DEVIZES Town Band chairman Kelvin Nash was determined his musicians would keep hitting all the right notes despite lockdown restrictions.

So he decided to use computer technology to allow the band members to practice together without leaving their own homes.

Eventually they managed to create a video of The Teddy Bear’s Picnic with 35 musicians taking part and some even dressed as bears.

Mr Nash started small with Zoom video conferencing before moving on to a quiz and building up to a full scale rehearsals.

Many members did not let their sartorial style slip and turned out in dinner jackets and formal dresses to perform in their front gardens or the comfort of their living rooms.

Once Mr Nash and the rest of the band overcame some technical difficulties they moved on to more advanced techniques which included a pre-recorded track on Zoom so people could see and hear simultaneously.

Mr Nash said: “Since players had both visible and audible cues just like a real band practise.”

He then produced a video of The Teddy Bear’s Picnic which was released on Saturday to coincide with what should have been the start of the band’s Magic and Monsters concert in the Corn Exchange.

Mr Nash said: “The concert has been rescheduled, and the provisional date is Saturday October 10.

“Over the last few weeks, members have also been playing on their driveways and doorsteps for the nation’s carers. Our musicians have played Over The Rainbow for the NHS, and You’ll Never Walk Alone for Captain Tom.”