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A prescription to the nation...

December 11
The health and well being benefits of playing in a brass band have pricked the interest of the national media this week...


Christmas is coming...

December 11 • The sight and sounds of the festive season can already be heard in all parts of the country...


New entertainment competition to be launched in North East Derbyshire

December 11 • Entries are now being sought for a new entertainment contest in North East Derbyshire in June 2020 at a great venue backed by a generous prize fund.


4BR Shop: Remo TA-5210-70 Fiberskyn3 Tambourine

December 11 • Get jingling this festive season with a great tambourine from the percussion experts at Ev-entz

A4 Brass

A4 Quartet launch new search for compositional talent

December 11 • The award winning A4 Brass Quartet has launched its third annual Composition Competition

4BR Shop: Heavy Bottom Cap for Besson Prestige tenor horn

December 11 • Put something a little heavy in the bottom of your favourite tenor horn player's stocking this Christmas...

4BR Shop: Wallace flugel horn practice mute

December 10 • Something nice to unwrap under the tree this Christmas — and to keep your mellow flugel sound in tip-top trim for the start of the New Year.

From Abblasen to Zorsi Trombetta da Modon...

December 10 • The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments has been named as one of the outstanding academic titles of 2019 by the Association of College and Research Librarians...

4BR Quiz: Mid week quiz

December 10 • Another little brain tickler to get right to win three great CDs to put in someone's stocking...

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Valaisia Brass Band after he led them to a fifth consecutive National title.

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents Band after they won the First Division Swiss National title in Montreux

2019 Brass in Concert

2019 Brass in Concert

November 22 • You can still enjoy the action from the 2019 Brass in Concert Championships from World of Brass - so don't miss a note...

David Childs: The Symphonic Euphonium Vol II

David Childs: The Symphonic Euphonium Vol II

November 13 • David Childs has just launched his critically acclaimed second Symphonic Euphonium CD - and you can now get your hands on it yourself to enjoy in full...

Extinction Rebellion: Will insularity cause the death of the UK brass band movement?

Extinction Rebellion: Will insularity cause the death of the UK brass band movement?

December 12 • Austerity cuts may have created huge problems, but will the banding movement's own self-imposed insularity be the ultimate cause of its demise...

4BR Hall of Fame: No3: Stanley Boddington

December 8 • One of the great brass band conductors of the second half of the 20th century — and a man whose genuine personal modesty made him an even greater musician.

The plastic revolution: The right performance key for the future?

December 7 • 4BR looks at how the Warwick Music Group's recyclable plastic instruments could help secure the future of the musical brass band planet through technology and fun...

2019 Swiss Nationals: As it happened

November 24 • All the action from the 2019 Swiss Nationals — as it happened.

CD review: Lago

December 10 • The Music of Simon Kerwin. Rothwell Temperance Band. Conductor: David Roberts. Soloists: Philip Tait, Joe Heartfield, James McCabe, Matt Spriggs . KMJ Recordings: Mode for...

CD review: Couleurs en Mouvements (Moving Colors)

December 6 • Amy Schumaker Bliss. Accompanist: Kelly Lin. CD: 888295936064

CD review: Spot on! The Next Generation of Euphonium Music

December 4 • Fabian Bloch. Featuring: Francoise Killian (piano); Michael Meinen (percussion). GENUIN Recordings: CD GEN19679

# Band Points
2Black Dyke999.88
3Brighouse and Rastrick855.13
5Valaisia Brass Band668.83
7Paris Brass Band503.75
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery442.65

Black Dyke Band - Queensbury Parish Church

Thursday 12 December • Holy Trinity Church, West End, Queensbury, West Yorkshire, BD13 2AD

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band "Christmas with the Ban

Friday 13 December • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE

Regent Hall Concerts - Coldstream Guards Jazz Orchestra

Friday 13 December • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ

Essex Police Band - The Chelmsford Community Gospel Choir

Saturday 14 December • Christchurch, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0AW 

Essex Police Band - Chelmsford Gospel Choir and Chelmsford Boys Bridga

Saturday 14 December • Christchurch. New London Road . Chelmsford . CM2 0AW CM2 0AW

Crewe Brass

December 12 • Crewe Brass is looking for a Solo cornet to complete our line up. Our Principal cornet seat is available for the right candidate. . We are a 2nd section band, with intentions of getting back into the 1st section!

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

December 11 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, in particular cornets, euphonium and Eb bass, but all are welcome. We play at local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off J13 of the M5.

Bollington Brass Band

December 10 • New year New challenge?. . We are looking for a kit percussionist and a bass Trombone. . The band will be playing in the North West first section this year and have a sensible concert programme. We rehearse Monday and Thursday 8-10pm in Bollington.

Duncan A. Beckley

Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher


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