facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us


Full steam ahead to Torquay for new Great Western Youth Band

A brand new addition to the Brunel Brass organisation will make its debut at the West of England Regional Championships.

Great Western
  The Great Western Youth Band will make their senior debut in Torquay in March.

Brunel Brass will be celebrating an important milestone in the organisation's long term development with the news that their Great Western Youth Band will make their senior contesting debut at the forthcoming West of England Regional Championships in Torquay.


It will be the culmination of what have been regular weekly Saturday morning sessions led by members of Brunel Brass Band, who have been tutoring children aged between five and eighteen in the Rising Stars and Youth Band sections of Great Western Youth Band with the long held ambition to enter a band at the Torquay contest.

Ben Halstead, who plays with The Band of The Prince of Wales's Division, will take the band at the contest as Chris McMullin takes a temporary break due to work commitments.

Brilliant fun

A spokesperson told 4BR: "The youngsters are enjoying his expertise in rehearsals almost as much as the tuck shop in the break! The fun they get out of every rehearsal is brilliant, and the experience of playing at Torquay will be invaluable."

4BR was informed that it will be a very young band that takes to the stage, as some of the older players have graduated to the senior Brunel Brass in the First Section, who will be conducted by the talented composer Daniel Hall.

The youngsters are enjoying his expertise in rehearsals almost as much as the tuck shop in the break! The fun they get out of every rehearsal is brilliant, and the experience of playing at Torquay will be invaluableBand spokesperson

Great learning experience

The spokesperson added: "Brunel Brass is working with Daniel on the First Section test-piece and we are looking forward to taking to the stage with him in Torquay.

Working with dedicated professionals is a great learning experience and Brunel Brass are enjoying every moment."

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    


Cory to secure long term classic recording status

May 24 • European Champion to start long term recording project featuring cornerstone works of the brass band repertoire.

Sold Out

2019 British Open sold out

May 24 • Tickets for 167th contest in September sell out within three hours of general release.


Marzella enjoys spotlight return to Scotland

May 24 • Katrina Marzella made a great musical return to Scotland recently — with teaching and spotlight solos for everyone to enjoy.


Oscar winners enjoy Blackpool experience with Elland

May 24 • Elland Silver Band held its own Oscar ceremony in Blackpool recently.

Foden's Band - St Michaels & All Angels Church

Saturday 25 May • Egerton Road, Ashton on Ribble, Preston PR2 1AJ

St Pinnock Brass Band - Rock Choir Cornwall

Sunday 26 May • Sterts Theatre, . Sterts, . Liskeard, . PL14 5AZ PL14 5AZ

Contest: All England International Masters

Sunday 26 May • The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive NN15 6PB

Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Eastbourne Bandstand - 1812 concert

Wednesday 29 May • Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD

Black Dyke Band - George Lawton Hall, Mossley

Thursday 30 May • George Lawton Hall, Stamford St, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne OL5 0HR

Lindley Band

May 24 • FRONT ROW CORNET required to join our friendly band who enjoy a sensible mix of engagements and contests. Our inspirational MD Mike Golding takes rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday evenings in our own modern bandroom located only 1m from M62 Jcn 24.

Littleport Brass Band

May 24 • Littleport Brass are currently a second section band in Cambridgeshire and rehearse every Wednesday evening 7.30-9.30. We are looking for an Eb bass and tuned percussionist. We are a friendly, active band playing at a variety of exciting concerts.

Stannington Brass Band

May 23 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA PLAYER to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests.

David A. Stowell

Conductor and composer