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Cantium Brass Band Canterbury Kent UK Betteshanger Brass and Brains Quiz NightCantium Brass & Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Band - Brains Quiz Night

Join Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Band & Cantium Brass as they come together for a fun packed evening of entertainment at the Betteshanger Welfare Sports & Social Club in Cavell Square, Deal on Thursday 24th October - 7.30 p.m. Back by public demand, the Brass & Brains Quiz evening will include some light musical entertainment with Robin Parks, the well known local Quiz Master, who will compère the evening and test your knowledge! Due to our first Brass and Brains evening being so successful, we would urge you to call 07715 007811 to pre book your team table to avoid disappointment, otherwise, just turn up and I am sure we will be able to accommodate you. Quiz entry is £1 per person with a prize of £50 for the winning team. There will be a runner up prize of £25. We will be featuring our Betteshanger Brass Academy (BBA) who will be performing a couple of numbers prior to the interval. Doors open at 7.00 p.m. for a 7.30 start. There will be a raffle and a licensed bar.


Harry Yarnell Cantium Brass Band Canterbury Kent UK Royal Marines Band Service Cantium's youngest member (Harry Yarnell) tells us how he felt when he found out he had been successful in his audition to join the Royal Marines School Music.

On the week of the 8th-12th of July, I had been on my audition to join the Royal Marines Band Service. It was the longest and hardest week of my life, and a life changing experience for me. During the course of the week I had to sit many exams including aural exams, oral exams and elements of music exams. I had physical assessments, swimming assessments and determination tests. The physical tests consisted of a bleep test, push ups and sit ups tests and 1.5 mile run. On the Thursday I had an interview with the Director of Music Major Jason Burcham, the Corps Bandmaster WO1 Thomas Hodge, the RMSoM Bugle Major and the Royal Marines Band Service recruitment officer. Here it was I was asked questions on the history of the Royal Marines, there military role and how I would feel being part of the Corps.

I left by train for the Royal Marines School of Music, at HMS Nelson, on Monday the 8th of July, and spent four nights there, in Britannia Block, where the trainee musicians live. After four days of music exams, Physical Tests, auditions (on seven new instruments, including the bassoon) and my interview, I had one last meeting with the recruitment officer and Major Burcham, where I found out whether I had been successful or not. It was here I was the most nervous I had ever been in my life. The Major had asked me how I thought I had performed over the four days, then said he was pleased with what he had seen from me, and offered me a place on Clarinet and Viola, starting on September the 9th 2013. I couldn’t believe I had finally achieved what I had wanted to achieve over eight years. After I left the interview room, and went outside where the other auditionees were, and they all were thrilled to bits for me getting in. after this I rang my mum and dad, my grandparents and my close friends. Everyone was over the moon for me, and everyone said they were proud of me. The whole journey back and the following days I still couldn’t believe it had happened, and that I had finally done it and will be doing what I have always wanted to do.

cantium brass band canterbury kent wendy yarnell london marathon 2013In just under 2 weeks time our very own Wendy Yarnell will be undertaking to complete the 2013 London Marathon on Sunday 21st April 2013. This is a personal message from Wendy giving full details of how you can sponsor her. .........I have thought hard to decide on a charity I could help through this event and since I lost my dear Dad to cancer in May 2011, I have chosen Bowel and Cancer Research as my chosen charity through the Virgin Money Giving website I will also be raising funds for Folkestone and Hythe Sea and Royal Marines Cadets and Bettshanger and Cantium Brass Bands. Both these organisations have helped Harry with his application to the Royal Marine Band Service and this is my way of saying thank you for their help and encouragement. If you wish to sponsor me off line please feel free to contact me via email Training is going well and I just hope the warmer weather is not too far away. Any donation will be gratefully received to help my 3 chosen charities.Thanks for all the support and good luck wishes.



