Holbeach Town Band holds open days when people are invited to try out an instrument.
If interested, they can attend a learner group, held on Saturdays (10am) at the Holbeach Band Room.
That teaches absolute beginners who can then progress to a training band, properly called Holbeach Victoria Training Band, which meets at the same place on Wednesdays (6.30pm).
Once of a reasonable standard, they are then invited to join the main band, which also meets on Wednesdays (7.30pm).
There are some very young learners and players – the youngest learner is six and there are two primary age children in the 30-strong band.
The band has a busy calendar of events, including a recent concert with SADOS at which principal cornet Steven Butter, on behalf of the band, presented Mel with a cased baton in recognition of his 50 years of banding.
Mel says: “The big thing about brass band instruments is if you can play one you can play them all because they are all played in exactly the same way.
“It’s a unique sound and a powerful sound. I just thoroughly enjoy it.”