The Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band on Sunday 27th September made the short journey to the centre of the Peak District to perform in Bakewell Recreation Park as part of the Bandstand Marathon concerts. Supported by the BFBB and this year involving over 100 bands around the country, the concerts form the most widespread event in the four year celebration of culture and traditions of the UK, leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Playing a mixture of traditional brass band tunes and modern entertainment numbers, the band received numerous positive comments from members of the public who stopped to listen to the bands performance. Band Chairman Graham Weighill commented events like this can only help to promote the image of brass bands, the quality of entertainment they provide and hopefully encourage more people to become involved in the brass band movement. As well as a busy concert and contest schedule over the coming weeks, the band are preparing to host and perform in a charity concert titled ‘Brass N Sax with a Little Voice’. This is the second year the band has held this event and it is hoping to beat the £3000 raised last year for the nominated charities. This year’s event will be held at the Speedwell Rooms Staveley on Saturday 17th October, and will also feature entertainment from Southside Jazz and The Chesterfield Male Voice Choir. All monies raised at the concert will be shared between, The Anthony Nolan Trust, Leukaemia Research and the Ashgate Hospice. For more details on the event please visit the bands website, www.freewebs.com/iccbb, or contact the Band Chairman on 0784 695 8778.