The City of Birmingham Brass Band is a group of musicians based in central Birmingham. We perform regularly at concert venues and on bandstands in the city and across the West Midlands.
The City of Birmingham Brass Band at Whit Friday Marches 2017
16th September 2017 - Birmingham Air Raids Remembrance Association Memorial ServiceThe Band has had the honour of providing music for this annual service of remembrance for a number of years now. This year's service held at the church of St. Martin's In The Bullring was well attended and a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in the bombing raids over the city during World War II. Before the service the band performed music reminiscent of the era, including Bless 'Em All and the theme from We'll Meet Again. During the service Elgar's Nimrod from the Enigma Variations and John Williams' Hymn To The Fallen were featured and the band played out the congregation after the service with High on The Hill.
22nd July 2017 - Proms 'Around The World' CBBB has held a 'Last Night of the Proms concert at Joseph Chamberlain College for several years now, but this one was certainly our most exciting yet! This year, we teamed up with Handsworth Community Choir to deliver a shared programme with a Round the World theme, followed by a traditional Proms finale. We were also lucky enough to have children from the One Handed Musical Instrument Trust as guest stars! In case all this wasn't exciting enough, the concert also included the premiere of 'One With You', a hauntingly beautiful piece written and composed by our bass trombonist Iain Jackson, and a brilliant performance of 'National Express' by Divine Comedy, which was specially arranged for the concert by MD Ben Hewlett-Davies. Although the weather was not on our side, this was our best attended and most unique Proms concert to date; in fact we nearly couldn't fit all the audience and their picnics into the hall! We are extremely grateful to Handsworth Community Choir and OHMI for helping us create such a wonderful showcase of community music making in Birmingham, and are really hoping we can help these connections grow in the coming years to keep making our concerts even more varied and interesting!
15th July 2017 - Ironbridge Gorge Brass Festival This was the 2nd year that The City of Birmingham Brass Band have appeared at the Ironbridge Gorge Festival and a good time was had by all involved. The band played a selection of tunes including the popular march Castell Coch and hits from the shows in Memory, Oliver! and Breezin' Down Broadway. It was breezy all round in fact as at one point our principal cornet player's music blew completely off the stand and was caught by a quick thinking member of the audience! The featured soloist of the day was Naomi Stephenson, our principal Euphonium player, who gave a sensitive account of the beautiful Welsh melody Myfanwy. A rousing finale to the band's appearance was guaranteed with the classic Dam Busters March by Eric Coates.
Christmas Concert at Joseph Chamberlain College. More details to follow.