On Friday 6 November, the National Association of Brass Band Conductors held their online relaunch event in conjunction with Brass Bands England.
President Russell Gray began by announcing a new name and logo designed by artworks54. “We will now be known as the 'Brass Band Conductors Association' (BBCA) to reflect the wider international interest in the Association’s activities. Our flagship Conducting Competition has been a truly international event with winners from Scotland and the Republic of Ireland to Australia and the USA”.
This rebranding is the latest in a series of exciting initiatives after entering into a partnership with Brass Bands England. With our fantastic regional representatives, we are planning a series of webinars, networking events, and looking to expand our mentoring scheme”.
North of England representative David Thornton added: “With the new look and relaunch, we are keen to encourage a conductors’ community. For some reason, brass band conductors don’t seem to talk to each other! We need to start chatting and learning from each other, so our job as regional reps is as a conduit to get these conversations going.”
The relaunch event concluded with a presentation by London & Southern Counties representative Alan Duguid ‘Keep Calm and Carry on Banding’. Alan’s session focused on remote strategies for conductors to keep their bands together during the pandemic.
Membership of the Brass Band Conductors’ Association, which costs £44, includes a free professional DBS check, access to insurance deals, and discount on BBCA and BBE events. It also includes free membership of BBE. For more information about the BBCA, including how to join and to find your Area Representative visit https://www.bbe.org.uk/what-we-do/brass-band-conductors-association
Watch the relaunch and the webinar ‘Keep Calm and Carry on Banding', led by Alan Duguid.