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Ever Ready

Ever Ready to return to the limelight


One of the most evocative names in banding will return to the banding world as 14 years of Reg Vardy support comes to an end.

Nicholas Childs with banner

Black Dyke cuts its cloth with new partnership link


Black Dyke enters into a new partnership with leading cloth manufacturer Abraham Moon & Sons.

Middleton Band

Middleton to round off amazing year with a celebration of Perseverance


The 140th year anniversary celebrations of the Middleton Band will be rounded off in appropriate musical style.


4BR Bank Holiday Monday Quiz:


You have to find the connection between a famous brass band test-piece, a bad tempered American golfer and an exit route from a Jules Verne novel to win a great Bank Holiday prize.

Media coverage

Bolsover Festival of Brass to reach even wider audience


A great new communal initiative will enable this year's Bolsover Festival of Brass to be enjoyed by plenty more brass band fans.

Allan Ramsay in full flow

Report & Results: 2016 Land o' Burns Entertainment


Co-operative Funeralcare and Allan Ramsay top the entertainment charts in Troon to re-impose domestic supremacy over rivals.


Willebroek hope Sshh approach will work in Birmingham


Brass Band Willebroek has teamed up with the Sshhmute makers to make sure they make a quiet impression at Symphony Hall.


Selkirk to showcase National prep work ahead of Cheltenham


Scottish challengers Selkirk Silver will be showcasing their Cheltenham National Finals preparation work ahead of their long journey south next month.


Closing date looms for SWBBA 70th anniversary contest


The closing date is fast approaching for the 70th anniversary South West Brass Band Association contest in Torquay - with special guests for the anniversary in Stan Lippeatt and Steve Sykes.

Wellington Brass

World Rankings - August update


The latest update of the Band Supplies - World Rankings see minimal changes near the top as we approach the autumn contest season.

cheltenham centaur

Bank holiday reminder - National Finals information required!


If you're competing at the National Finals at Cheltenham, 4BR would like to hear from you.

Mark Wilkinson

Foden's renew historical concert link with latest visit to Crewe


Foden's Band will renew a proud historical concert link with the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe this weekend - over a century from their first performance there.

Woolston Brass

Woolston Brass to celebrate 125th anniversary in style


One of New Zealand's most famous brass bands will be celebrating 125 years of history with a fantastic mix of music, food and drink.

Scottish Music Awards

Scottish Music Awards gains extra energy boost


The prestigious Scottish Music Awards has gained a sponsorship boost from energy firm SSE.

National Finals

Nationals get internet revamp


The National Championships of Great Britain have undergone a social media revamp with brand new website presence.

Crwbin Band

Turner take leave from Crwbin


Travel, work and family commitments see Lynne Turner relinquish her MD role at Crwbin Band.

Armagh Summer School

Foden's stars enjoy yet another great craic in Armagh


The conductors and players of Foden's Band have been enjoying a great time of it on their annual trip to the Armagh Summer School.

Bach offers

Bargain price to stop Bagpipe Lung at John Packer


Make sure you keep things clean and hygienic with a brilliant bargain deal from John Packer Ltd.

Black Dyke

Black Dyke to spotlight their Time prep


Black Dyke will hold an open rehearsal on The Triumph of Time ahead of their British Open assault.

Elmete Elderberries

Elderly initiative in need of brass support


A wonderful musical initiative to help reduce social isolation and loneliness in the elderly in the Leeds area is in need of urgent support.

Pemberton Old Wigan Band

Pemberton Old welcomes new faces


There are a number of new signings in the ranks of Pemberton Old Wigan Band.

The happy couple

Talent scouts at the ready in Bergen for new arrival


Two of Norway's top players are looking forward to the arrival of a potential star player for the 2030 Norwegian National Championships...

Time to showcase their talents

Milnrow take Time to showcase Open preparations


The Milnrow Band will be giving a preview of their British Open assault on The Triumph of Time.

Carlton Main

Best of Brass series line-up announced


There is a fine line-up of bands to enjoy over the coming months at Morley Town Hall as part of the Leeds 'Best of Brass' series.

cheltenham centaur

National Finals information required!


If you're competing at the National Finals at Cheltenham, 4BR would like to hear from you.

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