Groups join in Castletown

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One of the oldest brass bands on the island is to celebrate its historic anniversary with a day of music.

The Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band will host the city’s first Festival of Brass to help celebrate the band’s 125th anniversary.

All the island’s brass bands will join the Castletown band, known as “The Mets”, to perform in the town square throughout the afternoon, starting at 1 p.m., before come together to give a mass concert at 7 p.m.

Joining the “Mets” will be the Ramsey Silver Band, Douglas Town Band, Onchan Silver Band, Rushen Silver Band, Manx Concert Brass and Crosby Silver Band.

After the mass band’s performance, the music will continue in the square well into the night with the contemporary marching band “The Brass Machine”, which plays modern pop and rock tunes, and new band Hazard Mouse.

“Band bands have been popular on the island since their appearance in Victorian times,” said Ian Astill, musical director of the Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band.

“They have really evolved over time.

“You’ll hear everything from traditional marches and songs to 80s pop tunes and the latest movie soundtracks.

Brass Music Day was organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Rushen and Western Mann and sponsored by Santander International, whose Managing Director, James Geldart, said: “Music and the arts have always been an important part of life here on the Isle of Man, so we are delighted to sponsor the Castletown Festival of Brass.

“It’s a great initiative that encompasses the island’s brass tradition with modern flair.”

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