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James duo join Tredegar

December 23, 2015
David James and Alyn James take on the flugel and horn roles at Tredegar.


Age limit restriction dropped by Adjudicators Association

December 23, 2015
There will be no minimum age restriction on becoming a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators following legal advice...

Eric Kidd

Kidd given SBBA honour

December 23, 2015
The remarkable musical work of Eric Kidd in the north east of Scotland has gained honorary reward from the Scottish Brass Band Association.


Scots let down by Tattoo decision

December 21, 2015
The Scottish Brass Band Association and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo at odds over cancelled National Youth Band trip to Canada...

Tullis Russell Mills Band

The Force is with Tullis

December 21, 2015
Tullis Russell Mills Band awarded £20,000 backing by Fife Taskforce...

Black Dyke

Huge artistic funding boost for Black Dyke

December 21, 2015
Black Dyke awarded £49,000 from National Lottery through Arts Council England towards three year strategic music development plan.


BBE announce National Youth Championship details

December 20, 2015
Details of the 2016 National Youth Championship of Great Britain have been announced by Brass Bands England.


Deepcar un-Bolted

December 20, 2015
Deepcar Band has announced the departure of Lindon Bolt after five years of great music making.

Ailsa Russell

Inspirational Russell on parade in Pembrokeshire

December 20, 2015
Cory solo horn and professional Army musician was on inspirational form on her recent musical visit to Pembrokeshire.

Brian Grant

Grant aid for Grimethorpe

December 19, 2015
Brian Grant has been appointed Associate Conductor of Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

James Shepherd

Last notes ring out for JSVB

December 19, 2015
43 years of fantastic music making comes to an end for the James Shepherd Versatile Brass group and its iconic founder.

Prof Nicholas Childs

Prof Nicholas Childs to conduct Foden's at Area Championship

December 19, 2015
Black Dyke's Director of Music will conduct Foden's at the North West Regional contest in Blackpool in February.


Centre Stage announce percussion partnership with Music School

December 19, 2015
Centre Stage Percussion will provide the acclaimed LES Music School of Loughborough Endowed Schools with their musical needs.

Guild Hall

Brass at the Guild contest gains fine response

December 19, 2015
There has been a great entry response from bands for the Brass at the Guild contest in Preston next month — with a few places still left.

Kim Ward

Life of Bryan link re-connected by Grimethorpe

December 19, 2015
A wonderful link to Grimethorpe's past has been re-connected with the appointment of their new assistant librarian.


Aldbourne to miss stalwart

December 19, 2015
The sound of Christmas won't be the same at Aldbourne Band this year — for the first time in over 80 years...

On air

Radio: Listen to the Band

December 19, 2015
More 2016 music from Frank Renton at the BBC...


No in at Bolton for Smithill supporters

December 19, 2015
The sold out signs are up in Bolton as Smithills Senior Schools Band fill the seats once more at Christmas time...


Carols and new venue for UniBrass students

December 19, 2015
Christmas brings a day of carol playing and the draw for the 2016 UniBrass Championship.

John Packer

Fantastic Euphonium deals this Christmas at John Packer Ltd

December 17, 2015
There are a number of simply brilliant euphonium deals at John Packer Ltd over the festive period...

Darrol Barry

Barry opts for Pennine for new musical trio

December 17, 2015
A trio of composer Darrol Barry's latest works can now be found at the Pennine Music website — and perfect New Year presents they are too...

Bradwell Silver

Image is not everything for Bradwell Silver

December 17, 2015
The collapse of uniform makers Image is Everything Ltd has left Bradwell Silver well out of pocket and in need of some generous Christmas spirit.


Television company looking for brass band fix

December 17, 2015
BAFTA Award winning television company Studio Lambert is looking to connect with a brass band for a new BBC 2 show....

Brass branding

Your Logo Here cracking the American market

December 17, 2015
Your Logo Here has been making a huge impression on the American market place at the huge Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Christmas Card

A digital Happy Christmas from Geneva

December 17, 2015
Geneva Instruments wish the band world a Happy Christmas with a brilliant prize winning digital Christmas card form 11 year Freya Wilson.

Fusion gig bag

4BR Shop: Fusion Trumpet Premium Triple Gig Bag

February 22 • The fantastic triple trumpet gig bag from Fusion at Band Supplies through the 4BR Shop. A must have for any player serious about their equipment.

Pennine Music

Pennine ready for Regional road trip

February 22 • Pennine Music and the Brass Band Music Shop will be on the road in the next few weeks to provide their customers with plenty of musical choices after their test-piece rigours...

Winter Gardens

North West contenders ready for 2020 Area battle

February 22 • The qualification process to get to London and Cheltenham starts in Blackpool on Sunday — with a full day of great competitive action.

Car park

Parking problems posed for Huddersfield

February 22 • You will need to make sure you can get a parking space for the Yorkshire Regional Championships in a few week's time.

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 23 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 7Yz

Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & March

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Academy of Music Horn Ensemble

Friday 28 February • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

The GUS Band - Northampton International Academy

Saturday 29 February • Northampton International Academy. 55 Barrack Rd. Northampton NN1 1AA

Upper Rhondda Brass Band

February 20 • Upper Rhondda NEEDS YOU. To help consolidate the Band, and its position within the grading system at the next Welsh Area Championships, the Band urgently require the following players, Soprano, Solo Cornet, Solo Euphonium and a Percussionist..

Longridge Band

February 20 • Due to retirement the Longridge Band (1st Section North West) require a back row cornet player (position negotiable), Eb bass & percussionist . We have a good mixture of contests/ concerts and a tour to Belgium planned for later in the year.

Escafeld Brass Band Sheffield

February 20 • Escafeld Brass Band Sheffield has vacancies for all instruments. We are a friendly, non-contesting band who practice Friday evenings near Sheffield city centre. Our numbers have declined in recent years but we are very keen to grow again with our new MD.

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