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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.




Thundersley Brass Band - Visit the Vulcan - Open Day

Sunday 19 August • London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS26YU


Ibstock Brick Brass - Ibstock Country Fair

Sunday 19 August • Ibstock Showground. Pretoria Road. Ibstock. Leicestershire LE676LN


Black Dyke Band - St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

Saturday 1 September • Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2EY


Contest: 166th British Open

Saturday 8 September • Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Black Dyke Band - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert, Birmingham

Sunday 9 September • Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA


Frampton on Severn Silver Band

August 19 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, particularly cornets, baritone and basses, but all are welcome. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.


Trentham Brass Band

August 19 • Trombone players needed! Due to relocation, Trentham Brass Band have vacancies in their trombone section. We are a friendly band based in Stoke-on-Trent, rehearsing on Friday and Sunday evenings in our own band room. Confidentiality guaranteed.


Jubilee brass (Oxford) band

August 19 • Friendly 3rd section band, Jubilee brass oxford are looking to complete their trombone & bass sections. We are a sociable friendly group who practice twice a week. All other instruments welcome, come along and see what we are about, you will be welcome


Duncan A. Beckley

BA, QTS, LTCL, FTCL, ARCM
Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher