The 68th Annual Championships of the South West Brass Band Association will be held on 
                                                        SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2014 at The Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay 
                                                       commencing at 10.00am and continuing through until mid evening.  The Adjudicators will be 
                                                       David Lancaster and Barry Thompson, both from Yorkshire and members of the Association of 
                                                       Brass Band Adjudicators.

                                                      The Association is pleased to report an excellent entry of 31 bands competing in 6 sections, 
                                                      with the Riviera Centre and Torquay welcoming bands and their supporters located in Cornwall, 
                                                      Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset.  It is also pleasing to note 
                                                      the attendance of 2 Youth Bands and 5 Training Bands in their respective sections.  A list of the 
                                                      competing bands is attached.

                                                       The presentation of awards will be made by the Associationís recently elected President, Sue Richards 

                                                       The Championships are unique in the brass band movement, as no monetary awards have ever been 
                                                       made to the winning bands, and acknowledging the high cost of travel etc, the Association is extremely 
                                                       proud that itís member and guest bands continue to show such loyalty to the Association.

                                                                       An all-day ticket is available on the day at only £8 (with concessions).

                                                                       Further information available from the Association's Secretary, Brian Elliott, 
                                                                             telephone 01752 892056 / 07966522091 or



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                                                                                        SWBBA Weston Contest 2015

                                                                                           Forward planning required!

                                               Band Secretaries are encouraged to add Sunday 17th May 2015 to their diaries for the

                            Weston Super Mare Own Choice Contest at the Winter Gardens promoted by the South West Brass Band Association.


                                                            2015 will see the event celebrate its 47th year, although Vice Chairman John

                                       Woods stresses that the future of the event is now very much in the hands of the banding community.

                            After detailed negotiations with the operators of The Winter Gardens we have now agreed a commercial rent that has 
                            been endorsed by the SWBBA Executive
Committee- however the calculations are finely balanced, therefore to ensure

                            future viability we do need the support of bands and their supporters in entering and buying tickets and programmes. 
                                It's a great day out by the sea for
families and we are grateful to bands that make the journey from as far afield

                             as Cornwall, Leicestershire, Oxford, Bedfordshire and Wales. In a critical attack on local bands, John goes on to say 
                              that their support too is vital- the reality
of the situation is that without an entry field of 30 bands the contest is no

                                                                                        longer viable and will have to cease.

                             Records show that in the last 4 years over 60 different bands have entered the event. This is an opportunity for conductors 
                             to select a piece that gives an
important mix of being a challenge for players but also to play to their strengths. The variety 
                                                                of test pieces chosen makes for an interesting and
entertaining day.

                             John is determined that the event should reach its 50th anniversary and with the support of Weston Brass, who support 
                             us on the day with stewarding and are now
helping to engage with the local business community, we remain optimistic .

                             Schedules and entry details will be available towards the end of the year from John Woods and the SWBBA web site.


Brian Elliott

Secretary, SWBBA




                                       Looking forward to 2015, the year will commence as always with the ever popular Mid-Winter Workshop.
                                         The date is Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th February, again at West Buckland School nr Barnstable 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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