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This page is part of an archive of historical details from existing or defunct brass band websites. This is being maintained to provide a record of this information in the event of a band folding, its website disappearing or other loss of the historical record. Where possible, and appropriate, the information cached will be updated from time to time - and any corrections or updates are welcome.

Croydon Brass

The Band was formed as the Croydon Temperance Silver Band in 1911.

Then renamed Croydon Borough Band
Croydon Co-op Brass Band 1977 - 1998
Croydon Brass Band 1998 - 2009
Croydon Brass 2010 -

At the beginning, the Band suffered a rather nomadic existence, rehearsing at several venues in and around the Croydon area. Some while later, the Band moved to the Sutton Arts Centre and changed its name to the Croydon Borough Band.

In the 1970s, the Band secured a sponsorship deal with the South Suburban Co-operative Society. The Band then rehearsed at the London Road Co-op store in Croydon, until the Band was forced to move when the store was closed. From there the Band moved to Addiscombe, its home for the next 14 years. In December 1996 the band moved home again - this time to the Parchmore Methodist Church in Thornton Heath, Surrey where the Band has been rehearsing every Monday and Friday since.

At the beginning of 1998, due to funding problems with the Co-op, the Band dropped the Co-op name from its title, adopted its present name and became self-supporting. The Band is now funded from income generated from subscriptions from its members and fees from engagements.

Players come from all over the South East of England - from as far afield as Maidstone, Kingston and the far reaches of the East End of London - and cover a wide variety of occupations including pharmacy, insurance, accountancy, computers, acting and teaching, amongst others. In the summer, the Band performs regularly at venues in the South East, such as Maidstone, Bexley, Redhill, Banstead, as well as several London parks. The Band also plays at weddings, funerals, gardens fairs and craft shows. It also provides the music for the annual Service of Remembrance aboard HMS Belfast. All this in addition to contests in Stevenage, Brighton, Crawley and Folkestone throughout the year.

Outstanding amongst recent contest successes has been winning first place at the Spring Entertainment Contest (with compere's prize), which followed a second prize in the same contest in 2000 (again with compere's prize), gaining 4th position at the 1998 Autumn Contest (with conductor's prize) and being promoted, nationally, from the 4th to the 3rd section in 1999. Successes in 2003 included gaining fourth place at the national qualifiers and 3rd place at the Hove contest.