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2015: August

August 26, 2015
Sandy Smith hits the right soapbox spot, more ringers, a Grimey first is questioned and the Australians look for support in Scotland as we head towards the British Open.


2015: April

April 14, 2015
More from the postbag and social media — from balanced judges and forgetting the classics to a mystery tuba player and more...


2014: August

August 28, 2014
A couple more tasty little opinions to share in the post box over the last couple of days...


2014: April

April 17, 2014
From strange blokes to rabid generalisations via lost audiences and policing the Miner's Strike. It's a bumper post bag (but keep them short)


2014 March:

March 26, 2014
The post bag returns with plenty of strong opinions to get you a bit hot under the banding collar.


2015: January

January 30, 2014
The return of the comments (which now include comments made on the 4BR Facebook site).

From Brass in Concert and Butlins to player shortages, poverty and Je Suis Charlie...


2014: January

January 28, 2014
More from the great banding postbag with opinions on cuts and re-grading, youth fads, PRS action and even Christmas carolling...


2013: December

December 27, 2013
We end the year with weak willed judges, Welsh questions and a touch of realism...


2013: November

November 30, 2013
From a pointless 4BR to a bit of Manley help via Brass in Concert and the 1948 touring Australian cricket team.


2013: October

October 31, 2013
SBBA gives heavyweight response to hard hitting concerns over National Youth Band of Scotland...


2013: September

September 12, 2013
The start of reactions from the British Open to plenty of discussion about Doctor's notes....


2013: August

August 30, 2013
Now here's a couple of tasty little additions to end the month — one a question of Doctors and Professors from the British Open composer and the other about registration issues...


2013: July

July 25, 2013
More comments from a busy post bag — from the new direction at BBE to the Proms and even a bit of the right Gene Kelly...


2013: April

April 4, 2013
Apologises for the postal delays in the comments section, but we are now back on track with a full postbag to delve into once again...


2013: January

January 17, 2013
From Stanshawe to Mrs Dale's diary.... the joys of a January postbag.


2012: December

December 18, 2012
More from Santa's postbag of all I want for Christmas opinions....


2012: November

November 30, 2012
Poor advert from Grimethorpe, cases of deja vu, the registry history and even a touch of Welsh racism. Not that is what is called an interesting postbag...


2012: October (part 2)

October 27, 2012
More woes of turmoil and fault as our readers express their opinions on everything from Dyke's 9th place to the battle for registration.


2012: October

October 15, 2012
The Bolsover debate goes on — with a bit of a go at the Welsh too...


2012: September

September 27, 2012
From the Registry and Cheltenham to miners, orders and the late, great Iwan Williams...




Cory Band - Rhymney School ACW Concert

Thursday 29 June • Rhymney Comprehensive School, Abertysswg Road, Tredegar NP22 5XF


Regent Hall Concerts - Junior Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 30 June • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street.opp. BHS. London. W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


Skelmanthorpe Prospect Brass - Skelmanthorpe Band & Skelmanthorpe Training Band

Saturday 1 July • Thorncliffe Working Mens & Social Club. 11 Thorncliffe . Kirkburton . HD8 0UG HD8 0UG


Jackfield Band - Pershore Midsummer Brass Festival

Saturday 1 July • Angel Inn Hotel, High Street, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 1AF


Friary Guildford Brass Band - Boscombe Band of the Salvation Army

Saturday 1 July • Boscombe Salvation Army, Palmerston Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4HT BH1 4HT


Bedford Town Band

June 28 • Bedford Town Band (London and SC) has vacancy for a Flugel Horn player. We are a friendly and ambitious 1st section band with a good diary of concerts and contests planned.


Foss Dyke Band

June 28 • Eb and Bb BASS REQUIRED . Foss Dyke Band need basses for the National Finals in Cheltenham and beyond.


Ocean Brass

June 27 • Ocean Brass (2nd Section) are looking for percussionists. We rehearse on a Thursday evening at St Mary's College, Bitterne, SO18 4DJ. .


Dave Collins

BA (Hons) (Dunelm) I, FSCO
Composer and Arranger