Who we are.

Acceler8 Band (formerly TCTC Group Band and the Co-operative Band, Crewe) have been a well established group since 1955. Since 2000 the band have competed in the prestigious Championship Section, in the North west of England and have taken part in tours of Austria and Holland, on several occasions.

Entertaining an audience with a variety of musical styles has been key to the band’s success and having taken part in two professional productions of the musical Brassed Off, we have gained many new supporters.

Having recently been placed 2nd, in the Regional Qualifying contest for the National Brass Band Championships (together with the prize for the ‘Best Bass Section’), September sees us heading to the Finals, in Cheltenham!

We strive to entertain with high quality music making, whilst operating as a very family orientated and social band of players.

The band:


Jon Gibbs

Principal Cornet:

Carl Gratty

Solo Cornets:

Emma Ford

Nikki Jones

Matthew Aplin


Lauren Walker

2nd Cornets:

Miles Redgrave

Ruth Rhodes

3rd Cornets:

Keith Atkins

Emma Brundrett

Flugel Horn:

Tony Brookes

Tenor horns:

Solo horn - Annette Lewis

First horn - Lily-Mae McLaren

Second horn - Kim French


First Baritone - Vacancy

Second Baritone - Ewan Campbell


Solo Euphonium - Hal Walker

Second Euphonium - Vacancy


Solo Trombone - Claire Dixon

Second Trombone - Gareth Mead

Bass Trombone - Joe Pearson


Principle EEb Bass - Ian Betteridge

Second EEb Bass - Alan Birch

Principle BBb Bass - Andrew Dixon

Second BBb Bass - Mark Brundrett


Ben Riddle

Sue Madden


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