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John Packer winner

Advert: John Packer Ltd

January 10, 2013
John Packer's Christmas Giveaway prize winners have been announced.

Ian Dickie

Final ring for Bellshill Bandmaster

January 10, 2013
Bandmaster Ian Dickie has announced his retirement from the baton work at Bellshill SA.

Troms away

Kingdom trio warm frozen cockles after icy dip

January 10, 2013
The trio of synchronised trombone playing swimmers of Kingdom Brass are just about thawed out — thanks to the generosity of their sponsors.

Severn Tunnel

Bond heads musical line at Severn Tunnel

January 10, 2013
Composer Christopher Bond has taken over the musical helm at the Severn Tunnel Band.

Oldham Lees Band

Oldham new recruits for new season

January 10, 2013
There has been a number of additions to the ranks of the Oldham (Lees) Band in time for the new season.

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Support us through iTunes and amazon

January 9, 2013
Now there's additional ways you can help support 4barsrest — and it won't cost you a penny.

Lions Youth

Lions team up with Double champions

January 8, 2013
Lions Youth team up with the new 4BR Band of the Year for next major recording project.


Midnight hour returns to Scouthead

January 8, 2013
People power ensures that the popular Scouthead & Austerlands Whit Friday contest can keep going — right up to midnight!

Ian Bousfield

Bousfield to lead Brass Day

January 8, 2013
International trombone virtuoso Ian Bousfield will lead the Brass Day 2013 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this weekend.

Jim Shepherd

Shepherd leaves Elland flock

January 8, 2013
The great Jim Shepherd has retired as MD of Elland Silver Band.

Close up of cornets

Disney organisers reveal magic formulas...

January 8, 2013
The organisers of the Euro Band Festival at Disneyland Paris have revealed their rules and registration requirements.


Christmas cheer for BTM

January 8, 2013
BTM gear up for new season with festive fun in South Wales.

Fairlop Band

No cards for Fairlop

January 8, 2013
A very busy Fairlop Band has raised funds for some great causes thanks to their fair old hard work over the festive season.

4br aWARDS

2012 4BR Awards — The Results

January 7, 2013
The ballot boxes have been emptied and the votes counted — and the winners for 2012 have been announced as....


4BR Quiz: Monday Quiz

January 7, 2013
There’s another selection of some great CDs on offer with our Monday morning quiz.


 Interview with Alan Morrison

January 7, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Alan Morrison, the newly appointed Chairman of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators at their AGM in Brighouse.


 Interview with Mike Kilroy

January 7, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to PR Officer Mike Kilroy at the recent ABBA AGM in Brighouse.

Lofthouse 2000 in action

Transport help for Lofthouse

January 7, 2013
Lofthouse 2000 gets a welcome transporter boost for the New Year.

Close of cornets

Oxford closing date looms...

January 7, 2013
If you the chance to give your Area test piece an early season run out, then make sure you enter the Oxford & District BBA Contest — now!

Geneva Instruments

Advert: Geneva Instruments

January 7, 2013
Geneva opens its doors to new retailers.

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

Blidworth Welfare Band - Organist Keith Hearnshaw

Saturday 23 June • St Andrews Church, The Green, Swanwick, Derbys DE55 1AN

Besses o' th' Barn Band - Charity Celebration Concert

Saturday 23 June • St Thomas Church, Warrington Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9PL

York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

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

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 22 • 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.

Crewe Brass

June 22 • 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.

Lydbrook Band

June 22 • Lydbrook Band are recruiting a 2nd Trombone to our join our Championship section band . This is a great opportunity to be part of the premier band in the Royal Forest of Dean.

Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)