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Queen's Service Award for NZ bandsman

One of the most respected SA bandsmen in New Zealand will receive a New Year's Honour from the Queen.


As well as a trio of MBE's awarded to musicians involved in the UK brass band movement, news has reached 4BR that David Howan was awarded the Queens Service Award for Services to Brass Bands in the New Zealand New Year Honours list.

Over 50 years

David has been in the Wellington South Band of the Salvation Army for over 54 years, which included 13 as Deputy Bandmaster and 14 as Bandmaster.

On retirement he conducted the Wellington Divisional Band for 5 years and is currently playing solo cornet with them at present.

He has been very active with the New Zealand Brass Band Association over many years in administration, and has adjudicated at several National, Area and Solo contests.

He has been very active with the New Zealand Brass Band Association over many years in administration, and has adjudicated at several National, Area and Solo contests4BR

Last Post

He still is the official Bugler for the Kilbirnie Branch of the Returned Servicemen’s Association, and has played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ at Anzac Day services and RSA Funerals for 23 years.

Dr Bob Childs

Father, son and the Flowers post...

April 25 • Dr Robert Childs will take over from David Childs as the new Musical Director of Flowers Band.


Report & Result: 2018 Band Cymru Final

April 24 • Cory head to Utrecht with a lucrative televised win to boost their confidence and coffers.


Report & Result: 2018 Flemish Open

April 24 • Hauts de France are second to none as they lead the way in the international battles fought at the Flemish Open in Mechelen on the weekend.

David Childs

Atlantic crossing and global outreach for Childs

April 23 • David Childs accepts new academic role in the USA as well as being featured in this year's Proms Concerts in the UK.

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

Egremont Junior Band - Egremont Town Band and Workington Town Band

Friday 27 April • Workington CA14 3AW

Wotton and District Silver Band - Tom Hutchinson

Saturday 28 April • St Mary's Church, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7LS

Black Dyke Band - Lincoln Cathedral

Saturday 28 April • Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX

Silver Spectrum Wind Band

April 24 • Brass Players wanted for established Sheffield based wind band. MD George Morton.. Rehearsals Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 pm. We enter the NCBF festival where we have gained many gold awards and on one occasion a platinum.. Wind players also welcome to apply.

The Corsham Band

April 24 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

Hathern Band

April 23 • Hathern Band are looking for a PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM to join their Championship Section Band. This position has become vacant because the present player wishes to retire. We are looking for a committed player to fill this key seat. www.hathernband.co.uk.

Sandy Smith

Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger