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Hollywood meets Broadway in the Winslow Concert Band’s first concert of the year.

Last year’s opening concert relived the music of the American Wild West.

And for this year’s offering, on Saturday, February 24, the band is staying in the USA to present Hollywood Meets Broadway .

The show is billed as a movie and stage musical extravaganza featuring the big band sound for which Winslow Concert Band is renowned.

Devotees of the American musical will be treated to a selection of popular classics including music from Chicago, Show Boat, The Lion King and the current Oscar -nominated hit, Les Miserables,

The band, under musical director Paul How, has an enviable reputation for captivating audiences with its family-friendly repertoire, playing a variety of music from stage, screen and TV to Viennese waltzes and other popular light classics.

In Winslow’s twin town of Cours La Ville last year, the Winslow ‘Orchestre Anglais’ performed two concerts before an invited audience and local dignitaries, as well helping the Saturday market go with a swing in the town square.

Other events last year included the MAD Festival at Waddesdon Manor, where the band showcased their big band specials, including Glen Miller arrangements.

Earlier in the year, the band was invited to play at the Bledlow Manor charity Fete, the home of former Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington, coinciding with his 91st birthday and producing an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday from the Band.

At the Armed Forces Day in Aylesbury in June, the band was captured on camera accompanying the dramatic RAF flypast by aircraftincluding a Battle of Britain Spitfire and Hurricane.

Christmas shoppers in Milton Keynes regularly find the concert band competing with Santa’s Grotto for audience attention.

Charitable performances are an important part of the Winslow Concert Band’s activities and over recent years it has collected nearly £3,000 for charities including the RSPCA’s Blackberry Farm centre at Quainton, Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and Macmillan Nurses.

This year the band is supporting Alec’s Angels, a Winslow-based charity dedicated to brightening the lives of children undergoing intensive care treatment at Oxford Children’s Hospital.

Tickets for Hollywood Meets Broadway are £7 and £5 from Jennie Wren’s Tea Rooms, on the Market Square, or email treasurer@winslowconcertband.co.uk

Formed in 1994, the Winslow Concert Band has a membership of about 40, playing a variety of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.

Members range in age from 12 to 80 and come from all around the Winslow area, including Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Buckingham, Bicester and the villages.

The band, which rehearses on Thursday evenings in Winslow Public Hall, is always keen to hear from players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.

At the moment it is particularly keen to recruit a tuba player, French horn and bass trombone players.

Visit www.winslowconcertband.co.uk or call Alison Cockroft on 01525 758178