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It seems Lydney have been rushed off their feet.


This year has been extremely busy year for the Band, which has made an average of two public appearances per month during the year. This is good publicity for our sponsors, Federal Mogul Camshafts Ltd. New venues visited this year included the beautiful park setting at Malvern, and the crowded streets of Newent for the 'Onion Fayre'.

Both events produced a really enthusiastic reception from listeners. Like most bands in the Forest of Dean, playing numbers have been up and down this year, and we have had to ask players around the Forest to help us out on occasions. This traffic travels both ways however, and many of our players have in turn been helping other bands. Players are currently required to fill a number of positions. (Any interested musicians out there please see our website for vacancy details). To try and generate some enthusiasm into our own playing, and to stimulate interest in other players in the Forest and beyond, we recently ran an OPEN REHEARSAL.

This is a new venture for us, inviting a professional conductor to take an open rehearsal where all players across the area interested in improving their playing or just playing some different music can get together for a ‘good blow’. We were delighted with the turn out on November 30th, seeing some old faces from the band's history (still good players I might add!), and some new faces to welcome. Thanks to them all for coming along for the afternoon and joining in with fellow enthusiasts. Andrew White MA, BEd(Hons), ADNCB, BBCM, PGCE, took the augmented band through its paces in rehearsal, and entertained us with his enthusiastic style of teaching.

The Band intends to repeat this type of event, and welcomes anyone to come along, either to listen, or play. Watch out for the advertisements next Spring. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters during 2003, and to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. — Kevin Ford, Chairman.

Brian Turner

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Ten grand reasons for celebration for A4 Brass Quartet

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Leonard retires after 25 years of innovative leadership

March 23 • Keith Leonard has announced his retirement as MD after 25 years of service with Derwent Brass.

Band Supplies

Great deals on offer from Band Supplies

March 23 • There are some brilliant ex-demo and second hand deals on at the moment from Band Supplies

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Black Dyke Band - Newtown (Powys)

Saturday 24 March • Theatre Hafren, Llanidloes Rd, Newtown SY16 4HU

Leyland Band - Annual Patrons' Concert

Sunday 25 March • Chorley Town Hall PR7 1DP

South London Fellowship Band - Royal Tunbridge Wells Songsters

Monday 26 March • The Salvation Army. Royal Tunbridge Wells Corps. Bayhall Road. Tunbridge Wells TN2 4UT

Foden's Band - Sandbach Town Hall - Heritage Launch

Tuesday 27 March • Sandbach Town Hall,High St, Sandbach CW11 1AX

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 24 • Our third section B Band are looking for Cornet and Trombone players. Rehearsals Friday's 7.00 - 8.15pm and Sunday mornings 10.00 - 12.15pm Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse. Our Saturday morning training band is also looking for players. All abilities.

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 24 • Second Section band we are looking for a 2nd Trombone and back row cornet. We have a busy concert calendar and a trip to Italy planned for August 2018. Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 23 • REPIANO CORNET are you the right person for this seat, we have a sensible mix of concerts and contests with a Germany trip in 2019. Also a 5th place at the yorkshire areas in the 1st section we are looking to build on this for the future.

David A. Stowell

Conductor and composer