Top brass turn out to help Otley youngsters

Ilkley Gazette: Members of Wharfe Brass, Otley Brass Band's feeder group, performing at the Nell Bank centre in Ilkley Members of Wharfe Brass, Otley Brass Band's feeder group, performing at the Nell Bank centre in Ilkley

Budding brass band members from Otley have received tuition from some of the best players in the world.

Members of Wharfe Brass, Otley Brass Band’s development group, enjoyed a weekend of masterclasses at Ilkley’s Nell Bank centre.

During the weekend the players were helped by the likes of Paul Woodward, Mike Howley, Dave Smith, Garry Hallas and William Rushworth.

The children took part in team building exercises and the conducting competition, was won by Andrew Straighton.

The band, under the direction of Gordon Eddison, performed a farewell concert in the open-air theatre for family and friends.

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