Tickets for Smithills Brass Band's USA tour selling like hot cakes
IT is proving to be the hottest ticket in town.
Smithills Brass Band will embark on an American tour next year — and tickets are already selling fast.
The internationally acclaimed band, which has won national and world titles, will embark on its fifth US tour next summer.
Chris Wormald, assistant headteacher and musical director, said: “They have been selling tickets for our July 2014 concerts for many weeks now — more than 14 months before we even fly out.”
The band will perform in North Carolina — and a fundraising drive to get young people over to the States is underway.
Mr Wormald said: “The new 2014 band calendars are ready, the new 2013 CDs have been out since June and ready to sell.
“The July 2014 USA tour venues and dates are all but finalised, the percussion at every venue sorted and now the Americans want to sort out the host families for all our players and staff in the eight cities where we will stay, the concert timings, the interval refreshments and all sorts —with 11 months still to go.”
In 2011, Smithills School Senior Brass Band took the unusual step of opening a shop to raise money to fund its 2012 trip to America.
It sold CDs and merchandise to raise £60,000 needed.
This year, the band will stage a series of fundraising concerts as well as selling and recording new CDs.
The invitation to tour America came during the band’s spring concert for Bill Miller from Lake Lure, North Carolina, who has previously hosted the Senior Brass Band. Mr Wormald said: “I think it is clearer than ever that the Americans have never been more excited to welcome Smithills’ Band back.
“Our latest tour just last July certainly blew them away and fired them up more than ever before — and that’s saying something of course.
“They want every venue sold out again, only months in advance this time.
“It says a great deal for the standards of playing, appearance and behaviour of our Smithills kids that we are so highly regarded by the Americans.
“It really is remarkable.”
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