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Sunday 20th August saw 28 bands descend on the Town Hall, Rochdale for the 2019 Rochdale Brass Band Contest.    The event started at 9.30 am with the Fourth Section, followed by the Third, Second, First & Championship Sections, and finally finished at 7.30 pm.  

There was a whole team of volunteers, under the leadership of Richard Milton, Contest Secretary, who worked all day to ensure the smooth running of the event and a vote of thanks was given to them at the end of each section of the contest.  Without these volunteers the event could not have been run.   Percussion for the event was again provided by Ray Payne, who is noted for the excellent instruments that he provides.

It was a feast of music for those who attended this "Own Choice" event, for out of the 28 performances there were 27 different testpieces played.   This must be something of a record.

The prizes were presented by the NWABBA President Mr. Mal Brownbill.

The results are as follows:-

Fourth Section

Adjudicator: David Ashworth

1.  Tewit Silver (Martin Hall) (Beecher Variations, Stephen Bulla)

2.  Dobcross Silver (Jason Smith) ( Music from Kantara, Kenneth Downie)

3.  Skelmersale (Ben Coulson) (Kaleidoscope, Philip Sparke)

4.  Blackley (Adrian Smith) (Penlee, Simon Dobson)

5.  Cadishead Public (David Holland) (Music for a Festival, Philip Sparke)

6.  St. John's Mossley (Paul Towle) (Partita, Edward Gregson)

7.  Fairfield (Buxton) (S. Lewis) (St. Andrew's Variations, Alan Fernie)

Highest placed NWABBA member band - Dobcross Silver

Best Instrumentalist - Euphonium player - Dobcross Silver.

Third Section - sponsored by KP Industries

Adjudicator: David Ashworth

1.  Whitworth Vale & Healey (Chris Binns) (Viczcaya, Gilbert Vinter)

2.  Pilling Jubilee Silver (Steve Hartley) (Henry The Fifth, R. Vaughan Williams)

3.  Eccleston Brass (John Wood) (Renaissance, Peter Graham)

4.  Stalybridge Old (James Atkins) (Labour and Love, Percy Fletcher)

5.  Cleethorpes (Brian Harper) (The Mermaid of Zennor, Philip Harper)

6.  Golborne (Joshua Hughes) (Facets of Glass, Gordon Langford)

7.  Greenalls (J. Hall) (Dimensions, Peter Graham)

Highest placed NWABBA member band - Whitworth Vale & Healey

Best Instrumentalist - Euphonium Player - Cleethorpes

Second Section - sponsored by Hanson Springs

Adjudicator: Andrea Price

1.  Hade Edge (Chris Binns) (Tallis Variations, Philip Sparke)

2.  Meltham & Meltham Mills (Tom Haslam) (Galdhopiggen, Simon Kerwin)

3.  Besses o'th'Barn (Trevor Halliwell) (Essay, Edward Gregson)

4.  Delph (Phil Goodwin) (Variations on 'Maccabeus', Kevin Norbury)

5.  Allerton Brass (Adam D.J. Taylor) (Rhapsody in Brass, Dean Goffin)

6.  Blackpool Brass (Max Stannard) (Variations for Brass Band,

                                                                               R. Vaughan Williams)

Highest placed NWABBA member band - Besses o'th'Barn

Best Instrumentalist - Hade Edge

First Section - sponsored by WT Building Services

Adjudicator: Andrea Price

1.  Diggle (Alan Widdop) (An Epic Symphony, Percy Fletcher)

2.  Lindley (Mike Golding) (Land of the Long White Cloud, Philip Sparke)

3.  Flixton (Matthew Ryan) (Legacy, Tom Davoren

4.  Middleton (Kevin Gibbs) (A London Overture, Philip Sparke)

5.  Crewe Brass (Matt Pithers) (Rhapsodic Variations, My Strength, My Tower,

                                                                                                             Dean Goffin)

Highest placed NWABBA member Band - Diggle

Best Instrumentalist - Diggle

Championship Section

Adjudicator: Andrea Price

1.  Oldham (Lees) (John Collins) (On Alderley Edge, Peter Graham)

2.  Shepherd Group Brass (Richard Wilton) (Tallis Variations, Philip Sparke)

3.  Freckleton (Matt Shaw) (Paganini Variations, Philip Wilby)

Highest placed NWABBA member Band - Oldham (Lees)

Best Instrumentalist - Solo Cornet - Oldham (Lees)

Best Percussion Section - Oldham (Lees)

The NWABBA look forward to returning to Rochdale Town Hall in 2020 for their Rochdale Brass Band Contest - watch the website for the date.

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BBE Events

Have you looked on our BBE web page.  If you go to the drop down menu page News - BBE you will find a full list of events they are running in reach of the North West, incuding the Brass Bands Conference which is to be held at the Life Centre, Sale.
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Urgent - Volunteers Needed

Do you or your band enjoy attending the Regional Championships at Blackpool?
Have you ever thought how many people it takes to put on that day in February?  The answer is 'a lot'.  This year we have lost the services of a number of our long standing helpers.  We are very grateful for the support they have given us over the years but now is the time for a new generation to show their support.  Without more help it will be impossible to put on future contests.  Who knows you may enjoy it!  So please contact our Regional Secretary Richard Milton ( and discuss how you can help. 
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North West Regional Championships
Friday, 27th September 2019
The AGM was held at Woodley Civic Hall, and it was not a well attended meeting.  In fact it only went ahead because of the number of apologies for absence which had been received. and could be taken into account.
However, full reports were given by the Officers and as a result of the nominations Shirley Woodward was elected as Chairman for a further 3 year period along with Janet Taylor and Ann Whittaker as Committee members for 3 years.   Sadly this year we had received the resignation of 2 other members and unfortunately no one at the meeting was able to stand to fill the vacancies.  1 member is need for a 2 year period and the second one for a 1 year period.   If anyone is willing to volunteer to become a member of the Regional Committee then PLEASE contact Richard Milton, Regional Secretary at
Both the Chairman and Secretary made an urgent appeal for volunteers to help run the Regional Contest on the 23rd February 2020.   This year had seen the loss of two volunteers following the death of John Ireland and Ken Watts and since the event in February we had also lost the services of Ian & Anne Mason leaders of the High Peak Team along with Martin & Jean Flanagan, Elaine Bowden and Frances Hudson who has decided to retire after many years of loyal service to the event.
If these people are not replaced with other volunteers then there will be a major problem for the Championships which could result in a much longer day for all concerned with maybe the loss of one hall.   If you know of anyone who could spare a few hours on the day to help out then please get in touch with Lesley Reynolds on who will be able to give you all the information you require to become part of the team which has tried to run a successful one day championships for so many years.   You will be putting something back into the event to help the bands of the North West.   Many thanks in advance, please try and help.

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The NWABBA send sincere congratulations to the UPPERMILL BAND and Dean Redfern on becoming Third Section Champion Band of Great Britain at the National Finals in Cheltenham last Sunday.   

Also congratulations to our other North West Bands on their top six placing in the Finals.

First Section: Boarshurst Silver - 3rd place

Second Section - Besses Boys' - 6th place

Fourth Section - Rode Hall Silver - 5th place

                           Sale Brass - 6th place

Besses Boys' Band also won the Best Instrumentalist Prize in the Second Section - well done Lizzie Logie on Flugel Horn.


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The Executive Committee of the NWABBA offer sincere apologies to its members and those trying to currently view items on the website.

We are experiencing some problems which have been reported to our hosting company. However, on Sunday 22nd, the website appears to be back up and information has been undated and so we hope the problems have been solved.   At present the "Contact Us" drop down does not appear to be working and this had now been reported.   Therefore if you need to contact the NWABBA please use the Secretary's email -

Many thanks for your patience


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Cadishead Band

Cadishead Band have a further concert in aid of charity and this is:-
2nd November -  Poppy Appeal Concert & Dance
                            Cadishead Conservative Club, Grange Place, Cadishead
                            7.30 p.m.  Tickets: 5.00
                            The evening will consist of a short opening concert by the band
                            and then everyone is invited onto the floor for a wide selection of
                            dances.   Sequins are not compulsory.
                            Proceeds in of the local Poppy Appeal
For Information or Tickets contact the hotline: 07856 250802
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Buxton Brass Band Festival - Change of Date
Buxton Brass Band Festival
Sunday 17th May 2020
Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.
We have now been informed that our preferred date for the Buxton Contest in 2020 has become available.  This takes us away from any any problems associated with the May Day Bank Holiday and problems which may arise from celebrations to commemorate the Second World War.  Our apologies to bands who's plans may be affected by this change.

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The 72nd AGM was held on Monday 17th June and was attended by the officers and representatives from 14 member bands.  A further 13 bands sent their apologies for non-attendance.   Full reports were given by the Officers.  The President, Mal Brownbill, appealed for more people to get involved in the running of the Association either by serving on the Executive Committee or coming along to work at the two major contests run by the NWABBA - Buxton and Rochdale.   He asked anyone who was interested to contact either the Chairman (Richard Milton) or the Secretary (Shirley Woodward).

All the officers were re-elected en bloc and Peter Bates, Jon-Paul Coulson, George Salt and Alex Smith were elected to the Executive Committee.  

One decision made at the AGM was that for 2019/20 the annual membership subscription to the NWABBA would be increased by 10% from the present figure of 50 to a new one of 55.    This is the first increase in the subscriptions for 10 years and is way behind inflation levels over the past few years.   The Officers and Executive members sincerely hope that this small increase will not deter any of the current members from renewing their subscription.   As was pointed out it is just over a 1 per week to be a member.

Following the AGM an Open Forum was held and bands raised matters of concern to them.

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   Long Service Awards
The N.W.A.B.B.A. was pleased to award Long Service awards to Robert Sykes of the St. John's Mossley Band, for 60 years service and to Paul Thomason of Flixton Band  for 48 years service.  Our congratulations to them both for their dedicated service.
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It is with great sadness that the NWABBA announce the death of John Ireland on Monday 8th May after a short stay in hospital.   John had not been well for a short while and could not attend the Regional Championships in February, an event he had worked at for many years.    Of course John was always at the side of his wife Margaret during her time as a Band Secretary and also at every event run by the NWABBA and in particular the Buxton Contest.    He was a gentleman who just got on with the job in hand.

John's funeral will be held on Tuesday 30th April at 1 p.m. at Stockport Crematorium.   Family flowers only, donations to Macmillan Cancer Care in lieu of flowers.  The NWABBA send sympathy to Margaret and their two sons Mark and Jeremy.

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It is with great sadness that the NWABBA Executive Committee report the death of Vice-Chairman Ken Watts on Friday 29th March.    He had been in hospital in Bury and then a nursing home near to Oldham, but only recently he had moved to a nursing home near to his family in Grantham, and that is where he passed away suddenly.

Ken had been a stalwart member of the Executive and was a former Treasurer and was always seen at every brass band contest proudly wearing his 50 year service medal.  He worked for many years at the Regional Championships in Blackpool and 2019 was the first one he was forced to miss in many years.   He was also President of the Milnrow Band and was very proud of their Championship Section status and achievement.

The sincere sympathy of the NWABBA and the Regional Committee has been sent to his family in Grantham.   Ken's funeral will take place at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday 2nd May at Grantham Crematorium and a reception will be held afterwards at The Stag, in Barkston-Le-Willows.    Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Milnrow Band.

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Grading Tables 2020

The official Grading Tables have now been uploaded to this site. Please go to  our 'Events'  drop down menu.
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North West Regional Brass Bands Championships
Information on the Regional Championships may be found on the Events Page

Congratulations to our member bands

Foden's (Russell Gray) - winners of the Championship Section for the Fourth Year running.
Bollington Brass (Peter Christian) - winners of the Second Section
Sale Brass (John Anderson) - Fourth Section Champions

Congratulations also to our runner up bands
Leyland Band and Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band who will join Foden's at the Albert Hall representing the North West
Boarshurst Silver will also represent the First Section at Cheltenham
With Besses Boys' Band and Farnworth and Walkden in the Second Section
Uppermill and Hawk Green will make up the Third Section trio
With a jubilant Rode Hall Silver making it to the finals for the first time in their 133 years, making up the Regions Fourth Section representing the North West Region  at Cheltenham

A full result sheet can be found on our Events drop down pages.

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North West Banders Help the Animals
Congratulations to our Chairman Richard Milton and the volunteers who represented our North West bands at very short notice, at the Channel Five's "Help the Animals" fund raiser on 21st. December 2018
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                     REGIONAL WEBSITE

The Regional website - - has ceased to exist and the NWABBA have kindly agreed that information about the North West Regional Championships in Blackpool can continue to be shown on the "Events" page under the dropdown heading North West Regional Championships.

The Regional Committee are grateful for this continued facility.   Please remember that the new email address for Richard Milton, Regional Secretary is

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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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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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