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Offshore investment deal pays off in Jersey

21 years of off shore brass band investment will pay out a remarkable return in Stevenage this weekend for Jersey Premier Brass.

  21 years of investment pays out in Stevenage on the weekend for Jersey Premier Brass

It's believed a small piece of contesting history will be made at the London & Southern Counties areas in Stevenage this weekend as Jersey Premier Brass become the first band 'off shore' band to play in the Championship Section contest.

21 years in the making

It's been an achievement 21 years in the making, as MD Tim Pritchard told 4BR.

"Representing the Island at the highest level was a pipe dream when we set out in 1997," he said. "It was always something of a joke between us as we thought the Third Section would be our limit for a band that calls home a rock just 8 miles by 4!

Signing new players hasn't been an option so we have produced our own — from cornet players to BBb tubas. As a result we are perhaps the most close-knit band in the country as everyone shares the same outlook."

18 still with us

Tim added: "18 of the players on stage this weekend will have played with the band back in 2005 when we became the Third Section National Champion.

Sunday will be a special moment for us on what will be our 21st birthday. We have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of 'Odyssey' and are aiming to surprise a few people, not least ourselves!"

18 of the players on stage this weekend will have played with the band back in 2005 when we became the Third Section National ChampionMD, Tim Pritchard

Open rehearsal

The band will be holding an open rehearsal at Stopsley High School in Luton, on Saturday 17th March, joining up with the Luton Youth Service Brass Band for a pre-contest concert.


Report & Results: 2018 Brass at Beamish March & Hymn Tune

June 19 • There was a great deal of quality traditional march and hymn tune playing on show at the popular Beamish Museum in County Durham.


Coalburn's Got Talent — plenty of it!

June 19 • Simon Cowell should have been in Coalburn as the band's 'Talent' showcased their brilliant playing.


Report & Results: 2018 Holme Valley Solo & Ensemble

June 19 • There were some stunning performances to enjoy at the Hade Edge bandroom on the weekend.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

June 19 • Music over the airwaves from Chris Helme

Tredegar Town Band - Mussorgsky meets Mozart

Wednesday 20 June • ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham. B4 7XR

Black Dyke Band - Halifax Choral Society

Saturday 23 June • Victoria Theatre, 2 Fountain St, Halifax HX1 1BP

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

York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

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

Witney Town Band

June 19 • A friendly 4th section band based in West Oxfordshire require Front row cornet and Second Horn. We rehearse from 7:30 - 9.30pm pm every Tuesday at Witney Methodist Church, High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HG. .

Torbay Brass Band

June 19 • Torbay Brass Band is looking for trombone and cornet players to join their current set up. We are a friendly hard working group who really would welcome such players into our fold. So if you are looking to join a band or returning to playing....?

Crewe Brass

June 19 • 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.

Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen

D. Phil. (Oxon) [Ph.D Oxford University], GBSM, LTCL, ABSM, ALCM, Cert. Ed.