree knew 'abart 'blowin an 'bandin would 'ave filled 'thi site up".
I'm going cross-eyed trying to write it.. It's funny how you can say it but not write it. "
"Robert th'art a gud un"
THE GREENS OF
SILVERWOOD BRASS BAND
Re: The Brass Band..
Let me introduce myself and my connections with Brass Banding in
It's true about the South Yorkshire humour, and also Yorkshire as a whole.. Without it where would we have been on those (if we had any) hole in the shoe/backside hanging out of the trousers Christmases and the other celebratory times. No money, no grub no home in some peoples cases and I'm only thinking of 40 year ago.. For most of my upbringing I was in hand-me-downs from my siblings, being the youngest of 5 kids and 2 having died.. It was hard and the HUMOUR was there all the time, Well! Most of the time!
(Bandmaster) and myself and what was left of our Family Band
continued at the Wellington Inn, just across the road from
Rotherham swimming baths. I think that some of Silverwood's
bandsmen practiced also, especially Paul (the Euphonium Player).
(no second name).
My father and myself played at both venues for quite a while..
With Silverwood I used to be sat next to Paul (1st Euph'
Player). But I remember he smoked and drank
quite heavily and suffered really bad headaches (migraine). The
migraine he used to call my musical backbone, because when he
suffered the terrible illness he would pause from playing and
lean over to me and whisper " you're on your own Robert" And I'd
have to carry the Euphonium section on my own.. I'm sure not
every attack of migraine was a factual occurrence, my dad used
to tell him I lacked confidence.
Frank Green (my Father) conducted the Silverwood Colliery Band on many occasions and took them to at least one contest, Sadly he died in 1987 still composing and blowing as we always called it.
There's not much else other than I used to say to Paul that I
would liked to have worked at Silverwood, but, he used to say
that if I kept up my practicing on a regular basis it would be a
better and cleaner career. He was absolutely right. I know he
used to talk about the accidents and 'fall-ins' as he called
them and he blamed his heavy drinking and smoking on it.. And I
can assure you that practicing in the Welfare Club on Sunday's
was a drinking, smoking, swearing, shouting. arguing practice as
Copyright Robert Green.
Family Band Photo, can be seen on The Heeley Site. www.oldheeley.supanet.com/oldheeley19.htm
Robert can be reached here should anyone like to contact him
It will be an interesting venture to hear from other's about the Yorkshire Spirit in Brass Banding Music.. Or, in fact any spirit in Brass Banding Music.
© Robert Green 2006
Many thanks to Robert for sharing his story here for our enjoyment.
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