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Dobcross Youth Band Raise Extra Brass

Three good causes are getting some extra brass thanks to young musicians at Dobcross Youth Band.

Some of the youngsters of Dobcross Youth Band even gave up their Christmas morning. They joined musical director Seth Livingstone and former members of the band to play 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.

Together, generous donations from residents and supporters raised a total of £652. This 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 some money for good causes.


The band are now tuning up for a busy spring with a number of events and concerts planned, including:

Halifax Youth Brass Festival at Halifax Minster on 8 February

A Massed Brass concert with Boarshurst, Delph and Slaithwaite Bands at Uppermill Civic Hall on 7 March

The Music for Youth Regional Festival on 15 March

A joint performance with Norwegian band Mangerfolkogskul at Dobcross Band Club on 27 March

With such a busy programme and more than 80 youngsters now involved with the band, they are now looking to recruit an additional teacher/musical director. The teacher will take charge of the training band and develop their musical abilities. New players aged seven-18, are always welcome too and the band have a wide array of instruments available to borrow.

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