Cantium Brass Band Canterbury Kent England Quiz NightCantium & Betteshanger Brass Band - present a "Brass & Brains Trivia Quiz Night"

On Thursday 7th March, both Betteshanger Colliery Band and Cantium Brass will join forces to present a Brass & Brains Musical Trivia night at the Welfare Club in Cavell Square, Deal! Banish the Winter Blues by enticing your friends and family to come along and form a team for a truly entertaining evening with the band. It is sure to be a fun event for all the family with a prize awarded to the highest scoring team! Quiz Entrance Fee is only £1 per person and we hope you will support the bands by purchasing raffle tickets in the interval. Please register your interest now by sending us an email


Cantium Brass Band Canterbury Kent England Annual General Meeting News

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 29th January 2013

The Annual General Meeting of Cantium Brass took place last night, Tuesday 29th January at the bands HQ in Canterbury at 7.00 p.m. The Chairman (Russell Hall), welcomed members, and thanked the Musical Director and current serving Committee for all their hard work and devotion over the past year. The Band have continued to provided quality Performances during 2012 and the favourable feedback from concert organisers, is a good indictment of the Bands' overall standing in the area. We have an excellent rapport with the Members of the Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Band in Deal, and very much look forward to working more closely with them during 2013, with the possibility of a joint concert on the horizon!

We are very fortunate to have secured two very enthusiastic members who have taken on the responsibility of the publicising, and marketing of the band. We convey our most grateful thanks to both Phoebe and Sara who have kindly volunteered to take on this important role, and to assist with the recruitment of news players. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our long standing Trombone player Nigel Weeden, who has taken on the responsibilty of Band Librarian. Special thanks were made to Chris Cutting for coming to our rescue on EEb Bass and a warm welcome back was conveyed to both Titch Howard (Bass Trom) and Chris Norris (Eb Tenor Horn). The Band has a varied list of engagements lined up for the year, and our website will be updated as soon as new engagements come in. All in all, things are looking very good for Cantium right now.......


Cantium Brass Band Canterbury Kent England Wendy Yarnell London Marathon 2013

Harry's Mum to compete in the London Marathon - Sunday 21st April 2013

We would just like to take this opportunity in wishing Wendy Yarnell the very best of luck in achieving her goal in completing the London Marathon on Sunday 21st April 2013. Please spare a minute to take a look at and if you can, please give generously. If you wish to sponsor her off line please feel free to contact Wendy via email


Cantium Brass Band Canterbury Kent England AGM Annual General Meeting Notice 2013

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 29th January 2013

Cantium Brass Annual General Meeting will take place at the Bandroom on Tuesday 29th Jan at the earlier time of 7.00 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the meeting to help lubricate those coming straight from work. Normal rehearsal will resume immediately after the conclusion of the meeting which is hoped to commence by 7.30 - 7.45 p.m. Traditionally, this will be followed by a Band Curry at the usual place, for all those interested.


Band Logo - Cantium Brass Canterbury KentHappy New Year (2013) from all at Cantium Brass

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution to Cantium Brass Band over the past year. Whether you are a player, Musical Director, Committee Member, Family member, Concert Promoter or one of our highly valued loyal supporters, your support has been invaluable in the continued development and success of Cantium Brass during 2012.

As we move forward into 2013, the Band are right back in the swing of things with their first rehearsal on Tuesday 15th January. Yes, we have changed our rehearsal evening to a Tuesday now, this has allowed players from other bands to join in with us. We have already secured a number of bookings for the 2013 concert season with the addition of two Charity Concerts scheduled for March and October. Please check out our Calendar page for further details……

We currently have vacancies for Cornets (both front and back row opportunities are available), Flugel Horn, Solo Euphonium and an EEb/BBb Bass Player. We are currently a non contesting band but hope that sometime in the future, we may be able to return to the competitive stage when we fill some of the vacant seats. In addition to our current vacancies, we are always happy to welcome players who would like to join in and play at one of our rehearsals. Likewise, students studying in the City of Canterbury will always receive a very warm welcome. Should you wish to register your interest regarding any of the above positions, please email our Musical Director and feel assured any correspondence will be treated with strictest of confidence.

We hope you will keep an eye on this website for all of the news, forthcoming events and pictures etc. Any suggestions / contributions are welcome by email to


Cantium Brass Band Canterbury Kent UK Updated Calendar of events2013 Calendar Updated

Additional engagements have now been added to the 2013 Calendar Page. Where possible, details for each event have been added including postcoded for Sat Nav users. Over the coming months, map links wiil also be added to assist with directions. Please check back regularly as new dates will be added as and when they come in from Concert Organisers.





Jerry BondJerry Pond

It is with deepest sadness that Cantium Brass announces the sad passing away of their loyal BBb Bass player, Jerry Pond. Jerry joined the band back in May 2011 and was the band’s Librarian.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jerry’s wife Sam and their family. Jerry’s funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road (A260), Barham, Near Canterbury, Kent. CT4 6QU on Monday 30th August 2012 and will commence at 2.00 p.m. Jerry’s family have requested no black clothing, and family flowers only. Anyone else wishing to provide a gift are requested to make a donation. (Charity to be announced).


