About the Band

Hitchin Band was formed in 1866, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the world.
We have three brass bands in our organisation:
- Hitchin Band
- Hitchin Community Brass
- Hitchin Youth Band

Hitchin band are currently ranked number 1 in the First Section of the London and Southern Counties Region and due for promotion to national Championship section from January 2019 having come from the 3rd section just a few years ago.

We are a friendly Brass Band with an active concert and contesting schedule. We rehearse in Hitchin on Monday and Thursday evenings.
If you wish to contact us please get in touch with Mike Thorn on 07789 184363.

Musical Director

Graham Chambers joined Hitchin Band as Musical Director in Jan 2016.
Graham grew up playing the trombone in a village brass band in Oxfordshire where he realized a lifelong passion for brass bands. He soon joined The Morris Motors Brass Band during the time that the legendary Harry Mortimer was Musical Director and subsequently the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he was principal trombone for three years, also The Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra.
After graduating with a Music Degree from Surrey University he worked for a short while as a trombonist also as a brass teacher at The Redbridge Music School. After that he worked at The BBC as a music editor for Radio 3 then as a researcher in TV Music and Arts. His conducting career started with The University Wind Band but his passion for brass bands led him to his first conducting appointment at the age of 23 and he has subsequently been Musical Director of several bands in the London area.
From 1990 he took a job as librarian and music editor with The London Symphony Orchestra where he travelled the World on foreign tours and was privileged to work closely with some of the World's greatest conductors and soloists, as well as preparing the orchestral parts for the LSO's wide performing activity. As well as orchestral concerts this included a wide variety of film recording sessions e.g. the Star Wars movies in addition to many other movies, and a wide variety of other commercial recording sessions.

Hitchin Band Calendar

Below is a list of all the events that Hitchin Band are currently booked
Hitchin Band On-line Tickets
Tickets can now bought online from https://hitchinband.yapsody.com

Sunday 8th July

Leighton Buzzard Concerts in the Park - Summer Band Concerts

Parson's Close Recreation Ground in the centre of Leighton Buzzard Pulford Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1AB

Leighton Buzzard Bandstand

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday 14th July

Hitchin Band Festival Concert

St Mary's Church, Churchyard, Hitchin SG5 1HP

We are delighted to return once again to take part in the Hitchin Festival.


Sunday 22nd July

Bedford Bandstand

Mill Meadows Bandstand, The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK

Concerts in the Park on the Bedford Bandstand

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday 29th July

Wrest Park (4 x 30min slots)

Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR

Enjoy music in the stunning surroundings of Wrest Park. Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a Summertime stroll, be transported back in time with traditional tunes to while a lazy summer afternoon away. Details of admission prices via the English Heritage website, http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/music-on-a-sunday-afternoon-Wre-17-07-2016/

12:00pm to 3:30pm

Saturday 13th October

Big Band/Swing Concert

Hitchin Town Hall

Come and Join us for a rousing night of entertainment to the big band sounds


Saturday 1st December

“The Snowman” - Tickets can be bought online from https://hitchinband.yapsody.com

St Marys Church, Hitchin

A young boy can’t believe his eyes one winter’s night when a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins… Enjoy a special screening of the timeless classic animated film, the Snowman featuring a live performance of Howard Blake’s musical score specially adapted for brass band and performed for you by the Hitchin Band. A perfect opportunity to take a break from your Christmas shopping and enjoy a festive, family friendly afternoon of music and film.


Sunday 9th December

“The Snowman” - Tickets can be bought online from https://hitchinband.yapsody.com

Harpenden Public Hall

A young boy can’t believe his eyes one winter’s night when a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins… Enjoy a special screening of the timeless classic animated film, the Snowman featuring a live performance of Howard Blake’s musical score specially adapted for brass band and performed for you by the Hitchin Band. A perfect opportunity to take a break from your Christmas shopping and enjoy a festive, family friendly morning of music and film.


Because - Celebrating 150 years 1866 to 2016

We are delighted to present Hitchin Band's CD. The CD was recorded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the band. The CD is called "Because" after an arrangement of a song specially commissioned for Hitchin Band's Solo Horn player, Sarah Gibbons. The CD features a range of music that spans the years from 1866 up to date and shows off the talents of four of the band's soloists. It also includes an 8 page booklet with information and photographs about the history of the band.

Cinque Terre

The CD is available to buy for ten pounds at our events. Alternatively we can send one by post for an additional two pounds to cover P&P costs. For more details, please contact the Secretary, Mike Thorn on Tel 07789 184363 or send an email to secretary@hitchinband.co.uk.

Track Listing from the CD
Florentiner March
Because - Tenor Horn Soloist: Sarah Gibbons
Clog Dance
In Perfect Peace
It Don't Mean a Thing
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Trombone Soloist: Mike Thorn
Death or Glory
Cadillac of the Skies
How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?
Soliloquy - Cornet Soloist: Dinah Birch
Merry Go Round
Song Setting - Mid all the Traffic
Puttin' on the Ritz
Concerto de Aranjuez - Flugel Horn Soloist: Alice Bailey
Light Cavalry Overture


Hitchin Band History

Why do we need a brass band in Hitchin in the 21st Century?

