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

On a bright and unusually warm Sunday the 24th February, members of the band once again set off on the annual trek across counties to play in the scaba Spring contest at the Hawth theatre in Crawley, West Sussex.
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Saturday 22nd December saw a section of the band performing at the Halfway House in Brenchley. This was the band’s final appearance of 2018 and marked the end of a busy and very successful Christmas season with numerous concert and carolling engagements throughout Kent an...
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The 14th December saw a first for both Cranbrook Town and all of its members when we too part in a concert with the Rye Wurlitzer Academy.
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On Saturday 8th December the Training Band performed in public at the Hawkhurst Christmas Fair, held in the forecourt of the Royal Oak, right in the centre of the village.
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The band once again enjoyed their annual concert in aid of Brede British Legion’s Poppy Appeal during the evening of Thursday 6th December.
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The band had a hectic schedule during the weekend of 24/25th November with engagements at two new venues.
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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