Sheffield brass band calls for more support

The Loxley Silver Band, Stannington Road, celebrates the bands 125th anniversary. Picture: Andrew Roe
The Loxley Silver Band, Stannington Road, celebrates the bands 125th anniversary. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A brass band chief in Sheffield has urged the council to trumpet the cause of the music scene more widely.

Stuart Young, of the Loxley Silver Band, said Sheffield Council could do more to support the institutions.

He pointed to other councils such as Bolsover, which holds a brass band entertainment festival, and Shirebrook which has secured £75,000 of funding for brass band projects.

Mr Young, who is acting secretary of the band, said there were 30 brass bands within the Sheffield postcode area.

He added: “There are other councils which are doing a lot more than Sheffield – they haven’t realised the benefit that brass brands can bring, such as to tourism.”

Mr Silver said a brass band was playing at the Tramlines festival this year – which showed it was a modern as well as traditional industry.

Only the most high-profile bands receive sponsorship, with others relying on subscriptions or grants to keep going.

Mr Silver added: “It would be nice to have an event that could become annual to promote we do and put it on the map.”

Brass Bands England has also stressed support from councils is ‘invaluable’.

Sheffield Council said its budget pressures were ‘well known’ which meant there was less money to go around.

A spokesman added: “However, we are proud to support Sheffield brass bands and help showcase their talent by providing opportunities for them to play at public venues such as the Winter Garden, parks and festivals.

“Our Music Hub provides tuition and support to young musicians and links to the brass band community.”