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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. Join today!

BBCA Conducting Competition 2024

The 10 semi-finalists who will take part in the BBCA'S flagship conducting competition have been announced. This is a fabulous opportunity for conductors at all levels from all over the world to demonstrate their conducting prowess with the Hammonds Band.

See which test pieces have been chosen and find out about the adjudicators.

From the 10 semi-finalists, 5 conductors will be chosen to go through to conduct the Eccles Borough Band in the final and Gala Concert at Eccles Town Hall on Saturday 15 June

Join us to watch the competition or to enjoy the free Gala concert

BBCA female conductors panel discussion

Sarah Groarke-Booth asked the panel of Katrina Marzella, Mark Bromley, Sarah McWatt and James Holt (BBCA Chair) why female conductors are an under-represented group in banding and what can be done to increase their opportunities and encourage more women to take up the baton? Listen here

Repertoire Choice

The next BBCA quarterly Virtual Networking Event is to be held on Monday 15 July on 'Repertoire Choice', led by Michael Fowles (Foden's) and Exec member Mareika Gray. Free to members.

Brass Band Conductor Award 2024

Nominations have now closed for the Conductor Award - the shortlisted nominees will be revealed in the coming weeks, with the winner being announced at the Brass Band Conference. Read about last year's winner, Louise Renshaw.

Revisit these conducting webinars:

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

' Develop your band sound' with Russell Gray and David Thornton, '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.

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.

More information

The Association partnered with Brass Bands England in October 2019, which saw the two bodies coming together to develop educational opportunities for conductors and BBCA members receiving free BBE Individual Membership. Watch the webinar 'Keep calm and Carry on Banding' to hear about BBCA's relaunch (previously the NABBC) in November 2020.

Please email BBCA Secretary Rosie Banham: 

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