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4BR in numbers

With Christmas fast approaching—here are a few festive numbers—some true—some that could be true, to ponder over as you start your Christmas packing of prezzies…

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415—the number of telephone calls Band Managers will have made over the festive period trying to get bandsmen out doing a bit of fund raising carolling.

413 — the number of different excuses made by bandsman trying to get out of doing it.

236—the number of unreturned band jackets from guest players to bands after they have ‘helped out’ after concerts.

1—the number picked out of the hat at the draw for the National Finals by Grimethorpe’s and Black Dyke at the British Open this year.

3758—the number of times the word schardenfreude was used to describe the feelings of the players from other bands on hearing the news.

17658—the number of extra quick Nurofen tablets taken by bandsmen and women on the Sunday morning at Pontins.

26—the number of fancy dress costumes already booked by bands as part of their ‘comedy’ routines for the forthcoming Butlins Mineworkers Contest.

17658—the number of extra quick Nurofen tablets taken by bandsmen and women on the Sunday morning at Pontins4BR

87—the number of MDs who wished their former bands ‘the very best in the future’ after getting the sack this year.

87—the number of MDs who genuinely meant it.

127—the number of players from outside the UK who will be signed to play for top section contenders at major contests, only to return to their original bands within 24 hours of actually playing on stage.

15—the number of conductors who will request that they be addressed as either Professor, Doctor, His Lordship, Archbishop or His Excellency Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and the Last King of Scotland, in contest programmes during 2009.

63—the number of ‘2012 Cultural Olympic’ initiatives that will be found to have no mention of brass bands in them during the next 12 months.

18799—the number of spelling mistakes highlighted on 4BR during the past 12 months.

3—the number of truly excellent performances of ‘Pentacle’ to be heard at the Regional Championships next year.

210—the number of times ‘Le Corsair’ will be played as an overture by Black Dyke at a concert in 2009.

0—hopefully the number of brass bands that will go out of business during 2009—last year saw at least 5 championship bands and many more further down the contesting tree.



Sage

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.


hands

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.


Your Logo Here

Big, little, large or small for Your Logo Here

November 17 • It doesn't matter about the size or number for Your Logo Here — just ask and we can keep everyone feeling part of your banding team...


Cymfuna

Welsh heavyweights join forces under one roof

November 17 • Cory and Tredegar renew their support for the Ty Cerdd organisation that helps promote and celebrate music making in Wales.


Concert - Brass in Concert Gala Concert

Friday 17 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR


Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR


The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Billingham Forum Theatre

Saturday 18 November • Billingham Forum Theatre. Queensway. Stockton-on-Tees. TS23 2LJ


Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY


Cory Band - Brass in Concert Gala Concert

Saturday 18 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.


Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance


East London Brass

November 17 • Champ band under their INSPIRATIONAL MD Jayne Murrill are looking for a top quality BASS TROMBONE player to join our team. Lots of exciting projects (concerts and contests) lined up in the next 2 years.


Sandy Smith


Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger