Northfleet Band will be holding an “open rehearsal” with a twist ahead of their challenge for the London and Southern Counties area at Stevenage this weekend. As well as including a performance of Vinters’ challenging work “James Cook – Circumnavigator”, the band will be helping to launch an exciting new brass venture at Valley Park Community School in Maidstone, Kent. “Valley Park Brass Band” will make its first public appearance, playing a variety of pieces including a short performance of a brand new Blues March which will give students the opportunity to join in with their older counterparts. The band has only recently been formed at the school thanks to the support of the Head Teacher Mr Vic Ashdown. The evening will also contain a mini concert by Northfleet Band which will include items by Philip Sparke amongst others, concluding with an open rehearsal of the test piece. Musical Director Andrew Austin states : “This is an exciting venture for both Northfleet Band and Valley Park Community School. To have the opportunity to work with two bands that show such enthusiasm and talent is a great privilege, and it has been a wonderful experience to listen to the development of bands at completely opposite sides of the scale!” The mini concert takes place on March 13th at 8pm at Valley Park Community School in Maidstone, with entrance to the event being free of charge.