Black Dyke Band to perform with pupils

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PUPILS from Portsmouth Grammar School’s junior and senior brass bands are looking forward to meeting, learning from and playing with The Black Dyke Band

The school is holding a brass day in which principals of The Black Dyke Band will hold master classes.

The Black Dyke Band was founded in 1816, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the world, and has collaborated with musicians such as Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John and Tori Amos.

Graham Brown, head of brass at the school said the pupils are ‘really excited’ to meet the band.

He said: ‘The band have invited the older students to perform a couple of encore songs with them.

‘They are so excited to be given the opportunity.’

The grammar school brass band has performed concerts in Portsmouth Guildhall and the Historic Dockyard. The similarities between the two bands does not stop with their music.

The Black Dyke Brass Band has taken part in charitable activities in other areas of the UK to inspire and motivate young people while the school band has also raised thousands of pounds for charities in Portsmouth.

The Black Dyke Band will also be performing at a concert in Portsmouth on July 4 at St Mary’s Church in Fratton.