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Snare drum

Get your contest listed FREE for 2017

December 31, 2016
With the banding year at an end, you can find out if your event is listed for the 2017 contest season on 4BR?


Alan Pope

Cornish Pope awarded Empire Medal

December 31, 2016
The inspirational Cornish conductor Alan Pope has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours List.


Cross

Death of David Arnold

December 31, 2016
The death has been announced of Lewis Merthyr Band stalwart David Arnold.


Stock

New Cornish Festival to kick start season in Newquay

December 31, 2016
A new Festival of Cornish Brass will herald the new contest season in the West of England.


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Death of Steve Taylor

December 31, 2016
The death has been reported of Phoenix Brass Crewkerne euphonium player Steve Taylor.


Take Five

Take 5: Bands to watch out for in 2017

December 30, 2016
4BR picks five UK bands, each from a different section, to keep an eye out for in 2017


Butlins

Bumper fields to kick off 2017 season at Butlins

December 30, 2016
There will be plenty of bands working hard over the New Year as they prepare to open the 2017 contest season at the Butlins Mineworkers Championship in Skegness.


Tongan brass band

Two killed as brass band involved in NZ accident

December 30, 2016
Two members of the Mailefihi Siu'ilikutapu College Brass Band from Tonga have been killed in a bus crash in New Zealand.


Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover gain fusion success with Arts award

December 30, 2016
Jaguar Land Rover Band secures a Christmas bonus with 'Grants for the Arts' funding for innovative fusion project.


Nigel Seaman

Seaman to set sail for antipodean tests

December 29, 2016
Nigel Seaman will be the Chief Adjudicator at the Australian and New Zealand National Championships next year.


Your Logo Here

Ding Dong jackets and bow ties

December 29, 2016
The lads from Your Logo Here will be on hand in the New Year to ensure bands can look their best ahead of the start of the 2017 contest season.


cOALBURN

Coalburn celebrate a 2016 of progress

December 29, 2016
The Coalburn Band will have plenty of musical highlights to look back on from 2016.


The Wilkinson brothers

Festive traditions brings brothers reunited

December 28, 2016
The Wilkinson brothers Mark and David reunite in the same brass band


Fairey in action

Hardy heads to wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

December 28, 2016
Fairey tuba player Chris Hardy will be the latest high profile brass band export to make a home in Denmark.


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Death of John Slinger

December 28, 2016
The death has been announced of the legendary Black Dyke baritone player John Slinger.


Harper

Boxing Day quiz winner

December 28, 2016
Thanks to everyone who entered — and to those who got it right...


Cross

Death of Robert Jose

December 28, 2016
The tragic death has been announced of Roche Brass euphonium player Robert Jose.


Cory

Celebrations for 4BR Award winners

December 28, 2016
There were extra glasses of festive champagne filled this year for the annual 4BR award winners


sIMON cOWEN

Elliott Brass entertain at the Theatre of Dreams

December 27, 2016
Star trombonist and members of the Elliott Brass Ensemble recently paid a festive visit to Manchester United Football Club


Consett Juniors add to the festive spirit

December 27, 2016
The brilliant youngsters of Consett Junior Band made sure they gave something extra back to their local community this year.


Camberley

Generous shoppers add to Camberley festive bank balance

December 27, 2016
The bank balance of Camberley & District Silver Band has been boosted by generous shoppers.


Boxing Day quiz

Boxing Day quiz

December 26, 2016
See if you can work out this series of little brain teasers to come up with the right answer?


Thierry Deleruyelle

Christmas Eve Quiz: The answers and the winner

December 26, 2016
Our Christmas Eve Quiz certainly took a bit of working out — but quite a few got it right in the end.


Purple

Take 5: Special little moments of musicality to cherish

December 25, 2016
4BR picks five very special little moments of musicality to cherish from 2016...


Results

2016 4BR Award Winners

December 25, 2016
Drum roll please... the winners of the 2016 4BR Awards are...




Blackpool

North West ready for Winter Gardens sunrise before kick-off

February 24 • The North West Regional Championships take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday.


NYBBGB

Concerto Grosso collaboration for National Youth Band and National Youth Orchestra

February 24 • Performances of Gavin Higgins' epic work will be given in Liverpool and London in April as ensembles prepare to showcase major works.


rncm

Cory and Brighouse complete RNCM recording highlights

February 24 • The concert performances of Cory and Brighouse & Rastrick from the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival can now be enjoyed on the Wobplay media platform.


Porthouse

Porthouse returns to Desford

February 24 • Tredegar MD Ian Porthouse will direct Desford's challenge at the Midlands Area and Grand Shield this year.


London Central Fellowship Band - The International Staff Band in Cambridge

Saturday 24 February • Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG


Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 25 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU


Contest: Midlands Regional Championships

Saturday 2 March • Corby Business Academy, Gretton Road, Corby NN17 5EB


Haverhill Silver Band - Waterbeach Brass - Spring Concert

Saturday 2 March • Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LQ


Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 2 March • Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Mereside Brass

February 20 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET, position negotiable. We are a friendly 4th Section band restarting contesting this year and with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events. Come and give us a try!


Haverhill Silver Band

February 19 • Play Bb (or Eb) bass and want to compete at the Spring Festival and Whit Friday? . . Due to work commitments, Haverhill Silver Band (L&SC Champions 2022) have a vacancy for a talented Bb or Eb bass player to join us after the areas.


London Central Fellowship Band

February 16 • We are currently recruiting for back-row cornet, Solo Cornet, 2x Tenor horn, Trombone and percussion.


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist


               

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