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Oxted winners at Scaba Spring Contest

posted 25 Feb 2018, 11:15 by Admin   [ updated 25 Feb 2018, 11:15 ]

Oxted took part in the Scaba Spring Contest today at the Hawth in Crawley, where we had a very successful morning.

Following the recent closure of the Scaba Registry, and as Oxted have not contested nationally for some years, we found ourselves in a new ungraded section where we competed against two other local bands: Cranbrook Town and Patcham Silver.

Our section played first so we were up early and on stage by 10:20 on a Sunday morning!  We opened with the classic Rosehill march, and followed this with Morley Calvert's work, the Canadian Folk Song Suite.  Both seemed to go well, but with contesting you never really know until the results.

After enjoying listening to the Youth, Fourth and Third sections, the morning's results were finally announced and we found ourselves cheering a lot:

Ungraded Section 1st Place: Oxted Band
Best March prize winners: Oxted Band
Best Conductor: Darrell Scholes, Oxted Band
Best Instrumentalist: Kevin Adams, Principal Cornet, Oxted Band

We came home very happy with our work and looking forward even more to now working towards our next events.

Join us for a Happy New Year!

posted 9 Jan 2018, 02:06 by Admin   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 02:07 ]

After a busy Christmas period, Oxted Band have had a short rest and are now back to rehearsals ready for the 2018 season!

This year's calendar is slowly filling up and the next few months will see us back on the contest stage at Scaba Spring in February, whilst 28th April brings our next Stars of Brass concert when we will be joined by Paul Woodward, trombonist from the Black Dyke Band.  We'd love to see you at any of our events.  If you have an event you'd like us to play at, do get in touch.

We currently have a couple of vacancies, particularly our Bass section is looking for reinforcements, so if you are or you know a capable tuba player looking for a new challenge we'd love to hear from you!

Happy New Year!

Here comes Christmas!

posted 24 Nov 2017, 02:25 by Admin   [ updated 25 Nov 2017, 02:53 ]

Christmas approaches once again, and the Oxted Band have already started spreading seasonal music once again, playing for Father Christmas when he switched on the Oxted Christmas lights on 16th November (pictured above).

This commences a busy period of the year for the band including the switching on of the lights on the Caterham Cedar Tree on Sunday 26th November at 5:45pm, Carols at Hurst Green station on 14th December at 7pm, and a merry concert at the Oxted Royal British Legion on Saturday 16th December at 8pm.

But as ever the big news is our Christmas Concert at St John's Church, Hurst Green, on Saturday 9th December at 3pm. 

We shall be playing Christmas music, with plenty of carols for an audience sing-a-long. The concert will also feature our Training Band who will be presenting some of the work they have done this year. And you will still be home for Strictly Come Dancing in the evening!

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults (children under-15 free), and will be available on the door.
Refreshments and mince pies will be served at the interval.

For more details, e-mail

Oxted Band - Autumn Concert - Saturday 14th October

posted 3 Oct 2017, 10:06 by Admin

Oxted Band are pleased to announce our Autumn Concert to be held on Saturday 14th October, starting at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Hurst Green (Surrey) RH8 9EA.

This year’s theme is ‘Stage and Screen’ with music from films, TV and West End shows, and we will feature an audience inter-active quiz with questions based around the music we are playing – why not come along and see what trivia you know from the world of entertainment – you may surprise yourself!

Tickets are priced at £7.50 for adults (children under 15 free), and can be purchased from White’s Estate Agents in Oxted, or on the door. Refreshments will be available in the interval.

Stars of Brass - Matilda Lloyd - Saturday 6th May

posted 23 Apr 2017, 00:48 by Admin   [ updated 23 Apr 2017, 00:49 ]

We are pleased to announce the latest in our Stars of Brass series, to be held on Saturday 6th May, at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9EA.

In the latest concert, we are coming close to home, and will feature trumpet soloist Matilda Lloyd as our very special guest. In 2014, Matilda won the Brass Category of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and also the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award. Following these competitions, Matilda performed as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Friday Night is Music Night on Radio 2 and with the Cory Brass Band at the European Brass Band Championships Gala Concert in Perth, Scotland, 2014.

Matilda has appeared many times on television (BBC 4 and BBC South East) and on BBC Radio 2, including an appearance on the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show. She briefly played with the Oxted Band, sitting as co-principal cornet, before her star ascended to the stratosphere!

We are in for a great night, with a young, local soloist who is rapidly making a name for herself as a soloist around the world.

