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No Welsh test piece workshop

January 15, 2008
The proposed test piece workshop to be held in Cardiff later this month has been cancelled.

James Abbott

Funeral of James Abbott

January 15, 2008
The funeral details of James Abbott MBE have been announced.


New faces at ISB

January 15, 2008
The International Staff Band has announced two new cornet players to their ranks.

Half century at Guild Hall

January 15, 2008
There is a fine line up of 50 bands for Brass at the Guild Hall at the start of February.

Bari Thomas and Sean Whyte

Waitakere weddings

January 14, 2008
‘The Trusts’ Waitakere Brass’ euphonium players Bari Thomas and Sean Whyte were married recently – but not to each other!

St Marys Band Club

Keller Line-up confirmed

January 14, 2008
This years Ern Keller International Soloist of the Year is a brilliant line-up of players, and the four competing bands in the Band of the Year should make for a top day of quality banding.


4BR New features

January 11, 2008
4BR launches two new feature article sections.

Grimey poll

Grimethorpe's European Vote

January 11, 2008
You can now help pick Grimethorpe's Gala Concert programme at the 2008 European Championships — so get voting!


Advert: Besson

January 11, 2008
Euphonium star Steven Mead reports that the latest baritones from Besson are on their way.


Bates books in at YBS

January 11, 2008
YBS has been busy and has snapped up a top class soprano player in the shape of Gary Bates.


57 Bands set for Yorkshire

January 11, 2008
There will be a very healthy turnout of bands this year at Bradford as 57 bands enter Yorkshire Regional Championship.


Cash boost for bands

January 11, 2008
Tameside Council has awarded three local bands some much needed cash.

Orchard Brass

Pick of the bunch

January 11, 2008
The Orchard of England Brass Quintet recently delighted local audiences — not surprising given their line up of players...

Advert: Rayburn Tours

January 10, 2008
Get registered and get a copy of Rayburn's 'Brass Band Tours' to see just how far your band can go in 2008....


2008 Besson Scottish Solo & Quartet Championships

January 10, 2008
Details of the 2008 event have been released by the organisers — with just a couple of weeks to go to get your entries in...


YBS lose soprano

January 10, 2008
Claire Taylor has announced her decision to leave her soprano seat at YBS.


Shirley go Green

January 10, 2008
The Shirley Band has opted for a Green direction for the future.


Traders to support Brass Band Archive

January 10, 2008
The Association of Brass Band Traders is set to support our banding heritage at Butlins.

Mark Kitzpatrick and Laura Keegan

Fitzy ties the knot

January 10, 2008
One of Melbourne's finest and best known brass musicians, Mark Fitzpatrick,and his long time partner, Laura Keegan, have finally tied the knot.

Death of James Abbott MBE

January 09, 2008
The death of James Abbott MBE has been announced.


Kirky's sure fire bets!

January 09, 2008
Kirkintilloch are set to raise funds for their European Championship appearance in Norway by taking a trip to the bookies!


McFadyen hits the web

January 09, 2008
James MacFadyen is the latest composer for brass to launch on the internet with a new website.


NABBC South West workshop

January 09, 2008
The South West Area of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors is the latest to hold a workshop on the Area test pieces. Get along then and find out more...


PolySteel set up new youth band

January 09, 2008
West of England Champion looks to the future by setting up its own youth band.

QLD Band Association

2008 Oz Entries

January 09, 2008
50 Brass Bands and over 350 soloists have entered in this years Australian Championships, being held in Brisbane over the Easter Weekend.

Rex Richardson

All that jazz and more...

May 21 • Two ensembles from Brass Band of Battle Creek made sure the local population was left in no doubt who was in town this weekend...


French Open maintains attraction

May 21 • The 26th French Open Championships will take place in the wonderful Loire Valley town of Amboise next month.


Sounds of Summer brass returns to Leeds

May 21 • The wonderful sounds of brass bands playing in public bandstands will be heard again in Leeds this year.


Double attraction at Oxford Contest

May 20 • There is something for both bands and composers to aim for at the Oxfordshire & District Brass Band Association Entertainment Contest later this year.

Perth Festival of the Arts - Tenebrae at Perth Festival of the Arts

Monday 23 May • St John's Kirk of Perth, St John's Place, Perth PH1 5SZ

Perth Festival of the Arts - Tommy Smith

Tuesday 24 May • St Ninian's Cathedral, North Methven Street, Perth PH1 5PP

Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Brassed Off Live at The Royal Albert Hall

Wednesday 25 May • Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London. SW7 2AP SW7 2AP

Perth Festival of the Arts - BBC Big Band at Perth Festival of the Arts

Wednesday 25 May • Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

Perth Festival of the Arts - Opera Bohemia - Madama Butterfly

Thursday 26 May • Perth Theatre, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

Chadderton Band

May 22 • 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. Come to one of our practices and meet the band you'll be very welcome.

Lydney Band

May 22 • Vacancies exist for a PERCUSSIONIST (position negotiable) and Bb BASS player. We are a 3rd section band (West of England), based in the Forest of Dean. Rehearsal: Friday evenings. Good travel links from Gloucester, South Wales and South Gloucestershire

Otley Brass Association

May 22 • Musical Director - Otley Brass Band. . Required:. Our enthusiastic, unregistered band is looking for a new MUSICAL DIRECTOR. Located in Otley to the North West of Leeds we rehearse on Tuesday Evenings from 1930-2145 at the Otley Courthouse

David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger


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