Less than a month until the Areas

It’s less that a month until the Midlands Regional Championships at Kenilworth.

The band are working hard together on the test piece ‘Neverland’ in preparation and we are looking forward to putting in a good performance.

We’re pleased to have some new faces in the rehearsal room who have brought a great sound to the band. We’re particularly looking for another percussionist for the contest but, whatever you play, if you’d like to join our friendly and busy band then do get in touch. We’ll soon be getting stuck in to our summer concert programme!

A cold January weekend in Skegness…

…there’s nothing like it!

We always look forward to the Butlin’s Mineworkers Brass Band Festival and this year did not disappoint.

Good friends as well as fantastic brass bands made the weekend one to remember. The highlights were watching the bands compete, and we’d like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part from 4th section to Championship.

The Baritone section of CBBB were particularly delighted to see their comrades featured in the Championship test piece and a jazz baritone solo in the Louis Dowdeswell Big Band. An underrated instrument and obviously the best section in any brass band (…writes the baritone player).

Delicious home-cooked meals, amusement arcades and the beach in winter rounded off the music-filled weekend.

For the last 3 years we’ve been attending the festival socially, not competing but to spend time together. We look forward to 2021, maybe you’ll be joining us?

New Year, New Resolution?

It’s the beginning of a new year and a new decade. If you’re looking for a new resolution why not join our friendly and social brass band?

With City of Birmingham Brass Band you can build confidence, improve your playing and have fun!

As well as performing at traditional brass band concerts and contests, we also get involved with a whole range of musical engagements from recording with local pop bands; to visits to France; to taking the stage in front of hundreds of thousands at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. There’s always something around the corner to look forward to and work towards.

With our new Musical Director (June 2019) and a brand new rehearsal venue from January 2020 there has never been a more exciting time to join the City of Birmingham Brass Band. We’re always happy to hear from any brass players or percussionists interested in joining us on any instrument and we would particularly like to hear from those who could fill the following seats:

  • Cornets
  • Horns
  • Basses (Eb and Bb)
  • Percussion (kit and tuned)

Don’t let not having an instrument stop you from joining us. We have a range of instruments in our stores that you are welcome to borrow.

Do get in touch if you are interested in coming along to a rehearsal and having a blow with us whatever brass instrument you play, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more about our recent news and events here.

CBBB’s Christmas festivities are drawing to a close

We’re into our final few Christmas events before we all take a break and put our feet up for the holidays.

Since we performed a grand fanfare for the Christmas light switch-on and official opening of the Frankfurt Christmas market on the 7th November we’ve been here there and everywhere!

Our two final events are at Tesco, Camden Street where we’ll be bringing some entertainment to everyone grabbing their cranberry sauce and the final presents in time for Christmas.

If you’d like to do your Christmas shopping to the soundtrack of a traditional brass band, we’ll be there with your favourite carols and Christmas tunes from 6-8pm on Friday 20th Dec and 11am-2pm on Saturday 21st Dec.

We’re very friendly so come and say hello! Maybe you can request your favourite tune to make the whole shopping experience more pleasurable!

BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Tonight the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards will be broadcast on national television. It’s amazing to look back 12 months and remember that this time last year we were preparing to take to the stage at Resorts World Arena, Birmingham for the 2018 BBC SPOTY.

We’ve got some fantastic memories from being part of this huge event in our home city. Take a look at our post from the day!

You can still watch our performance here (BBC website).

The Christmas Spirit

Yesterday there was a real Christmas spirit in the air as we performed at two events and were joined by old and new friends.

At the Bournville Gardens Christmas Fayre we had a great time entertaining the resident’s, friends and family.

This was followed by our evening concert with Bournville-Vocal-Ease Ladies Choir, St Francis Children’s Choir and Bournville Bell Choir. The event was a great success and everyone put on a fantastic performance to a packed St Francis Church.

A huge thank you to all of our friends from bands around the Midlands who helped us out at Bournville Church concert. Unfortunately some of our band member were unwell and we were grateful for the last minute support from other players (both old and new faces). That’s the spirit of Christmas and brass banding!

Our thanks go out to Cubbington Silver Band, Royal Spa Brass, and Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra, as well previous members of CBBB and old friends for supporting us.

We’ve still got some gigs this festive season, see our events calendar for more dates!

The stage is almost set…

There are just two days until our Christmas Concert with Bournville Choirs.

On Saturday night, a concert is being held at St Francis Church, Bournville and will feature the City of Birmingham Brass Band, Bournville-Vocal-Ease Ladies Choir, St Francis Children’s Choir, and Bournville Bell Choir.

With a mixed programme of traditional Christmas carols, and lively festive pieces, this promises to be an entertaining evening for all.

In addition to the music, there will also be a raffle, mulled wine and a cake sale.

Tickets are available from the St Francis Church Parish office or on the door. For more information, see the poster below. See you there!

Festive fun at Frankfurt Christmas Market

With the Christmas season in full swing the Band is busy carolling in and around Birmingham.

After our fanfare to open the Frankfurt Christmas Market, we returned on Saturday with more carols.

The market was filled with food and drink (which the band made the most of) and plenty of visitors, so it was great to be once again part of this annual spectacle.

That evening it was time for our Christmas social (involving more food and drinks…).

Don’t forget that we’re back at the Christmas Market on the 14th December from 2pm-4pm if you’d like to hear us.

If you’re looking for something more formal, our Christmas concert with Bournville Choirs is this Saturday. Tickets are available now from the St Francis Church parish office (0121 472 7215) and on the door on the day.