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All British Style Brass Bands - All the Time!

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It takes several hundred dollars a month to keep the radio station running. I believe in the idea of bringing the music to with few or little advertising. If a fraction of the listeners of All Brass Radio would donate $5 a month, the station would run smoothly without any ads at all. Would you consider a small monthly donation?
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All Brass Radio has come to a Crossroad.

But first I want to thank the donors who have so graciously given month after month. Some wish to be anonymous so I will not mention them by name. That is why the thermometer started above zero.

I do not wish to run ads or become an advert salesperson. If 1% of the listeners gave $5 a month I would have way more money than I need. I need a little over $200 a month to keep the station running. I have been supplying the extra money, but because of a car accident, I can no longer work. My wife, because of many problems (mostly budget) has lost her job as a pastor.

Please donate and keep the station on the air!

16 donations so far. I only need two more to complete this fund drive. People have been very generous.

One Time Donation of $25

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The Apps are finally up and working. Both the Android App and the iOS app for the radio station are newly upgraded to take advantage of the upgrade on the server. Now you can listen and VOTE on your pads or smartphones! Download them today, they are free!
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Note: The Voting System is working correctly now!

Here Is The Scale As I Will Interpret Your Votes:
• 5 Stars: Love The Track
• 4 Stars: Really Like The Track
• 3 Stars: Like The Track Ok
• 2 Stars: Do Not Like The Track Or Consider Removing It From The Playlist
• 1 Star: Hate The Track Or Please Remove It From Playlist

The Votes Will Be Compiled At The End Of Each Month And Top Results Will Be Published.
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The 10 Recently Played Tracks:


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All Brass Band Radio is now OFFICIALLY an iTunes Radio Station. Go to iTunes, and under your drop down menu towards the upper left corner of iTunes (it usually starts on "Music") select "Internet Radio". If "Internet Radio" is not an option select "More" and then "Internet Radio" will be one of the options. Select "Internet Radio". You will have to select from all the genres offered. Select "Eclectic". Since the selection of stations are in alphabetical order All Brass Band Radio is not too far down the list. Select it and you can hear it in 192 Kbps stereo (the same as on this page).

Sound Royalties paid through ASCAP. Additionally, royalties for the Sunday Bandstand program are provided through Mixcloud.

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Top 20 List All Brass Radio for January, 2017

  1. Hitchin Band - Light Cavalry Overture
  2. Pikes Peak Brass Band - Seize The Day
  3. Fodens Band - Procession to the Minster
  4. Chicago Staff Band - Joyous Song
  5. Fodens Band - Dundonnell from Hymn of the Highlands
  6. Oberaargauer Brass Band - Gettysburg (Reunion And Finale)
  7. Hitchin Band - Because (Sarah Gibbons, Tenor Horn)
  8. Spiritual To The 'Bone - Linus & Lucy
  9. Coventry City Salvation Army Band - Praise To The Lord
  10. Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band - Love Changes Everything
  11. Clifton & Lightcliffe Band - Benedictus
  12. Brisbane City Temple (SA) - Celebration Of Contemporary Gospel
  13. Grimethorpe Colliery Band - MacArthur Park
  14. International Staff Band - You Raise Me Up
  15. Enfield Citadel Band - I Will Follow Him
  16. All Star Girls Of Brass - 1812 Overture
  17. Dalewool Auckland Brass - Pirates of the Caribbean
  18. Black Dyke Band - Highland Cathedral
  19. Hitchin Band - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Mike Thorn, Trombone)
  20. The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Lincolnshire Poacher

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Lists of Championships, Festivals and Contests in North America

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The North American Brass Band Association is the controlling organization for the North America national contest. In 2017, the Championships will be in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on March 10 and 11. It draws some of the best British Style brass bands from the US and Canada. A champion is chosen by the adjudicators for the Championship Section, 1st Section, 2nd Section, 3rd Section, and the Youth Section.

In addition solo competitions are held under the auspices of NABBA. This is a wonderful two day event filled with music, vendor displays, meeting of MDs and other brass banders. Unfortunately it is a long ways to travel for West Coast bands. They often do not make the trip. The Pikes Peak Brass Band of Colorado Springs, Colorado made the longest trip in 2016 (and won the first division).

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The US Open Brass Band Championships is a bit different from traditional brass band contesting. First of all, it is called an "open" but your band must be invited to participate. Lots of fun brass band playing happens. Everything from "Buskers" to some fine playing by top bands. A date for the 2017 US Open has not been selected yet, but the contest is always held in Chicago and usually in November.

This "Championship" (and they do select a champion) makes the US Open more like a serious festival. More unusual types of playing will be found at the Open. Fountain City Brass Band of Kansas City was the winner in 2016. Lots of CDs for sale, lots of displays and a less structured environment provides more of a festival mood than a contest.

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The Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) is truly a festival. Music from British-Style bands, New Orleans Jazz Brass Bands, small group bands and even an assortment of wind bands. Events from formal teas, whiskey brewery tours, family and kids events, swing dancing and much, much more goes on at GABBF.

This is not a contest, nor is a it a truly a brass band only festival. It has morphed over the years into a very full event with something for everyone. The Festival is always held in Danville, Kentucky and in 2017 will be on June 1- 4. As the date gets closer, more information will become available on the GABBF website.

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The Vintage Band Festival has been held, with a strange schedule, in Northfield Minnesota since 2006 when it was a 4-day Festival.  It returned in 2010 and 2013, again as 4-day festivals.  1-day festivals were held in 2014 and 2015 between the big 4-day festivals.  Another 4-day festival was held in 2016.  Most likely there will be 1-day festivals again in 2017 and 2018 with the next 4-day festival planned for 2019.

The 4-day festivals feature about 25 bands from the US and Europe.  The 1-day festivals have “local” bands. Strictly speaking, it’s not a brass band festival but it has a strong leaning that way.

If you have information about a brass band festival, please let me know at and I will put the relevant information here for free. If you would like your festival announced on the radio, you will have to pay for a couple short promos to be recorded.

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has been the voice of ALL BRASS RADIO for a long time. He has helped the station immensely and at reasonable rate since the radio station became independent and fully on the air!
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German Voice Promos provided by Heike Bachmann Voice Overs. She has also provided voice material at a very reasonable rate to All Brass Band Radio.

Recently Donated CDs

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Wotton Silver Band
Legacy - The CD

Legacy reflects the band’s journey through its 122-year history and it is dedicated to all members past and present who, together with the many supporters, have worked hard to maintain a brass band to serve the town of Wotton-under-Edge and its surrounding district.

Formed in 1894, the band started life as The Abbey Band, named after the abbey in the nearby village of Kingswood where they rehearsed for the first 20 years. The band’s founder was William Henry Armitage, General Manager of Tubbs Lewis & Co. which amongst other things was famous for its ‘Porcupine Brand’ hair pins.

The earliest surviving photographs of the band date back to a time when clarinets were used in addition to brass instruments – this was around the time that Charles Gounod composed the opera ‘Faust’ which is featured on this CD.

By 1899 the band had reverted to the use of brass instruments only. This was just after brass bands began competing in the now world-famous ‘Whit Friday Marches’ (a competition in Yorkshire dating back to 1884 where brass bands compete against each other by playing a march). The band recently travelled north to take part in this unique competition, playing John Carr’s march ‘Bramwyn’.

In 1969 the band became Wotton-under-Edge & District Silver Band, having moved its base from Kingswood to Wotton over 40 years earlier. The band grew during the 1970s, with many learners in the band. To this day, the band continues to offer free tuition to all who want to learn via its training band and many of the training and junior band members eventually join the senior band.

The current band is extremely proud of the position we are in today and extremely grateful to the past members whose dedication and persistence assured the band’s survival and growth. The band continues to work towards its objective, ‘to make music for the pleasure of its players, and the general public and to encourage recruitment and teaching of musicians, particularly young people, so that a brass band is maintained as an amenity to the town and district of Wotton-Under-Edge for posterity’ – Our Legacy.
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Hitchin Band
Because - The CD

We are delighted to announce the launch of Hitchin Band’s new CD ‘Because’ to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the band. The CD features a range of music that spans the years from 1866 up to date and displays the talents of the entire band. It also includes an 8 page booklet with information and photographs about the history of the band to current status. Tracks covered are:

CD Track List (Final) 27 01 2017

We hope you enjoy listening to the CD as much as we enjoyed playing it!

A Note from All Brass Radio: Hitchin Band’s latest CD, Because, is a wonderful collection of fantastic "bandstand" pieces along with some new tracks and some very tradition tracks. It is the kind of CD you can listen to over and over and enjoy every time. Many tracks have been put up on All Brass Radio. They are in the mix of 705 tracks that are randomly played. For more information about the CD, click here.

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"The player who most reminds me of John Fletcher today is Les Neish"
Bramwell Tovey (International Conductor)

Les Neish has created a career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator with a world-wide reputation.

Known for his musicianship, artistry and high level of communication, Les dazzles audiences with fabulous technique and the real essence of music making ; Fun.
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Friary Guildford Band has released their long awaited CD Letter from Home, showcasing the best of their current repertoire. The 2015 Butlins 'Most Entertaining Band' kicks off the CD with Paul Lovatt-Cooper's popular Walking with Heroes and a swift transcription of Leonard Berstein's overture Candide, before turning to film music and many other fine tunes.For a limited time only you can purchase Letter from Home at £5 + £1 p&p (half price!). If you would like to purchase it, click here or on the cover for more info

If you donate your band’s CD
I will play tracks from the CD on the station (unless it is just awful — after about 65 donated CDs I have had only one couldn’t use) and I will put the cover image above with some notes attached. The notes you can write or I will write something after visiting your website and/or reading the CD cover information. If I get a few CDs, I will have them rotate. The cover image will have a link to your band’s website or to a CD seller’s site where listener’s can buy the CD. I love donations of CDs and try to give donors as much publicity as I can.
I will be forever grateful to Midland CD in the UK. In the early days of the station, we exchanged CDs for advertising space. They encouraged me to take my station from a hobby station to a professional station. They station was much smaller then, and I do not believe Midland CD got a great increase in sales. I think they hoped for more. If they advertised today, with the station be at least 10 times larger, they probably would get expanded. But through all and all, they stuck to the agreement. Again, I will be forever grateful for the "push" they gave to the station.

headphones Feel free to call me. Have suggestions? Want to talk about Brass Bands? Ideas for improving the station? Talk about the mouthpiece charts? You can call. Unfortunately, I only speak English.

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Dr. Jim Fox

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