The Hangleton Brass Band

The Hangleton Brass Band is an active, modern, brass band based in Hangleton, in the City of Brighton and Hove, in Sussex, England. We have both an active Senior and Youth Band and take our membership from a wide cross section of the local community. There are currently around 80 members, some of whom play in both bands, with a group of young learners constantly feeding into the Youth Band, which alone has 50 members.We are are currently the only Hove Brass Band.

We have charitable status and operate as a single entity with all proceeds from fundraising, concerts and subscriptions being spent on the band, rather than being targeted at any individuals or sections. We have a large repertoire of music with anything from Mozart to Miller to Mercury!

The Hangleton Brass Band is one of three Brighton Brass Bands..


About the Hangleton Brass Band Music Groups

The Hangleton Brass Band is a:

  1. Hove Brass Band
  2. Brighton Brass Band
  3. East Sussex Brass Band
  4. West Sussex Brass Band
  5. Sussex Brass Band
  6. Brighton and Hove Brass Band

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Hangleton in located in the City of Brighton and Hove, adjacent to both East Sussex and West Sussex. We play Hove brass band concerts throughout the year and are available for hire across Brighton and Hove City, East Sussex and West Sussex.

Join us. The Hangleton Band is a Hove music group which is always looking for new members. If you play the euphonium, tuba, tenor horn, baritone horn, cornet or percussion why not get in touch.


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Our History - the 2000s

The year 2000 was an exciting year for the band, as several high profile events took place to celebrate the new millennium. Hangleton performed at the Millennium Dome alongside Brighton and Patcham Bands, with the Youth Band having the honour of playing in the main arena. The three bands also a held a joint concert called ‘Millennium Brass’ at Hove Town Hall, funded by a National Lottery Grant. A special piece of music was commissioned for the occasion called ‘South Downs Pictures’ by Phillip Sparke and this was premiered at the concert. The year 2000 also saw Hangleton Band well and truly join the twenty first century with the launch of our first website.

In 2003 the Senior Band took part in an outdoor Proms concert at Borde Hill Gardens near Haywards Heath, supporting the English Symphony Orchestra. The band was well received and asked back for several subsequent years, playing each time to crowds in excess of eight thousand people.

In 2004 the band held a special ‘Night at the Movies Concert’ at the Windmill Theatre in Hove. The programme was a departure from normal, and was entirely based around music from cinema. Images and video clips were shown on a large screen during the performance and these were so well received that they become a permanent feature of every subsequent concert.

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In 2005 Hangleton celebrated another milestone, with a special 40th Anniversary Concert and Reunion at the Clarendon Centre in Brighton. Many ex members came back to help the celebrations, with memorabilia, old photos and videos on display. David Chappell was invited to become the band’s Honorary President and he made a special trip from his home in Sweden to attend the event.  John Williams, a well-respected figure in the local brass band community, and future chairman of SCABA served as Senior Band MD for the 40th anniversary year following Christine Nonoo’s return to the playing ranks on cornet.

In 2006 Matthew Pollard was appointed Musical Director of the Senior Band following the departure of John Williams. Highlights of Matthew’s tenure of the band included two successful Brighton Fringe Concerts, and an appearance at the National Brass Band Finals in Harrogate in 2008.  

In 2009 ex-band member Richard Baker returned to the fold to take over as Youth Band MD and then also Senior Band MD. Under Richard’s baton the band has gone from strength to strength, with the Youth Band swelling to over fifty members. A strong performance in the Stevenage regional qualifying contest in March 2011 saw the Senior Band again competing in the National Finals in Cheltenham later that year.

Read more about the Hangleton Band in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2010s.


Join Us

We are always looking for new members to join our bands. We are currently looking for Solo Cornet players to boost our ranks!  If you would like to join either band, please email



Hire Us

The Hangleton Band is available for events in the Brighton, Hove and Sussex regions. Drawing on our Senior, Youth and Ten Piece Bands we can tailor a group for many kinds of events. If you are interested in hiring us, please email:

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