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Richard Marshall

Marshall delight at Dyke job

December 22, 2005
Richard Marshall has spoken to 4BR at his delight at his new appointment at Black Dyke.

Philip Sparke

Sparke wins major award

December 22, 2005
Composer Philip Sparke has won a major compositional award in the USA, plus the nice little Xmas prezzie of $4000.

Roger Webster

Webster talks of disappointment

December 22, 2005
Roger Webster talks of his disappointment at leaving Dyke but welcomes the appointment of Richard Marshall.

GUS to return in 2006

December 22, 2005
One of the most famous old names in the banding world is set to make an historic return in 2006 as GUS will once again appear on contest programmes.

The Rich List

December 22, 2005
According to Classic FM magazine, these are the top earners of all time in the composers world — and not a single brass band man in sight!!!

Fairey Band

Faireys hand out the stardust

December 22, 2005
The Fairey Band has been handing out their annual awards.


Sellers' rep gets NCBB place

December 22, 2005
The Sellers Youth Band are delighted to announce to 4BR that their repiano player, Jamie Smith has been offered a place in the National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain.

Black Dyke

BBC pays homage to Dyke

December 22, 2005
BBC Radio 2 will pay homage to the Black Dyke Band at the end of its 150th year in a special programme on Tuesday 27th December.

Band to continue Christmas Eve tradition

December 22, 2005
The members of Abraham Darby School in Telford will continue a Christmas Eve tradition when the school is represented at the annual “Carols on the Bridge” on the world famous Ironbridge, which spans the River Severn.


Sellers celebrate's successful year

December 22, 2005
The Sellers Youth Band has had a busy festive period as it brings to a close its most successful year to date.

Richard Marshall

Marshall takes over at Dyke

December 21, 2005
Richard Marshall has been confirmed by Black Dyke as their new Principal Cornet player following the departure of Roger Webster.

Cornet legend lights up Vienna

December 21, 2005
Jim Davies, the legendary cornet player who graced Cory & Brighouse has just returned from Vienna fullfilling a lifetime's ambition.


Composed your Brighouse piece yet?

December 21, 2005
Any budding composers out there who want to write a short piece to honour Brighouse's 125th year in 2006, have until 31st December to get your entries in.


Besses to play for Manchester City

December 21, 2005
Don't panic Manchester City fans, Stuart Pearce hasn't recruited the players from Besses o' th' Barn to play against Chelsea, just entertain the crowds before the game on the 28th December.

Death of James Hillis

December 21, 2005
4BR has been informed that the former stalwart of Clydebank Burgh Band and long-serving Treasurer of the Scottish Brass Band Association James Hillis has died.

Mark Ford

Honours band for Victoria

December 21, 2005
Melbourne Honours Brass has been created to provide a platform for Victoria's top youth.

Kew Band Melbourne

Kew gets the horn

December 21, 2005
Kew Band — Melbourne is very pleased to announce the signing of champion horn player Charles Young.

Roger Webster

Dyke and Webster part company

December 20, 2005
Roger Webster and Black Dyke have parted with immediate effect as rumours fly to who will replace him in the hottest cornet seat of all.

Great line-up for RNCM Festival

December 20, 2005
Further details have been announced for the forthcoming RNCM Festival in January with a weekend of fabulous music and masterclasses on offer.


Besses say goodbye to the Astons

December 20, 2005
Besses o’ th’ Barn have said goodbye to two stalwarts of their band, the Astons, Dave & Jannine.

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 25 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU

Friary Guildford Brass Band - the best of Guildford's musical talent

Sunday 25 February • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Northop Silver Band - Northop Brass

Thursday 1 March • Northop Band Room CH7 6BQ

Regent Hall Concerts - Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 2 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 3 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.

West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact

The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

John Ward

Conductor, Adjudicator