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14th September 2017

The National Brass Band Championships 2017 are being held in Cheltenham this weekend, 16th and 17th September 2017.

Once again the North of England provide a strong line-up of qualifying bands and The Regional Secretary and all the committee, would like to send best wishes to all bandsmen/women and their supporters for the contest.

Section One
Shepherd Building Group
Westoe

Section Two
Ashington Colliery
Houghton Brass

Section Three
Barton Community
Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes

Section Four
Jayess Newbiggin Band
Trimdon Concert Brass

25th April 2017

Can I remind you of the tragic situation Stephen Sykes is in. Please support this worthy cause in any way you can.

Tony Griffiths, Regional Secretary

skyes

3rd April 2017

The full list of results from the 2017 North of England Regional Brass Band Championships have been posted to the 2017 Contest page.

The regional gradings will be confirmed at our next planned meeting on the 8th April. All bands affected, will be informed by the Regional Secretary shortly after this.

The Regional Secretary, Tony Griffiths and the Regional Committee extend their congratulations and good wishes to all bands for their performance in Durham this year. We look forward to 2018 and remind all bands that the contest will return to its usual date of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2018, in the Gala Theatre, Durham

23rd February 2017

Below is the list of percussion provided by Ray Payne for the 2017 contest. We will send sheets with all other final instructions in the next few days.

Please note that NO STICKS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NOEBBC OR RAY PAYNE THIS YEAR. All bands MUST provide their own.

All percussionist will be allowed to view the percussion on stage as usual during the adjudicator changeover.

The Timpani will be static as usual between the trombones and the basses.

Finally can I remind all bands of the four minute rule. Once the stage crew has your percussion plan they can set the stage to your requirements. Once again due to a small number of bands, insist on setting the stage themselves, or move items after the stage has been set according to their plan, the four minutes will be counted from this point.

We are here to help !! we use this system in order to maintain security, health and safety and the smooth running order of bands throughout the weekend.

Full List percussion 2017 · Championship Section percussion 2017 · 1st Section percussion 2017 · 2nd Section percussion 2017 · 3rd Section percussion 2017 · 4th Section percussion 2017

14th February 2017

Darkwood Errata

195 - Soprano Cornet - should be marked mf
226 - 1st Baritone - quaver one should be slurred to quaver two as horns are.
292 - Solo Cornet - quaver four should be slurred to quaver five as Euphonium.
186 - 3rd Cornet - should have a B natural not a B flat.
Bar 233 - Eb Bass fifth quaver should be an A double flat or G natural.

Clarification

Bar 219 - 222 the B naturals are correct and should not be altered to B flats.
Bar 222 - 224 the G naturals are correct and should not be altered to Gbs.

9th February 2017

The list of competing bands that will battle it out for the qualification places on offer for the Royal Albert Hall and Cheltenham at the North of England Brass Band Championships, in Durham have been announced.

The contest weekend will take place at the Gala Theatre, in the heart of the historic city of Durham, on the weekend of the 11th/12th March, with two places up for grabs in the Championships Section. Two bands will be invited from the First, Second Third and fourth to represent the North of England at Cheltenham in September.

A total of forty bands will perform in a highly competitive contest. The Contest will have two adjudicators per section for the first time in its history. Regional Secretary, Tony Griffiths said

“All bands took part in a ballot on this issue after the 2016 event. They decided to go with two adjudicators”

The contest starts with the section and the fourth section on the 11th, from 12 midday. Sunday the 12th, commences with the first and third section concluding with the championship section.

10th October 2016

I give notice of the forthcoming AGM to be held in the Stephenson Suite, at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington. The meeting will start at 2-00pm on Sunday the 30th October 2016. Please advise me of any agenda items by the 21 of October.

Best Wishes,
Tony Griffiths Regional Secretary

5th October 2016

The National finals of Great Britain takes place this weekend at the Royal Albert Hall in London

The North of England is represented by The regional Champions The Reg Vardy Band, from Stanley County Durham and The EYMS band from Hull

The regional Committee send its warm, best wishes to both bands competing.

Regional Secretary, Tony Griffiths said,

"We send our best wishes to both bands and their supporters for the forthcoming contest. We hope that bands representing the North of England have continuing success and have a great time"

14th September 2016

National Finals of Great Britain 2017.

The National finals of Great Britain takes place this weekend September 17th and 18th 2016, in Cheltenham.

The North of England is represented by;

Section One: Lockwood and Ripon City
Section Two: Houghton Brass
Section Three: J36 and Bearpark and Esh
Section Four: Jayess Newbiggin and Knaresborough

The regional Committee send its warm, best wishes to all bands competing.

Regional Secretary, Tony Griffiths said, "We send our best wishes to all bands and their supporters for the forthcoming contest. We hope that bands representing the North of England have continuing success and have a great time"

The 2017 test-pieces for the Regional Championships of the British National have been announced

Championship Section: Pageantry by Herbert Howells (R. Smith & Co.)
Section 1: The Land of the Long White Cloud by Philip Sparke (R. Smith & Co.)
Section 2: Rhapsody in Brass by Dean Goffin (R. Smith & Co.)
Section 3: Darkwood by Dan Price (Dan Price Music)
Section 4: St. Andrew’s Variations by Alan Fernie (Kirklees)

For more details visit: www.nationalbrassbandchampionships.com

Good luck to all bands in the North of England 2017 contest. Full details and entries will be available soon.

Tony Griffiths
Regional Secretary

16th March 2016

A member of one of the competing bands appears to have inadvertently picked up three pairs of timpani sticks from the area where the bands leave the stage. The sticks in question are hand made by David Morbey and have a small sticker near the top of the cane shaft next to the felt which says:

610 David Morbey Timpani Sticks, 620 David Morbey Timpani Sticks and 630 David Morbey Timpani sticks. One of the 620s has some blue electrical tape around the cane shaft.

These sticks are professional sticks and cost £100.00 per pair

If they are not returned to either the organisers or to Ray Payne (0777 937 8877) then Ray will have no alternative but to stop providing percussion for the Northern Area Championships in the future.

Please ask your band members and percussionist and ask again !!. If anyone want to contact me in confidence please do so on tonygriffithsnb@yahoo.co.uk

Easington Band also lost a tenor horn mute, with a yellow sticker , marked FELLING BAND . Can you please check your mutes.

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