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Queen's Service Award for NZ bandsman

One of the most respected SA bandsmen in New Zealand will receive a New Year's Honour from the Queen.


As well as a trio of MBE's awarded to musicians involved in the UK brass band movement, news has reached 4BR that David Howan was awarded the Queens Service Award for Services to Brass Bands in the New Zealand New Year Honours list.

Over 50 years

David has been in the Wellington South Band of the Salvation Army for over 54 years, which included 13 as Deputy Bandmaster and 14 as Bandmaster.

On retirement he conducted the Wellington Divisional Band for 5 years and is currently playing solo cornet with them at present.

He has been very active with the New Zealand Brass Band Association over many years in administration, and has adjudicated at several National, Area and Solo contests.

He has been very active with the New Zealand Brass Band Association over many years in administration, and has adjudicated at several National, Area and Solo contests4BR

Last Post

He still is the official Bugler for the Kilbirnie Branch of the Returned Servicemen’s Association, and has played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ at Anzac Day services and RSA Funerals for 23 years.


Oh! We do like to be beside the seaside...

July 17 • A new festival in the seaside resort of Lytham St Annes run by Lancashire Music Service has been a great success...


Radio: Frank Renton — Still Listening to the Band: Episode 5

July 17 • Frank on the internet airwaves with his latest selection of music and chat


Welsh youngsters offered adventure time

July 17 • A new musical initiative by the Rhondda Fach Youth Band is aimed at getting youngsters from all over Wales to enjoy a weekend of fun and adventure — as well as a bit of practice.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

July 17 • More red hot brass music music to keep you cool this Summer from Chris Helme in Yorkshire.

Kettering Citadel S A Band -

Tuesday 17 July • 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering,. NN16 8JU

Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL

Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS

Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ

Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN

The Corsham Band

July 17 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.


July 16 • Are you looking for a band in the North West?. PEMBERTON OLD WIGAN DW 'B' BAND have vacancy for 1st horn, Bb Bass and kit player.

Cheltenham Silver Band

July 16 • We are a progressive and inclusive 2nd Section band.. We are in an unusual position of needing some experienced cornet players, positions negotiable.. Half of our front row are leaving to ensure we have players for the future aka maternity leave.

Duncan A. Beckley

Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher