Concert band seek advice from stars

MUSIC legends John Peel and Bill Wyman thought they had seen it all in their glittering careers, but now a new challenge is awaiting them.The Stowmarket Concert Band is requesting their help as it looks to move to plush facilities in the town.

MUSIC legends John Peel and Bill Wyman thought they had seen it all in their glittering careers, but now a new challenge is awaiting them.

The Stowmarket Concert Band is requesting their help as it looks to move to plush facilities in the town.

The 25-strong group has written to Radio One DJ Mr Peel, who lives near Stowmarket, and former Rolling Stone Mr Wyman, who lives in Gedding.

The band hopes the veteran celebrities will provide some expert advice as it looks to move to the soon-to-be revitalised Stowmarket Corn Exchange.

Musical director Mel Stammers said: "We've written to both of them to ask for their advice on sound and recording equipment so the Corn Exchange can be fully set up for any musical group to use.

"The building has got so much potential but it's not being utilised and we would like to see it made available to everyone."

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Hot on the heels of receiving a £2,000 grant for new musical instruments from Mid Suffolk district council, the band is looking to develop further.

Established in 1962, the brass band currently rehearses at Stowmarket Middle School. However, Mr Stammers believes they will eventually outgrow the facilities on offer at their current base.

This has led to discussions with the town council about relocating rehearsals to the Corn Exchange, which have produced a favourable response.

Malcolm Baker, clerk of the council, said: "The arts are something that we want to promote and we would certainly like to make the Corn Exchange available to groups like the Stowmarket Concert Band."

He added the town council would welcome any help from Mr Peel and Mr Wyman and said: "I don't think we'd refuse any advice from anyone if they would like to give it."

N Anyone interested in joining the band should call Pam Harland on 01359 242299.

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