NCBF Play Days 2021

What a fantastic weekend of playing! The ncbf Play Days ‘Blow Away the Cobwebs’ and ‘Back In The Groove’ were two full days, aiming to bring musicians together and make music again. On Saturday, wind band players participated under the direction of Duncan Stubbs OBE to explore British wind band […]

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Back To The Band Room – Part 4

As promised in Part 3 of this short series, here are some suggestions for what Sir Thomas Beecham called “lollipops” – pieces that fit very well at the end of your programme, some are entertainment style, others are more reflective. The value of these titles is that they are in […]

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Back To The Band Room – Part 2

Following on from last month’s thoughts on those first rehearsals following such a long gap in ensemble playing, here are some suggestions which I hope lead your band into confident playing again. Once again, I stress the value of time being taken in ‘warm-ups’ and unison playing at the commencement […]

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Letter to NCBF Band Directors 10/06/20

Greeting to all Band Directors. We at ncbf (National Concert Band Festival) are committed to providing performance opportunities for wind bands and big bands, even at this unique time of COVID-19 infections in the UK and worldwide. We sincerely hope you are all keeping safe and well, no doubt waiting […]

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