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Bolsover Festival ready for worldwide broadcast

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48 bands will be able to perform to the world at the Bolsover Festival of Brass this year — and you can enjoy it by just one click of your mouse... more...

All judges great and small

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Competing bands at Brass Factor will be given the once over by one of Yorkshire's most famous vets.
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Death of Roy Bennett

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The death has been reported of former Penclawdd and National Youth Brass Band of Wales Chairman, Roy Bennett more...

Great cornet trio at John Packer

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There is a trio of fantastic secondhand cornets for sale at John Packers at the moment — so be quick more...

Ratby welcome new soprano

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The talented Richard Bates has joined Ratby Band on soprano alongside a few more talented signings. more...

St Austell welcomes new resident

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The St Austell Band in Cornwall has welcomed the experienced David Nicholson as its new resident conductor. more...

Flemish Open — open for entries

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The 2018 Flemish Open is offering a warm welcome, great organisation and a generous prize pot for bands wishing to showcase their entertainment. more...

A week to remember for Scotland

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Scottish banding is on a high after a week to remember in Birmingham and Cheltenham. more...

Fisher takes lead at Chapeltown

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Sam Fisher will become the new Musical Director of Chapeltown Band in Yorkshire. more...

Haverhill to premier new Falklands work

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Haverhill Silver Band is to feature a brand new work inspired by the Falklands Conflict as well as welcoming Cory's Tom Hutchinson as a guest soloist. more...

Radio: Listen to the Band

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Frank Renton is joined by guests Steve Stewart and Tim Mutum later this October. more...

Irish bands set for 100th NIBA Championships

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There will be a fine line-up of bands taking part in the 100th NIBA Championships in Armagh next month. more...

Report & Results: 2017 National Championships of Great Britain: First Section

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Pemberton Old Wigan DW is the new champion as Eric Ball emerges as the overall winner in a disappointing First Section tournament battle. more...

Report & Results: 2017 National Championships of Great Britain: Third Section

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BD1 emulate their siblings to become National Champions with a clear cut Maori love story triumph under inspirational MD Lee Skipsey. more...

Report & Results: 2017 National Championships of Great Britain: Fourth Section

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Mary Shelley may well be inspired by the title winning story of Newmains & District as they claimed the first Scottish Fourth Section title successes since 1973 under Mike Marzella. more...

Report & Results: 2017 National Championships of Great Britain: Second Section

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A performance inspired by untimely loss as well as timely good fortune saw Boarshurst Silver claim the Second Section National title more...

Fountain of Youth Runs Deep for Coleshill

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Sunday 10th September saw Coleshill Youth Brass make the 150 mile journey to North Yorkshire to compete in the annual Hardraw Scar contest in Hawes, set alongside the beautiful Hardraw Force waterfall. The event saw twelve bands from across the country competing. The weather should have been kinder with it being early September, however the [&hellip more...

Result: 2017 National Championships of Great Britain: First Section

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Pemberton takes Section One spoils in Cheltenham more...

Result: 2017 National Championships of Great Britain: Fourth Section

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Newmains & District directed by Michael Marzella claim the first Scottish Fourth Section title since 1973 at Cheltenham. more...

Result: 2017 National Championships of Great Britain: Third Section

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BD1 from Yorkshire overcome their rivals to claim the Third Section National title. more...

Result: 2017 National Championship of Great Britain: Fourth Section

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Newmains & District directed by Michael Marzella claim the first Scottish Fourth Section title since 1973 at Cheltenham. more...

Chapeltown Announce Sam Fisher as New MD

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The Chapeltown Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Sam Fisher as Musical Director. The band have been actively searching for an MD following the announcement that Andrew Dennis was to retire from Banding to concentrate on his business ventures. A spokesperson for the band told A4B: ‘The band received a lot of applications [&hellip more...

Result: 2017 National Championships of Great Britain: Second Section

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Full results of the opening National Final at The Centaur in Cheltenham. more...

LIVE: National Finals 2017

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Follow all the action live this weekend from the National Championship Finals taking place in Cheltenham… #nationalfinals2017 Tweets FIRST SECTION RESULTS Test Piece: Tournament for Brass (Eric Ball) Adjudicators: Michael Fowles and Paul Holland 1. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Ben Dixon) 2. Bathgate (Anne Crookston) 3. Kidlington Concert (Duncan Wilson) 4. Regent Brass (Paul Archibald) [&hellip more...

Regional Test Pieces 2018 Announced

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The 2018 Test Pieces for the Regional Championships have been announced. Championship Section: Odyssey (Kevin Norbury) This work was selected as the Championship Section Test Piece for the 1999 European Brass Band Championships held in Munich. Inspiration for the work centers around the hymn “Be Thou My Vision” and Dante’s Inferno. With angular melodic lines, [&hellip more...

2018 Regional tests announced

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The five test pieces for the 2018 Regional Championships have been announced by Kapitol Promotions. more...

John Packer the place for the limited edition Bessons

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If you want to try and get your hands on one of those very special limited edition 180th anniversary Besson Sovereign instruments, then get in touch with John Packer. more...

Focus on Cheltenham for National title weekend

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There are four National titles up for grabs in Cheltenham this weekend — so why not join 4BR and enjoy the action. more...

Band Supplies showcase Besson limited edition stock

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Some of the special limited edition 180th anniversary Besson instruments are on display with Band Supplies this weekend — so be quick to get your hands on them before they go for good... more...

Report & Results: 2017 Blackburn & Darwen March & Hymn Tune

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Ashton come out on top in the rain to pocket the top prize of £700. more...

Report & Results: 2017 Exmouth Entertainment Contest

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SW Comms warmed up for their Cheltenham challenge with victory at the recent Exmouth Entertainment contest. more...

Brass Band Podcast: Episodes 43 & 44

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The Scottish duo look back at the British Open (with a smile on their faces) and forward to this weekend's action at Cheltenham. more...

Sheffield banding history to come to life at brass band talk

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A presentation about the banding history of Sheffield will recall past and present this weekend. more...

Dublin Festival opens entry doors

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The popular Dublin Festival of Brass is looking for entries for its 2018 event. more...

Coleshill Youth enjoy their trip north

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The members of Coleshill Youth Band certainly enjoyed their trip to take part in the famous Hardraw Scar contest in Yorkshire — despite the weather... more...

Hamilton takes pole position at Hebden Bridge

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David Hamilton takes over the baton at Hebden Bridge as Yorkshire band heads into an exciting new era. more...

Geneva congratulations on Doctor's one/two prescription success

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There was good news for Reg Vardy and Co-operative Funeralcare Bands on their visit to the Doctor Martin Wainstone Cup contest last weekend. more...

Wychavon announces draws and judges

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The draws and the list of judges who will make the all important decisions has been released by the organisers of the Wychavon Festival of Brass. more...

Report & Results: 2017 Hardaw Scar Festival

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J36 stop off to claim the honours by the magnificent waterfall setting at the Hardraw Scar Festival. more...

New body to run National Youth Band of Wales

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National Youth Arts Wales is to take over the running of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales following their concert this weekend. more...

How Valaisia created British Open history

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BBC Radio 2's Listen to the Band has made Valaisia's historic winning performance from the British Open available online.
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From Sinatra to funk at Pennine Music

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Two brilliant new releases from Pennine Music feature 'Old Blue Eyes' and a pulsating bit of fanfare and funk. Now's that's what I call music... more...

Wychavon Festival Announces Judges & Draws

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The organising committee for Wychavon Festival of Brass is delighted to announce a truly exceptional number of bands that have entered the entertainment contest for 2017. Understood to be the largest entry of bands in the Contest’s history, 46 bands will give 60 performances across the day.  Entries are up 35% on 2016 and are [&hellip more...

Howley ready to spook the celebs

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Well known conductor and cornet star is hopefully getting in touch with the spirits to scare the pants off a few reality celebs... more...

REPORT & RESULTS: Hardraw Scar Festival

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Last Sunday saw the annual Hardraw Scar Brass Band festival take place once again in the magnificent setting of Wensleydale. This year, the breath-taking dales backdrop was somewhat obscured by some inclement weather which forced the contest to take place under the cover of a tent for the first time in over a decade. However, [&hellip more...

New Entertaining Releases from Pennine Music

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As bands return from their summer break, Pennine Music has two great new releases that are guaranteed to entertain on both the concert and contest stage. First up is the release of the Frank Sinanta hit, ‘It Was A Very Good Year’. The music tells of the performer’s life as they reflect upon their past, [&hellip more...

Mutual Delight At Downton Training Band

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Budding musicians in Downton are celebrating after gaining support from NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer. Downton Training Band has been awarded a grant from the NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund to help purchase new music for their growing band of brass players. Downton’s Musical Director Paul Williams, told A4B: “We are extremely grateful [&hellip more...

Judge Change & Percussion Masterclass Announced at Brass In Concert

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The organisers of the Brass in Concert Championship have revealed a change to the line-up of adjudicators for the 41st Festival, which will be held at Sage Gateshead on Sunday 19 November in association with Yamaha, Banks Group and British Bandsman. Due to the non-availability of Tom Redmond, Richard Martin will undertake the Entertainment and [&hellip more...

Loxley Band Delve Deep Into History

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The Loxley Band, will delve deep into their history in an upcoming presentation tracing the band from their roots back in 1889. Stuart Young, until recently the Secretary, Concert Secretary and Marketing Manager of Sheffield-based Loxley Silver Band, has been asked to present a review of the history of the band, one of the oldest [&hellip more...

Report & Results: 2017 Doctor Martin Wainstone Cup

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Reg Vardy reclaim the Doctor Martin honours under the baton of Russell Gray more...