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.

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.

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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.

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Raising Funds

Raising Funds

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Latest From the Bandroom

Stepping out in Front Cranbrook Town Band were both honoured and delighted to once again play in the Service of Remembrance at St. Dunstan’s Church and lead the Remembrance Parade through the town to the War Memorial, where we played hymns during the laying of the wreaths...
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Saturday the 5th October saw the band once again perform in St. Dunstans Church, a fantastic venue for our annual charity fundraising concert in aid of Demelza. In another packed programme the undoubted highlights included the debut performance of Richard’s new solo...
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Sunday, September the 15th was the date of our final outdoor concert for this season and saw the band performing on a lovely sunny afternoon at Tonbridge Castle in Kent.
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Hythe Bandstand on 14th July proved to be an interesting and challenging prospect for the band for a number of reasons. When the engagement was accepted, Ian Lanceley, our MD was unable to be there due to a prior commitment with the Southern Counties Youth Band and he ask...
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The Band were delighted to perform at the prestigious Armed Forces Benevolent Fund concert at Benenden School on 9th July this year. Following on from the Princess of Wales’ Regiment Band and a samba band, our 45 minute slot was the finale of the evening which was w...
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The band was delighted to once again play for the Wealden Times Summer Fair on June 8th. As usual, we were well catered for with a small marquee for the band to perform in – in some year this might appear to be something of a luxury but not this year! The wind was v...
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The Hymn Tune Cranbrook was written in 1805 by Thomas Clark a shoemaker and Freeman of the City of Canterbury. 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 ...
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We have a number of players who publish to Soundcloud – a website allowing us to easily record and upload music tracks and share them privately or publicly to friends. So if you haven’t use it before, why not have a look and listen to our recordings, a selecti...
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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...
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In 2008, the band spent two exhausting but enjoyable Sundays, the 8th and 15th June, recording the music for our latest CD. Comprising of many favourite numbers from the year’s concert programme, “Let Us Entertain You” will both excite and relax you with...
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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.
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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.
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Rehearsal Venue

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

  • Thursday 7:45-10:00pm