We are Thrapston Town Band, a sociable and friendly brass band based in East Northamptonshire, near Kettering.

We’re a busy band, and in 2020 under the baton of our MD, Nathan Waterman, we rejoined the contesting scene as a 4th Section band. As it was our first contest in over 28 years, we came a highly credible 13th out of 21, and are currently ranked 11 in the Midlands area.

We perform concerts across the East Midlands and UK, and are especially active in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire. We are also available for fetes, fairs and charitable events.

We trace our origins back to the earliest days of the brass band movement in 1850’s England, and continue to serve the community of Thrapston and the surrounding area today. The Band has an ethos of making music and brass playing accessible to people of all ages through its weekly tuition programme.

There are currently around 40 members of all ages ranging from 8 to 80+.

Rehearsals are normally every Monday and Thursday.

Monday: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Thursday: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Please look at updates on this website and on social media for the very latest information.

Band news…

Christmas Concert 2021

On Saturday 11th December 2021, we joined forces with the Northampton Male Voice Choir for our Christmas Concert in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. The audience in Titchmarsh Church were treated to a varied programme by the band and choir, and it was great to receive such...

We’ve got a new home!

GREAT NEWS! As you know, we've been without a permanent rehearsal space for some time now, and we've been using facilities from Woodford to Aldwincle, and Thrapston to Titchmarsh! Following our recent appeal for a permanent home, we were approached by Morrisons, who...

We’re back! Our first concert in over 18 months

The day finally came. After many months of stop/starting... distance videos... quintet rehearsals... larger group rehearsals... a carolling programme... back to quintets... larger group rehearsals again... then easing of restrictions and back to full band...

UPDATE (October 2021)

The band is rehearsing every Monday and Thursday. In accordance with the guidance from the UK Government and Brass Bands England (BBE), we are meeting as a full band (capacity 30 players). Strict protocols are observed following a series of risk assessments. 

We are receiving and accepting bookings for 2021 and beyond, and will advise as and when these become confirmed on our social media channels. If you would like to enquire about using the band at your event, please contact Tracey, our Band Secretary, as soon as possible.

Anyone wishing to join the band as a player is very welcome to contact us. We have a number of vacancies across the band, and we’re really keen to welcome Cornets and Percussion.

Email us at: thrapstontownband@gmail.com

Nathan Waterman
Nathan’s first brass playing was on Cornet aged 12 at Thrapston Town Band. Within months he moved onto Tenor Horn which remained his instrument throughout his playing career.  Nathan has played for many of the top brass bands including; Brighouse & Rastrick, Desford Colliery and most predominately The GUS Band, which he joined on Principal Horn in 1991. He retired from this position after his 14th appearance at the National Brass Band Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in Oct 2019, immediately taking up his post as MD of Thrapston Town Band.
Nathan has been a featured soloist on tours of America, Canada and Europe. Also on shows such as ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ and ‘Listen to the Band’ on BBC Radio 2.  He has played alongside brass legends such as Maurice Murphy, James Fountain, Rod Franks and John Wallace, and singers like Madonna, Laura Wright and Faryl Smith.
Nathan has been fortunate enough to have played under many amazing Conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Russell Gray, Howard Snell and feels especially lucky to have been mentored by the great John Berryman, a close friend.
Nathan enjoys teaching, band training, arranging and conducting.
He lives in Kettering with his wife, Carly and two beautiful Daughters, Eleanor and Hazel.