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2013 UniBrass draw revealed

The student bands taking part in the 2013 UniBrass contest now know if they have to get up before Countdown to take part in the great 2013 event.



The draw has been made for the UniBrass contest, which will take place at Lancaster University Great Hall on Saturday 16th February next year.

Reigning champions

Reigning champions Brass United from the Royal Northern College of Music will defend their honour in the new Elite Section against Marylebone Brass in what promises to be a high class climax to the day.

Oxbridge start and finish

Before that though, 14 bands will battle it out for the Championship title in a contest that is bookended by ensembles from the two oldest rivals in the business—the dark blues of Oxford and light blues of Cambridge.

Last year’s runner-up University of Huddersfield and third placed local favourites Lancaster University return once more against a field of keen student rivals.

Championship Contest:


1. University of Oxford
2. Keele University
3. University of Southampton
4. University of Manchester
5. University of York
6. University of Warwick
7. Durham University


8. University of Huddersfield
9. Lancaster University
10. University of Birmingham
11. Bangor University
12. Cardiff University
13. University of Hull
14. University of Cambridge

Elite Contest:

1. Marylebone Brass
2. Brass United (Royal Northern College of Music)

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Hitchin Band

March 20 • BASS TROMBONE VACANCY - Hitchin Band (promoted to Championship as of 2019) are looking for a bass trombone player to fill our vacancy. We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.

Milnrow Band

March 20 • 2nd EUPHONIUM and 2 FIRST CLASS CORNET PLAYERS. We have immediate vacancies for a 2nd Euphonium & 2 Cornet players (positions negotiable). We rehearse Mon/Thur 8pm-10pm in our own bandroom in Milnrow, situated just off J21 M62 and accessible via Metrolink.

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Stan Lippeatt

Conductor, adjudicator, tutor