County Training Brass Band (CTBB)

The CTBB is the second brass band of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Saturday mornings in Room 5 at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 9:15am to 12:15pm. ​

The County Training Brass Band in performance, Spratton Remembers: WW1 commemoration, Spratton Hall, April 2015 About the County Training Brass Band

Conductor: Gary FountainThe conductor for the 2018 to 2019 season is Gary Fountain (pictured).

The band was founded as the County Junior Brass Band in 1991, becoming the CTBB the following year. It was designed to be a training opportunity for students hoping one day to be in the County Youth Brass Band, but has become a strong performing group in its own right. It has twice appeared at the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth - in 1995 and 2002.

During the course of the year, the band appears in several county music concerts, including the Brass Band Spectacular and the Second Generation concert at the Derngate. The annual programme also includes a residential course at the Frontier Centre, Irthlingborough, and participation in the regional round of the National Festival of Music for Youth.

Recent letters to members

How to join us

Auditions are held annually in July. See the auditions page for further information. 

Watch the CTBB in performance

CTBB perform A Fanfare of Praise by Robert Redhead at the Brass Band Spectacular, Spinney Theatre March 2014.