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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…

4BR

 

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.



Warwick Arts Centre

Result: 2018 National Youth Championships of Great Britain: Championship Section

April 22 • Youth Brass 2000 retains its Championship Section National crown in Warwickshire.


Wardle Junior Blast

Result: 2018 National Youth Championships of Great Britain: Beginners Section

April 22 • It's a winning 'Blast' from Wardle as they retain the Beginners Section title in Warwick.


wardle academy

Result: 2018 National Youth Championships of Great Britain: Intermediate Section

April 22 • Wardle Academy takes the Intermediate Section honours in Warwick and receives an invitation to compete at the European Youth Championships in Montreaux in 2019.


wardle academy

Result: 2018 National Youth Championships of Great Britain: Junior Section

April 22 • Wardle Academy Juniors takes the Junior Section honours in Warwick.


Foden's Band - Sandbach Transport Festival

Sunday 22 April • Sandbach Town Centre CW11 1AE


Contest: National Youth Championships

Sunday 22 April • Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry CV4 7AL


The Hepworth Band - Wakefield Grammar School Foundation Chorus

Sunday 22 April • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS). Northgate. Wakefield WF1 3QX


Lofthouse Brass Band - Mayor's Annual Charity Concert

Monday 23 April • Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, Ossett WF5 8BE WF5 8BE


Regent Hall Concerts - Clarendon Brass Ensemble

Friday 27 April • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Lofthouse Brass Band

April 23 • Lofthouse Brass Band require a DRUMMER to complete their line up. We are a friendly 3rd section band who rehearse on Thursday evenings 7.30pm - 9pm and Saturday mornings 10am - 12noon at Outwood WMC.


Lindley Band

April 22 • TUTTI CORNET required to join friendly team who enjoy a sensible balance of contests and high quality engagements under the direction of our new MD Rob Westacott. We rehearse Monday and Wednesday evenings in our own bandroom just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24.


Lindley Band

April 22 • FIRST HORN required to join friendly team who enjoy a sensible balance of contests and high quality engagements under the direction of our new MD Rob Westacott. We rehearse Monday and Wednesday evenings in our modern bandroom just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24.


Nigel Seaman

ARMCM ARNCM
Conductor, band trainer, teacher and adjudicator