“blow away the cobwebs” in a one-day community band event on Saturday 21st August. Please join us for an opportunity for all to play some new British wind band music written over the last few years and get back into playing shape again.
Led by Duncan Stubbs OBE, with professional tutors to lead sectional rehearsals and be on hand throughout the day.
It's an ideal way to get back to playing, socialise and re-energise those musical batteries. Tickets are £20, and include refreshments.
To get the best out of the day, it is advisable to be of Grade 5 standard and above.
A Play Day for Big Band instrumentalists of all ages to play some recent new Big Band music and get their chops working again, ready for the new 2021-2022 season.
Led by jazz pianist, composer, educator and big band leader Nikki Iles, supported by NCBF’s Barrie Johnson and a team of professional tutors, there will be full band playing, sectional rehearsals and ‘how to improve at improvising’ sessions.
Depending how many sign up there could be one enormous big band or this could split into two bands based on experience and ability. To get the best out of the day, it is advisable to be of at least Grade 5 performance standard.
Bands enter into their local ncbf regional festival where they perform in front of their peers, parents, audience, and ncbf adjudicators who offer feedback based on the ncbf Award Criteria. Bands are not competing against each other but are critiqued against the various aspects of performance and are awarded a certificate signifying their success: Platinum, Gold Silver or Bronze. Read more about the ncbf festival here
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New To NCBF?
Find out more about who we are, what we do and how you can get involved by taking a look at this NCBF introductory video.
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.
The ncbf celebrates and promotes the music and activities of wind bands / jazz bands by holding regional festivals across the UK and a National Festival. The organisation aims to provide unique performing opportunities in a friendly, welcoming and musically enriching environment.
We know that any rehearsals that could be scheduled at present are limited by a number of factors, therefore in the meantime ncbfwish to support and encourage ensemble playing when appropriate, and invite you to take part in our FREEncbf initiative - ncbf Lite. Aimed at smaller ensembles from within bands. Consider:
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Double Reed Ensembles | Wind Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet etc. | Trumpet, Horn, Lower Brass Ensembles | Brass Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet etc. | Percussion Ensemble | Jazz Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet etc. | Little Big Band | Flexiband
Submit a 15 minute non-edited video of your selected programme together with pdf copies of scores/lead sheets. In return you will receive a written adjudication from ncbf experts, a completed ncbf Criteria Sheet and an Award Certificate (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze) which will be sent to you - there is no deadline for this FREE ncbfLite submission.
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