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The Full Monty - 20 Years On - Unite The Union Band New CD

Incredibly, it is now 20 years since Stocksbridge Band, now Unite the Union band appeared in the making of hit film “The Full Monty,”  a movie that turned brassbanders into film stars!

​The initial tracks on this CD feature music from the movie including Hot Stuff, Flashdance and of course The Stripper!

In addition, songs by Sheffield musicians Joe Cocker, Tony Christie and The Human League are present in this exciting, varied and eclectic mix, joined by some original compositions from the Sheffield Branch of the Salvation Army giving a uniquely original take on the diversity of the Sheffield music scene across the ages. To complete the picture a nod is given to Sheffield’s own Sean Bean in his role as the swashbuckling Sharpe!

Later tracks hail from further afield around Yorkshire with ‘Scarborough Fair’, On ‘Ilkla Moor’ and Goff Richard’s original work ‘A Yorkshire Fantasy’.

This new recording pays homage to the Band’s local musical heritage and to many of the writers and performers from “Gods own County”.

We hope you enjoy listening to our music as much as we enjoyed making it.

Available:    on itunes (Unite the Union Band) 

or via

Death of Founder of Studio Music - Stan Kitchen
Stan Kitchen, founder of Studio Music (Publications), sadly passed away on the 10th January 2018 at the age of 86.
His family are holding a service of Thanksgiving to celebrate his life on Friday the 2nd February 2018. 
This will be held at:
St Stephen’s Church, 14 Watling Street, St. Albans AL1 2PX at 2.45pm. 
Please note: parking will be limited at the Church to disabled and close family only.
The family have requested family flowers only.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Stan, please make cheques payable to:
‘RFUK’ (Rotary Foundation UK)
‘Musician’s Company’ (Worshipful Company of Musicians)
These may be left at the Church or forwarded to:
Phillips Funeral Directors, Dartmouth House, 68 Alma Road, St. Albans AL1 3BL. 
Telephone: 01727 851006

New Website for Blidworth Band
The Blidworth Welfare Band has started 2018 with the launch of its brand new website.
Details of the band, its news, features and schedules can be found at:

Butlins Test Pieces 2019
Championship Section
1. Rienzi (Wagner, Arr. H Johns)
2. Benvenuto Cellini (Berlioz, Arr. Frank Wright)
3. Carnival (Dvorak, Arr. Geoffrey Brand)
First Section:-
1. The Force of Destiny (Verdi, Arr. Frank Wright)
2. The Corsair (Berlioz, Arr. Geoffrey Brand)
Second Section:-
1. Academic Festival (Brahms, Arr. Denis Wright)
2. The Frogs of Aristophanes – Overture to a Greek Comedy (G Bantock, Arr. Frank Wright)
Third Section:-
1. Egmont (Beethoven, Arr. Eric Ball)
2. Rule Britannia (W. Rimmer)
Fourth Section:-
1. Overture to Youth (Eric Hughes)
2. A Saddleworth Festival Overture (G Richards)

Wetherby Bandstand Concert Series Dates and Bands 2018
The Bandstand was built by volunteers and public subscription in 2000 by the river at the Wilderness Car Park in Wetherby.
The first years of Brass Band Concerts at the Riverside Bandstand were very successful and have now become a regular part of many people's Sunday afternoon enjoyment - see below for this year's programme. 
Concerts are promoted by the Wetherby Riverside Bandstand Trust (Charity Reg. No.: 1091207) which was set up to manage the Bandstand. 
For bookings contact the secretary Mrs Mary Gray on 01937 520578.
Concerts begin at 2.30 and finish at 4.30pm.
Bands have been given permission to make a collection during their performances.
2018 Programme of Concerts
6th - Wetherby Silver Band
13th - Barnsley Brass Band sponsored by Jack Joy Insurance
20th - Oughtibridge Brass Band
27th - Ripon City Band sponsored by Hart Law
3rd - Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band
10th - Elland Silver Band sponsored by the Wetherby Whaler
17th - Stannington Brass Band
24th - Wetherby Silver Band - Bill Gray Memorial Concert
1st - Knaresborough Silver Band sponsored by Aquascapes & Landscaping Ltd
8th - Otley Brass Band
15th - Hebden Bridge Band sponsored by GE Hartley & Son Funeral Directors
22nd - Tewit Youth Band
29th - Kippax Band sponsored by Hart Law
5th - Knottingley Silver Band
12th - Strata Brass Band sponsored by GE Hartley & Son Funeral Directors
19th - Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band
26th - Old Silkstone Brass Band sponsored by GE Hartley & Son Funeral Directors
2nd - Dodworth Colliery Band sponsored by Touchwood
9th - Huddersfield Wind Band
16th - Hade Edge Band
23rd - Lofthouse 2000 Band
30th - York Railway Institute Band 

Death of legendary Conductor and Adjudicator Betty Anderson
It is with sadness that the LBBA announces that its long serving President and legendary award winning conductor Betty Anderson has passed away at the care home she has been at for some time. 
Her funeral will be held at Great Glen Crematorium on Monday 29th January at 1:30 and afterwards at Scraptoft Golf Club. Anyone who would like to attend please email Lesley Bentley on thank you.

Death of Composer and Arranger Frank Bryce
We are getting reports here at Brass Band Radio of the death of Frank Bryce.
The composer, arranger and musical director, sadly passed away peacefully on Friday 15th December following a long illness.
Frank was a star student of Kneller Hall where he then played Tenor Horn with the Clayton Aniline Works Band. 
Frank was the musical director of Besses O’ Th’ Barn Band for several years throughout the 1960’s and in later years, he directed the JSVB for a short time.
A little known fact about Frank was that he wrote some script for Coronation Street.
Frank bequeathed his body to Medical Science and so there will not be a funeral, however his son David will be organising a Memorial Service in the New Year.
As soon as we have details about this we will let you all know.

New MD for Royal Buckley Town Band

Royal Buckley Town Band are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director Keith Jones. 

After the recent departure of Brett Baker, the band were keen to act quickly to appoint his replacement. Keith brings with him a wealth of experience playing at the top level of banding and is an experienced conductor, having taken bands from the area to the national brass band championship finals on many occasions. 

Keith will join the band in the New Year and we are looking forward to developing under his guidance . 

The band would like to wish Brett well on his future endeavours and would also like to thank Karl Stott who has lead the band through the Christmas period and at the recent North Wales Brass Band Championships.

New MD for Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band

The band are pleased to announce that with a majority vote, they have offered the MD position to John Watts, who has accepted in principle.

John is an accomplished musician and teaches Brass at both Berkshire Maestros and Henley Music School. He has conduced many bands, including coaching youth orchestras and area ensembles and is the Co-Conductor of the Brass for Africa Band.  He also regularly deputy conducts Pangbourne Brass Band, conducting them at the 2016 area regional championships, as well as Trinity Concert Band and South Berkshire Concert Band.

A skilled Brass player (Tuba and Euphonium), John has played for Friary Guildford, Aldbourne, Bath Spa, and Markham Brass Bands, as well as Orchestral organisations such as Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra and Reading University Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

John is due to start on the 4th of January 2018.

New Brass Band formed in Yorkshire

Tewit Silver Band is to rehearse and utilise the wonderful facilities and infrastructure of the well-established Tewit Youth organisation (between Leeds and Harrogate) in order to provide a musical outlet for players of any age to join together and make music.
It is often the case that once a young player reaches the maximum age limit for the youth bands that they do not continue to play, so hope...fully this could provide an option, as well as giving brass playing parents an opportunity to play alongside their children. They are also hoping to attract other players from the area into the organisation who are perhaps not attached to a band and are interested in playing again. This new venture will ensure that Tewit as a whole will continue to go from strength to strength.
Tewit Silver Band is to be managed and financed separately from the Youth element, and is to rehearse once a week on a Monday evening with the intention of entering the Regional Brass Band Championships in 2018. 


To express interest or to find out more, please contact Martin Hall – 07702963156 or email

Confirmation of the adjudicators per section for the NOEBBC 2018

Championship Michael Fowles and Howard Evans
Section One Mareika Gray and Michael Fowles
Section Two Howard Evans and John Roberts...
Section Three Mareika Gray and John Roberts
Section Four Michael Fowles and John Robert

Creating a buzz with Warwick Music Group and Brass Bands England

A new partnership to attract young people to brass has been announced between Brass Bands England (BBE) and Warwick Music Group (WMG).


The partnership will include a new nation-wide competition to engage youngsters and beginners.


The significant new initiative between BBE, the leading membership and development organisation for brass bands in England, and WMG, the market-leading manufacturer and supplier of innovative instruments aimed at the brass education sector, will provide a key foundation in BBE’s future strategy aimed at introducing and sustaining the development of young brass players.


The partnership will enable BBE and WMG to work closely together on national and regional initiatives designed to introduce more young people to playing brass instruments. It will also allow the brass band community to play a proactive role in attracting new, young players and enhancing existing Beginner and Training bands.The joint venture recognises WMG as a lead partner of BBE in the “Foundation” level of its future national development strategy, about which further details will be announced in due course. BBE’s aim is to increase grass-roots participation and create a clear education and opportunity pathway for progression within the brass band community. To celebrate the partnership, BBE and WMG are launching a new national competition called Create a Buzz. WMG are donating pBuzz instruments to enable as many children as possible to begin their musical journey playing a learner brass instrument. Brass bands, schools or other voluntary organisations will be invited to apply for the use of up to 20 pBuzz instruments each to give children aged between 5 and 11 with the chance to learn, play and perform. Groups awarded with sets of instruments will be invited to submit a recording of a new piece of music, specially composed for this initiative by leading brass band personality, Jonathan Bates. Judging will take place in February 2018 and the winning band of “pBuzzers” will win a set of 10 pBones and 10 pCornets and will also be invited to perform at the BBE National Youth Brass Band Championship in front of a capacity crowd in the Butterworth Hall at Warwick Arts Centre in April 2018.Entries will be judged by a panel of leading brass instrument educationalists including leading euphonium star David Thornton.


BBE Interim CEO Andrew Coe said “ BBE are delighted to announce this new partnership with Warwick Music Group. Their innovative products and educational ethos are very much in-line with the BBE mission in the critical area of youth development. We would encourage our member bands to get involved and help create the players of tomorrow. On behalf of BBE we very much look forward to working with the WMG on this most exciting collaboration.


”Steve Greenall, CEO of Warwick Music Group, said “ With the imminent arrival of our new pCornet, Warwick Music Group is delighted to form this strategic partnership with Brass Bands England that will focus on the development of bands at the grass roots level. As players ourselves, we are already active in the banding community so this is something close to our hearts. We hope that our first joint initiative “Create a Buzz” will enable 20 new beginner bands to be formed across England in the next 12 months.

New Musical Director for Lostock Hall Band
Joshua Hughes

Following a few auditions for a new Musical Director the Lostock Hall Band have finally appointed Josh Hughes to the position. Josh is a very enthusiastic MD and as lots of experience leading local bands.

Lancashire born, Joshua Hughes began his musical career at the tender age of 10. His first ever band was Tottington Public Band where he started playing 3rd Cornet and over time worked his way up to the repiano seat.

Over the years Josh has played with bands such as Haslingden and Helmshore and the world-famous Besses O’th Barn Band. In June 2012 Josh left Besses and moved to Coventry to study at university, this is where he established his conducting profession.

Whilst studying in Coventry, Josh was appointed musical director of the Coventry Festival Band, his first full-time conducting position. During his time with the band, he reintroduced them to the contesting scene after a 50-year absence and together with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, the band performed a successful stage version of the popular brass band film “Brassed Off!”

Following his move back to the North in 2014, Josh spent several months back at Besses as the associate musical director and soprano cornet player. In June 2014, Josh took the Boarshurst Silver Band, as their guest conductor, to the Saddleworth Whit Friday march contests where they won several prizes. In July 2014, Josh was appointed musical director of Sale Brass Band, under his leadership the band won the Butlins Mineworkers Championships 4th Section and achieved another podium finish at Rochdale Contest, as well as collecting several prizes on Whit Friday.

In April 2015 Josh was appointed the musical director of the City of Chester Brass Band. Having only spent 6 months with the band, as he had to relocate to Chorley, City of Chester where placed 3rd in the 2nd section at Rochdale Contest 2015 a considerable improvement from the 15th place at the North-West area just a few months before he arrived.

After moving back from Cheshire to Lancashire, Josh was appointed the full time Musical Director of BMP (Europe) Ltd Goodshaw band in January 2016. Whilst working with Goodshaw the band had numerous successes at contests such as First place at Brass at the Guild in Preston, including getting the best MD award, runners up at Butlins Mineworkers contest and several First and Second places at the Whit Friday marches, just to name a few. In September 2017 Goodshaw band celebrated their 150th Anniversary, this included recording a CD ten years after their previous CD was released and also organised a joint concert with the Rossendale Male Voice choir. Despite having a successful time at Goodshaw band, with having a young family and busy work schedule, Josh felt it was time to move on to another successful band based closer to home.

Yorkshire Youth Brass Band - Next Meeting
Don’t forget that our next meeting is on this Saturday, 11th November at Saddleworth School, OL3 6BU, with registration opening at 10am. You will need a music stand, mute and packed lunch. 
We are always looking for new players... if you’re not sure whether this is the course for you - come try it out - your first day is FREE when you pre-register! 
The day runs until 4pm and includes full band rehearsals, a masterclass with Brett Baker and sectionals led by players from Black Dyke Band, just back from their tour of Japan! We also welcome parents to listen to a short concert at 3:30pm. 
Please email to pre-register or with any further questions!

Jedforest jubilant in Jedburgh!

Celebrations were in order for the Jedforest Instrumental Band after it triumphed at the 2017 Borders Entertainment Contest, held in Jedburgh last Saturday, 4 November.
Musical Director Phil Rosier guided the Borders band to victory after impressing the adjudication panel of Raymond Tennant and Les Neish.
Jedforest’s programme found favour with both judges, receiving a unanimous first placing ahead of Langholm Town Band, led by Musical Director Chris Shanks, in second place while Broxburn and Livingston under John Boax made up the podium.
The winning programme saw Jedforest Instrumental open with Sabre Dance, before principal cornet David Sutherland played First Light by Ben Hollings. The band then entertained the audience with Salsation before closing with Dan Price’s original composition, Starburst.
Eighteen bands performed at the contest organised by the Scottish Borders Brass Band Association (SBBBA), including a non-competing set from one of the association members bands, Galashiels Town Band.
The full results were:
Adjudicators: Raymond Tennant and Les Neish
1. Jedforest Instrumental                     
2. Langholm Town                         
3. Broxburn and Livingston                   
4. St. Ronan’s Silver                       
5. Shotts St. Patrick’s                           
6. Renfrew Burgh                                 
7. Croy Silver                                      
8. Selkirk Silver                                     
9. Newmains and District                     
10. St. David’s Brass                              
11. Irvine and Dreghorn                        
12. Peebles Burgh                                 
13. Penicuik Silver                           
14. Bon Accord ‘B’                               
15. Newland Concert                            
16. Hawick Saxhorn                               
17. Queensferry Brass                       
Best Percussion: Jedforest Instrumental
Best Bass Section: Broxburn and Livingston
Best Instrumentalist: Hamish McRitchie, Jedforest Instrumental
Best Solo Cornet: Callum Robb, St. Ronan’s Silver
Best Soloist: John Stirling, euphonium, Newmains and District
Deportment Prize: Langholm Town
Highest Placed Border Band: Jedforest Instrumental
Best 4th Section Band: Newmains and District
Best 3rd Section Band: Langholm Town
Best 2nd Section Band: Jedforest Instrumental
Entertainment Prize: Jedforest Instrumental

Grimethorpe and Britt part company

Grimethorpe colliery Band and Martin Britt have parted company after a short but productive time together. It was felt that with Martin living in the south of England this could only ever be a caretaker role. A band like Grimethorpe needs its players to be at every rehearsal and this was never going to be possible. 


The soprano chair is being filled by the Grimethorpe stalwart Andrew Bannister who has been playing assistant principle cornet, and who has played soprano with Grimethorpe before.

The band wish Martin well with all his future projects, and also wish to thank Andrew for making the move back onto soprano.

New MD and returning players for Blidworth Welfare Band
Blidworth Band Logo

The Blidworth Welfare Band are very pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Oates as their new Musical Director. Simon has achieved great successes as a Soprano cornet player with Foss Dyke, Thoresby Colliery and Jaguar Land Rover Bands. He has also previously conducted Foss Dyke Band gaining them a 2nd place at the area contest in 2015 and promotion to the second section in 2016. He is also currently the associate conductor with Enderby.

In addition to Simon joining us we are pleased to announce the return to the band of two previous players. 


Dawn Evans returns on 1st Baritone and, after a slightly longer break away,


Pete Thornburn joins us on Solo Trombone.

We are looking forward to working with them as well as Simon as we work towards Leicester Contest, the area competition and beyond! 

Middleton Band announce Kevin Gibbs to take over the reins as Musical Director.

Kevin is no stranger to the band, having with us earlier in the year to prepare us for the Area contest. He recently agreed to help us out again, this time taking us to Rochdale Contest.
However, to the delight of the band, Kevin decided he would like to continue to work with the band full time. He made his concert debut at our Autumn ‘Friends of Middleton Band’ concert at St John’s, Failsworth where he told the audience he was “excited to be working with the band”. The audience was clearly excited too with lots of positive feedback on our playing, programme and Kevin’s jokes!

Kevin has played and worked with a wide range of bands in his musical career and brings a wealth of experience with him to the band room. In just a few short weeks, the band is sounding better than ever and there’s a real buzz of enthusiasm all around the stands. Kevin made his contest debut as our permanent conductor with the band at Rochdale Contest on 29th October where the band achieved an excellent 2nd place playing Renaissance.


The band is eagerly anticipating working with Kevin and moving forward together. We are now gearing up for the festive period and are looking forward to Butlins contest and the Area contest. The band are on the lookout for a couple of talented cornet player s to complete our team for the upcoming contest season – applications can be made in confidence to

Yorkshire Imps strengthen ranks with a blend of youth and experience 

The Yorkshire Imperial Urquart Travel Band are delighted to announce new signings as they continue to build solid foundations for the future. Kate Johnson and Adam Hofland Ward join on Repiano and Solo Cornet respectively, with Andi Cook completing the Bass line-up.


Kate started her playing career on flugel horn at the age of 7. She then spent many happy years playing at Maltby Miners Welfare Band, before joining Thoresby Colliery Band in 2003 on second cornet. In 2006 Kate became the bands flugel horn player and regular soloist. After a short break in 2010 she returned on repiano, taking part in the National Finals on Breath of Souls in 2011. Since then Kate has had the opportunity to return to flugel featuring as soloist at concerts and the 2016 National Finals on Journey of the Lone Wolf.


Adam, at the age of 15 is a fine young talent. He started playing at the age of 7, studying with David Essex at his local school. He is also a talented soprano player, and still plays with the Elland Silver Youth Band, the current European Youth Champions. He recently auditioned for the National Youth Band of Great Britain and successfully met the required standard.


Andi started his playing career with the Yorkshire Building Society Junior Band on Eb Bass before joining Yorkshire Co-op in 2004. He then received the call to join the Bb Bass ranks and has had successful spells with Wakefield Metropolitan, Hebden Bridge and Hammonds Saltaire, where he helped the band with their successful qualification for the British Open in 2014. More recently Andi has played with Slaithwaite and Drighlington, before joining the Imps. Andi is a keen writer and arranger and has worked on several notable projects, also writing solos for the principal players of Grimethorpe Colliery Band and James Shepherd Versatile Brass.


A spokesperson for the band commented 'We are delighted to welcome such talented players to the band as we prepare for an exciting programme of contest, concerts and CD recordings in 2018. It is a very exciting time to be part of the band.'

Eighteen brass bands from across Scotland will be making their way to Jedburgh early on Saturday (4 November). The bands will lock horns in the 17th Borders Entertainment Contest, being held in Jedburgh Town Hall.
The focus is on entertainment with each band playing a mini concert programme introduced by the inimitable Alasdair Hutton.
The adjudicators are respected brass band player/conductors Les Neish and Raymond Tennant. Bands will receive both written and 'voice-over' remarks which has proven a popular format in the past. There will be prizes for each section (2-4) as well as various individual and instrumental prizes.
"We are delighted with the entry for our contest once again this year," explained Scott Renwick Chairman of organisers Scottish Borders Brass Band Association. "It promises to be a great day of music and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Jedburgh," he added.
The contest gets underway at 9.30am and entry, payable at the door, costs £5 (under 18s go free).
The full list of bands taking part is as follows:
Bon Accord B
Broxburn & Livingston
Galashiels Town
Hawick Saxhorn
Irvine & Dreghorn
Jedforest Instrumental
Langholm Town
Newland Concert
Newmains & District
Peebles Burgh Silver
Penicuik Silver
Queensferry Community
Renfrew Burgh
Selkirk Silver
Shotts St. Patrick’s
St David’s Brass
St Ronan’s Silver

New Brass Band Music from Larch Music
Larch Music has released new titles for brass band in readiness for the festive concert season coming up.

This year we have announced some new titles that are not just festive hits but can be played any time of the year.

Larch Music’s David Beal said “We wanted to be slightly different this year by releasing new titles that could be used all year round including a hit from Frankie Goes to Hollywood that normally only gets played at Christmas but in reality the song never mentions Christmas at all!”

Great Band Music
Some firsts have been published by Larch Music from tracks that have never been arranged for brass band before like Jean-Michel Jarre’s “Oxygene Part 4”.

The Power of Love” as performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood features the lyrical playing of the flugel horn delicately accompanied by the band before they take over for the famous chorus.

Get your audiences clapping and sing with Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and The Foundation’s “Build Me Up Buttercup” and of course some of our best sellers like “Radio Ga Ga” and “Video Killed The Radio Star

Some of our older festive publications include:
 a beautiful arrangement of “In The Bleak Mid Winter”,
Christmas classic “Away In A Manger”,
Paul McCartney’s “Pipes of Peace”,
a trip through time with “In Dulci Jubilo
and an usual version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that will get your audience trying to sing along but…!

For more information:
For more information on all these titles and more, visit:
Score samples and sound clips are on the website to help you make your festive choices.

Wychavon Festival of Brass Championship Section Line Up
28th October 2017
Adjudicator Dr. Robert Childs
Entry to the 2018 Spring Festival for the highest placed eligible band (*)

10:30am - Brunel Brass*
11:00am - Langley Band*
11:30am - Hatfield Band
12:00pm - Enderby Band*
12:30pm - City of Cardiff Melingriffith Brass Band Organisation
1:00pm - Eccles Borough Band*
1:30pm - Yorkshire Imps Urquhart Travel Band
2:00pm - The BTM Brass Band*
3:00pm - Lanner and District Silver Band - Centre for musical excellence*
3:30pm - Sandhurst Silver Band*
4:00pm - Johnstone Band
4:30pm - Llwydcoed Brass Band
5:00pm - Tongwynlais Temperance Band
5:30pm - Foresters Brass*
6:00pm - Ebbw Valley Brass*
6:30pm - Jackfield Band
7:00pm - The Aveley & Newham Band
7:30pm - The Medway Band*
8:00pm - Bedworth Brass*. 

Wychavon Festival of Brass 1st Section Line Up
28th October 2017
Adjudicator Tom Davoren
11:30am - The BTM Brass Band
12:00pm - Oddfellows Brass
12:30pm - Sandhurst Silver Band
1:00pm - Crewe Brass
1:30pm - Langley Band
2:00pm - Enderby Band
3:00pm - Foresters Brass
3:30pm - Ebbw Valley Brass
4:00pm - Eccles Borough Band
4:30pm - Crofton Silver Band
5:00pm - Gresley Colliery Band
5:30pm - Johnstone Band

Wychavon Festival of Brass 2nd Section Line Up
28th October 2017
Adjudicator David Hirst
10:30am - Crewe Brass
11:00am - Avonbank (Evesham) Brass Band
11:30am - Blaenavon Town Band
12:00pm - The Haydock Band
12:30pm - Stourport on Severn Brass Band
1:00pm - Ammanford Town Silver Band
1:30pm - City of Cardiff Melingriffith Brass Band Organisation (*Withdrawn*) Playing times are due to change, TBC
2:00pm** - Crofton Silver Band
3:00pm** - Downton Band
3:30pm** - Weston Brass,
4:00pm** - Milton Keynes Brass

Wychavon Festival of Brass 3rd Section Line Up
28th October 2017
Adjudicator Anne Crookston
3:00pm - Stourport on Severn Brass Band
3:30pm - Oakdale Silver Band
4:00pm - Cross Keys Silver Band
4:30pm - Wem Jubilee Band
5:00pm - Arrow Valley Brass
5:30pm - Porthywaen Silver Band
6:00pm - Hawk Green Band
6:30pm - Ynyshir Brass Band
7:00pm - Cinderford Band
7:30pm - Jubilee Brass (Oxford) Band.

Wychavon Festival of Brass 4th Section Line Up
28th October 2017
Adjudicator Anne Crookston
10:30am - City of Wolverhampton Brass Band
11:00am - Rode Hall Silver Band
11:30am - Ledbury Community Brass
12:00pm - Oakdale Silver Band
12:30pm - Porthywaen Brass Band
1:00pm - Wem Jubilee Band

Results for The Stanley Entertainment Contest 2017
Section B
Adjudicator:- Daniel Brookes
1) Lanchester - Gareth Sykes
2) Billingham Silver - Vaughan Evans
3) Spennymoor Town - Neil Davies
4) Craghead Colliery - John Robson
Best Soloist :- Kieran Taylor - Craghead Colliery 
Best Percussion :- Billingham Silver
Best Entertainment :- Lanchester 
Section A
NASUWT Concert - John Bell - Withdrawn

Wychavon Festival of Brass Entertainment Contest 2017
Are you or your band going to the above event?
Find out everything you need to know about the contest here

New Music Released from Larch Music
Larch Music have released new music for the 2017 Autumn/Winter Concert Season.
Five great titles are now available for Brass Band
This timeless classic will get your audiences clapping and singing along to the famous chorus
Originally a hit for The Foundations back in 1968 with Colin Young singing lead vocals.
But now available as a brass band arrangement ready for your next concert.
A definite crowd pleaser and foot-tapper.
OXGENE PART 4 - Jean-Michel Jarre
Probably the most popular track from french composer Jean-Michel Jarre arranged here for brass band.
This is the fourth part from the album. Oxygène (English: Oxygen) is the third studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, and his first album not intended for use as a soundtrack. Oxygène consists of six tracks, numbered simply "Oxygène Part I" to "Part VI". It was first released in France in December 1976 with an international release following in the middle of 1977. The album reached number one on the French charts, number two on the UK charts and number 78 in the US charts.
THE POWER OF LOVE - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
The 1984 No. 1 from Frankie Goes To Hollywood has been brought to life in the brass band by David Beal "The Power of Love" is often regarded as a Christmas song, despite being released in November 1984, and having no reference to Christmas within the song lyrics. However, the accompanying video features the Nativity, and the single cover was The Assumptions of the Virgin. The song spent just one week at Number One in the UK Featuring the main verse tune on Flugel Horn and the rest of the band providing a delicate accompaniment before getting to grip with the famous Chorus. One to feature in your Christmas concert although as mentioned above it is not strictly a Christmas song so playable anytime of the year!
SOUL LIMBO - Booker T and The MG's
One of the most familiar TV Themes - "Test Match Cricket"
Suitable for most sections of band from Youth through to Championship
Great piece for your next concert
All titles priced at just £21.50 and available from Larch Music -

Results of The Pogson Bray Contest
1st East Riding Of Yorkshire Band
2nd Kippax Band
3rd Clifton & Lightcliffe Band
4th Emley Brass Band
Best 3rd section band Dinnington Colliery Band
Best 4th section band Friendly Band
Best Youth or Unregistered band not in the prizes - Thurlrstone Band
Best Youth Band - Shepherd Group Youth Band
Best March - Kippax Band
Best Soloist - Cameron Chapman, Emley.

