About NCBF

Since its modest beginnings over 30 years ago, NCBF - National Concert Band Festival has developed and grown in size and prestige until now it is recognised as the largest, most active, enterprising Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands throughout the UK.

 

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Since its modest beginnings in 1986, NCBF - National Concert Band Festival has developed and grown in size and prestige until now it is recognised as the largest, most active, enterprising Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands throughout the UK.


Regional/National Festival 2018/19 Dates

Regional FestivalsWind Band Slots
Remaining
Big Band Slots
Remaining
18th NOVEMBER
Newman RC College, Oldham23
25th NOVEMBER
Abraham Darby Academy, Telford2Included in Wind Band Slots
All Saints Academy, Cheltenham4Included in Wind Band Slots
2nd DECEMBER
Nottingham High School14
The Cardinal Vaughan School, Kensington11Included in Wind Band Slots
20th JANUARY
Garnock Community Campus13Included in Wind Band Slots

The 2018 National Festival will take place at:
Royal Northern College of Music
April 13th & 14th 2019

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NCBF Notices

Tony Veal (1938 – 2018)
It is with great sadness that we record the death of Tony Veal who passed away on Thursday 13 September. Tony was the Chairman of NCBF until May this year, when he stepped down because of ill health to become Life President.

Tony was by nature a quiet gentleman who gave his time and skill over many decades to music education (he was Head of the Music Service for Solihull Borough Council) and in particular to the organisation of both BASBWE and NCBF. He conducted many community bands in the Midlands and will be remembered for his supportive manner and love of discovering new music for bands. Read the article written by Tony just prior to the 30th anniversary of NCBF in 2015.