This is the web site of the Burbage brass band of Buxton in Derbyshire, England. Whether you're organising a function and require a band to provide spectacle and entertainment, an experienced brass or percussion player looking to join an ambitious team with good facilites and a varied program, or a person wishing to learn to play a brass instrument, you'll find everything you need to know here.
Established by local quarry owner Robert Broome and fellow industrialists in 1861, The Burbage Band (Buxton) is one of the oldest brass bands in the world, and proudly maintains its original aims and objectives. We were formed as a village band, with the patronage of the Church and Duke of Devonshire, to teach music without charge, provide an educational and constructive pastime, develop community spirit and entertain. The band has earned an enviable repuation and has taught many hundreds to play.
Today, Burbage Band continues to promote and represent Burbage and Buxton both locally and abroad at a whole host of differing concerts, functions and celebrations, providing music in a wide variety of styles, and has active members from every generation. The band is one of the most successful, busiest and friendliest bands in the area and is renowned for having trained most of its own players as well as many now playing with more famous bands. Lessons, instrument loan and insurance are provided free of charge to anyone with the commitment to learn. This provision is popular with all ages, but particularly where pupils also use the instruments at school.
Although busy with a varied series of concerts and engagements, the band also particpates in competitions. In recent years we have very frequently been awarded best High Peak Band in our class at the Buxton contest, and we were over all winners of our class at the last Oxford and District BBA contest. In 2011 and 2012 we were winners and Midlands Regional Champions in our class of the National Brass Band Championships, and hence particpated in the National Finals. In 2014 we acheived promotion to the second section. In 2015 we were awarded 4th prize in our second section debut performance.
With no regular sponsorship or patronage, the band generates much of its income from performances, and operates as registered charity 701257. We are lucky to have the support of many loyal followers who give £1 per month to our 100 club, and in recent years have been helped in our goals with financial support from the Satterthwaite trust and the Bingham trust among others.
Please feel free to look around the web site, by clicking on the buttons to your left. Your comments are always invited and welcomed. Feel free to leave public messages on our guestbook or contact us via our "contact us" page.You can watch the Burbage band in performance on You Tube by clicking the link here