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The Contest


The UniBrass Contest

UniBrass is the University Brass Band Championship of Great Britain. Held annually, it is run by students for students. Every year university bands compete against each other to win the prestigious title of UniBrass Trophy Champion or UniBrass Shield Champion. UniBrass is an entertainment contest, with bands judged on both their musical ability and how entertaining they are. The only event of its kind in the world, UniBrass forges strong links between universities whilst keeping young brass musicians involved in live music.

The postponed entertainment contest will take place outdoors on Saturday 26th June on the Sheffield Students’ Union Concourse. The contest will take a hybrid format, allowing bands to choose to compete either the in-person or the virtual section. This allows for maximum participation following Covid restrictions.

This year’s contest will be free and un-ticketed for audiences, and will be live streamed as in previous years, to allow as many people as possible to enjoy this fantastic day of music making, described as ‘the most innovative thing to happen to banding in 100 years’.

The event starts at 11am, and provisional timings have been sent to the bands. The results ceremony will be at 6pm.

For more details, please look at the participant and audience information pages

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Participant Information

Contest details for band members

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Audience Information

Contest details for those coming to watch

The Committee

The team of students who run it all


Past Contests

Find out more on the contest’s history and view past results.

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Hosting UniBrass

All you need to know about hosting UniBrass at your university.

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Our Contest Sponsors

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Sheffield Students’ Union Events Team are working with UniBrass to help facilitate UniBrass 2021

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The University of Sheffield Alumni Foundation is delighted to provide sponsorship to the 2021 UniBrass event. The Alumni Foundation exists to channel the donations of Sheffield alumni (former students), staff, and friends of the University, into projects involving current students. We would like to thank the University’s supporters for their generosity, which has made tremendous strides in enhancing the student experience.

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Brass Bands England (BBE) is the leading charitable organisation in England devoted to promoting and encouraging participation in brass band music making across the country. BBE has helped the UniBrass contest by providing funding for the adjudicators of the event, and giving invaluable advice and support throughout.

UniBrass would not be possible without the invaluable support of our sponsors and partners. If you are interested in sponsoring UniBrass 2021, or supporting us in another way, please visit our 'Support Us' page,  to find out more about our range of packages