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Tuba sight reading with a difference

If you have ever wondered what has happened to your missing sunglasses, then this is a cautionary tale of mishap...

  The tuba finally revealed what had been causing its blockage...

There was a surprise find for members of City of Chester Band as they recently went about a spring clean of their instrument stock.

Purchased in 1996 with the aid of National Lottery funding, they have been well cared for, so it came as a shock when Band Manager Matthew McCleary and Treasurer Robert Fletcher took them to be overhauled.


Repairer Jon Roberts found that one instrument puzzled him — after he detected a blockage in an Eb tuba.

Using an endoscope camera Jon spotted something shiny where all should be clear — and found that a pair of sunglasses had travelled over 180Ëš along the tubing from the bell of the instrument.

Thankfully, he managed to extract the spectacles intact, much to the relief and embarrassment of their owner, Robert Fletcher, and to the great amusement of his band colleagues.

Thankfully, he managed to extract the spectacles intact, much to the relief and embarrassment of their owner, Robert Fletcher, and to the great amusement of his band colleagues4BR

No denying

Robert was given no opportunity to deny they were his either, as Matthew went to Rob's Facebook page and found a photo, taken a few years ago of him sporting the said sunglasses!


Bradford's flower power draws the celebs

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Quick reminder for your Doctor's visit

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Stockport Silver face homelessness

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Last week of May Madness at Ev-entz

May 23 • There is still time to get your hands on some brilliantly bonkers deals at Ev-entz before the end of May.

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Tuesday 22 May • 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering,. NN16 8JU

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Friday 25 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

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Foden's Band - Edwin Firth Commemoration Event - Sandbach

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Contest: French Open Championships 2018

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Llwydcoed Band

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The City of Wolverhampton Brass Band

May 23 • We are looking to appoint an MD with experience of brass band conducting to move us forward as a band. We rehearse Thursday evenings 7:30-9:40. Ideally, someone reasonably local to Wolverhampton.

Markham Main Colliery Band

May 22 • Markham Main Colliery Band Doncaster is looking for bass players, B and E flat.

Sandy Smith

Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger