This event is now well established in the brass band calendar and for many marks the start of the new season, if I may use a sporting analogy. Held at the magnificent Bridgewater Hall in Manchester the 2004 event will be held on Saturday 4th September with sponsorship from Besson, BBC GMR, Yamaha and World of Brass. The timetable of events is as follows; 12noon; Rochdale Youth Band 2.15pm; Household Troops Band Guest soloist; Carl Saunders (cornet) 4.15pm; Brighouse & Rastrick Band 7.15pm; Black Dyke Band, Fodens Richardson Band and Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) Band Foyer music will be provided by Corus Brass and Euph4ria and the compere will be John Maines. There are various ticket deals available including an 'all-inclusive' package from £20. The Bridgewater Hall Box Office can be contacted on 0161 907 9000 or email@example.com Highlights at this years festival include the first UK performance of BLAZE, a new concerto for cornet by Phil Lawrence to be performed by Richard Marshall and Grimethorpe.