Stockport Brass for Sale

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by asteria, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. asteria

    asteria Member

    Stockport Brass have recently been playing to their largest Stockport audience yet playing at a match of Rugby Union team Sale Sharks. The band had an invite from Sale Sharks to play at their match against French team Brive on Friday 4th April at their Edgeley Park ground. The match was the quarter final of the European Challenge Cup, and was televised live on Sky Sports and Eurosport.

    The band featured on the pitch before the game and during the interval, playing a mixture of traditional brass music, rugby anthems and light entertainment, as well as playing snippets of tunes during the match. The crowd got into the spirit, joining in with rousing singing whenever they knew the words, and even ‘Sharky’ the team mascot joined in by trying to oust the conductor!

    The management had seen a band playing at away matches in France, and they were keen to try this at Sale Sharks to improve the atmosphere in the ground and boost the morale of the crowd, and it certainly seemed to work as Sale Sharks stormed to a 49-24 win.

    The band were delighted at the warm reception they received from the 6000 people in the crowd and were overwhelmed by the numerous positive emails and messages on the websites of the Sale Sharks supporters after the match. The response to the event was so good that the band have already been booked for Sale’s next home match against Newcastle on Sunday 20th April.
  2. tam-tam2

    tam-tam2 Member

    We do a similar thing at Lympstone where we play before the game at the Exeter Chiefs - albeit a division below Sale. Our sponsor is also the sponsor of the rugby club so that's where our tie in comes from. They always give us a section of the programme for advertising the band and we get refreshments and get to watch the game. It's great, especially if you support the Chiefs!!

    Have to agree that it is a great way to get brass bands across to a very wide cross section of the population. I hope you continue to enjoy your visits to the rugby - we have one on Saturday but it is the last game of the season.

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