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Top band trumpet for charity

PUBLISHED: 15:41 10 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:19 03 March 2010

ONE of Britain's top brass bands is coming to Ipswich for a musical extravaganza.

Sellers International Band will be playing at the Corn Exchange on Saturday March 9 and the Evening Star are pleased to be supporting this great night of entertainment.

ONE of Britain's top brass bands is coming to Ipswich for a musical extravaganza.

Sellers International Band will be playing at the Corn Exchange on Saturday March 9 and the Evening Star are pleased to be supporting this great night of entertainment.

Formed in 1986 the band has enjoyed one of the most spectacular rises in brass band history and they are now one of the best brass bands in Yorkshire.

They have played in some of the top venues through out the country including the NEC in Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

They regularly appear on Radio 2's "Listen to the Band" and have featured on "Songs of Praise".

Tim Mutum of the Ipswich Charity Concert Committee said: "The band are really looking forward to playing in Ipswich and the audience can expect a night of great brass music with a varied and interesting programme.

"They are one of the finest bands around and a pleasure to listen to."

Sellers International have already raised more than £125,000 since 1988 for various charities. This time they are raising money for two more Suffolk charities.

The Wolverstone Project is one of the beneficiaries and John Dickinson, a trustee, said this is immensely important to them.

"We help people of all ages with disabilities to get out on the water sailing and we have had some wonderful results.

"One young girl had great trouble with her balance and would not walk up the stairs. After she came out with us she went back to her care home and walked straight up the stairs.

"Other people have suffered multiple strokes and heart attacks and get great pleasure out of sailing with the project," he said.

The Rhythm of Life, based at Ipswich Hospital will also benefit. Rhythm of Life aims to raise £2 million for a new cardiology centre at the hospital and also buy more equipment to treat patients with heart problems.

Phillip McCann, who founded the band, will be conducting them when they arrive in Ipswich. He is one of the best known names in the brass band world. His unique style has been used on many film and television sound tracks including the successful series, "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" for which he received an Ivor Novello Award.

For more information on tickets and times call the box office on Ipswich 433100.

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