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10 bandstand gigs at Newbury's Victoria Park

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ARCHIE Coffield was all kilted up to play bagpipes on the bandstand in the interval, when members of The Project Band recently played in Victoria Park. Archie was one of Paul McCartney’s original Mull Of Kintyre Pipers in 1977.

“It was an amazing afternoon,” said Paul Worsley of Sound Newbury, who organised the event.

The Project Band is for local amateur musical enthusiasts who learn how to play modern pop, soul, funk and jazz, directed by local professional saxophonist Simon Currie. https://www.projectband.co.uk

Archie on bandstand
Archie on bandstand

This Saturday, it’s Jazz on the Bandstand, when Newbury Jazz Platform musicians will be performing. The platform’s house band of Gavin Wilkinson (guitar), Dan Goddard (drums), Dan Morriss (bass), Kendal Gordon (keyboards) and Derek Hummerston (sax) will be joined by guest soloists. Music is from 3pm. Take a picnic and enjoy free live music.

Hungerford Town Band follows on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Under the leadership of musical director Tim Crouter, the band have achieved a reputation as one of the leading brass bands in the region and have released two CDs – Time to Remember and Evergreen.

Bands booked through to the end of summer are:

Saturday, August 6 – Rectory Close Jammers

Sunday, August 7 – East Woodhay Silver Band

Sunday, August 14 – South Berks Concert Band

Sunday, August 21 – Phoenix Brass

Sunday, September 4 – Cold Ash Brass

Sunday, September 11 – Cholsey Silver Band

Sunday, September 18 – Wroughton Silver Band

Sunday, September 25 – Pangbourne Band

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