Can You Help Us?

If you think you can, we’d love to hear from you!

The Brass Band Archive will always welcome offers of support, donations and assistance, however big or small.


With the endless work involved with cataloging all the music, recordings and memorabilia, Walter and Alan are delighted if offers of help are received. There are always a host of jobs to complete and the more ‘hands to the pump’ that are working together ensure the projects are completed sooner.


The Brass Band Archive would be very excited to learn if you have any contributions to add to their collections. For some ideas, the current collections include:


  • Contest and concert programmes
  • Trophies of significant brass band contests
  • Recordings – both old and new brass band recordings
  • Sheet music – especially historical works and manuscripts from the ‘landmark’ brass band writers.
  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • Concert and contest advertisements
  • Publicity posters
  • Certificates
  • Contracts
  • Personal letters from significant conductors
  • Music stand banners
  • Historical instruments

Running Costs

Whilst Walter and Alan offer their time from the goodness of their hearts and Brian Halliwell has given unquestionable generosity with the provision of the office, showroom and workshop, there are still inevitable running costs that cannot be avoided.

The Brass Band Archive are extremely grateful to Lancashire Contests and The British Federation of Brass Bands who have provided great financial assistance with stationery, equipment and shelving. But, inevitably, there are always many ongoing expenses that need to be covered.

If you think you could offer any financial contributions to help this not-for-profit organisation to continue its important role in the banding world, please contact The Brass Band Archive to discuss the options.

Our Wishlist

The ever growing collection that makes up The Brass Band Archive has inevitable gaps in its series of programmes and test pieces. The Music Library List is now available to view online or download (under the ‘Music Library List’ section) and where appropriate, notes have been made to indicate where sets of music are missing particular parts. If you or your band are able to supply these missing parts, you will be helping towards making the Brass Band Archive records the most comprehensive historical records available in the world! So please take some time to enjoy a feast of pieces which may well inspire your next concert programme, and if you think you can help with any missing parts, please get in touch as soon as possible.

There will also be a Wishlist added here for other items which the BBA wish to actively source. In the meantime, if you think you may have something that would be of interest, please contact us as soon as possible.

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