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Bid to play with Grimethorpe!

December 19, 2006
If you've not put your bid in yet on ebay to play with Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) in aid of Brass Band Aid you've still got time — the bidding stops at 9pm this Saturday


BFBB attends 2003 Licensing Act discussion

December 19, 2006
Representatives British Federation of Brass Bands (BFBB) met with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport recently to discuss the problems surrounding the 2003 Licensing Act.

Plethora of awards given by St Austell

December 19, 2006
The St Austell Band had a bumper Christmas Concert that saw each of its four bands perform seasonal music and give out plenty of awards for the hard work of 2006.

Tradition lives on in Horbury

December 19, 2006
If you're around the Yorkshire village of Horbury this Christmas, you'll be able to hear their band maintain a tradition by playing Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day.


Brassfeast goes bowling

December 19, 2006
The first Brassfeast event will take place from 1pm, Easter Monday, 9 April 2007 at the AMF Northcote Bowling Centre.


Launch of Brassfeast

December 19, 2006
Ever returned from a brass band competition feeling that you spent the whole time rushing around, and the social side of things was distinctly lacking? Well, a new organisation called “Brassfeast” aims to solve this dilemma.

Greater Gwent set for 2007 course

December 18, 2006
Its all systems go for the Greater Gwent annual course taking place right at the beginning of January in Newport.

leighton rich

Memorial concert set for Rich

December 18, 2006
The Hampshire Youth County Band have announced to 4BR that a Memorial Concert is to be held for Leighton Rich MBE next April.


GUS acknowledge efforts in 2006

December 18, 2006
Chris Millington and Shawn Pagington were rewarded for their performances within the GUS Band during 2006 at a recent concert in Milton Keynes.

Trombonist proposes different tune at concert

December 18, 2006
Wakefield Metropolitan trombonest Stuart White went down on bended knee and proposed marriage to fellow player Rowena Sykes at the band's recent Christmas concert — and she said yes!


Dyke honours Whiteley

December 18, 2006
Black Dyke's administrator and former player, Geoffrey Whiteley has been honoured by the Queensbury outfit for his service to the band.


Pontins confirm 2007 Youth date

December 18, 2006
The Pontins Brass Band Committee are delighted to confirm to 4BR that the 2007 event will be held from Friday 6th to Monday 9th July.


Dibley to the tune of Smithills

December 18, 2006
The BBC One comedy, The Vicar of Dibley will feature the Smithills Senior Brass Band over the festive period including an appearance by the band's principal cornet, Joanne Hurst.

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Hadfield leaves Dobcross

December 18, 2006
The Dobcross Band has announced to 4BR that after 5 years, their MD Dennis Hadfield is leaving the band.

School to maintain Christmas Eve tradition

December 18, 2006
Members of the Abraham Darby School will be performing at an event on Christmas Eve thats now in its 35th year.


Smithills wish 'their man' good luck

December 18, 2006
Following his appointment as the new principal cornet at Brighouse, Smithills School congratulate a young man who has been at the school on his teaching placement recently.

Russell Gray with The Feds

Gray still on top

December 18, 2006
Several hundred people attended "Christmas in the Cathedral" held in St Johns Cathedral, Brisbane on Saturday afternoon.

Christchurch Town Hall

World class venues for NZ 2008

December 18, 2006
The 2008 New Zealand Brass Band Championships are to be held in Christchurch from 9-13 July 2008 and committee spokesman Owen Melhuish has announced that the venues have been confirmed after some doubt due to previous bookings.

Ferguson goes west

December 18, 2006
Cornet player, Stuart Ferguson has been posted to Perth due to work circumstances.

Death of Willie Lang

December 17, 2006
The death has been reported of the former principal cornet player of the Black Dyke Band


Wilkinson is new B & R Principal

December 17, 2006
The Brighouse and Rastrick Band have announced to 4BR that Stephen Wilkinson is their new man who will follow Alan Morrison as the band's principal cornet.


Reunion success for Cambourne

December 17, 2006
A reunion night for the Cambourne Band last month was an overwhelming success with profits from the night going towards the fund for the new bandroom.

Judges announced for Brass at the Guild

December 17, 2006
Trevor Halliwell, James Scott & Roy Sparkes will be the men who make the decisions at next year's Brass at the Guild.

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Meechan launches PMM

December 16, 2006
Black Dyke's composer-in-residence, Peter Meechan has spoken to 4BR about the launch of his new publishing company, Peter Meechan Music

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Eccles & Leggett take Fairey honours

December 16, 2006
The Fairey Band has acknowledged the efforts of Mike Eccles & Jimmy Leggett at its Annual Christmas concert at Stockport Town Hall.

Band Supplies

Bank Holiday bargains at Band Supplies

May 27 • There are a host of great instruments looking for a new home at Band Supplies.


New additions to Wobplay platform

May 27 • You can relive the action from the 2024 Europeans as well as the 2000 All England Masters and more on the leading recording platform.

St Daivds

St David's trio honoured by SBBA

May 26 • Three players with St David's Brass have been honoured with Life Membership of the Scottish Brass Band Association to mark their service to the banding movement.

BBE Podcast

Brass Bands England launches new podcast series

May 26 • A new podcast series linked to the work and collections based at the Brass Bands Archive has been launched — presented by Kenny Crookston and Sarah Baumann.

Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Thurlston Band

Sunday 2 June • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW


Friday 7 June • St. Michaels Church. Duke street. Wigan WN1 2BJ

Bellshill Salvation Army Band - Guest Soloist Tom Hutchinson (The Cory Band)

Saturday 8 June • Uddington Old Parish Church, Old Glasgow Road Uddington. G71 7HF

West Midlands Police Band - Sovereign Brass and Brett Baker (Trombone)

Sunday 23 June • Tipton Green Methodist Church. Park Lane West. Tipton. Sandwell. DY1 4QF

Wotton-under-Edge Silver Band - Foden's Band

Sunday 23 June • Renishaw Innovation Centre,. New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge,. Gloucestershire GL12 8JR

Dobcross Silver Band

May 28 • Fresh off the back of a very successful Whit Friday campaign, we have an opening for an ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CORNET PLAYER. A great opportunity awaits you to join an extremely progressive and fun band with a great work ethic!

Croy Silver Band

May 28 • Third Section Scottish Champions, Croy Silver Band, have a number of exciting contest opportunities available. We have contest vacancies on 2nd Trombone and 2nd Horn and would also welcome enquiries from cornet players (position negotiable).

Crediton Town Band

May 27 • Crediton Town Band in central Devon is looking to recruit a new Musical Director, auditioning in July 2024.. We rehearse in Crediton 7.30-9.30pm every Thursday. Prospective candidates are invited to attend a rehearsal and meet the band prior to audition.

David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger


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