Alan Howard member of Cantium Brass Band Canterbury Kent England UKWelcome back to Alan Howard (Titch)

We would all like to take this opportunity in welcoming Alan Howard (Titch) back to the band. Alan has taken over the Bass Trombone seat from his old pal Alan Wardle, who retired from the band at the end of last year. Alan was a member of Cantium Brass back in the late 90's until his workload forced him to retire from the band. Alan has played with a number of local bands over the years, and is a regular member of Royal Marines Association Concert Band based in Portsmouth, and The Central Band of The Royal British Legion based in Norbury, London. We are extremely pleased to have Titch back in the band as it also give us the opportunity to perform a number of his arrangements for Brass band. To read more about Titch, check out the About Us Page and click on the Musicians Tab.



Harry Yarnell Cornet player with Cantium Brass Band Cantrebury Kent UKNew Member - Harry Yarnell (Cornet)

We are extremely pleased to welcome Harry to the cornet section. Harry has been playing the cornet since the age of 8 and it his ambition to have a career in the Royal Marines School of Music. As well as playing cornet for the Betteshanger Colliery Welfare Band, Harry is a very keen sportsman and very much enjoys his Rugby. We hope Harry enjoys his time with the band and wish him all the very best in securing a place in the Royal Marines Band Service in the future. Hopefully Harry will provide us with a short Biography shortly.



Cantium Brass Canterbury Kent Vincent Bach cornet lostVincent Bach Stradivarius Professional Bb Cornet 184 (Large Bore)

Cantium Brass would like to report the loss of a Vincent Bach Strad Bb cornet last used at Hever Castle on Sunday 8th April. The cornet was in a Black Bach Gig bag along with mutes, mouthpieces and other accessories. On arrival back home, it was found to be missing and we can only assume it was left in the car park whilst loading all the other band equipment into the car! We are 99% certain that the marquee itself was completely empty when we left the site at 5.10 p.m. Hever Castle have been notified, but to date, nothing has yet been handed in! Please could you all keep your eyes and ears open for anyone selling one on the cheap and email the band asap if you hear anything.


Edwin Wong - Percussionist - Cantium Brass - Canterbury - Kent

Welcome to Edwin Wong

Cantium Brass would like to take this opportunity to welcome Edwin to the band where he will join Gareth and Dee in the percussion section. Edwin comes from Ma Wan in Hong Kong and currently studies at Sir Roger Manwoods School in Sandwich. Edwin is a man of many talents, as well as being a great percussionist, he also plays Violin in the School Orchestra and is a very keen photographer and sportsman. I'm sure over the coming weeks Edwin wiil provide us with a more in depth biography.



Cantium Brass Band Calendar of events 2012Calendar Updated

Additional engagements have now been added to the Calendar Page. Where possible, details for each event have been added including postcoded for Sat Nav users. Over the coming months, map links wiil be added to assist with directions.





Latest News Logo - Cantium Brass Canterbury KentVacancies Section added to the About Us Menu - Band Website

We are always looking for new faces. Maybe you are looking for a change, or just keen to get back into banding? Cantium Brass currently have vacancies around the stand, and would especially like to hear from you if you are a proficient Tenor Horn, Euphonium or EEb Bass Player. We are also looking for 2 competent cornet players, and seats are negotiable depending on experience


Christmas Carolling Canterbury Logo - Cantium Brass Canterbury KentChristmas Carolling - Canterbury

As in previous years, members of Cantium Brass have been very busy over the past few weeks entertaining local shoppers, and bringing plenty of musical cheer to the local Supermarkets in the Canterbury area. We would like to extend our most grateful thanks to both Sainsbury's & Morrisons for their kind hospitality, and making us feel very welcome in their stores! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dee and Sue for collecting on behalf on the band.


Remembrance Sunday, Dover Town Hall, Cantium Brass BandDover Town Hall - Remembrance Sunday

Every year on Remembrance Sunday, the Town Council holds a service and parade to remember those who fell at the two world wars and other conflicts. For several years now, Cantium Brass have played a prominent part in the service by providing the usual inaugural music prior to the service, and the accompaniment to the Hymns. Those taking part include the Mayor of Dover, Town Councillors, local dignitaries, serving members of the Armed Forces, local ex-service organizations, local Cadet Forces, Cubs, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Girls Brigade etc.


