TENBURY Teme Valley Band is getting ready for a hectic end to a year in which it has raised thousands of pounds for charities.

But in order to keep doing it in the years ahead the band is keen to attract more children and young people to join up and learn to play an instrument.

The band has had a very busy and successful 2018 including playing during the busy summer season in front of large appreciative audiences at three Worcestershire Parks- Abbey Park Evesham, Lido Park Droitwich and Gheluvelt Park Worcester.

The band also enjoyed performing at several local fetes and Tenbury Applefest.

Already this year large amounts of money have been raised for charities such as the Droitwich Waterways Pamela May Trust.

In support of this charity, the band played at an Open Gardens event.

Proceeds were for the purchase of a specially adapted narrow boat for people with disabilities and nearly £5,000 was collected.

Another charity event was a very successful concert held at Coreley Memorial Hall where proceeds were donated to the hall and to St Peter’s Church, Coreley.

Mansel Leake, the band’s solo trumpet player, played the Last Post in Tenbury as part of the Remembrance commemorations.

In the run up to Christmas the band can be heard playing at Burford House Gardens on the first three Sundays of December and will be raising money for the Green Fingers Charity which provides sensory gardens for children’s hospices.

The band will also be playing at a Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 15 at St Mary’s Church.

Tenbury Teme Valley Band welcomes instrumentalists of all ages.

Currently the youngest member is just six years old!

The band rehearses on Saturday evenings starting with an Academy session, where beginners are taught the skills of playing an instrument. This provides an opportunity to learn music that is missing from the school curriculum.

Brass and woodwind instruments can be provided, and tuition is free. This is followed by the main band rehearsal for more experienced players.

After a brief break over Christmas and the New Year the band will start tuning up for what promises to be an even busier 2019.

To find out more contact Mary Smith at marybosborne@hotmail.com or via the band’s website www.tenburytemevalleyband.co.uk for further details.