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Just how much could a band with the will to win, at least 18 free weekends and players who won't mind having losing their social life, friends and family, pick upn if they entered just about every contest they could in a year?



With Fodens Richardson winning over £15,000 in 2007 at the various contests they appeared at, we wondered if you had a band full of players who didn’t mind being away just about every other weekend, and you got an invite to as many contests that were open to you as possible, just how much money could a band win?

Year long slog

Starting at Butlins in January and ending at the Scottish Open in late November we picked out as many as we could to see just how much money a band could make during 2007.

Starting at Butlins in January and ending at the Scottish Open in late November we picked out as many as we could to see just how much money a band could make during 20074BR


The problem of course is that you would still have to pay the conductor, bus, accommodation and expenses (including divorce fees, child maintainance after the missus will no doubt leave you!) out of it all—so would it be worthwhile, given that it costs around £25,000 a year to run a top class band?

These are the contests that could be won: (we may even have missed one or two possible venues out as we didn’t know the prize money at some—and it would give the band a chance to practice!)

The contests and the prize money:

1. Butlins — £6,000
2. Brass at the Guild — £700
3. Yeovil — £2,000
4. Porthcawl Miners — £1,000
5. Regionals Championship — £200
6. Tameside — £600
7. Europeans — £1,700
8. Grand Shield — £800
9. Masters — £4,000
10. Whit Friday
a) Tameside — £4,800 + £2,500 = £7,300
b) Saddleworth — £6,850 + £2,500 = £9,350
11. English Nationals — £5,000
12. Land O’ Burns — £2,500
13. Brass in the Park — £1,300
14. British Open — £3,000
15. National Finals — £2,500
16. Pontins — £2,500
17. Brass in Concert — £4,000
18. Scottish Open — £3,000

Grand Total + complete exhaustion = £58,450!

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.

Duncan A. Beckley

Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher