The Ipswich and Norwich Co-Op Band are honoured to be announced as the ‘official’ band of Ipswich Town Football Club. This came about following an approach by Ipswich Town’s Head of Communications and Media, Terry Baxter, and the Co-Op Band Manager, Ian Burton. This exciting partnership commences on Sunday 18th September when the entire band will perform at the ground for one hour before the kick-off of the infamous local ‘derby’ game between Ipswich Town and Norwich City and is then followed up with a smaller band performing throughout every home game at Portman Road. Robin Norman, Musical Director of the Ipswich and Norwich Co-Op Band, said of the partnership; “This is a very exciting partnership for the band bringing together the one of the two premier football clubs in East Anglia with one of the premier Brass Bands in something we hope will be mutually beneficial in terms of publicity for the band and raising the spirits of the Ipswich Town fans. Suffolk people are very passionate about their football and their team and this venture is particularly exciting for the many football fans within the band who will get to every home game to combine their love of music with their love of football. In addition to the 20,000+ fans we will be entertaining at the games Ipswich Town football club regularly appear as a featured Championship match on television and this sort of possible publicity for the Brass Band fraternity in general can only do it good.” The Ipswich and Norwich Co-Op Band are based in Ipswich and are one of only three Championship graded bands from East Anglia for the 2006 contest year. With their own bandroom the band rehearses every Tuesday and Friday and has a Cd recording planned along with an exciting program of concerts and contests throughout the UK for the 2005/2006 season. New players of Championship Section standard are always welcome (particularly Tenor Horn and Percussion players); for more details contact Musical Director, Robin Norman, on 07775 717228 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).