Welcome to the website of the Ratby Co-operative Band.
Ratby is a truely unique organisation in the brass world, with over 140 players across 5 different bands rehearsing every week. In 2006, we celebrated our 100th Anniversary culminating in a major concert on Saturday, 16th September 2006 at Leicester's De Montfort Hall.
Mid Band return home from the Hardraw Scar contest with a Hat Trick of prizes [more]
Mid Band on Tour
August 2009 ~ The Mid Band gives a popular rendition of John Denver's Country Road to an enthusiastic crowd at the Rachtig WineFest in Germany:
Ratby Co-operative Band is delighted to have been asked to participate in Applause during 2009. Applause is the Leicester-based charity that brings together music and arts organisations to raise money for local charities. You can see the Senior Band performing at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday, 6th June and the Charity Gala Concert at The Curve on Sunday, 14th June.
On 6th January 2009, we lost a father, grandfather, friend and colleague with the passing of our Band President, Phil Plant. It is without question that Phil's constant drive, commitment and enthusiasm to the Ratby Co-operative Band was fundamental and core to the organisation's success and ethos. An official tribute will be posted in the coming weeks.
16 November 2008 ~ Congratulations and thanks to all members of the Senior, Mid and Junior Bands who represented the organisation at the LBBA Contest - especially well done to the Junior Band who won the Unregistered Section and the Senior Band who won the Championship Section.
6-9 October 2008 ~ All four bands have been busy recording Christmas music for a new CD to be released on 1st December 2008.
Thanks to YouthBank, we received a grant to record a new album of festive music. Over 2500 copies will then be distributed free of charge to every home in the village meaning no-one in Ratby will be without a present this year!
Some sneak previews of the tracks include:
Beginner Band: Twinkle, Twinkle, Christmas Star [mp3]
Youth Band: It's Christmas Time [mp3]
Mid Band: Away in a Manger [mp3]
Senior Band: Christmas Fantasy [mp3]
28 September 2008 ~ Congratulations to over 30 members of our Youth Section who performed in the Inter Band Solo Contest 2008. Pictures of the award winners are available here
30 August 2008 ~ The biennial Crowpie Carnival organised by the Friends of Band raised £1800. Thanks to over one thousand members of the village who supported the band on perhaps the best Saturday afternoon of the summer! Our Junior Band opened the event whose theme was 'Cowboys & Indians'
Spring Prom 2007
29 April 2007 ~ Members of Beginner, Training, Youth, Mid and Senior Band combine for the Massed Finale of the 2007 Spring Prom Spectacular at the Braunstone Civic Centre:
Centenary Concert 2006
16 September 2006 ~ Sound clips from the band's Centenary Celebration Concert held at the prestigous De Montfort Hall, Leicester.