Michael Braw­ley Big Band swings into ac­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Staff re­porter

An award-win­ning Hamil­ton big band raised a whop­ping £1764 for char­ity at their sell­out an­nual dance.

The Michael Braw­ley Big Band took to the stage at The Alona Ho­tel on Fri­day (April 21) for the gala event. They wowed the au­di­ence with big band stan­dards and pop­u­lar hits such as Ge­or­gia On My Mind, made fa­mous by Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin’s Re­spect. Ticket sales raised £1390 and the re­main­der, £374, came from a raf­fle on the night. It’s the fifth year in a row the band have held the glit­ter­ing event at the ho­tel in Strath­clyde Park, Mother­well.

Spokesman Gary Mitchell said: “We’re thrilled at the suc­cess of the dance and de­lighted that peo­ple have de­cided to dig deep to sup­port wor­thy causes.

“We’re do­nat­ing £500 to Can­cer Re­search this week and the rest will be do­nated in £500 in­stal­ments to other de­serv­ing char­i­ties.

“It’s re­ally sat­is­fy­ing to be able to make a dif­fer­ence through mu­sic.”

The 22-strong band give their time freely, sim­ply to sup­port well mean­ing causes.

Since they set up in 1995, the group have raised more than £50,000 for char­ity.

Gary said: “We’d like to thank every­one who helped make Fri­day’s event go with a bang.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port from the public and from lo­cal busi­nesses such as Tun­nock’s in Ud­dingston and Mother­well Foot­ball Club, and in par­tic­u­lar mid­fielder Chris Cad­den, who do­nated raf­fle prizes.

“We couldn’t do it with­out them.”

The mu­si­cians are stal­warts of the Na­tional Con­cert Band Fes­ti­val and have been awarded Plat­inum cer­tifi­cates many times in recog­ni­tion of the high stan­dard of their mu­si­cal per­for­mance and in­di­vid­ual tal­ent.

You can catch their next per­for­mance at East Mains Bap­tist Church, East Kilbride on Tues­day, May 23.

For more de­tails on the band. check their Face­book page: Michael Braw­ley Big Band or al­ter­na­tively email them at braw­ley­big­band@ ya­hoo.co.uk .

Star per­form­ers The band raise thou­sands for char­ity

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