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New Christmas Music Released

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Pennine Music are proud to announce that their new Christmas Music publications for 2017 have now been released, with some great new festive music on offer. Every year, bands across the globe strive to bring something different to their Christmas concerts to ensure their audiences have something new to look forward to. This year sees [&hellip more...

ARTICLE: Bad Ass Brass for Charity

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Bad Ass Brass, the Whit Friday scratch band whose popular street ‘march-downs’ have seen videos of the same go viral online, have revealed that nearly all their prize money from 2017 went to charitable musical causes. Over the last two years the band has won over £800, most of which has been donated to youth [&hellip more...

EYMS Strengthen Ranks Ahead of Scottish Open

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East Yorkshire Motor Services Band has announced two new signings ahead of its appearance at the Scottish Open with MD Stig Maersk in Perth on November 25th. Kevin Moxon returns to the soprano cornet seat he vacated in July 2008, joining from the York Railway Institute Band and Siobahn Thomas comes in on percussion from [&hellip more...

Blackburn & Darwen Announce New Signings

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Blackburn & Darwen Band are pleased to announce a number of new players joining the band. Joining on repiano cornet is former YBS and VBS (Poynton) cornet player Nicola Murray. Also joining on the cornet bench are Tom Helm on solo cornet and Hattie Nuttall. Both are products of the Rossendale Scout Band. Joining on [&hellip more...

RESULTS: National Championships of Great Britain 2017

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Brighouse & Rastick Band take their third National Championship title since the turn of the century… Full Results: Test Piece: Gallery (Howard Snell) Adjudicators: Luc Vertommen, Phillip McCann, Howard Snell 1. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)** 2. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)* 3. Cory (Philip Harper)* 4. Fairey (Garry Cutt)* 5. Foden’s (Bramwell Tovey) 6. Whitburn [&hellip more...

New Trio Arrives in Kippax

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The Kippax band are happy to announce three new arrivals to the band. Kippax band would like to welcome Mason Hirst and Colin Eastwood on to the trombone section a head of the last contest of the year and the upcoming Christmas season. Mason has moved up to Leeds from Nottingham to study at the [&hellip more...

Max Power for Friezland

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Friezland Brass Band have recently been celebrating a year with MD Max Stannard at the helm. The band, which faced the possibility of folding before Max took up the position, has had a successful year under his baton, which has seen the Saddleworth band able to contest the Whit Friday circuit for the first time [&hellip more...

North of England Announces Judging Panel

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The North of England Brass Band Association have announced that Howard Evans, Michael Fowles, Mareika Gray and John Roberts will form the judging panel for the upcoming Regional Championships, taking place at the Gala Theatre, on the 17th and 18th March 2018, in Durham. Regional Secretary, Tony Griffiths told A4B: “We offer a warm welcome [&hellip more...

Rochdale Contest Takes International Title

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The North West Area Brass Bands Association’s popular contest at Rochdale Town Hall has attracted bands from far and wide. The list of bands to take part in the senior contest on the 29th October includes bands from across the North of England, the Midlands, North Wales and for the first time Scotland. Contest organiser, [&hellip more...

Re-Building of York Railway Band

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Following an intensive period of rebuilding the playing strength of York RI since the Regional Contest the band is pleased to announce the appointment of a number of new players. 12 months ago, and through no fault of their own, the York RI Band found themselves in the unenviable position of having 17 current or [&hellip more...

New Endeavours for Great Yarmouth Future

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The Great Yarmouth Brass Band has been successful in recent bids for funding and have been awarded a total of £2,500 from the New Endeavour Rangers Fund and the Brighter Future Fund. The awarded funds will enable the Band to run an outreach programme, working in partnership with local schools in order to offer instrumental [&hellip more...

Foden’s Solo Contest Draw Made

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The draw has now taken place for the forthcoming Foden’s Solo Contest on the 29th October. As in previous years the contest has attracted a large number of entries across the various sections. Speaking about the event, co-ordinator Fiona Rolfe, told A4B: ‘We are once again looking forward to hosting our annual solo contest with [&hellip more...

Woodfalls Band Gallery Opening

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Woodfalls Band will be holding an open rehearsal on Wednesday ahead of the band’s appearance at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall this Saturday. Dr Robert Childs will be leading the Wiltshire based band as they walk around Howard Snell’s Gallery. The Test Piece is a descriptive work containing musical depictions of five [&hellip more...

North of England Regionals Changes Running Order

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At a recent meeting of the regional committee of the North of England Brass Band Championships, it was decided to suspend the normal rotation of sections. This would enable the committee to stage the contest more effectively, making best use of the fantastic venue. Regional Secretary Tony Griffiths told A4B: “In order to make use [&hellip more...

SWBBA Mid-Winter Workshop Places up for Grabs

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The increasing popular Mid-Winter Brass Workshop, promoted and organised by the South West Brass Band Association, will take place over the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February 2018 at the West Buckland School, near Barnstaple North Devon. The Workshop will provide both full band and sectional tuition, with a free close of workshop [&hellip more...

Pogson Bray Contest Line Up Announced

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The list of competing bands for the 2017 Pogson Bray Trust Contest, which will take place at Bertie’s Banqueting Hall, Brook Street, Elland, HX5 9AW on Sunday 15th October 2017, has been released. The contest will commencing at 10:00am and is for bands that are graded second section and below. Each band will entertain the [&hellip more...

Unforgettable Concert With Boobs & Bradwell

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There was a rewarding experience for all as Bradwell Silver Band is proud to announce that the joint Breast Cancer Charity Concert with Boobs and Brass has raised an amazing £4,247.68*. A cheque will be presented to Boobs and Brass representative Margaret Betts and all the monies donated to the charity Breast Cancer Now. The [&hellip more...

Remembrance Day Music From Pennine Music

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With bands up and down the country participating in Remembrance Day services and concerts next month, these titles from Pennine Music will deliver a perfect setting for those reflective moments. ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Gavin Somerset is a piece of music that was brought into the limelight by the girls of Boobs & Brass who [&hellip more...

Brighouse & Rastrick to Display Their Gallery

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The Brighouse & Rastrick Band will be hosting a short free concert and rehearsal next week on Wednesday 11th October, at the Brighouse Central Methodist Church. The main purpose of the night will be to showcase the Band on the upcoming test piece for the National Finals of Great Britain, Howard Snell’s “Gallery”. There will [&hellip more...

Community Award for Elland Silver

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Elland Silver Band have picked up another accolade at the Calderdale Community Foundation’s annual Community Spirit Awards. The band were nominated for an award in the Arts and Culture category in recognition for the development of their youth band and success at this year’s European Youth Championships. Several members of the youth band along with [&hellip more...

RESULTS: Bolsover Festival of Brass 2017

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Over 12 hours of music making saw victories for Elland Silver, Unite the Union, Horbury Victoria, Ifton Colliery, Kirkby Colliery and Carlton Brass Training, at Heritage High School in Clowne, Derbyshire. Championship Section: Adjudicator: Steven Mead 1. Elland Silver (Daniel Brookes) — 92* 2. Yorkshire Imperial DUT (Martin Heartfield) — 89 3. Shepherd Group (Richard [&hellip more...

St. Austell Appointment for David Nicholson

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St. Austell Town Band are delighted to announce the appointment of David Nicholson as their resident Musical Director. David will work in close association with Steve Sykes, the band’s Professional Conductor. David’s musical background is rooted in The Salvation Army, where he was Bandmaster of the Birmingham Citadel Band for 10 years and a brass [&hellip more...

Pennine Music On Hand In Bolsover

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Pennine Music and the Brass Band Music Shop will be on hand at the forthcoming Bolsover Festival of Brass with their trade stand featuring hundreds of music titles for bands looking towards their Autumn concert season. Regionals 2018 Music The 2018 Regionals CD and all the selected test-pieces will be available to purchase on the [&hellip more...

Terrific Brass Group Formed For Huddersfield Town Support

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BBC Radio Leeds’ very own David Hoyle (presenter of Yorkshire Brass) has teamed up with former Brighouse and Rastrick player & conductor, Leigh Baker, to form a Brass Band that will play a very special performance at the Tottenham Hotspur game as part of the planned ‘Celebrate Huddersfield, Celebrate Yorkshire’ festivities taking place. The newly [&hellip more...

Final Pink Wallace Mutes Roll of the Production Line

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Wallace Mutes have quickly grown to be the first choice of mute for many of the World’s top Brass Bands and brass instrumentalists. However now, the final batch of the pink Wallace Mutes, have rolled off the production line for the last time – just in time for Christmas. Originally produced exclusively for Pennine Music, [&hellip more...

Final Pink Wallace Mutes Roll of the Production Line – Get Yours Quick

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Wallace Mutes have quickly grown to be the first choice of mute for many of the World’s top Brass Bands and brass instrumentalists. However now, the final batch of the pink Wallace Mutes, have rolled off the production line for the last time – just in time for Christmas. Originally produced exclusively for Pennine Music, [&hellip more...

Brass at the Guild Open to Bands

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Entries from bands wishing to compete at the 2018 Brass at the Guild contest which also incorporates the British Open Youth contest are now being accepted. Once again the event has gained invaluable support from R. Banks & Son (Funerals Ltd) and its proprietor Brian Halliwell, a life long bandsman and supporter of the banding [&hellip more...

