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Saving the School Band.

Saving the School Band.

Music is too often among the first subjects to be cut as schools make ever tougher budget decisions - but one Yorkshire school is determined to keep its award-winning brass band.

High above Bradford, in the village of Queensbury, brass is in the blood.

Black Dyke Band, one of the world's best known brass bands, was formed here by workers from a local mill 163 years ago and still has its headquarters in the village.

Up the road, at Foxhill primary, pupils are following in these illustrious footsteps.

It began 10 years ago when head teacher Sally Hey brandished a trumpet in assembly, announced she was going to learn and asked if any pupils wanted to join her. 


There were plenty. The school acquired 25 trumpets "and we set about teaching the children".

"Now we have a full band with all the sections," Mrs Hey says. "We've got drummers and a variety of brass instruments. And we go out and about and play now."

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