Launceston Town Band are a friendly group of brass musicians who rehearse weekly in preparation for concerts, contests, civic duties and anywhere we are invited to play. The band has enjoyed continued success over the past few years after climbing from the 4th Section back up to 3rd Section since 2013. This has been achieved by commitment from all the players, several of whom are under 18, all credit to them.
Over the last few years, the band has seen a rise in the number of under 18's that have joined the training, junior or senior bands. The junior band practice on Tuesdays from 18:30 to 20:00 and the training band practice on Thursdays from 19:15 till 21:15.
As a band, we never have our door closed, we are always looking for new members to join. Whether it be you are picking an instrument up for the first time or have been playing for years.
Our Solo & Quartet Contest has developed over the past 10 years to be a premier event in the band's calendar attracting musicians from far and wide. If you would like further information on how you could join us please go to the Solo & Quartet Contest page.
History Of The Band
The Launceston Municipal Band was formed in 1919 after the soldiers and military bandsmen (who acted as stretcher bearers) came back for the Great War, as it was then called. It is not known what band or bands, if any, existed in Launceston before the war or haw many bandsmen from the Launceston area were killed or seriously injured such that they never played again.
Launceston Municipal Council helped to start (or restart) the band in 1919 and brought or lent some of the first instruments after a public meeting when it was resolved to start a band "outside the territorial force" with the mayor as president and a committee was formed. The band started as a wind band following the instrumentation of a military band but after a few years all the woodwind instruments were traded in for more brass instruments and it has been a brass band ever since.
The longest serving musical director was the late Reg Walter who started taking the band in the 1930's and continued until the late 1960's/ More recently Nick Chadd was MD from the late 1970 until early this century. Both Reg and Nick enjoyed considerable success with the band.
Launceston Town Band as you would imagine, takes its name from the Town of Launceston, situated on the northern border between Devon and Cornwall whose division is made by the River Tamar. In times past Launceston was regarded as the Ancient Capital of Cornwall. The Historic Castle which sits proudly high above the town has some impressive grounds that are sometimes used as a venue for outdoor events at various times of the year.
If you would like further information on how you could join us please contact us.