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 All events are in the UK unless otherwise indicated 
Please confirm details with the organisers. Events are occasionally changed at short notice or without notification.

March 2017

4-5 March
  • Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships - St George's Hall, Bridge Street, Bradford, BD1 1JS
  • 10-11 March
  •  NABBA Championships - Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 11-12 March
  • Midlands Regional Brass Band Championships - Bedworth Civic Hall + Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Bedworth
  • North of England Regional Brass Band Championships - Gala Theatre, Durham, DH1 1WA
  • Scottish Regional Brass Band Championships - Perth
  • West of England Regional Brass Band Championships - Riviera Centre - Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5LZ
  • 18-19 March
  • London & Southern Counties Regional Brass Band Championships - Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1LZ
  • Welsh Regional Brass Band Championships - Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, SA1 4PE
  • 19 March
  • British Trombone Society - Midlands Trombone Day - Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP, 10am


  • April 2017

    1 April
  •  Lithuanian Band Championships - Cultural Centre (Didžioji sale), Panevezys, Panev. County, Lithuania
  • 2 April
  • National Youth Brass Band Championships (Junior, School, Community, County and Open Classes) - Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD
  • 3-7 April
  • The Brass Academy Easter Course - Purcell School, near Bushey, Hertfordshire
  • 7-8 April
  •  2nd Festival de Trompete do Algarve - Faro, Portugal
  • 8 April
  • Forest of Dean Band Contest - Forest Oak Arena, Purlieu View, Lydney, 2pm
  • 15 April
  • National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain - University of Cambridge Music School, Concert Hall, West Road
  • 14-17 April
  •  Australian National Band Championships - Launceston, Tasmania
  • 19-23 April
  •  New Zealand National Brass Band Championships - Wellington
  • 19-23 April
  •  Gouden Spiker Brass Band Festival - De Wier, Ureterp, Friesland, Netherlands
  • 22 April
  • Fife Brass Band Festival - Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
  • National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain - Barbican Concert Hall, London
  • 22-30 April
  •  European Brass Band Championships - Ostende, Belgium
  • 23 April
  • Oxford District BBA Brass Festival - Marlborough School (MEC), Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1LP
  • 28-29 April
  •  European Music Competition for Brass Bands, Concert Bands, Fanfare Orchestras - Philharmonie, Luxembourg
  •  Oslo Brassfestival - Gamle Museet, Oslo, Norway
  • 28 April
  • Bones Apart - recital and masterclass - University of Bristol, 1.15pm
  • 29 April
  • Foden's Band + The Wallace Collection - Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 7.30pm
  • 30 April
  • SCABA Spring Contest - Five sections including Youth. Own choice test piece and march - Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, Sussex, BN3 4AH.


  • May 2017

    4-7 May
  •  Giron des Musiques de la Glâne - Promasens, Switzerland
  • 6 May
  •  Neckertaler Kreismusiktag - Mogelsberg, Switzerland
  • 7 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: skwnwabba@aol.com
  • 9 May
  • Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Brassed Off Live - Royal Albert Hall, London, 7pm
  • 13 May
  • 97th 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
  • 19-20 May
  •  Solothurner Kantonalen Jugendmusikfest - Grenchen, Switzerland
  • 20 May
  •  Aalborg Musikkonkurrence - Aalborg, Denmark
  •  Luzerner Kantonales Jugendmusikfest - Schüpfheim, Switzerland
  •  Mittelländischer Musiktag - Schliern, Switzerland
  • 20-21 May
  •  Weinländer Musiktag - Henggart, Switzerland
  • 21 May
  • Holme Valley Brass Band Contest - Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 3AS
  • SCABA Entertainment Contest - The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ. Own choice programme.
  • 25-28 May
  •  Giron de Musique de la Sarine - Estavayer-le-Gibloux, Switzerland
  • 27-28 May
  •  Luzerner Kantonal Musiktag - Schüpfheim, Switzerland
  •  Musiktage Basel - Basel, Switzerland
  • 27 May
  •  Jugendmusikpreis Dreiländereck - Ziefen, Switzerland
  •  Kreismusiktag - Fürstenland - Niederwil, Switzerland
  • Northern Counties Open Contest - Loch leven Community Campus, Kinross
  • Plastic Brass - Queens Court, Centre MK, Milton Keynes, 1pm. Charity concert raising money for Milton Keynes Centre for Integrated Living
  • 30 May - 3 June
  •  International Trumpet Guild Conference - Hershey, PA


  • June 2017

    1-4 June
  •  Great American Brass Band Festival - Danville, Kentucky
  • 2-4 June
  •  23rd 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.
  • 7-10 June
  •  International Women in Brass Conference - Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  • 9-11 June
  •  Oberwalliser Musikfest - Unterbäch, Switzerland
  • 9 June
  • Whit Friday March Contests - Saddleworth & Tameside, 4pm onwards.
  • 10 June
  •  Dutch Open Brass Band Championships - Schouwburg De Lawei, Drachten
  • 11 June
  •  Aargauischer Kantonaler Musiktag - Tägerig, Switzerland
  •  Kreismusiktag - Zürcher Unterland - Rafz, Switzerland
  • Newtown (Mid Wales) March and Open Air Contest - The Park, High Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2PL. Details from helenben@supanet.com
  • 17 June
  •  Schaffhauser Kantonal-Musiktag - Neuhausen, Switzerland
  •  Survento Brass - Flambou, Surhuisterveen, Netherlands
  • 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!"
  • 18 June
  • 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 - mavisband@aol.com
  • Hebden Bridge March Contest - St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 8ETF
  • Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band Contest - Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. For 3rd, 4th Section and Youth bands.
  • Morley March & Hymn Tune Contest - Morley, West Yorkshire, from 12.30pm. 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 geoff.fowler@totalise.co.uk or call 0113 253 0719
  •  Seeländische Musiktage - Oberwil b. Büren, Switzerland
  • 22-25 June
  • Glasgow Trombone Weekend - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • 23-25 June
  •  Regionalmusiktage Blasmusikverband Thal-Gäu-Olten-Gösgen - Oensingen, Switzerland
  • 24 June
  • Easingwold Lions Centennial March and Hymn Tune Contest - Market Square, Easingwold, North Yorkshire, 5pm onwards. Open to all bands. Prize money in Championship, First, Second, Third and Fourth sections will be £200. Trophies will be awarded to all section winners, including the Unregistered Section. Entries close on May 31st, with a pre-draw taking place on June 1st. Further information from Contest Controller, Garry Hallas on 07732 396776, or garryhallas@hotmail.com
  • 26 June - 7 July
  •  North American Brass Band Summer School - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 28 June - 1 July
  •  International Trombone Festival - University of Redlands, California, USA


  • July 2017

    1 July
  • The Wallace Collection + Tullis Russell Mills Band - East Neuk Festival - The Bowhouse, Bowhouse Farm , St Monans, Fife KY10 2DB, 6pm
  • 2 July
  •  Aargauischer Kantonaler Jugendmusiktag - Küttigen, Switzerland
  • Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest - Town Hall Square, Brighouse, West Yorkshire. HD6 1EF
  • Picnic in the Park Contest - Houghall College, Durham
  • 3-9 July
  •  Brassweek Samedan - Samedan, Switzerland
  • 6-10 July
  •  World Youth Music Festival - Zurich, Switzerland
  • 7-9 July
  • BrassFestUK - a weekend of brass band concerts across the UK
  • 7-10 July
  •  International Women's Brass Conference - Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, USA
  • 8-9 July
  •  World Music Contest - Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • 8 July
  • Durham Miners' Gala - Durham City
  • 9 July
  • Shirebrook Town Music Festival - Brass Band Entertainment Contest - Shirebrook Leisure Centre, Park Road, Shirebrook, Mansfield, NG20 8JQ
  • 13-16 July
  •  International Historic Brass Symposium - New York University
  • 20-22 July
  • Fermanagh/Tyrone Brass Band Summer School - Letterbreen Methodist Church Hall
  • 23-28 July
  • Bolsover Brass Summer School - Heritage High School, Clowne. Participants have a varied week of activities following tutorials and full rehearsals including performing at some of the areas main tourist attractions at Hardwick Hall, Creswell Crags and Renishaw Hall which also includes guided tours of the attractions
  • 29 July - 26 August
  • Dartington International Summer School - Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon
  • 30 July - 5 August
  • 27th International Brass Band Summer School - University of Wales, Singleton Park, Swansea. Tutors: TBC. Details from Alison Childs, P.O. Box 42, Denshaw, Saddleworth, Oldham, OL3 5WQ. Tel: 01457 820138, 07802 771735, email admin@ibbss.com
  • 30 July
  • National Youth Brass Band of Wales - Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW, 2.30pm
  • 31 July - 4 August
  • The Brass Academy Summer Course - Yehudi Menuhin School, Millfield Lodge, Cobham Road, Cobham, Surrey. For brass players aged 8 - 18. Day and residential places.


  • August 2017

    6-12 August
  • Brass Band Summer School - Queen's College, Taunton
  • 9-11 August
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - Brass Performer Summer School - RCS, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB. For ages 12 to 17.
  • 21-25 August
  • The Brass Academy Summer Course - Purcell School, near Bushey, Hertfordshire. For brass and percussion players aged 8 - 18. Day and residential places.
  • 26-27 August
  •  New South Wales State Band Championships - Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia


  • September 2017

    2 September
  • SWBBA Exmouth Brass Band Festival - Pavilion & Pavilion Gardens, The Esplanade, Exmouth. Entertainment contest.
  • 3 September
  •  Kreismusiktag - Emmental - Dürrenroth, Switzerland
  • 9 September
  • 165th British Open Championships - Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA, 10am. Tickets from 0121 200 2000
  • 10 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 www.yhbba.co.uk
  • 15-17 September
  •  Svensk Blåsmusikfestival - Linköping, Sweden
  • 16-17 September
  • National Brass Band Championships Lower Section Finals (Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4) - Cheltenham Racecourse - Centaur Venue
  • 16 September
  • National Youth Brass Band of Wales - North Wales International Festival of Music - St Asaph Cathedral, LL17 0RD, 7.30pm
  • 23 September
  •  Swiss Open Brass Band Contest - Kultur und Kongresszentrum (KKL), Luzern, Switzerland
  • 24 September
  • SCABA Own Choice Contest - The Hawth Theatre, Crawley. RH10 6YZ


  • October 2017

    1 October
  • Bolsover Festival of Brass - Heritage High School, Boughton Lane,Clowne, Chesterfield S43 4QG
  • 8 October
  • Oxford District BBA Entertainment Contest - Marlborough School (MEC), Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1LP
  • 14 October
  • National Brass Band Championship Finals (Championship Section) - Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7
  • 29-29 October
  • NWABBA Rochdale Brass Band Festival - Rochdale Town Hall
  • 28 October
  • Wychavon Festival of Brass - De Montfort School, Evesham. 5 sections. Please see website for details of prizes, entry fees and rules. Entries open March 1st 2017. This contest is a qualifier for the Senior Trophy in 2018.


  • November 2017

    4 November
  •  Siddis Brass Contest - Stavanger, Norway
  • South West BBA 71st Annual Championships - Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay
  •  US Open Brass Band Championships - Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, Illinois, USA
  • 5 November
  • YHBBA Annual Contest - Holmfirth Civic Hall, HD9 3AS. Own choice test piece + hymn
  • 11 November
  •  Swedish National Brass Band Championships - Arken, Värnamo, Småland, Sweden
  • 18-19 November
  • Brass in Concert Championships - The Sage, Gateshead, NE8 2NR, 9.30am. Tickets from 0191 443 4661
  • 18 November
  •  Stavanger Open Contest - Stavanger, Norway
  • 25-26 November
  •  Swiss National Brass Band Championships - Montreux Music & Convention Centre, Montreaux


  • 2018

    13-14 January
  • Butlins Mineworkers' Open National Brass Band Festival - Butlins Skyline Resort, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 1NJ.
  • 9-10 February
  •  Norwegian National Brass Band Championships - Grieghall, Bergen
  • 11 February
  • Youth Brass Band Entertainment Festival - (Action Medical Research) - Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 10am onwards.
  • 24-25 February
  • Oxford District BBA Winter Contest - Marlborough School (MEC), Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1LP
  • 6-7 April
  •  NABBA Championships - Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 21-22 April
  •  Flemish Open Brass Band Championship - City Theatre, Mechelen, Belgium
  • 4-5 May
  •  European Brass Band Championships - Utrecht, Holland


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