This month, BBW’s Pro Practice host and Besson Artist, Professor Roger Webster, offers valuable practical help on preparing seemingly impossible repertoire.
Referring back to article four, in which we discussed what, when and how to practice. We can now progress on to ‘how to practise those seemingly impossible pieces’… and that can...read more
Lee Skipsey has swapped sticks at the back of the band for the one at the front. It’s a position he’s thriving in, as Mark Good discovered.
There was a notable sense of satisfaction in Lee Skipsey’s voice. Perhaps it was the contentment following a Sunday evening meal prepared by wife, Claire....read more
Chris Thomas (Grand Shield), James McLeod (Senior Cup) and Malcolm Wood (Senior Trophy) report on the 2017 Spring Festival, which saw Whitburn end its white-knuckle ride in the ‘Shield’ on Blackpool’s Golden Mile and re-qualify for the British Open in Birmingham on 9 September If ever evidence were needed of...read more
San Antonio Brass began in 1981 as a ten-piece group in the mould of the famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Gordon Hallberg assumed leadership of the group following his retirement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the ensemble grew to full symphonic brass and percussion proportions…
Read this article, featured in June...read more
Nicola Bland spotlights the Chicago Staff Band’s Principal Cornet - the lovely Beth Cooper, who also plays for Chicago Brass Band
Beth’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet Performance from the University of Louisville, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from the California Institute of...read more
American composer, Stephen Bulla, has enjoyed a long career at the highest level, providing music for over 30 years for the President’s Own United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC. In June’s BBW, he offers a composer’s perspective on the pallet that percussion has gradually introduced to the...read more
Yamaha Percussion Artist and Chinese-born Le Yu arrived on UK shores a decade ago to study percussion at the RNCM, since when he has enjoyed a flourishing career as an international percussion soloist, which has also embraced brass bands. Here, he looks at the exciting achievements of the brass band percussion...read more
The June edition of BBW brings a focus on that oft-neglected section of a brass band - percussion. ‘Pro’ percussionist and timpani stick designer/maker, Seán Hooper, works his way through the basic percussion artillery and offers advice on technique
I recently had an enjoyable few rehearsals and a contest playing as guest...read more
Euphonium-playing husband and wife, Steven and Misa Mead, enjoy flourishing solo careers and also perform together internationally. Spurred by popular demand from concert audiences, the pair has now recorded the CD, Love’s Joy. Christopher Thomas caught up with the jet-setting couple to find out about the recording and their musical lives...read more