Welcome to the Downton Band Website

XMas Concert - Downton Memorial Hall, Sunday 18th December, 4pm

Beginner Brass - Launched soon!

A new brass group from Downton Band will be launched soon - aimed at teaching the basics of brass playing to absolute beginners. 'Beginner Brass' will meet every Monday at 6pm. Participants will be offered high quality tuition and loaned an instrument and music so that the can practice and work at home, all for a cost just £1 Everyone is welcome to join our 'Beginners Brass' but we would recommend that children wait until they are five or six before they start playing. We have people of all ages and backgrounds, children, students, mums, dads, granddads and grand mothers playing with Downton Band. Places are limited and there is a waiting list to join - please email paul@downtonband.org.uk to reserve your place.

Downton Band
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Thank you for your interest in Downton Band!

Downton is a modest sized village on the edge of the New Forest between Salisbury and Fordingbridge, boasting a rich history of some 7000 years. In its over 140 years of history the Band has seen successes at top level in the Championship Section, and at the other end of the spectrum with near disbandment. In March we established ourselves in the second section nationally as well as performing at several key events throughout the year, including 3 days at the New Forst Show. Although Downton was traditionally a local band, it attracts players from as far affield as Portsmouth to Poole.

The Band is a non-for profit charity organisation, funded by member subscriptions, kind donations and of course the engagements performed throughout the year. If you are interested in booking the band for your function or event, please contact our secretary by visiting our ‘Contact Us’ page where we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

As an integral part of village life, here in Downton, the Band in turn serve the community through key events including Armistice Day, key church services and public concerts. You can also hear us every year at the annual Downton Cuckoo Fair in May, and of course carolling around the snowy village streets in the run up to Christmas - culminating in a tour of the village in the early hours of Christmas morning!

We have recently started a new Training Band for anyone, of any age, wanting to learn a brass (or percussion) instrument.

In addition, we are proud to have a non-performing "just for fun" band called Downton Jubilee Brass open to anyone interested

The Downton Band meets on Tuesdays at 8pm, under the baton of recently appointed resident MD Paul Williams

If you would like to know more about joining or booking either of the bands, or indeed if you would like to sponsor us or make a donation to further the future of this superb local organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

Bookings & enquiries, please contact the secretary


  Supported by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
The People's Postcode Lottery Trust is a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
Downton's Training Band "Bash & Blow" are very grateful to receive £6536 from the trust.
For more information about The People's Postcode Lottery Trust please click here.


Last Updated December 2015