Leyland appoint student baritone lead

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire student Bethan Brown has become the new principal baritone at Leyland Band.

January 31, 2020


Area preparations under Oxfordshire spotlight

There will be 34 bands taking the opportunity to showcase their Area preparations at the forthcoming Oxfordshire & District Brass Band Association contest.

January 31, 2020


4BR Shop: Arnold & Sons Trombone 6 1/2 mouthpiece

A fantastic tenor trombone mouthpiece at a fantastic price...

January 31, 2020


London & Southern Counties Area line-ups announced

There will be a busy weekend of action in Stevenage in March as bands look to book their place at the Albert Hall and Cheltenham.

January 31, 2020


Bugle signals call to trans-Atlantic arms

The famous West of England Bandsmans Festival is open for entries who wish to claim the silverware on offer in Cornwall — including the first band from the USA.

January 31, 2020


The next generation of Consett goers

The Geneva Group helps inspire yet more children to take up brass banding in County Durham area.

January 31, 2020


Kremlin connection for Mead

Steven Mead will head to Russia this week to perform in St Petersburg and Moscow — with the promise of trip to the heart of Putin's power...

January 29, 2020


4BR Shop: Majestic Concert Glock

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January 28, 2020

Ray Farr

Easington announces new conducting team for contest assaults

Daniel Brooks and Ray Farr will spearhead the Area and Spring Festival challenges of Easington Colliery Band

January 28, 2020


New role for Sheppard at GUS

The GUS Band has strengthened its musical connection to composer Mike Sheppard.

January 28, 2020

Newhall Band

Newhall looks forward to exciting 2020

The Newhall Band has come through a difficult period to emerge with renewed confidence for the year ahead.

January 28, 2020


4BR Shop: 33mm lefreQue harmonic bridge plates (red brass)

The Euphonium Store provides the ideal products to keep improving your sound...

January 28, 2020


Hallas reaches final chord with Emley

After 17 years together, Garry Hallas will conduct the Emley Band for the last time on a contest stage at the forthcoming Yorkshire Regional Championships.

January 28, 2020


Radio: Sounds of Brass

Trombones are to the fore this week with Philip Hunt.

January 28, 2020


Report & Results: 2020 Brass in the Wire and British Open Youth

Crofton Silver lead the way in Warrington as Longridge, BD1 Brass, Thornton Cleveleys, Goldborne and Youth Brass 2000 get an early season contest boost of confidence.

January 27, 2020


Critical acclaim telegraphs RNCM Festival success

The 2020 RNCM Brass Band Festival has gained widespread critical acclaim — something Artistic Director Paul Hindmarsh has spoken of with pride.

January 27, 2020


Future looks brighter for rare community bandstand

An Edwardian bandstand in Todmorden could once again become a hub of community music making thanks to the commitment and dedication of a local support group.

January 24, 2020


4BR Shop: Band Supplies Care Kits

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January 24, 2020


SBBA AGM forms part of Learning Festival Day in Falkirk this weekend.

The Scottish Brass Band Association enters its 125th year with more to learn as well as celebrate this weekend...

January 24, 2020


RNCM Festival set to showcase artistic talents

The RNCM Brass Band Festival — packed with world class talent, music and discussions will take place this weekend.

January 23, 2020


North of England judges announced

The panel of judges who will make the all important National Final qualification decisions in Durham has been announced.

January 23, 2020


4BR Shop: Rosetti Series 5 Eb alto trombone

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January 23, 2020


The Price is right at Tewkesbury

Andrea Price becomes the new Musical Director at Tewkesbury Town Band.

January 23, 2020


Bands ready for high Wire challenges

There is a strong field of bands putting final preparations in place for their appearances at the Brass in the Wire contests this weekend.

January 23, 2020

Van Looy

Van Looy signs for Swansea

The Geneva Group euphonium star will head to Swansea later this year to showcase his talents at the International Brass Band Summer School.

January 22, 2020

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4BR Shop: Denis Wick Euphonium SM3U-X Silver plated

February 18 • The Ultra mouthpiece from Steven Mead through the 4BR Shop is one of the most popular of the range.


Dutch link for Filton Area challenge

February 18 • Filton Concert will team up with Dutch conductor Erik van de Kolk for their West of England challenge in Torquay.

Cross Keys

Cross Keys look towards Area after flood damage

February 18 • Flood damage takes its toll on the Cross Keys Band, but help has come from the banding community to enable them to focus on their Area challenge.


National Youth Concert looks forward to 2020 course

February 17 • Jonathan Parkes will lead the National Youth Concert Band course — headlined by acclaimed trombonist Helen Vollam.

Foden's Band - Patrons Concert: Sandbach School

Tuesday 18 February • Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS

Milton Keynes Brass - Charity Concert

Saturday 22 February • Broughton Fields Primary School, Milton Rd, Broughton, Milton Keynes, MK10 9LS. MK10 9LS

The Cobham Band - Brass Music from Around the World

Saturday 22 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. Embercourt Road Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 23 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU

Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & March

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ

Shipston Town Band

February 18 • We are looking for a Bb Bass and Eb Bass as we prepare for the Midlands Area Section 3 in March . After qualifying for the finals at Cheltenham last September we are looking to make an impression in Section 3 after our subsequent promotion,

Oxfordshire Youth Brass

February 17 • Oxfordshire Youth Brass is looking for horn, baritone, back row cornets and Bb bass players to complete our line-up for our summer tour to Edinburgh in late-August 2020. We will be working with Alan Fernie, playing concerts and visiting the Tattoo.

Chadderton Band

February 16 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing a various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections. EUPH and percussion needed. Come along to one of our rehearsals most welcome.

Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer


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