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19 March 2016 Principal Cornet Prize and 3rd place in the First Section of the London & Southern Counties Region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain
Hitchin Band are delighted with the result of their performance on Saturday at the London & Southern Counties Regional Brass Band Competition held at the Gordon Craig Theatre. Hitchin were placed 3rd in the First Section with the additional prize of the Best Cornet.

Graham Chambers, Hitchin Band Musical Director, said "Congratulations to all at Hitchin Band, your hard work has paid off getting to 3rd place. A special congratulations to Dinah Birch who got the highest ranking solo cornet in the London Area 1st section - well done. This result gets our 150th anniversary year off to a rather good start!"
1 January 2016 Hitchin Band is delighted to start their 150th anniversary year by welcoming their new Musical Director, Graham Chambers.
Hitchin Band is pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Chambers as Musical Director following the planned departure of Craig Patterson.
Full details can be found here

5 October 2015 Goodbye and good luck to Craig Patterson
Hitchin Band would like to wish Musical Director Craig Patterson the very best for the future following his announcement that he is to take on a new position conducting Wantage Silver Band in the Championship Section. Hitchin Band has had a close working relationship with Craig since 2008, during which time the band has risen from 3rd through to 1st Section, gaining a series of Regional and National Final wins in the process.

For further information please contact the Secretary Mike Thorn on 07789 184363 or by email to secretary@hitchinband.co.uk

Applications will be treated in strict confidence.
22 March 2015 First Section Debut London & Southern Counties Region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain
Hitchin Band are delighted with the results of their performance on Sunday at the London & Southern Counties Regional Brass Band Competition held at the Gordon Craig Theatre. Over 80 bands took part at the weekend, graded into five sections. Hitchin were placed 11th in the First Section which means that we stay up in that section for a second year, having only recently been promoted twice through Third and Second sections over the last three years. Our set piece, A London Overture, featured solos from many of the bandís players coupled with fine ensemble work featuring lyrical as well as energetic passages. The result is the culmination of weeks of preparation under the guidance of our Musical Director, Craig Patterson.

We are really pleased with this result as the last time the band qualified to play at this level was nearly twenty years ago. Having worked really hard to secure promotions, we have justified retaining our position in the First Section by managing to beat off some stiff competition from a number of bands that were recently competing in the Championship Section. The really important point is the quality of music we are able to play, which is down to the hard work of the band members and our conductor, Craig. We have a lot to look forward to as we continue to progress.

With a busy spring and summer schedule ahead, there are lots of opportunities for you to listen to the band in and around Hitchin, with details on our Engagements page. You can also follow us on our new Facebook page to keep up to date with news as it happens. www.facebook.com/hitchinband.co.uk

To celebrate the band's return to the First Section, we are delighted to be taking part in the Hitchin Festival this year with a concert on Saturday 18th July at St Mary's Church, to be compered by our President, Mr Richard Whitmore. The programme will feature the beautiful and much loved piece of music by Eric Ball entitled "Resurgam", meaning "I shall rise again", which is a fitting choice to mark the band's progress over recent years.
17 March 2013 London & Southern Counties Region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain
'Best of Brass' - Hitchin Band qualify for finals of National Brass Band Championships 2013 Hitchin Band will be competing in the finals of this year's National Brass Band Championships, to be held in Cheltenham in September. At the London and Southern Counties regional qualifying contests, held at Stevenage's Gordon Craig theatre on March 17th we beat seventeen other bands in the 2nd Section to bring home the prize of £200 Hitchin Band also scooped two other prizes, the best trombone section and the best musical director Hitchin Band president Richard Whitmore added his congratulations to the band "Hearty congratulations to Craig and everyone who played in the competition - I'm very proud of you all."
25 November 2012 Hitchin Youth Band come away with Best Performance Award at the 2012 Hitchin Youth Music Festival
Hitchin Youth Band - Winners of the Best Performance Award at the 2012 Hitchin Youth Music Festival (Mixed Age Category), with the Best Soloist Prize given to euphonium player, Robert Moye. The Youth Band performed a ten minute programme of music featuring stand-up solos from five of its members. Adjudictors noted the band's confident presentation style, with members introducing the items themselves, as well as commenting on our entertaining programme, effective musical contrasts and good balanced sound. The weeks of hard work in the run-up to the festival really did pay off, with every member of the band helping to create a great performance. A very enjoyable afternoon and a great opportunity to see other local youth music groups in action. Congratulations Hitchin Youth Band!
22 September 2012 Hitchin Band are the 2012 National Champions (Third Section)

The band attained 1st place in the third section of the Nation Brass Band Competition giving them an automatic promotion 2nd Section
Full details can be found here

Congratulations to the Craig Patterson and the whole of Hitchin Band.
17 March 2012 Hitchin Band are the 2012 London and Southern Counties (Third Section) Champions

The band attained 1st place in the third section of the Regional Competition giving them an automatic invite to the National Finals of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in September.
Full details can be found here

Congratulations to the Craig Patterson and the whole of Hitchin Band.
16 November 2011 Richard Whitmore anounced as Hitchin Band President
Hitchin Band is pleased to announce that Richard Whitmore has agreed to be President of the Hitchin Band.

Please see the full details as a separate page.
15 October 2010 SCABA Treble for Hitchin Band
Hitchin Band take three prizes in the 2010 SCABA Autumn Contest

The SCABA Autumn Contest, held on the 16th October 2010 in Folkstone, Hitchin Band was awarded 1st place in second section and additional prizes for for best intrument and Best Percussion Section

For more details see News Page

Congratulations to all at Hitchin band, especially Craig Patterson our MD, Alice Bailey (best instrument prize) and Dan Perrins, Hannah Prince, Emily Prince and Tracy Gales, the percussion section
21 May 2010 Hitchin Band joined in '10 Mile Menu'
On Friday 21st May, players from Hitchin Band took part in the new ITV programme '10 Mile Menu', whereby two teams (one celebrity and one chef) source their ingredients from a 10 mile radius around the town. The teams were Ricky Groves (Gary in Eastenders) and his chef Galton Blackiston, and Ali Bastian (Becca in Hollyoaks, PC Sally Armstrong in The Bill) and her chef Richard Corrigan. Filmed at North Herts Arts College, both teams cooked three course meals in which the band members had to judge out of 10. There was a wide variety of food on display and it really highlighted the array of local produce that you might not have realised could be sourced from Hitchin! It was definately an exciting experience! The programme was aired in July 2010 See some clips on 10 Mile Menu Clips

10 March 2010 2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship - Third Section Hicthin Band 6th Place
From 4BarsRest Hitchin Band (C. Patterson) started well, with a good, balanced sound, and some delicate playing leading to a really effective pianissimo from the basses. Again, solo work let them down a little, together with an over-resonant bass drum. The ensemble seemed rather loose at times, but the overall impression was enough to secure them 6th place
23 January 2010 2nd Place in the 2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship
The 2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship held on the 24th January 2010 in Skegness, has over 100 competing bands.

Hitchin Band was awarded 2nd place in third section winning £1,000 beating off stiff competition

For more details of the placings in the section on the News Page

Congratulations to all at Hitchin band, especially Craig Patterson our MD
19 November 2009 Hitchin Youth Band is up and running!

Congratulations to Alice and helpers for launching the first ever Hitchin Youth Band. Check out the details on the Youth Band Page

If you want to Join the band Contact Alice Bailey by calling 01462 423534 or email her at youthband@hitchinband.co.uk
26 October 2009 Hitchin Youth Band on its marks!

Hitchin Band is a brass band with a tradition of nearly 150 years. But it has never had a Youth Band...until now! In November, rehearsals for the new Youth Band will begin and budding young brass players will have the chance to develop their skills whilst enjoying the camaraderie of playing alongside other young people Youth Band Page

Contact Alice Bailey on 01462 423534 or email youthband@hitchinband.co.uk
30 June 2009 Hitchin Band launches their first ever CD

Hitchin Bandís first CD Brass Monkeys is now on sale at just £8.

Featuring a wide range of music played by the band, it was recorded in St Nicholas' Church, Barton-le-Clay near Hitchin during a rather cold spell in January 2009. Church heating is never the best but when it's broken... well the title says it all!

Full details of what is on the CD can be seen on our CD page

The CD can be obtained at any of the bandís events or contact via the web site or call our secretary on 01767 221645.
17 June 2009 Hitchin Band Sponsored Blow with Herts Air Ambulance
This yearís Sponsored Blow will be raising funds for two causes: Hitchin Band ourselves and the Herts Air Ambulance

As well as raising money for two causes, the event will feature plenty of free music, the opportunity to conduct the band (for a donation) and some other fun as well.

The music starts at 10am on Saturday 4th July in Hitchin Market Square.
21 March 2009 Area Result
At the Area contest held in Stevenage this weekend, we managed to come 5th in the Third section.

A solid improvement on our 2008 position. We're already looking forward to the 2010 challenge!
19 January 2009 Fourth place at Butlins!
At the Butlins National Brass Band festival held on the weekend of 17-19 January, Hitchin Band achieved 4th place against stiff opposition.
Competing in the 3rd section against bands from across the country, this is the second year running that the band has come 4th.

This is also the first contest the band has undertaken with our new MD Craig Patterson whos is delighted with the result!
22 September 2008 We're sorry to say goodbye to...
Two members of the band have recently left for university: Andeep Birring from Baritone and Hannah Prince from cornet.
We wish them both well in their university courses and look forward to seeing them back with us when the term is over.
13 April 2008 Hitchin Band has appointed Craig Patterson as Musical Director.
Hitchin Band is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Patterson as Musical Director following the planned departure of Martin Hurrell.

Please see our press release for full details.
15 March 2008 Area Result
At the Area contest held in Stevenage this weekend, we managed to come 9th in the Third section.

Although we would have liked to come higher, we are pleased to be solidly placed in the middle of the section and in a good place for next year's challenge.
4 July 2007 Do you shop on-line? Then help raise funds for the band by simply using an extra click or two of the mouse!
A new fundraising opportunity which allows you to raise money for the band without spending anything more than normal (and in some cases it may save you money with special offers!).

Take a look at our fundraising page.