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BM&W Brass

2004 marks the 40th anniversary of BM&W Brass. The band was formed in 1964 when the bands of Brassington, Middleton and Wirksworth joined forces (hence BM&W). The band recently presented a concert at Wirksworth Town Hall to highlight this milestone. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Richard Slack, former player and conductor, who passed away earlier in the year. His association with the band and the Middleton Band before it stretched back some seventy years, before his retirement three years ago.

A full house at the Town Hall was entertained by a varied programme of music, including some of Dick's favourite big band pieces, as well as music from the year of the band's formation. There was also a reading of Dick's favourite poem (Leisure by William Henry Davies) by his grand-daughter Kendal.

Forty years on, and BM&W Brass continues to thrive, performing regularly throughout Derbyshire and further afield. The band's present conductor, Jeff Shaw, who took over after Dick's retirement in 2001, hopes to make Wirksworth Town Hall a regular venue: "The band is an important part of the community," he said. "We want to give people the chance to come and listen to their local band as often as possible."