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Seaman to set sail for antipodean tests

Nigel Seaman will be the Chief Adjudicator at the Australian and New Zealand National Championships next year.

Nigel Seaman
  Nigel Seaman will travel from Wales to Tasmania and Wellington to judge

The New Zealand Brass Band Association has announced that the chief adjudicator for their 2017 National Championships to be held in Wellington between the 19th & 23rd April will be Nigel Seaman, the highly respected freelance conductor and Musical Consultant with the Cory Band.

NZ and Oz

Nigel is also the chief adjudicator for the 2017 Yamaha Australian National Band Championships being held in Launceston, Tasmania from 14th to 17th April.

Set works

Simon Dobson's 'Journey of the Lone Wolf' is set to test the top flight bands at the oldest National Brass Band Championship in the world. Each band will also perform an own-choice work and a sacred item.

The contest, which first took place in 1880, when the winner was decided by the audience, will also encompass three other senior sections as well as the prestigious solo competitions and popular street march.

Bands in the B Grade will have to perform Edward Gregson's 'Dances & Arias', with the C Grade contenders faced with 'Purcell Variations' by Kenneth Downie. The D Grade bands will perform ''Mid All the Traffic' by Leonard Ballantine.

Simon Dobson's 'Journey of the Lone Wolf' is set to test the top flight bands at the oldest National Brass Band Championship in the world4BR

National Youth tour

It was also announced that that National Youth Band of New Zealand training course and concert tour will take place in January, with concerts in New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North and Newtown, Wellington.


Superb tuba on hand at Band Supplies

August 17 • There is a superb fully refurbished 922 round stamp Boosey & Hawkes BBb tuba ready for a new home at Band Supplies Leeds.


Ager to take helm at City of Norwich

August 17 • The experienced Mark Ager will take over the conducting lead of City of Norwich Band with Cheltenham on the horizon.


Judges announced for Brass Showcase event

August 17 • Four entertaining Scottish bands will have their efforts scrutinised by some fearless judges — and an audience — at Johnstone Town Hall later this month.

Geneva Group

Geneva set for showroom opening

August 17 • The final touches are being out in place for the opening of the brand new Geneva Group showroom in Stockton on Tees on the weekend.

St Michael's Brass Band - We are playing in Middleton Town Centre.

Saturday 18 August • Middleton Gardens, Middleton. M244DF

Ibstock Brick Brass - Ibstock Country Fair

Sunday 19 August • Ibstock Showground. Pretoria Road. Ibstock. Leicestershire LE676LN

Black Dyke Band - St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

Saturday 1 September • Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2EY

Contest: 166th British Open

Saturday 8 September • Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Black Dyke Band - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert, Birmingham

Sunday 9 September • Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA

Crewe Brass

August 17 • Crewe Brass seek Eb and Bb bass, Euphonium and Baritone players. We are a friendly 1st Section Band and perform at a variety of events (including contests) under the baton of our MD Matt Pithers. Rehearsals are every Friday at 7.45pm in Shavington, Crewe.

Burnham and Highbridge Brass Band

August 16 • The Burnham and Highbridge Band has the following vacancies: Principal and 2nd Trombone, 2nd Euphonium and, Back Row Cornets.

The Corsham Band

August 16 • 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 new MD and a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Martin Heartfield

Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist