ALTHOUGH rooted in the late 19th century (formed in 1885), Chalford Band is a modern, forward looking organisation and flourishing as never before with three thriving competitive ensembles.

The senior band started contesting many years ago in the fourth section and has progressed steadily through the ranks. It currently competes in the first section in the South West region.

A pinnacle of achievement was winning the national title of Pontins first section champions in November, 2006. This put Chalford in the top 200 world rankings for the first time ever (196th).

The all-age Academy Brass (previously known as the training band) competes in the fourth section and has also climbed the ladder, coming seventh in the 2012 regional championships.

Chalford Band is also proud of its enthusiastic youngsters in the Youth Band, which has won several silver and gold awards in the National Youth Brass Championships. Dreams came true when the young players won the coveted title of National Junior Champions for 2012, a feat they repeated in 2016.

Chalford Band is proud of its independence. The band retains its village title, free of sponsorship, relying for its finance on member subscriptions, fundraising and fees from engagements.