Bringing Music to the Masses since 1924

Cranbrook Town 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.

 

 

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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

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.

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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

Despite the difficulty in getting bandstand jobs these days with the cutbacks in spending from local councils, the band has still managed to perform a number of outdoor concerts this summer.
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Once again, the late May bank holiday weekend saw the band venture to distant lands in order to partake of the local food & drink.
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A 70th Birthday, whilst becoming more common these days, is still a major milestone in life and Yvette Hutchin, who plays 3rd cornet, decided that she would like to mark hers with a party involving her family and the musical organisations that she is associated with. The ...
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The band’s first engagement of 2018 was at a military and beer festival at the Knoxbridge Inn between Cranbrook and Staplehurst. Given the really cold and miserable weather this Spring, there were a lot of concerns about wearing warm, waterproof coats, gloves and hats. Th...
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Wittersham The Band performed its final indoor concert of 2017 last night at St John’s Church in Wittersham. The band played really well to a good sized and appreciative audience. As usual, all of the soloists were on fine form. Thanks to Dean Pelling and Andy Stringer fo...
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The band are delighted to announce that we were able to raise £1000 for Demelza  following the annual charity concert on Saturday 30th September. This years concert was based on a film music theme and the audience were absolutely thrilled with what they heard and saw R...
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Photo Gallery

Marching Through the Years
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Individual Performances
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Some of our past Concert Venues
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Our Contest Prizes and other Awards
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The Band Throughout the Ages
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While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night. 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 i...
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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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Music from our Concerts, Contests & Rehearsals 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 ...
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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. Recorded on the 17th and 31st of May 1997, “A Kentish Su...
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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