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2017 National Finalists confirmed

The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of the 2017 Regional contests on the weekend.

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  The full list of bands who will challenge for National honours later this year is now known.

Following four weekends that have seen around 15,000 musicians compete for bands from as far afield as Scotland down to the West Country, the full list of challengers is now known.


The full list of qualifiers for the 2017 National Finals in Cheltenham and London is as follows:

Championship Section:

The following bands will compete on Saturday 14th October at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Black Dyke
Brighouse & Rastrick
City of Bradford
Co-operative Funeralcare
Cory [Defending Champion]
Filton Concert Brass
Friary Guildford
Hammonds Saltaire
NASUWT Riverside
Reg Vardy
Thoresby Colliery
Tongwynlais Temperance
Virtuosi GUS

Over 15,000 musicians have taken to the stage over the past four weekends in what is acknowledged as one of the biggest amateur music festivals in the UK

Sections 1-4 to take place at The Centaur, Cheltenham on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September.

First Section:

Final taking place on Sunday 17th September 2017

Bournemouth Concert Brass
Foresters Brass 2000
Kidlington Concert Brass
Marsden Silver
Newtongrange Silver
Parc & Dare (Leftfield Environmental)
Pemberton Old Wigan DW
Regent Brass
Rushden Town
Shepherd Group
SW Comms
Unite the Union (City of Sheffield)
Westoe Brass

Second Section:

Final taking place Saturday 16th September 2017

Abergavenny Borough
Arbroath Instrumental
Ashington Colliery
Bodmin Town
Cheshire Constabulary
Dalkeith & Monktonhall
Foss Dyke
Glossop Old
Helston Town
Houghton Brass
Otterbourne Brass
Wakefield Metropolitan
Worsborough Brass

Third Section:

Final taking place on Sunday 17th September 2017

Abertillery & District
Barton Community
BD1 Brass
Castleton Brass
Cheltenham Silver
Ifton Colliery
Irvine & Dreghorn
Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes
Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver
Newport Borough
Oxford Cherwell Brass
Rivington & Adlington
Rolls Royce (Derby)
Shirland Welfare
St David's Brass
Trinity Girls
West Yorkshire Police

Fourth Section:

Final taking place on Saturday 16th September 2017

Allerton Brass
Clifton & Lightcliffe 'B'
Cleobury Mortimer Concert
City of Norwich Brass
Corby Silver
Dysart Colliery
Fairfield (Buxton)
Hatherleigh Silver
Huddersfield & Ripponden
Jayess Newbiggin
Newmains & District
RAF St Athan Voluntary
Regent Community Brass
Saltash Town
Seindorf Arian yr Oakeley
Shanklin Town (IoW)
Thornton Cleveleys
Trimdon Concert


It's All About You at Bolsover...

March 22 • The Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School will have plenty of attractions for its delegates this year... led by Steven Mead.


EEBA announces adjudication swap

March 22 • Ian Porthouse and Russell Gray asked to swap roles to ensure EBBA's perception of anonymity in adjudication in Utrecht.


Regional thanks as well as concerns from AoBBA

March 22 • The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators has expressed its gratitude as well as their concerns following the recent series of Regional Championship events.

Flemish Open

Strong line-up for Flemish Open

March 22 • There is a strong line-up of competitors for the forthcoming Flemish Open in Mechelen.

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.

Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)