Wileman Takes Dronfield Helm

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Dronfield Genquip Band is pleased to announce Damian Wileman as its new Musical Director. On his appointment, Damian told A4B, “I am delighted to have been appointed Musical Director for Dronfield Band. The band has a real desire to succeed not only at competition level, but in providing enjoyable, innovative concerts that I know will entertain the audiences we play [&hellip 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

RESULTS: British Open 2017

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Valaisia Brass Band take the British Open Crown for 2017. Test Piece: Fraternity (Thierry Deleruylle) Adjudicators: Paul Cosh, Ray Farr, Stephen Roberts Full Results: 1. Valaisia Brass Band (Arsene Duc) 2. Whitburn (Florent Diddier) 3. Cory (Philip Harper) 4. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof David King) 5. Foden’s (Bramwell Tovey) 6. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington) 7. [&hellip more...

It’s All White At Virtuosi GUS

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The Virtuosi GUS Band are delighted to announce the signing of euphonium star, Matt White. Matt, a product of both the Chethams School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, brings with him a wealth of experience; having held the top seat with bands including Cory, Tredegar, and most recently Desford [&hellip more...

Stephen Sykes Takes Principal Role at Flowers

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Flowers band are delighted to confirm that Stephen Sykes has been appointed Principal Trombone and will make his contest debut with the band at this weekend’s British Open Championship. Stephen has been an inspiration to so many brass players and enthusiasts with his determined fight against lymphoma, a form of blood cancer that he’s been [&hellip more...

Dinnington Reach Izzy Heights With New Signings

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Dinnington band are delighted to announce Izzy Faulkner as their newly appointed Principal cornet. Izzy, a 20 year old medical student at Sheffield University, has helped the band out a few times this year and was keen to express her interest in the principal seat when she learned of the vacancy. Originally from Rochdale, Izzy [&hellip more...

Foden’s Launch Non-Competitive Youth Festival

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In May 2016 Foden’s were successful in an application to Arts Council England through ‘Grants for the Arts’ for a ‘Three Year Strategic Music and Audience Development Plan’ Included in the application was a plan to run a non-competitive Youth Festival (for 3 years) where 6 invited Youth Bands would perform individually during the day [&hellip more...

Death of Derek Bourgeois Announced

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The death of prolific composer for Brass Band, Derek Bourgeois has been announced, aged 75. Derek studied composition at the Royal College of Music under Herbert Howells and conducting with Sir Adrian Boult. As a composer for both symphony orchestra and Wind Bands, he began his affiliation with Brass Bands in 1980 when he was [&hellip more...

Yorkshire Championship Judges & Schedule Announced

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The Yorkshire Regional committee are pleased to announce the adjudicators and schedule for the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships 2018. Championship Section: Arsene Duc and Bob Childs First Section: Alan Morrison and John Doyle Second Section: John Doyle and Arsene Duc Third Section: Anne Crookston and Howard Evans Fourth Section: David Lancaster and Stan Lippeatt Commenting [&hellip more...

National Championships Preview Evening In Sheffield

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Unite the Union Brass Band are hosting a National Finals Preview night as part of their City of Sheffield Band Club season of concerts. A band from each of the 1st 2nd and 3rd sections will be represented allowing them to have a ‘run out in public’ experience ahead of the real thing a week [&hellip more...

REVIEW: Armagh Old Boys Brass Band Summer School 2017

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The 17th annual Armagh Old Boys Brass Band Summer School was staged from 7th – 12th August at the City of Armagh High School. The Armagh Old Boys Silver Band has organised the course in conjunction with Foden’s Band since the event started in 2001. The course is one of two annual events which celebrates [&hellip more...

Ellend Youth Receive Proms Invite

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Elland Silver Youth Brass receive invitation to perform at Music for Youth School Proms. The band are excited to announce that for the first time in their history, the amazing youth band have been invited to perform in the Music For Youth Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 14th November. Samantha Harrison, [&hellip more...

Foden’s Solo Contest Calling For Entries

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Final preparations are now being made to the ‘Foden’s Solo Contest’ to be held at Sandbach School on the 29th October. As always Foden’s are looking forward to hosting the largest event of its kind in the country with some fantastic prizes on offer and have now confirmed that Professor John Wallace CBE (Vice President [&hellip more...

Yorkshire Songwriter Teams up With Thurlstone Band

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Thurlsone Brass Band is looking forward to hosting a concert with a difference at The Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley on Sunday 22nd October. With over 30 regular members, the Band is currently enjoying a highly successful and enjoyable period and has teamed up with “The Yorkshire Songwriter”, Roger Davies to present an evening of Brass and [&hellip more...