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Black Dyke Mills Band

The Black Dyke Mills Band, now the Black Dyke Band, is one of the oldest and best known brass bands[?]. It was formerly the band of the Black Dyke Mills in Queensbury, West Yorkshire, England, a company owned by John Foster[?]. Foster, a French horn player, joined with others in a small band in Queensbury in 1816. This band faltered, but finally in 1855, Foster and other musicians established the new mill band, outfitting it with uniforms made from the mill's own cloth. The band has remained active since that time, and still rehearses its original rooms.

The band has won many prizes and competitions over the years. In 1969, they released a brass band version of The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" on Apple Records under the name John Foster & Sons Ltd. Black Dyke Mill Band. The single, backed with "Thingummybob", was produced by Paul McCartney, was one of the first four singles released on Apple.

The Black Dyke Band has made many recordings including classical music. They have recorded with classical trombonist Douglas Yeo[?], and pop acts Tori Amos and The Beautiful South[?].

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