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Jackfield Band -

Friday 29 March • Dawley Town Hall, 6 New Street, Dawley TF4 3JR


Contest: National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great B

Saturday 30 March • University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Black Dyke Band - Boston

Saturday 30 March • Centenary Methodist Church, Boston, PE21 6NY


Black Dyke Band - Bury Parish Church

Thursday 4 April • The Rock, Bury BL9 0AH


Strata Brass -

Friday 5 April • Rockingham Centre. Hoyland Common. Barnsley S74 9DQ


Ilkeston Brass

March 25 • we are looking for cornet players, position negotiable and Bb bass players. We practice on Thursday and Sunday evenings at Stanton by Dale close to M1.


Welwyn Garden City Band

March 24 • We are a friendly & sociable Third Section Band with an exciting and varied summer season ahead of us. We have an immediate vacancy for a SOLO TROMBONE player. Our MD is Duncan Wilson.


The Tilbury Band

March 24 • In our hundredth year, The Tilbury Band is currently seeking cornet players and percussionists to bring our band back to full capacity. Could this be you? A friendly 2nd section band, we rehearse on a Wednesday and Sunday evening in our Hall in Tilbury.


Paul Andrews


Conductor, Band trainer, Adjudicator, Instrument Repairer - Brasstoff