Incredible Plastic Street Band commences crowdsourcing campaign
The Vale is one of Mossley’s treasures. Situated in Micklehurst, it is a multipurpose arts venue which plays host to local groups and a community cinema. Among the groups that use the former woollen mill is The Incredible Plastic Street Band.
With lead funding from The National Foundation for Youth Music set to expire next month, the youth band has begun a Kickstarter appeal. Starting next week, the band aim to raise a thousand pounds. The extra funding, via the website with sufficient local support will ensure their future. If successful, this will go towards the formation of two permanent bands. One will be a training band, with the other being a marching band for local parades and community events.
The Incredible Plastic Street Band is a 30-piece brass band with a difference, as their name suggests. Made up of Stalybridge and Mossley-based schoolchildren aged 7 to 11 years old, they play plastic versions of full-size brass band instruments. Their instruments are made by Warwick Music Limited, under the pBone brand. Besides being lighter to carry yet robust, they are also cheaper to buy.
Furthermore, this makes a pBone trombone cheaper for schools or home use. In vivid colours, they are fun to use at rehearsals or concert settings. The band’s musical director is Tim Chatterton, who is supported by trumpet/cornet tutor Vicky Williamson (St. Paul’s Brass Group) and trombone tutor Paul Exton-McGuinness (musical director of St. John’s Band, Mossley). Beren Airstone is another prime mover of the band which has enriched Stalybridge and Mossley schoolchildren in the last quarter.
On Friday [24 June], The Incredible Plastic Street Band held a public rehearsal at The Vale. In attendance were the Mayor and Mayoress of Mossley Town Council, and Vanessa Rothwell, from Tameside MBC Cultural Services. Conducting the public rehearsal was Richard Marshall, Black Dyke Band’s highly-regarded principal cornet player. His accessible nature was well received by the children that make up the band and the audience.
The Incredible Plastic Street Band’s long-term vision is to encourage 7 – 12 year-olds to learn a musical instrument. The use of pBone instruments offers a stepping stone towards brass-made brass band instruments. Furthermore, a potential career path as well as a lifelong interest in brass band music. A move which can only be a good thing for the brass banding movement.
Next week sees a grand concert which is the culmination of three months’ work. We sincerely hope this isn’t their last one. To prevent this from happening, tell your friends about the Incredible Plastic Street Band. Tell them about their Kickstarter campaign. Once we get the link, we shall post it on East of the M60.
For the time being, you can follow them on Twitter via @ValeMusicMCR or @coachingcounts. To follow them on Facebook, go to the Vale Music Ensemble page and give them a ‘like’. Do it right away.
S.V., 24 June 2016.