Brass Band Conductors' Association | Brass Bands England

You can become a member of BBE either as an organisation or as an individual

Brass Band Conductors' Association


The Brass Band Conductors' Association (BBCA) is here to support and bring together conductors and those interested in picking up the baton from all over the world, and is going from strength to strength.

Latest news


Launch of the BBCA Conducting Competition 2024

The BBCA'S flagship conducting competition is now open for entries! This is a fabulous opportunity for conductors at all levels from all over the world to demonstrate their conducting prowess with a championship band. See who took part in last year's final

The preliminary round is based on video entries. View top tips from Russell Gray for preparing your video and ENTER HERE


2024 Area Test Pieces

Photos of Christopher Bond and Alan Fernie, with the event title and BBCA logo

Watch the recording of this BBCA virtual networking event where Christopher Bond and Alan Fernie talk about the inspiration behind the 3rd and 4th section pieces 'Corineus' and 'Music for Jock Tamson'. (Accessible to BBCA and BBE members only).


Develop your band sound with Russell Gray and David Thornton

If you missed the BBCA Virtual Networking event on 25th October visit the Member Resources to watch the video (accessible to BBCA/BBE members only). Russell Gray and David Thornton converse about their rehearsal techniques for developing band sound, sharing plenty of actionable tips that you can take back to the bandroom, put into practice and hear the difference in your own band.

Brass Band Conductor Award 2023


This year Brass Bands England introduced a new Brass Band Conductor Award, supported by the BBCA.

Congratulations go to Louise Renshaw who was presented with the 2023 award at the Brass Band Conference on 7th October in Huddersfield. 

Louise is celebrating 40 years of volunteering with youth brass bands in Cheshire, from her beginning conducting the Poynton Youth Brass Band to the founding of Macclesfield Youth Brass Band in 2005. In that time she has dedicated her all to the young people in the bands, supporting every member and offering many opportunities - including helping to fund private lessons for those with disabilities.

Her commitment to Macclesfield Youth Brass Band has seen them rise to success. They previously won Brass Factor and this year came 3rd place in the Championship section of Youth Champs. Congratulations, Louise Renshaw!


Join the BBCA

Checkout the benefits and services offered to members and sign-up online to join the BBCA today.  See our Member Directory and free Mentoring Service.

Meet the BBCA Exec and Area Representatives

Russell Gray is the President of the BBCA, with James Holt as Chair.  The Exec is made up of conductors from a wide range of banding backgrounds and others who support banding.  Meet the Exec.

The organisation has Area Representatives across the regions, who are always willing to help you. 

BBCA Past Events

From Youth Champs, Wychavon and the Brass Band Conference, the BBCA is out and about.

Conducting Courses

Check out these conducting courses

Revisit these conducting webinars:

Login to the BBE Member Resources area to see a selection of conducting-related webinars, including:

'How to lead a great rehearsal' with Philip Harper, 'Score Preparation' with Stuart Black, Alan Duguid and James Holt, 'Contest Preparation' with Russell Gray and 'Conducting Bootcamp' with Mark Heron, and many more.

More information

The Association partnered with BBE in October 2019, which saw the two bodies coming together to develop educational opportunities for conductors.  In addition to BBE providing administrative support, the arrangement means that all members of the BBCA now receive individual membership of BBE. Hear about the BBCA's relaunch in November 2020 by watching the webinar 'Keep calm and Carry on Banding'.

Please email BBCA Secretary Rosie Banham: 

Facebook: @BrassBandCA 

X: @BrassBandCA

Instagram: BrassBandCA