Great news from Boobs and Brass
Today, we are sending £1868.95 to Breast Cancer Now.
This amount is made up as follows:-
£1000.00 - Sally Thornburn, one of our trombonists, was nominated to be a `Swinton Diamond` by her employer, Swinton Insurance, and Sally chose Breast Cancer Now to be the recipient of this donation. Thank you Sally - and well done!
£470.25 - Our concert at the Priory Place Methodist Church in Doncaster. In addition to this, the Church also received the same amount. 
£50.00 - At our Doncaster concert, we auctioned a Doncaster Rovers Football shirt, framed and signed by the players. This was the amount raised and we thank Alan Needham most sincerely for donating this to our cause.
£248.70 - Recently, another one of our trombone players - Melanie Bones - lost her beloved mother, and the family requested donations if people wished, rather than flowers. We would like to pass on our condolences on to Mel and her family for their loss.
This takes our total fundraising up to £216,133 - £182,536 to Breast Cancer Research - £33,597 to other charities.
Thank you all for you continued support.
Jane & Maggie

Full Results of Competing Bands at The Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 14th October
Test Piece: 'Gallery' — Howard Snell
Adjudicators: Phillip McCann, Howard Snell, Luc Vertommen
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 (Michael Fowles)
7. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
8. Redbridge (Jeremy Wise)
9. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
10. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
11. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)
12. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
13. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
14. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
15. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
16. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
17. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)
18. Tongwynlais Temperance (Ian Holmes)
19. Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)
20. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
Best Instrumentalist: Kathleen Gaspoz (cornet) — Brighouse & Rastrick
* Top 4 pre-qualified for 2018 National Final
** Denotes qualification for 2019 European Brass Band Championships as highest placed English representative.

Robert Burnett appointed as New Musical Director of Rogerstone Community Band
The Rogerstone Community Band are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director, Mr Robert Burnett.  
Rob started playing as a boy in the Salvation Army under the tutelage of his Father. After leaving the Salvation Army he went on to play Solo Euphonium with some of the top brass bands in Wales, these include, The Cory Band, Tredegar and Parc & Dare.
Having played under many of the very finest conductors in the Brass Band world he decided he would like to pass all that vast experience on and combine conducting with playing.
He has coached and conducted many bands in South Wales including a spell as resident conductor with the Tredegar Band. Travelling further afield he accepted invitations to conduct, teach and play throughout mainland Europe and Scandinavia.
After spending several years living in France, where Rob played and conducted with several music ensembles, he returned to South Wales and has been very busy since helping to coach several bands whilst maintaining his role as Solo Euphonium with the Mid Rhondda Band.
This is a very exciting time for The Rogerstone Community Band and we are looking forward to working with such an inspirational and talented conductor and bandsman.
We would like to extend our thanks and best wishes to Andy Wareham, who had directed the band from its re-launch in February 2017. Andy has decided to focus his time and effort on his studies and his extremely busy schedule with RWCMD and M2 brass band. 

Draw for Competing Bands at The Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 14th October
Test Piece: 'Gallery' — Howard Snell
Commence: 10.00am
Adjudicators: Phillip McCann, Howard Snell, Luc Vertommen
  1. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
  2. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray) 
  3. NASUWT Riverside (Dave Roberts)
  4. Tongwynlais Temperance (Ian Holmes)
  5. Whitburn (Michael Fowles)
  6. Redbridge (Jeremy Wise)
  7. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)
  8. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
  9. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott) 
  10. Cory (Philip Harper)
  11. Fodens (Bramwell Tovey)
  12.  Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)
  13. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
  14. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
  15. Fairey (Gary Garry Cutt)
  16. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
  17. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
  18. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
  19. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
  20. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)

List of Competing Bands at The Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 14th October
Test Piece: 'Gallery' — Howard Snell
Commence: 10.00am
Adjudicators: Phillip McCann, Howard Snell, Luc Vertommen
Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
Cory (Philip Harper)
Fairey (Garry Cutt)
Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)
Fodens (Bramwell Tovey)
Friary Guildford (Chris King)
Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
Redbridge (Jeremy Wise)
Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)
Tongwynlais Temperance (Ian Holmes)
Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
Whitburn (Michael Fowles)
Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)

New signings at Blackburn & Darwen Band
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 1st horn Megan Weir, who has previously played at Hazel Grove and more recently Pemberton where she was part of the National finals winning band.
Megan has also been the solo horn player of Fodens Youth Band. Joining on 2nd horn is Kath Taylor who joins from Goodshaw Band.
Finally joining on Flugel Horn is Anne Taylor who also joins from Goodshaw where she held the Principal Cornet Chair.
Commenting on the signings MD Neil Samuel told Brass Band Radio: I'd like to welcome all of the new players to Blackburn. There is a real mix of youth and experience which is bringing a new and fresh atmosphere to the bandroom".

The Co-op Funeralcare Band North West Remembrance Concert
The Co-op Funeralcare Band North West are delighted to announce that after years of absence we will host a "Music of Remembrance" concert on Remembrance weekend this year. November 12th, the venue is Nantwich Civic Hall starting at 7 pm
Guest performers for the evening are the Peace Choir of St Mary's Catholic School Crewe
The event will honour events traditionally and modern
Come to a first class musical evening with a special remembrance theme in NANTWICH Civic Hall

Can you help Wychavon Festival of Brass?
Volunteers needed!
To help make our contest on Saturday 28th October amazing, we could do with some additional helpers.
We could do with some assistance between 8:30am-1pm or 5pm-9pm.
Free ticket for any helpers!
Any takers?
Thank you!

