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The leading international brass band magazine Established 1887
Editor Mark Good
Regular Contributors and Consultants Liv Appleton Christopher Bond Julian Bright Dr Joel Collier Adam Cooke Anne Crookston Gerry Duggan Owen Farr Martin Gernon Sophie Hart Chris Helme Paul Hindmarsh Tabby Kerwin Dr Liz Lane John Maines Tim Mutum Jared McCunnie Les Neish Alex Parker Martyn Ramsay Matthew Rowe John Stirzaker ARPS Andy Straiton Rob Tompkins Glenn Van Looy Nick Walkley Richard Ward Ryan Watkins Dr Keith Wilkinson Allan Withington Malcolm Wood Carl Woodman
There can be few more inspirational tales in banding in recent times than that of Amersham Band . Rewind a few years and the Buckinghamshire band was trundling along quite happily , with a smattering of performances during the year and occasional contesting outings in the Fourth Section . What followed , however , was nothing short of a miraculous transformation . From raising £ 500,000 to build its own bandhall to expanding into a multitier musical powerhouse , Amersham is a shining example of all that is good in the brass band world . Read on to find out more about the organisation , including the thoughts of director of music , Paul Fisher . You can hear the full interview with Paul in the latest BB : On the Record podcast , available on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Spotify and Podbean .
Meanwhile , Scottish musician Sheona Wade has enjoyed a performing career at the highest level , having occupied the principal horn chairs at the likes of YBS , Black Dyke , Foden ' s and Brighouse and Rastrick bands . Now a school teacher and vice-chairperson of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators , the tenor horn star chats to Brett Baker about her career in music and some of the people who inspired her along the way .
Following a COVID-enforced absence , the British Bandsman / Band Supplies / 4barsrest world rankings return and make interesting reading , now that contesting is resuming in earnest . Don ' t miss out !
Have a good week .
Mark Good , Editor .
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