Tickets priced at £10 for adults (children £5) can be purchased from White’s Estate Agents in Oxted, or on the door. Refreshments will be available in the interval.

For more details, please e-mail

Here comes Christmas

posted 1 Dec 2016, 10:17 by Admin   [ updated 1 Dec 2016, 10:17 ]

Christmas is coming once again and Oxted Band have started our festive activities.  We were glad once again to join with local schools, the town crier, and of course Father Christmas, to celebrate the turning on of the lights on the landmark Cedar Tree at Caterham on the Hill last Sunday.

This leads us into a busy period of Christmas events as can be seen on our engagements page.  In particular, you would be very welcome at either of our Christmas Concerts this year:

On Saturday 10th December at 3:00 the Oxted Band along with the Oxted Training Band will be presenting a Christmas Concert including lots of favourite Christmas tunes, carols for you to sing along with and concluding with a chance to meet with the band and enjoy some refreshments.  The concert is at our usual concert venue of St John's Church, Hurst Green.  Tickets £5 and free for accompanied Children under 12, can either be bought on the door, or through Whites Estate Agents in Oxted.  You can download a poster below.

Also, on Saturday 17th December at 8:00 we will be at the Oxted Royal British Legion for more of the same and would love to see you there.

Have a lovely Christmas! 

Fire! But the band played on....

posted 6 Oct 2016, 07:36 by Admin   [ updated 30 Oct 2016, 07:29 ]

Sadly we must confirm that a fire which was deliberately started caused major damage to our band room in Hurst Green on Wednesday 5th October.  We are currently going through the process of sorting things out, and our premises will likely take a while before we can use them normally, but meanwhile the band will continue rehearsing (somewhere!) for our upcoming events, as usual.  We'd like to thank all of our friends in the local and wider area who have offered support of many kinds during this difficult time for the band.

Meanwhile.... we are pleased to announce that this year’s Oxted Band Autumn Concert will be held on Saturday 29th October at St John’s Church,Church Way, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9EA at 7.30pm.

The theme of this year’s concert is CLASSIC BRASS. We shall not only be showcasing music from the great composers such as Dvorak and Borodin,but will also feature classics from the brass band repertoire, including one
of the all-time favourite marches “The Contestor” by TJ Powell, and modern classics from the likes of Lennon & McCartney. 

We are sure that there will be music to suit all tastes, and that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Refreshments will be served at the interval, and tickets at £10 for adults (£5 for children under 12) will be available on the door, from Whites Estate Agents in Oxted or you can call Peter on 07584 246501

Last Night of the Caterham Festival Proms!

posted 29 Jun 2016, 01:34 by Admin   [ updated 29 Jun 2016, 01:34 ]

Against a backdrop of political chaos, footballing disaster and dreary weather, you might wonder where some joy can be found this weekend, but the good news is it can found locally on Westway Common, Caterham at the finale of the Caterham Festival, this Saturday 2nd July.

The Festival has included a number of fantastic events through May and June, and for the finale, there is a whole day of events at Westway, including a Model Air Show at 12 noon, a beer festival and prosecco bar and at 8pm the Oxted Band will be leading a Last Night of the Proms themed concert which will be followed by the lighting of the Beacon and fireworks.

Led by an esteemed guest conductor, Melvin White, we will bring a concert of all types of music, concluding with all the old favourites associated with the Last Night of the Proms giving you the chance to join us in singing to end the night!

We can't guarantee good weather, but since when did that put us off...  Come along, grab a drink of your choice and enjoy a great night!

Oxted Band celebrates Queen's birthday

posted 13 Jun 2016, 10:39 by Admin   [ updated 13 Jun 2016, 10:40 ]

Oxted Band were privileged to take part in the 'Party on the Green' at Hurst Green, where the band is based, along with a number of other local groups to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Despite dubious looking weather, the organisers pressed ahead and locals and visitors alike were treated to a variety of entertainments and musical styles, and we were very glad to be invited to play at the end and join with the Hurst Green Singers, other performers and the crowd in a Proms style grand finale!

Even the weather joined in with the sun breaking through the crowds for the flag-waving and heartily sung finish!

Congratulations to Queen's Medal winner Nick Ephgrave

posted 13 Jun 2016, 10:14 by Admin   [ updated 13 Jun 2016, 10:15 ]

Oxted Band were delighted to hear of the award of the Queen's Police Medal to Nick Ephgrave in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Nick, currently the temporary chief constable of Surrey Police, played for many years with the Oxted Band but understandably work pressures prevent him from doing so these days!

Congratulations Nick!

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