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Shropshire band preparing for West Midlands concerts

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A village band that has been performing together for 25 years is busy fine-tuning ahead of a season of concerts.

Alveley Village Band is made up of 30 musicians and today made a plea for new members of all ages.

It is currently preparing for three major concerts across the West Midlands.

On April 16, it will be performing at the Ramada Hotel in Telford to raise money for a veterans' association.

Then on July 3, it will head to Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge before a concert on September 25 at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.

John Davies, from the group, said rehearsals were going "very well".

He said: "It is wonderful, everyone is very enthusiastic and we have a full house.

"We're a friendly group of players of all skills and abilities, who get together for the fun of making music, showcasing our skills at several concerts each year.

"New players are always made to feel very welcome, so whether you're a seasoned professional looking for a fun new pastime, a beginner looking to improve your skills or somewhere in between, get in touch."

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The band is mostly adult performers, but it does have one or two younger members.

In December, it performed at the annual Mayor's Charity Concert in Bridgnorth for the second time.

Mr Davies said: "It went very well indeed."

The group performs a mix of music, from light classical to pop and is available to be commissioned for local concerts and events.

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It is always looking for new players, particularly who play brass instruments, and there is no need to audition.

Anyone who is interested should attend the weekly practice sessions which run from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Alveley Sports and Social Club in Alveley near Bridgnorth each Saturday.

The band has been supported in the past by the Lottery through the Arts Council of England, also West Midlands Arts, the Whittall Meadows Trust, Alveley Parish Council and other organisations and individuals.

The Band also raises money from a number of its performances each year.

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