Who we are.


Acceler8 Band have gained promotion back to the Championship Section, following this year’s Area contest, in Blackpool!

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.

The band currently plays in the First Section and – after gaining good results at the last couple of National Brass Band Championships Area contests – are proud to have gained promotion back to the Championship Section!

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

Musical Director
and Managing Director:
Jef Sparkes

The band:


Tony Brookes

Principal Cornet:

Carl Gratty

Solo Cornets:

Emma Ford

John Gibbs

Michael Eardley


Miles Redgrave

2nd Cornets:

Emma Brundrett

Ruth Rhodes

Ken Macintosh

3rd Cornets:

Keith Atkins

Lauren Walker

Flugel Horn:

Mike Pollitt

Tenor horns:

Solo horn - Annette Lewis

First horn - Kim French

Second horn - Lily-Mae McLaren


First Baritone - Stella Hughes

Second Baritone - Ewan Campbell


Solo Euphonium - Hal Walker

Second Euphonium - Emily Moody


Solo Trombone - Claire Dixon

Second Trombone - Gareth Mead

Bass Trombone - Joe Pearson

(The Engine Room):

Principal Tuba - Ian Betteridge

EEb Bass - Alan Birch

BBb Bass - Andrew Dixon

BBb Bass - Mark Brundrett


Sue Madden

Ben Riddle

Matt Brett

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