History lessons — Learning from the past to meet future challenges

June 21, 2024
Brass band historian Tim Mutum asks whether banding in the UK can survive another elemental challenge if we are not prepared to change.

2024 Whit Friday — Images from Delph

May 28, 2024
Photographer Aaron Haynes was out and about at Delph on Whit Friday to record the action and entertainment.

In the spirit of a Grand Day out? — Personal thoughts for debate

May 24, 2024
Paul Gomersall wonders if we are only really interested in paying lip service to the true spirit of contest banding...

2024 Whit Friday — Celebrating a unique tradition

May 21, 2024
The popular and lucrative Whit Friday contests will hopefully bring the very best out of bands, participants and visitors this year.

Generator AMPS — Katrina Marzella-Wheeler leads inclusive support for conductors

May 16, 2024
Katrina Marzella-Wheeler recently spearheaded a conducting workshop aimed at getting everyone playing together under a baton.

2024 European Brass Band Championships — Test piece review: A Road Less Travelled By

May 1, 2024
Philip Sparke takes on the role of a musical anatomist with his latest major test piece work.

2024 European Brass Band Championships — Own choice works

April 30, 2024
New as well as familiar blockbusters will be on show in both the Championship and Challenge Sections in Palanga.

2024 European Brass Band Championships — A road worth travelling

April 29, 2024
It has been a journey full of frustrations to finally get to Palanga, but it is sure to well worth it now that the destination has finally been reached.

2024 ConsTest Birmingham Open — Live coverage

April 6, 2024
4BR is at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to bring you coverage of the second edition of the popular own-choice competition.

2024 NABBA Championships — America decides

April 5, 2024
Tony Granados of the NABBA Board in the Adjudication, Music and Contest committees explains how the judging system will work at the US National Championships in Alabama this weekend.

Picture postcards — Images from the 2024 National Youth Champs

March 28, 2024
There were some great pictures that caught a flavour of a brilliant day of musical making at the National Youth Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham.

Take 5 — Opinion points from the Regional Championships

March 27, 2024
Five things open to discussion from the recent series of competitive events around the country.

4BR Hall of Fame — No. 29: Major George H Willcocks MBE, MVO

February 29, 2024
Tim Mutum looks back at the remarkable life and brass band career of a musician who still evokes immediate admiration and respect 60 years and more after his death.

Empowering Futures — Grimethorpe's education outreach ambition

February 23, 2024
One of UK's most famous bands is investing in the education of future generations of players to help rejuvenate community brass band music making.

Take 5 — Highlights from the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival

February 8, 2024
Five things that caught the imagination and gained deserved acclaim at the recent RNCM International Brass Band Festival in Manchester.

Right or wrong? — That thorny topic of trust

February 6, 2024
Brass band writer Christopher Thomas adds his thoughts on adjudication trust and integrity and how he believes we all have a part to play in its reform and modernisation.

4BR Interview — Air Specialist (Class 1) Alan Thomas

February 4, 2024
Former City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Alan Thomas tells 4BR why swapping a civilian musical life for one in the RAF was one of the best decisions he has made.

Grading true excellence — What banding can learn from rugby league

January 24, 2024
Can brass banding learn from the radical approach of rugby league to evaluate the right levels of competitive success on and off the field of play.

Take 5 — Five early season events not to miss

January 22, 2024
Lots to look forward to in the early part of 2024, but these five events should top your 'not to miss' list .

Pause for thought — Time to trust our judges

January 17, 2024
In the first of a new series 4BR Editor Iwan Fox argues that it is time to pay the price of simply trusting the expertise of our judges.

4BR Hall of Fame — No. 28: Frank Wright MBE

January 10, 2024
Tim Mutum looks back on the life of the Australian musician who became one of the most important figures in the post war banding world in the UK.

From darkness to light — 4BR talks to Eliot Darwin

January 6, 2024
Conductor Eliot Darwin made the most important decision of all when circumstances beyond his control took a horrific turn in the wrong direction. Now though he is looking forward to the start of an exciting new chapter in his musical life.

Pontardulais Town Band - Annual Concert - The storytellers present.....

Saturday 22 June • Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, Caecerrig Road, Pontarddulais. SA4 8PD

Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Strata Brass

Sunday 23 June • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW

Wotton-under-Edge Silver Band - Foden's Band

Sunday 23 June • Renishaw Innovation Centre,. New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge,. Gloucestershire GL12 8JR

West Midlands Police Band - Sovereign Brass and Brett Baker (Trombone)

Sunday 23 June • Tipton Green Methodist Church. Park Lane West. Tipton. Sandwell. DY1 4QF

Brass Bands England - Youth Fest 2024

Friday 28 June • Barnsley Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ

Rainford Band

June 22 • North West Championship Section Rainford Band are inviting applications for a Solo Baritone player. . We rehearse on Monday and Thursday evenings 19.45 - 21.45 in our band room with good links to M6 and M62 motorways.

Harlow Brass Band

June 20 • Come and join our friendly and welcoming band. We have vacancies for TROMBONES, BACK ROW CORNETS AND PERCUSSION. We hold our own Spring and Christmas Concerts and play at various local events throughout the year.

Haverhill Silver Band

June 20 • HSB has a vacancy for a first-class trombone player from mid-September due to relocation for university. With a busy concert programme and upcoming contests including Wychavon and the Senior Cup, this is a great opportunity for the right player!

Lt Col David Barringer MBE

BMus (Hons)
Conductor and adjudicator


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