Wednesday 22 June 2022

New Personnel at Brighouse

Brighouse & Rastrick has announced the signing of three new members. Adding to the bass team, James Brooks joinson BBb tuba. James started at Diggle band, and at 14 moved to Dobcross Silver Band on Solo Euphonium. In 2011 he made the move to Oldham Band (Lees), where he spent...read more

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Changing of the Guard at Friary

Friary’s AGM in May saw the end of an era: long-serving chairman Nigel Stevens stepped down after 11 years at the helm and after 19 years as a player. During his tenure, Nigel oversaw the Band’s progression on many fronts, not least to a top twenty ranking at the...read more

Wednesday 22 June 2022

BBCA Announces Contest Winner

Boris Oppliger receiving 1st prize in the BBCA Conducting Competition 2022 from BBCA Chairman James Holt and Conductor of Eccles Borough Band/BBCA Exec Member Mareika Gray. On Saturday 18 June the live flagship Brass Band Conductors’ Association’s Conducting Competition returned to Eccles Town Hall with 11 semi-finalists battling it out for...read more

Sunday 19 June 2022

Taylor says goodbye to Excelsior

The 20-year musical partnership between Brisbane Excelsior Band and Musical Director Howard Taylor has come to an end. The band has enjoyed incredible success whilst under his direction bookended by winning the Queensland State Championship, his contesting debut, in 2002, and concluding his tenure with a win at 2019 Australian Championships....read more

Sunday 19 June 2022

U.S. Open moves to Michigan

It has been announced that the U.S. Open Championships will move to the Clarkston Performing Arts Center in Clarkston, Michigan later this year. The event will be held in partnership with the Great Lakes Brass Band Association (GLBBA) on November 19th. In a statement, U.S. Open co-founders Clark and Dallas Niermeyer...read more

Sunday 19 June 2022

B&R appoints McElligott as Resident MD

Famous Yorkshire outfit Brighouse & Rastrick has announced the appointment of its new Resident Musical Director Ian McElligott with immediate effect. A proud Yorkshire man with a background in military music, Ian rose to the rank of Major, and upon completion of a particularly successful and rewarding career as a Service...read more

Sunday 19 June 2022

2022 Whit Friday

Black Dyke Band won the Saddleworth & Oldham Whit Friday for the first time since 2015.. Led by Director of Music, Prof Nicholas Childs and playing 'Knight Templar' the band were declared winners at Denshaw, Dobcross, Greenfield and Lydgate. Meanwhile in Tameside Foden's secured the Whit Friday honours for the 19th...read more


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