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BEM Medal

New Year Honours

December 31, 2014
It looks as if the brass band world came up with a blank this time around...


The judges at London 2014

Brass band adjudication — simples...

December 31, 2014
If you think the current Brass in Concert adjudication system is complex, then spare a thought for the judges of yesteryear...


Carlton Main

Death of Sid Belshaw

December 30, 2014
The death has been announced of former Carlton Main Frickley Colliery baritone player, Sid Belshaw.


Old Silkstone

Silkstone catch Fisher

December 30, 2014
Sam Fisher will lead Old Silkstone Band at the Yorkshire Area contest in March.


Lighthouse Theatre

Lighthouse signal attracts Masters bands

December 29, 2014
2015 will see the return of the All England International Masters contest at The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering in May.


SWBBA

Weston set for 47th anniversary

December 29, 2014
The popular Weston Super Mare contest hopes to build on its positive feedback in 2015.


Urban Play

Urban Play helps Belgian sop star

December 29, 2014
One of Belgium's top soprano players has been paying tribute to the help given to him by the brand new Urban Play app from Buffet.


Snow

Festive brass around the country

December 28, 2014
Congratulations to everyone who brought some festive music making to their communities on Christmas Day.


Candlelight

Blackburn & Darwen by candlelight

December 28, 2014
The Blackburn & Darwen Band has helped raise much needed funds for the Prince's Trust.


Reg Vardy

Festive amnesty at Reg Vardy

December 28, 2014
Reg Vardy will ask no questions if they can get their hands on some bits of much needed missing equipment in time for the New Year...


Arise Jens Lindemann C.M.

December 28, 2014
Canadian musician is awarded national honour for his skill as a world-renowned trumpet soloist.


Brett Baker

Baker to lead Concerto masterclass

December 27, 2014
Brett Baker is to lead a trombone masterclass in Cornwall on Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Trombone Concerto'.


Rya Liotta

Never seen together on stage...

December 26, 2014
Could these be identical twins separated at banding birth...?


Pride

Pride gets Mayo topping

December 26, 2014
The British film Pride, with its brass band soundtrack has been voted as the number 1 film of 2014 by Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode.


Grimethorpe

Music to save Grimethorpe — don't miss it a second time!

December 26, 2014
If you missed the excellent programme on Grimethorpe Colliery Band helping support the musical future of its local community on Radio 4 on Boxing Day, then don’t fret — it’s on again….


Melanie Sykes

Sykes tradition alive and well in Mossley

December 26, 2014
The wonderful Melanie Sykes has been keeping her brass band lip in over Christmas...


Max Wall and Frank Renton

Never seen together on stage...

December 25, 2014
Could these be identical twins separated at banding birth...?


Flugel horn

4BR Christmas Quiz: The Winner!

December 25, 2014
Someone will certainly be enjoying a great musical New Year thanks to John Packer and 4BR!


Matthew with Chris and Robin

The best trombone Christmas present ever...

December 25, 2014
The combined efforts of Hercules Stands, Jupiter Instruments and Cory Band have given a young trombone player the best Christmas present he could wish for....


tHE qUEEN AND THE BAND

Stalham give Her Majesty a good Christmas mumping...

December 25, 2014
The Stalham Band has given Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh a good Christmas mumping this year.


yAMAHA nEO

Yamaha Neo Ensemble to make Butlins debut

December 24, 2014
The Neo Brass Ensemble will make its concert debut at the Butlins Mineworkers Festival in Skegness in January.


cURTIN AND mARSHALL

Dyke awards to Curtin and Marshall

December 24, 2014
Black Dyke has been giving out a few awards of its own — with trophies for Bandsman of the Year and Pondasher of the Year.


Brett Baker

Busy Baker set for Mythical connection...

December 24, 2014
Trombone star Brett Baker will be having a busy Christmas looking forward to some musical myths and legends of his own...


pALS REMEBERED

Pals remembered 100 years later

December 24, 2014
The famous Accrington Pals regiment has been musically remembered on the BBC, 100 years after they made the ultimate sacrifice.


Emley Band

Death of Granville Parker

December 24, 2014
4BR has been informed of the death of Emley Band stalwart, Granville Parker.




Brass Bands Wales

Brass Bands Wales looks to set up virtual library of works

November 25 • New Welsh body looks to find and curate the rich collection of works written by Welsh composers and compositions for Welsh bands.


Radio

Radio: Top Brass

November 25 • John Maines has a great selection of brass band music to enjoy over the airwaves.


Gavin Higgins

Higgins work set for BBC broadcast

November 24 • 'Sadly Now the Throstle Sings' by Gavin Higgins will receive its premiere orchestral studio performance this evening on Radio 3.


Eikanger

Eikanger centre future plans on education

November 24 • Eikanger Bjorsvik looks to the future with ambitious education plans for their rehearsal base.


The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY


Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Chadderton Band

November 17 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along and have a blow give us a try.


Crewe Brass

November 12 • Crewe Brass require an Eb or Bb Bass to complete the "engine room" line up. We are also seeking a Tuned Percussionist to complete our section.


Shipston Town Band

November 1 • We are currently looking to recruit a Bass Trombone BBb bass and EEb bass to bring the band up to strength ready for when things return to normal. We are graded section 3 in the Midlands taking part in a good range of concerts and contests


Duncan A. Beckley

BA, MA
Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher


               

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