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All the latest news from WEBBA will be posted here for you to see.

West of England Bands' Regional Finals Adjudicators

WEBBA are pleased to announce that the adjudicators for the West of England Regional Championships on 11th & 12th March 2017 are confirmed as follows;

Gary Davies, Sam Hairsine, Les Neish, Paul Norley & Stephen Roberts


For 2017, WEBBA are augmenting the adjudicating panel in view of the anticipated entry levels and as previously highlighted, the format for 2017 is the Fourth, Second and First sections taking place on the Saturday and the Third and Championship sections taking place on the Sunday.


Saturday 11th March 2017

  • Fourth Section: Gary Davies & Sam Hairsine
  • Second Section: Paul Norley & Stephen Roberts
  • First Section: Les Neish & Paul Norley

Sunday 12th March 2017

  • Third Section: Sam Hairsine & Les Neish
  • Championship: Paul Norley & Stephen Roberts

All further details will be confirmed after the WEBBA meeting in January 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the Riviera International Conference Centre Torquay for the West of England Regional Championships next March.

Sue Oldfield - WEBBA Secretary


Posted: 25 November 2016

West of England Bands' National Finals Performances

Many congratulations to all of the Musical Directors and players who took part in the National Championships at London or Cheltenham recently. Our representatives in the finals clearly demonstrated that Brass Banding continues to thrive in the West of England with all of our bands competing in the Championship, First and Second sections finishing in the top ten!

Special congratulations to the following bands:

  • First section winners St Dennis who gain automatic promotion to the Championship section for 2017
  • Second section - City of Bristol Brass (2nd) and their percussion team who won the best instrumentalist award
  • Fourth section - Hatherleigh Silver (3rd)
  • Also to Flowers, 6th in the Championship section and Sidmouth Town 5th place in the second section

Very well done to you all from WEBBA.


Posted: 11 October 2016

2016 Gradings & Dates for 2017

Congratulations to all bands that will represent the West of England at the National Finals in Cheltenham and London later this year.

2016 was a record entry for our Region and indeed the highest for the whole country, with great test pieces, good audiences throughout the day and a fantastic atmosphere for bands and supporters.

On your behalf I thank my good friends and colleagues comprising the WEBBA team who worked so hard planning through the year to make the weekend such a success. Also, thanks to the many volunteers and stewards who give their time behind the scenes during the weekend.

The Grading tables following this year's results are now published in accordance with National Rules.


The 2017 West of England Regional Championships will be held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March at the Rivera International Conference Centre Torquay.


Provisional timetable:

  • Saturday 11th March 2017: 4th, 2nd and 1st Sections
  • Sunday 12th March 2017: 3rd and Championship Sections

Detailed timings will be provided after entries close in January.

John Woods - Chairman WEBBA


Posted: 04 April 2016

Version Guidance - Section Four Test Piece - The Journal of Phileas Fogg

Section Four Test Piece: The Journal of Phileas Fogg by Peter Graham

Some bands may be aware that two versions of this work may have got into circulation.

The one selected for the Regional Contests of 2016 is the version in which the Glockenspiel part has been simplified and is marked: "Percussion 1 revised 2015" on the inside of the front fly-leaf.

In order to alleviate any problems to bands at this late stage, bands are advised to play whichever parts they do have.

All adjudicators will be advised that they may hear either version and will be instructed not to mark any band on the basis of which version is performed.

The Music Selection Panel


Posted: 10 March 2016

Allocation of Adjudicators for 2016 Regional Championships

WEBBA are pleased to announce the allocation of adjudicators for this year's Regional Championships.

As previously advertised, the format is slightly revised again this year with the Fourth, Third and Championship section bands competing on Saturday with the Second and First sections on Sunday.

Saturday 12th March 2016

Fourth Section: Alan Fernie & Phillip Littlemore

Third Section: Jacob (Jappie) Dijkstra & Richard Marshall

Championship Section: Jacob (Jappie) Dijkstra & Richard Marshall


Sunday 13th March 2016

Second Section: Phillip Littlemore & Richard Marshall

First Section: Jacob (Jappie) Dijkstra & Alan Fernie



WEBBA look forward to seeing you at the Riviera International Conference Centre Torquay in March.

Sue Oldfield
Secretary - WEBBA


Posted: 02 February 2016

Festival of Brass in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association (GBBA) are pleased to announce a new venture in their calendar of events when they hold a Spring Festival of Brass.

