2021 EABBA Brass Training Day

On Sunday 31st October, 10 players from Castleton Brass attended the East Anglian Brass Band Association’s Brass Training Day, with tutors from Cory band. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all, and we’d like to thank the EABBA and Cory for all their hard work to make it such a brilliant day.

EABBA Brass Training Day

10 players from Castleton Brass attended the East Anglian Brass Band Association’s Brass Training Day on 20th October, with tutors from Foden’s band. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all, and we’d like to thank the EABBA and Foden’s for all their hard work to make it such a brilliant day.

2019 Area Contest

On Sunday 17th March, the band travelled to Stevenage for the annual London and Southern Counties Brass Band Contest. We played in the 2nd Section, against 17 other bands, and are proud to announce that we came 8th! The band played really well, and we would like to thank everyone for all of their hard work and determination, but especially Pete, our Musical Director. Our result means that we have also secured our position in the 2nd section for 2020.

2018 Regionals

On 18th March 2018, Castleton Brass headed to Stevenage for the London and Southern Counties Regional Contest. We had an exciting day and we gave it our all, but in the heat of the much more demanding second section, we did not qualify for the finals in September of this year.
The whole band is extremely proud of what we have achieved in the past three years. Using only our own players, we have been promoted two years in succession from 4th to 2nd section, and we have qualified in three successive years for the Finals in Cheltenham
So we are not downhearted! Next year we will be back, better and stronger, for the Regionals in 2019.

Heading to the Regionals, and in the News!

On Sunday 18th March 2018, Castleton Brass will once again be heading to the Regional Contest in Stevenage. This time, following our promotion last year, we will be competing in the Second Section. We’re hoping to make history as the first band to win the Fourth, Third and Second Sections in consecutive years at the London and Southern Counties Contest. As added encouragement, the band have recently been featured in the Diss Express newspaper.

The full online version of this story can also be found here


2017 National Finals

On Sunday 17th September 2017, Castleton Brass competed in the National Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham. It was the third year running that we qualified, but the first time we qualified in the Third Section. We are extremely proud that the band claimed Fourth place!

We would like to thank everyone who supported us on our journey to this success, and we look forward to the new challenges that the Second Section brings in March 2018.

2015 National Finals

September 19th 2015 was the day of the National Finals.

We had qualified by being placed 2nd in our area contest which was held at Stevenage in May.

We spent a long time and much energy working on the finals piece ‘Visions’, a very difficult piece for a 4th section band, but we all grew to like it.

We drew 19th out of 19 bands, which meant that we made it on stage at around 9pm, it had been a very long day!

The judges made their decision and we were placed 11th, a good result for a band which had not played in the national contest for over a decade.

We are looking forward to competing next year.

Can we score a hat trick ?

Castleton Brass is looking to score a hat trick by winning a third trophy this year, when we compete in the 4th Section of the Finals of The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at Cheltenham on Saturday 19th September. The band, a registered charity, is based in Eye. Our members include several young people who have not had the opportunity to participate in the National Finals before.

In March the band participated at the regional contest at Stevenage competing against bands from Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridge, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex. The band’s second place resulted in an invitation to the National Finals and trophy number one.

In May the band competed at the East Anglian Brass Band Association’s contest in Norwich and won their section and trophy number two.

Will there be trophy number three? Maybe.

Band Chairman, Christine Wade said, “We are absolutely delighted to be participating in the Finals. We have been working since March to raise funds to enable us to compete.”

The band is very grateful to Guy McGregor who has given a grant from his locality budget towards the cost of the coach and also to Eye Town Council for a grant but we still need to raise funds. The band has launched a ‘Sponsor a Player’ initiative (there are twenty five brass musicians, three percussionists and a musical director). Businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor a musician for £50.00. Anyone interested should email info@castletonbrass.org.uk to discuss which instrument and position they would like to sponsor.

All donations and sponsorship will be acknowledged on our website.

The band will be competing against eighteen other bands in the 4th section National Finals.

Castleton Brass performs concerts and events throughout Suffolk.

from Eye, Suffolk