17 March 2015

The latest edition of Harmony, the Newsletter of ODBBA is now available for download here.

11 March 2015

On March 1st, ODBBA held its annual Winter Contest. With an entry of 20 bands all playing the area testpiece, and the lower sections also competing for a march prize, a great day of music making was had by all. Adjudicator Frank Renton complimented bands on the quality of their playing while giving some very useful hints that bands can use at the forthcoming Area Contests. ODBBA wishes all of the competing bands the best of luck at their respective Area Contest.

6 July 2014

Following on from Jubilee Brass's recent success in the London & Southern Counties Regional contest where the band were crowned champions of the 4th section, (winning an invitation to the National Finals of Great Britain contest in September), the band recently decided to try their luck against the best bands in the West of England. The band entered the West of England Bandsmen's Festival held at Bugle, which has been running for over 100 years. Having travelled down to Cornwall on the Friday the band took part in the contest on Saturday 21st June. The day started with an adjudicated march through the streets of Bugle by all competing bands, with the local people & band supporters cheering & clapping as the bands made their way to the open air arena.

Jubilee Brass entered the 4th section and also the section above (3rd Section) competing against higher nationally-graded bands. At the end of a very enjoyable, hot & sunny day the results were given. Jubilee Brass received Third Prize in the 4th section and following a fantastic performance of the aptly named St. Austell suite the band were awarded First Prize in the 3rd section. The whole experience of an open-air competition and a very warm welcome by the West of England bands made a great weekend for Jubilee Brass.

This latest result continues the great success the band has already achieved this year having won their section at the Oxford & District Brass Band Association contest in February, followed by the London & Southern Counties Regional contest in March. The band now looks forward to representing the London & Southern bands and the Oxfordshire bands at Cheltenham in the National Brass Band Finals of Great Britain in September.

7 March 2014

On 23rd Februrary, ODBBA held the Winter Contest at Marlborough School, Woodstock. An own-choice march and testpiece competition, this gave the 11 competing bands a chance to perform the area testpiece a few weeks before the big day. Adjudicator John Winterflood commented on the high standard of playing throughout the day, and wished the bands well at their respective area contests. Click here for a full set of results.

19 November 2013

Last Sunday saw ODBBA hold the Annual General Meeting. Despite a low turnout from bands, the meeting was productive and saw the adoption of a new Constitution. We would like to pass our thanks to Tony Redshaw and Nigel Hall, (who both stood down from the Committee), for all their hard work over the years, and welcome new members Rob Tompkins and Rebecca Lake.

15 November 2013

ODBBA were deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Ian Clamp. Ian had been General Secretary of ODBBA for many years, and had spent his whole life involved in banding in the Oxford area, most recently as conductor of Marsh Gibbon Band. We pass our condolences to his family.

14 October 2013

Congratulations to everybody who took part in ODBBA's Entertainment Contest on 13th October. Full results can be downloaded from the Download Centre, and photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery. Congratulations also to the five people who received long-service awards at the contest, Ken Membury, Frank Wolff, Dick Cox, Les Taylor, and Doug White. Many thanks are due Kidlington Concert Brass for providing a short concert before the results ceremony, and also to the helpers from local bands who made the day run so smoothly.

4 September 2013

The latest edition of Harmony, the Newsletter of ODBBA is now available for download here.

10 June 2013

ODBBA is sad to announce the death of George Tutte, who had been Vice-President of the Association for many years. Our sympathies go to his family.

12 November 2012

ODBBA Massed Band Concert was given on Sunday 28th October at the Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, to an audience of band enthusiasts and supporters of the Oxford Heartfelt Appeal Fund. Players from the local bands of Abbey Brass, Bletchingdon, City of Oxford, Jubilee Brass, Kidlington, Kennington, Wantage, Witney, Yarnton and the Accidentals Brass Group, were conducted by Ken Membury and Clifford Sadler, and the evening compered by Doug Brand.

The horn solo, Demelza was expertly played by Danielle Sadler of Jubilee Brass, and the humorous euphonium duet, Another Fine Mess featured Alan Jones of Abbey Brass and David Clack of Jubilee Brass dressed as characters from Laurel and Hardy which brought amusement to the evening. Guest vocalist Morag Crowther after singing Pie Jesu, Make me a Channel of your Peace and selections from My Fair Lady invited the audience to join her in Proms favourites Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

Guest Speaker of the evening was Sir Christopher Ball who leads the Appeals campaign. After explaining his efforts to play a brass instrument in his youth he described the critical process in the assessment of heart conditions and how necessary it is to update facilities in a new Echocardiography Unit and purchase state-of-the-art machines giving higher 3-D images of the heart. The evening concluded with a retiring collection and the total raised during the event amounted to £1,101 which was presented to the Appeals fundraising team on Thursday 8th November by the newly appointed Chairperson of the ODBBA Mrs. N. Jones, Compere Doug Brand and Concert Organiser Ken Membury.

Thanks to all who helped in any way.

4 November 2012

ODBBA held their Annual General Meeting at the band room of Kidlington Concert Brass this afternoon. The outgoing committee were delighted to welcome a good representation from local bands. ODBBA is delighted to announce that Nikki Jones is now Chair of the Association, with Tony Redshaw becoming Assistant Chair. The remaining committee were re-elected without change. ODBBA thanks Tony for all his hard work as Chairman over the last few years.

11 July 2012

ODBBA are delighted to announce that three new Honorary Life Vice-Presidents have been appointed. These are Mr Mike Pickett, Mr Ken Membury and Mr David Martin. This is in recognition of many years of service to local bands, and to ODBBA in particular. Congratulations to all.

29 April 2012

Congratulations to all the players, young and perhaps not quite so young, who took part in the ODBBA Brass Festival today at Sandhills School. It was a fabulous day of music-making, and all competitors can be justly proud of their performances. Full results are available from the Download Centre.

18 March 2012

Congratulations to all of the ODBBA bands who took part in the London and Southern Counties Regional Contest this weekend, and especially to Bletchington and Chalgrove who have both qualified for the National Finals in Cheltenham later this year.

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