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2012: August

August 18, 2012
A partnership future for the BFBB, depressing reading and fighting percussionists — what more could you ask for...?


2012: July

July 21, 2012
A new postbag with some acidic tipped opinions on everything from Grimethorpe at the Olympics to banding deportment...


2012: June

June 29, 2012
From the English National to self publicity the postbag keeps up its spikey load.


2012: May

May 11, 2012
Lots more from the 4BR postbag as the various opinions rumble on and on... from Grimethorpe to the Proms, bass trombonists to the Europeans...


2012: April

April 21, 2012
From glasses houses to Sage entertainment via national bodies and memories of ladies past...


2012: March

March 7, 2012
Sorry for the delay in posting comments, but we are now back up and running with our post bag. As expected, we cover everything and more from our readers...


2012: January

January 28, 2012
Lots and lots on borrowing, twitter, percussion and an old confession...


2011: December

December 23, 2011
ISB bashing, back to basics, the nature of contesting and more. It all makes for interesting reading for Christmas...


2011: October

October 27, 2011
From Pontins dosh to PLC — more from the 4BR postbag of banding opinion...


2011: September

September 15, 2011
From Rothwell to Newsome with some little bits of fun in between....


2011: August

August 26, 2011
Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie! The Scots get in a lather about the Land O'Burns contest...


2011: July

July 20, 2011
Nepotism, democracy, conductors and the odd looney. An everyday postbag for 4BR then...


2011: June

June 17, 2011
An eclectic mid June post bag — from complaints and observations about Listen to the Band and West Lothian to Cardiff Festival of Brass and the great Alan Wycherley


2011: April

April 7, 2011
After the highs and lows of the Areas, the postbag starts to creak again under the weight of troubled opinions and testing queries....


2011: February

February 21, 2011
More from a spikey post bag — with everything from 4BR comments to adjudicator's forgetting percussion, archaic formats and the GUS 4...


2011: January

January 16, 2011
A breakfast response from C Brian Buckley makes things very clear...


2010: December

December 10, 2010
A new Christmas postbag has arrived on the 4BR doorstep — with plenty of opinions to enjoy and ponder...


2010: November

November 24, 2010
Cowboys and sopranos, cheating and tears and much more as we head for the first days of Christmas...


2010: October

October 23, 2010
More from London, the strange world of the Association meeting and even Google Earth maps. A varied postbag as ever on 4BR...


2010: September

September 24, 2010
Plenty more to enjoy — from the Cobb question and Open relegation to underwhelming reviews and the age old problem of errata.




Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH


Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP


Contest: Youth Brass in Concert

Saturday 20 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR


Essex Police Band

May 11 • Percussionist required. Preferably with experience playing in Brass Band, Wind Band or Orchestra. We do not contest but play to a good standard and play a variety of contempory and historical music.


Essex Police Band

May 11 • Musical Director required. We are a friendly band, based in Chelmsford Essex with a core of competent players and perform at a variety of events across Essex and in surrounding areas. We rehearse every Wednesday evening at Police HQ Chelmsford


St Dennis Band

May 10 • The St Dennis Band - Cornwall (Championship Section) invites expressions of interest for the position of PRINCIPAL CORNET. Based in Mid Cornwall and just 5 minutes off the A30, the band rehearses every Monday and Thursday at 19:45.


Stan Lippeatt

BA, LRSM
Conductor, adjudicator, tutor


               

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