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2015: August

August 26, 2015
Sandy Smith hits the right soapbox spot, more ringers, a Grimey first is questioned and the Australians look for support in Scotland as we head towards the British Open.


2015: April

April 14, 2015
More from the postbag and social media — from balanced judges and forgetting the classics to a mystery tuba player and more...


2014: August

August 28, 2014
A couple more tasty little opinions to share in the post box over the last couple of days...


2014: April

April 17, 2014
From strange blokes to rabid generalisations via lost audiences and policing the Miner's Strike. It's a bumper post bag (but keep them short)


2014 March:

March 26, 2014
The post bag returns with plenty of strong opinions to get you a bit hot under the banding collar.


2015: January

January 30, 2014
The return of the comments (which now include comments made on the 4BR Facebook site).

From Brass in Concert and Butlins to player shortages, poverty and Je Suis Charlie...


2014: January

January 28, 2014
More from the great banding postbag with opinions on cuts and re-grading, youth fads, PRS action and even Christmas carolling...


2013: December

December 27, 2013
We end the year with weak willed judges, Welsh questions and a touch of realism...


2013: November

November 30, 2013
From a pointless 4BR to a bit of Manley help via Brass in Concert and the 1948 touring Australian cricket team.


2013: October

October 31, 2013
SBBA gives heavyweight response to hard hitting concerns over National Youth Band of Scotland...


2013: September

September 12, 2013
The start of reactions from the British Open to plenty of discussion about Doctor's notes....


2013: August

August 30, 2013
Now here's a couple of tasty little additions to end the month — one a question of Doctors and Professors from the British Open composer and the other about registration issues...


2013: July

July 25, 2013
More comments from a busy post bag — from the new direction at BBE to the Proms and even a bit of the right Gene Kelly...


2013: April

April 4, 2013
Apologises for the postal delays in the comments section, but we are now back on track with a full postbag to delve into once again...


2013: January

January 17, 2013
From Stanshawe to Mrs Dale's diary.... the joys of a January postbag.


2012: December

December 18, 2012
More from Santa's postbag of all I want for Christmas opinions....


2012: November

November 30, 2012
Poor advert from Grimethorpe, cases of deja vu, the registry history and even a touch of Welsh racism. Not that is what is called an interesting postbag...


2012: October (part 2)

October 27, 2012
More woes of turmoil and fault as our readers express their opinions on everything from Dyke's 9th place to the battle for registration.


2012: October

October 15, 2012
The Bolsover debate goes on — with a bit of a go at the Welsh too...


2012: September

September 27, 2012
From the Registry and Cheltenham to miners, orders and the late, great Iwan Williams...




Tredegar Town Band - Mussorgsky meets Mozart

Wednesday 20 June • ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham. B4 7XR


Black Dyke Band - Halifax Choral Society

Saturday 23 June • Victoria Theatre, 2 Fountain St, Halifax HX1 1BP


The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF


Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD


York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ


Witney Town Band

June 19 • A friendly 4th section band based in West Oxfordshire require Front row cornet and Second Horn. We rehearse from 7:30 - 9.30pm pm every Tuesday at Witney Methodist Church, High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HG. .


Torbay Brass Band

June 19 • Torbay Brass Band is looking for trombone and cornet players to join their current set up. We are a friendly hard working group who really would welcome such players into our fold. So if you are looking to join a band or returning to playing....?


Crewe Brass

June 19 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.


Paul Andrews


Conductor, Band trainer, Adjudicator, Instrument Repairer - Brasstoff