Young members of St Michael’s School brass ensemble were joined by some very special military guests for a workshop.

The quintet from the British Army Band, Tidworth spent time in a morning session rehearsing and passing on tips to the pupils before joining forces for two afternoon concerts entertaining the rest of the school including a joint performance of Pastime with Good Company.

The school ensemble is funded by the Aldbourne Band and acts as a feeder group to the Aldbourne’s Junior and Youth Band.

Its musical director Janet Roe, who also takes the ensemble, said: “The youngsters were so inspired by both the workshop and the privilege of playing with professional musicians.

"The quintet totally engaged with the whole school particularly with their performance of 1,000,000 Dreams from The Greatest Showman, which had the children singing along.”

Pupils were excited to discover that three of the army musicians also play with the Aldbourne Band ,so there is a good chance they might see them again performing in the village

The school music coordinator was so impressed by the opportunity the children received and expressed thanks particularly to Janet and the band for helping St Michael’s “grow another generation of music loving children.”