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ABBA up and running for 2011

The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators set the ball rolling with their New Year AGM and test piece workshop.



The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators made sure they started 2011 up and running, with an excellent turnout of members for their annual general meeting and test piece workshop at Cleckheaton Sports Centre in Yorkshire.

Following appropriate annual reports, the existing executive committee was unanimously by returned in post for another year.


In the first presentation of a full day, Simone Rebello gave an enlightening presentation on the importance of post contest speaking and presentation — the transcript of which will be published on the ABBA website.

Joint workshop

Members were then joined for a hot lunch by a number of guests, which included officers from three Regional Committees, and Officers of No2 Area of the NABBC.

The afternoon session was taken up with the Regional Test Piece Workshop jointly hosted by the two Associations.

Over 100

Well in excess of one hundred interested conductors, players and enthusiasts joined the assembled ABBA members and guests, with representation from at least five regions of the UK.

The Drighlington Band under conductor Jim Davis was the well prepared and hard working ensemble employed for the event and covered the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Section Regional test pieces.

David Hirst presented the 2nd Section piece, whilst the other two were under the guidance of Philip Harper. On hand to offer advice on any percussion concerns was Simone Rebello.

To say that that the assembled audience became fully involved in the proceedings would be an understatement. Without doubt this was a most constructive and enjoyable eventPRO, Mal Brownbill


ABBA PRO Officer Mal Brownbill told 4BR: "To say that that the assembled audience became fully involved in the proceedings would be an understatement. Without doubt this was a most constructive and enjoyable event."

In their vote of thanks both Chairmen highlighted the constructive and friendly atmosphere that was generated throughout the proceedings, as conductors, players and adjudicators joined together in the furtherance of improving musical standards.


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Walsall Brass Band - Willenhall Singers

Saturday 18 November • Sneyd Communnity Centre, Vernon Way, Bloxwich, Walsall. WS3 2PA

Rushden Town Band -

Saturday 18 November • Park Rd Baptist Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0RW

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

Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY

Black Dyke Band - Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 18 November • Carriganore Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus tbc

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.

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

Duncan A. Beckley

Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher