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 in our air-conditioned band room at the Dodson & Horrell factory just outside Thrapston (NN14 3JW), near Kettering.

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

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

Band news…

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....

We’re still monitoring the situation

Coronavirus continues to keep the band from playing as a full ensemble. We constantly follow the Government guidelines, and also the guidance of Brass Bands England (BBE). It has recently been announced that bands like ours can return to rehearsals in a small way,...


The band is adhering to the national lockdown guidelines and has ceased rehearsals and activities at this time.

It is our hope that as restrictions are gradually eased, and when Brass Bands England advises further, that we will be able to return to rehearsals… more than likely as small groups at our outdoor covered rehearsal space in Woodford, to start with.

We are tentatively accepting bookings for later in 2021, 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 too.

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 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.