Throughout the subsequent few years, the band suffered from a decline in membership and dropped down to the Fourth Section in the brass band rankings.
In August 2014, the band appointed local musician Tom Hancock as Musical Director. Less than two years later, the band had doubled in membership and achieved promotion to the Third Section.
Over the next few years, the band continued to develop under Tom's dedicated and hard-working leadership and, along with delivering entertaining concert performances, achieved notable contest success, including:
- runners-up at Bolsover Festival of Brass (2016)
- winning the Third Section at Stalybridge Celtic Whit Friday contest (2017).
The next major success for the band came in 2018 where the band were placed runners-up in the Midlands Regional Brass Band Championships and qualified for the National Finals held in Cheltenham.
The last few months of 2018 proved very momentous for the band as, along with the attending the National Finals in September, the band performed its first of many Oktoberfest event at Hartford Hall, Northwich and performed at Stoke-on-Trent's premier concert venue, the Victoria Hall, as special guests of Audley Male Voice Choir alongside University Hospital Ladies Choir at their 'Remembering Heroes' concert.
2019 saw the band achieve entertainment contest success at Whiston Festival of Brass (awarded first place) and Bolsover Festival of Brass (awarded second place). The latter competition was very significant for the band in that Soprano Cornet player, Craig Shaw, won the Best Soloist award in the Second Section for his performance of Neil Sedaka's Solitaire.
The competitive success continued into early 2020 where, following the Regional Brass Band Championships in March, the band were promoted to the Second Section. As a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, the band ceased rehearsals in March 2020 and did not perform publically again until October 2021 at Bolsover Festival of Brass where they picked up the runners up trophy in the Second Section.
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