Carlton Brass in Amboise

French Open 2018

Saturday the 2nd June saw Carlton Brass take part in the 24th French Open in Amboise. This is a contest open to international entries; the band being drawn against competitors from France, the Netherlands, Norway, Jersey and a number of UK bands. This was the first time Carlton has entered this competition and our first trip abroad in over ten years. It is also the … Continue reading French Open 2018

NEMBBA 2018

The North East Midlands Brass Band contest arrives around this time each year, usually two weeks before the Regional Contest. Bands are encouraged to enter as we are required to play the same test piece as the Regional Contest and we will receive some very useful feedback from the adjudicator that will be helpful later on. Carlton Brass enter every year, and this year saw … Continue reading NEMBBA 2018

Carlton Brass Training Band Christmas Calendar

Hot on the heels of our successes at the Bolsover festival of brass: Training Band’s Christmas event calendar is now up to date with all our Christmas appearances! Amongst them are 2 concerts; One with the Major Oak Chorus at The Beckett School in Wilford, the other at St. Helens church in Burton Joyce. We also have many appearances at Christmas light switch ons and … Continue reading Carlton Brass Training Band Christmas Calendar

2015 National Finals

Carlton Brass proudly represented the Midlands at the Second Section Nation Finals in Cheltenham this weekend. The band were drawn 14th of 16 bands and played a confident, musical rendition of the test piece; the excellent ‘Snaring Of The Sun’ by Stephen Roberts. Our performance impressed some of the brass band media in the audience: #nationalfinals2015 Very impressive performance from @CarltonBrass, confident and understated. Slips … Continue reading 2015 National Finals

Carlton Brass Training Band wins ICCBB 2015 Unregistered Section!

Members of Carlton Brass Training Band turned out at Parkside Community School in Chesterfield to compete in the 2015 ICCBB, unregistered section. Our program consisted of  Sing Sing Sing, Sugar Blues, Shenendoah, Thingumybob and American Trilogy to finish. With a little help from our friends, we placed FIRST with 89 points (including a -1 time penalty) the highest score of any of the bands in the … Continue reading Carlton Brass Training Band wins ICCBB 2015 Unregistered Section!

Midlands Second Section Champions 2015

Carlton Brass took part in the Midlands Regional contest in Bedworth yesterday, performing in the Second Section for the first time since the band’s relegation from the First Section in 2014. 12 bands took to the stage to perform the impressive ‘Variations on Maccabeus’ by Kevin Norbury – a piece that was both difficult to play and full of style – and Carlton Brass pulled off … Continue reading Midlands Second Section Champions 2015

Bolsover Festival of Brass 2013

Carlton Brass have been placed an extremely pleasing second place at today’s Bolsover Brass Festival first section entertainments contest 06/11/2013. Drawn number one and a start time that preceded the bar opening (surely illegal) the band played an excellent quality programme that impressed the adjudicator Dr Keith Wilkinson. Congratulations to all members of Carlton Brass for an excellent result, but special thanks to our new … Continue reading Bolsover Festival of Brass 2013

Butlins 2012 Contest

Carlton Brass acheived a highly creditable 9th place in the First Section contest at the Butlins Brass Band Festival. Playing number 7 out of 25 bands, Carlton put in a fine performance that probably deserved a higher placing – but that’s contesting for you. If we look only at bands in the Midlands area we came 2nd out of 9 bands and only one place … Continue reading Butlins 2012 Contest