GBBA Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival


The Showcase Series of the GBBA Virtual Festival will be premiered at 6pm every day from Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th January from the GBBA's YouTube channel. Read more about the showcase and programme here.


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The contest has been adjudicated and the results are out!


Congratulations to all prize winners and thank you to everyone who entered.

There was a total of 48 entries  from 48 individuals from 18 brass bands.

GBBA would like to thank Dr Brett Baker for adjudicating, and Michael Rath and Geneva Instruments for sponsoring, this contest.


Feedback for each performance will be sent to individual contestants.


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

More information about the contest