Young musicians become internet sensations with their toilet roll challenge


Young musicians across Staffordshire and Cheshire have found themselves becoming internet sensations with their own rendition of the toilet roll challenge.

With non-essential meetings scrapped due to the global coronavirus pandemic, youngsters in Sandbach-based Lions Youth Brass Band found themselves without their usual rehearsals.

But the band – made up of children aged between five and 18 – wanted to find a way to keep in touch with each other and embrace their musical heritage during the lockdown.

They decided it would be the perfect chance to perform their own take of the ‘toilet roll challenge’ – which has seen people passing a toilet roll around or footballers trying to perform kick-ups.

The video, shared on the band’s Facebook page, has now attracted more than 10,000 people.

Charlotte Birch, of Biddulph, made the ‘Pass the Loo Roll’ video. She said: “I had the idea to do the toilet roll challenge to boost morale among the band. We had a lot of fun filming the videos and putting it together.

“It was great to see so many people taking part. We never expected the video to get over 10,000 views but everyone’s reaction has been so positive.”

As well as the unusual take on the toilet roll challenge – with their own musical accompaniment – some of the band’s players decided to create their own version of I Wanna Be Like You from Disney’s The Jungle Book.

Organised by principal cornet player Kai Simpson, the video involved band members Amy Hext, Katy Stone, his sister, Elena and his younger brother, Theo who acts as a conductor.

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Kai said: “I wanted to arrange a fun uplifting piece that everyone could sing along to. We all recorded our own individual parts to a click track and these were then assembled to form the finished video performance.

“With so many people stuck indoors we thought that our rendition of “I Wanna Be Like You” would at the very least put a smile on people’s faces in this unusual period of time.

“We really enjoyed recording the parts, playing together and hearing the end product, we are looking forward to further virtual opportunities with more members of the band in the near future.”

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The band’s musical director Nigel Birch, of Haslington, said: “It was important through these unprecendent times that all our members remained in touch and connected with each other, as it is the music that brings us together, but it is our friendship that bonds us.

“I am so proud of these young people. These videos show that within Lions we have wonderful people and when we can be reunited we will continue to flourish, not only as musicians, but as great ambassadors for our organisation.

“The fact that that they have given so much enjoyment across the wider community is also very gratifying.”

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