In line with a fresh event the venue will also be new to Brass Bands, with the added benefit of a "warm-up room". The Festival will be held on Sunday 24th April 2016 at the ALL SAINTS ACADEMY in Cheltenham.
The Mentor selected for the day is the experienced Band Trainer, conductor and adjudicator Nigel Seaman. Also the ever-popular Dave Hayward will act as compere to ensure the day runs smoothly.

The Festival will commence at 10.00am with the Training/Un-registered Band section who will perform a 20 minute program. This will be followed by the Registered Bands section.

Entry will be FREE to GBBA Member Bands, with a small fee of £25 for non GBBA Bands. As it is a Festival, not a contest, there will be no registration and a maximum of 40 players. Although there will be no awards, it is however hoped that Bands will enter into the spirit of the day in terms of borrowed players. There will be no prizes/awards presented as this is purely a mentoring event.

Tickets to listen to the bands will be £5.00 (children Free) which will include a program.

Closing date to enter the Festival of Brass will be the 31st March 2016.
Visit the GBBA website to download the Entry Form »

For further information please email or telephone Adrian Bodenham on 07717 572435.


Posted: 10 January 2016

Adjudicators for 2016 Regional Championships

WEBBA are pleased to announce that the adjudicators for the West of England Regional Championships on 12th & 13th March 2016 are confirmed as follows;

Jacob Dijkstra, Alan Fernie, Phillip Littlemore & Richard Marshall


As previously highlighted, the format has slightly changed for 2016 with the Fourth, Third and Championship sections taking place on the Saturday and the Second and First sections taking place on the Sunday. All further details will be confirmed after the WEBBA meeting in January 2016.

Entry forms will be sent out during November so please ensure we have been notified of any change of contact details for your band's contest secretary.

WEBBA would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at the Riviera International Conference Centre Torquay for the West of England Regional Championships next March.

Sue Oldfield
Secretary


Posted: 21 October 2015

Congratulations!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MUSICAL DIRECTORS AND PLAYERS
OF THE FOLLOWING BANDS WHO REPRESENTED WEBBA
AT THE FINALS OF THE NATIONAL BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS OF GREAT BRITAIN

CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION: Flowers Band (4th), Camborne Town (6th)

THIRD SECTION: Camborne Junior Contesting (2nd)


Also congratulations to Paul Richards (Soprano Cornet) Flowers Band for the best Instrumentalist award.

Flowers Band under direction of Paul Holland also presented the pre results concert-a prestigious responsibility to which they received an extremely appreciative response from the Royal Albert Hall audience. Well done to you all from WEBBA!


THE WEST OF ENGLAND WILL HAVE 3 QUALIFIERS TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 2016!


Posted: 18 October 2015

Grading Tables & Dates for 2016

The Grading Tables based on the 2015 Regional Finals are now available - view the Grading Tables page.

Thank you to bands, players and families for your support at the West of England Regional Championships in March and we now look forward to further successful Championships in 2016.

Good luck to all bands representing the West of England at the finals in the autumn.

The Council are pleased to confirm the 2016 West of England Regional Championships will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay. The Championship, Third and Fourth sections will take place on the Saturday and First and Second sections on the Sunday.

We are always looking for new volunteers to "get involved" and to help during the weekend. If you are interested in assisting on one or both of the days, please contact our secretary Sue Oldfield via email at .


Posted: 11 April 2015

Entries Named and Additional Percussion Information

The entries for the 2015 Regional Finals have now been confirmed. Visit the Results page to view the full list.


Additional Percussion Information relating to timpani has also been released...

Additional Percussion Information


Posted: 16 February 2015

Information for Competing Bands

WEBBA have now released documentation for competing bands...

Final Instructions & Entries
Band Stage Plan - Percussion (Submit at the Draw)
Band Stage Plan - Seating (Submit at the Draw)


Posted: 06 February 2015

"Variations on Maccabeus" - Revised Scores Available

For your information, please see the statement below as released by the Music Panel earlier today;

SP&S are delighted that Kevin Norbury's "Variations on Maccabeus" has been selected as the Section Two Regional Test Piece this year. Recognising the fact that this music was selected based on the original scoring for SA bands, after discussion with the Music Selection Panel we agreed that the score should be revised to accommodate the fact that competing bands will be limited to 3 trombone players. Revised parts have already been made available (1st 2nd & Bass Trombone, Solo & First Horn, 1st & 2nd Baritone). Additionally, a revised score, reflecting these changes has now been produced, and this is available from SP&S free of charge.

All adjudicators will be issued with the revised score.

Competing Band secretaries should contact the Customer Services Department at SP&S on 01933 445445 stating their band name, secretary name, address and contact telephone number for their free copy of the revised score.