Jerry Bond - EEb Bass Player, Cantium Brass Band, Canterbury, KentJerry Pond - BBb Bass

Jerry started playing 2nd Cornet in Crawley Silver Band in the late 60's, slowly moving to Flugelhorn, Euph, and finally EEb Bass. He then played with Copthorne Band as well as Crawley Silver Band until CSB disbanded. In Copthorne, he played Sousaphone and Sopranino Recorder until he moved to Wallington and stopped playing brass for a while. He continued playing Sousaphone in a jazz band as the opportunity arose. In 1995, Jerry moved to Cranbrook (with all his sheep), and it was there he made contact with Brass Bands again. Whilst testing the local pubs, he bumped into the Cranbrook Town Band in the White Hart Pub after their practices. He joined Cranbrook as BBb Bass with his wife as Solo Cornet and played with them, even after his move to Folkestone in 2000. The travelling became rather tedious so he left Cranbrook and joined Hythe Town Concert Band as Tenor Saxophone. After a few years the pull of brass Bands drew Jerry to Cantium Brass in 2011.


Cantium Brass performing at The Autumn Kent Garden Show. Detling Showground, Kent Kent Garden Show - Detliing Showground

Cantium Brass have entertained the general public for a number of years at both The Kent Garden Show & the The Autumn Kent Garden Show which are held at Detling Showground. The show featured over 150 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods for sale including floral marquees with stunning floral displays including medal winners from Chelsea. There are over forty nurseies with a craft pavilion, brass band and children's rides.


Cantium Brass Band at Hever Castle, Edenbridge Kent.Hever Castle

Easter will soon be upon us once again, and Cantium Brass will be returning to perform for the many crowds at Hever Castle over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. Hever is a firm favourite amongst our members as we share very fond memories of overhead flying Ducks and a certain Baritone Player! Take an Umbrella, even if it's sunny!



Cantium Brass Band Member Clive Marriott

Clive Marriott (Trombone)

After a break of a few years, Clive Marriott has decided to dust off the cobwebs and return to playing once again. It's an absolute pleasure having such a fine player return to the band. Clive joins Nigel Weeden (1st Trombone), Harriet Kersey (2nd Trombone) and Alan Wardle & George Inman on Bass Trombone bringing our total bones to 5! Clive is an exceptional player and some may even recall his fine rendition of the Trombone Solo "Blue John" by Peter Kneale which he performed at the Oval Bandstand in Cliftonville a few years back.




Cantium Brass Canterbury Festival LogoCantium Brass 125th Anniversary Concert

The Band's 125th Anniversary Concert will be held in conjunction with the Canterbury Festival Event 15th-29th October 2011. The Venue will be St Stephens Church, St Stephens, Near Canterbury and all proceeds will be dontated to the Church Funds on this occasion. Further information will be available soon, and details will be published on the Canterbury Festival Website from June 2011. The bands planned CD recording for March/April 2011 has been rescheduled for later in the year. Please keep an eye on this page for more events


Cantium Brass Band member PhoebeKeep It In The Family

Well, I love it when a plan comes together! We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Phoebe Allebone-Salt who has recently joined the Horn section. Thanks to the persuasion of her sister Amy, and encouragement from her teacher Sally Hannan, we are now fortunate to have another very fine young player in the band. Phoebe, who is only 15 years of age, has already passed her Grade 7 which is a fine achievement for such a young player. We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Sally Hannan to the Horn Section. Sally & Phoebe have brought an entirely new dimension to the art of brass band horn playing! To find out more, pop along to one of our rehearsas.


Cantium Brass Band Member AmyAmy Allebone-Salt (Repiano Cornet)

We are extremely pleased to welcome Amy Allebone-Salt to the cornet section. I was fortunate enough to hear Amy perform at her Christmas School Concert in December and my first impression was, "WOW". She is a very fine musician and we are very fortunate to have her join the cornet section. Amy comes from a very musical family, and we are hoping her enthusiasm will rub off on her sister, who we have been told, is a very good horn player! Apart from playing with Cantium Brass and the School Orchestra, Amy also plsy for the Pfizer Wind Band in Sandwich. I'm sure Amy will provide us with a short biography very soon.


Cantium Brass new member GilesNew Members..............

Monday 17th January saw the arrival of Giles Stamp on BBb Bass. It has to be said (and sorry in advance Giles), what should have been a 20 mile trip from Margate to Canterbury, turned out to be a tour of Kent due to Giles' Sat Nav and own limited Navigational Skills. Well, he's certainly a character and it's an absolute pleasure having him in the Bass Section. Giles has recently moved into the area as he is currently studying at Christchurch University, Broadstairs Campus. His previous Band was The Tilbury Band based in Essex.


Cantium Brass RussRussell Hall's Biography

Russell started playing Cornet at the age of eight, while at St Lawrence School in Ramsgate. He was influenced by his Mother and Grandfather who were both Pianists. His earliest childhood memories are from the age of three, standing beside his Mother while she was playing the Piano Accordion to guests at Christmas time. Russell joined a local Wind Band along with his Sister, Heather; who was already an accomplished Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone player and received tuition under Vic Valentine. His early musical experiences focused on Military Band arrangements and Big Band. Russ became Band Chairman on the 1st April 2011.


Cantium Brass Tuba Player Tom Tom Pascoe's Long Awaited Biography

I received the following message this evening. It goes along the lines….Here is Tom's Bio, I've done it for him! Sorry for the 20-year delay!!!!! By Joe Hillyer. Joining us in October 2009, our "tuba" player Tom first took an interest in music from the age of 9, and is currently in his second year at the local university of Canterbury Christ Church, studying Music with Business. Originally from Bearsted, in Maidstone, our newest addition to the bass section is already fitting in well with Kent's finest band. To read more about Tom, check out the Musicians Page.


Cantium BrassChris Leech joins the Cornet Section Cantium Brass would like to announce the arrival of Chris Leech who has taken up residence in the cornet section. Chris comes from a Military Background and although he hasn't played for a number of years, he brings with him a wealth of experience. Extremely frustrated with his current lack of chop Muscles, Chris is eager to regain his former standard which I am sure will enable him move up the cornet section very soon. We look forward to hearing more about Chris in his forthcoming Mini Bio...




Cantium Brass Band Member Peter HodkinsonPeter Hodkinson joins the Cornet Section

Cantium Brass would like to extend a very warm welcome to Peter Hodkinson who has taken up residence in the Cornet Section. Peter travels over 100 miles round trip to play with Kent's finest Band. Peter has already proved a very dedicated member of the team. Pete's musical career began at an early age, when like many other youngsters he was subjected to compulsory piano lessons….. To read more about Pete, follow this link!



Cantium Brass Band member Phil Smith Phil & Lynne Carruthers-Smith

Cantium Brass would like to extend a very warm welcome back to Lynne and Phil, can't believe it's been almost seven years! Lynne has taken over the Solo Horn spot, a position that has been vacant for some time and Phil joins George, Roland, Joe and Tom in the Bass Section. The band still have a vacancy for a solo and second cornet player so please give us a call.




Cantium Brass Halloween PartyA Night of Terror at the Band Hall of Horror!

Came they all on Hallows' Eve, into the Hall of Horror there, mid pumpkin's flickering orange glowtwas merriment and hearty fayre. Vampire, goblin, witch and priest, gathered for the season's feast- O'fun and frolicking time to share, amid the night's macabre stare. a perfect eve for friends to meet trust you loved our trick 'n treat! I am sure that all band members and their families enjoyed a sociable and fun event celebrating All Hallow's Eve. Fun and games, embarrassing moments, and not a drop of booze in sight! Wonderful!……... we had it all! Lots of hard work behind the scenes from John, Bridge and Sam preparing the Bandroom for the evening, & clearing the mess no doubt! Special thanks to Tony and Mary Dennis for their buffet beautifully prepared and presented and enjoyed by all I am sure. Thank you all for your participation in what was a very memorable evening! By Alan Finemore

Cantium Brass New Members - Tom and JoeTuba Smarties!

5th Oct 2009 For the first time since competing at the National Finals FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, Cantium Brass now have a full Bass Section. Although both George and Roland have admirably set a firm foundation for the band, our two new tubas, Joe and Tom are very much welcomed additions to the band. Not only have they completed the long awaited bass section, they are very talented young musicians and already proving to be huge characters within the band. Joe must be the first musician to present his Biography within 24 hours of it being requested……well done Joe and many thanks. Tom's Biography to follow. Check out Meet The Band Page.