BBE looks for contesting views and opinions...

Brass Bands England is looking for you to tell them about your views and opinions on the purpose and structure of contesting. So make sure you have your say...

  BBE is looking for your opinion...

Following the success of its recent Brass Band Conference held in Sale, Brass Bands England (BBE) has announced that it's to launch the first phase of its follow-up survey to find out more about the brass band community's views and opinions on contesting.

The Conference, under the banner heading of 'Better Banding for All', saw a number of different topics and issues explored and discussed, including a panel discussion on the purpose and structure of brass band contests.


Following the debate a 'show of hands' from delegates saw them vote overwhelmingly in favour of investigating constructive changes in the structure of brass band contesting.

BBE has now announced that it intends to produce a report into band contesting in the UK. It has stated that it will be "reflecting fully the views of all stakeholders in the banding community".

It was confirmed that central to this report will be a comprehensive survey, to which they say "...everyone with an interest in brass banding will be invited to contribute", with the aim that "BBE would like to know the questions you would like us to ask on your behalf."

It is understood that contest organisers will be invited to make submissions directly, but in order to make the project as comprehensive as possible BBE would also welcome the views of all interested members of the brass band public.

The question

The question being asked currently is: 'On which aspects of contesting would you like to know the views of the brass band public?'

BBE Partnership & Development Manager, Dr Alex Parker, who is leading the project, told 4BR: "As far as we are aware, this is the first time that all members of the banding community will have been asked what they think about contesting in such a comprehensive way, as well as looking for their solutions to some of the perceived problems facing bands.

We will be applying academic rigour to the process of creating the report to make sure the report presents an unbiased reflection of the true feelings about contesting, and this starts with the process of creating the survey in the first place."

We will be applying academic rigour to the process of creating the report to make sure the report presents an unbiased reflection of the true feelings about contestingBBE Partnership & Development Manager, Dr Alex Parker

Have your say

To have your questions considered for the process, please send e-mail to alex@bbe.org.uk

The closing date is: Saturday 14th December.

BBE confirmed that all contributions will be treated confidentially and nothing will be specifically attributed to any person or organisation in the resulting survey.

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Haverhill celebrates 200th birthday in virtual isolation

June 6 • The 200th anniversary of Haverhill will be marked by musical celebrations very much of the present and possibly immediate future.

Richard Evans

Any time, any place any where promised by Brass Band Summer School Course

June 6 • Richard Evans will certainly be keeping delegates busy at any time they wish with the virtual music making on this year's Brass Band Summer School course.


Glimmer of Butlin's hope for 2021

June 5 • Butlin's announce that they are looking at government proposals to see if they can open again in the not too distant future — although social distancing rules still pose huge challenges to live music weekends.


Bugle returns in a different dimension...

June 5 • There may not be a contest this year but you will still be able to enjoy the music and atmosphere of the iconic Cornish event thanks to a special on-line broadcast.

Regent Hall Concerts - International Trombone Ensemble

Friday 5 June • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. (Opposite RESERVED). London. W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ

Foden's Band - Parr Hall, Warrington

Thursday 11 June • Pyramid Parr Hall, Palmyra Square S, Warrington WA1 1BL

Black Dyke Band - Halifax Minster

Thursday 11 June • The Causeway, Halifax HX1 1QL

Black Dyke Band - Black Dyke Arts Festival

Sunday 21 June • The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD

Foden's Band - Prescot Festival

Friday 26 June • Prescot Church,, Church St, Prescot L34 3LA

Deepcar Brass Band

May 23 • Deepcar Band has a vacancy for a MUSICAL DIRECTOR. We are a 3rd section contesting band, rehearsing Monday & Friday nights.Our bandroom is equal distance to Sheffield, Barnsley & Huddersfield.

Chadderton Band

May 21 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Come along to one of our rehearsals.

Forest of Dean Brass

May 21 • We are currently looking for a Euphonium and Front Row Cornet to join our friendly and ambitious 1st Section Band. We undertake a broad range of activities from supporting community events, charities and Contests, coming 3rd at the West of England Areas.

Stephen Tighe

Adjudicator / Music Director / Arranger


 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd