I AM the secretary of the Coseley Comets Youth Marching Band. We are based at the Coseley School and have been since 2007.
However, the band has been in existence as the Comets since 1979, and before then as a Boys and Girls Brigade band based in Bradley.
The aim of the band is the promotion of mental, moral and physical development of young people up to 25 years of age through exhibitions, competitions, concerts of music and dance.
Our members range from the age of 6 to over 40. We play at events all over the country and have also played in Europe, advertising the fact that we come from Coseley in the Black Country. In fact we have started using the Black Country flag on the conductor's podium that we use.
As well as playing elsewhere, we pride ourselves by performing in the local community. In the past 12 months we have played in schools, churches and helped the Lions Club with a fundraising exercise. We also lead the Coseley Remembrance Parade which we do with great pride.
2013 saw the band perform at the Birmingham International Tattoo, a very prestigious event, where not only did we perform in our own right but took part in the Massed Band finale. 2014 is already looking a very busy year for the band with new routines to learn and new ventures to explore.
However, I feel that the one area that the band is lacking is promotion. People do not know that we exist, either to ask for our help with a project or for a son or daughter (or even grandchildren) to learn a new skill.
As a government study discovered, children who learn to play a musical instrument perform better at school and get better grades!
This is where we need The Bugle's help with some publicity.
We practise on Thursdays from 7pm till 8.30pm and also on Sundays on selected dates. We practise at the Coseley School, Henne Drive, Coseley. The cadets, a new venture for us, practise on Tuesday from 7pm till 8pm at Upper Ettingshall Methodist Church. Regards.
The Coseley Comets,