Holbeach Town Band looking for new ‘bass’

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Holbeach Town Band are looking for a new bandroom and for help with funding from the local community.

The band has been asked by Holbeach Parish Council to move from their current rehearsal room in Back Lane and has two years to find alternative premises.

The band is seeking help from the local community to either find alternative prem-ises to use as a bandroom or find a suitable site where a band room could be built.

It will be seeking grants to assist in the cost but is also looking for financial assistance to help fund this exciting project. The band is setting up an online fundraising website through BT’s MyDonate.

A spokesman for the band said: “By supporting us, people would be enhancing the development of young musicians in Holbeach, Spalding and the surrounding areas, and helping to ensure the future of what is a highly respected band and part of the heritage of Holbeach.”

Holbeach Town Band has a 43-year history of performing in South Holland. However, being a registered charity, it has limited resources. Money is raised through concerts, engagements, collections, fund-raising and members’ subscriptions.

Running a brass band is expensive and the money is used to buy musical instruments, equipment, uniforms and music. Good quality instruments cost up to £7,000, so surplus funds are in short supply.

A key factor in the band’s ability to play at concerts and other events is the continued investment in getting children interested in playing brass instruments.

Open days and an annual Learn to Play week are organised and individual training is given towards music grade. Band members also visit local schools to demonstrate brass instruments.

These, and other promotional activities, encourage people to join the Saturday morning learner group, where they can practice their playing for an hour a week, before progressing to the Wednesday night Holbeach Victoria Training Band rehearsals, and then onto the main band.

On Tuesday, April 8 the Band is holding an open day where children, and others, can come along to try out brass instruments. During the afternoon the Holbeach Victoria Training Band will be demonstrating their skills.

For further information contact Mel Hopkin on 01775 712420, or email mel@hol beachtownband.org.uk