A BIRMINGHAM music conductor has just the ticket for swelling the ranks of his village band.
It's full-steam ahead for Iain Masson as he travels the Severn Valley Railway with a sandwich board, urging passengers to join Alveley Village Community Band.
Worcester, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth and Birmingham have so far been visited by Iain, of Southside Apartments.
He's also addressed the public from a soapbox at some of the venues.
Severn Valley Railway has allowed him free travel along its picturesque route to promote the band, formed in 1990 and based close to Kidderminster.
Iain, aged 32, said: "Alveley band has 50 members at present, but I want to try to recruit many more in an attempt to re-establish the band to its former glory days when it was one of the largest in the country."
The band plays brass, wind, rock and folk music, as well as themes from shows and films and contemporary original compositions.
It has been supported by the Lottery through the Arts Council of England, West Midland Arts, Bridgnorth District Council and Alveley Parish Council. Further income comes from membership and concert fees.
"People show a great interest in my hand-written placard and about 700 musicians have so far approached me about the band while on my travels," Iain added. "People wanting to join should be able to read music and we admit all ages."
Iain is the band's music leader and conductor. He also plays the piano and tuba and has had compositions broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
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