In the year 1900, when a small village named Elworth in Sandbach, Cheshire wanted a brass band to celebrate the relief of Mafeking in the Boer War, Foden’s Band was born. The band was then adopted by Edwin Foden, a local industrialist (from whom they took their name) at the Foden’s Motorworks. From these humble beginnings few would have thought that this band would go on to win twelve British Open titles, thirteen National Championships of Great Britain and an unparalleled double hat-trick there in 1932, ’33 and ’34 and in 1936, ’37 and ’38. The band currently holds the record for the number of area contest wins with an unprecedented 18 North West area titles.


Around the world, Foden’s Band is a trademark that musicians associate with inestimable class and musicianship. This fact is reflected in the wide variety of countries that the band has toured; Italy, Switzerland, America, Ireland, France, Norway, Finland and Israel to name but a few. The association which Foden’s has with the most respected and renowned conductors, Bramwell Tovey, Allan Withington, Howard Snell and Michael Fowles has developed the band’s ever increasing repertoire and also their standards to unprecedented levels as well as allowing them to provide audiences with musically aesthetic performances as well as stepping outside the boundaries of the usual brass band concert repertoire.


In 2012 Foden’s set up a youth band to nurture the very best youth musicians in the area to become the future of the brass industry. The Foden’s solo competition (held annually in November and staffed by players of the band) regularly attracts over 170 players from around the world to compete against each other at the highest level.


Most recently the band have cemented themselves as one of the leading Brass Bands in the world winning a rare and exceptional “Double”, being crowned 2012 British Open champions and the 2012 National Champions of Great Britain. In doing so the band defeated the very best bands in Britain at the world’s two most prestigious competitions.


As well as being very successful on the contest front the band have also won numerous awards for various CD releases and regularly appear on BBC TV and Radio.


Nationals Contesting History

One of the most successful bands ever at the Nationals. Won 13 times in 68 outings (5 from 46 at RAH, 8 from 22 at Crystal Palace including double hat-trick 1932-1934 & 1936-1938). Last won at the RAH in 2012. Three 2nd places in a row from 2007-2009. Only missed two years since 2000. Last time not here was in 2005. 

Principal Players

Principal Cornet - Mark Wilkinson

Soprano Cornet - Richard Poole

Flugel Horn - Melanie Whyle

Solo Horn - Jonathan Bates

Solo Baritone - Sarah Lenton

Solo Euphonium - Gary Curtin

Solo Trombone - John Barber

Solo Eflat Bass - Stewart Baglin

Solo Bflat Bass - Andrew Cattanach

Percussion - Mark Landon