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4th March, 2002 - Monthly Update for March 2002

Good News
Martlesham Brass is delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded £1000 from the 'National Foundation for Youth Music'. This has enabled us to purchase 4 new cornets, which have been issued to young players in the Intermediate Band. These cornets have been put to good use in recent practises as the Intermediate players prepare for their entry into the East Anglian Brass Band Annual Spring Contest in May. Martlesham Brass is very grateful for this grant, as the addition of new instruments not only improves the sound quality within the Intermediate band, but also releases instruments to other young players, improving standards all the way through the organisation

Youth Music is a charity, which was set up in 1999 with £30 million pounds of Lottery funding, through the Arts Council of England. The work of Youth Music was endorsed in July 2001 by a further £30 million to allow us to continue our work for another 3 years, up to 2005. Youth music provides music-making opportunities for children and young people up to the age of 18 who principally live in areas of social and economic need. By the end of 2001 Youth Music aims to have reached more than 1 million people, providing many of them with their first ever music-making experiences.

It is widely appreciated that involvement in music-making advances other aspects of learning and individual development, particularly where the involvement is from an early age. Youth music funds programmes and schemes which support music-making principally outside school hours, in communities, youth clubs and groups where music making can be introduced and developed amongst young people who otherwise may not have the opportunity.

Band Activities

On March 17th Martlesham Brass Main Band will be competing at the Annual Southern Counties Area Brass Band competition in Stevenage. This will be the 3rd year the band has attended and the players are all practising very hard at the moment for this event.

Committee Changes

There have been some changes to the band's main and fund-raising committees. Details are on the website. Colin Hodge remains the main band chairman; Bruce Eyley has taken over from Elaine Ellis as the fund-raising committee chairman. Nicole Parker is the new band secretary, taking over from Liz Benyon. Martlesham Brass members would like to say a massive public thank you to Liz Benyon and Elaine Ellis for their efforts over the last 5+ years, and good luck to their replacements!

Liz remains the first point of contact for any general enquiries about the band. Tel. 01473 623276, whilst booking enquiries should be directed to Julie Clapson. Tel. 01473 620240.

If you would like more information about the band please visit the band website at www.martleshambrass.btinternet.co.uk, or email us at [email protected]

Alison Eyley
Martlesham Brass Publicity Officer
01473 611578

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