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Christmas Countdown — 4 days to go

Just time for 4BR to send Santa our Christmas list for 2008...



Dear Santa:

These are a few things we would like to see in our stockings this Christmas morning. We’ve been good boys all year—promise.

1. An increased entry list for all the Area contests in 2008. Last year it shrunk to just over 500 and it would be nice to see a few more bands in the mix come March.

2. A proposal to scrap closed adjudication in the Fourth Section to start with and opt for a relaxation of rules to encourage more competing bands at the bottom of the contesting ladder. (You do it in your home country Santa so please bring it here)

3. The judges to speak at all contests prior to results next year, so that they can explain to the paying public just how and why they picked the bands they did.

4. Harrogate to become a nicer place to hold a brass band contest.

5. Cornet players to get a reality check and forget about trying to think they can pay a trumpet like Wynton Marsalis at entertainment contests.

6. Ban directional playing, or standing where not marked.

7. Conductors to stop milking applause by getting everyone plus the tea lady to take a bow after a performance.

8. No cheating or jumping the queue at Whit Friday.

9. Accurate re-appraisal of entertainment marks at the Action Research Youth Contest.

10. No Norwegian equivalent of the Whistler at the European Gala Concert in Stavanger in 2008.

Anything else would be a bonus….

fluhel sand

4BR Shop: Special offer

June 21 • If you are looking for a handy and sturdy flugel horn stand for just 20 quid, then make sure you go to the 4BR Shop and bag yourself a a great little deal...


A4 set for three additions

June 21 • The award winning A4 Quartet will be heading on their tour travels over the next month or so with performances booked in Finland, Lithuania and Switzerland

Albert Hall

New brace at Camborne

June 21 • Cornish band announces two new signings to bolster their playing ranks.


Hawley steps down at Matlock

June 21 • The experienced Geoff Hawley steps down from his MD role at Matlock Band due to ongoing health issues.

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

Shipston Town band

June 21 • Shipston Band currently has vacancies for Bb Bass, Eb Bass, Bass Trombone and Kit Percussion. We are based in South Warwickshire and rehearse on Wednesday 7.30 to 9.30 and Sunday 7 to 9 in our own band hall. Pop in for a blow and give us a try.

Flixton Band

June 21 • With an exciting time ahead, Flixton Band invite applications for Soprano Cornet, and Trombone (position negotiable). As we prepare to move into 1st section next year we are looking for some new signings to complete our line up for Cheltenham in September

The Corsham Band

June 21 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist