Formed in 1928, Tønsberg Concert Band will be celebrating its 90th anniversary next year. The band is based south of Oslo on the east coast of Norway in the country’s oldest town. There are about 40 musicians aged from 17 to 67 in the band, and there is a good sense of camaraderie and fellowship among its members, irrespective of age or background.
The band has an assembly room and rehearsal room at its disposal, located in what used to be a railway station near the ruins of the former residency of King Håkon Håkonsson of Norway.
Over the years, there have been many international tours, including Holland in 1958, Italy in 1983, Russia and Belarus in 1988, Germany in 1987 and 1990, New York in 1993, Great Britain in 1998, Valencia in 2003 and Kerkrade in 2009. There have also been frequent tours in Scandinavia.
Tønsberg Concert Band holds performances in concert halls and churches in Tønsberg and takes part in local parades. In the last 14 years, the band has taken part in the Norwegian Championships in Trondheim, where it has been highly acclaimed in the first and second divisions.
The band has always emphasised the demand for having highly qualified conductors, and its present chief conductor is Ray Farr.