In fact the latest edition of Brass Band World has got everything you would expect from the world's favourite magazine for brass bands and instrumentalists â€” which comes in print and digital format for smart phones, tablets and desktops.
David Childs considers the most wonderful time of the year and a BBW packed to the rafters with gifts for the brass band connoisseur!
Let Butlins entertain you with a packed, high quality package at its Skegness resort in January, plus more latest news
CONTEST RECORDING RIGHTS
As the debate over bands' recording rights at contests continues, Thomas Dunne explores a variety of views from both sides of the argument and ponders whether there's a moral issue
Keir Evans-Brown was named Youngest Player at the recent Brass in Concert Championship. The 17-year-old Hammonds Saltaire player chats to Mark Good about his musical rollercoaster ride to date and how he aims to make it to the very top...
EUROPEAN ORDER IN PLACE
Five European nations have witnessed successful title defences in the battle for an invitation to the 2019 European Championships — Thomas Dunne brings the action and looks ahead to the all-important Montreux line-up next April
Cory Band's former star tenor horn, Owen Farr, has carved an international career as teacher, clinician, soloist and promoter of his instrument since leaving the band in 2015. Christopher Thomas caught up with him during his recent stint with Brass Band Battle Creek and before a Christmas trip to Chicago
THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF 2018
Christopher Thomas reflects upon a year of more highs than lows in worldwide brass banding
In the bleak mid-winter, the long festive holiday creates time to relax and consider travel plans in the New Year — there's plenty going on across the World to take stock of in BBW's 2019 events preview, as Nicola Bland reveals...
KEEPING SCORE AT THE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
The two-weekend Scottish Festival has become a 'must-attend' autumn contest, with ten of the 19 'Open' contenders this year hailing from outside Scotland, one of which was even American. Malcolm Wood reports on a healthy line-up for the Scottish Open, Band Supplies Challenge and Youth Championships in Perth
Katrina Marzella invites leading conductor, Dr. Robert Childs, to drift away to an imaginary desert island with his favourite recordings, a good read and a luxury item!
Driven performance from Jaguar Land Rover Band
BRASS IN CONCERT
In its fifth decade, Brass in Concert offers an outstanding venue, a raft of new commissions annually and laudable youth activities, ensuring its place at the forefront of artistic entertainment and development. Mark Good reflects upon a packed and entertaining weekend at the UK's Sage Gateshead.
BBW brings tributes to two banding luminaries who died last month — leading Salvationist and mainstream conductor/trainer/ educator/adjudicator in Canada and beyond, Bramwell Gregson, and the UK's composer/conductor/tuba artist, Simon Kerwin.
As the debate over bands' recording rights at contests continues, Thomas Dunne explores a variety of views from both sides of the argument and ponders whether there's a moral issueBBW
Kate Moore, principal trumpet with the BBC Concert Orchestra and former member of Cornwall's St. Keverne Band, advises 'giving with a generous heart'.
PRO PRACTICE: HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Think your 'chops' need a rest this Christmas — think again! Pro Practice host, Professor Roger Webster, examines all the easy excuses for boxing your instrument during the Christmas holidays...
REVIEWS — CDs
Mike Lovatt and Foden's release 56Â° N, Desford Band calls for piece and unity with its latest release — Where Have All the Flowers Gone, euphoniumist, Misa Mead, releases Souvenir and Flowers Band celebrates its 50th birthday with the aptly titled Celebrate CD.
REVIEWS — CONCERTS
Tredegar Band's spirit of musical adventure led it to a Linz Brass Festival appearance; Steven Mead brings the glamour and spectacle of the USA's all-star Brass Band of Battle Creek's 1 December concert; Simone Rebello reviews the successful RNCM Cornet Day; and Mark Good brings the action from the World of Brass in Concert at the Sage Gateshead, starring Foden's Band with trumpet, Mike Lovatt, and vocalist, Matthew Ford.
Don't shop until you drop — Helen Williams brings a handy selection of on-line stocking fillers and some pricier present ideas for those with deeper pockets.
What's on around the World in December and January
â€¦ AND ANOTHER THING
Resident wit and cartoonist, Rob Nesbitt, aka 'Nezzy' becomes 'bah humbug' about Red Book time!
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