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Stone Brass play at Leek's bandstand

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 05, 2014

By Olivia Hine

  • Stone Town Band.

  • Brough Park's bandstand

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A town brass band will be returning to a park bandstand to provide an outdoor concert.

The Stone Town Band will be at the Brough Park's bandstand in Leek to entertain an outdoor audience once again.

After the success during last year's summer programme, the band has been welcomed back by concert organisers Friends of Brough Park. The Stone Town Band will be performing this Sunday (July 6) between 2pm and 4pm.

David Chapman, Band Manager, said: "We thoroughly enjoy ourselves performing in Leek and we have performed many times on the bandstand and hope to continue doing so for many more performances to come."

Since the early 1800's there has always been band music in Stone and the band have continued this tradition.

Celebrating 60 years this year, the Stone Town Band first performed publicly in 1954 on Remembrance Sunday.

Ted Dixon first directed the band in 1954 until 1972; this period of time was very successful for the band contesting at Belle Vue in Manchester where they were placed second out of 22 bands in 1969.

The band then continued to contest under the direction of Mr S Aucock where they placed third in the Newcastle Jubilee Carnival Contest in 1977. However the band no longer compete and haven't done since their last recorded contest in 1996 but continue to perform for mainly local activities. It contributes to civic parades, town events and every year there is also a busy programme of day and evening concerts.

There are vacancies within the band including: back row Cornets, Flugel Horn, tenor Horn, tenor and bass Trombones, Tubas and tuned Percussion although all Brass musicians are welcome. If anyone is interested in joining the band they should call 07434 525114 or email info@stonetownband.org.uk.

This Sunday's concert has been organised by the Friends of Brough Park, a group of volunteers which aims to help improve the parks appearance, organise events, secure funding for park projects and decide how best to use the parks facilities.

Chairman of the organisation, councillor Margaret Lovatt said: "We are looking forward to having the Stone Brass Band back and we are hoping for some good weather as it is so nice to see people sitting around together enjoying music and the outdoors."

Margaret added that any musicians are welcome to use the bandstand for performances and should contact Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for further information.

Anyone who would like to volunteer with the Friends of Brough Park can contact Margaret on 01538 384764.

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