LIVING THE DREAM - B&R bari star Amy Ewen chats to BB

Issue 6140

END OF THE ROAD - Jeans' tenure at GUS comes to a close

CONCERT REVIEW - Tredegar shines at Newbury Spring Festival

SADLY MISSED - Richard Evans laid to rest

BIDDING FAREWELL - Stephen Allen says goodbye to Lancaster British Brass Band

British Bandsman - the world's leading brass publication


Mark Good


Contributors and consultants

Paul Bennett

Julian Bright

Dr Robert Childs

Dr Joel Collier

Dr Jonathan Corry

Anne Crookston

Kenneth Crookston

Owen Farr

Martin Gernon

Sophie Hart

Chris Helme

Paul Hindmarsh

David Kinross

Dr Liz Lane

Tim Mutum

Les Neish

Arfon Owen

Alex Parker

Malcolm Quinn

Frank Renton

Chris Robertson

John Stirzaker ARPS

Andy Straiton

Glenn Van Looy

John Ward

Richard Ward

Ryan Watkins

Allan Withington

Dr Roger Webster

Malcolm Wood



British Bandsman was founded in London in September 1887 by Sam Cope (1856-1948) as The British Bandsman: A monthly magazine for Bandmasters and members of Military and Brass Bands. The magazine was printed monthly until its frequency was increased to weekly in 1902 after John Henry Iles purchased the publishing company Richard Smith & Co.

Subsequent owners have included Bandsman's Press Ltd. (prior to 1977), Austin Catelinet Ltd. (1977-2000), Kapitol Media and Events Ltd. (2000-04) and The Salvation Army (2004-15). In April 2015, British Bandsman was sold to KGC Media Ltd., a company formed by the publication's current Managing Editor. In edition 5946 of 1 October 2016, it was announced that British Bandsman would be subsequently be published monthly.

British Bandsman Editors

James Waterson (1) - 1887-88

Sam Cope (2) - 1888-95

James Browne (3) - 1895-98

Sam Cope - 1899-1906

Herbert Whiteley (4) - 1906-30

Sam Cope - 1930-42

John Henry Iles (5) - 1942-51

Eric Ball (6) - 1951-63

Alfred Mackler (7) - 1963-64

Eric Ball - 1964-67

Geoffrey Brand (8) - 1967-75

Robert D. Alexander (9) - 1975-77 

Peter Wilson (10) - 1977-2000

Nicola Bland (11) - 2000-04

Kenneth Crookston (12) - 2004-2018

Andrew Wainwright (13) - 2018 - 2019

Mark Good (14) - 2019 - present

With its outstanding team of contributors, British Bandsman remains at the forefront of the brass band media and an important catalyst for debate in the worldwide banding community. In addition to the monthly magazine and website, British Bandsman maintains its high profile through its involvement as a sponsoring partner of the European Brass Band Championships and the Brass in Concert Championship.