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Pro level cornets at John Packer


John Packer adds yet more choice to their fantastic selection of professional level cornets.


RNCM A4 students ready to make musical mark in Lithuania


Four rising stars from the RNCM in Manchester will be making their first musical trip to Lithuania next month.


Old Silkstone strictly linked with innovative approach


The Old Silkstone Band has taken a step, waltz and rumba in a new direction...


Adjudication team announced for Midlands Area


The Midlands adjudication team that will decide the Cheltenham and Albert Hall fates in 2016 has been announced.


Record entry for DLI Museum contest


A record 17 bands will line up in order at the Durham Light Infantry Museum open air contest in July.

Contest day

Troon set for entertainment battle


A dozen bands will line up for battle in Troon today with the big prize pot for the Land O' Burns contest up for grabs.


2016 Flemish Open looking for bands


If you want to claim the 2016 Flemish Open title then make sure you get your entries in for the popular event in Mechelen.

Rothwell Temperance

Rothwell opt for Malta over Gateshead


Grand Shield winners Rothwell Temperance to tour Malta in 2016 but opt out of Brass in Concert in November.

On air

Radio: Listen to the Band


More music from Frank at the BBC....


Report & Results: 2015 French Open


Amboise hosts a splendid weekend of cross country brass band entertainment - led by the host nation winners Brass Band Nord Pas de Calais.


Wardle youngsters gain Shield of recognition


Wardle Junior Blast Band has received a wonderful surprise in recognition of their National Youth Championship victory.

Cory and Karl Jenkins

Childs delight at Karl Jenkins Knighthood


Dr Robert Childs has spoken to 4BR about his delight at hearing of the award of a Knighthood to composer Karl Jenkins.

Black Dyke

Dyke fans to expect memorable anniversary


Black Dyke fans will be in for a treat thanks to a unique combination of the past, present and future of the Queensbury champions.

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Brass Bands England recruitment


Brass Bands England is looking to appoint an Operations Co-ordinator and two Liaison Officers.

Dave Howells

Could a unique brass band species now be extinct?


The last deep pit brass band miner in the UK could be about to become extinct...

Irvine & Dreghorn

Caddies needed for Scots drive


Those intrepid golfing bandsmen from Irvine & Dreghorn still need a bit of bag carrying help... as long as you have a strong back...


PJS Music opens a new way to get fantastic brass deals


If its the best deals you are looking for, then try PJS Music - from people who know what brass in all about...


Arts Council investment to bring brass band benefit


A new creative 'First Art' scheme can be accessed in Bolsover, North East Derbyshire, Ashfield and Mansfield Districts to help brass bands.

Shri Sriram

Hammonds celebrate unique partnership


The recent BBC Music Day shone a spotlight on the unique musical partnership between Hammonds Saltaire Band and renowned Indian musician Shri Sriram.

Adrian Morris

Morris honoured by RNCM Fellowship


The highly respected bass trombonist Adrian Morris has spoken to 4BR about his delight at being made a Fellow at the RNCM in Manchester.

Hatfield Council

Hatfield gains continued support from local council


Hatfield Band's community contribution gains continued support from local council.

University of Nottingham Band

Notts students gain new leads for academic year


The University of Nottingham Brass Band has appointed its new leaders as they look ahead to the academic year.


Report & Results: 2015 Newtown March & Open Air Contest


Beaumaris Brass lead the way in Newtown as the sun shines on a great day of contesting in mid Wales.

Brass Band Rijnmond

Geneva congratulate Rijnmond on Dutch Open success


Geneva Musical Instruments has congratulated Brass Band Rijnmond on their recent Dutch Open contest success.

Liz Lane

Lydbrook Freedom grant boosts Proms music making


Grant help from Arts Council England helps Lydbrook commission composer Liz Lane for Great British Event.

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