Plans to form a new brass band for Bourne

Best in Bourne nominee, osteopath, Jo Sunner. Photo: SM221010-017ow.jpg
Best in Bourne nominee, osteopath, Jo Sunner. Photo: SM221010-017ow.jpg
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A musician who has played in brass bands since he was 11-years-old wants to start a group in Bourne to put on concerts for the town.

Jo Sunner, 57, who is a registered osteopath at the Hereward Medical Centre in Exeter Street, wants to form a brass band.

Mr Sunner, who plays the tuba and trombone, said: “It seems a great shame that Bourne does not have its own brass band.

“There is a group of us that play together and are asked to play at public and town events all the time. But it is very different playing in a structured, organised band rather than in a put together ensemble.

“A lot of young people play brass instruments in the area but can’t get the experience of playing in a band without travelling for miles.”

Mr Sunner currently travels to Spalding to play with the Salvation Army brass band. He has already secured some instruments, music stands and a place to practice but needs more people to add to the core of five people who regularly play together.

Mr Sunner, who started playing brass instruments when he was at school, feels a lot of young talented musicians are being lost because there is no local band for them to join when they leave education.

He said there was an abundance of musical talent coming out of Bourne schools which was being wasted.

The group would be an informal environment where members would not be required to commit to every practice session.

Mr Sunner said: “I want it to very relaxed.

“Ideally I want young membership but everyone is welcome.”

Musicians playing any brass instrument are welcome but Mr Sunner is particularly keen to recruit cornet players, trombonists and tenor horn players.

Anyone interested in forming a band should call him on 01778 391714 or e-mail josunner@aol.com