The band played at Durham market place this 5th March 2016 to help the Marie Curie Trust raise funds. Despite the weather the public were highly appreciative and enjoyed the variety of music.The sky darkened, the heavens opened, and those with upward pointing instruments like the tubas and tenor horns, started filling up with water. The band persevered and cheered up the crowd with some hits from the film Brassed Off, Florentine March and The Floral Dance. The conductor Richard Stelling then moved the band onto the very emotional pieces Myfanwy (featuring solo by Steve Brown on euphonium) and Gresford, followed by Always on my Mind and Unchained Melody. The sun appeared and helped dry the band out, and a large crowd stood and watched throughout the performance despite what the elements did. Numerous other pieces were played for this charity event, and the music went down well with the Durham public. The Marie Curie team did say they would like to arrange another event with Pittington Brass at Pittington village hall, so keep an eye out for that. It should be mentioned that there were a number of gigs on the run up to xmas with the Sunderland audience at St. Chad’s not only giving the band a standing ovation but an immediate re-booking for next December. Finally, everyone knows the importance of music in life’s journey, and the importance of keeping music live, Pittington Brass is a registered charity, providing free loan of instruments and free lessons to youngsters, in fact to all ages and would welcome new players to share the enjoyment of what we do (the weather does not always interfere). If you share our enthusiasm for live music and would like to join in just go to our site Pittington Brass, for contact details, or if you wish make a donation to help us with equipment and what we are trying to do for the community. It would be appreciated.