MARVELLOUS MARCUS - BB meets composer and performer, Marcus Venables

Issue 6103

NATIONALS UNCERTAINTY - Bands withdraw amid COVID concerns

TIME CAPSULE - Sandy Smith on a magical moment in time for Black Dyke


Concern over Nationals update delay

Thursday 5 August, 2021 The organiser of the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain has faced criticism over the time taken to issue COVID-19-related guidance after one of the qualifying bands claimed it was left with no option but to withdraw amid the uncertainty. Read full article

New MD at Dodworth

Wednesday 4 August, 2021 Following the departure of the long-serving Eliot Darwin, Dodworth Colliery Band has appointed the experienced John Morahan as its new musical director. Read full article

2022 return for Youth Champs

Monday 2 August, 2021 Following a COVID-enforced absence, youth bands will be able to enjoy a return to the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, which are to take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, 2022. Read full article

Foden's to provide Nationals preview

Saturday 31 July, 2021 Audience members preparing to attend the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain will be able to whet their appetites with a preview on the eve of the contest, led by Foden’s Band. Read full article

Countdown on to NYBBS 2021

Thursday 29 July, 2021 Excitement is building as more than 100 young people from all over Scotland prepare to descend on Perthshire for the National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland (NYBBS) summer courses. Read full article

Band Camp in funding boost

Monday 26 July, 2021 The UniBrass Foundation is to benefit from an Arts Council England grant of nearly £15,000 as it seeks to deliver an exciting new playing and social experience for young musicians. Read full article


The conductors' toolkit - part three

Wednesday 4 August, 2021 In the third and final part of his series The Conductors’ Toolkit, ‘master builder’ Philip Harper writes exclusively for British Bandsman about two more crucial areas of consideration when it comes to picking up the pieces of a banding building project left largely untouched during the pandemic. Read full article

A fitting tribute

Wednesday 16 June, 2021 Micah Parsons has shone a light on the story of his great-grandfather, as part of an innovative project with brass music at its heart. Read full article

Hopping back into the saddle

Tuesday 8 June, 2021 Trumpet star Matilda Lloyd on her musical career to date, including her experiences with brass bands, and resuming her fast-paced international career as COVID restrictions relax. Read full article

Fountain of youth

Sunday 30 May, 2021 Elland Silver Youth Band's inspirational MD Samantha Harrison chats about keeping momentum going during the pandemic, reflects on the band’s highlights to date and looks, with optimism, to the coming weeks and months. Read full article

Racking up the miles

Saturday 22 May, 2021 Bass trombonist Adrian Hirst chats fundraising, his distinguished performing career and the accident that changed his life. Read full article

Creating a legacy

Wednesday 19 May, 2021 Foden's Band's principal cornet player and band manager, Mark Wilkinson, chats to British Bandsman editor Mark Good about the organisation's latest funding success, the upcoming online Whit Friday March Contest and much more. Read full article