Lockdown recording of Neverland by Christopher Bond

In these isolated times many bands have made ‘lockdown’ recordings, compiled from individual recordings made at home, but not many have recorded an entire test piece under these conditions. That is exactly what the City of Birmingham Brass Band undertook, with their lockdown recording of the recent Area Contest test piece Neverland by Christopher Bond. The composer graciously granted his approval to the project which was coordinated and edited by band member Nick Poole. Everyone involved had great fun making their recordings and are really proud of the result. Particular thanks to Nick for his indefatigable work in editing the sound recording, and to Alexander Cottrell for putting together the video which is now available to view on Youtube. Watch this space for further recordings!

CBBB responds to Covid-19 outbreak

In light of recent official Government and Public Health advice, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all our rehearsals and concerts for the foreseeable future.

It has not been easy but the health of our players and audiences is the priority and we have made this decision to protect the wider community.

We will be following Government guidance as the situation changes and hope that we will be able to return to rehearsals as soon as possible.

To keep us entertained in the meantime, we’ll be reminding you of some of the events the band has been involved with in the past, and introducing you to some of our band members…

Thank you for your continued support, we’ll be back in action as soon as we can.

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CBBB takes part in Commonwealth Day

It’s been a busy time for the band. Riding high on the results from the Midlands Area contest, the band took part in a Commonwealth Ceremony on Monday at the Council House, Birmingham.

Alongside Birmingham City Council Choir, Claire Noakes, and Eternal Taal the band performed to dignitaries, faith leaders and congregation in a celebration of friendship.

It was an honour to be part of this event to mark this special day in our home city.

Birmingham Brass secures a place at the Nationals

We’re over the moon to have taken second place in the 4th section at yesterday’s Midlands Area Brass Band Championships!

Whilst everyone else cheered on the announcement of their results we were a bit stunned to silence…

The result was well deserved as the band put in an excellent performance of ‘Neverland’ at Kenilworth. A huge thank you to all band members for putting in the hard work over the last few months which really paid off.

A thank you also goes our to our Musical Director Saphran Ali who guided us through, gave us the direction we needed and brought the band together to secure our place at the Nationals Competition later this year.

We’re off to Cheltenham in September!

Celebrating the Commonwealth

On the 9th March, with people from around the world, we’ll be taking part in the annual celebration for Commonwealth Day.

Birmingham is holding its own event at the Council House at which the City of Birmingham Brass Band will be entertaining visitors as they enter and leave the ceremony.  We’ll also be accompanying the congregation for hymns and the national anthem.

The ceremony will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham alongside other celebrated guests representing member countries. Birmingham City Council Choir, Eternal Taal, and Clare Noakes will be performing to commemorate the occasion.

There are more than 2.4 billion people within the Commonwealth and we’re delighted to be taking part in joining people together in our home city.

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!