The brass band world last week lost one of its much-loved characters, composers and arrangers in Darrol Barry, who died on 3 June following illness.
Born in Salford in 1956, Darrol auditioned for the school band on cornet when he was 14, but ended up taking an Eb bass home, much...read more
Summer blows in with some fun festival fayre. Durham’s ten-day BRASS Festival is back with a bang and a programme guaranteed to entice the brass band aficionado, whilst Germany’s Bad Schlema welcomes ensembles from 40 different nations and BrassFestUK involves 170 bands! Nicola Bland previews summer’s happenings.
‘County Durham’s loudest festival is...read more
Katrina Marzella’s June guest is Lee Skipsey - a former Black Dyke principal percussionist and now Musical Director of City of Bradford Band and BD1 bands.
‘Although many readers will know Lee from his esteemed playing career as a percussionist, he is now turning heads due to his leadership of the thriving...read more