A Mansfield musician is calling on others to ‘step forward’, literally, to help a newly-formed band.
Wayne Williamson-Cooper, of Oak Tree Lane, is an experienced marching band musician, and is wanting new members to help revive the once-popular pastime in the town.
The 42-year-old was invited to lead the new group - the Oak Tree Cavaliers- in November, and has them working on the basics of marching and playing.
But to progress, they not only need new members, but also new premises in which to hold their thrice-weekly sessions.
He said: “Oak Tree Primary school is letting us practice there but it’s only up until 6pm, we need somewhere that will let us use premises between 7 and 9pm.
“And we’re wanting to get as many people as possible on board.
“We’d like to get marching bands back to how they used to be.
“In Mansfield years ago there would have been about 50 to 60 bands, it’s a dying art form.
“They originally started out linked to the pits or village, and they all got the support of the community.
“As the pits went the bands started to die off.
“Now we have a bunch of people, adults and children, learning from scratch so any experienced players would be great.”
Fresh blood is needed to play drums, xylophones, glockenspiels and even kazoos.
Wayne, who has played for several bands over the past 36 years including the Mansfield Woodhouse Byronaires and Alfreton Ambers.
He is confident the Oak Tree Cavaliers will be able to perform and even compete in competition by the end of the year, if they can get member numbers up.
“It’s quite technical but they are learning,” said Wayne
“With it being their first year we need to get them ready to enter competitions about September time, ready for the following year.
“They are getting there slowly but surely.”
Anyone interested is being asked to call Wayne on 07892 134801.