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2021 North American Championships cancelled

The ongoing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic sees the 2021 NABBA event due to be held in Fort Wayne in Indiana cancelled.

January 10, 2021


Whitburn accolades for players

Whitburn Bands presents awards to players who have helped maintain the band's high profile media presence

January 10, 2021


Wobplay adds classic vinyl to platform

The Wobplay.com digital platform has started to add restored classic vinyl LPs to its increasing catalogue.

January 10, 2021

Peter Fraser

Fraser dedication marked with presentation

70 years of remarkable service to the Kirkintilloch Band by Peter Fraser MBE has been marked.

January 10, 2021


Back to Basic for bones...

Trombone players have the chance to enjoy a weekend of enjoying what they like doing best — thanks to Matt Gee and Josh Cirtina.

January 08, 2021


Musicians permit plight gains momentum

The lack of visa free travel in the EU for professional musicians is starting to make the newspaper headlines.

January 08, 2021


Brucie bonus for Whitburn

The Scottish Open champion enjoys a high profile boost by reuniting with radio presenter Ken Bruce as well as getting a feature mention with Classic FM.

January 06, 2021


Death of Don Jones

Unite the Union Band has announced the death of their respected colleague and tuba player Don Jones.

January 06, 2021


Bring us sunshine...

Wouldn't it have been great if Eric Morecambe could send us 60 million doses of his musical sunshine to keep the nation happy?

January 05, 2021


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

Plenty of great music to welcome in the New Year with Chris Helme.

January 05, 2021

Yorkshire Youth

Yorkshire Youth ready to hit the road running

Get your musical daps on! There is still a chance to join up with the team at the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band — but you need to be fast

January 04, 2021


4BR Quiz: Christmas Day quiz winner

One lucky person will soon be receiving a Besson Prodige cornet and a bag full of goodies to enjoy.

January 03, 2021

Jim Trott

MBE Award to Brass for Africa charity founder

Jim Trott, the founder and Executive Director of the Brass for Africa charity has been awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours.

January 03, 2021


Mirror provides positive reflection for bands

A two page spread article in the Daily Mirror newspaper has shone a positive light on the challenges faced by bands during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

January 03, 2021


Final chord brings brilliant result for carol players

The amazing fund raising efforts of teenagers Matthew and Olivia Hurst has raised over £5700 for their local hospice.

January 03, 2021


Coalburn enjoy festive support

The Coalburn Band organisation kept themselves busy over the Christmas period

January 03, 2021


Report & Results: 2020 GBBA Online Solo & Ensemble Festival

There was plenty of fantastic online solo and ensemble playing on show to round off the year in the new GBBA online event.

January 02, 2021


A Childs reflection on 2020

David Childs looked back with a musical eye on the past year with a specially produced New Year's Eve Concert.

January 02, 2021


Support gained for work permit petition

Over 200,000 people sign petition to get Government to debate free cultural work permit with EU countries for musicians and artists.

January 01, 2021


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

The last programme of 2020 to enjoy in 2021 from Chris Helme.

January 01, 2021


4BR Awards: 2020 Band of the Year

The winner is...

January 01, 2021


4BR Awards: 2020 Conductor of the Year

The winner is...

January 01, 2021

Player of the Year

4BR Awards: 2020 Player of the Year

The winner is...

January 01, 2021


4BR Awards: 2020 Test Piece of the Year

The winner is...

January 01, 2021


4BR Awards: 2020 Lower Section Band of the Year

The winner is...

January 01, 2021

Reg Vardy

Reg Vardy provides musical cheer to support charity work

January 17 • The Reg Vardy Band has helped to raise nearly £1300 to assist the wonderful work of the local Pact House charity in providing essential help to families over the Christmas period.


Multi million pound investment at home of famous Welsh band

January 17 • The home of one of the world's most famous brass bands is hoping to attract a £50 million investment to open its gates to 400,000 visitors a year.


Ultimate Big Band Toolkit launched

January 17 • Louis Dowdeswell and Callum Au launch a fantastic new guide to help players understand and perform in the Big Band genre — with 10% off for 4BR readers too!

Hepwroth Band

Hepworth starting to close in on fund raising target

January 17 • The Hepworth Band has been working hard to raise funds to help secure its musical future in the heart of its village.

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

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH

Chadderton Band

January 17 • Chadderton Band is a very friendly non contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of any age and ability on all sections of the band + EUPH Drums. Please come along to one of our rehearsals give us a try.

Foss Dyke Band

January 1 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs. Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.

John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor


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