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Spirit of Listen to the Band to live on with BrassPass!

Tuesday 3 April, 2018

BrassPass - a new state-of-the-art multi-media platform - is about to unite brass communities across the world and bring the very best that brass banding has to offer into the homes of music lovers everywhere!

Brought to you by IBB Media Ltd. - David Kinross (President, Whitburn Band), Martin Gernon of the Centre Stage Group and British Bandsman Managing Editor Kenny Crookston - BrassPass will feature live streaming of major brass band contests and concerts, have new video shows concentrating on community and youth banding across the world, archived content and additional new audio and video content uploaded regularly for subscribers.

There’s more! BrassPass has secured the services of the ‘Voice of Brass Bands’ - Frank Renton - whose Radio 2 show Listen to the Band will be retired by the BBC on 8 May. Frank Renton: Still Listening to the Band will be our free-to-air fortnightly show - available only at and bringing listeners across the world the chance to keep in touch with all the latest developments in the world of brass.

Frank Renton commented: “I am thrilled that the spirit of Listen to the Band will now live on under this incredible new platform. Being available worldwide, the show will have an international focus and feature topical news articles as well as the very best brass music in the world!”

The first edition of Frank Renton: Still Listening to the Band will be available from 15 May.

BrassPass launches this Thursday (5 April) with a cracker! Champions in Concert - live from Edinburgh - will feature current Scottish Champion Whitburn and the number one band in the world since 2007 - Cory! Access to the concert is available worldwide with a one-day concert pass for just £4.99. Visit for all the details.



Then there is the mouth-watering prospect of the 2018 European Brass Band Championships - live from Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 4-6 May. BrassPass will be there throughout the weekend bringing live, top-quality audio and video coverage of the contests, gala concert and results ceremony - hosted on secure servers with access to unlimited broadcast bandwidth, thus ensuring quality retention throughout the stream.

Speaking on behalf of the BrassPass team, David Kinross commented: “We have lined up a terrific array of new presenters for our groundbreaking service, plus there are also a number of new initiatives planned including online masterclasses, exclusive concert performances, recitals and live streaming of major brass band competitions around the world. Subscriptions to BrassPass start at just £6.99 per month and represent terrific value for any lover of brass band music. Whichever part of the world you are in, register today at!”