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Darlington Community Wind Band

About the band

The band

We are group of brass, woodwind and percussion players from various walks of life — retired professionals, enthusiastic amateurs, and adults who have returned to playing after a lapse of many years. DCWB is a friendly, diverse group with player ages ranging from teens to pensioners!

The Band was originally formed in 2006 by a group of players under the Musical Direction of Gary Bridge. Chris Lawn took over as Conductor in 2008, and we carry on today under the Musical Direction of Phil Tranmer.

Our repertoire is extensive and varied — we play traditional and modern pieces, film themes, marches, hymns, etc. The band members choose the music we play (which keeps everyone happy!) and we have a large library of music to choose from. Funds from band “jobs” go towards buying new music and we regularly have new pieces.

Our Conductor

Edgar Thompson

Our conductor, Edgar Thompson

Edgar Thompson took over conducting Darlington Community Wind Band in November 2015. Ed, originally hailing from Cheshire, is an Army Musician posted with The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps based in Catterick. Since joining the Army in 2012, Ed has travelled around the world performing at many different events. Despite his predominantly orchestral and brass band upbringing, Ed's favourite genres of music include Jazz and Funk. Darlington Community Wind Band is the first ensemble that Ed has officially conducted. A slightly daunting position to be in at a young age, however, it is a position that he thoroughly enjoys!