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 All events are in the UK unless otherwise indicated 
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May 2016

8 May
  • NWABBA Buxton Brass Band Festival - Four sections (4th, 3rd, 2nd, Championship and First combined) - Own choice test piece - Pavilion Gardens, St Johns Road, Buxton, SK17 6XN, 10am-7pm. Entry forms can be dowloaded from the North West Area Brass Band Association website or requested from Shirley Woodward, email:
  • WMBBA Solo, Duet and Quartet Contest - Studley High School, Crooks Lane, Studley, Warwickshire B80 7QX
  • 14 May
  • 96th Spring Brass Band Festival - Grand Shield, Senior Cup and Senior Trophy contests - Winter Gardens, 97 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HL. Qualifying contests for the British Open Championships. Grand Shield, Senior Cup, Senior Trophy. Tickets from 01253 292029. Contest administrator: Frank Hodges, 01942 703217
  • 15 May
  • Brass at the Beamish - Durham County BBA March & Hymn Contest - Beamish Museum, 12.30pm. Section A (Ch, 1 & 2), Section B (3 & 4). Details contact Mavis Lloyd -
  • 20 May
  • Whit Friday March Contests - Saddleworth & Tameside, 4pm onwards.
  • 22 May
  • SCABA Entertainment Contest - The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ. Own choice programme.

  • June 2016

    3-5 June
  •  21st French Open Brass Band Championships - City of Kings, Amboise, Loire, France. Association des Amis du Brass Band d'Amboise. Entries welcome from UK bands in all sections.
  • 5 June
  • Black Dyke Brass Festival - Leeds Town Hall, 9.15am. Cornet, Tenor horn and Lower brass workshops. Details from Alison Childs -
  • Black Dyke Band - Festival Gala Concert - Leeds Town Hall
  • 11 June
  •  Dutch Open Brass Band Championships - Schouwburg De Lawei, Drachten
  • 12 June
  • Newtown (Mid Wales) March and Open Air Contest - The Park, High Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2PL. Details from
  • 18 June
  • West of England Bandsmen's Festival, Molinnis Park, Bugle - Six sections, including Youth. Deportment is judged while bands march through the village. The contest is held on a bandstand in the football ground and is followed by marches back through the village and a concert. "The world's only drive-in brass band contest!"
  • 19 June
  • Morley March & Hymn Tune Contest - Morley, West Yorkshire, from 1pm. It is open to all bands from Championship to Youth. All music is own choice and whilst there are no formal rules it is expected that bands will enter into the spirit of the contest and field their own regular players wherever possible. All proceeds from this event are for Lions Charities. The format of the contest is a traditional road march along the pedestrianised Queen Street following this bands will re-assemble in the band arena outside the Town Hall and complete its programme with three verses of a hymn tune and a contest march. Further details and entry forms are available from the Contest Controller Mr Geoff Fowler via e-mail from or call 0113 253 0719
  • 25 June
  •  Ohio Brass Arts Festival - Creekside Plaza, Gahanna OH 43230

  • July 2016

    3 July
  • Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest - Town Hall Square, Brighouse, West Yorkshire. HD6 1EF
  • 28-31 July
  •  Historic Brass Society Early Brass Festival - Northfield, Minnesota

  • September 2016

    3 September
  • SWBBA Exmouth Brass Band Festival - Pavilion & Pavilion Gardens, The Esplanade, Exmouth. Entertainment contest.
  • 10 September
  • 164th British Open Championships - Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA, 10am. Tickets from 0121 200 2000
  • 11 September
  • Hardraw Scar Contest - Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZ. A spectacular setting for a contest in the natural amphitheatre by the Hardraw Force waterfall. Entry forms and rules are available from
  • 17-18 September
  • National Brass Band Championships Lower Section Finals (Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4) - Cheltenham Racecourse - Centaur Venue
  • 25 September
  • SCABA Own Choice Contest - The Hawth Theatre, Crawley. RH10 6YZ

  • October 2016

    2 October
  • Bolsover Festival of Brass - Heritage High School, Boughton Lane,Clowne, Chesterfield S43 4QG
  • 8 October
  • National Brass Band Championship Finals (Championship Section) - Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7
  • 16 October
  • Oxford District BBA Entertainment Contest - Marlborough School (MEC), Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1LP
  • 22-23 October
  • NWABBA Rochdale Brass Band Festival - Rochdale Town Hall

  • November 2016

    TBA November
  • Leicestershire Brass Band Association Open Contest - Burleigh College and Garendon High, Loughborough. For details see the website.
  • 5 November
  •  Siddis Brass Contest - Stavanger, Norway
  • 20 November
  • Brass in Concert Championships - The Sage, Gateshead, NE8 2NR, 9.30am. Tickets from 0191 443 4661
  • 26-27 November
  • Scottish Open Brass Band Championships - Perth Concert Hall
  • Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships - Perth Concert Hall

  • December 2016


    30 April
  • SCABA Spring Contest - Five sections including Youth. Own choice test piece and march - Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, Sussex, BN3 4AH.
  • April/May
  •  European Brass Band Championships - Ostende, Belgium
  • 21 May
  • SCABA Entertainment Contest - The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ. Own choice programme.
  • 9 June
  • Whit Friday March Contests - Saddleworth & Tameside, 4pm onwards.

  • 2018

  •  European Brass Band Championships - Utrecht, Holland


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