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 were promoted to the Championship Section of the London and Southern Counties Region 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.
Nicholas Garman Joined Hitchin Band as Musical Director in May 2019.
Back by Popular Demand following five sell out shows in 2018!
Do you have the voice to sing “Walking in the Air” from The Snowman?
Applications are invited to audition for the solo vocal part in Hitchin Band's performances of
The Snowman at St Mary’s Church, Hitchin and Harpenden Public Halls. Our star singers will
have the opportunity to perform alongside a 25 piece Championship Section Brass Band to provide
the musical accompaniment to the animated film The Snowman.
- St Mary's Church Hitchin: Saturday 7th December 2019 - 3:30 pm, 4:45 pm & 6:00 pm
- Harpenden Public Halls: Sunday 8th December 2019 - 10:30 am & 12:00 noon
A total of five performances are planned and more than one soloist will be required. Auditions
are open to boys and girls aged 8-16 years old, boys with an ‘unbroken’ treble voice.
Parents/Guardians please register children for auditions by 6pm, Saturday 12th October.
Audition material and further details will be sent out by email once registration is closed.
An audio recording will need to be submitted by 6pm on Sunday 27th October. Shortlisted
singers will be invited to a live audition. Rehearsals will take place in Hitchin during November.
Contact Mike Thorn, Secretary, Hitchin Band
or Call Mike Thorn on Tel 07789 184363
for an application form.
Completed forms to be sent to email@example.com by 6pm, Saturday 12th October 2019.
“The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin Image © Snowman Enterprises Ltd
Below is a list of all the events that Hitchin Band are currently booked
Tickets can now bought online from https://hitchinband.yapsody.com
Wychavon Festival of Brass
9:00am to 7:00pm
Three shows at 15:30, 16:45, 18:00 Advance booking essential
3:30pm to 7:00pm
Tickets via http://www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk/events/the-snowman/
Christmas Concert Joint with Hitchin Band + Community Brass + Youth Band
Carols for Rotary Club Charities, Market Square
Richard Marshall in Concert with Hitchin Band
Richard Marshall is currently the Principal Cornet of the world famous Black Dyke Band and has been described as "the most outstanding cornet player this country has ever produced" Advance booking essential Admission £15 adults / £8 children under 16 Advance tickets £12 adults/ £6 children under 16 via hitchinband.yapsody.com or from Hitchin Information 01462 453335
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Track Listing from the CD
Because - Tenor Horn Soloist: Sarah Gibbons
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
Why do we need a brass band in Hitchin in the 21st Century?
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 horn player, 2nd or 3rd and also top quality percussion players to join our band.
Please contact bandmaster Dinah Birch for more information - 07941972894 or email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call Mike Thorn on Tel 07789 184363
Mr Eric Wythe C Eng MICE
Mr Jack Smith
Mr Jack Barker
Mr Duncan Henderson
Mr Gary Carney
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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 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
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