Band show hits the right note

June Mortimer, left, Joan Houston, Bryan Hodge, and Pam Hart, right, committee members of Plaxton Court Residents Association hand over �350, for St Augustines School music department. Pictured with them is Michael Thompson, 15, a saxophonist and Mrs Houston's grandson, and Oliver Barron, the school's head of music.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112552
June Mortimer, left, Joan Houston, Bryan Hodge, and Pam Hart, right, committee members of Plaxton Court Residents Association hand over �350, for St Augustines School music department. Pictured with them is Michael Thompson, 15, a saxophonist and Mrs Houston's grandson, and Oliver Barron, the school's head of music. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112552

A FAMILY connection has led to a cash windfall for St Augustine School’s music department.

Pupil Michael Thompson, 15, regularly shows off his saxophone skills at Plaxton Court, where his grandmother Joan Houston is a resident.

And he made such a good impression that he was invited back for a special concert with the school’s jazz band.

Residents held a whip-round for the school during the performance - and raised a total of £350, which has gone towards helping fund the band’s trip to Barcelona, where they will perform at a series of concerts.

Pam Hart, secretary of the Plaxton Court Residents’ Association, said their designated charity for 2011 was the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, but added that contributions were also made to other causes throughout the year.

She said: “St Augustine’s falls within our area and is nice to build up such a good relationship.”