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Shirley Band

Shirley ranks boosted by brace of new signings

November 02, 2023
Poppy Taylor and Alun David join the ranks of Shirley Band in the Midlands.


Shirley remember stalwart President

April 28, 2023
The memory and contribution made by Donald Hodesdon to the Shirley Band was recalled in a special concert.


New partnership links community and academia

March 23, 2023
The Shirley Band and the Warwick University Brass Society have linked up to provide extra opportunities for students with a love of banding.

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Debutant duo for Shirley at Corby

February 24, 2023
Two new players will make their debuts with the Shirley Band at the Midlands Regional Championships in Corby this weekend

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Shirley adds trio to top section ambition

October 21, 2022
Three new players join the ranks of the Shirley Band as they prepare for life in the Championship Section in 2023.


70 not out and counting

September 29, 2022
Robin Mills has just celebrated 70 years of fantastic musical service to the Shirley Band.


Death of Don Hodesdon

May 05, 2020
The death has been announced of the Shirley Band stalwart and Band President, Don Hodesdon.

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Last waltz for Solihull stalwart

February 17, 2020
A recent Shirley Band concert featuring Viennese music marked the retirement of band stalwart Ian Birchall.

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Shirley provides the festive treats in Brum

December 17, 2019
The Shirley Band has provided great festive entertainment for brass band lovers of all ages.

Tom Stoneman

New MD at Shirley

October 04, 2019
The Shirley Band opts for a youthful lead of direction with the appointment of RBC graduate Tom Stoneman to lead the Midlanders.


Varley wows at the Proms

September 24, 2019
Grimethorpe horn star Helen Varley wows the audience at Shirley Band's recent 'Last Night of the Proms'.


Brilliant connections bring inventive musical links for Shirley Band

July 24, 2019
A concert featuring a brass band, professional singers and a 40 strong choir of children with additional educational needs was a great hit.


Shirley enjoys centenary celebrations

May 29, 2019
The Shirley Band has reached its centenary milestone with a massed celebration...


Call us Shirley...

March 15, 2019
The centenary celebrating Midlands band is looking for old Shirley players and supporters to get in touch...


Hirst takes over the helm at Shirley

June 26, 2018
David Hirst has been appointed the new Principal Conductor at Shirley Band — and is joined by a raft of new signings.

Mark Wilkinson

Wilkinson to lead free masterclass attraction

May 11, 2018
Foden's principal cornet Mark Wilkinson will lead a free masterclass for players in Solihull later this month.


Shirley showcases Christmas delights

December 13, 2017
The Shirley Band and friends recently provided a sell out audience with plenty of Christmas musical treats.

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Shirley open up their Cheltenham Journal

September 11, 2015
The Shirley Band will be opening its doors to reveal the secrets of their 'Alchymist's Journal' ahead of their Cheltenham appearance.

Guide Dogs charity

Guide Dog help for Bennett and Batten

January 07, 2015
Paul Bennett and Richard Batten have helped the Shirley Band raise much needed funds for the Guide Dogs charity.

tuba players

Tuba team tops thirty at Shirley

August 23, 2014
A remarkable quartet of tuba players have just notched up 30 years of foundation work at the Shirley Band.

Guide Dogs

Shirley guide funds in the right direction

December 11, 2013
The Shirley Band has been helping guide funds in the right canine direction...


Titanic remembered at Shirley

May 17, 2012
The loss of the great liner has been remembered with an unique composition from the pen of David Bishop-Rowe.


Surpirse for Shirley

December 21, 2011
The Shirley Band recently enjoyed their Christmas Concert with the aid of some surprise guests.


Shirley help Sir in the Lion's Den

November 08, 2011
The Shirley Band recently brought their Autumn concert series to a spectacular close — and saved one teacher from a mauling...


Shirley keeps mum happy...

October 11, 2011
The Shirley Band recently kept their concert punters happy — including the MD's mum...


Full package Matsukawa claims BBCA Conducting title

June 18 • Japanese musician So Matsukawa is the highly impressive winner of the 2024 Brass Band Conductors' Association conducting prize.


Flowers boost as 2024 fulfils first half promise

June 18 • A highly successful start to 2024 holds the promise of even more success for the recently crowned French Open champion.

National Youth Championships

Sparke provides Youth Champ test piece

June 18 • A new work by Philip Sparke will test bands at the 2025 National Youth Championships of Great Britain.


4BR Euro 2024 quiz winner

June 18 • Gareth Southgate will have wanted to pick a side like this — but our winner made sure they got the selections right for our Euro 2024 quiz.

Pontardulais Town Band - Annual Concert - The storytellers present.....

Saturday 22 June • Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, Caecerrig Road, Pontarddulais. SA4 8PD

Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Strata Brass

Sunday 23 June • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW

Wotton-under-Edge Silver Band - Foden's Band

Sunday 23 June • Renishaw Innovation Centre,. New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge,. Gloucestershire GL12 8JR

West Midlands Police Band - Sovereign Brass and Brett Baker (Trombone)

Sunday 23 June • Tipton Green Methodist Church. Park Lane West. Tipton. Sandwell. DY1 4QF

Brass Bands England - Youth Fest 2024

Friday 28 June • Barnsley Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ

wantage silver band

June 19 • Wantage Band (L&SC Championship, ranked 12th on Brassstats.com) are looking for their next Principal Eb Bass. The band are looking for an experienced musician that can lead the bass section and perform with confidence at concerts and on the contest stage.

Concert Brass Poynton

June 17 • Required:. Concert Brass, Poynton Stockport, Seek: A Solo Cornet - Bb Bass - Bass Trombone - Tenor Horn. No Contesting Not a learners Band. Rehearsing on Wednesday Evenings between 8.00 to 10.00pm (with a short comfort break and cup of tea at 9.00pm)..

Concert Brass Poynton

June 17 • Concert Brass, Poynton Stockport, Seek: A Solo Cornet - Bb Bass - Bass Trombone - Tenor Horn. . No Contesting Not a learners Band. Rehearsing on Wednesday Evenings between 8.00 to 10.00pm (with a short comfort break and cup of tea at 9.00pm).

Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)


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