Belle Vue Brass band were in the right place at the right time when a chance encounter with a film crew resulted in members starring in a television advert.
Belle Vue Brass, which was formed in January 2005, was playing outdoors at Gorton Market to raise funds.
They were spotted by the crew, who asked them to feature in an advert they were filming for Bisto Gravy.
Musical director Peter Brannigan, said the crew was attracted by the band’s smart green jackets with gold epaulets and scrolling.
The band appears in the background, although their music is not used in the advert. The advert features people in the street talking about family and life values, and young band member James Metcalf, who plays cornet, has a speaking part.
Peter, of Hyde, works in the traffic department for Stockport Council. He says the chance meeting proved lucrative for the band.
“We were trying to raise funds, and at that point had collected £40. The film crew gave us an immediate donation of £100 and later we received £1,000,” he said.
“It was an incredible experience. We are desperate for money as we are not funded by anyone.
“We were surprised to be filmed. We were just in the right place at the right time.”
Peter said there has been a decline in the number of brass bands in Manchester over recent years, so he and friends formed the new band at the beginning of the year.
Fundraising was important as members buy their own instruments and the jackets which caught the eye of the crew cost £250.
The band meets at Reddish Conservative Club on Monday nights, and new members are always welcome. Anyone interested should contact Matt, on 0161 304 7078.
Peter added: “We all gathered to watch the advert premier at various people’s homes. It was really amazing to see it.”