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2017 European Brass Band Championships
Kursaal, Ostend
27-30 April.

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Results: 2017 European Championships: Championship Section

April 29
Eikanger-Bjorsvik Mussiklaag takes the European crown in Oostende in convincing style as they win the set test and own choice contests.

Italian Cheer

Results: 2017 European Championships: Challenge Section

April 29 • It's Challenge Section joy for Italian Brass Band in Kursall Concert Hall, Oostende.

Carlos Alberto Perez

Result: 2017 European Conductors Competition

April 28 • Spain comes out on top of the brass band conducting honours as Carlos Alberto Ramon Perez takes the European title in Oostende


Log in to enjoy the European action beamed live from Oostende

April 28 • Brassbanned.com will be live streaming the action from the major contest of the European Championships this weekend — so log in and enjoy it all from the comfort of your own home.

Mead springs

Spring time is here...

April 27 • With the banding weather warming up, it's just the right time for a new set of springs for your instrument from euphoniumstore.net

Fancy a little bit of Brighouse heritage of your own?

April 26 • Band Supplies now has a stock of instruments owned and played by Brighouse & Rastrick Band at brilliant second hand prices.

Fontana notches up a grand celebration in Oostende

April 26 • The great Argentinian trombone star Lito Fontana will have something extra to celebrate at the European Championships in Oostende this weekend.

Brighouse hopes Prestige rubs off in Oostende

April 26 • A new instrument link through Band Supplies Ltd sees Brighouse & Rastrick head to the European Championships with top of the range Besson instruments in their bags.

New top man at Rothwell Temperance

April 26 • Jon Hammond take over the principal cornet role at one of Yorkshire's top bands.

2017 European Championships: Championship Section preview & prediction

2017 European Championships: Championship Section preview & prediction

April 25 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to what should be a memorable battle for the European title in Oostende.

2017 European Championships: Introduction to the 40th Championships

April 25 • Despite the fraying at the European edges, EBBA's flagship event still remains an Article 50, WTO rules free zone for now...

2017 European Championships: Test Piece Review: Where Angels Fly

April 25 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out more about the Championship Section set-work 'Where Angels Fly' — written by composer Kevin Houben and inspired by the father of Belgian wind music Paul Gilson.

2017 European Championships: Championship Own Choice selections

April 25 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out a little more about each of the top flight own-choice selections being played at this year's event in Oostende.

Concert: Wingates Band

April 12 • Conductor: Paul Andrews. Bolton Little Theatre. Saturday 1st April

4BR Review: Alliance Soprano mouthpieces

April 8 • 4BR gave three Alliance Brass mouthpieces to our tame soprano cornet test driver to see what he thought.

Concert: Brighouse & Rastrick Band

April 6 • 40th Floral Dance Anniversary Concert. Conductor: Derek Broadbent. Huddersfield Town Hall. Saturday 25th March

# Band Points
2Brighouse and Rastrick1,032.89
3Black Dyke1,001.32
4Grimethorpe Colliery672.89
9Virtuosi GUS343.44
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery274.43
Interview with Paul Hughes and Yngve Nikolaisen

Interview with Paul Hughes and Yngve Nikolaisen

August 4 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the conductors of Llanrug and Tysnes Musikklag Bands as they join forces for a special concert in North Wales

Interview with the DKMS Blood Cancer Charity

Interview with the DKMS Blood Cancer Charity

February 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Kevin Holdgate and Lisa Nugent of the Blood Cancer Charity DKMS at the North West Regional Championships

Interview with Paul Hindmarsh

Interview with Paul Hindmarsh

January 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to RNCM Brass Band Festival Director, Paul Hindmarsh

Interview with Edward Gregson

Interview with Edward Gregson

January 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to composer Edward Gregson at the RNCM Brass Band Festival.

Contest: SCABA Spring March Hymn & Own Choice Contest

Sunday 30 April • The Hawth Theatre, Hawth Ave, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ

East Anglian Brass Band Association - Brighouse & Rastrick Band

Sunday 7 May • St Andrew's Hall, Norwich NR3 1AU

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - GBBA Entertainment Contest

Sunday 7 May • All Saints Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Brassed Off!

Tuesday 9 May • Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band - Pontefract Music Centre Senior Wind Band

Thursday 11 May • The John Godber Theatre. Pontefract New College. Park Lane. Pontefract. West Yorkshire. WF8 4QR WF8 4QR

Amesbury Town Band

April 29 • Players and beginners of any standard are always welcomed. We urgently need a few more solo cornets, Bb bass 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

Uppermill Band

April 29 • We are advertising the following vacancies and invite players on the following instruments to join our friendly team. TUTTI CORNET, BACKROW CORNET HORN & Bb BASS.

Chelmsford Silver Band

April 28 • Chelmsford Silver Band requires a new bandmaster to lead us into the next phase of our development. A non-contesting band, established for over 50 years and enjoy a good reputation performing at local and regional events plus organizing our own concerts.

Steve Pritchard-Jones

Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher