Bringing Music to the Masses since 1924

Cranbrook Town Band

The Band

The Town Band is comprised of about 30 regular brass players who live in Cranbrook and the surrounding areas.

The history of the Town band goes back to the 1920′s. It has enjoyed mixed fortunes over the years and the present band was re-formed in the 1960s. Since that time it has gradually grown in membership and the standard of playing has progressed steadily. Current membership includes people of many different ages and professions.

Current membership includes people of many different ages and professions.

Cranbrook Town Band is self supporting; it’s main income is obtained from concert performances throughout Kent & Sussex during the summer months. It does however take the time to support other organisations and has links with many charities, the British Legion and various churches. In addition the band does what it can to support music in schools and promote brass band music throughout the country.

Coming Soon


Junior Band

Junior Band

We have a training band for those just starting their journey into brass music. Pupils at a number of primary schools in the area receive lessons from the training band’s musical director and attend rehearsals before the main band on a Thursday evening.

Read More

The Hymn Tune Cranbrook

The Hymn Tune Cranbrook

Was written in 1805 by Thomas Clark. The tune was used to accompany the Carol, While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night in the 19th century but is now better known as the folk song Ilkley Moor bah’t ‘at.

Read More

Raising Funds

Raising Funds

Help us raise funds for free when you shop online. “easyfundraising” is a brilliant way to raise money, simply shop online from over 2,700 retailers and they’ll give a donation to the band every time you buy something, at no extra cost.

Read More

Musical Director

Musical Director

The present Musical Director is Ian Lanceley. Since his appointment in November 1986 the band has responded extremely well to his enthusiastic teaching and has undoubtedly improved under his leadership.

Read More

Vacancies

Vacancies

We welcome all players regardless of age or ability and we often have players join us for a rehearsal or two while on holiday in the area, or players who have picked up their instrument for the first time in years come along for a blow. So why not do the same.

Read More

Concert Bookings

Concert Bookings

The band enjoys playing a variety of music and has a wide repertoire. Concert programs often include many different musical styles:- TV/Film Themes, Jazz, Classical, Rock and pieces specifically written for brass band.

Read More

Latest From the Bandroom

Cranbrook Town Band and Wealden Consort Choir shared the stage at St Dunstan’s Church in a joint celebration to mark the centenary of the end of the 1st World War.
Read More
This year we again sought the services of a world renown guest soloist for our charity concert in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. We were both fortunate and delighted to secure the services of the tenor horn virtuoso, Owen Farr.
Read More
The band thoroughly enjoyed playing outside the Vestry Hall during the morning of Saturday 1st September. We were blessed with good weather and, although there wasn’t a standing crowd (there’s very little room for one!), we were able to advertise our upcoming annual conce...
Read More

Photo Gallery

Follow Us Automatically

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.






CTB Online Media & CDs

We have a number of YouTube clips featuring musical performances from many of our recent concerts. You can view the clips from our web site by selecting the concert or track below. Alternatively you can visit YouTube and Soundcloud and search for files uploaded by ctbonli...
Read More
Cranbrook’s famous St. Dunstans Church provided the ideal recording location when the band decided to follow the success of their first recording with a compilation of Brass, Classical and Popular music.
Read More
In 1992 the band decided to put some of their favourite pieces onto a recording to commemorate a recent run of contest successes and help raise band funds. Tapes and CDs were quickly sold out as the band promoted their first recording throughout the summer concert season.
Read More

Rehearsal Venue

  • Hawkhurst CEP School,
    Fowlers Park,
    Rye Rd,
    Kent.
    TN184JJ

  • Thursday 7:45-10:00pm