Brass bands tuning up for festival challenge

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People are invited to join an evening of music and live entertainment as top competitors in this year’s Brass Band Festival prepare to take centre stage.

People are invited to join an evening of music and live entertainment as top competitors in this year’s Brass Band Festival prepare to take centre stage.

Tickets are now available for the 2012 event, during which money will be raised for the North East Derbyshire District Council Chair’s Appeal for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Three bands - Dronfield Brass Band, Matlock Band and Shirland Welfare Band – will be vying for this year’s Hallworth Challenge Trophy and top cash prize at the concert on Saturday, 15 September.

Council chairman Cllr Ken Savidge said: “This event is always an evening to remember and I am proud to be leading this year’s festival in my role as chair.

“Throughout the evening there will be an opportunity to win fabulous prizes and raise money for this fantastic charity, so we hope to see many people come along and enjoy this event!”

The bands will be playing for prize money donated by sponsors of the 54th annual festival - Pulse Fitness, Apollo, Cavendish Estates London Ltd and WM Lee.

Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, council leader, added: “We are once again very grateful for the support showed by all our sponsors.”

The festival will be held at Dronfield Sports Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for senior citizens and can be bought in advance by contacting Claire Shacklady on (01246) 217003.