MOSSLEY’S NEW brass band is tuning up for its first concert but with a familiar face in its ranks.
After 25 years with St John’s Brass Band, Andrew Reynolds decided he wanted a change of musical direction.
The result is Three Shires Brass who rehearse at St John’s Church, Roughtown, now looking forward to their maiden ‘gig’ at Waterhead Parish Hall on Sunday, April 23.
“I have been banding all my life,” says Mossley based Andrew, a doctor’s receptionist in Ashton. “And I thought the time had come for a change.
“I was keen to set up a band for some time. I wanted to play pieces I wanted to play and what people want to listen to rather than what I was being told to do.
“At the end of the day it’s a hobby and so I wanted to enjoy my playing.
“I contacted a few like-minded acquaintances I’d met over the years and put out some feelers. I got encouraging feedback and decided to go for it.”
Three Shires Brass had its first rehearsal last November and now compromises 10-12 members.
“The aim isn’t to build up to a full size band and I’m not actively looking to recruit more members,” added Andrew, Principal Cornet with St John’s for 15 years and a Mossley resident for more than four decades.
“But unlike having a full band, it does make a massive difference if one person is missing.”
Three Shires, currently putting together an informal uniform, including black shirts and purple bow ties, rehearse fortnightly on a Wednesday evening. They hope to play more concerts later in the year.
Anyone interested attending the concert, starting at 2pm, should contact Andrew on 07974 497946.