Exmouth Brass Band Festival, Saturday 6th September 2014

The 15th Exmouth Brass Band Festival, promoted and organised by the South West Brass Band Association, has attracted member bands from Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset with around 500 bandsmen descending on Exmouth for the day.  Each band will compete in the Exmouth Pavilion for the “Exmouth Town Council Challenge Trophy“, presenting a 25-minute programme of own-choice music to the Adjudicator, Steve Walker (Festival Director, Butlins Mineworkers National Brass Band Festival). Additionally, throughout the day, the same bands will entertain the general public with 30-minute concerts in the adjacent Pavilion Gardens.

This is a day to be enjoyed by all, bands and public alike, and an opportunity for our bands to demonstrate the best in brass banding here in the South West.  The day’s events commence at 10am concluding with the results and presentation ceremony at around 6.30pm when the Mayor of Exmouth, Councillor Bill Nash, and the President of the South West Brass Band Association, Mrs Sue Richards, will present the trophies to the winning bands.

The Association is greatly indebted to the Exmouth Town Council and Max Music for their generous support of the Festival, and to Leisure East Devon and management of The Pavilion for their logistical assistance in promoting the Festival.

Tickets to the Entertainment Contest are priced at £7 (concessions £6) available on the day. 

The competing Bands in order of the pre-draw are:-  South Molton Town (withdrawn); Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne); Newquay; Camelford Town; Pendennis Brass Falmouth; Bodmin Town; Tiverton Town; Roche Brass; Appledore; South West Comms; Bay Brass Torquay (withdrawn); Sidmouth Town; Bideford Town. 

Further information is available from the Secretary, Brian Elliott, on 01752 892056 / 07966522091 or email



                                                                                                                  PRESS RELEASE


   With less than 2 weeks before closing date, this is a last and final reminder to bands intending to enter the SWBBA 
               68th Annual Open Championships to be held on Saturday 1st November at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay.

                   Entries close on 12th September with limited spaces still available.   Full details may be downloaded from or by contacting the Secretary on 01752 892056 /  

Brian Elliott

Secretary SWBBA



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            The Executive Committee, conscious that players in our Youth and Training Bands are the future of our movement  have agreed that such bands entering 
            the 68th Annual Championships to be held on Saturday 1st November will only pay an entry fee of £65.  Free admittance wristbands will be issued 
            according to the number of players entered on the final list of players submitted to the Contest Secretary, and must be worn on the wrist to gain access to 
            the Band Assembly Area (this will be strictly enforced).  Special permits will be issued for “carers” of young people, but will not  gain admittance 
            to The Forum.     
           The entry fee for such bands not attached to SWBBA senior bands will be £90.


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                                                                                         ALL STATIONS GO IN THE SOUTH WEST

                                                                                                                PRESS RELEASE

                                   On Saturday 27th September, Richard Marshall (Black Dyke Band) will lead a Cornet & Soprano
                                  Workshop at the Okehampton Conservative Club.  A first class day of tuition for all cornet players (both front and back row) 
                                  and all for £25 (18 years & under £15), all inclusive of tea/coffee throughout the day and lunch.  The SWBBA 
                                  acknowledges the kind support offered by BESSON (part of the Buffet Group Wind Instruments) and of Trevada Music Ltd.   
                                  Closing date for applications to attend is 13 September.

                                 The year ends with the 68th Annual Championships on Saturday 1st November at the Riviera International Conference Centre, 
                                 Torquay.  The schedule is available here on line.


                                  Looking forward to 2015, the year will commence as always with the ever popular Mid-Winter Brass Workshop.  
                                 The date is Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February, again at the West Buckland School, near Barnstaple, North Devon.  
                                 The tutors will be Paul Cosh, Chris Davis and Chris Jeans.  The schedule will be available later this year.


                                Further details on all SWBBA activities available from the Secretary, Brian Elliott, on 01752 892056 or 
                       or by visiting  

                                Brian Elliott


                                South West Brass Band Association


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