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!

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?

Butlins Minworkers Championships

CBBB join hundreds of other bands at Butlins in Skegness for the National Brass Band Festival.  The band won’t be competing but are looking forward to the food, drink and being entertained!

Area Contest 2nd place!!

Six members of City of Birmingham Brass Band smiling holding a trohpy

The City of Birmingham Brass Band are very proud to have achieved 2nd place in the West Midlands Brass Band Association Area Contest 2018 (4th section), held on March 11th. Drawn to play number 1 it was somewhat of a rush to get to the the performance venue in Bedworth from the rehearsal room in Bulkington but if anything having less time to think about it maybe helped to quell any nerves and the band played confidently, with a balanced warm tone, good intonation and assured soloists (from the adjudicators’ comments). The band are thrilled with the result and looking forward to the Nationals for the first time in quite a few years!

Butlin’s Mineworkers’ Contest

There’s nothing quite like arriving into Skegness on a dark Friday evening in January… but, as members of the band arrived, along with hundreds of other brass banders, there was a sense of excitement and anticipation at the annual gathering of the Butlin’s Mineworkers Brass Band Festival.

After locating the apartment amongst the maze of apartments that all looked alike, the night began, and ended, with some serious dancing to 80’s covers in the main venue – Centre Stage. As a relative newcomer to the band, this was the perfect way to get to know one another to the backdrop of Footloose. Several rounds of toast got everyone going the following morning and we were up and ready to see our MD Ben, and repiano cornet Becca play with 3rd Section Band, Ammington.

Staying to listen to some of the bands that followed demonstrated the interpretation of the test piece and the different strengths of each band.

Saturday afternoon was filled with amazing music as the Butlin’s Mineworkers Championship Section Contest got underway. We all listened with delight as technical and musical ability were demonstrated by the top-class bands. A varied choice of test pieces, both contemporary and more traditional kept all the audience in the packed Centre Stage hooked. Upon leaving the venue for the evening, we were all filled with excitement and motivation for improving our own playing and the overall standard of City of Birmingham Brass Band. Once some shared chilli had been devoured the evening was spent together playing card games and charades – some members of the band were certainly better than others but that might have had something to do with the alcohol consumed!

Sunday came around and it was time to head off to see the Entertainment Contest. These mini concerts from the Championship Bands were filled with skilful solos, varied programmes and musical chairs. The more relaxed performances on the final day of the Butlin’s Brass Band Festival reminded us that playing with a brass band is all about making a great noise and having fun whilst doing it. Overall, a fantastic weekend with great company and a wealth of wonderful music.