Band History

Chiltern Hills are a friendly Brass Band based in Cressex near High Wycombe.


Chiltern Hills Brass Band came into existence in December 2012, some two years after Denham Hendon band moved to High Wycombe. We decided to change our name to suit the area and community we serve.

Denham Hendon Brass was originally formed by the amalgamation of Denham Brass and the Hendon Band in April 1998. 

We are currently graded as First Section in the National Brass Band Registry .

Denham Brass can trace its history back through the Hillingdon Band, who enjoyed considerable success under the baton of conductor and composer Philip Sparke. Philip still retains an interest in the Band with the role of Band President.

The Hillingdon Band started back at the end of the 19th Century as the Botwell Brotherhood Band. Around the turn of the Century, the name was changed to the Uxbridge and Hillingdon Band and by 1929 it was known as the Hayes Silver Band. The name changed again to the Hayes and Harlington band before the present name was adopted on the formation of the London borough of Hillingdon. After re-locating to Denham following the closure of the factory where they practiced the band became Denham Brass..

The Hendon Band was formed relatively lately in 1956. Within just eight years, under the direction of Donald Morrison, they were upgraded to ‘Championship’ Section rating. They enjoyed many contest successes, appearing in the national finals at the Royal Albert Hall on many occasions and also making regular appearances on BBC radio programmes.

Despite its short history Denham Hendon Brass already had a number of contest honours to its name. The band won the south-east regional heat of the Harry Ramsden's 70th Jubilee competition in June 1998. We achieved a 2nd place in the Open Section of at the Buckinghamshire and District Brass Band Association Contest at Aylesbury in Dec 2001.

We came 6th in the First Section at the Area Contest in Stevenage 16th March 2003, under our new Musical Director Gordon Davies. Our Soprano Player also won the cornet soloist prize !!

The Band were placed 2nd out of 15 in the Second Section of the 2006 London and Southern Counties Regional Qualifying round of the National Brass Band Championships and went on to compete in the National Finals at Harrogate in September and were promoted back up to the 1st Section for 2007.

Philip Sparke returned to conduct the Band at the national finals. Although not in the prizes everyone thoroughly enjoyed the preparations and the weekend itself. Philip expressed his delight at renewing his association with the band.

At present the band has 22 members  and rehearses in High Wycombe, Bucks.