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.
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.
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!
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?
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:
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.
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!
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).