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A new open band is being formed in Cheadle in the Staffordshire Moorlands

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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An appeal is being made for musicians to join a new open band in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

A band is being formed which is set to be open to all musicians with lead wind instruments and violins who do not have the opportunity to play with an established band.

Chris Latham, chairman of the Open Band Management Committee, which is setting up the new band, explained: "It will take the form of open rehearsals where instrumentalists can meet others and develop their playing skills.

"It will not involve instrumental tuition. Players will need to be able to read straightforward music in the treble clef and play to a reasonable standard [about grade 2].

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"Talented players without grades should not be put off giving it a try. Experienced musicians will be in attendance to give advice where needed. The music will be varied and include Show Tunes, Pop, Swing and Latin American.

"All wind instruments in Bb, Eb and Concert Pitch can be catered for. Violin players are very welcome, but unfortunately other string instruments, such as guitars, banjos etcetera cannot be accommodated. A rhythm-group backing will be provided. Sheet music will be provided without additional cost and the band is open to all adults."

The new band sessions will take place on Saturday mornings in the Oakley Room at The Guildhall, Tape Street, Cheadle from 10am until 11.30am, with the first session taking place next weekend on Saturday, September 6.

The cost will be £2 per session, payable on the door and the band will be run by volunteer musicians and any excess money will be given to a local charity.

For further details call Chris Latham on 01782 394894 or simply turn up at the door. All you will need is your instrument, a pencil and a music stand.

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