facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label


Brooke's Barmy Army on the march again

Make sure you support an inspirational young woman and an equally inspirational cause as they perform on a 10k course through Manchester on a very hot day today!

  Brooke's Barmy Army completed the course in 2017 and aim to go even faster and raise more money today

Over 70 brass band supporters and players will be marching with 16 year-old Brooke Taylor through the streets of Manchester today as 'Brooke's Barmy Army' — with the hope of raising £22,000 for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH).

Brooke has been a patient at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital since the day she was born, and has become an incredible fundraiser to a place she calls her 'second home'.

Relevant target

She is also a member of Pemberton 'B', Wigan Youth and the Greater Manchester Youth Brass Bands and, in 2017, came up with the idea of marching the Manchester 10k course with a brass band.

Completing the 6.2-mile route in just 2 hours 22 minutes, they raised a massive £20k to fund reclining chairs on the hospital's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

This year they hope to beat that target by raising funds for a Blood Rapid Infuser, a project that is very relevant following last year's Manchester terror attack. It warms blood when transfusing it to reduce the chance of causing hypothermia.

BBE support

Following last year's incredible success, more people have joined in to support her, with Brass Bands England among them, as Chairman Mike Kilroy told 4BR: "It's great to see the support for Brooke again this year.

It's such a worthy cause and our team at BBE are so passionate about supporting people in all their endeavours and projects that they continue to do so in their free time!"

This year BBE's Relationship & Partnership Development Manager, Alex Parker will be with the group who will comprise members and supporters of a wide variety of bands.

I've been bowled over by the number of new people wanting to join the Barmy Army, and I'm sure their enthusiasm and commitment to the cause will enable us to hit this year's ambitious targetBrooke Taylor

Wonderful spirit

Meanwhile, Brooke added: "The brass band community has once again spread its wonderful spirit to help a cause so close to my heart and to help hundreds of people.

I've been bowled over by the number of new people wanting to join the Barmy Army, and I'm sure their enthusiasm and commitment to the cause will enable us to hit this year's ambitious target."

Donate and help

If you'd like to help Brooke's Barmy Army reach their £22k target then please visit Brooke's JustGiving page at:



Snap up some post Cheltenham bargains from Ev-entz

September 20 • There are some brilliant bargains to be had at Ev-entz now that the Cheltenham National Finals are out of the way...


4BR Quiz: Champions League Cornet?

September 20 • Test your Champions League knowledge and get your hands on a cracking starter cornet thanks to Band Supplies and a goal scoring footballer...


Nash ends Leyland sop spot on a high note

September 20 • James Nash heads to the Royal Academy of Music in London on a high after helping Leyland Band to a richly deserved sixth place at the British Open .


Radio: Sounds of Brass

September 20 • Music from two giants of English composition to enjoy from Phillip Hunt — Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst

Blidworth Welfare Band - Autumn Welfare Concert

Thursday 20 September • Blidworth Miners Welfare. Mansfield Road. Mansfield NG21 0AR

Rhondda Fach Youth Band - Residential Brass Band Course

Friday 21 September • The course will take place at Manor Adventure – Abernant Lake Hotel from Friday 21st September 2018 concluding with a mini concert for family member Ld5 4rr

The Fairey Band - Celebrating 150 years of Lytham Methodist Church

Saturday 22 September • Lytham Methodist Church. Park Street. Lytham Saint Annes . FY8 5LU FY8 5LU

Roberts Bakery Band - St Luke's Hospice Gala Concert

Saturday 22 September • St Mary's Church, Church Ln, Nantwich CW5 5RQ

Black Dyke Band - Lucerne Switzerland

Saturday 22 September • KKL, Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland 6002

Carlton Brass

September 20 • A fantastic opportunity has arisen for the position of Assistant Principle Cornet (a posh bumper-upper), plus one other cornet player (front or back row). Our Nottingham-based band rehearse in our own band room in Netherfield each Monday & Thursday 8-10

Newstead Brass

September 18 • Settled in at Nottingham, Trent or Derby university and looking for a band? . . Newstead Brass and MD Jim Davies are always keen to welcome and support young players looking to develop their brass or percussion skills.

Amington Band

September 18 • #TeamAmington is looking for back row cornets, a tenor and bass trombone and a bass player or either flavour. We're a friendly band of mixes ages with a varied concert diary worked in around contests throughout the year.

David Frame

Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor