Received from BFBB ================================================ Press Release from the British Federation of Brass Bands The British Federation of Brass Bands is about to embark on a major survey to establish and celebrate the number of brass bands in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Federation would like all brass bands to be counted; there is no requirement for a band to be a member of an association or the Federation to be included in the count. Initially, association secretaries will be approached for their help to collect the data. The survey will categorise bands into contesting bands, non-contesting bands and youth or training bands. The results of the survey should be of benefit to the whole brass band movement, as a survey of this nature has not been undertaken for many years, if ever. Discovering how many brass bands are making music and performing in the country will assist the BFBB, as the national organisation representing brass bands, when applying for grants or lobbying government on behalf of bands and their members. Gathering information and facts about all our bands in this way will enable the easy determination of priorities for assisting bands and ensure musicians and their communities really benefit from brass band music. Visit the BFBB website at www.bfbb.co.uk for more information and to discover the results of the British Brass Bands National Championships Survey that was published earlier this year.