Tuesday 7 July 2020

Open Letter Challenges Discrimination

An open letter to the brass band community outlining a mission statement to make the brass band movement a fully inclusive and diverse music making environment has been written by the newly formed Bandspeople's Alliance to Negate Discrimination (B.A.N.D). The letter appears on the groups’ Facebook page, with the campaign being...read more

Sunday 5 July 2020

Wantage appoints Joe Murray

Wantage has announced that principal cornet Sara Wallbridge has taken the opportunity to move to the flugel horn role, whilst the band welcomes former Brighouse & Rastrick player Joe Murray to take over from her. A band spokesperson stated: "Sara has been a wonderful principal cornet, most notably on our appearances at...read more

Sunday 5 July 2020

BBSS Solo Contest

The Brass Band Summer School (BBSS) has taken the innovative step to utilise its entire tutorial staff, together with a number of special guests to deliver an interactive, collaborative online experience for its delegates this year. The new virtual course which takes place from 10th-14th August has been met with widespread international...read more

Sunday 5 July 2020

Optimism for Butlins 2021

Butlins organisers say they are "extremely hopeful" that their 2021 Brass Band Festival will take place. The festival is due to be held at Butlin's Skegness Resort on the weekend of 8th-11th January. As a result, the deadline for discounted entry has been extended until 31st August. Entries for all sections...read more

Sunday 5 July 2020

Meltham on the Moors

Members of the Meltham & Meltham Mills Band recently took to the moors for an outdoor, socially distanced opportunity to play together. Six players got together in a local quarry on to perform some favourite hymn tunes and marches before being able to return to full rehearsals. Social distancing and health...read more

Sunday 5 July 2020

Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Contest Cancelled

The 2020 Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Association annual contest, which was to have taken place at Dewsbury Town Hall on Sunday 25th October has been cancelled because of the ongoing uncertainty and restrictions surrounding the global pandemic. Contest Administrator Adam Whittle stated, "We had hoped to 'ride the storm' and proceed...read more

Sunday 5 July 2020

Archibald departs Regency Brass

Regent Brass, based in London, has announced that Paul Archibald is to relinquish his role as Musical Director, after six years to take up a teaching position in Thailand. The respected trumpet player will still maintain strong links with the band, taking up the new position of Musical Director Emeritus. Band...read more


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