Ware Brass say Goodbye and Hello!
This month Ware Brass say goodbye to three members of the band, Paul Skerry (2nd baritone) is moving out of the area to start a new career and after 7 years playing in the band we wish him all the best for the future, we hope to see him back to join in for Christmas concerts when he returns to the area to visit family for the festive season.
Tom Huttlestone has moved to Brighton to study Aeronautical Engineering, but not too far away that he won’t be back in the holidays to play with the band and his Dad, the band’s principle cornet player Mark. Good luck Tom!
After 8 years in the band Ian Muncey has decided to focus on his trumpet and will be playing in local Big Bands, so look out for him at local gigs and we wish him all the best for the future.
Ware Brass are in the lucky position to have sufficient cornet players that we will only be recruiting to cover the Repiano seat, and would welcome applicants for this position.
We also welcome Simon Wilson to the band on 2nd baritone, Simon has been a regular helper and friend of Ware Brass and so we now are delighted to have him on-board as a permanent member.
The band, under MD Craig Patterson, are now busy preparing for their show, A Journey Thought Space and Time, which will be held on Saturday 18th November in the Drill Hall, Ware. This is always a fabulous night full of surprises! Tickets can be purchased online by CLICKING HERE

Worthing Silver Band Brass Bandathon
Worthing Silver Band are holding Brassbandathon at St Paul's, Worthing, West Sussex on Saturday 21st October It's a free 12 hour concert featuring 9 brass bands from around the South in aid of Children in Need. Pudsey Bear will be there and we're holding a grand raffle. 

2017 West Wales BBA Burry Port Contest Results
Championship Section:
Adjudicator: Ian Porthouse
1. Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins) — 196
2. Ebbw Valley Brass (Gareth Ritter) — 195
3. Llwydcoed (Chris Turner) — 194
4. Tylorstown (Gary Davies) — 193
5. Pontardulais Town (Paul Jenkins) — 192
6. City of Cardiff M1 (Nigel Seaman) — 191
7. Burry Port Town (Christopher Bond) — 190
8. Markham District Colliery (Matthew Rowe) — 188
Best Instrumentalist: Lawrence Savage (cornet) — Ebbw Valley
Best Percussion Section: Goodwick Brass
Best Soprano: Ellen Waite (Ebbw Valley)
First Section:
Adjudicator: Ian Porthouse
1. Lewis Merthyr (Craig Roberts) — 190
2. Abergavenny Borough (Sean O'Neill) — 189
3. Briton Ferry Silver (Jeff Pearce) — 184
4. BTM (Jeff Hutcherson) — 183
5. Ammanford Town (Glyn Davies) — 182
Best Instrumentalist: Zoe Alexander (flugel) — Lewis Merthyr
Second Section:
Adjudicator: Nigel Seaman
1. Mid Rhondda (Thomas Coaches) (Alan Gibbs) — 189
2. Newport Borough (Robin Hackett) — 187
3. Crwbin Silver (Craig Roberts) — 186
4. RAF St Athan (Alan Bourne) — 183
5. Mellingriffith 2 (Andy Wareham) — 182
6. Penclawdd Brass (Tony Small) — 181
7. Crosskeys Silver (Mike Davies) — 179
Best Instrumentalist: Rob Burnett (euphonium) — Mid Rhondda
Third Section:
Adjudicator: Dean Wright
1. Upper Rhondda (Jayne Thomas) — 182
2. Usk Brass (Jeff Jones) — 180
3. Cwmtawe Youth (Wayne Pederick) — 178
4. Ynyshir (Gary Davies) — 176
5. Severn Tunnel (Daniel Hall) — 175
Best Instrumentalist: (cornet) — Upper Rhondda Band
Fourth Section:
Adjudicator: Dean Wright
1. Oakdale Silver (Kerry Bowden) — 172
2. Phoenix Brass (Luke Jenkins) — 170
3. Gwaun Cae Gurwen (Jeff Hutcherson) — 168
Best Instrumentalist: (soprano) Oakdale Silver
Youth Section:
Adjudicator: Dean Wright
Best Performance of the Day: Rhondda Fach Youth
The Best Section Award: Rhondda Fach Youth
Gold Award:
Rhondda Fach Youth
Mellingriffith Youth
Silver Award:
Milford Haven Junior
Upper Rhondda Junior
Bronze Award:
Gwaun Cae Gurwen Junior
Burry Port Junior
Oldest player in contest: John Walters (Upper Rhondda Brass) — 90 years of age
Youngest player in contest: Noah Davies (Rhondda Fach Youth) — 7 years of age

Woodfalls Band set to open the Gallery
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 well-known paintings by Paul Cox, Henry Raeburn, Caitriona Campbell, Henri Matisse and John Knox.
The open rehearsal will be held at Burgate School in Fordinbridge, on Wednesday 11th October starting at 8pm sharp.
The rehearsal is free to attend and everyone is welcome.
The school’s full address is Burgate School, Salisbury Rd, Fordingbridge SP6 1EZ
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