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February 2017

1. Pikes Peak Brass Band - Seize The Day
2. Hitchin Band - Because (Sarah Gibbons, Tenor Horn)
3. Fodens Band - Procession to the Minster
4. Oberaargauer Brass Band - Gettysburg (Reunion And Finale)
5. Fodens Band - Dundonnell from Hymn of the Highlands
6. NSK-RHP Ransom Band - John Williams The Movies
7. Grimethorpe Colliery Band - MacArthur Park
8. All Star Girls Of Brass - 1812 Overture
9. Hitchin Band - Concerto de Arnajuez (Alice Bailey, Flugel)
10. Spiritual To The 'Bone - Linus & Lucy

11. The International Staff Band Of The Salvation Army - Soli Deo
12. Black Dyke Mills Band - Mars, The Bringer of War
13. Black Dyke Band - Highland Cathedral
14. International Staff Band - You Raise Me Up
15. Hitchin Band - Light Cavalry Overture
16. Clifton & Lightcliffe Band - Benedictus
17. Kirkintilloch Band - Hymn To The Fallen (Saving Private Ryan)
18. Dalewool Auckland Brass - Pirates of the Caribbean
19. The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Lincolnshire Poacher
20. Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band - Love Changes Everything
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The 10 Recently Played Tracks:

Sound Royalties Paid through ASCAP. In addition royalties for "Sunday Bandstand" are paid through MixCloud
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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).


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Lists of Championships, Festivals and Contests in North America

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The North American Brass Band Association (NABBA)is the controlling organization for the North America national contest. In 2017, the Championships was held 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.

NABBA has its own page. See the menu!

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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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Ebbw Valley Brass Brand
Tair Gwaith iGymru -The CD

Forming in September 2011, Ebbw Valley Brass was born following the merger of Cwm Town Band and Ebbw Vale Town Band.

Both of the former bands experienced low points in recent history following a decline in player numbers and general interest. With the two bands being in close proximity, the Committees openly expressed a desire to work together in order to ensure a sustainable future for brass banding in the Ebbw Valley and ensure that the heritage of music is maintained and developed. Ebbw Valley Brass was born and a new logo commissioned and designed to reflect the band’s new thinking and identity.

Under the leadership of the band’s Musical Director, Gareth Ritter, the band has built strong foundations on which to build a robust organisation that caters for everyone. The primary focus is to work with the community and develop these links in order to deliver a wide range of concerts and increase the image of brass banding.

The band has experienced considerable development in a short space of time. The band won over 35 trophies in its first year of competing, and continued the high levels of success with Welsh League Section 2 Champions (2015) and Welsh Regional Section 2 Champions (2015) being added to the list of achievements.
Ebbw Valley Brass completed a historic triple of National Final titles by winning Section 4 in 2013, Section 3 in 2014 and Section 2 in 2015. The band is the first Welsh outfit to complete the triple in progressive sections in consecutive years. In addition to this, the band won the Best Instrumentalist Prize at each of the three finals during the same timescale - an incredible feat for any band.
A full list of the band's competitive results can be found at:

A Note from All Brass Radio: This CD was donated and I did not know what to expect. But it is a gem! Lots of old classics played with panache, and some melodies I have never heard recorded. Contact the band for information of how to purchase the CD.

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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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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

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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.

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.

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Dr. Jim Fox

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