Michael was elected Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Brass Bands last week at a meeting arranged to reconstitute the group.
The APPG will be used as a platform to discuss and campaign on the issues affecting the future of brass bands throughout the UK. Other officers elected at the meeting held in the House of Commons on 14 December include: Nigel Adams MP (Vice-Chair), Lord Jones (Vice-Chair) and Lord Foster (Secretary).
The British Federation of Brass Bands (BFBB), which aims to improve, represent and promote the practice and performance of brass band music in the UK, also kindly agreed to act as secretariat for the group.
Commenting on his appointment, Michael said: “As Chair, I aim to build on my predecessor Jeff Ennis’ great work. Brass bands have played, and continue to play, a really important role in many communities.
"I urge people to sign up to the new MAD about Brass Bands campaign, which aims to provide a creative network for anyone interested in Making A Difference to local communities by working with Brass Bands.”
Michael’s constituency office is located in Grimethorpe, which is home to the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band, immortalised in the hit film Brassed Off.