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Record entry for Butlins

There are a record number of bands geting their lips in shape for the first major contest festival of the year, as Butlins announce the line up of competitors for Skegness.



Butlins Resort Skegness has informed 4BR that they are pleased to announce a record number of entries for their forthcoming Mineworkers Brass Band Festival which will take place over the weekend of January 19 to 22.

All five sections will compete on Saturday January 20 playing the set test pieces and the Championship section also features an entertainment contest on Sunday January 21.

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Competing bands

Championship Section:
Test Piece: (Northern Lights — Philip Wilby)

Tongwynlais Temperance
Yorkshire Imperial
United Coop Milnrow

First Section:
Test Piece: Music For The Common Man — Kenneth Downie

Becontree Brass
Bedford Town Band
Bedworth Brass
City Of Cambridge
Ellington Colliery
Enderby Band
Foresters Brass 2000
GT Group (Peterlee)
Gresley Colliery
Haslingden & Helmshore
Hopkins Blidworth Colliery
Innovate Skelmanthorpe
Ipswich & Norwich Coop
Jackfield Elcock Reisen
Markham & District
Pontardulais Town Band
Sandhurst Silver
Shirland Welfare Training
The Riddings Band
United Yorkshire Coop
Lockwood Brass

Second Section:
Test Piece: Kaleidoscope — Philip Sparke

Betteshanger Welfare
Carlton Brass
Chinnor Silver
City Of Coventry
Frickley South Elmsall
Hitchin Band
Lewis Merthyr Band
Shirebrook MW Band
The Cawston Band
The Egham Band
The Harborough Band
The Kippax Band
Unity Brass
Wansbeck's Ashington
Yiewsley & West Drayton
East London Brass

Third Section:
Test Piece: Edwin Of Northumbria — Keith Wardle

Barrow Concert
BMP Europe Goodshaw
Dronfield CMW
Flixton Band
Kirkby Colliery Welfare
Leicester Cooperative SMW
Maltby Miners Welfare
Moulton 77 Brass
Rockingham Band
Stantonbury Brass
The Heyl Band
The Matlock Band
Waterbeach Brass
Whitworth Vale & Healey
Woodbridge Excelsior Band
Dodworth Colliery MW

Fourth Section:
Test Piece: The Journeyman — Ray Steadman-Allen

Bestwood "Black Diamonds"
Creswell Colliery Welfare
Dunstan Silver
Market Rasen RPC
Royston Town Band
Skegness Silver
Tewkesbury Band
The Martlesham Band
Thoresby Colliery Youth
Thurcroft Welfare
Welbeck Estates
Whitwell Brass

Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

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

Chinnor Silver

November 20 • Despite winning the 2nd section at the GBBA contest we still need a Bb BASS to complete our line up. Good but realistic book of concerts and concerts planned.. We have well attended rehearsals on a Wednesday in our own bandroom.

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

James McLeod

BMus (hons)
Euphonium Soloist, Teacher and Conductor