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2015: July

July 26, 2015
We return with our strong editorial views on competitive fairness, ABBA taking a lead and maintaining the shop front experience of independent retailers.

2015: April

March 31, 2015
This month we give our opinions on the costs of quality judgement, improving Ball skills and in praise of the rules...

2015: February

February 22, 2015
This month we look at the need for cultural change at the National Youth Band of Great Britain, the need for regional pyramid building and praise the élan of the French...

2015: January

December 29, 2014
The return of hard hitting views on the banding world — from Brass Bands England able to justify its new found funding and the EBBA needing to start setting rules, to the welcome indiscretions of the Swiss.

2014: July

July 6, 2014
A return to the usual strong 4BR opinions on the increase in BBE funding, EEBA's need for change and in praise of solo contests

2014: April

April 9, 2014
This month we give our opinion on the deserving poor, radical top flight reform and praise our American friends...

2014: February

February 3, 2014
This month we give our opinions on how to make the politicians listen, wonder about Scottish independence and praise our contesting diversity

2014: January

January 8, 2014
We open 2014 with our views on the time to make cuts, why youth investment should be no fad and praise all those who went out carolling...

2013: December

December 6, 2013
The 4BR editorial opinions on thinking outside the entertainment box, adding contest purpose and in praise of the Swiss...

2013: November

October 31, 2013
The 4BR editorial opinions on appreciating our composers, a welcome return to the box and in praise of the Welsh...

2013: August

July 31, 2013
Our views on standing up and being counted, support not control and in praise of a sense of adventure.

2013: July

July 20, 2013
The return of the 4BR editorial — with our views on the right man for the job at BBE, dynamic obesity and in praise of the bandstand concert.

2013: January

January 13, 2013
This month we give our opinions on Grimethorpe's impression of Mr Micawber, financial landmarks and praise the continued excellence of the RNCM Festival of Brass.

2012: December

December 4, 2012
This month we give our thoughts on Brass Band England's possible Walter Mitty, the reality of Brass in Concert and praise a Scottish politician...

2012: November

November 1, 2012
This month we give our opinion on a fight Brass Bands England cannot win, ABBA's proactive response to Bolsover and praise the new double champions of Foden's.

The fight against discrimination

October 15, 2012
4BR states its position against discrimination in all its ugly forms.

2012: October

September 30, 2012
This month we give our opinions on the future of a brass band registry, musical problems in Norway and praise the great Howard Snell.

2012: June

June 2, 2012
This month were gave our opinion on boldness at the Nationals, innovation at Brass in Concert and the Spring Festival and praise the audiences at the Europeans.

2012: April

April 20, 2012
This month we give our opinion on the message of the BFBB, the price of loyalty and praise the Spring Festival.

2012: January

January 18, 2012
This month we give our opinion on the endemic cancer of player borrowing, Brass in Concert's welcome lead and praise 20 years of Mark Wilkinson at Foden's.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Black Dyke Band - Newtown (Powys)

Saturday 24 March • Theatre Hafren, Llanidloes Rd, Newtown SY16 4HU

Cheshire Constabulary Band

March 22 • We are still looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life (you do not need to work for the Police!)


March 22 • Do you want to be part of one of the best run brass band organisations in the North West of England? Then look no further. The Pemberton Old Wigan DW organisation are holding auditions for the position of Conductor for their B band. The band is currently well placed in the 2nd section North West area and are looking for an ambitious and forward looking candidate who can take the band forward. No time wasters please.

Chelmsford Silver Band

March 22 • Chelmsford Silver Band require the following. Bb bass, Cornet and 2nd Baritone players. A non-contesting band, established for over 50 years and enjoy a good reputation performing at local and regional events plus organizing our own concerts.

Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer