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, they gained 1st place and were, therefore, 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 very 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.

Camborne Town Band"May Camborne Town Band go on producing music of the highest quality and continue to be an excellent ambassador for Camborne and Cornwall."


This brief history was kindly written by Tony Mansell, author of Camborne Town Band