The European Brass Band Association is pleased to announce the line-up of bands for the 44th European Brass Band Championships in association with World of Brass, in Malmö.

A total of 32 bands will take part in this year’s championships, which for the first time is being held in Sweden. The line-up shows that we are truly back after the pandemic!

Championship section

The EBBC 2023 Championship section is running at capacity, with 14 bands.
Defending champions Cory Band will be joined by Tredegar Band from Wales. Black Dyke Band will represent England, and from Scotland, the Whitburn Band will take the stage in Malmö Live. The Scandinavian countries will be represented with Göta Brass Band from Sweden, Lyngby-Taarbaek Brass Band from Denmark, and Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag.

The Italian Brass Band is back in the EBBC after the pandemic. They were last seen in Montreux 2019. The R.E.T. Brass Band will represent Austria for the first time in the championship section. With a line-up that also includes top-bands such as 3BA Concert Band (Germany), Brass Band Treize Etoiles (Switzerland), Festival Brass Band (Belgium), Hauts-de-France Brass Band (France) and Soli Brass (Netherlands) it promises to be an exciting, high quality championship section.

Challenge section

For the second time we find Malaga Brass Band from Spain in the Challenge Section. They will be joined by Aukštyn LT from Lithuania, Brass Band Überetsch from Italy and Laganvale Metal Technology Band from Northern Ireland.

European Youth Brass Band Competition

Since it was established at Perth in 2014, the European Youth Brass Band Contest is a proven and well-loved part of the European event. This year’s youth competitions has a record number of 14 competing bands. Defending champion in the Development Section, Wardle Academy Youth Band (England), will compete against Aukštyn (Lithuania), Elland Silver Youth Brass Band (England), Jugend Brassband Südtirol (Italy), PotzBlech (Germany), Smørås Skolemusikk (Norway) and the South Wales Youth Band (Wales).

We see seven bands participating in the Premier Section on Sunday 7 May in Malmö Live.

Defending champion Catch Basin Brass Band (Austria) will compete against Brass Band Sklepučini (Lithuania), Liberty Brass Band Junior (Switzerland), N.P. B.B. Brass Band of the Conservatoire ‘N. Piccinni’ of Bari (Italy), the Swedish Youth Brass Band (Sweden), The National Youth Brass Band of Denmark (Denmark) and Youth Brass 2000 (England).

EBBA President, Ulf Rosenberg, comments: “It’s great to see the movement in Europe still developing and returning in high numbers after the pandemic. We are looking forward to all the performances, set tests and own-choice pieces, at the 44th EBBC in Malmö.”

“It is also impressive that Italy, a relatively “new” brass band country, this year will have bands in all the different sections. And that Lithuania, who will host the European event next year in Palanga, is represented by three bands. Gathering in Malmö for friendly and peaceful musical rivalry, in challenging times, is more important for Europe than ever”, Rosenberg

EBBC Championship Section

3BA Concert Band

Corsin Tuor


Black Dyke Band

Nicholas Childs


Brass Band Treize Etoiles

Frédéric Théodoloz


Cory Band

Philip Harper


Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag

Florent Didier


Festival Brass Band

Steven Verhaert


Göta Brass Band

Michael Thomsen


Hauts-de-France Brass Band

Luc Vertommen


Italian Brass Band

Giuseppe Saggio


Lyngby-Taarbaek Brass Band

Glenn Van Looy


R.E.T. Brass Band

Andreas Lackner


Soli Brass

Anne van den Berg

The Netherlands


Ian Porthouse


Whitburn Band

Paul Holland



EBBC Challenge Section

Aukštyn LT

Piet Visser


Brass Band Überetsch

Johann Finatzer


Laganvale Metal Technology Band

Keith Anderson

Northern Ireland

Málaga Brass Band

Víctor Eloy López Cerezo



EYBBC Development Section


Remigijus Vilys


Elland Silver Youth Brass Band

Samantha Harrison


Jugend Brassband Südtirol

Johann Finatzer



Hans Jacob


Smørås Skolemusikk

Magnus Brandseth


South Wales Youth Band

Angela Westacott


Wardle Academy Youth Band

Lee Rigg


EYBBC Premier Section

Brass Band Sklepučini

Vilmantas Vapsva


Catch Basin Brass Band

Prof. Andreas Lackner


Liberty Brass Band Junior

 Matthias Keller


N.P. B.B. Brass Band of the
Conservatoire ‘N. Piccinni’ of Bari

M° Antonio Legrottaglie


Swedish Youth Brass Band

Berit Palmquist


The National Youth Brass
Band of Denmark

Stig Mærsk


Youth Brass 2000

Christopher Jeans