An afternoon performance in the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
We’ll be performing a varied programme of music from show tunes to traditional brass band marches at Bournville Parish Church.
We can guarantee an entertaining evening and look forward to welcoming you!
A small group of CBBB players will be taking part in the Raddlebarn Primary School Commonwealth Carnival in Muntz Park.
A summer performance on the bandstand at Walsall Arboretum.
Our annual performance at the bandstand in Stratford upon Avon.
We’ll be playing a variety of music to entertain including songs from the musicals, marches, and popular tunes.
This weekend members of CBBB travelled to the Lake District to support the Care Of Police Survivors (COPS) charity.
We have police staff within our band and this was an opportunity to take part in a special event for a charity that supports the families of police officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty.
This year was the 10th Light the Lakes event where flares are lit at dawn on the Wainwright Fells to remember those lost in service. CBBB players were invited to join police officers and staff lighting up Loughrigg Fell and we were honoured to take part. Players also joined us from Essex Police Band, Cockermouth Mechanics Band, The Golbourne Band, Wantage Silver, Oxford Band and Kibworth Band for the special occasion.
On Friday 17th June we made our way northwards to the Lake District arriving in Ambleside just in time for dinner (no thanks to the M6!). After a quick pitch of the tents we gathered at Rydal Hall before beginning the climb to our fell.
Stopping in Rydal Cave gave us an opportunity to play together and make the most of the natural acoustics. Have a listen below.
The group then began the main climb to the top of Loughrigg Fell in the dark – instruments and all! Although challenging in some places, everyone made it to the top.
As dawn approached we took up our position to play Hymn to the Fallen, An Irish Tune (Danny Boy), Abide With Me and The Last Post in memory of those lost and their families and friends. The lighting of the flares as the fells around us also lit up was a poignant moment and one that will be remembered for a long time.
In the early morning light we made our way back to Rydal Hall for some much needed rest.
On Saturday afternoon a gathering was held for police officers and staff, their families and friends to share stories and support each other. The massed band provided the entertainment for the afternoon at Brathay Hall.
The whole weekend, in the beautiful setting of the Lake District, was incredible to be part of and it was an honour to be involved in such an extraordinary event. A huge thank you to everyone who played, helped with the organisation and made this event happen.
What a day!
Members of CBBB joined forces with members from University bands, Staffordshire Band and others to form a scratch band for this year’s Whit Friday contest.
With some singing rehearsals and marching instructions on the coach we were ready to start the day.
Registering at Staleybridge we performed our first rendition of Sweet Caroline and Punchinello to a small crowd. The scratch band then moved on to Heyrod, Mossley, Friezland, Uppermill and Delph to finish. As the evening went on the crowds got bigger and the streets were lined with people singing along!
It was fantastic to be part of this event after Covid halted proceedings over the last couple of years and to see so many bands coming together for such a fun occasion.
Thanks to everyone who joined the scratch band and for making it a day to remember.
Members of City of Birmingham Brass Band joining a scratch band for Whit Friday Marches
To mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, the city of Birmingham provided 4 days of entertainment.
On Saturday, CBBB took to the stage for two sets of popular music including film music, songs and a rousing performance of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance which had the audience singing along. Despite the drizzle a large audience were ready to be entertained in Victoria Square.
The performance was part of a huge programme of artists and bands across the weekend. We’re delighted to have been part of this national celebration in the city.
It was an honour to perform at the lighting of the Barr Beacon on Thursday night, one of 1500 Beacons lit around the UK to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.