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Rousing concert by one of country's finest bands

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

Talented musicians:   Members of the EYMS band

Talented musicians: Members of the EYMS band

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One of the country's finest brass bands is to play at the Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough for the first time next month.

The East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band will appear on Saturday, March 2, at 7.30pm.

Based in Hull, the band is renowned for its entertaining and audience-pleasing concerts.

Band chairman Tony Newiss said: "We are really looking forward to performing in Gainsborough for the first time and feel we have put together a programme for all tastes.

"We know the town has a brass band heritage, with the Gainsborough Britannia and Spillers bands both having had high profiles in the past.

"So we hope that brass band and other music fans will come out and help us celebrate a great British musical tradition."

EYMS have been hailed as 'the most entertaining band in the UK' and they will put on a show which highlights the lighter side of music.

But they won't be forgetting the needs of those who enjoy the traditional brass band favourites!

A rousing march will usher in a well-loved overture and melodies from stage, screen, charts and the classics before the interval.

And the second half will see a change of layout for the EYMS big band experience, with some iconic numbers. Concert-goers can also expect to hear several of the band's soloists, together with some show-stopping choreography.

It all adds up to a must-see show for the band, which formed in 1989.

They quickly achieved a status which sees them competing in the same sphere as bands with more illustrious history.

Highlights in the band's history include recording with The Beautiful South, performing Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man, appearing as part of Sky TV's international rugby coverage and featuring on the BBC's Songs of Praise.

EYMS, North of England champions four times since 1996, are again aiming to compete in the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in October.

They hope to reach the London showpiece for the sixth time in the last eight years when they compete at a qualifying contest on March 17 in Darlington.

Other notable competition highs include winning the senior cup in 2002 and 2008 and becoming the 2008 and 2009 Kippax entertainment champions.

EYMS toured Holland in 2007 and two years later visited Amboise in the Loire Valley to compete in the French Open Championships, winning the march contest.

In 2011 they were awarded the most entertaining band prize at the Butlins National Mineworkers' Open Brass Band Festival.

Tickets priced £8 are available from the booking office at the Trinity Arts Centre, Trinity Street, Gainsborough on 01427 676655.

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