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2005 July (Downunder)

July 4, 2005
This month we give our opinion on the National Band Council of Australia elections, National Bands and the growing cross-pollination of UK and Downunder players.


2005: July

June 30, 2005
This month we give our opinion on the Imps affair; Euro qualification and the trouble with the youth of today.


2005: June

June 7, 2005
This month we look at the Besson's no vote on the European; Whit Friday and the inability of top bands to play quietly.


2005: May

May 13, 2005
This month we give our views on the future of the EBBA European; the Spring Festival need for expansion, and the great Brian Evans.


2005: April

March 31, 2005
This month we have a look at the World Championships, the possibility of a Nationals Solo Contest and the last word on the Europeans.


2005: March

March 2, 2005
This month we look at the Ibstock affair; Praising the men in the box and why can't we prodcue a nice sound anymore.


2005: February

February 1, 2005
This month we give our views on the BBC and the Bands; YBS and the European Saga and the Regional test pieces.


2005: January

December 22, 2004
Our views on 2004 — A Vintage Year?; Money, Money, Money and possible European Union?


2004: December

December 3, 2004
Our views on missing crowds; the trouble of the Christmas Spirit and even 4BR going full time.


2004: November

November 3, 2004
The European question takes up all our thoughts this month.


2004: October

October 1, 2004
Age shall not weary them...; The Open Question; Is Albert still the best Hall?


2004: September

September 7, 2004
Our thoughts this month on the World Championships, Explaining the adjudication process at the Open and getting bands on the television.


2004: July & August

July 25, 2004
This month we give our views on the SP&S takeover of the British Bandman, the need for devolution in England and the need to support the New Zealanders at the Open.


2004: June

June 7, 2004
Our views this month on the Golden Rule to successful banding, Opening up the Open and Sickness.


2004: May

May 12, 2004
This month we give our views on the judging at the Europeans; Sending a National Team to the World Championships and the continuing success of the Grand Shield Festival.


2004: April

April 2, 2004
This month we give our views on Contesting Crossroads, Leylandgate and other and looking forward to a Glasgow Kiss.


2004: March

March 1, 2004
This month we give our views on meaningless titles, the need for consistency and good brass band coverage.


2004: January & February

January 2, 2004
This month we give our views on 2003, 4BR Soapbox wishes and a new Nationals.


2003: November & December

November 3, 2003
This month we give our views on Bully Boy MD's, the lack of audiences at our major contets, and the delights of Prestatyn and Dundee.


2003: July, August, Spetember & October

July 31, 2003
This month we give our views on the Masters adjudication problem, where do all the students go and yet another episode of Welsh woe.




Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE


Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN


Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ


The Corsham Band

November 23 • With promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018 the band are now looking to fill a couple of vacancies. One back row cornet (2nd or 3rd) plus an EEb Bass.


Thoresby Colliery Band

November 22 • Sadly due to work commitments we are looking for an experienced Percussionist to join our friendly and progressive Band. The Band has experienced a recent run of good form and is currently enjoying a sensible mix of contests, concerts and recordings.


Thoresby Colliery Band

November 22 • Sadly due to work commitments we are looking for an experienced BBb Bass player to join our friendly and progressive Band. The Band has experienced a recent run of good form and is currently enjoying a sensible mix of contests, concerts and recordings.


Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator