News & Developments
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Foden's Are the Champions 

Congratulations to the Foden's Band on becoming the Champion Band at the recent Albert Hall Finals.

This makes the North West Region the highest placed Region with three of the five section titles being taken by North West Bands.
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Peter Bates and Richard Milton

 North West Regional Brass Band Championships AGM

North West Regional Chairman Shirley Woodward expressed the sincere regrets of everyone in NW banding, as Peter Bates hung up his white trainers, retiring as Regional Secretary after twenty years of devoted service to that office.    Peter was presented with a special designed certificate, recording his much appreciate, dedicated service to North West banding.  Richard Milton was elected to take over as Regional Secretary.  Hopefully the trainers will not be put away for too long, as Peter was elected to the Regional Committee.
Richard's contact details can be found on our  'About Us' page.
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The NWABBA are delighted to send its congratulations to:-

Oldham (Lees) Band on becoming First Section Champion Band of Great Britain at the National Finals in Cheltenham on Sunday and

Middleton Band on becoming Second Section Champion Band of Great Britain at the National Finals on Saturday.

Both have done themselves, and the North West, proud and we are sure they will be looking forward to their year as Champion Band and also to promotion on the 1st January 2019.

We also congratulate Freckleton, Bollington Brass, Flixton and Sale Brass on their achievements in their sections.


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Buxton Brass Band Festival 2019
Date for Your Diary
Will take place on
Sunday, 28th April 2019
In the Octagon Theatre, Pavilion Gardens
Further Details will be posted nearer the date.
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Rochdale Brass Band Championships
Sunday  21st October 2018
A Five Section, Own Choice Contest

Further details and entry form available on our 'Download' page

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Water Band Want to Beat the Drought

Water Band would welcome any experienced players who would like to be part of a non-contesting, community band.  Why not come along to the bandroom at 1036-1038 Burnley Road East, Lumn in Water.
 You can have a look around the bandroom and if you wish, have a go on one of their bright, shiny, brass band instruments. Saturday 9.45 a.m. to Noon and Wednesday 7p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Further information or
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The Annual General Meeting of the NWABBA took place on Friday 8th June 2018 at the Woodley Civic Hall, Hyde Road, Woodley, Stockport.

The meeting was well attended by the membership and reports were given by the President Mal Brownbill, Chairman Richard Milton, Secretary Shirley Woodward and Treasurer Dave Timmins.   It was agreed that the subscriptions for 2018/19 would remain at £50 and invoices are to go out to the current members in the near future.  It is hoped that everyone will renew their membership of the NWABBA.

The Officers were re-elected en-bloc and the Executive Committee will consist of the officers plus Peter Bates, Jon-Paul Coulson, Jean Hunter, Jim Hunter, George Salt and Ken Watts.

The membership are reminded about the Long Service Awards which are presented to band members with 25 years, 50 years & 60 years service.  Application forms are available to download from the website.   Please allow time for the relevant presentation documents to be prepared etc.

An Open Forum was held after the meeting.

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Band Wanted for a Walking Day

The Kirkham & Wesham Clubday Committee require a brass band who would be willing to march & play for them on their annual Clubday (walking day) an annual process of witness which has been taking place for over 150 years.

The route is approx. 2.5 miles in length & is from 09:00 – 11:30 hrs approx.  All the churches in the town take part. The route is approx. 2.5 miles in length & is from 09:00 – 11:30 hrs approx.

If you are interested please contact Angela Hunter of the Kirkham & Wesham Clubday Committee.b If any further information is required please either e-mail at or phone Mobile 07515 003722.

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Does Your Band Need Some Uniforms?
“For a donation"
39 Royal Blue with Silver Braid band jackets requiring a new home.
Various sizes from small to extra large. Would need to be collected from SK23. Contact or 01663 719712
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The festival started on Saturday 28th October with the Youth Contest held in the Salvation Army Hall in Rochdale.   The hall was full to capacity with all tickets sold.   Because of the school half-term holidays the entry was down to three bands, but there was some excellent playing from all the bands.  The Youth Contest was sponsored by Ron Chalker (The Potato Man) Ltd. of Rochdale.

