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Going for Gold in 2017

It is with great pleasure that Derwent Brass can confirm they will be the first english brass band to offer a Gold Level of support to the ground breaking charity Brass for Africa.

“Derwent have a rich heritage in raising funds for charities which started many years ago led by one of our patrons Roy Poole. Roy was the hard working Chairman of the former ‘Friends of the Nightingale MacMillan Unit’ in Derby Hospital for whom the band helped to raise in excess of £28,000. Roy continues to play a key role in organising events to raise money for the band’s nominated charity of the year; in 2016 that charity was the Alzheimer’s Society and for 2017 we are very excited to be supporting Brass for Africa.” (Rob Stew)

Brass for Africa have created three levels of more formal interaction so that bands can join in as partners with the charity. This takes the form of bronze, silver and gold partner schemes. 

At the band’s recent Annual General Meeting a unanimous decision was made by the membership to go for gold and in that respect Derwent have already put the wheels in motion to work with Russell Gray as a Brass for Africa volunteer artist. Richard Evans, Ambassador for Brass for Africa and close friend of the band, has also expressed his excitement at the band backing the scheme at its highest level.

Charity spokesman Chris Fower commented “We are absolutely delighted that Derwent Brass has chosen to support Brass for Africa in such a positive manner and we look forward to working with them throughout 2017.”

For more information on the Brass for Africa brass band partner packages scheme visit:



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