Welcome to the Downton Band Website

Downton Band thanks the Wiltshire Community Foundation for a grant that will help the band as we begin to emerge from lockdown and play music again. Wiltshire Community Foundation generously awarded Downton Band funds to purchase much needed equipment that will ensure that our four bands are able to rehearse and perform safely in the near future.

The bandroom is now equipped with screens to help protect musicians and lashings of hand sanitiser made of course by our friends down the road at Downton Distillery! Every musician will also be equipped with a specially designed cover to help prevent aerosol spread when playing whilst the Wilts Community Foundation have also provided funds for music that is flexible enough for our four bands to play on Zoom, in small group rehearsals or in a full band formation.

Next engagements

  • November 13th - 3pm - Remembrance Concert in St Michael & All Angels Church, Lyndhurst (time to be confirmed)
  • November 14th - 10am - Downton Band will lead the Remembrance Parade and Service in Downton village
  • December 3rd - 4:30pm - Training Band will play at Downton Primary School Christmas Fete
  • December 5th - 3:15pm - Traning Band will perform at the Christmas Tree Festival in St Thomas Church, Salisbury
  • December 11th & 12th - all day - Beginners, Training Band and Jubilee Brass will perform at various times at the Christmas Tree Festival in St Lawrence Church, Downton
  • December 12th - 6pm - Carol Service and short concert in St Lawrence Church
  • December 14th - 7:30pm - Carol Concert, Charlton All-Saints
  • December 18th - Christmas Concert in Mt Michael &l All Angels Church, Lyndhurst (time to be confirmed)

In addition, we'll be carolling round the village as usual. Our planned dates are as follows (subject to change due to weather and other circumstances):

  • Moot Lane: Wednesday 1st December (Training Band & Jubilee Brass)
  • Mesh Pond & Batchelor Way: Monday 6th December (Beginners Brass)
  • The Sidings: Monday 13th December
  • The Borough: Wednesday 15th December
  • Wick Estate: Monday 20th December
  • New Wick: Tuesday 21st December
  • Reserve night: Wednesday 22nd December

We'll also be playing in The Bull on Christmas Eve evening, and our usual trip through the village early Christmas Morning.
Please contact us with any special requests, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for last minute updates

Downton Band needs You!

Downton Senior Band is looking to recruit more cornets and a tuba player in the new year. We rehearse on a Tuesday evening and instruments are available to loan.

Both the Training Band and Beginners Band are also looking for more players to join up so if you fancy learning a brass or a percussion instrument - please get in touch. The Training Band meets on Wednesdays from 6.15pm is open to those who can play a few notes and read a bit of music - we would particularly love to hear from any drummers and cornet players out there. Beginners Band meets on Mondays 6pm and caters for absolute beginners on brass or percussion - we can lend you an instrument and music.

Please contact us if you want to join our ranks.


We are at last able to rehearse and perform again, subject to detailed risk assessment and social distancing rules, so please contact us to discuss any possible future engagements!

We are keeping on top of the latest, frequently updated, advice from DCMS and Brass Bands England. The current advice and indeed law allows us to have full band rehearsals (up to 30 people) out doors subject to a detailed risk assessment in place for the activity, and stick to numerous restrictions and social distancing. We are enormously grateful to Downton Brewery for allowing us to use their carpark for this, and to DHAP for allowing us to use their shelters in when its wet
Our rlated isk assessment can be found here. This places a number of requirements on all players which are documented here. All players must read and agree to these before attending. Meanwhile we are working to make the Band Hall Covid-secure and carry out light refurbishment so that we are able to use it as soon as it is safe and legal to do so.

The Band is looking forward to being able to get out and perform again when we can do so safely - however the safety of our members must be our top priority at this time.

We would like to thank our kind supporters for generous donations particularly over the Christmas period. These have enabled the Band to survive with no income during this time. However, as always, any further donations that you can give would be enormously welcome as the Band tries to recover.

If there is anything that the Band can, or may be able to do, or for any enquiries, please do contact us and we will do our best to help.

The Bands

Thank you for supporting Downton Band throughout the year.

We run four bands from our bandroom in Gravel Close:

  • Senior Band, that performs across the UK
  • Jubilee Brass (available for fetes and parties)
  • Training Band
  • Beginners Band (open to anyone who wants to learn an instrument for just £1 per week!)

See our calendar for all upcoming events, and please contact us for more details, or to book the band, join the band or any other enquiries.

If would like to make a donation to the band to help with our running costs you can do so via our donations page

As a thank you for your support you can listen to the band perform several festive tracks by visiting our Facebook page or our YouTube channel

About the Bands

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 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!

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 June 2021