Town band membership on the increase
23 September 2013 Last updated at 21:11 BST
The Tredegar Town Band in Blaenau Gwent says it is going through one the most successful periods in its history with more people coming forward wanting to learn to play.
With cuts for music tuition in many council areas, the band says it and others are now helping to teach the next generation of musicians by providing lessons.
Paul Heaney reports.