Competition success!

A great success at today’s competition as we were awarded 2nd place in the third section of the Midlands Area contest!

This also means that we qualify for the National Competition in September (the second time in 2 years!). We were absolutely delighted with the result following our recent promotion to the third section.

The band put in a solid performance and all the hard work paid off. Our thanks go to our Musical Director Saph for guiding us through the rehearsals and preparation in some difficult times. Covid has made rehearsals and getting together a real challenge for all brass bands. For every band taking part it’s a huge achievement just to be able to perform once again.

Now the hard work starts as we head look towards our gigs and events throughout the summer season and preparing for the National competition in September…

Preparations well underway for contest day

We’re counting down the days to the Midlands Area contest!

Final preparations are well underway and we’ve been getting stuck into the contest piece “Facets of Glass”. In these last rehearsals we’ve been working on the finer details ready to put in a good performance on the 27th.

It’s been fantastic to see the band working hard as a team and hearing all the parts coming together ahead of the big day. Hopefully all the hard work will pay off .

CBBB AGM – that’s the badger!

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!

Knitted badger presented to Saph (MD) by Nigel (Sop cornet)

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!

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!