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 contrast to the rest of […]

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 of all rehearsals to create […]

Back To The Band Room – Part 1 

Whilst we are all waiting for the ‘green light’ to be able to hold those first rehearsals, here are some approaches I have used (but do not claim to be original) for whenever! • Your excitement at returning to directing the band will be matched by the player’s anticipation and maybe to a certain extent […]

COVID-19 Risk Mitigation for Bands (West Point Band, USA)

Read the following article from West Point Band, US Army on their approach on COVID-19 Risk Mitigation for Bands. This article is being regularly updated so please read the full article on the West Point Band Site. Link below. Purpose To describe the deliberate decision-making process undertaken by the West Point Band in returning to […]

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 for the ‘green light’ to […]