Young musicians hit right notes for good causes

THREE good causes are getting some extra brass thanks to young musicians at Dobcross Youth Band.Some of the youngsters gave up their Christmas morning to join musical director Seth Livingstone and former members of the band playing carols around the village.

There was also a collection when the whole band played at the annual torchlit carol service on Churchfields and at their Christmas concert.

Generous donations from residents and supporters raised a total of £652, which will be divided between Kingfisher Special School, Bright Futures School and Cancer Research UK.

Seth said: “We’re really grateful to everyone who’s helped the band with their festive fundraising.

“We support other charity events throughout the year but Christmas is our busiest time and it’s great to be able to entertain the community at the same time as raising money for good causes.”

The band is now tuning up for a busy spring with a number of events and concerts planned, including Halifax Youth Brass Festival at Halifax Minster on Saturday, February 8.

After that is the popular Mass Brass concert with Boarshurst, Delph and Slaithwaite Bands at Uppermill Civic Hall on Saturday, March 7 followed by the Music for Youth Regional Festival on Sunday, March 15.

They welcome special guests Norwegian band Mangerfolkogskul at Dobcross Band Club on Friday, March 27 for a joint performance.

New players aged seven to 18 years old are always welcome at the band, which rehearses on Tuesday and Friday nights, has a wide array of instruments available to borrow.

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