ODBBA Events

We aim to run three contests per year. Entries are welcome from bands from outside of the Association; further details are available from the Contest Secretary. We endeavour at all times to appoint experienced, well-known and highly respected adjudicators at our contests.


Winter Contest
This is an own-choice March and own-choice Test Piece competition. It usually takes place early in the year – usually late February or early March. This is particularly suitable for bands wishing to “run out” the test piece set for the Area Qualifier contests later in the month. The contest will next be held on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February 2017 at Marlborough School, Woodstock.


Brass Festival
This is our popular Solos, Duets and Quartet contest. There are approximately 20 sections, even including a section for percussionists and for adult learners, in addition to all of those sections aimed at more experienced adults and junior players. This contest takes place in Spring each year, and will next be held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at Marlborough School, Woodstock.


Entertainment Contest
This is a contest where bands are invited to enter a concert programme of around 20-25 minutes in length. Bands are marked on entertainment value and presentation skills, as well as musical ability. This contest usually takes place in the Autumn, and will next be held on Sunday 8th October, 2017.