Cantium Brass Band Members Sara WardNew Players 29th Sept 2009

Cantium are pleased to announce two new players to further strengthen our ranks. Gary Rossiter, a well known local trumpet player brings a wealth of experience to the cornet section, while Sara Ward who has recently moved into the area to study at Christchurch University, takes up residence on 2nd Horn. Both players are a very welcomed addition to the band. Left - Sara Ward.



Cantium Brass Band Members Alan FinemoreAlan Finemore & Jayne Clark 27th July 2009

The guest appearance of Alan and partner Jayne Clark at the Oval Bandstand Cliftonville has thankfully led to a more long tern relationship between both player and band. Alan’s application to join the band on Flugel Horn was accepted after giving an outstanding performance on Flugel at recent engagements. Jayne has joined on Baritone and has already proved an invaluable member of the band.




Cantim Brass at the Kent Garden Show DetlingKent Garden Show & Hever Castle Happy Snaps

A selection of Photos taken at the Detling Kent Garden Show during the Bank Holiday Weekend kindly supplied by Charlotte Rollinson plus a few snapshots taken at Hever Castle over the EASTER Weekend..



Cantium Brass Band Member Birgit TrukeschitzDr. Birgit Trukeschitz joins the Cornet Section

We are extremely pleased to see the arrival of Birgit Trukeschitz who has recently joined Cantium on 2nd Cornet. Birgit comes from Vienna and is currently working in Canterbury at the Kent University as as Research Fellow. Birgit is an assistant Professor and research fellow within the Institute for Social Policy, Department of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.




Cantium Brass Band member Emma LloydNew Horn Player at Cantium

April saw the arrival of Emma Lloyd on Tenor Horn. She is a very welcomed addition to the Horn Section and is already proving to be a real character within the band. Emma is currently studying at Kent University and we are extremely lucky to have her as part of the team.




Cantium Brass Band European NightCantium Capers “Public Health Warning” - Band Social with a European Flavour”

Saturday, 7th February saw members of the band gathering at the Band Room for a Band Social. The only rules were that we were to bring a photo of us when we were small, for a competition, and place it in the envelope in the Band Cupboard. Knowing how just how Bridgette likes to catch people in pictures when they are unaware and place them on the Website, the room was checked thoroughly for a photocopy machine!

Laid out on the tables was a tasty looking spread of European food, lovingly prepared by Mary (The Flugelers Better Half) which somehow included Tandoori Chicken. As it was so delicious, nobody seemed to mind!

It having been announced that Angie would be circulating doing a strip for a pound, the evening seemed to be shaping up very well until we realised she was doing the Raffle! Having allowed people to fill up on food and booze, the Games Mistress (Bridgette) declared that the sport should begin. A board was produced with all the photos previously given in, mounted and numbered for the “Guess the Little Darling” Competition. Looking at some of the photos, it brought reality to the phrase “A Mothers love sees only beauty” and certainly proved with all the little cherubs looking out at us, that one is certainly born every minute! Following the competition, everyone quickly reclaimed their photo to be safely filed away to protect from causing offence and public outrage. The next game involved picking up a small cardboard box from the floor, using only teeth, and not touching the floor with hands. Taking false teeth out and doing it was not allowed. George’s two boys quickly showed how it could be done with Dave and Tony taking up the challenge. Having crouched down, they realised that their trousers were cutting into places even a tailor wouldn’t dream of going, so the pair striped off to their Boxer Shorts. Each in turn fell over in the attempt and it was never established whether it was the fact that they had their heads between their legs following the Tandoori Chicken that caused the problem or whether it was just a loss of balance!

No time to recover (but thankfully enough for trouser replacement!), the next game was announced and demonstrated with total panache by John, our illustrious leader. Place the marble between your knees, go the length of the room and drop it in a small glass. There then followed a hilarious display of “Ministry of Silly Walks” to do John Cleese proud. Tony did a perfect impersonation of Orville Duck as he waddled up the room and Dave was the spitting image of a long-legged Flamingo on crack. This just left Angie to race up the room, marble

between her knees, but looking as if it was the most natural thing in the world. The answer must be in the genes (it has to be said they were pretty tight!)

So, there you have it. A good evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by all proving that Cantium Band can show everyone how to play in more ways than one!

Cantium Brass Band Elf Yourself“Elf Yourself“, A Merry Little Christmas!“Elf Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”Discover your “Inner Elf”, Join Cantium Brass as they get into the Festive Spirit.

Cantium Brass Band Member Tony DennisNew Flugel Horn Player at Cantium - A Star is Born , just in time for Christmas.

Monday 24th November saw the arrival of our new Flugel Horn Player. The band are delighted to welcome Tony Dennis on Flugel Horn. Tony is a well respected player with many valuable years of experience. He has  played cornet at  the highest level of brass banding and is a well respected local trumpet player in the area. Tony’s debut appearance on Flugel Horn will be at Bluewater‘s Winter Wonderland on Sunday 7th December.




Cantium Brass in Bolougne FranceBoulogne Sur Mer

At the start of their forthcoming concert season, Chartham based 

Ensemble Cantium Brass were the honoured guests of the Mayor of Bolougne on Saturday 28th April. On a warm, sunny day, & performing to a capacity crowd in the towns centre, the Southern Counties Champion band, under the musical direction of  John Goold; treated an appreciative audience to a varied programme, played with the style and flair associated with this group. Compere for the afternoon was Cantium’s B Bb Tuba player James Tomlinson, who’s bilingual skills played their part in making this concert a success. The bands next concert of the 2001 season can be enjoyed by visitors to the Central Bandstand  Herne Bay Sunday 27th May which is followed by a performance at Broadstairs Bandstand on Sunday 3rd June.……………By Alan Finemore

Cantium Brass Band AwardGolden Web Award

Cantium Brass Band’s Web-Site has won them the most popular and sought after award available, “The 2001– 2002 Golden Web Award“. This award was coupled by an invitation to join fellow webmasters & designers in over "130" countries worldwide, by becoming a respected member of the International Association of Web Masters & Designers. Websites reviewed, are judged and scored in three primary categories: Design, Content and Originality. Each category receives a score, the scores are than added together and averaged for a final score. Only last year Cantium Won the AOL members Stately Homepage Champions Title, quite a collection for a Site that has only been up and running since 28th March 2000.

Cantium Brass Band PromotionPromotion

It’s Official, Cantium Brass have just received notification of their Promotion to the 2nd Section as from January 2002.  As you can see from the Meet the Band Page, we are on the look out for Good Quality Players. We have just lost our Solo Euphonium & 2nd Horn due to work relocation. Dave has moved to Oldham to live with his girlfriend (who he met at the Whit Friday Marches last year) and Helen has moved to Oxford and has just signed with the City of Oxford band. If you feel that you can give commitment and would like to join the only Band in Kent to Qualify for the National Finals 2001, then drop us a line!

Cantium Brass Band London and Southern Counties Winner BannerLondon & Southern Counties Champions 2001

Cantium Brass under the direction of John Goold are the new Southern Area 3rd Section Champions, with a convincing three point win over nearest rivals Beacontree Brass and W. Rumford. Playing off the number 1 draw in a 17 band field, Cantium gave a performance of the Joseph Horovitz “Sinfonietta” that saw them gain an impressive win and a trip to the Finals from adjudicator Jeremy Wise. Cantium Brass have qualified for the 3rd Section London & Southern Area  for the second time in 2 years.The band are delighted with the result and look forward to competing at the Guild Hall Preston on Saturday 22nd September 2001.


Cantium Brass Band at the Royal Albert Hall LondonThe Grand National (Royal Albert Hall, London 2000)

Cantium Brass pulled out all the stops at this year's National Brass Band Championships at the "Royal Albert Hall" but unfortunately only came home with 11th place. A disappointing result, but having qualified to play at the finals in the first place was an achievement in itself. The competition, featured only "the top bands" throughout the UK, and is considered by many, the pinnacle of the brass band calendar. We believe it's the first time in the bands 114 years history that the band has qualified for the National Finals at this prestigious venue.

By kind permission of Studio Tristan

Cantium Brass Band at the Navigation Inn Whit Friday Marches SaddleworthWhit Friday Band Contest still blowing strong!

Saddleworth was filled with music on Friday 16th June as the traditional Whit Friday Band Contest got underway. The event has grown in popularity since the earliest recorded contest back in 1884. This year an outstanding 150 bands turned out in Saddleworth & Tameside. Cantium Brass fulfilled it's ambition to return home with a few more prizes. The band were awarded 1st Prize in the 3rd Section at Scouthead & Austerland, another 1st Prize in the Third Section at Grotton (although overall 10th) and a Fourth Prize at Friezland. Out of the 104 Bands that participated in the Saddleworth Championships 2000, Cantium Brass came out 20th overall

Cantium Brass Band Royal Albert Hall2000 London & Southern Counties National Finalists

Cantium Brass are proud to announce that they have Just become one of the National Finalists after being awarded second place at the recent London & Southern Counties Area Qualifying Contest held at Stevenage. The Band will be representing the London & Southern Counties at the Royal Albert Hall on 20th October after a convincing performance of the Test Piece "Narnia Suite" by Geooffrey Burgon. The adjudicator, Malcolm Brownbill, admired the band's ability and spirited Performance & awarded 180 points.

Cantium Brass Band ClubNew Headquarters

The Band's new headquarters was officially opened on the 11th december 1999 by Mrs S Webb, Chairman of the local Parish Council. Pictured right is the newly converted social room which is available for hire. We also have a smaller dunction room which is ideal for meetings etc. and the main bandroom which could be used for various activities. Rates will be negotiated to suit individual requirements. For further details, please contact the Band Manager



Cantium Brass Members - Nigel and Louise WeedenA trombone is for life, not just for Christmas …to quote somebody else's phrase, certainly looks as though it's coming true for Nigel Weeden from Ashford. Nigel has been playing the Trombone since the age of 12, and was taught by Syd Rose in Deal. Recently coming to play at Cantium Brass after a six year break in playing, Nigel has over the years played in just about every musical group in East Kent, including running a Big Band in the Folkestone area for 10 years. Nigel's daughter Louise 12 has recently joined the percussion section of the band. Louise is a student at Highworth Grammar School for Girls in Ashford, and is also a very keen athlete, being a member of Ashford AC, and is the current Kent high jump champion for her age group, and represents her county.

Cantium Brass Band Member Jonathan WilliamsJonathan Williams

Monday 12th July saw the arrival of new cornet player Jonathan Williams. Jonathan has just completed his studies at York University where he was a music scholar. He has just  moved back to the area to live with his parents whilst seeking work in Music Publishing or Administration. Jonathan is a Trumpet/Flugel Player and has his own Trad Jazz Band which regularly plays at the York Race Course.  Jonathan recently guested with Gawthorpe Brass at the Whit Friday Marches……….Hopefully Jonathan will provide a full profile at a later date!