To kick the New Year off with a bang Brass Band Aid (BBA), the brass band world’s initiative that forms part of the Make Poverty History Campaign, has launched an exciting new recording new project which is destined to raise thousands more pounds for the worthwhile charity. The CD, which has a target date for completion of the 2006 Lower Section National Finals in September, is to feature new music on an African theme composed by esteemed composers such as Kenneth Downie, Alan Fernie, Rodney Newton, Jan Magne Forde and Professor Peter Graham to name but a few. All of the composers have agreed to donate the compositions to BBA and it is also hoped that the copyrights to each work will also be donated. The music will be recorded by a selection of bands from across the world and bands will be asked to lay down the tracks during one of their own recording sessions to maximise profits for the charity. Ensembles that have already pledged their support include Black Dyke and IP Brass, the new brainchild of cornet virtuoso Ian Porthouse. Any composers or bands wanting to be involved in the groundbreaking project should find out more information by logging on to the BBA website at www.brassbandaid.com.