New band room for band

Chichester City Band now boasts a new home in Bognor Regis, from which it intends to raise its profile.

Spokeswoman Karen Crossley said: “Having rehearsed in and around various locations in the City, it is great to have the offer of a new band room. Local transport company S & G Transport offered us the use of what was an old works canteen. This enables us to set up all our percussion as well as giving us storage for instruments and a vast library of music.

“Having been a bit low profile for the past few years, the band intends to appear more often in both Chichester and Bognor Regis. We also hope to play a few more concerts in the area.

“The band are looking to recruit more players locally. If you have ever played a brass instrument or would like to learn, we would like to hear from you. We have a team of experienced players who can tutor you.”

Band chairman Howard Smith said: “Sadly there seems to be a problem getting young players to keep playing once they have completed their education. It’s such a waste. The Saturday morning Music Centre in Chichester has 500 kids learning, yet bands and orchestras struggle to find enough players.”

If you would like to play telephone Howard on 01243 649145 or email secretary@chicityband.co.uk.