MUSICIANS searching for a new challenge are being asked to consider joining Wirral Community Big Band.

Formed by local chiropractor Sandra Mason, the group of amateur musicians come together to play music and learn from each others’ experience at Birkenhead Community Fire Station. 

Sandra had been involved with a College Big Band in Liverpool until they lost their funding. 

Sandra told the Globe: "I was really disappointed when the Liverpool band finished.

"I had enjoyed playing with a big band sound and had even started to improvise on my sax.

"I also missed the people I was playing along with.

"What is great is some of them have joined the Wirral Community Big Band.

“We are very lucky to have our band leader Jan Modelski as he is great advocate for inclusive community music.

"He is involved in many music projects including the Jan Modelski Orchestras.

"The formation of the band was helped by treasurer Maggie Browning on drums and secretary Helen Tankard on keyboards.

"They were keen to try something new and develop their musical ability.

"We have also had great support from Birkenhead Community Fire Station and Curly Woodwind in Liverpool as well as individuals donating their time, money and expertise."

Wirral Community Big Band is hoping to recruit people who are over 18-years-old and have the ability to read music.

The band is also currently looking for anyone who can play a trombone, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and flutein C, Bb or Eb.

The band meets every first, second and fourth Monday of the month at Birkenhead Community Fire Station, Exmouth Street from 7.30pm to 10pm.

There is a charge of £5 per session to cover costs.

For more information on how to join please email