What a year it has been… Firstly a huge thank you to all of our band members, supporters, family, friends and everyone who has helped keep Birmingham Brass going over the last 12 months.
The year (2020/21) began immediately after our success the regional competition and our qualification to the national competition. Almost as soon as we had congratulated ourselves and settled back into our seats, the pandemic hit, the world changed and all rehearsals, gigs and social events were cancelled.
Over the next 12 months members rehearsed at home and some took the opportunity to try out recording and online performances. When restrictions allowed, band members came together (initially outdoors) to rehearse in small groups before gradually being able to meet indoors and eventually the whole band came back together.
Looking back and despite everything that has been thrown at us we have had some fantastic brass band successes including being placed 2nd in the Foden’s Online Contest (4th section) and the 5th best fourth section band in Great Britain. The band gives its thanks to Saph who has led us through some difficult times, got us back into rehearsals and led us to the national competition at Cheltenham this September. In recognition of all his hard work soprano cornet player Nigel presented Saph with a knitted badger. There’s a story about a badger… come to a rehearsal and you’ll find out!
We’re sorry to say goodbye to some of our players this year including Adele (euphonium), Dan (cornet) who have moved on to new musical ventures and we wish them all the very best in their future endeavours. It was also a year when we welcomed lots of new faces to the rehearsal room including Ali (tenor horn), Dave (cornet), Nigel (soprano), Laura (trombone) and Connie (percussion). We welcome you all into the Birmingham Brass family!
If you’d like to join us, do get in touch. We currently have spaces on Euphonium and basses (Eb and Bbb) but would also love to hear from other players wishing to play.
Looking forwards, there are a number of Christmas engagements and gigs we have lined up for this festive season. Keep up with our latest news to find out where you can catch us around the West Midlands. Here’s to the next 12 months!