Welcome to the Band
Bradwell Silver Band is a registered charity and Milton Keynes based Brass band and who has been in existence for over 100 years. Today the band plays at numerous local events including being featured several times at the Ironbridge Festival of Brass in Shropshire, and has played at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the famous Chelsea Pensioners.
We consist of a Senior Band which meet twice weekly and a development brass group of players aged 8 and upwards. The band support players through the provision of group playing, tuition, music and instruments; securing a future of brass banding. Bradwell Silver performs community concerts, fetes, celebrations and events throughout the year with the Christmas period being our busiest time.
The band is a friendly, warm group of players who enjoy meeting new musicians and entertaining the public.
History of the Band
Bradwell Silver Band was founded on January 15th 1901 and can proudly claim that it has been in continuous existence for well over a century. Most of the original members lived in what was then rural North Buckinghamshire villages of Bradwell and Stantonbury and were employed at the London and North Western Railway Works in neighbouring Wolverton. These areas were later renamed Old Bradwell and New Bradwell respectively and although both areas retain their identities, they are now very much a part of the ever expanding development that is Milton Keynes. The railway works ceased to be a major employer by the 1980s and today’s membership is drawn from a cross section of trades and professions.
Bradwell Band is a self-supporting organisation whose activities are financed with the support of the local community, a Supporters Club and fees received from a wide variety of engagements.
There is strong emphasis is put on our Development Group which will produce the players of the future. Instruments and tuition by senior band members are provided to development group members completely free of charge.
Bradwell Silver Band is very popular and kept busy throughout the year with appearances at a wide variety of engagements, from local fetes to much larger gatherings. For instance, we have often played for our lovely friends the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
In 1990 we played at the occasion of a Royal Film Premiere of “Presumed Innocent” in the presence of the Duchess of York and have appeared several times on television. During December 1997 the Band were featured on the Anglian news because of its longest running tradition. Every Christmas morning since 1901, whatever the weather, Bradwell Silver Band has played Christmas Carols around the streets of New Bradwell starting at 6:00 a.m. Tradition has it that children are not supposed to open their presents until they have heard the band play in their street!
If you would like to know more about us, or want to book the Band for an event please contact us through the form below.
Regional Winning Band
Like so many other brass bands across the country, Bradwell Silver band takes part in the national brass band championships and has managed to bring home the regional gold multiple times for the London and Southern Counties regional. Winning the 4th section in 2018 and again in the 3rd section in 2022, Bradwell Silver is brimming with a wealth of quality and professionalism that has allowed us to grow and progress through the ranks of the brass band world competing with other top bands through-out the country at Cheltenham for the National Finals!
What the band is up to
Check out our latest news letter for the band on what we are up to and what is to come.
Are you looking to join a band but struggling to find space for your instrument or looking to join the big brass player. Come join the band for contesting, community performances and concerts.
Bradwell Silver Band’s L&SC regional contest 2023 – The results. A tremendous day for all involved where all our hard work was rewarded.
The Bradwell Band Music
Want to take our sound home with you and out on the go, check out our ablum fulled with classics music and well know tunes from the banding world.
If you are interested in grabbing yourself a band CD, We sell them at any of our engagements or fill out the form below and we will asist you with purchase.