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Upbeat future for conductors' association

Monday 9 November, 2020

The organisation which represents brass band conductors has been given a new name and a fresh look as it aims towards a bright future.

The Brass Band Conductors’ Association (formerly the National Association of Brass Band Conductors) unveiled its rebrand at a recent online relaunch event, presented in conjunction with Brass Bands England. Its new logo has been designed by North West of England-based agency, artworks54.

Explaining the refresh, president Russell Gray said: “We will now be known as the Brass Band Conductors’ Association (BBCA) to reflect the wider international interest in the association’s activities. Our flagship conducting competition has been a truly international event, with winners from Scotland and the Republic of Ireland to Australia and the USA.

“This rebranding is the latest in a series of exciting initiatives after entering into a partnership with Brass Bands England. With our fantastic regional representatives, we are planning a series of webinars, networking events, and looking to expand our mentoring scheme.”

The relaunch event concluded with a presentation by London and Southern Counties representative Alan Duguid, entitled Keep Calm and Carry on Banding. Alan’s session focused on remote strategies for conductors to keep their bands together during the pandemic.

David Thornton, North of England representative, commented: “With the new look and relaunch, we are keen to encourage a conductors’ community. For some reason, brass band conductors don’t seem to talk to each other. We need to start chatting and learning from each other, so our job as regional reps is as a conduit to get these conversations going.”

Membership of the Brass Band Conductors’ Association, which costs £44, includes a free professional DBS check, access to insurance deals and discount on BBCA and BBE events.  It also includes free membership of BBE.

More information is here.