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Christmas Countdown — 4 days to go

Just time for 4BR to send Santa our Christmas list for 2008...



Dear Santa:

These are a few things we would like to see in our stockings this Christmas morning. We’ve been good boys all year—promise.

1. An increased entry list for all the Area contests in 2008. Last year it shrunk to just over 500 and it would be nice to see a few more bands in the mix come March.

2. A proposal to scrap closed adjudication in the Fourth Section to start with and opt for a relaxation of rules to encourage more competing bands at the bottom of the contesting ladder. (You do it in your home country Santa so please bring it here)

3. The judges to speak at all contests prior to results next year, so that they can explain to the paying public just how and why they picked the bands they did.

4. Harrogate to become a nicer place to hold a brass band contest.

5. Cornet players to get a reality check and forget about trying to think they can pay a trumpet like Wynton Marsalis at entertainment contests.

6. Ban directional playing, or standing where not marked.

7. Conductors to stop milking applause by getting everyone plus the tea lady to take a bow after a performance.

8. No cheating or jumping the queue at Whit Friday.

9. Accurate re-appraisal of entertainment marks at the Action Research Youth Contest.

10. No Norwegian equivalent of the Whistler at the European Gala Concert in Stavanger in 2008.

Anything else would be a bonus….


Stars Signal intent at Cosford Open Day

November 24 • Ian Porthouse, Katrina Marzella, Richard Marshall, Nick Hudson, Simon Gresswell and Helen Varley will be leading an Open Day alongside The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals at RAF Cosford next week — and you can be there!


International flavour to the Scottish Open in Perth

November 24 • There is a cross border, cross ocean feel to the Scottish Open Championship in Perth this weekend.

Swiss flag

Swiss contenders ready to seek Eden in Montreux

November 24 • 67 bands will compete for the various Swiss National titles in Montreux this weekend, with the best seeking a trip to Utrecht by creating their perfect Eden.


A4 look to invigorate quartet writing with new initiative

November 24 • The A4 Brass Quartet is hoping a new composer competition will help reinvigorate the art of brass ensemble writing...

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