The Watford Band is one of Hertfordshire's oldest and most well-known brass bands. The band performs regularly at many events such as concerts, galas, fairs, weddings , dinners and other engagements across the county and beyond.

We rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings of each week in our own band room in South Watford. We would welcome players of all abilities wishing to join us for a rehearsal.You can find details of how to find us and who to contact on this website.

The Band as a Charity

Watford Band is a Registered Charity (Charity No : 1105301) If you wish to help the the maintain the Brass band music and traditional in the area, please make a donation to the band with the following link :

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Band going to the Nationals!

After gaining a creditable 3rd place in last Sunday's (March 19th) London & South East Regional Championships at Stevenage, the band has qualified to complete in the National Chapionships. The Nationals take place on the weekend of the 16-17th of September in Cheltenham.

Bushey Rose Garden Christmas Fair

On Sunday afternoon on the 11th December, the Watford Band played at the Bushey Rose Garden Christmas Fair. The weather was unseasonably warm and a good crowd was in attendance. The band played a mixture of traditional carols and music associated with the Festive Season. Items played include the Slade hit "Merry Christmas Everybody" and Wizards "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". An impromptu percussion section made up of children attending the event joined in with an arrangement by Derek Ashmore of "Jingle Bells". At the conclusion of the bands performance they took up the Mannequin Challenge which can be viewed on Facebook!!

Greenwood Park Community Centre Carol Concert

Sunday 4th December saw the band taking part in the annual Carol Concert at the Greenwood Park Community Centre at Chiswell Green. Children from local schools took part and a large audience were treated to a wonderful concert. The bands contribution included playing music before , during and after the Concert as well as accompanying the Carols. The bands feature item during the Concert was Christmas Celebrations and they sent the audience on their way home with Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody". The band is looking to perform a Proms Concert at Greenwood Park in the New Year so watch this space!!

Lawrence Haines School Christmas Fair

On Saturday 3rd December the band played at a Christmas Fair at the Lawrence Haines School in West Watford. The band played a selection of Christmas Carols and festive music throughout the afternoon. This included an impromptu performance by some of the pupils forming a percussion section to accompany "Jingle Bells". The band's playing was very well received and some parents commented that they felt in the Christmas Spirit after the bands performance. Several members of the band were sweating during the raffle draw as several had bought tickets and the top prize was a laptop computer!! Unfortunately they were not successful !!!

Christmas Concert at St Peter's

The Watford Band performed a Christmas Concert at St Peter's Church in London Colney. A very appreciative audience enjoyed an eclectic programme of Christmas music. Some of the items played included "Christmas Festival", "Jingle Bell Rock" , "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day", "White Christmas" and "Merry Christmas Everybody". The solos featured Steve Joy playing the Flugel Solo "Away In A Manger" and Dennis Brown played a Trombone Solo version of the Johnny Matthis hit "When A Child Is Born". The audience joined in with much encouragement from the MD Ian Graves with the "12 Days Of Christmas"!! The concert included three carols the first of which included four gentlemen from the audience, who were volunteers picked by the MD to give their best impression of St. Paul's Cathedral choristers in "Once In Royal David's City". The other two carols included a first appearance with the Band by young Harry France on his Flugel Horn , which he has only been playing since June this year. Two pieces which went down really well were Eric Ball's "A Carol Fantasy" and the Finale to the evening was Paul Lovatt Cooper's "Christmas Finale". A very big thanks must go the Church who once again supported the evening and we look forward to Concerts we are performing there next year including Strictly Brass!!

Remembrance Day Parade and Service

The Watford Band took part in the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service outside the Town Hall. The band played incidental music including Highland Cathedral incorporating the Bagpiper for the day. The march Arnhem was played as the Mayor and the members of the Council processed to the Memorial. During the act of Remembrance the Last Post and Reveille were expertly played by Steve Joy. As the wreaths were laid on the memorial the band played Nimrod and Solemn Melody. To march the Mayors party back into the Town Hall the march Royal British Legion was played. The band was very surprised to receive a round of applause from members of the public assembled as this doesn't happen normally but was well received.

Cassiobury Park - Bandstand Opening

The band was the first to play on the new band stand in Cassiobury Park today. Steve Joy our flugelhorn player was the first soloist playing "Concerto De Aranjuez" The Mayor, Baroness Dorothy Thornhill, was welcomed to a trumpet fanfare as she went on the officially open the bandstand. The band played "Army of the Nile", "All through the night", "Breezing Down Broadway" and "Men of Harlech" to name a few. That audience was appreciative and even the ice cream van owner gave some of the band members a free 99 cone!!! Remember we are playing again next Sunday Sept 11th at 2 p.m. So come on and join us and enjoy a restful afternoon. Thanks to everyone who helped us out today.

Ashlyns Care Home

On Sunday the full band played at the Classic Car show at the Ashlyns Care home in Berkhamstead. Once again the weather was glorious and a varied programme was well received by members of the public attending the show. Some of the music played included The Cossack, Breezin Down Broadway, Village People Hit Mix and a selection from Mama Mia. The band were asked to play Happy Birthday for one or the members of staff at the Care home. She was handed a very special present when the MD handed over the baton to conduct the band. Overall it was a very pleasant afternoon and the Band have been invited to play at the Show next year.

Greenfields Care Home

On Saturday the Watford Band ten piece played at the Greenfields Care Home in Hatfield. The residents were treated to some very good playing from the ensemble. The weather was really kind again if a little warm for blowing!! Some of the pieces played were Concerto de Aranjuez played on Flugel by Steve, We've Only Just Begun played by Barbara on Horn and Georgia On My Mind played as a Cornet duet played by Karen and Jordan. The Finale was Kalinka and showed the ensembles Russian language skills with a good "Oi " at the end. Both the Band and the residents enjoyed the varied programme. At the conclusion of the performance some of the ten piece members went on a social evening which involved ten pin bowling and a curry. A good time was had by all!!

Lowndes Park - Chesham

The band played on the bandstand at Lowndes Park Chesham on Sunday afternoon. Thankfully the weather was kind and once again an appreciative audience enjoyed a varied programme of music. Pirates of the Caribbean, Les Miserables, Clog Dance and Floral Dance were some of the pieces played during the afternoon. Barbara with her rendition of Over the Rainbow on Tenor Horn, Steve with Concerto de Aranjuez on Flugel and Principal Cornet Vic with Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera were the featured soloists. All the soloists played very well and received enthusiastic applause for their efforts. The Finale for the afternoon was Mama Mia which seems to be very popular with audiences recently. A huge vote of thanks must go to Chesham Council for inviting the band to play on their bandstand,and hopefully we will be asked to perform there again next year.

Linslade Park - Leighton Buzzard

The Watford Band played on Sunday afternoon on the bandstand at Leighton Buzzard. The theme of the music was The Movies and the programme was well received by a very appreciative audience. Thankfully the weather held out and was much better than the previous day at Bricket Wood. !! The programme opened with the 20th Century Fox Fanfare and into the theme from The Great Escape. A selection from Pirates of the Caribbean was followed by a very tasteful and well played rendition of Over the Rainbow featuring the Tenor Horn of Barbara. Other items in the first half included the theme from the James Bond Skyfall movie written by Adele and the Flugelhorn solo Concerto de Aranjuez again beautifully played by Dave de Costa.

The second half started with 2001 A Space Odyssey ( Also Sprach Zarathustra) and segue into Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. These were followed by music from Harry Potter, Gladiator and Dances with Wolves. Unchained Melody from Ghost featured our guest tambourine player Amanda, who was a member of the audience who the MD volunteered for the job!! Happy by Pharrell Williams allowed the audience to warm their hands by joining in with the clapping. The Finale for the afternoon was a selection from Mama Mia which the audience again joined in with. The afternoon was a great success for the band helped by such a receptive audience. It was a pleasure to play on a proper bandstand

Armed Forces Day Bricket Wood

The Watford Band were once again asked to perform at the Armed Forces Day event at Bricket Wood. Unfortunately the heavens opened as the Colour Party marched on to Colonel Bogey. They were very resilient and stood fast as the Band played the National Anthem, as the Armed Forces flag was raised. The MD Ian Graves seized the moment and the Band then played Singin' In The Rain which the members of the public found hilarious !

Thankfully the weather brightened up as the people attending the afternoon had their cups of tea and cakes that were available. The band played a varied selection of music including a selection from Oliver, Angels, the Village People Hit Mix and For Your Eyes Only featuring our Flugelhorn player Steve Joy. The music during the afternoon was well received by an appreciative audience. The Band has already been booked for the same event next year hopefully the weather will be better.


The band played 2 days over the weekend at Knebworth. For once the weather was largely benign and a good crowd turned out for the first run out of the band's summer program.

Photos from Knebworth

St Peters - Show Music Concert

An enthusiast audience must appreciated the band's renditions of well known show music. From the Sound of Music and Cats to Breezin' down Broadway the music had the crowd foot tapping and singing along Photos from St Peter's

Last night of the Proms

On Saturday the 10th October The Watford Band performed at St Peters Church , London Colney to a large appreciative audience. It was good for the band to have such a great audience who entered Into the spirit in true Proms fashion. The programme of music included, Rule Britannia Overture, Glenn Miller selection and tunes from around the British Isles. Solos included Benedictus from The Armed Man, and Highland Cathedral both performed by Alan Alexander on Euphonium. The second half included novelty items in Sandpaper Ballet, (3 suspect workmen arrived to carry out work in the Church allegedly!). The Typewriter featured Sam showing his secretarial skills. The evening concluded in traditional style with Jerusalem , Land of Hope and Glory and Fantasia on British Sea Songs all of which featured some fine singing from Amy Cross. Thank you to the Church and everyone that contributed to a great evening.


The band always welcomes new players. If you have some experience in playing a brass instrumment please contact us for directions and encouragement. In particular we have need of Baritone & Tenor Horn players , Trombones and front-row Cornet players.