Thame Concert Band was formed in 1993 by a small group of local musicians. We pride ourselves on being a community band and regularly take part in some of the biggest events in Thame, including Remembrance Sunday and Christmas Carols around the tree.
We have a substantial and varied repertoire and perform several of our own concerts each year alongside events in Thame. This includes our Last Night Of The Proms concert which is always popular!
We have grown considerably since the formation of the band in 1993 and now boast around 30 regular members - although we are always keen to welcome new musicians!
Currently, we are supporting Thame Day Centre, a local charity.
Interested? Get in touch!
A community band based in Thame, Oxfordshire
"Waving the conductor's baton is a little like being in Harry Potter; except with music, the magic is very real" - Callum
Callum's journey into the dark art of conducting has been an unconventional one. Picking up the baton at the cock-sure age of fifteen, it soon became clear that he had a natural affinity for conducting, and always excelled in his conducting exams at Trinity College of Music.
He soon started picking up directorship of many bands and orchestras. Whilst in Denmark he became the MD of the Vejle FDF brass band whilst having a fruitful life as a freelance conductor. Simultaneously, he was invited to conduct and coach the Cambridge Youth Wind Orchestra in the UK.
In 2014, on his return to London, Callum became the Musical Director of the Thame Concert Band where he reenergised, rebuilt, and transformed the band, successfully growing the band from an enthusiastic twelve, to a band of thirty-five. He also built their audience base from a modest few, to a hall of hundreds. Callum continues to push the TCB, and is proud to lead them for their annual "A Last Night At The Proms" Concert.
Shortly afterwards, Callum became the Musical Director of the Sound Force Big Band in Buckinghamshire, which he held until January 2018 when he went on to become the principal conductor of the London People's Orchestra, the Enfield Film Orchestra, and the The Highgate and Muswell Hill Brass Band; positions he held until late 2019 when Callum decided to audition, and consequently win the audition to be the Musical Director of the Aylesbury Concert Band, following in the footsteps of it's previous esteemed conductors such has Claire Lawrence (former Band Master, Coldstream Guards Band), Duncan Stubbs (former Principal Director of Music, RAF Music Services), and Rob Wiffin (former Principal Director of Music, RAF Music Services).
Callum also gives masterclasses to other ensembles in the UK seeking fresh ideas for their playing. Most recently, Callum was invited as a guest conductor to the Woodwind Orchestra Playday, London, 2020, alongside James Rae, and Paul Harris, where he led a total of one-hundred and seventeen musicians.
Visit www.callumrookes.com for more!
At Thame Concert Band we pride ourselves on being a community band. We perform regularly at Christchurch in Thame and also support local events.
Would you like us to provide the music for your event? Please do not hesitate to contact us!
We meet every Tuesday in Christchurch, Thame from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Do you play an instrument? Want to join the band? Pop us an email with your name and instrument of choice through the link above or get in touch through our social media! We'd love to hear from you but we do ask that you wait for a response before attending a rehearsal as there are waiting lists for certain instruments.
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