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New MD for Florida

Chad Shoopman has taken over the reins at Brass Band of Central Florida.



Brass Band of Central Florida (BBCF) has announced that Chad Shoopman has accepted the position of Music Director


Chad is an avid conductor and trumpet player in demand all over the world. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he works primarily for the Walt Disney World Corporation in Orlando, Florida.

He performs extensively as lead trumpet and conductor for a wide variety of musical endeavors including Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.


Chad is also in demand as an educator, clinician, and adjudicator.

His effort and commitment to music education in these roles has brought him recognition and acclaim throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Germany. As a clinician for Disney’s Magic Music Days, Mr.Shoopman works with over 80 high school and college bands and orchestras from all over the world every year.

He performs extensively as lead trumpet and conductor for a wide variety of musical endeavors including Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band4BR

Extreme Measures

As a studio musician, Chad has recorded numerous projects for Disney World, Tokyo Disney, television, radio, and feature films including Danny Elfman’s score to the motion picture 'Extreme Measures'.

Chad received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (’96) and a Master’s deg ree in Conducting Performance (’99) from the University of Arizona. He currently resides in Windermere, Florida with his wife Susan and daughter Sophia Camille.


Plans set for Bolsover Summer School

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Centre Stage

Drum rolls please — and keep it deliberately quiet

February 24 • The new MP-Drum from Centre Stage Percussion is being unveiled at the North West Regional Championship.


2018 Spring Festival details announced

February 24 • The list of bands competing at the 98th British Open Spring Festival have been announced by the contest organisers.

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

Derek Renshaw

ABBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator.