Concert raises cash for Smithills School brass band’s US trip
A DAYTIME audience of 600 people turned out to support a school band’s fundraising concert.
Smithills School Senior Brass Band and its conductor, assistant headteacher Chris Wormald, played to the large crowd at the Victoria Hall.
Mr Wormald said: “The first ever Smithills matinee concert was a huge success, helping to raise thousands of pounds towards our 2014 America tour.”
The band needs to raise £60,000 for its trip to North Carolina next summer, where members will play in a number of concerts.
Mr Wormald added: “Smithills band has sold out the Victoria Hall on Saturday evenings for the past 20 years, but such was the success of the inaugural matinee concert a second Saturday afternoon event is being planned for the spring. It will be a similar programme of music — from Sinatra to Toy Story, and Michael Buble to Mary Poppins.”
The second half of Saturday’s concert saw more than 120 Smithills brass players take to the stage, including the senior band, which has 52 members, and the community band, formed a decade ago, which has 76 members.
The senior band, National Champions for the past 16 years, were invited by the people of North Carolina to perform at multiple concerts across the state.
The band will fly to Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, next July for the whistle stop tour, which will also see the pupils enjoying visits to attractions such as the North Carolina Zoo, the largest walk-through zoo in the world.
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