Solo Contest 2023 Schedule

The arrangements for the day have been sent out to all competitors: Doors open at 9.30am. Entry is via the side gate in the carpark to theleft of the main school entrance and across the yard. There is a limitedamount of on-site parking and free street parking near the school. Therest is metered. Please make sure you arrive 30 minutes before your section and registerat the registration desk in the entrance, this is so we know who hasarrived. You will need to hand a copy of your performance piece for theadjudicator to the controller of the hall at the start of your section. Asthis is open adjudication you may put your name on the music. Timetable for the day – All sections will be held in the main hall. Start time – 10.00amSection BSection CSection DAnnounce results Start time – approx 11.00amSection JSection KSection LAnnounce results – break for lunch approx 12.15pm Start time – approx 1.00pmSection E Start time – approx 2.00pmSection FSection GSection HAnnounce results Start time – approx 3.05pmSection NSection OSection QAnnounce results Please make sure you reclaim your performance copies and piano musicwhen the section is over. As in previous years a room has been set aside for instrument storage. We will also be selling tea, coffee and squash for £1 and 50prespectively. There are no canteen facilities so you are advised to bringyour own food. Programmes will be on sale at the Registration Desk for £1. We will beholding a raffle £1 a strip to help cover the costs of the day. Pleasesupport this. In the event of any unforeseen travel problems on the day, pleasecontact Dave Birch on 07598971265. Please make sure all mobiles areswitched off when you are in the performance hall. For convenience, you can download a copy of this information

2023 Solo Contest

26th March 2023 sees the return of the popular solo, duet and quartet contest. This year, the contest is at the Kingsley School, Leamington Spa. With many ages groups, this popular and friendly contest will be running in two of the halls during the day with official accompanists available. Sections: Section A:  Slow Melody 8 and Under Section B:  Slow Melody 9 to 11 Section C:  Slow Melody 12 to 14 Section D:  Slow Melody 15 to 18 Section E:  Slow Melody 19 plus Section F:  Air Varie 14 and under Section G:  Air Varie 15 to 18 Section H:  Air Varie 19 plus Section I:   Duets Under 11 Section J:   Duets Under 15 Section K:  Duets Under 19 Section L:  Duets 19 plus Section M: Quartet 14 and Under – 3 verses of a hymn tune Section N: Quartet Under 19 any music Section O: Open Quartet Section P:  Percussion Section Q:      Open Ensemble   5 – 12 players The Entry Fees are as follows: Individual Entries Solos:   £5.00 Duets:   £6.00 per pair Quartets:   £9.00 Ensembles £12.00 ( to comprise 5 to 12 players) We will offer a 10% discount to member bands. Use of an accompanist:   £1.50 per piece. Location: the Kingsley School, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington Spa. CV32 5RD Return your completed entry form by email to: For full details, rules and the entry form, see the files linked below:

No solo contest in 2022

To all members and participants, It is with regret that we will not be able to host our Solo and Quartet Contest for 2022. We have had great difficulty organising the event this year due to circumstances beyond our control. We are now looking forward and are in the planning stage for the 2023 Solo and Quartet Contest, which we hope to present in March or May 2023. The date will be made public as soon as confirmed. Please also look out for our annual Massed Band event, which we hope will be returning in 2023. We always welcome new member bands to the West Midland Brass Band Association. All members receive discounted entry to our contest and membership gives you important representation on the Regional Committee. Please contact WMBBA Chairperson Barbara Dunscombe via email with any queries – We look forward to seeing you all soon

Solo Virtual Contest – May 2021

As we all still live with the Covid-19 situation, WMBBA are now hosting a ‘virtual’ solo contest. The contest this year will be by uploaded videos, to be submutted by 3rd May, with all results being announced on 15th May. Open to both members and non-members, a number of section are available: Slow Melody (under 14, under 18 and open) Air Varie (under 14, under 18 and open) Percussion (open) Entry form, rules and details below

Cancellation of Events due to Covid-19

Important Notice With regret the WMBBA have decided to cancel the upcoming events: Big Brass Band on 21st March Solo and Quartet Contest on 3rd May Given the unprecedented current situation and advice given by Public Health England and Brass Bands England, the WMBBA cannot host these events and risk the health of anyone attending. It is hoped that the events can be re-arranged for a future date, but given the current situation no confirmed future dates can yet be given. We appreciate that this may cause disappointment to those who planned to attend. For any further information, please Contact Us  

AGM 2020

The Association AGM will be held on Saturday 8th February 2020 at The Barley Mow, Studley B80 7BA at 9:30 am Anyone interested in helping out or finding out what is going on within the association is welcome to come along

Solo and Quartet Contest 2020

Solo Duet and Quartet Contest Sunday, 3rd May 2020 Studley High School, Crooks Lane, Studley, Warwickshire B80 7QX The Solo, Duet, and Quartet Contest is open to member and non-member bands, individual players or groups. Please note that Child Performances Licences are not required for this event All entries must be emailed to WMBBA – full details and instructions in the printable documents below. A Microsoft Word document for the Entry Form is also provided for those who do not have access to a scanner or wish to type their entry and email it For any questions, please Contact Us Solo and Quartet Contest Entry Form 2020 Solo and Quartet Contest Rules 2020

The Big Brass Band Saturday 21st March 2020

After last year’s highly successful ‘The Big Brass Band’, The West Midlands Brass Bands Association is organising another event on Saturday March 21st 2020 at Cradley Heath Salvation Army Hall Meredith Street Cradley Heath B64 5EP.  We will be welcoming back Dave Lea as our conductor.. When we were looking for something different to arrange we decided against a competition of any sort and elected to attempt to recreate the sound of Harry Mortimer’s “Men Of Brass” where he joined together the bands of Fairey, Morris Motors and Fodens and called them his brass orchestra. Last year we attracted 70+ players from 24 different bands and had a splendid day culminating in an evening concert where we were joined by vocalist Hilary Crowhurst We are hoping to attract at least as many players again. It’s always great fun to play massed bands and especially if we can gather together 100 players. We will plan an interesting programme with music for all abilities to make this a successful day. The uniform for the concert will be very simple namely black skirt/trousers white shirt and band tie. Please bring a music stand. There is no charge to take part just the cost of getting yourself to the venue at Cradley Heath Salvation Army, Meredith Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EP. This is a modern building with attached car parking and is well capable of taking a large band. We are looking to meet at 2.30 p.m. to sort out seating and to have a run through the programme followed by a chance to eat and socialise. Please bring your own packed food with you. Tea and coffee are available.The concert would start at 7 p.m.  Tickets will be available at £4.00 each on the door. Big Brass Band Player Registration Form 2020 BIG BRASS BAND 2020 Poster

The Big Brass Band Saturday March 30th

The West Midlands Brass Bands Association held their annual Big Brass Band Concert at Cradley Heath Salvation Army on Saturday March 30th. The band was conducted by Dave Lea and comprised 65 players from 23 different bands with players travelling from as far as Stoke on Trent Hitchin and Humberside with the concert taking place in the evening after an afternoon’s rehearsal. The programme was varied and included the ever popular overture Tancredi, the rarely performed T J Powell march the Bombardier and Valero by Jim Swearingen. Cornets Karl Slater, Luke Barker, Alister Rowe, Bob James, Byron Tucker and Rachel Dickens from 6 of the contributing bands gave a blistering performance of Twelfth Street Rag before the band’s programme concluded with William Himes majestic arrangement of Wagner’s Procession To The Cathedral. The band’s contribution was interspersed with items by the excellent guest vocalist Hilary Crowhurst. Commenting, Dave Birch said… “The event was a big success which can be seen by the fact that emails have already started to arrive from players asking to be put down for next year’s event.”