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2015: July

July 26, 2015
We return with our strong editorial views on competitive fairness, ABBA taking a lead and maintaining the shop front experience of independent retailers.


2015: April

March 31, 2015
This month we give our opinions on the costs of quality judgement, improving Ball skills and in praise of the rules...


2015: February

February 22, 2015
This month we look at the need for cultural change at the National Youth Band of Great Britain, the need for regional pyramid building and praise the élan of the French...


2015: January

December 29, 2014
The return of hard hitting views on the banding world — from Brass Bands England able to justify its new found funding and the EBBA needing to start setting rules, to the welcome indiscretions of the Swiss.


2014: July

July 6, 2014
A return to the usual strong 4BR opinions on the increase in BBE funding, EEBA's need for change and in praise of solo contests


2014: April

April 9, 2014
This month we give our opinion on the deserving poor, radical top flight reform and praise our American friends...


2014: February

February 3, 2014
This month we give our opinions on how to make the politicians listen, wonder about Scottish independence and praise our contesting diversity


2014: January

January 8, 2014
We open 2014 with our views on the time to make cuts, why youth investment should be no fad and praise all those who went out carolling...


2013: December

December 6, 2013
The 4BR editorial opinions on thinking outside the entertainment box, adding contest purpose and in praise of the Swiss...


2013: November

October 31, 2013
The 4BR editorial opinions on appreciating our composers, a welcome return to the box and in praise of the Welsh...


2013: August

July 31, 2013
Our views on standing up and being counted, support not control and in praise of a sense of adventure.


2013: July

July 20, 2013
The return of the 4BR editorial — with our views on the right man for the job at BBE, dynamic obesity and in praise of the bandstand concert.


2013: January

January 13, 2013
This month we give our opinions on Grimethorpe's impression of Mr Micawber, financial landmarks and praise the continued excellence of the RNCM Festival of Brass.


2012: December

December 4, 2012
This month we give our thoughts on Brass Band England's possible Walter Mitty, the reality of Brass in Concert and praise a Scottish politician...


2012: November

November 1, 2012
This month we give our opinion on a fight Brass Bands England cannot win, ABBA's proactive response to Bolsover and praise the new double champions of Foden's.


The fight against discrimination

October 15, 2012
4BR states its position against discrimination in all its ugly forms.


2012: October

September 30, 2012
This month we give our opinions on the future of a brass band registry, musical problems in Norway and praise the great Howard Snell.


2012: June

June 2, 2012
This month were gave our opinion on boldness at the Nationals, innovation at Brass in Concert and the Spring Festival and praise the audiences at the Europeans.


2012: April

April 20, 2012
This month we give our opinion on the message of the BFBB, the price of loyalty and praise the Spring Festival.


2012: January

January 18, 2012
This month we give our opinion on the endemic cancer of player borrowing, Brass in Concert's welcome lead and praise 20 years of Mark Wilkinson at Foden's.




Contest: Welsh Open

Saturday 16 February • The Grand Pavilion, The Esplanade, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW


Newstead Brass - Contest Countdown

Sunday 17 February • Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7DJ


Foden's Band - Annual Patrons Concert

Tuesday 19 February • Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Black Dyke Band - Doncaster Minster

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


The Cobham Band - Best of Brass Concert

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


Blidworth Welfare Band

February 16 • *Solo Cornet* a great opportunity has arrived for a player to join our friendly and progressive band. Blidworth Welfare Band is a Championshop section band in Notts 15mins from J27 M1. We have sensible diary of concerts and contests


Freckleton Band

February 15 • We have a vacancy for a 2nd trombone player, although the solo trombone position would be available to the right person. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme.


Freckleton Band

February 15 • Freckleton Band have a vacancy for a 2nd baritone player. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme. Rehearsal nights are Mondays and Thursdays.


John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor