Join the Salvation Army brass band for Christmas concert

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A musician is working with the Salvation Army to develop a community brass band in time to perform at Bourne’s Christmas celebration.

Jo Sunner, who is a registered osteopath at the Hereward Medical Centre in Exeter Street, plays with the Bourne Salvation Army and wants to grow the current band into a group for the whole community .

A growing group of musicians have been playing at the Salvation Army’s monthly Songs of Praise meetings and now have plans to perform at the Christmas lights switch on and street fair taking place in Bourne on November 30.

The band will also perform at the Salvation Army’s Community Carol Service at the Corn Exchange on December 22.

Mr Sunner, who plays the tuba and trombone, is appealing for more brass musicians to come forward and join the band.

He said: “I am delighted to be working to develop a brass band for Bourne. We are anxious to hear from anyone, at whatever level of competence to get in touch.

“I believe there are quite a number of bandsmen sitting at home looking to play in a local brass band for fun and enjoyment.

“The Salvation Army is steeped in brass bands and I’m so pleased that Major Durrant and the Bourne Corps are helping bring this about.”

In recent years the Salvation Army in Bourne has been developing a community brass band, with musicians some of whom have not played for more than 30 years.

An open band practice evening is to be held at The Salvation Army in Manning Road, Bourne on Tuesday at 7pm when you can come have a go, meet the other members.

The next Songs of Praise night will be at 5.30pm on October 27.

The Army is also planning to resurrect the 60 strong community choir which took part in Bourne to Sing in April and it is planned for them to meet up again and rehearse to also take part in the Corn Exchange Carol Service event.

Anyone is interested in joining the band or choir should call Major Richard Durrant on 01778 421916.