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New community band hoping to give Lichfield some funk

A new community band is being created in Lichfield.

Blast Off is being put together by Lichfield Arts to play an “explosive mix of funky riffs, catchy tunes and groovy beats”.

Director Dave Simcox explained: “Lichfield has a concert band and number of school and classical orchestras, but nothing quite like Blast Off.

Nick Dewhurst

Nick Dewhurst

“Lichfield Arts has experience in running outreach projects that create and nurture new groups, its most notable success being Wildfire Folk.”

The project is being led by former Netherstowe pupil Nick Dewhurst, who recently graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a 1st class honours degree.

“The music for Blast Off will be specially arranged to include easier music for the less experienced, with more challenging parts for advanced players,” Nick said. “This will be a truly inclusive community band.”

The band is set to make its debut at the Fuse festival on July 13 with rehearsals starting after Easter.

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