Holbeach Town Band’s Music Cafe

Jimmy Hammond balances his eumphonium and a plate of cup cakes. Photo: SG110415-102TW
Jimmy Hammond balances his eumphonium and a plate of cup cakes. Photo: SG110415-102TW
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Holbeach Town Band’s instruments could be playing even sweeter notes than usual – unless the players have managed to get rid of the cake crumbs!

The band hosted its first Music Cafe at the WI Hall at Holbeach on Saturday, and musical director Mel Hopkin said it was a success.

Mel said: “We normally have an open day each year, but decided to try something different. We have never done this before and I’d seen it done by other brass bands who said how effective it was in getting people to come along.

“We did indeed find it successful. People were coming and going but I’d have thought we had 30 to 40 visitors. I was really very pleased by it.”

That’s a great improvement on the half dozen visitors that normally turn up at the open days.

Even better, Mel says: “We did find one or two people expressing an interest, especially children, in learning, so hopefully we’ll see more of them later in the year because we have our Learn to Play week in August. It’s something we have done every year for the past ten years or longer.”

Learn to Play, in the week starting August 3, involves opening the band room for two hours every day from Monday to Friday.

Mel says: “People come along on the Monday and by the end of the week they will be able to play. Anybody is welcome.”

The band is also building on the success of the Music Cafe, with another planned for Saturday, July 25.

Mel said: “We had members of the bands and families who joined in, provided cakes and served behind the counter. The band was playing and we gave visitors the opportunity to try out instruments.

“It was the same as a band day, except we had the privilege of eating cake. I suspect the band had more cake than the visitors.”