If required, this statement can be found on the National Brass Band Championships' website via the following link: http://www.nationalbrassbandchampionships.com/index.php?id=3.


Sue Oldfield
Secretary to the Council

Posted: 16 December 2015

West of England Regional Championships 2015 - Errata Fourth Section

An Errata for the Fourth Section Test Piece - "An English Pastorale" is also now available on the National Brass Band Championships website and is also available to download below.


An English Pastorale - Errata Detail (06/01/15)


Posted: 06 December 2015

West of England Regional Championships 2015 - Errata Second Section

Further to my letter to all second section bands dated 28th December 2014, I have been made aware the link provided to access the relevant information on the National Brass Band Championships website is not working. To access details of this and any future errata, please use the following link: http://www.nationalbrassbandchampionships.com/index.php?id=24. The text is also available to download below.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Sue Oldfield
Secretary to the Council


Variations on Maccabeus - Errata Detail (06/01/15)


Posted: 06 December 2015

West of England Regional Championships 2015 - Errata Second Section

The following letter has been sent to the Contest Secretaries of all Second Section bands, along with revised parts. If you require any further clarification, please contact .


Variations on Maccabeus - Errata Letter (28/12/15)


Posted: 05 December 2015

Adjudicators confirmed for the 2015 Regional Finals

The Council are pleased to announce that the adjudicators for the West of England Regional Championships on 14th & 15th March 2015 are confirmed as follows;

Championship Section: David Hirst & Prof Roger Webster

First Section: Michael Fowles & David Hirst

Second Section: David Hirst & Prof Roger Webster

Third Section: Lt Col Graham Jones & Prof Roger Webster

Fourth Section: Michael Fowles & Lt Col Graham Jones

An entry form has already been sent out to all contest secretaries and should have been received in the last few days. Please note the closing date for entries is Saturday 17th January 2015.

As previously highlighted, the format has slightly changed for 2015 with the Fourth, Second and Championship sections taking place on the Saturday and the Third and First sections taking place on the Sunday. Both days will be commencing at 10.00am in the Forum and on the Saturday, the Fourth section will be commencing at 10.30am in the Arena.

The Council would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at the West of England Regional Championships next March.

Posted: 12 November 2014

New Chairman for WEBBA

At the AGM of the Council of West of England Brass Band Associations on 4th October 2014, Fran Calver retired from the role of Chairman after 12 successful years. John Woods has been voted as her successor tasked with steering the small team that plans and delivers the Torquay "areas" each March. (Find out more about John...)

Fran will be continuing on the Council as Registrar replacing Vivian Willcock who retired earlier this year after being part of the team for many years.

John needs little introduction to the bands in the South West where he is well known as a Euphonium player and administrator-most recently for ensuring continuance of Weston Super Mare Own Choice Contest. He is also a member of a small team that plans and manages the highly acclaimed Brass in Concert Festival at Sage Gateshead, so is certainly well qualified and experienced in delivering band contests understanding the needs of all stakeholders.

Full Council Comprises;

John Woods (Chair), South West Brass Band Association
Mike Knapton (Treasurer), Wessex Brass Band Association
Fran Calver (Registrar), Cornwall Brass Band Association
Trevor Bedding, Cornwall Brass Band Association
Robin Teague, Cornwall Brass Band Association
Mike James, Gloucestershire Brass Band Association
Karin Lythell, Gloucestershire Brass Band Association
Adrian Bodenham, Gloucestershire Brass Band Association
Brian Elliott, South West Brass Band Association
Ray Kingdon, South West Brass Band Association
Greg Cook, Wessex Brass Band Association
Lesley Knapton, Wessex Brass Band Association
Sue Oldfield (Secretary)

Posted: 17 October 2014

Confirmation of Dates for the 2015 Regional Finals

The Council would like to confirm that the dates for next year's West of England Regional Championships are Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March 2015 to be held at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay.

The Championship, Second and Fourth Sections will take place on the Saturday and First and Third Sections on the Sunday.

Posted: 06 April 2014

"St. Magnus" Clarification Letter

Following several queries from participating bands, WEBBA have released a clarification letter regarding the Percussion for the Fourth Section Test Piece "Three Spanish Impressions"...

Percussion for Three Spanish Impressions - Clarification Letter (17/02/14)

Posted: 18 February 2014

"St. Magnus" Clarification Letter

Following several queries from participating bands, WEBBA have released a clarification letter regarding the Percussion for the Championship Section Test Piece "St. Magnus"...

