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

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Robyn Charteris


Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (US)

Air date

October 13th, 2003

Previous episode

The Old Bridge/
The Old Iron

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 Edward the Very Useful Engine is used, as edited stock footage from Thomas, Percy and the Squeak, and a deleted scene from the previous episode, The Old Bridge is used.
  • This is the first time a model from TUGS was used as a character, which was Big Mickey.
  • 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. Some international versions use another SOS music track as well.
  • This episode marks Edward and Cranky's only speaking roles in the seventh season, as well as the first of the very few times in the franchise that the former derails.
  • This is one of several episodes from the seventh season to have its title card read on Nick Jr. and PBS airings.
  • This was the last Classic Series episode to be paired between a PBS, Treehouse TV and Nick Jr. airing of Thomas.


  • At the beginning, Gordon has Edward's whistle sound.
  • Before Edward gets hit by the ship's boiler, his eyes are wonky.
  • Why would the crane have a load so low and so near to the rails, especially when there are engines about?
  • When Bertie goes along the muddy road, in one shot studio equipment is reflected in his back window.
  • Nothing is said about Bertie after he gets stuck in the mud.
  • Some of the band members do not have mouths.
  • In real life, the boiler would have done more damage to Edward.



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