Special anniversary concert

An archive picture of Marsh Gibbon Silver Band
An archive picture of Marsh Gibbon Silver Band

A Festival of Brass, with five bands playing individually and as part of a massed band performance, is being held tomorrow (Saturday)to celebrate a very special anniversary.

For 150 years the village of Marsh Gibbon has been proud to support a Silver Band.

To celebrate this momentous anniversary a festival will be held from noon until 5pm at Marsh Gibbon village hall.

In addition to Marsh Gibbon Silver Band, other performers will include Abbey Brass Band, Bletchington Silver Band, Foresters Brass 2000 and Bedford Town Concert Brass.

Together with the music programme, other attractions including a tea and cake stall, mini real ale bar, lucky dip, tombola and face painting will all combine to make the celebration an afternoon to remember.

Entry to the event is free, with free car parking.

To some, the event ‘Festival of Brass’ linked to a Silver Band may seem a little strange, but although there are certainly bands whose instruments are all gleaming silver or shiny brass, the term ‘brass’ is generally used to cover both types.

Early photographs of the Marsh Gibbon band show all members with silver plated instruments.

Today, both silver and brass instruments are played by band members.

The members come from all walks of life and cover a broad age range from early teens right through to over 80 years.

The band rehearses every week at the United Reform Church Hall in Marsh Gibbon and members will give a warm welcome to prospective new members of all levels of ability who want to pop along.

Further information about the band can be found on the website: www.marshgibbonsilverband.org