Phil Shaw adjudicated this event and the results were:-

1.  Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Youth Band (Ben Dixon)

2,  Oldham Music Centre Youth Brass (Jonathan Leedale)

3.  Whitworth Vale & Healey Youth (Joe Murtagh) who also won the trophy for the highest placed NWABBA member band.


Sunday 29th saw the Rochdale Band Contest commence at 9.30 am in the Town Hall.    Throughout the day 30 bands competed in five sections and were well supported in the main hall.   Alan Widdop adjudicated the Fourth & Third Section and the Results were as follows:-

Fourth Section

1.  Blackley (Dan Price)

2.  Cadishead Public (David Holland)

3.  Parr St. Helens (John Ludden)

Highest placed NWAABA member Band - Blackley

Best Instrumentalist - Solo Cornet - Blackley

Third Section

Sponsored by KP Industries of Rochdale

1.  Ifton Colliery (Scott Robert Lloyd)

2.  Dobcross Silver (Grenville Moore)

3.  BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)

Highest placed NWABBA member band - Dobcross Silver

Best Instrumentalist - Solo Cornet - Dobcross Silver

Andrew Warriner then took over the adjudicator's box to adjudicate the Second, First and Championship Sections and his results were as follows:-

Second Section

Sponsored by Hanson Springs Ltd of Rochdale

1.  Horwich RMI (Matt Ryan)

2.  Middleton (Kevin Gibbs)

3.  Pemberton Old Wigan DW "B" (Mike Golding)

Highest placed NWABBA member band - Middleton

Best Instrumentalist - Soprano Cornet - Horwich RMI

First Section

Sponsored by WT Building Services of Heywood

1.  Marsden Silver Prize (Alan Widdop)

2.  Oldham (Lees) (John Collins)

3.  Silk Brass (Tony Wyatt)

Highest placed NWABBA member Band - Oldham (Lees)

Best Instrumentalist - Solo Cornet - Marsden Silver Prize

Championship Section

1.  Milnrow (Mark Bentham)

2.  Derwent Brass (Keith Leonard)

Highest placed NWABBA member band - Milnrow

Best Instrumentalist - Soprano Cornet - Milnrow

Before the results for the First & Championship Section were announced, the NWABBA Rochdale Contest received the Matthew Densfield Memorial Trophy which was being presented in Matthew's memory by his parents David & Susan Densfield.

David told the packed hall about their son Matthew who died at the age of 20 earlier this year and their desire to honour his achievements in brass banding by donating this trophy to be awarded to the Best Percussion Section over the First & Championship Sections.

David and Susan made the presentation to the Percussion Section of the Milnrow Band.

The NWABBA President - Mal Brownbill - made all the presentations throughout the weekend and he thanked the bands and the organisers for making this contest such a wonderful and well supported event.

The provisional date for 2018 is Sunday 21st October.

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Foden's Announce Their New Youth Initiative
For news of this exciting venture please go to our Events Page.
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Please look in the drop-down heading - "Players Wanted" - for information about

requests sent to the NWABBA for bands and players wanted.

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Want to Communicate With Us?

You can use our email contact or we now have a link with the new brass band community site 

Just go to the website and sign in - look for the list of members - you will find the NWABBA listed - join our list of members.

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NWABBA Member Bands' Links

If you would like an email and/or your band website link put in our listing, please send the information into us by the 'CONTACT US' link

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50 years medal   


  Long Service Medal

Following requests from our member bands, the NWABBA have had a special medal struck to celebrate long service.

The medal is gold plated, with bars on which details of the service may be engraved.

Requests for the award may be made on behalf of NWABBA band members who have served for a minimum of 50 years.

A request form is available on our 'downloads' page or in your band's 'Band Administration Handbook'.

Please allow a minimum of four weeks for your request to be fulfilled..









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