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Christmas Countdown — 2 days to go

You've read what 4BR wants for Christmas, so we asked someone else what they wanted for 2008 — Kenny Crookston, Editor of British Bandsman

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Kenny Crookston is the Editor of British Bandsman and one of the most influential commentators on the current brass band movement. 4BR caught up with him before his Christmas break to see what he would like to see happening in the banding world over the next 12 months.

This is his 2008 wish list...

1. Contest organisers to give more thought to the appointment of adjudicators rather than just choosing whichever ones are available from a list in some cases, especially in youth contests, where it isn't unknown for some of them to be seven or eight times the age of many competitors.

There are hundreds of much younger musicians out there more than capable of doing the job and a youth contest would be a good breeding ground for the badly needed next generation.

2. Bands and conductors to finally realise that getting everyone except the bus driver to get on their feet after a performance in order to prolong the applause makes not a bit of difference to all but the least competent adjudicators.

3. Contest organisers to invite feedback from competitors re choice of test-pieces in subsequent years.

Competitors at band contests to realise that there is much more to be learnt by listening to other bands than there is sitting in the pubKenny Crookston, Editor, British Bandsman

4a. Competitors at band contests to realise that there is much more to be learnt by listening to other bands than there is sitting in the pub, thus enhancing their chances of success at the next contest and giving them a more valid opinion.

4b. Every contest organiser that has a venue that is nowhere near sold out to provide a free, unreserved area for competitors, thus giving them a valid alternative to the pub.

5. Bands in England and Wales to finally realise the long-term benefits of having a single controlling body for the organisation of the brass band movement.

Every other banding nation has one and the balance of power will continue to shift away from its roots as long as that is the case.



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Jones

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Drum rolls please — and keep it deliberately quiet

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Spring

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.


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre SN14 8PG


The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

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


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre. Hayfield. Marshfield SN14 8PG


The Cobham Band -

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


Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

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


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


Alan Fernie

DRSAM, Dip.NCOS
Arranger, composer, adjudicator, conductor