  • Hitchin Band was formed way back in the 1860's. This makes it one of the oldest brass bands in the world still performing, giving Hitchin an almost unique piece of 'Living Heritage', something to be very proud of.
  • Since its foundation the band has formed a cornerstone of music in the Hitchin area. We are trying to reconstruct the heritage of the band to find out more about the history of music in Hitchin.
  • The band has fostered young musicians to learn to play with the Junior Band, and giving them an opportunity to graduate to play alongside our more experienced members, some of whom have been with the band for over 40 years.
  • Hitchin Band is very proud of its strong links with charitable organisations including the Royal British Legion, The Round Table and St Mary's Parish Church Hitchin. In particular, our Christmas concerts are always very well supported.
  • Away from Hitchin, the band has carried the name of the town far and wide. We have represented the people of Hitchin at Regional and National competitions, at venues including Wembley and the Royal Albert Hall. The band has also featured on national television and radio broadcasts.
  • We have travelled abroad, taking our music with us and forging new friendships in Europe and we have offered hospitality to bands so that they can travel to the UK and visit Hitchin.
  • Even players that have moved away from the area still return on occasions to play with the band, such are the friendships that are made.
  • The Hitchin Band has been playing for over 150 years. All of the band's members, committee and supporters are dedicated to see that the band moves forward into the 21st century and beyond.
  • All this from a group of 'amateurs' who, with support from family and friends who willingly give up there time and resources to perpetuate the sound of the traditional brass band in Great Britain

    Read all about the history of the band in an article by Mike Thorn: The Origins of Hitchin Brass Band (March 2016)


    Hitchin Band require a top quality percussion player to join our band. We have recently been promoted to the Championship section. Please contact bandmaster Dinah Birch for more information - 07941972894 or dinahb64@googlemail.com

    We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.
    We rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:45pm to 9:45pm at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin. We undertake a variety of concerts, contests and performances throughout the year some serious and some for fun!

    Are you interested or want further information? If so, contact us through our band secretary.
    Email: secretary@hitchinband.co.uk or Call Mike Thorn on Tel 07789 184363

    The Band Membership

    Richard Whitmore

    Vice Presidents
    Mr Eric Wythe C Eng MICE
    Mr Ken Drakeley
    Mr Jack Smith
    Mr Jack Barker

    Musical Director
    Graham Chambers

    Solo Cornets
    Dinah Birch
    Hannah Landsman
    Andrew Philpot
    Adam Illott

    Soprano Cornet
    James Barker

    Repiano Cornet

    2nd Cornet
    Andrew Grady
    Ed Moye

    3rd Cornet
    Peter Moye
    Bob Berwick

    Flugel Horn
    Sarah Findon

    Sarah Gibbons
    Gary Carney
    Sam Huckle

    1st Baritone
    Allan Hooker

    2nd Baritone
    Trina Pittwood

    Keith Birch
    Ted Stacey
    Robert Moye

    Mike Thorn
    John Kendrick
    Jonathan Dean

    Eb Basses
    James Hill
    Ian Miles

    Bb Basses
    Rob Bush
    Chris Ankers

    Emily Prince
    Kyle Shiels
    Dan Forrester

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    Hitchin Youth Band

    Hitchin Youth Band began in 2009 and is now firmly established, providing weekly rehearsals and regular public performance opportunities for young brass players. We also enjoy social events such as bowling. We welcome any young brass player from beginner upwards and have a team of volunteers on hand to give guidance at rehearsals. We also have a selection of instruments available to lend out. Hitchin Youth Band aims to encourage young brass players of any age; developing brass band ensemble skills and a love of music-making. We have two annual awards which are presented to members who demonstrate particular progress and commitment.

    Rehearsals are held each Monday (excluding bank holidays), 6.30-7.30pm at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin SG5 1XL. There is a charge of one pound per rehearsal. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming along. We are always happy to see newcomers!

    Please use the contact numbers below to get in touch

    Hitchin Community Brass

    Hitchin Community Brass had their first rehearsal in February2017. The idea was to offer a playing opportunity for brass players who no longer play with a regular band or are still learning and would like to gain some ensemble experience. Initially rehearsals were on the second Wednesday of the month with the band being taken by Hannah Landsman. At the first rehearsal there were more than 20 players in attendance with varying degrees of ability, some of whom had not played for more than 20 years and rehearsals still attract an average of 20 or more players.

    Now at the beginning of it’s 2nd year rehearsals have been increased to twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of the month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at the bandroom at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin. New players ( particularly cornets / trumpets ) are always welcome regardless of ability. We would love to see players from the Beds, Bucks & Herts areas. There is no age limit so whether you are a bit rusty, young or old, all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to pick music you would like to play from the extensive music library of Hitchin Band.

    A small donation of £1.50 per session would be welcome. For more information or to register an interest please contact us using the contact details below


    We are here if you need to talk!

    Hitchin Band

    Band Secretary

    Mike Thorn

    07789 184363


    Community Band


    Allan Hooker

    07947 007764


    Youth Band

    Band Leader

    Alice Bailey

    01462 423534


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