A borough band are teaming up with the Grenadier Guards this spring to showcase musical talent in Bury.

Besses Boys’ Band based in Prestwich are performing in a joint concert with the Grenadier Guards brass ensemble in March.

The band was contacted last autumn by the band of the Grenadier Guards as they often do community engagement exercises to showcase opportunities and careers in the army.

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Besses Boys’ Band chairman Bradley Hirst said: “They want to work with a local groups like ours as we promote music education and offer instrument tuition to young people in the borough.

“We have developed some fine musical talent over the years and many who have gone on to careers in British Army Music.”

The concert will be held on Saturday, March 25 at Bury Parish Church at 7pm and each band will do a set before joining at the end to perform together.

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Bradley said: “The Grenadiers are the oldest and one of the most famous military bands in the world so it’s quite a prolific event for us really.”

This isn’t the first time Besses Boys’ Band have done high profile concerts.

They have performed all over the world throughout Europe and Australia.

They’ve played twice with the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band at Bury Parish Church who are famous internationally and have also performed to Her Majesty, the late Queen Elizabeth II, in 1992 for the opening of Bury's Metrolink station.

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Bradley added: “The band can’t wait, it’s a good opportunity to showcase talent in the borough, it gets our name out there and it brings world class music to Bury as well.

“It also gives people an opportunity to see army bands live which they wouldn’t necessarily see unless they went to London.”

At the concert in March, there will be seats for 400 people, tickets are free, and it is anticipated that they will go quickly.

It is stressed that the concert is strictly ticket admission only, to get free tickets click here.

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