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Could Mr McCann be making a playing comeback?

Could Phillip McCann be the man to make a short term return to assist the National Champions? The rumour mill is in overtime again!


It seems you cannot keep the National Champions out of the news, as once more the rumour mill has come up with some unsubstantiated news that Phillip McCann could be in line to make a helping hand return to his former alma mater at Fairey's.

It seems that the former Black Dyke Principal Cornet may help the band out in the short term period for concerts only as something of a temporary measure before the announcement of the new Principal Cornet for the band can be revealed.

Phillip McCann of course made his name in the late 1960's with the band before he departed to further glory at Black Dyke. He did make a return a few years ago, but has primarily been making a fine repuation for himself as a MD with the likes of Whitburn and the now rejuvenated Sellers International.

Bookies in the banding world have been taking bets on who the new man will be at Fairey's (it will be a man it seems), but as yet we understand no decision on a permenant new Principal has been made. Names mentioned range from Matt Baker to Lee Rigg or a return to former Principal, Brian Taylor. We will let you know when we can.


Results: 2017 LBBA Open

November 23 • Wantage leads the prize winners at the Leicestershire BBA Open contest


Report & Results: 2017 North Wales BBA Rally

November 23 • Northop gains confidence a boost as it eyes 2018 Area qualification, whilst there are wins for Porthaethwy Menai Bridge, Northop Training, Beaumaris Youth and Llangollen in a great day of competition in Ruthin.


Brass bands feature on BBC Radio 4 flagship news programme

November 22 • There was a feature item on the perception of brass bands on the Radio 4 flagship evening news programme PM today...


Report & Results: 2017 GBBA March & Own Choice contest

November 22 • Forest of Dean Brass lead the way in an encouraging day of contesting in Cheltenham.

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN

Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ

Olney Brass

November 23 • 2nd Trombones, look no further. We are looking for a 2nd trombone to join our band. We are an ambitious 3rd section band with a new MD, winning the ODBBA winter contest 2017. Any other instruments, we would be interested to talk, please get in touch.

The Corsham Band

November 23 • With promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018 the band are now looking to fill a couple of vacancies. One back row cornet (2nd or 3rd) plus an EEb Bass.

Thoresby Colliery Band

November 22 • Sadly due to work commitments we are looking for an experienced Percussionist to join our friendly and progressive Band. The Band has experienced a recent run of good form and is currently enjoying a sensible mix of contests, concerts and recordings.

Neil Samuel