A brass band from Andover will be celebrating it's tenth anniversary as it welcomes music lovers to a performance at a school.

Test Valley Brass Academy Band will be performing at John Hanson Community School on Saturday, November 4, with doors opening at 2pm to an afternoon of music, fun and stories. 

The music will be kicking off at 2.30pm, with the performance finishing at 4pm. Refreshments will be served during a short interval between two performances by the band. Admission to the event is free.

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Test Valley Brass Academy Band are part of Test Valley Brass, a community of bands based in Andover, dedicated to the enjoyment of making music, the promotion of learning of brass instruments and serving the local community. 

It has four very active ensembles catering for all ages and abilities, and in addition a teaching section, which provides opportunities for absolute beginners and returning players to learn and progress.

New and experienced players of all ages from seven years and over are encouraged to share the joy and satisfaction experienced when playing music as an ensemble. 

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The Academy band was formed 10 years ago, with its purpose of encouraging adults to learn to play or return to playing after a break. Test Valley Brass Academy Band perform across the local area, taking part in local events and festivals. In the past few years, it has won its section at the Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival, which takes place in March.

Band Leader, Ken West, said: "What we want to do is take the audience on a journey from 10 years ago until now and celebrate from where it all began, to our success and the great level that we are playing at now. 

"We're very excited to be putting on a show for the community."

More information on Test Valley Brass, and Test Valley Brass Academy Band's performance, can be found at testvalleybrass.co.uk.