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New York brass band to perform in North Wales for first time in 125 years

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A world-leading brass band from New York established for more than 125 years is to play its first concert in North Wales.

The New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army will be appearing at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, on Monday 29 June 2015.

The Salvation Army worldwide  is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015 and the date at the William Aston Hall is part of a UK tour by the band to mark the occasion.

Wrexham’s own branch of The Salvation Army is hosting the event.

Spokesman Major IanMcCredie said: “The band are only performing at four venues outside London, so we are hugely honoured to have the New York Staff Band visiting us in Wrexham. They tour extensively and when we heard we had managed to get them to play in North Wales we were delighted.

“Some of the world’s finest brass soloists play in the band and they command huge respect within the brass band community.

“It’s hugely exciting for everyone involved with brass bands through to those with simply an interest in our music.”

The Salvation Army brass band have a long history as part of the Wrexham community, performing at major events throughout the year.

These include Christmas services around the town, the Remembrance Service, at Glyndŵr University’s graduation ceremonies, Nightingale House Hospice Christmas Charity Concert and at their own headline concerts.

Band member Colin Fisher and Bandmaster Chris Duckett have trained hundreds of brass players in North East Wales during their combined 71 years in teaching, Colin at St David’s (now Rhosnesni) High School and Chris at Dinas Bran High School, Llangollen.

Colin said: “Both of us have been actively involved with music in Wrexham for more than 30 years, during which time we trained a number of talented musicians. Many are still performing in brass bands and orchestras today and we hope that some will return for the concert.”

The New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army appear at Glyndŵr University at 7.30pm on Monday 29 June 2015.

Tickets are priced £10 and available by calling 07437 907 686, emailing Wrexham@salvationarmy.org.uk or by sending a SAE with cheque made payable to ‘The Salvation Army’ to NYSB Tickets, The Salvation Army, Garden Road, Wrexham, LL11 2NU.

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