Oddfellows Brass pay tribute to special musician Phil Read

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  1. midnight_euph

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    Award winning band Oddfellows Brass have utilised their talent to create a special surprise for one of their members who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for advanced stomach cancer.


    Band master and Eb bass player Phil Read, 40, has recently been unable to get out of bed due to his illness so his fellow band members thought a rendition of New York, New York and a few other favourite songs might lift his spirits.


    Players from both Oddfellows Brass and other local bands joined together to march down Phil’s street. His neighbours in Narborough, Leicestershire got a bit of a surprise when the ensemble pitched up outside his house on a sunny Sunday morning. He got out of bed to watch them perform, even stepping in to conduct the final piece. Friends and family were moved to see him in his element and cheered along to the spontaneous performance.

    Father of two Phil joined the Oddfellows at the age of 17 and is a member of Pride of Leicestershire District. Phil’s wife, Jo, is also a member of the band on front row cornet.

    The band has been an important part of their life for nearly twenty years, not least Phil’s proposal to Jo at the 1997 Oddfellows conference in Brighton.

    A fundraising concert (Local Legends) for Leicester Oncology Unit featuring 'Elvis Presley', 'Frank Sinatra', the Upbeatles and 'Roy Orbison' is being held on April 5th in Stony Stanton.

    AN INTERVIEW BETWEEN PHIL AND BBC PRESENTER TONY WADSWORTH (a member of the 'UpBeatles') WILL BE FEATURED ON BBC RADIO LEICESTER BETWEEN 9-11AM ON MARCH 30TH

    (Official Press Release)
     

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