30th anniversary celebrations for Brass Band World magazine

The leading brass band publication celebrates a special milestone with its 301st issue.

  The pioneering magazine celebrates its 30th anniversary with its 301st edition

This month's special 30th anniversary edition of Brass Band World and BBW Digital magazine is out now — packed with news, views, opinions and reviews that add up to essential reading.

Founding principles

BBW's founding Editor, Robert Mulholland published the magazine's first edition in February 1991, and in doing so began a journey that revolutionised the brass band media landscape.

In this month's edition…


Today's BBW Editor, David Childs, looks back over 30 years, delving into the rich history of the magazine and, together with a number of brass band luminaries, explores the impact the publication has made during its lifetime.


The BBW Interview — Chief Contributor, Christopher Thomas, probes three of the brass band world's brightest creative lights during BBW's three decades of publishing, Edward Gregson, Philip Wilby and Philip Sparke, provoking fascinating insights about how far repertoire has developed and where its future lies.


Lisa Fitzgerald-Lombard delves back into the last three decades of Brass Band World to share fascinating insights into the gradual embracing of female talent now enhancing brass bands, and celebrates the pioneers and their outstanding achievements along the way


Centre Band — A quick look-back at the three 'major' championships that constitute the UK Grand Slam reveal that, despite the subjectivity and many variables involved in brass band competition.

Only 18 bands and 19 conductors share the 87 titles listed in this month's '30-year Roll of Honour' featuring historic images of Grimethorpe, Foden's, Fairey, Leyland, Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick, Cory and Yorkshire Building Society bands.


This month we are taken 'Back to the Future' 30 years with Brass Band World's resident wit and cartoonist, Rob Nesbitt — 'Nezzy' to his friends


Black Dyke Band's Chairman, Trevor Caffull, reveals how the Queensbury outfit has met the existential challenge posed by the pandemic, the engagement and well-being of players,.

He shares the organisation's bold 'Pathway to Performance' offering a 'best practice' example to other bands with post-pandemic motivation concerns


Mental Health first-aider in England, Tabby Kerwin, talks embracing possibility and positivity to firstly support personal well-being and mental health, and using these learned skills to build a stronger, healthier and happier brass band movement


To keep the global band world playing, Cory Band and Headline sponsor, Kapitol Promotions, is gearing-up to deliver the second edition of its Online Championships — 'Battle of the Regions'.

Over 100 competing bands will bring performances reflecting their regions of the world — so don't forget to tune in and spur the spirited competing bands on.


Renowned cornet soloist, conductor, adjudicator and educator, James Scott, sadly passed away at the age of 95 on 24 January 2021.

Together with several leading lights of the brass band world, David Childs pays tribute to one of the most revered figures in the brass band world


Helen Williams chats to her former Cory colleague, Stephanie Wilkins.

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate recently followed Cornwall compatriot, Zoe Lovatt-Cooper, as Black Dyke's flugel horn soloist and has also become a Geneva Artist.


This month, 'Pro Practice' host, Dr. Robert Childs, welcomes Dr. Jason Sulliman — Professor of Trombone at Troy University, USA, trombone tutor to the North American Brass Band Summer School and an M&W Artist to provide fascinating insight to embouchure stability, managing expectations and practice concepts


Raquel Samayoa leads a dynamic and engaging career as an educator, chamber musician, soloist, and now Yamaha Artist.

The US-based trumpet star, who with Lantana Trio members will host the 2022 International Women's Brass Conference at the University of North Texas, chats to David Childs, about 'dreaming big'


This month, the boat to BBW's imaginary desert island sets sail with World of Sound's Manager, Producer and Engineer, Adam Goldsmith, accompanied by his eclectic listening and thoughtful reading choices, although we're not quite sure how we're going to get his luxury item sent to join him!

BBW's founding Editor, Robert Mulholland published the magazine's first edition in February 1991, and in doing so began a journey that revolutionised the brass band media landscapeBBW


Learning 'opps' in March — the 'StAMP Virtual Conservatoire'
and the 'Black Dyke Virtual Brass Day'


Tim Mutum brings the streamed audio and video morsels dished up on wobplay.com in January and February; plus the latest recordings by euphonium soloist Mauro Martins, cornet soloist Chris Bradley and the Band of the RAF College.


New flexible music for home and concert hall performance from publishing houses Gramercy, Prima Vista Musikk and The Salvation Army USA East and Trade Central territories.


The new medium-shank David Childs Signature Mouthpiece and bell cover launched by Alliance.


The RNCM Brass Band Festival 2021 edition looks back on the last 14 years virtually and the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand offers goes live in concert — three times!


Focus on community banding support by New Moon insurance company.


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Welsh invited to opening of the box...

April 22 • Brass Bands Wales has linked up with the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators for an evening workshop looking at all aspects of the judging process.

Mark Wilkinson

4BR Thursday Interview with Mark Wilkinson

April 22 • 4BR talks to Foden's Band Manager Mark Wilkinson to find out more about the worldwide response to their forthcoming online Whit Friday contest weekend and their plans to safeguard their musical future and recall their past.


4BR Wednesday Interview with Patrick Ottiger

April 21 • 4BR catches up with the Yamaha professional trumpet star and inspirational conductor of the BML Talents Band in Switzerland to find out more about musical life, Jerusalema dance moves and contesting promotion...


Swiss soloists respond in number

April 21 • Over 350 players and 32 quartets entered the online Swiss Solo and Quartet Championships this year — with the finals set to take place in Berne in May.

Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL

Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH

Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP

Watford Band

April 22 • Come and join the Watford band!. We are a friendly, welcoming band. . Currently in Fourth Section but hungry for promotion. . We are looking for Bb Bass, 2nd Trombone, . 1st, 2nd Horn Players, and Percussionists.

Chinnor Silver

April 19 • With rehearsals starting soon in line with government guidelines we are looking to strengthen BACKROW CORNETS &PERCUSSION TEAM concerts and contests planned.we rehearse on wednesdays in our own bandroom check out our lockdown performances and come join us

Chadderton Band

April 17 • Chadderton Band is a friendly non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections of the band particularly on Euph Drums and Horn. Come along for a blow most welcome.

Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer


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