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The joy of sax — 2019 Saxhorn Fest makes a worldwide impression...

February 6, 2019
Almost half a million people know a bit more about the musical joys of the tenor horn and baritone thanks to the success of the Saxhorn Fest led by Katrina Marzella-Wheeler and Helen Varley.


Trepanning for excellence — Light bulb open mindedness at the RNCM Festival of Brass

January 24, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the most vital showcase for brass banding excellence in the UK at the RNCM Brass Band Festival in Manchester this weekend.


2019 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — As it happened

January 13, 2019
All the action from the 2019 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - As it happened.


2019 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Preview & Predictions

January 10, 2019
The overture to the 2019 contesting year is provided at Skegness this weekend when 70 bands battle for the Butlins accolades and hefty cash prizes...


Walking in the Air — How to build a magical brass band Snowman

January 9, 2019
Inspiration, hard work and plenty of vision has helped East London Brass bring an iconic Christmas tale to magical brass band life in the heart of their community.


4BR Spotlight interview — 5 minutes or so with Rex Richardson

January 8, 2019
We spend five minutes or so in the company of the great American trumpet star and brass band lover Rex Richardson - with another five minutes or more to come...


2019 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — From Benvenuto Cellini to Saddleworth Moor...

January 6, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the very particular tests of musical ambition that will face the bands in Skegness.


Better than winning the National — One player's incredible SwabforSykes donation experience

January 5, 2019
Foden's cornet player Adrian Beresford signed up for the #SwabforSykes campaign in March 2017 - resulting in an incredible personal experience that has seen him potentially save the life of a woman across the Atlantic Ocean...




The Cobham Band - Best of Brass Concert

Saturday 23 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton Surrey KT7 0LQ


Milton Keynes Brass - Charity Concert with Church Without Walls

Saturday 23 February • Broughton Fields Primary School. Milton Road. Broughton MK10 9LS


Black Dyke Band - Doncaster Minster

Saturday 23 February • 9 Church St, Doncaster DN1 1RD


Elland Silver Band -

Saturday 23 February • Brooksbank School Victoria road Elland H50QG


Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & March

Sunday 24 February • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ


The Corsham Band

February 21 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.


Arrow Valley Brass

February 20 • Third Section based in Inkberrow Worcs. Main rehearsal Sun. am. Seek MUSICAL DIRECTOR. Extensive programme of engagements small number of contests.Expenses etc. by negotiation.Further information ring 01527852485 or from arrowvalleybrass.co.uk


Poulton-le-Fylde

February 20 • Poulton-le-Fylde Band (based near Blackpool in North-West), vacancies for Trombone (Tenor), Euphonium & Kit player. Our friendly band offers a good mix of contests/concerts. We are also flexible and welcome players of all ages/abilities


Stan Lippeatt

BA, LRSM
Conductor, adjudicator, tutor