Author Archives: Gary Powell-Jones

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