LGBTQI band to make live début at Boarshurst Band Club
One of the greatest things about the brass banding movement is its classlessness. Whether you live in modest or palatial surroundings, earn pennies or billions of pounds, nothing beats a good brass band concert. The roughest parts of the world as well as the most affluent areas could muster a band. Whatever your background, the brass band movement is an inclusive one.
The Whit Friday contests epitomise these virtues writ large. It is the only occasion where a Championship Section band could follow a band like Bad Ass Brass. With the popularity of LGBTQI events like Tameside Pride and Manchester’s Gay Pride Weekend, a LGBTQI/Gay Pride brass band is long overdue.
Enter Pride Brass.
Pride Brass is the brainchild of Anthony Longden-Kirk. He is a trombone player with the TCTC Group Band. The band’s long term aim is to support national Pride events throughout 2020. All profits from each concert will be shared equally between future Pride Brass initiatives and Stonewall. Stonewall is named after The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, where a three-day protest began on the 28 June 1969.
Over fifty years on, Pride Brass will perform their first ever concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. Noted for its wealth of bands, an infamous raffle and the addition of live streaming, Boarshurst Band Club’s Sunday Brass nights have become quite an institution.
Pride Brass’ Musical Director is Matt Ryan. He has visited Boarshurst Band Club on numerous occasions with Flixton Band. On 4BarsRest.com, Boarshurst Silver Band cornet player Rob Greaves said, “We want to celebrate how far we have come as a community.
“The concert will also hopefully remind everyone of the need to stand shoulder to shoulder as we fight to maintain the rights that others still cannot enjoy in other areas of the world.”
He also added that “the concert will be a fun way to celebrate the achievements and diversity of the LGBTQI+ community with our friends and supporters playing an eclectic mix of modern and traditional music.”
Pride Brass’ concert will be held on the 01 September 2019. Doors are open from 7pm for an 8pm start. Admission is £6.00 or £5.00 for members of Boarshurst Band Club.
Buses: 180 (First Greater Manchester) from Manchester and Oldham; 350 (First Greater Manchester/Stagecoach Manchester) from Ashton-under-Lyne, Mossley, Uppermill, Dobcross, Delph, and Oldham.
S.V., 22 August 2019.