Silver Bells Prize Announced

The NABBA Silver Bells Prize (formally known as the People’s Choice Award) is awarded to the band who receives the largest total cash donation at the NABBA Registration Desk during the Championships. The winning band will be awarded 50% of the total amount raised up to 50% of the following year’s Championship entrance fee. The remaining funds are placed in the NABBA Silver Bells Fund, for the purposes outlined below.

The NABBA Silver Bells Fund dispenses financial assistance to support the formation, continuation, and expansion of British Brass Band workshops, festivals, and clinics throughout North America. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to 501(C)(3) organizations to support events that will further promote the development of the brass band movement and the music education of NABBA members. Bands are invited to apply for the annual award via the NABBA website.

submitted by Kate Wohlman

2015 Presidential Message

photo by Laurel Daunis Allen

photo by Laurel Daunis Allen

We are delighted to announce the new schedule for NABBA 2015. As always, the NABBA Board during my Presidency has been all about putting the bands first in every way possible. With a terrific number of North American brass bands coming to Fort Wayne in March—28 bands equal to the previous record in 2007—we have decided to implement a new format that enables the band performances to move more swiftly.

This format has enabled us to put a majority of bands in the main venue this year—something that I was very keen to do after last year. Of course, even with the new format, it has not been possible to put everyone in the Embassy Theatre. But I was insistent that we should not put any band in an inferior second venue. So, after a number of searches and our rejection of a number of venues, we finally found the amazing Auer Performance Hall—take a quick look.

Having found this terrific space, which is a few miles from the Embassy, we decided it must be booked in order that our Second Section bands feel as special as they truly are. We are planning to lay on a shuttle bus to enable folks to get out to hear them.

Finally we are, for the first time, going to be presenting all the solo and ensemble prizes on the Friday evening after the Championship bands play the set-test Spiriti. This will enable the performers to enjoy their own ceremony at the end of the day in which they performed. It will also enable us to move more swiftly through the band prize ceremony on the Saturday night and get everyone out to enjoy Fort Wayne at the end of NABBA XXXIII that little bit more.

So it is a win-win all round. Thanks to our terrific board members, especially Jim Grate, Pat Herak and David Jones, for a tremendous amount of work over the past month or so. See you in a few weeks when we all GO NABBA ’15 FORT WAYNE!

2015 Test Piece Descriptions

Five Lakes Silver Band 2014

Here are a few links to descriptions or reviews of the 2015 Test Pieces. Some have more information than others. If you know of a better link, or would like to share your own original written review of one of the pieces, leave us a comment below.

Spiriti by Thomas Doss (Championship Test)

Brass Triumphant by Gareth Wood (First Section Test)

Kingdom of Dragons by Philip Harper (Second Section Test)

Dancing in the Park by Peter Graham (Third Section Test)

A Cambrian Suite by Michael Ball (Youth Section Test)