facebook twitter rss vimeo


Dedication and delight for Chalford

There were great memories and plenty of great playing on show from the combined Chalford forces in Stroud recently — including a fairytale finish.

Chalford Band


There was a special dedication at Chalford Band's recent sell out Christmas concert at Stroud Subscription Rooms, where memories of the great Pat Etherton, who died last month aged 81 were recalled.


‘Auld Lang Syne’ was added to the programme as a tribute to the bass trombonist who played with Chalford for 44 years and Wotton-under-Edge for the last 11.

The packed hall enjoyed a fantastic evening of seasonal music which featured the organisation’s massed ranks of 70 players squeezing onto the stage for joint items under MD, Steve Tubb.


The top section Senior Band included performances of ‘Glen Miller Christmas’ medley, and a superb euphonium solo from Les Pearse on ‘Be My Love’, whilst the promising Junior Band were led by Bev Godwin, who was later presented with the ‘Player of the Year’ Award.

Cornet player Freddie Owens won the ‘Junior Player of the Year’ Award, whilst the ‘Young Player of the Year’ was claimed by 11-year-old soprano player George Hill.

National champions

The Academy Band's welcome spot featured the trombone section in, ‘I Will Follow Him’, whilst the National title winning Youth Band showed just why they won is such style in Manchester with some fabulous playing that also featured Lucy Foster on flugel horn and Freya Damsell on solo trombone, performing ‘Baby it's Cold Outside’.

After the interval came the eagerly awaited comedy sketch ‘A Night at the Movies in Glorious 4D’ by the band’s fledgling film production company Cheapskate Productions—featuring Bill Williamson, Amy Tubb, Steve Tubb and Derrick Witts, which very nearly brought the house down!

The conductor's own arrangement of The Pogues' ‘Fairytale of New York’ was a highlight from the combined bands4BR

Fairytale finish

The conductor's own arrangement of The Pogues' ‘Fairytale of New York’ was a highlight from the combined bands that played ‘Breezin' down Broadway’ as a finale and an encore of ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’.


4BR Shop: Go straight, cupped or practice...

June 23 • If its a straight, cup or practice mute at a great price you are looking for today, then go 4BR shopping...


Plenty of prizes to play for at Foden's annual Solo, Duet & Quartet contest day

June 23 • There really is something to play for at Foden's annual contest — from the youngest to the oldest and all stops in between — including a great new family duet category...


Wales seeks community approach to composer pathways

June 23 • A new four pronged initiative to help Welsh composers has been launched to create a community of shared learning and collaboration experience.


4BR Shop: Flash the plastic!

June 22 • There is a great deal on the iconic plastic pTrumpet through the 4BR Shop at the moment thanks to Band Supplies.

Black Dyke Band - Wigan with Russ Abbott

Sunday 24 June • Wigan Youth Zone, Parson's Walk, Wigan WN1 1RU

The Fairey Band -

Sunday 24 June • Subscription Rooms. George St. Stroud. GL5 1AE. United Kingdom GL51AE

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Friday 29 June • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ

Thundersley Brass Band - TBB Summer Concert

Friday 29 June • Richmond Hall, Richmond Avenue, South Benfleet, Essex SS75HA


Friday 29 June • Mount Zion hall. Pemberton. Wigan WN5 8DZ

The Marple Band

June 24 • Lonely, single 2nd man down seeks her principal right hand man to accompany her at rehearsals, concerts, contests and more. Must be able to perform quality solos and be sociable too. Date nights are Friday night with occasional/regular weekends.

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 22 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, particularly cornets, baritone and basses, but all are welcome. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.

Crewe Brass

June 22 • 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.

Stan Lippeatt

Conductor, adjudicator, tutor