PRESS RELEASE

Exmouth Brass Band Festival, Saturday 3rd September 2016

The 17th Exmouth Brass Band Festival, promoted and organised by the South West Brass Band Association, has attracted a maximum entry of 14 bands from Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset with over 500 band persons 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, Sarah Groarge-Booth, making her first appearance to the South West. 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 6.45pm when the Deputy Mayor of Exmouth, Councillor Jeff Trail, 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 Trevada Music for their generous support of the Festival, and to Leisure East Devon and management and staff of The Pavilion for their logistical assistance in promoting the Festival.

Tickets to the Entertainment Contest are priced at £8 (concessions £6) available on the day.

The competing Bands in order of the pre-draw are:- Camelford Town; Plymouth Soundhouse Youth; Indian Queens; Sidmouth Town; Newquay; City of Exeter Railway; Appledore; South West Comms; Wincanton Silver; Weston Brass; South Molton Town; Bideford Town; Burnham and Highbridge; Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne).

Further information is available from the Secretary, Brian Elliott, on 01752 892056 or email
brian@swbba.fsnet.co.uk

                                                                                                         

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     Dear Friends

 

     Please bring this letter to the attention of everyone associated with your Band.

 

     Member bands of the South West Brass Band Association (SWBBA) should already be aware that after 23 years of dedicated service,

     Brian Elliott will be standing down from his role of Secretary from Spring 2017.  Despite actively seeking a replacement, the Executive

     Committee has been unable to fill this vital office.

 

    We wish to bring to your attention that your Association may not be able to continue beyond 2017 unless it can source new interest

    and help from volunteers in planning and organising its activities in promoting contests and education for brass bands and their players

    in the South West.

 

    What is the impact?

 

   This would most likely result in contest organisation and promotion ceasing, and educational workshop events being cancelled

   or discontinued.  Interest in the Association has been waning for some years and the Executive Committee need reassurance from

   bands and players that events will be supported – adequate entries and ticket sales have to be achieved to ensure the Association

   remains financially viable.  The ability for the SWBBA to continue in its current format is therefore now seriously in doubt.

 

   We can provide support and guidance to anyone coming forward in gaining the necessary knowledge and understanding of the

   Secretarial role.  This is an exciting opportunity and has much to offer in return.  The overriding criteria is enthusiasm,

   organisation and communication abilities and a desire to work as part of a team which is currently re-examining closely how tasks

   are best managed.

 

   If any member of your Band, or you know of anyone willing to help, and would be interested in working with your local Association

   to continue this heritage and protect the future of banding in the South West, please contact the Chairman, Ray Kingdon,

   on 01769 673113 or gwenraykingdon@gmail.com .

 

   With Best Wishes

 

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             Sue Richards, President                                                                    Ray Kingdon, Chairman

 

 



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                                                                                                                                                        6.6.16   

PRESS RELEASE
Entries are now welcome from all bands (member or non-member) for the 70th Annual Championships of the South West Brass Band Association being held on Saturday 5th November at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay. The Adjudicators will be Stan Lippeatt and Steve Sykes.
As these Championships commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Association, it is hoped that as many bands as possible will enter this highly respected event. To encourage bands not usually seen at contests, UnGraded bands have been incorporated into the Fourth section, with Youth bands and Training Bands having their own respective sections.
The schedule and entry form are available by downloading from www.southwestbrassbandassociation.co.uk or from the Secretary, Brian Elliott, on 01752 892056 or
brian@swbba.fsnet.co.uk

Brian Elliott
Secretary, SWBBA



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VACANCY

THE ASSOCIATION SECRETARY, Brian Elliott, has announced his retirement with effect the Annual General Meeting 2017. Brian will have held this office since 1994, a total of 23 years.
The Executive Committee invite applications to take office in March 2017, ideally the applicant should not be a playing member of a band, thereby being able to provide an unbiased and dedicated service to the Association and member bands.
However, it may be necessary to split the duties - General/Company Secretary; Contest Administrator; Workshop Co-ordinator.
Applications in writing (email accepted) to the Chairman, Ray Kingdon, 1 Oak Tree Gardens, East Street, South Molton EX36 3DF.
For further information, please speak with any member of the Executive Committee.

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