The Co-operative Funeralcare Band is taking a great deal of pride in its work of late — from new signings, workshops and concerts to the early preparations for its 100th anniversary celebrations next year.
However, the most enjoyable part was certainly shown in representing its sponsors at the recent Pride Glasgow Festival — where they helped maintain the fun on the parade thanks to their indefatigable playing.
"It was a wonderful occasion and a real privilege to be able to represent the Co-operative Society,"Band Manager Martin Stack told 4BR.
"It was colourful, fun, inclusive and an absolute delight. The crowds were amazing and really got into the music as we passed by."
The appearance is the latest high profile event for the band which is now working hard preparing for its British Open appearance at Symphony Hall in a few weeks time, boosted by new signings and a trip to Drogheda this weekend.
"There has been a real rejuvenation about the band,"Martin added. "New people have come on board and we have exciting projects already in development, especially for our centenary celebrations next year.
We are now looking forward to a great weekend in Drogheda where we will be undertaking a series of workshops and rehearsals with the Drogheda Band, before giving a full concert in the town's Barbican Centre."
It was a wonderful occasion and a real privilege to be able to represent the Co-operative Society. It was colourful, fun, inclusive and an absolute delight Martin Stack, Co-operative Funeralcare Band
Martin revealed that the trip will also give the band the opportunity to showcase their new signings, with the ranks boosted by the arrivals of Chris Keane, Lauren and Andy Foden, Chris Dale, Jen Crockett, Carole Ednie and Gary Kelly.
"These are great signings as we look ahead to the British Open and the defence of our Dr Martin Wainstone Cup title,"he added.
"The trip to Drogheda is something we have looked forward to for some time and with the early preparations already in place for some superb 100th anniversary celebrations in 2018, these are exciting times for the band."