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A historic March band is looking to get even more involved in the community in 2020 and has thrown out an invitation to Fenland people – come and join us!

March Brass 2000 is looking to raise awareness and attract new players and concert bookings and would love to feature in the town’s St George’s Day celebrations and its annual summer festival.

The band has been part of March history since 1891 when it was associated with the railway.

March Brass 2000 performing as part of The Bandstand Marathon Day.
March Brass 2000 performing as part of The Bandstand Marathon Day.

It is very proud of its history and is hoping for more support from its home town band and is throwing open its doors to any new players who would like to join.

March Brass 2000 has a training band which is led by Beth Letts from 6.15-7pm every Monday at the town’s St Peter’s Church.

There is an opportunity to hire an instrument at a minimal cost and the group play a wide variety of music. Any age is welcome.

Nigel Sutterby playing the Last Post (24764221)
Nigel Sutterby playing the Last Post (24764221)

Players progress from the training band to the main band.

March Brass 2000 is family-friendly, with players from as young as 10, up to 70.

The majority of the players live in the town, although several travel from further afield.

Musical director Nigel Sutterby joined March Brass 2000 in 1978 and began playing when he was 11 years old – so has been playing for over 35 years.

Nigel played principal cornet for over ten years and was bandmaster for seven.

He is passionate about keeping March Brass 2000 alive in his home town and is very proud to lead it.

Nigel also plays the Last Post for the town every year on Remembrance Day.

As it receives no financial support, March Brass raises the necessary income to cover its annual expenditure through a variety of performances in the area.

Publicity officer Louise Tombleson said: “Please support your local band.

“If you have some experience playing a brass instrument, please come and join us.

“The main band plays from 7pm-9pm every Monday at St Peter’s Church in March.

“If you would like to book the band please contact band secretary Anita Mackie by email on marchbrass2000@gmail.com

“You can also follow us on Facebook @marchbrass2000 or look at our website, www.marchbrass2000.co.uk”

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