Top brass blowing the horn for Christmas

Ride on time: Leyland Band will take you on a magical Sleigh Ride
Ride on time: Leyland Band will take you on a magical Sleigh Ride
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Leyland Band has joined our Sing a Song for Christmas project.

The world famous brass band was filmed preparing for festive concerts in their Leyland rehearsal rooms.

The arrangement of Leroy Anderson’s popular Sleigh Ride you can see online from 10am today has been specially arranged by band member Gary Westwood and comes with season greetings from all connected with the band.

If you want to hear more from the band, currently ranked the sixth best brass band in the world, catch their local Christmas concerts later this month.

The band’s own popular Christmas Matinee show is on Sunday December 8 at Chorley Town Hall and the following week, Sunday, December 15, they are at St Mary’s Church, Leyland, for the Mayor of South Ribble’s Charity Christmas Concert.

The Lancashire Evening Post is challenging the whole county to Sing A Song For Christmas.

By December 24 aims to deliver the Red Rose digital calendar of song, with new musical treats going online every day.

From choirs to busker, brass band to indie, folk and beyond, singers and musicians of all ages and styles are taking part – but that is only half the story.

We want YOU involved too.

You can film yourself warbling solo, with friends, family, workmates, strumming your guitar, tootling your flute or banging your drum, and send it to us and help create a unique musical project.

We need great festive sounds of all kinds - both carols and classic Christmas pop hits old or new, from Slade to Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole to Wizzard - and videos no more than three minutes in length (but less is fine).

Don’t worry too much about visual quality - shaky is fine so long as we can hear you okay - but please do not sing along to copyrighted recordings or we will not be able to use the clip.

The music will be at tomorrow and continues right up to December 24.

There are just 25 singing days until Christmas, more than enough to help us end this year on a seasonal high note.

You can see the Leyland Brass Band video here

If you have filmed a performance for Sing a Song for Christmas, email for details of how to submit your footage.