By Jamie M.
I remember playing in brass bands from an early age (mainly cornet and tenor horn) and Christmas was of course an especially a lovely time to play in a band as we got to play carols and help raise money for local charities.
I love brass band music and whenever I hear Christmas carols now I can’t help but think and play along the different brass band parts in my head. It was always fun playing in a brass band, bringing Christmas cheer, playing different parts in the band and listening to how the music comes together. I also enjoyed the fellowship and social aspect of playing in the bands.
I also remember having to wear fingerless gloves in order to keep warm but still be able to play and then having a big hot chocolate drink in a break to warm up. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Once in Royal David’s City, In the bleak mid winter are three carols that have certainly stuck with me.