NABBC AREA TEST PIECE WORKSHOPS. Once again, the time has arrived for lower section bands to place a great deal of time and effort into the plan of attack for the Area Contests. The National Association of Brass Band Conductors have organised, as they have for the past few years, Area Test Piece Workshops around the country. All areas committees, with the exception of the South East, have arranged conductors, bands and venues, which are open to the public and available for everyone interested to attend. There will be a small charge for non-members attending at most of the workshops. Of course, members are admitted free. The area, venue and contact phone number are listed below. Number 2 Area. (Northern). Sunday 8th February 2004 at St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield University with Phillip McCann and the University Band. Commencing at 1200 noon. Sections 4,3,2 & 1. Contact; John Clay, 01422 201875 for full details. Number 3 Area. (Mildlands). Sunday 11th January 2004 at the Newstead Band Room, Newstead with the Newstead Band, Walter Ritchie and Duncan Beckley. All sections. Contact; Walter Ritchie, 01522 823702 for full details. Number 4 Area. (West of England). Sunday 11th January 2004 at Heavitree Hospital Social Club, Gledstone, Exeter. With Brian Buckley and Brian Howard. Only sections 3&4. Contact; Nick Chad. 01840 230258 for full details. Number 5 Area. (South Wales). Saturday 7th February 2004 at St Teilo’s Church, Cardiff with Dr Bob Childs and the Royal Welsh College Brass Band. All sections. Contact; Brian Buckley. 01792 205896 for full details. Number 6 Area. (Scotland). Sunday 25th January 2004 at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with the Scottish Co-op Band and Whitburn Band. Contact; Ray Tennant. 0141 589 6466 for full details. Regards, David Ashworth. PRO NABBC.