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Ratby savour congratulations

October 18, 2021
The Ratby Co-operative Band has thanked the banding community for their messages of support and congratulations following their outstanding Royal Albert Hall result.


Recalling Ratby's National heroics

October 08, 2021
4BR catches up with Mareika Gray to talk about Ratby Co-operative's remarkable fifth place finish at the National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall — one that came in just a three week period of preparation.


Ratby to replace Desford at Albert Hall

September 10, 2021
The Ratby Co-operative Band has accepted the invitation to compete at the National Final following Desford's withdrawal.


Ratby get together for lockdown release

December 07, 2020
A new CD release from the Ratby Co-operative Band organisation aims to bring joy to supporters and cash to the coffers.


Death of Howard Bland

April 30, 2020
The death has been announced of the respected band administrator Howard Bland.


Hood takes top man role at Ratby for Area

February 19, 2020
The respected cornet soloist Jamie Hood will make his contest debut with Ratby Co-operative Band at the forthcoming Midlands Area contest.

Luke Pallister

Pallister takes principal role at Ratby

August 31, 2019
Luke Pallister is set to become the new principal cornet at Ratby Co-operative Band following a final Open appearance with Leyland.


Report & Results: 2019 Buxton Brass Band Festival

May 02, 2019
Ratby Cooperative lead the winners at a day of excellent music making as bands return to Buxton's wonderful Octagon Theatre.


Tuba duo join Ratby

July 27, 2018
The Ratby Band will welcome two new foundation layers to their band...

Betty Anderson

Death of Betty Anderson

January 10, 2018
The death has been announced of Betty Anderson, one of the pioneering women of the brass band movement in the 20th century.


Ratby welcome new soprano

September 21, 2017
The talented Richard Bates has joined Ratby Band on soprano alongside a few more talented signings.

New MD

New MD in the Middle

March 29, 2017
Geoff Wood takes over the conducting duties at Ratby Co-operative Mid Band.

Dave Purkiss

Purkiss joins Ratby team

October 13, 2016
David Purkiss has been appointed as the new Associate Musical Director at Ratby Co-operative Band.

Mareika Gray

Gray set for pioneering link with Ratby

July 18, 2016
Mareika Gray has become the new professional MD at the Ratby Co-operative Band organisation — renewing a pioneering link with the past.

Michael Fowles

Fowles ends 12 year Ratby link

March 24, 2016
The 12 year musical partnership between Ratby Co-operative Band and Michael Fowles will come to an end at the Senior Cup in Blackpool in May.

Ratby in Disneyland Paris

Ratby Youth enjoy EuroDisney

June 03, 2015
The young players of the Ratby Co-operative Youth Band recently enjoyed a third musical trip to the joys of Euro-Disney Paris.


Ratby happy with Senior Cup near miss

May 19, 2015
Despite just missing out on promotion to the Grand Shield in 2016, Ratby Co-operative is still happy at their show of contesting consistency.


Ratby Youth set for third trip to Disneyland Paris

April 11, 2015
Ratby Co-operative Youth Band will be making their third trip to perform at Disneyland Paris in May.


Ratby treble delight at contest successes

November 28, 2014
The Ratby Co-operative Band organisation has been making a threeway contesting mark of late.

Ratby Band

Death of Richard Ferris

August 26, 2014
The death has been reported of one of great characters of Leicestershire banding.

Ratby Juniors

Ratby players enjoy Wessex break

August 20, 2014
There was a superb week of music making on the recent Wessex Band Summer School — especially enjoyed by young Ratby Band players.


Ratby quartet success

April 04, 2012
The young players of Ratby have been enjoying quartet success.


Ratby enjoy the Green Dragon experience

October 04, 2011
The Ratby Mid Band certainly enjoyed its first experience of the Green Dragon at Hardraw Scar...

Death of Midlands bandsman

January 17, 2011
The death of Chris Holmes has been announced.

Raunds Temperance

Raunds welcome new signings

December 04, 2009
There is a trio of new signings at Raunds Temperance.

Perth Concert Hall

Result: 2021 Scottish Open

November 27 • It's a descriptive musical portrait full of artistry and class from Whitburn as Howard Snell's 'Gallery' gives them their seventh consecutive Scootish Open title.


Yorkshire Youth continues reinvigorated progress

November 26 • The Yorkshire Youth Band has met up again to showcase their progress and enhance their skill sets under the team of Black Dyke Band stars.


Checking the quality...

November 26 • Steven Mead and Roger Webster have been testing the latest batch of Besson euphoniums and cornets to come off the production line in Germany.


Quintet of key signings for Dobcross

November 26 • Dobcross Silver Band has welcome five new players to the ranks as they look forward to the 2022 contesting season.

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Central Band Wind Ensemble

Friday 26 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London WC1 2 DJ

York Railway Institute Band - Richard Marshall

Friday 26 November • York St John University Chapel. York. North Yorkshire YO31 7EX

Bodmin Town Band - Switch on of Christmas lights, Mount Folly, Bodmin

Friday 26 November • Mount Folly, Bodmin PL312DQ

Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 27 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820

Contest: Scottish Open 2021

Saturday 27 November • Mill Street, Perth

Derwent Brass

November 26 • PRINCIPAL EEB BASS / TUBA | DERWENT BRASS | CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION | MIDLANDS. . Derwent Brass - Derbyshire's Premier Brass Band - have a rare vacancy on Principal EEb Tuba. Recent winners of 'Most Entertaining Band' at Bolsover and Wychavon Brass Festivals.

Glossop Old Band

November 26 • GLOSSOP OLD BAND, 1st Section Midlands Area, are looking to recruit the following players with immediate effect. One experienced Front Row Cornet player, position negotiable. (Principal seat available to right applicant), Solo Trombone and Solo Baritone.

Dobcross Silver Band

November 26 • Dobcross Silver Band request applications for the positions following: Eb BASS, FRONT ROW CORNET, BACK ROW CORNET. Come and complete our progressive band!

Nigel Seaman

Conductor, band trainer, teacher and adjudicator


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