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: Main Band – 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Thursday: Academy Band – 6:45pm to 7:25pm / Main Band – 7:30pm to 9:30pm

However, due to the COVID-19 situation, and when permitted, we rehearse twice a week in an outdoor location in Woodford. Please look at updates on this website and on social media for the very latest information.

Band news…

2021 AGM Notice

Our annual AGM is on Thursday 24th June 2021 at 7:30pm. It takes place at Manor Farm, Addington Road, Woodford NN14 4ES. Agenda items should be notified in writing 14 days prior to the meeting to: thrapstontownband@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 01832 735371 All welcome.

On air!

On Monday 22nd March 2021, we were thrilled to be featured during the breakfast show on BBC Radio Northampton. We gave 4 interviews during the morning. It was great to be able to share a bit of our history, plus some of the things we're proud to do in the community of...

We’re back!

Since lockdown in March, band activities have been severely curtailed. We’ve had fun on Zoom, we’ve produced some distanced videos, and had a very short-lived return to small group rehearsals in early July, before the government put bands back on lockdown again....

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (May 2021)

The band is currently rehearsing every Monday and Thursday. In accordance with the guidance from the UK Government and Brass Bands England (BBE), we are now meeting as a full band (capacity 30 players). Strict protocols are observed following a series of risk assessments, and attendance is voluntary. We meet at our outdoor covered rehearsal space in Woodford.

We are now receiving and accepting bookings for 2021 and onwards, and will advise as and when these become confirmed. 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

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Nathan Waterman
 
 
Nathan’s first brass playing was on Cornet aged 12 at Thrapston Town Band. Within months he moved onto Tenor Horn which remains his instrument to date.  Nathan has played for many top bands including; Brighouse & Rastrick, Desford Colliery and most predominately The GUS Band which he joined on Principal Horn in 1991 and from which position he will retire after his 14th appearance at the National Brass Band Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in Oct 2019.
 
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.
 
Nathan lives in Kettering with his wife, Carly and two beautiful Daughters, Eleanor and Hazel.