Success for town band at national open brass festival

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A band won second place in a competition they had never taken part in before.

Rushden Town Band took part in the Butlins National Mineworkers’ Open Brass Band Festival, at Skegness, for the first time earlier this month.

Many of the female members of the band also belong to the county-based all-ladies brass band Boobs and Brass, which raises money for the Breast Cancer Campaign. One of the Rushden Town Band players has been diagnosed with breast cancer so the band went on stage wearing pink carnations to show their support for her.

The band was competing against 17 others and was extremely pleased to come second. It follows their recent success at the Leicestershire Association Brass Band Competition in November, where they came third.

Rushden Town Band was formed in 1979 as the Rushden Windmill ‘B’ band and was renamed the Rushden Town Band in 1990. They practice at the working men’s club in Griffith Street and play at a number of events throughoutthe year.

If anyone is interested in contacting the band about engagements contact Hilary Hill on 01933 413982 or Sue Newman on 01234 822322.