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Fairey

New principals to lead Fairey to Open

July 20
Stephanie Wilkins and Adam Bokaris take on the principal cornet and solo euphonium roles with Fairey as they look towards Symphony Hall.


Jersey

New horizons for Jersey as MD heads to Spain

July 20 • Jersey Premier Brass will be led by a new MD as their inspirational founding conductor Tim Pritchard prepares to take his leave to Spain.


St Dennis

Greenwood makes return link to St Dennis

July 20 • Darren Hawken and St Dennis Band will be hoping a new link to a former MD will keep St Dennis on the track to further success.


Martin Smith

Sounds of the euphonium returns to St Martin-in-the-Fields

July 20 • Martin Smith of Horsham Band keeps his comeback on a high profile track with a forthcoming performance at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.


fOOTCRAY

Footscray-Yarraville prepares for European homage

July 20 • Footscray-Yarraville City Band prepares for an emotional tour of Europe with a fund raising initiative to help them on their way.


Top Kat strengthens Friary National prospects

July 20 • Katherine Hawkins joins the cornet ranks of Friary Guildford as they look towards their Albert Hall National Final assault.


Co-op faces crisis in the most critical period of 100 year history

July 19 • Co-operative Funeralcare Band is facing an uncertain future as sponsors announce withdrawal of a century of financial support and ask band to vacate rehearsal premises.


World Rankings — July Update

July 19 • Despite being a relatively quiet month of contesting, German outfit Bayerische Brassband Akademie (3BA) continue to make good progress up the rankings ladder.


Imperial Echoes for Black Dyke in Austria

July 19 • The Yorkshire champion returns from a very special Proms appearance in Innsbruck with the imperial echoes of the applause still ringing in their ears.


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Legends of Brass: Lyndon Baglin

Legends of Brass: Lyndon Baglin

July 17 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox meets the legendary euphonium player Lyndon Baglin


God Bless the NHS

God Bless the NHS

July 12 • Tredegar Band continues to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS with a special concert in Pontypridd on the weekend


The Pennthorpe Buzzers

The Pennthorpe Buzzers

July 9 • A brilliant group from Pennthorpe School in West Sussex have been declared the winners of the BBE/Warwick Music 'Create a Buzz!' competition


The Brass Show: Mike Lovatt

The Brass Show: Mike Lovatt

July 1 • The Brass Show gets to meet the great Mike Lovatt in action on his latest CD project with Foden's Band


What's in your bag?: A starter kit guide for percussionists

What's in your bag?: A starter kit guide for percussionists

June 23 • In the first part of a new series, Cory principal percussionist James Andrews gives young players some tips on what things they need to get for their kit bag when they first get started...


Per Mare, Per Terram: Marine life meets Low Brass lovers in Portsmouth

June 15 • HMS Nelson in Portsmouth recently held a fantastic day of inspirational low brass teaching and playing where Les Neish, Simon Minshall, David Childs and Robbie Harvey took command of the musical troops.


Don’t look back in anger: How memories of Britpop should give us a kick up the backside

June 11 • A less than cool perception of what brass bands have left to offer an ageing generation of Oasis and Blur fans may in fact be the perfect stimulus to reach out to the new generation of pop obsessed youngsters...


2018 Whit Friday contests: Preview of the Tameside and Saddleworth events

May 24 • The main brass bands candidates will be joined by a ballot paper full of representatives around the Whit Friday constituencies of Tameside and Saddleworth this year.

CD review: Freedom of Movement - 21st Century Trumpet Concertos

July 15 • Rex Richardson. Salt River Brass; Maidstone Wind Symphony; Brass Band of Central Florida; Symphonic Winds Tokyo. Conductors: Patrick Sheridan, Jonathan Crowhurst, Chad Shoopman, James Stephenson. Summit Records: CD DCD 724


CD review: Timeless

July 15 • Sheona White . Brighouse & Rastrick Band. Conductors: Prof David King; David Thornton . Pianist: Ruth Webb. CD: WOS 131


CD review: VOX

July 14 • Soloist: Robbert Vos. Brass Band Schoonhoven; Fanfare 'Psalm 150', Dinxperlo; Koninklijke Harmonie 'Oefening & Uitspanning', Beek En Donk.. Conductors: Ivan Meylemans; Tijmen Botma; Fried Doppelstein. Anteun Hoesen Recordings. CD: 2017-01


# Band Points
1Cory1,741.22
2Valaisia Brass Band1,119.89
3Eikanger-Bjørsvik894.71
4Brighouse and Rastrick809.33
5Black Dyke462.23
6Tredegar447.60
7Whitburn442.63
8Brass Band Willebroek416.71
9Foden's396.99
10Stavanger366.04

Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL


Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS


Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ


Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN


Lofthouse Brass Band - Filey Bandstand

Sunday 29 July • Filey Bandstand, The Crescent, Filey YO14 9JS YO14 9JS


Blidworth Welfare Band

July 20 • *PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM* A great opportunity has arisen for a first class Euphonium player to join one of the UK's most upwardly mobile Championship section bands. The successful candidate will be a regular solo feature at concerts, contests and recordings.


Arrow Valley Brass

July 20 • The Band seeks cornet players, front and back row to add to a band steadily improving under Andy Culshaw.. The band is friendly and welcoming and has a good mix of concerts and competitions. . Main rehearsal is on Sunday morning in Inkberrow, Worcs.


Loxley Silver Band

July 19 • Musical Director - We are a friendly, contesting band currently holding a strong position in the fourth section. We have a varied concert/engagement programme in place and we are looking for a Musical Director who can help us to move onwards and upwards.


Sandy Smith


Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger