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The End for the British Brass Band Registry

Published in General on 2013-10-03 by Empty Chairs

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Brass Bands England re-focuses energies

At the September meeting of Brass Bands England the Trustees unanimously agreed that the British Brass Band Registry would be wound-up with effect from 31st March 2014. No transfers or re-validations will be undertaken from the 1st October 2013.

The Trustees agreed that this would allow them to concentrate fully on what bands are asking for and that is to develop and thrive. This will also enable BBE to deliver its core aims and objectives

At the end of 2012 there were 93% (530) of all bands registered with this Registry. Currently, (1st October 2013), there are just 37 bands that remain exclusively registered with the BBBR

Brass Bands England will work closely with those 37 bands and honour their respective decisions as to whether they wish their cards to be passed to the Brass Band Players Registry or if they require the return of their cards to the band itself.

Brass Band Players have agreed to work with the British Brass Band Registry, firstly to honour those cards and secondly to make the transition as seamless as possible. 

It has also become obvious that in light of a recent incident faced by contest organisers where one player played with two bands at the same contest using two different cards, it is vital that clarity is brought to the process of registration. It is the Trustee’s belief that a single registry will enable players, bands and organisers to participate in contesting activity without confusion and doubt.

The Trustees of BBE appreciate the understanding and co-operation that has been shown to them during this tempestuous period.

If your Band has any queries regarding this please contact the Administrator at the National Office on 01226 771015 or


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