The Bedlington Brass initiative has received a major boost with sponsorship from Bristol Street Motors Ford Morpeth.
The dealership, based on Coopies Lane, is supporting the Bedlington Youth Brass Band and the Community Brass Band.
The Bedlington Brass Initiative embraces all ages from 8 year olds playing in the Youth band to the Community band which has members across three generations. It works with 10 schools in the region with more than 300 students taking part in the whole project.
The project is organised by Music Partnership North Northumberland who provide a wide range of high-quality musical activities for all children and young people, including those in challenging circumstances. This initiative includes whole class instrumental tuition leading to the creation of school based mini bands, music workshops and performances and the creation of the youth and community brass band.
Bristol Street Motors is continuing its support for the Dunston Silver Band, also part of the Bedlington Brass Initiative, for a fifth year. Bristol Street Motors has been supporting the band since 2009, helping fund running costs including rent and conductor's fees. The support also allows the band to develop players with individual tuition and to upgrade the music library and instruments.
Dave Anderson, general manager at Bristol Street Motors Ford Morpeth, said: "It is important that local businesses take an active role in the community and the Bedlington Brass Initiative is a project that encompasses people of all ages.
"Music brings together the generations and we are proud to be supporting both the Youth band and the Community band."
Fiona Johnstone from Music Partnership North - Northumberland said: "The recognition by Bristol Street Motors of the work we are involved in within Bedlington is greatly appreciated and their support will be invaluable in moving this project forward"
by: Danielle Bagnall