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Camborne Town Band
The Camborne Town Band was formed in 1841 in a thriving mining area of Cornwall. Although the last tin mine and associated industry has closed, the band has managed to adapt and has maintained Championship status for the last 55 years.
The Band has had considerable success at contests at national level representing the West of England at the National Championship Finals at the Royal Albert Hall on forty-nine occasions, achieving fourth position twice and being placed in the top six on six occasions. The band recently achieved a hat-trick of wins at the 'West of England Bandsmans Festival' held at Bugle by winning the Royal Trophy in 1998,1999 and 2000, followed by another in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
The band is not sponsored and relies on raising much of its revenue during the summer months, by performing for visitors at Cornish holiday resorts. In addition the band performs regularly in and around Camborne.
One of the concert highlights in the band's history came in 1983 when they performed in the Royal Albert Hall with 1000 Cornish Male Voices. They have since toured France and Holland. In April 2001 the band joined with the Holman Climax Choir to give a Last Night of the Proms Concert for Rotary International at the Bournemouth International Conference Centre to an audience of five thousand Rotarians. The band were conducted by their Professional Conductor, BBC Listen to the Band presenter, Frank Renton.
2001 saw a return to the glory days for the band from Cornwall with them winning the West of England Regional Championships for the first time since 1990, under the inspired baton of Frank Renton. With a performance of "Jazz" that left a strong field in their wake, the Camborne Band represented Cornwall at the National Finals the following October with renewed vigour.
In 2002, 2003 and 2004, the band again qualified for the National Finals and yet again won at Bugle contest, With 2003 seeing the band regain the West Of England title, and winning the Bugle Festival for a record 35th time in 2004.
The famous Camborne Town Band emanates from an equally famous town with a mining and industrial heritage second to none. Once famous the world over, Camborne was the home of Richard Trevithick, Holman's Engineering and the world-famous School of Mines.
The Band has an unrivalled contest record dating from the late-1800s; it is truly remarkable, unsurpassed by any other in Cornwall. It has been a local Championship band since its formation and on the National stage since the 1920s. Having won the National Second Section Championship in 1945 it was promoted to the Championship Section the following year – a position it has retained ever since, having been placed in the top six in the country on six occasions. In March 2009, it gained 1st place at Bugle and were crowned West of England Champions for the 20th time in their history. In October, the band will again be competing at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britian
It's success at the West of England Bandsmen's Festival (Bugle Contest) since the first contest, in 1912, is remarkable. Perhaps the unique atmosphere of the event inspires the band; certainly the sound of "The Cossack" on the upward march is evocative. The band has brought the Royal Trophy back to Camborne on thirty four occasions!
The band has performed on BBC Radio, BBC Television, at entertainment contests as well as local, regional and national contests and it is still at the top; competing with the best in the country. But brass banding is not just about contesting and this band performs to a consistently high standard whatever the event. And what events there have been over the years. From the 1,000 Cornish Male Voice extravaganza in 1983 to the Rotary Conference concert in Bournemouth. From the European tours of France and Holland to the Goff Richards' celebration concert at the Hall for Cornwall in 2004.
Many famous players and conductors have been associated with the band; far too many to name in this brief history. Current Musical Director, Kevin Mackenzie, continues in the tradition of talented musicians who have led this band; men who have been aware of past glories while eager for current success.