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Blackburn & Darwen help get brass on the BBC

December 24, 2021
The Blackburn & Darwen Band helped choirmaster Gareth Malone to put on a great festive event in their home town — and all on prime time television too.


Big prize pot on offer at Blackburn & Darwen March & Hymn Tune contest

September 01, 2021
17 bands will look to catch the ear of adjudicator Sheona White at the forthcoming popular event.

Daniel Thomas

Thomas takes the baton at Blackburn & Darwen

January 17, 2019
Daniel Thomas returns to his home town band to take over the conducting duties at Blackburn & Darwen.

New signings

New signings at Blackburn & Darwen

October 13, 2017
There are more new signings at the Blackburn & Darwen Band as MD Neil Samuel adds to the ranks with youth and experience.


Swiss tour for Blackburn & Darwen

July 18, 2017
There is a great Swiss summer break to enjoy for the players and supporters of the top flight north-west band.

New signings

New signings at Blackburn & Darwen

April 20, 2017
The ambitious top flight north west band announces a number of new signings.


Hall door opens at Blackburn & Darwen

January 10, 2017
Kirsten Hall returns to full time banding by taking up the flugel role at Blackburn & Darwen

Neil Samuel

Samuel heads to Blackburn & Darwen

December 21, 2016
After a successful tenure as MD at VBS Poynton, Neil Samuel takes over the reins at Blackburn & Darwen.

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Blackburn & Darwen to host new march & hymn tune event

June 30, 2015
To help celebrate their 175th anniversary, the Blackburn & Darwen Band will host a brand new march & hymn tune contest.

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French fields a tour success for Blackburn & Darwen

April 11, 2015
The Blackburn & Darwen Band has just returned from a hugely successful Easter tour to France.


Blackburn & Darwen by candlelight

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


Maplestone takes Blackburn & Darwen baton

June 30, 2014
David Maplestone takes over the MD role at Blackburn & Darwen Band.

Enjoying success together

Sheppard leaves Blackburn flock

February 19, 2014
After 12 years at the helm, Musical Director Nick Sheppard has left the role at Blackburn & Darwen Band.

Blackburn and Darwen Band

New associate joins Blackburn & Darwen

December 05, 2013
Matt Whitfield has joined Blackburn & Darwen Band as their new Associate Conductor.

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Death of Graham Woodward

September 01, 2013
4BR has been informed of the death of Graham Woodward.

Matthew Thomas

Blackburn seek contemporary approach

October 16, 2012
The Blackburn & Darwen Band hope to explore new and exciting repertoire with the appointment of Matthew Thomas as their composer in residence.

Blackburn 7 Darwen

Rousing Proms for B&D

August 29, 2012
The Blackburn & Darwen Band got the audience demanding more at their recent Last Night of Proms concert.

Blackburn & Darwen

Dempsey signs for Blackburn

June 17, 2012
The Blackburn & Darwen Band has announced the signing of rising cornet star Luke Dempsey.

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New trio at B&D

June 09, 2012
Blackburn & Darwen announce trio of new signings.

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New signing at Blackburn

October 13, 2011
Chris Blaylock joins North West outfit as new bumper up.

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Blackburn entertain

July 07, 2011
The Blackburn & Darwen Band has been putting on some special entertainment of late.

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Blackburn's Bentley trip

June 14, 2011
Blackburn & Darwen add musical sheen to the polished Bentley owners...


B&D adds to the ranks

June 05, 2011
The Blackburn & Darwen Band has been adding extra players to the ranks.

Blackburn and Darwen

Masterclass premiere in Blackburn

March 23, 2011
The Blackburn & Darwen Band has held its first brass masterclass.


Carmina success

March 30, 2010
There was a good omen for Blackburn & Darwen as 'Carmina Burana' proves to be a success.


Sunscreen and Ralgex for Crookston

May 27 • Brass Bands England CEO Kenny Crookston will be in the saddle this weekend to raise money for the BBE Brass Foundations team.


Stalwarts honoured on Coronation weekend in East Anglia

May 27 • A group of wonderful brass band stalwarts were honoured by presentations from East Anglian Brass Band Association.

Paul Holland

Holland ends Wantage tenure as King steps into MD role

May 26 • Paul Holland and Wantage Band reach a final chord as Chris King gets ready to take on a new MD role.

British Army

Busy Porter enjoys London performances...

May 26 • Andrew Porter has enjoyed two memorable weekends of music making — at the Coronation and the crowning of a new Senior Cup champion..

Regent Hall Concerts - Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment

Friday 26 May • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ

Tendring Brass - Clacton on Sea Co operative Band

Sunday 28 May • West Cliff Theatre. Tower Road. Essex CO15 1LE

Boarshurst Silver Band - Fundraising Concert for Nationals

Sunday 28 May • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7 EW

Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 2 June • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Salon Orchestra

Friday 9 June • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. . W1C2DJ

Chinnor Silver

May 27 • Chinnor Silver (2nd section finalists 2023) have 2 empty seats left on their coach to the finals in September & are looking for a Bass trombone and Bass player (Eb or Bb) to fill them. We are a friendly band and are ready to welcome you on our fun bus!

Stretford Band

May 27 • Seeking a MUSICAL DIRECTOR. We are a friendly, non -contesting band with a varied concert programme at local . events throughout the year. We are looking for someone who can take the Band forward..

Harlow Brass Band

May 26 • Seeking a MUSICAL DIRECTOR / CONDUCTOR - We are a friendly, non-contesting band who play to a good standard. We hold our own Spring and Christmas concerts and provide entertainment at various local events throughout the year.

Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist


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