About the Band

Our origins date back almost 20 years and we have been growing in size and reputation ever since. We now have around 35 members who meet every week to play a wide repertoire of music under the baton of our musical director Tony Thornton. To broaden our experience further, we have recently formed ensembles which rehearse weekly in rotation following our main rehearsal.

The band regularly performs around the Ashford area; we have played at fetes, bandstands, John Lewis and wherever we are invited! Over the last few years we have established our own annual Christmas concert where we raise funds for a local charity chosen by a band member.

Rehearsals take place Thursday evenings from 7pm-8.30pm at the John Wesley Primary School, Wesley School Road, Cuckoo Lane, Singleton, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5LW and we are very grateful to the Head and School Governors of John Wesley School for allowing us to practise each week at their lovely school. Membership fees are currently a modest £48 per term (or £12 per month).

We are available for hire and if you wish to book us for an event, please get in touch at [email protected]

About our MD, Anthony Thornton

A professional musician for over 47 years, Tony now teaches woodwind, brass, strings and piano at local primary schools. He started his career with the Regular Army Band of The Corps of Royal Engineers, Brompton, where he played clarinet and violin.

Soon after leaving the Regulars, he was recruited into the Reserve Band of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment at Canterbury and has been their principal clarinetist for over 18 years.

In 2005, he trained as a Bandmaster for the Kent Army Cadet Force, a post that he held until moving to the Ashford Concert Band in 2014 as Musical Director.