News & Developments
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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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What's On In Water?

Our newest member band 'The Water Band' are to hold an open day on Saturday, 9th June between 10a.m. and 3p.m.  Why not go along to the bandroom at 1036-1038 Burnley Road East.
There will be tea, coffee and cakes on offer.  You can have a look around the bandroom, explore their exhibition of the band's history in the village of Water and if you wish, have a go on one of their bright, shiny, brass band instruments. After that, if you fancy the chance to learn to play you will be made most welcome.
If you can't make it on the 9th you will be welcome to come along to one of their rehearsals - Saturday 9.30 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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CONGRATULATIONS to the following NWABBA member bands on their success at the recent North West Regional Championships in Blackpool:-

Championship Section: 1st - Foden's, 2nd - Leyland

First Section: 1st - Oldham (Lees), 2nd - Freckleton

Second Section: 1st - MIddleton, 2nd - Bollington Brass, 3rd - Flixton

Fourth Section: 2nd - Sale Brass

The NWABBA Executive wish these qualifying bands every success at the National Finals in Cheltenham in September and the Royal Albert Hall in October.

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      Cancellation of the Buxton Brass Band Festival
It is with great regret that the NWABBA have to announce the cancellation of the Buxton Brass Band Festival due to be held on Sunday 13th May.
We have been informed that the building work on the Octagon Theatre will not now be finished in time for the contest to take place and the marquee has been removed.
Our apologies to our regular competitors and audience.  We hope to see you in May 2019.
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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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CADISHEAD PUBLIC BAND - 4th Section - is looking for players.

Please see the Players Wanted Section.

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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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Glossop Sunday Concerts Start

The second series of concerts starts Sunday 10th of September at the Glossop Band Club. They will run at the same time as previously 2.00pm till 4.00pm with new bands added to the rosta and running through till the end of April 2018.

We will have @Mouselow Farm Brewery Real Ale on throughout the series at still only £2.50 a pint!!

Entrance is FREE !! all we ask is that you support the bands by means of the Raffle, Auction and "Bucket Collection"

The visiting Bands for September are;
24/09/2017 – Burbage Band (Buxton)

For future dates and bands please see the bands web site or facebook page

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The Annual General Meeting of the NWABBA
was held on Friday, 19th May,
at the Woodley Civic Hall

       The Following Officers and Members of the Executive Committee were elected

                                   Chairman  - Richard Milton
                                   General Secretary - Shirley Woodward
                                   Treasurer - Dave Timmins
                                       Executive Committee
               Peter Bates -  Jean Hunter - Jim Hunter- George Salt - Ken Watts

General Secretary’s Report to the AGM

This year has been a year of ups and downs for our Executive Committee.  I would like to personally give praise to our President Mal Brownbill, who goes over and beyond the call of duty.  His support for our organisation is much appreciated by our Officers and Committee.

My personal thanks to our Chairman Richard Milton and to Peter Bates who is listed as our Minute Secretary but does so much to help keep our Association running.  Both Peter and Richard are to be thanked for taking over the financial management of the Association following the resignation of our Treasurer.

Other members of our Executive have taken on supportive roles.  Particularly,  I want to mention Ken Watts who supported Richard and Peter with the accounts.

George Salt gave a great deal of his time in drawing up a contact list of non-member bands so that we could contact them in a recruitment drive.  Our thanks to Peter, Richard and Mal for their work in contacting the bands.  This has resulted in five new members for the association with hopefully more to come.

Members of our Committee and our volunteers have helped steward the National Youth Championships.  They also attended the first National Forum hosted by Brass bands England.

The take up of Long Service Awards has continued to increase, with the 50 Year Award the most popular.

We have paid out two donations to bands from the Mary Mather Fund to help pay for the purchase of music for their Youth Bands.

This year we have run three successful contests, the Rochdale Youth Contest, the Rochdale Contest and the Buxton Brass Band Festival.  Richard Milton was Contest Organiser for the two Rochdale events and myself as Contest Organiser of the Buxton Contest.   Unfortunately, the building works at Buxton has meant that we have had to use the temporary marquee.  Our thanks to the bands for their support and to the volunteers who helped us run both events.  We hope that 2018 will see a return to the Octagon Theatre at the Pavilion Gardens.

Our thanks to Richard who has developed our Facebook page which is picking up more followers.  Our website has had some problems with a change of service providers, meaning it went down at times but hopefully that problem has been solved.  We will be looking at bringing it more up-to-date soon.

One of my roles is to represent our Association on the Board of Brass Bands England.  Much of the early part of the year was taken up by developing ‘Band Safe’, a series of downloadable documents which will lead bands towards developing their own policy on providing a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults.  Soon, we will be organising a seminar with Heidi Bradley, the Safe-Guarding Officer of BBE, who will be taking us through the documents.  This is the first such seminar, so please support us.  It is to your advantage to send along a representative and will be free for our member bands.

Work on providing other activities such as master classes is ongoing.  One of our main problems is obtaining venues at reasonable prices.  We will be happy to hear about any possible venue you may know about.  If there are any particular types of training events you would like us to put on for you, please let us know.

As always, we need more people to help with the work of the Association.  Please do not feel that you have nothing to offer.  We are always grateful for help.

Our thanks for your support of the Association.

Message from the NWABBA President - Mal Brownbill


The heading of my message is quite simply HELP.  I did download the words to the Beatles song and considered singing a karaoake version of the song at the AGM, but thought better of it.

Your Executive has been extremely busy working on your behalf, organising several successful events.  They have also managed to recruit several new bands into membership, which obviously strengthens the Association.  However, they would obviously benefit greatly from an injection of new blood onto the Committee.

When I was invited to become President five years ago I was told that I was not expected to become actively involved simply to provide support at important Association events etc.   However, after attending a couple of Executive meetings I found that I enjoyed the experience and now regularly attend when-ever possible.

I appreciate that everybody here at the AGM will always have the concerns of their own band foremost in their thoughts and it is only natural that your band will always be a priority.   But being members of a successful Association can also benefit your individual band.   So please consider the wider picture and if possible think seriously of putting your name forward for election to the Executive Committee.

I can assure you that when the Executive organise a successful event, it can prove to be a very rewarding experience.  To quote another Beatles song Please Please Me and consider putting your name forward.  You won't regret it.

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The Final Results

Fourth Section Adjudicator: Steve Pritchard-Jones

1. Fairfield (Buxton) Charles Kitchen

2. Cadishead Public David Holland

3. Denton Brass Matthew Bailey

4. Huddersfield &Ripponden Brass Adam Bell

5. St. John’s Mossley Paul Exton-McGuiness

6. Mereside Brass Mike Phenton

Best Bass Section Fairfield (Buxton) Highest Placed NWABBA Member Band (Fairfield (Buxton)

Third Section Adjudicator Steve Pritchard-Jones

1. Ifton Colliery Scott Lloyd

2. Lofthouse 2000 Andrew Whitaker

3. Greenfield Tom Haslam

4. Stalybridge Old David Ashworth

5. Farnworth & Walkden Matt Shaw

6. Trentham Brass Mike Caveney

Best Euphonium Section Greenfield Highest Placed NWABBA Member Band Greenfield

Second Section Adjudicator Mark Wilkinson

1. Pemberton Old Wigan ‘B’ Mike Golding

2. Besses Boys James Holt

3. Glossop Old Duncan Beckley

4. Blackpool Brass John Pearson

5. Horwich RMI Mattew Ryan

6. Old Hall Brass John North

Best Cornet Section- Pemberton Old Wigan ‘B’

Highest Placed NWABBA Member Band Besses Boys

Championship and First Section Adjudicator Mark Wilkinson

1. Haslingdon & Helmshore (Chalkers) Simon Cowan

2. Bedworth Brass Ryan Richardson

3. Longridge Mark Peacock

4. Harrogate Dean Jones

5. Hade Edge Jonathan Beatty

Best Soloist Prize Daniel Jackson Euphonium Hade Edge

Highest placed NWABBA Member Band Haslingden and Helmshore

Highest Placed Nationally Graded First Section Haslingden & Helmshore

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 Haslingden and Helmshore Celebrate Their Win
Haslingden & Helmshore Players Celebrate with Contest Organiser Shirley Woodwarde
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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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