ncbf at Home National Concert Band Festival

Following the success of last years “Blow away the cobwebs” and “Get in the Groove” play-days, here is another great opportunity to join like-minded musicians of all ages in a day of rehearsing accessible and exciting pieces.

Saturday 20th August 2022

10.00am - 5.00pm

Wind Band Play Day

Warwick Hall, Myton Road, Warwick

An opportunity for all to play some new British Wind Band music written over the last few years. Refreshments Included.


Led by Keith Allen, Music Director - Birmingham Symphonic Winds and other experienced tutors, the day will explore a number of pieces by Philip Sparke (to celebrate his 70th birthday year) and some film themes to include:

Postcard from Singapore Philip Sparke
Chansons di Normandie Nigel Hess
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom John Williams
Chorale and Variations Philip Sparke
Back to the Future Alan Silvestri
Step by Step Philip Sparke

Sunday 21 August 2022

10.00am - 5.00pm

Big Band Play Day

Wrekin College, Wellington, Telford

An opportunity for all to play some new Big Band Music written over the last few years by notable composers. Refreshments Included.


Led by big band consultant Barrie Johnson along with other professional tutors, the day will explore a selection of big band charts in different styles by Gordon Goodwin, Alan Baylock, Fred Sturm, Steve Weist and our newly listed UK composers, including Ed Puddick.

Recommended Grade 5 upwards to fully benefit from the experience

Opportunities for breakout sessions and sectionals

Wide range of repertoire

Trade Stand from Windology Music

“I enjoyed every minute including the times when I was out of my depth.”

"Really good day. Very well directed and great fun. More please!"



“ I had a blast - literally.”

"The whole day was fabulous. It was wonderful to be playing in person again and a real treat to be conducted by the composer of the pieces. A very happy day indeed."

“So great being able to play some music with like minded individuals.”


“ Fantastic day! Can’t wait for the next one. It was great playing in such a big band.”