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Have your say in the Brass Bands England Survey

Not a Brass Bands England member yet? The organisation has issued a call-out for views and opinions from the wider banding sector. And it’s your chance to win yourself a free membership.

If you currently play in a band or are a part of the brass band community but aren’t currently a BBE member, you can complete the short survey to share your needs and wishes from a representative banding body for England.

For members who wish to share their views, a separate questionnaire has already been circulated to the main contact at each member band.

Kenny Crookston, Chief Executive Officer of Brass Bands England said:

“It’s really important that we as the representative body for bands in England continue to consult with the wider brass banding sector, not just our current members. We aim to provide value both to current members and those still considering joining us while remaining affordable and accessible in everything we offer. This survey will help us to continue to do that in the most effective ways possible.”

Surveys completed before the deadline of Friday 2 April 2021 will be entered into a prize draw, the winner of which will receive an Individual BBE Membership worth £25.

Complete the survey at

BBE Conductors’ Association 2021 Virtual Competition


Brass Band Conductors’ Association announces 2021 Virtual Conducting Competition The Brass Band Conductor’s Association (BBCA) has announced that it will once again be holding its flagship Conducting Competition, this year as a virtual event, with judging of the three finalists taking place online on June 27, 2021. 

The Geelong Town Band Australia and James Ord Hume - 1900

The 20th Century  march was written by James Ord Hume to welcome in the new century and was the 1st prize winner in the Champion Journal's 'Five Guinea March Competition'. The newly formed Geelong Town Band of Australia gave the premiere in 1900. This turned out to be one of his most popular marches. During World War II the printing plates and original proofs were destroyed in the blitz. This has resulted in the march not being published since that bombing.  

UK Banding bodies unite to Highlight importance of Touring for Musicians at all Levels

Today representatives of banding bodies in the four UK nations met with Caroline Dinenage MP to discuss the impact of post-Brexit travel restrictions on musicians and bands.


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