Percussion for St. Magnus - Clarification Letter (10/02/14)

Posted: 11 February 2014

Change of Adjudicator for West of England Regionals

Because attention has been drawn to a perceived possible conflict of interest, Dr Chris Davis feels that his integrity has been brought into question and as he would not wish to cause the Council any further embarrassment, has withdrawn as an adjudicator at the West of England Championships on Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th March. He has been replaced by Mr Derek Broadbent.

Posted: 30 January 2014

Entry to the 2014 Regional Finals

"We are pleased to announce a most satisfactory entry of 77 bands to the West of England Regional Championships on 8th & 9th March 2014." (A full list of entries can be found on the Results page).

"Our adjudicators for this year's Championships are confirmed as Dr Chris Davis, OBE, Mr Mike Kilroy, Mr Steve Pritchard-Jones and Mr Frank Renton".

The Council, as always, look forward to a competitive but friendly and enjoyable weekend of fine music."

Instructions to the bands for the weekend will follow soon.

Posted: 25 January 2014

Entry to the 2014 Regional Finals

Those bands wishing to take part in the 2014 West of England Regional Finals in Torquay should now have received entry forms. If this has not happened, please contact the WEBBA Secretary - Sue Oldfield, on 01392 660904, 07768 973095 or by email:

Posted: 08 December 2013

Congratulations to WEBBA participants in the 2013 National Finals

Many congratulations to all of the West of England Bands who took part in the National Championships at London or Cheltenham recently. Our representatives in the finals clearly demonstrated that Brass Banding is thriving at all levels and remains very much alive in the West!

Special congratulations to Swindon Pegasus Brass who came third in the Second section.

Also to the following bands who reached the podium in sixth position;
Woodfalls, Championship section
Filton Concert Brass, First section
Bodmin Town, Third section

Well done to all of our other competing bands - solid performances all round with Flowers taking the tenth position in the Championship Section, Lanner & District Silver Band tenth in the First Section, Pendennis Brass Falmouth twelfth in the Second Section, Wotton & District Silver Band tenth in the Third Section, Camborne Junior Contesting Band, Wilton & District Band and Swindon Brass seventh, tenth and twelfth respectively in the Fourth section. Although not successful on this occasion, these were the National finals for 2013 and you are one of the top twenty bands in the country for your sections. Be proud!

The Council would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all at the West of England Championships next March.

The Council

Posted: 23 October 2013

Brian Elliot Retires

After 13 enjoyable years as Secretary to The Council of West of England Brass Band Associations, Brian Elliott officially retired from that role at the Council's Annual Meeting on Saturday 14th September 2013. Brian wishes to thank all Council members, past and present, all the West of England band secretaries and musical directors, the many Traders who exhibit at the Championships, the band press, in fact, everybody Brian has come into contact with over those 13 years, for making, possibly, the most difficult, but interesting, job in the band world, such a wonderful experience and one he has thoroughly enjoyed. Brian's concluding statement in his last annual report to Council was "When you go measuring a man's success, don't count money - count happiness" (attributed to Ken Dodd). From Brian and his wife Joyce, "THANK YOU".

The newly appointed Secretary to The Council is Sue Oldfield, and may be contacted on 01392 660904/07768 973095 or by email or . Best Wishes to Sue who will serve not only Council but all bands with her cheerfulness and professional attributes.

The Council has re-elected Frances Calver (chairman); Michael Knapton (treasurer); and Vivian Willcock (registrar).

Brian Elliott - Secretary (retired) to The Council

Posted: 16 September 2013

New Address and Website for BBP

The Brass Band Players Registry has just launched a new website: www.bbpregistry.com.

Please note that the new contact details for the Brass Band Players Registry are:

Address: Registrar (Tim Jones), Brass Band Players Registry, Leyshons Buildings, Cornerswell Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XS.
Telephone: 02920 700943
Email:
Office hours: Monday-Friday 09:30-15:30.


Best Wishes to all Bands,

Brian Elliott - Secretary to The Council

Posted: 03 August 2013

Further Promotions announced for 2014

The following message has been released by our Secretary, Brian Elliott...

Following a decision by the Kapitol Forum, approved by Kapitol Promotions Limited, the Council of West of England Brass Band Associations has been given a one off opportunity to review and equalise the West of England Grading. At a meeting of the Council on 6th April 2013, it was agreed to invite the bands mentioned below to accept promotion to a higher section. As a consequence, the following Bands have accepted the Council's invitation -

Wotton-under-Edge & District - promoted from Third to Second section with effect 1st January 2014;
South Molton Town and Swindon Brass - promoted from Fourth to Third section with effect 1st January 2014.

The Grading Tables have now been updated to reflect these changes.

Brian Elliott - Secretary to The Council

Posted: 16 April 2013