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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.


Brass Bands England to help lead support of a nation's thanks

February 23 • Brass Bands England will help promote 'Battles Over' — a unique commemoration of the end of the First World War, 100 years to the day the guns finally fell silent.

David King

National Champions look for Odyssey repeat

February 23 • Brighouse & Rastrick will be opening their doors for a sneak preview of their 'Odyssey' preparations.


Strata build Regional hopes on new foundations

February 23 • Strata Brass will head to Huddersfield next weekend with a number of new signings in the ranks.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

February 23 • More great music from Chris Helme in the heartland of Yorkshire banding

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Chamber Ensemble

Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW

Elland Silver Band -

Saturday 24 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH

Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH

The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ

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

Thundersley Brass Band

February 20 • Thundersley Brass, a Championship section band based in Benfleet, Essex are welcoming applicants for the following positions (seats negotiable)from April 2018:. Eb Bass. BBb Bass.

David Barringer

Conductor and Adjudicator