Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival

GBBA want to keep the spirit of banding alive during the pandemic with this friendly festival and community competition.

Entertainments Contest

The GBBA Entertainments Contest usually takes place in March or April. The contest is not currently running but if you are interested in this contest, please get in touch!

Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

The GBBA's annual contest welcomes contesting bands of all sections, unregistered bands, and training bands to enter this friendly competition.

GBBA Contest Results Archive

View the results from all the annual contests GBBA have held since its inception in 2013.


Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival

The results are out! Click here for the results.

Watch the Showcase Series of the contest here.

Solo, duet, ensemble contest for brass and percussion.

Due to demand, the contest is now open to ALL brass and percussion players. 

Entry is free for players associated with a GBBA member band and £2.50 for non-members per entry.

The GBBA are keen to support its members and the brass band movement in keeping the spirit of banding alive. GBBA hope that this free, friendly festival and community competition will encourage you to keep playing during lockdown and enjoy the music we make and love. Keep playing music. Keep banding going.

Contest entry is FREE for players associated with a GBBA member band, and £2.50 for non-GBBA members.


Entries are open from 1st November to 14th December 2020 and should follow the entry guidelines. Send entries to or via WeTransfer.

Payments should be received before the entry deadline. 

Non-members will receive an email after their submission to arrange payment transfer via BACS.

There is something for everyone with 7 categories, and maximum playing time applies:

  • Class A      11 and Under Solo                             5 minutes

  • Class B      12 to 14 Solo                                       5 minutes

  • Class C      15 to 18 Solo                                       5 minutes

  • Class D     Open Percussion Solo                        5 minutes

  • Class E      Open Slow Melody Solo                     5 minutes

  • Class F      Open Air Varie/Technical Solo          7 minutes

  • Class G     Open Ensemble (Duet, Q’tet, etc)    7 minutes


Prizes will be awarded to winner and runner-up of each category:

Redeemable Music Vouchers                                   1st Prize £20

                                                                                      2nd Prize £15

Class A & B - Big Shiny Brass

Class C to G  - Wright & Round

Adjudication by Dr. Brett Baker. All entrants will receive feedback.

The Festival opens for entries on 1st November and 

closes on 14th December 2020.


All entries will be shown via GBBA Facebook page and YouTube channel

once adjudication has taken place.

Please read the guidelines for entry criteria and more information.

Send entries as a landscape video via email or WeTransfer to 

Brett Baker

Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest


Towards the end of each year, the GBBA run an annual Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest that is open to all bands.


The Own Choice contest is split into four classes:

Class A - Championship and First Section Bands - £400 prize

Class B - Second & Third Section Bands - £350 prize

Class C - Fourth Section Bands - £300 prize

Class D - Youth, Training, & Unregistered Bands - £50 prize

Should there be two bands or less entered and competing in Classes A, B, and C come the contest, the prize money will be £200, £160, and £135 respectively for these classes. Class D prize money will remain the same and there are no restrictions on the number of entries.

Adjudicator: Dave Lea

Contest dates: 

15th November 2020

10am - 5pm

All Saints' Academy, Cheltenham

NOTE: The postcode to the venue will take you to a rear locked gate so please use the road address.


Opening 2nd February 2020

Closing 1st October 2020

Entry fee:

GBBA Members: £100 for Classes A to C, and £25 for Class D

Non-members: £110 for Classes A to C, and £40 for Class D

To enter, download and fill in the entry form below and submit to GBBA Contest Controller Kevin Ford. The form can be completed electronically, or printed and signed.

The deadline for entries is 1st October 2020.


Entertainment Contest


The Entertainment Contest is currently not running. However, if you are interested in competing, please consider competing in the GBBA's Own Choice March and Test Piece contest.


GBBA Contest Results Archive


2019 - Own Choice Contest (to be released soon)

2018 - Own Choice Contest

2017 - Own Choice Contest

2016 - Own Choice Contest

2015 - Entertainment Contest

2014 - Entertainment Contest

2014 - Own Choice Contest

2013 - Entertainment Contest

2013 - Own Choice Contest 

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