GBBA have been shouting about the Virtual Festival to encourage brass and percussion players to get involved.
On Monday 9th November, GBBA Webmaster and Digital Communications officer Samantha Ford was interviewed on Strike Up The Brass on DeanRadio by Dave Jury and spoke in detail about the contest on the local radio station show.
The following Friday on 20th November, Robert Morgan, Vice Chairman, Samantha Ford, and Dave Jury discussed what brass banding is like during the pandemic on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
Listen here to the broadcasts here:
"It has left a huge whole in our lives" they all said. Samantha followed up with "but technology has enabled us to make music even if we can't physically meet together."
Robert talked briefly about the exciting projects bands can get involved in: "The GBBA are running a Virtual Festival where players can send in their entries by 14th December" and "I hope caroling will be allowed in small ensembles at a distance this year, during the time we would have had our Christmas concerts, so we can share some Christmas cheer to the community."
The GBBA Virtual Festival for solos and ensembles is open to all brass and percussion players and aims to celebrate the music of brass bands to keep banding going during the pandemic. More information about the contest can be found here and entry guidelines here.