Fivemiletown Contest Details and Draw
The Brass Band League are excited to announce details of our upcoming entertainment contest to be held in the Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown on Saturday 1st March 2014.
16 bands have
entered the contest with the first band due on stage at 10am. The running order
Competing bands will be notified of finer details in due course.
The draw is as follows:
Old Boys Silver Band
Memorial Silver Band
1. Dynamic Brass
Festival of Brass 2013 Draw
draw for the Festival of Brass entertainment
competition was made at yesterday's BBL meeting.
(Metal Technology) Band
*Laganvale requested draw No. 1. No objections were raised.
Larne Old Boys Silver Band
Youth Bands (Sunday morning)
Brass Youth Band
2014 Contest Dates Confirmed
The dates for
2014 Brass Band League contests are as follows:
Festival of Brass 2013 Update
More details are now available for the forthcoming 2013 Festival of Brass which is being run in association with the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast.
Now in its third year, the Festival will run at the university over the weekend of Saturday 23rd November and Sunday 24th November.
A brief schedule of events is:
The workshops and masterclasses will be led by members of the Cory Band who can only be described as musicians who are well and truly at the top of their game.
Admission to the Entertainment Contest is £5, payable at the door.
Tickets for the Cory Band concert are now on sale. Please see here for more details.
An information letter for bands, including contest entry form, is now available from our Downloads page.
Please contact our secretary for more details.
Cory are Coming!
The Brass Band League are delighted to announce that the world famous Cory Band will be performing a Gala Concert on Sunday 24th November in the Whitla Hall, Belfast as part of the Festival of Brass 2013.
More details to follow soon
Spring Festival at The Alley
The Brass Band League returns to the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Saturday 27th April with their Spring Festival competition as part of the North West Music Festival.
18 brass bands will be taking to the stage on the day across 6 different sections with renowned composer, arranger, tuba player & educator Andy Duncan judging their performances.
Tickets are available at the door. Contact our secretary for more details.
Conductor Vacancy at Dungannon
Dungannon Silver Band have a vacancy for a conductor. The band rehearses on Tuesday nights 8-10pm. Should you be interested in this vacancy please contact
Philip Williamson on 0-7-7-9-2 1-4-7-1-7-7-9
David Leonard on 0-7-7-6-1 9-1-1-5-6-0
Fivemiletown 2013 Draw Available
The draw for the upcoming Brass in Concert contest at the Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown was made at the recent BBL council meeting on Saturday 2nd February. The day's proceedings will commence at 9:30am. Details of the draw are as follows:
Maguiresbridge Silver Band
Mark’s Silver Band
Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band
Festival of Brass 2012 Draw Available
The BBL are pleased to confirm that the draw
has now been made for the upcoming Festival of Brass Entertainment Contest to be held on 24th November in the Whitla Hall, Belfast in association with the School of Creative Arts at Queen's University.
1.1st Larne Old Boys Silver Band
1. Dungarvan Brass Band
1. St Mark's Silver Band
1. Laganvale Youth Band
1. Lourdes Brass Band
1. Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band
2013 Contest Dates Confirmed
The dates for 2013 contests were confirmed at yesterday's BBL meeting. Dates are as follows:
Vacancy at Wellington Memorial
Wellington Memorial Silver Band are currently seeking to recruit a Principal Cornet player. Enquiries should be directed to band secretary Patricia Gibson on 0-7-7-9-9 4-9-7-4-5-4 or patriciagibsonband [@] gmail.com
Comber Brass Scholarship Scheme
Comber Silver Band is pleased to announce the introduction of a scholarship scheme to help develop the talent of local brass players. Under the scheme, 2 people will have the opportunity to have free lessons for a year, provided by the Band’s conductor, Wesley Thompson. Those selected will have the opportunity to play with the Band, to further develop their skills.
Although no playing qualifications are required to apply for a scholarship, it is expected that successful candidates will be already playing at around grade 6 standard. An open night will be held in Comber Primary School, at 8:00 pm on Wednesday 13th June. This will provide interested individuals, and family and friends, the opportunity to hear the Band, meet the conductor and members, and to find out more about the scheme.
Contact the band’s website for details www.comberbrass.co.uk
or the band’s secretary Cara Jane Smyth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comber Brass - Composer in Residence
Comber Silver Band is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Thompson as its first Composer in Residence. Andrew is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has a wide musical background, from his role as a classroom teacher to church organist and playing clarinet, saxophone and piano as a soloist and in jazz bands, function bands, theatre orchestras and various other ensembles. Although he never trained as a percussionist, he has played percussion in contest winning performances with both Comber Silver Band and the First Old Boys’ Band, including a performance which won the best percussion prize in the top section of the Brass Band League Championships.
The Band’s conductor, Wesley Thompson commented, “I am looking forward to working with my son in developing new concert repertoire for the Band and for our junior band, Laureldale Brass Ensemble. He has grown up in a brass band family and, whilst he would not regard himself as a “brass bander”, he has a good understanding of brass band scoring and a good understanding of me, and the way I want the Band’s programming to progress. I have been impressed by arrangements he has done for various ensembles and by his original compositions for choir, and I am pleased that this opportunity to further develop and showcase his talent as a composer has become available.
Band Chairman, Lawrence Balhaam, said, “We are excited by this new partnership and we look forward to working with Andrew in producing compositions and arrangements that will be enjoyed by Comber Silver Band, Laureldale Brass Ensemble and our audiences”.
Lurgan SA Band Hosts James Fountain
Lurgan Salvation Army Band will celebrate its 120th Anniversary in style with the help of some very special guests.
Brass in Concert (Fivemiletown) 2012 Results
Results for the Brass in Concert entertainment contest held at the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown are here
Solos & Quartets 2012 Results
The BBL Solos & Quartets competition took place on 11th February 2012 in Malone Presbyterian Church Halls, Belfast. Although slightly down on last year, there were still a fantastic number of entries with 122 in Junior Sections and 69 in Senior Sections. Particularly encouraging was the number of young musicians competing in the senior sections, with many being awarded prizes. Dr Windsor Hylands noted the high quality of many of the performances. A particular vote of thanks was offered on the day to all of the accompanists who worked extremely hard before and during the event and also to Downshire Brass who provided the catering and helped to prepare the venue.
Results are here
Fivemiletown Draw Available
The draw for the Fivemiletown contest was made at yesterday's BBL Delegates meeting. 18 bands will compete on the day. Details of the draw are as follows:
5th Grade / Unaffiliated: 1. Kilskeery Silver Band
Entry Forms for Spring Festival Now Available
Entry forms for the upcoming Spring Festival contest on 31st March are now available on our Downloads page
Festival of Brass Recordings Now Available
For a limited time, the recordings made at the Festival of Brass are now available for download from the
Brass Band League website. Click here for more details.
Sounds of Brass Online Radio Programme
Please tune in on Monday 9th January at 8pm to www.strabaneradio.com to hear Sounds of Brass with Paddy Band. Programme will focus on Brass Band music both national and local with reference to brass in other areas such as classical, jazz, rock and pop music. Look forward to your company and any feedback you would like to provide about the show.
Paddy McGarrigle (Strabane Concert Brass)
QUB Festival of Brass Draw Available
The BBL are pleased to confirm that the draw has now been made for the upcoming Festival of Brass Entertainment Contest to be held on 26th November in the Whitla Hall, Belfast in association with the School of Cultural Arts at Queen's University. Details are as follows:
1. 1st Old Boys Youth Band
1. 1st Larne Old Boys Silver Band
1. CWA Brass
1. Templemore Band
1. 1st Old Boys Silver Band
Solos & Quartets 2012
The annual Brass Band League Solos & Quartets competition is set to run again on 11th February 2012 at The Paton Halls, Malone Presbyterian Church, Belfast. The event has become an outstanding success in recent years and is now recognised as one of the largest of its kind in the UK.
Adjudicators on the day have been confirmed as world renowned Tuba player Les Neish for Senior Sections and well known local teacher and musician John Houston for Junior Sections.
Guidance notes, entry form and syllabus are available from our Downloads page - click here
Festival of Brass at Queen's University
The BBL are very pleased to announce that the inaugural Festival of Brass entertainment contest in association with The School of Creative Arts at Queen's University Belfast will run on Saturday 26th November 2011 in the Whitla Hall, Belfast. The contest will feature several local brass brands who will entertain audiences throughout the day.
Entry forms are now available here
Dates Confirmed for 2012 Contests
Following yesterday's BBL Delegates Meeting in Laganvale Bandroom, the dates have now been set for the Solos & Quartets, Fivemiletown Brass in Concert and the Spring Festival contests.
UKBBA - Have Your Say
The Working Group for a new UK-wide banding body has prepared a proposal for a UK Brass Band Alliance. Now they need to know what you think.
Download the full proposal by clicking here
Bands and band supporters are encouraged to discuss the proposals and either provide feedback to the BBL in time for the next meeting in Laganvale Bandroom on 7th May or directly to the next meeting of the working party at consultation@UKBBA.org
At a final meeting on 2nd July, probably in Birmingham, open to all who wish to attend, there will be a presentation and discussion of the proposals, which will be amended to take into account any feedback received.
Running Order for Solos & Quartets
The BBL are now in a position to offer a running order and approximate section start time for next Saturday's Solos & Quartets competition. Please note that these timings do not allow for withdrawals or breaks. All players should be in the correct hall and ready to play when required. Where applicable, registration cards should be available to be checked. All remaining un-returned trophies must be handed to a member of the BBL executive before 9:30am on Saturday.
Click here for approximate running order
Fivemiletown Draw Now Available
The draw for the Fivemiletown contest was made at yesterday's BBL Delegates meeting.
Championship: 1. 1st Old Boys Silver Band 2. Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band 3. Murley Silver Band
Entries for the annual Brass Band League Spring Festival are now being accepted.
European Youth Brass Band
Congratulations are in order for Rachel Gibson from Wellington Memorial Silver Band and Amber MacLennan from Third Carrick Silver Band who have been selected by the European Brass Band Association to represent Northern Ireland at the European Youth Brass Band. They will be heading to Switzerland in April to rehearse and perform with the band.
Record Solos & Quartets Entry
There will be busy times ahead on 12th February when the annual Brass Band League (NI) Solos & Quartets competition takes place in the Paton Halls at Malone Presbyterian Church, Belfast. There is once again a record entry and adjudicators Bob Quick (Juniors) and Mike Hannon (Seniors) have a long day ahead of them.
New Junior Band Section at Spring Festival
The Brass Band League are pleased to announce the creation of a new Junior Band Grade at this year's Spring Festival. The section will be own choice with music selection being entirely up to the band in question.
Own Choice at Spring Festival
Following a vote at the December BBL Delegates meeting, bands will be playing an Own Choice piece at the 2011 Spring Festival.