Band for hire

The Colchester Band are available to hire for music making at your next event.

The band can not only offer traditional brass band music, but are versatile and can play music to match most occasions. The band has access to over 1,000 pieces of music, but also offers a bespoke service where music for an occasion can be specifically tailored and arranged.

The common perception is that brass bands just play loud and play marches, however a quick look at our music library index shows that we play a wide variety of music. We also are quite comfortable in matching our ensemble size to your circumstances, size of venue, being able to play as a full band, or in smaller numbers to meet those occasions when 25 players are just too many.


The average cost of hiring the band varies but a typical cost includes a 1.5 hour programme engaging full band or smaller band on a week-night or during the weekend. The costs vary depending on the type of event, location, music required, time and number of players required. Please contact us for a quote.

Any fee charged is a contribution to the running costs of the band. We are an amateur organisation with no ‘professional’ players and the Band is entirely self-funding.

Book the Band

If you are interested in booking the band for your event, please contact us


Some feedback:


“I was a guest at the Strawberry Tea event at Balkerne Gardens Trust yesterday. I wanted to tell you how much the playing of the Colchester Band added to the occasion.Both the choice of music and the quality of the playing were excellent.

Thank you.”

Balkerne Gardens Trust


“We just wanted to express our thanks and gratitude for the wonderful atmosphere and buzz you created with your music on Saturday. Our guests had nothing but compliments for you all and we personally we’re delighted with the magic touch you guys brought to our day.”

F and J – Private Wedding


“On behalf of Trinity House, I would like to thank you and your fellow Brass Band colleagues for coming along to play last week at Frinton. The music was great and was a perfect ending to a very successful day.”
Director of Finance and Support Services – Trinity House


 “Since the event help to celebrate the Authority`s 150th Anniversary, the feedback from guests can only be explained as highly complementary to all included in making the day so successful.

In turn I would like to compliment you in your professionalism in delivering your services on the day at such high quality and flexibility.”

HR Manger – Harwich Haven Authority


“It was a pleasure to have you visit St. Andrew’s Church and play for us on Saturday evening.  Thank you all so very much.

I have heard nothing but lovely comments on the band, your repertoire and how much everyone enjoyed the evening.  Thank you again.”

Friends of St Andrew`s Church – Halstead


“Everyone who we have spoken to today was very complimentary of all your players’ performances, particularly the soloists. I think a good evening was had by all. We very much appreciate the commitment that you all give. We look forward to enjoying our CDs in due course when we are in the car or on our hols in France.”

Friends of St Mary`s Church – Tollesbury


Just a quick email to thank you very much for Saturday night and
please pass on my thanks to all your band players (and yr compere). The
feedback I received was absolutely great about your band and I hope you
all had a good time too. Some have even commented that it was the best
party they have had there and that is all thanks to your band.

Hopefully we will get to see you play again.

Colne Yacht Club – Brightlingsea