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"Tune up your tubas!"
— The band leader
Edward's Brass Band

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Robyn Charteris


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 10th,
2003 (UK)
February 13th,
2004 (US)
July 31st,
2004 (JPN)
October 18th,
2004 (AUS)

Previous episode

The Old Bridge/
The Old Iron Bridge

Next episode

What's the Matter
with Henry?

Edward's Brass Band is the fifth episode of the seventh season.


During the summer, there are a lot of attractions for visitors to the island, like the brass band. One day, Edward is very excited. The Fat Controller has given him the job of picking up the band and taking them to a concert staged for the next night. Edward can't wait to hear their wonderful music.

But as Edward steams through Brendam Docks, he doesn't notice a crane unloading a huge boiler from a ship. Suddenly the boiler swings and knocks Edward onto his side into a pile of coal. Cranky has been watching and teases him. The Fat Controller tells Edward that he will go to the fitters yard.

That night, a storm rolls in while the workmen are trying to mend Edward, leaving him feeling sad and very damp. The next morning, Edward asks if the workmen will be finished soon. The Fat Controller tells him that he won't be fixed in time, and that Bertie will take the band to the concert. Edward feels worse than ever.

Bertie collects the band and sets off. But he finds that the storm has flooded a large part of the road, so his driver decides to take a shortcut across a muddy field. But Bertie's wheels sink in the mud and he can't budge. The band begin to worry that they'll be late to the concert, but the leader has an idea.

By now, Edward has been mended and coupled to some coaches. Suddenly he and his driver hear some music coming from the distance, and hurry to see what the matter is. The band is delighted to see their old friend, and Edward promises to get them to the concert on time. They climb aboard his coaches and they set off.

That night, the concert is a great success. Everyone loves the band's music, especially Edward.




  • Going by production order, this is the fourth episode of the seventh season.
  • Stock footage from Thomas, Percy and the Squeak and Edward the Very Useful Engine is used, as is a deleted scene from The Old Bridge.
  • The crane that was carrying the ship's boiler is Big Mickey from TUGS.
  • In the UK version, the alarm uses the SOS signal in Morse Code. In the US version, the alarm is just a simple musical ditty. The Japanese version includes additional music keys.
  • A picture of Edward being repaired shows his empty tender with wires inside.
  • This episode is Edward's only speaking role in the seventh season.


  • At the beginning, Gordon has Edward's whistle sound.
  • Before Edward gets hit by the ship's boiler, his eyes are wonky. Also, he has his shocked face long before the boiler hits him.
  • Studio equipment is reflected in Bertie's back window in one shot of him going along the muddy road.
  • Some of the band members do not have mouths.


In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エドワードとブラスバンド Edward and the Brass Band
Danish Edwards hornorkester Edward's Brass Band
Italian La Banda di Edward Edward's Band
Welsh Band Pres Edward Edward Brass Band
Hungarian Edward rezesbandája Edward Brass Band
Russian духовой оркестр Эдварда Brass Band Edward

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