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Happy New Year

In 2023, our organization experienced a year of profound achievements, leaving an indelible mark on our local community. The catalyst for our success was the overwhelming support from a highly successful Crowdfunder campaign, which allowed us to embark on a series of initiatives aimed at enriching the lives of our community members.

One of the most significant outcomes of the campaign was the acquisition of new instruments and the provision of free lessons for our thriving junior band. Witnessing the incredible progress made by our young musicians has been a source of immense pride for our organization. The infusion of new instruments not only elevated the quality of their performances but also opened up new avenues for artistic expression and growth.

Our commitment to fostering a love for music extended beyond the rehearsal space as we took our junior band to local venues, providing free tickets to under 18's. These performances not only showcased the remarkable talent of our youngsters but also made the joy of live music accessible to a broader audience, nurturing a love for the arts in the younger generation.

The 8th Festival of Brass held in Darwen Town Centre was a highlight of our community engagement efforts. This entirely free event brought people together, creating a festive atmosphere while celebrating the rich tradition of brass music.

Collaborating with our friends at the Blackburn Drama Club we contributed to raising funds for the NSPCC, underscoring our commitment to supporting meaningful causes.

As the holiday season approached, our musical endeavours continued to spread joy and goodwill. Our rendition of 'The Snowman' captivated local audiences, and the distribution of 300 free family tickets ensured that the magic of the performance reached households across our community. In a heart-warming gesture, we played at four local sheltered accommodations, bringing the joy of live music to residents who might otherwise be unable to attend such events.

Our commitment to community service culminated in a special Christmas Concert for the Darwen Mayor, where all proceeds were dedicated to charitable causes. This event not only showcased the talent and dedication of our musicians but also reinforced our mission to use music as a force for positive change in our community.

As we reflect on the accomplishments of 2023, we extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters and community members who made it all possible. Together, we have not only elevated the cultural landscape of our town but have also made a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. Looking ahead, we are inspired and excited about the continued positive influence our organization can have on the community in the years to come.

Happy New Year to you all from everyone at Blackburn & Darwen Band.

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