The association host a number of contests throughout the year
DCBBA Entertainment Contest is a contest for DCBBA member bands which welcomes youth bands.
For many years the Durham County Brass Band Contest was a set Test Piece for each of the sections.
Own choice March and Hymn contest held in the award-winning Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham.
The DCBBA Soloist Competition is held annually, in recent years at the Blakhall Community Centre. The contest has featured performances by many players who have stepped up to principal chairs in Championship Section Bands throughout the UK