Perfect tuba time from Band Supplies

Now is the perfect time to get your hands on a Besson Sovereign BE 982 EEb tuba at an incredible price — backed by the expertise of Band Supplies customer service.

October 17, 2020


Two new titles added to Wobplay catalogue

Richard Marshall's new CD and an epic bit of ISB/Black Dyke concert work are added to the Wobplay catalogue for you to enjoy.

October 17, 2020


BBE gains recovery help of £227,000

Brass Bands England has been given much needed grant help to carry on its work in the latest round of Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund payments.

October 17, 2020


Death of Alan Lumsden

The death has been announced of the respected professional musician and teacher Alan Lumsden.

October 17, 2020


Black Dyke claim top spot in Classical Music charts

Black Dyke's latest Naxos release reached number 1 in the Classical Music Charts as it continues to make worldwide impression on listeners.

October 17, 2020


Alcorn to lead BBE webinar

Michael Alcorn will lead the next Brass Band England presentation on creating socially-distanced band performances — so sign up — you could well need it!

October 16, 2020


Fancy winning a 60 grand Grand joanna...?

If you can impress Jamie Cullum with an original song about how their nominated good cause would benefit from winning a grand piano, then you can start tickling £60Ks worth of old joanna...

October 16, 2020


4BR Shop: b# Instrument Soak

You can still get the opportunity to give your instrument a bit of tender loving care...

October 16, 2020

Besson friday

Globetrotting guests on Besson Fridays at Home

Thomas Ruedi and Harmen Vanhoorne are the guests tonight — with tales from Switzerland, New Zealand and Nora Batty's home to be enjoyed...

October 16, 2020


Zoe Lovatt-Cooper steps down from Black Dyke

A new family addition brings a decade of Queensbury music making to an end for Black Dyke's star flugel player.

October 16, 2020


Registration open for 2021 National Youth Band of Scotland course

You should be first in the queue to book your place on the 2021 National Youth Brass Band of Scotland Summer Course.

October 16, 2020

Heavy bottom

4BR Shop: Heavy Bottom Caps

Make sure you add that little bit of extra help to you instrument with the superb Heavy Bottom Caps.

October 16, 2020

Chris Helme

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

Brass band music from around the world centred on the heart of Yorkshire with Chris Helme

October 15, 2020

Denis Wick covers

4BR Shop: Denis Wick Stretchable Bell Covers (Full Brass Band Set)

A full set of stretchable bell covers for your band produced by Denis Wick and sold through Band Supplies Ltd.

October 14, 2020


Fernie brings together youngsters As One

Composer Alan Fernie has led youngsters from Scotland and Africa in a tribute to empowerment through music with his new composition.

October 14, 2020


Heron to lead RNCM Conducting Masterclass for Wind & Brass

Mark Heron and Clark Rundell and will two weekends of masterclasses for conductors looking to develop their wind and brass talents.

October 14, 2020

Slide Action

Suited and booted victory for Slide Action ensemble

The Slide Action Trombone Quartet claims £10,000 first prize at prestigious Royal Overseas League Mixed Ensemble Competition.

October 14, 2020


Griffiths takes euph lead at Leeds Conservatoire

The Hammonds Band MD Morgan Griffiths to help develop euphonium student talent at Leeds Conservatoire.

October 14, 2020


Abingdon 'Keep the Rhythm Going'

Abingdon Concert Band is looking for players to join them for a virtual world premiere of a new celebratory work from the pen of MD, Neil Brownless.

October 14, 2020


Death of Bob Wyatt

The death has been reported of Bob Wyatt the hugely respected former conductor of Stockport Schools Brass Band.

October 14, 2020


BEM celebrations for Graham

Des Graham of the Third Carrickfergus Band from Northern Ireland has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours

October 14, 2020


Bring back Norman...

There is a bit of a historical precedent of brass bands finding it hard to get money from a Tory government it seems, despite having an unlikely alley of our cause in 1973...

October 13, 2020

Black Dyke

Black Dyke receives emergency funding help

Yorkshire champion Black Dyke is to receive £76,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund to help sustain their future.

October 12, 2020

Isobel Daws

International success for Daws

Isobel Daws claims prestigious international trombone title to add to her CV of success.

October 12, 2020


Fairey offer congratulations to BEM honour

The Fairey Band has added to the congratulations that have come the way of supporter and Vice-President Tony Greenham on his award of a British Empire Medal.

October 12, 2020


4BR Quiz: Weekend quiz

October 25 • Something to while away the hours as we endure lockdown restrictions in different tiers, forms and guidance this weekend...


Worldwide audience to pick Brass in Concert 'Champion of Champions'

October 25 • A free online weekend of fantastic Brass in Concert entertainment will see audiences at home pick their favourite 'Champion of Champions' performances.


Tricky Dicky beats everyone off the Xmas start line

October 24 • If you are looking to put a festive smile on faces this year then why not get a perfect stocking filler from Richard Evans...


Sage Gateshead gains funding help

October 24 • The Brass in Concert venue receives £1.8 million "vital funding" from the Culture Recovery Fund.

The Marple Band - Marple and Hawk Green Bands Concert Compstall

Saturday 7 November • St Pauls Church, Compstall Rd, Compstall, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 5HU

The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY

Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Saturday 9 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ

Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Sunday 10 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ

Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Amesbury Town Band

October 21 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After Covid!

Shipston Town Band

October 8 • We are currently looking to recruit a Bass Trombone BBb bass and EEb bass to bring the band up to strength ready for when things return to normal. We are graded section 3 in the Midlands taking part in a good range of concerts and contests,

Milton Keynes Brass

October 5 • Applications are invited for a baritone player for Milton Keynes Brass. We are a friendly 1st section band based in Milton Keynes and rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 7:45pm-10:00pm, with additional rehearsals before contests.

John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor


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