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Reincarnation of Glossop Brass Band
Friday 30th October 2015 @ 09:59 by Tom Greggan

Glossopdale Community College is turning back the clock to create the kind of band that made national news in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Head of music Mark Bousie told the Glossop Chronicle: “We are restarting a brass band at the college. It will be a group for all young people in the High Peak and Tameside areas, not just the students at the college.

“We are delighted to be in a position to do that now, as I’m sure many local people will be. Especially considering the enormous success of the Glossop School Brass Band in the 1980s and 1990s.”

The band was once the best school brass band in Britain and played out to sell-out audiences on tours to the United States and throughout Europe.

Mark, a member of the world famous Foden’s Band, is hoping for similar success. He believes what will be called the Glossopdale Youth Brass Band will fill a badly needed gap.

He said that apart from ‘trainer bands’ there are no brass bands specifically for under-19-year-olds in the High Peak area.

That’s the reason Mark is inviting all young brass and percussion musicians and anyone else interested, to the band’s launch meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesday November 4 at the college’s Talbot Road site.

The first rehearsal will be the following Wednesday, the time has yet to be arranged.

Mark has visited five local primary schools drumming up support and is confident of a good turn-out. Musicians are simply asked to turn up on the night.

Anyone wanting more information should contact Mark 01457 862336 or visit [email protected]

Mark meanwhile will be among the red-jacketed members of Foden’s when the band plays in a Concert of Remembrance at the college at 7pm on Tuesday November 10.

The first half of the performance, which also features the college’s senior, junior and the wind bands, concentrates on the First World War.

It will be told in music and words and will include ‘Letters for Home’, by Peter Meethan- letters scribbled in the trenches by soldiers snatching a few precious minutes from the fighting.

The second half of the concert will showcase an array of some of the best known music associated with wars, from Nimrod to the Dambusters March, with much more in between.

Tickets cost £6 and £4.50 and are on sale from the college receptions at