Town institution looking to recruit new members
AFTER a busy summer under a new musical director, Helston Town Band is expanding and looking for new members.
The group has created a beginners' section and a new concert band from previous members of Helston 'B Band' and Helston Town Youth Band.
The concert band is preparing for engagements, with old and young joining together on Thursday evenings at 7pm, at the band room, in Church Street, for practice.
Musical director Derek Johnston said: "We see this as an ideal opportunity for people who wish to continue playing or even return to playing, but without the commitments of full-time banding.
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"Having rehearsed only a couple of times, we've been impressed with the numbers who have turned out, however, they could still do with more and cornets and horn players. They would be made especially welcome."
He said they have also started a free student brass section, which will run in term-time, on Monday evenings, from 6.30pm.
After Mr Johnston's restructuring, Monday nights have become the new time for beginners, both young and older people, wanting to learn how to play a brass instrument and become involved in this Helston institution.
He will be overseeing the teaching with many of the senior band members on hand to help. Tutors Harry Chant and Nathan Toothill will look after all the students and teaching programme.
The first few sessions have already taken place at the band room, in Church Street, with some 20 students learning how to play, in a room full of young and old, parents and friends.
Anyone wishing to learn to play a brass instrument is welcome to attend.