Soham Comrades

Brass Band

A fun and dynamic Brass Band based in the London and Southern Counties Area.


The Band

Based near the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk borders, Soham Comrades Brass Band are a friendly and ambitious second section band who compete in the London and Southern Counties area.


The band reached the Second Section finals in 2014 and recent contest successes have included 2nd placings at the Crawley Entertainment Contest in May 2015 and at the Milton Keynes Contest in November 2015. More recently the band achieved the runner up prize of £1000 at the 2016 Butlins Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival held in Skegness. The band were placed 3rd in the 2nd Section LSC regional contest held in Stevenage in March 2016 receiving the Nelson Morris Memorial Cup and maintained this consistency of placings being awarded 4th place in March 2017, with the bass section receiving the Len Smith Memorial Trophy for the best bass section.


Currently the band are busy working with Mark Ager, preparing for the Regional Contest to be held in Stevenage on Sunday 18th March. Sitting at the top of the second section league table, we very much hope for a strong performance to enable us to be promoted to compete in the 1st Section in 2019.


Our engagement list for 2018 will be updated very soon!


Brief History of the Band

Soham Comrades Band was officially formed in 1921 with the amalgamation of the Excelsior Prize Band and the Town Band (formed in 1890). The first bandmaster was Mr Frederick.J.Talbot who was paid the sum of £1 per week for his duties including teaching the younger players. He was to hold this post for around fifty years and under his leadership the band competed in major competitions in venues such as Alexandra Palace, Belle Vue and Crystal Palace. Locally the band was also very successful in various competitions, including the title "Champions of East Anglia", which the band has to date won on fifteen occasions.

More recently the band has continued to perform concert work and to compete both locally and nationally with great success. During the last few years, under the leadership of Jayne Murrill, the band has reached the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, plus being awarded runner up at two or three key national competitions.




The band has a full and varied concert programme throughout the year which involves many charitable and community projects. Please visit the Events Page to see our current calendar of engagements.