We are raising £5,000 to safeguard Cranbrook Town Band’s future !
Cranbrook Town Band, like many other amateur groups, has been hard hit by Covid19. As a successful organisation we rely on both our members’ subscriptions and income from concerts to provide our annual income. We use this in a number of ways, for example, we provide free tuition and instrument loans for young people in the local area and, as a result, we have developed a healthy and thriving youth section; we also support local charities – principally Demelza Hospice, which cares for terminally ill children and their families. Sadly, Covid prevented us from meeting and playing throughout 2020 and the first few months of 2021. As a result we received no income from concert venues at all in 2020 leading to a significant loss. Funding a brass band is not a cheap business and, unfortunately, 2021 was not much healthier than 2020 financially. In the meantime we still have to pay for our rehearsal facilities, instrument and public liability insurance and so on. All of these costs with no offsetting income threaten the existence of the band in the longer term. In the hope that those who value the important part that the band plays in the community can help to address our financial challenges we have set this Just Giving page. Please scan the QR code on the left or visit our page at : https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cranbrooktownband
The Town Band is comprised of about 30 regular brass players who live in Cranbrook and the surrounding areas.
The history of the Town band goes back to the 1920′s. It has enjoyed mixed fortunes over the years and the present band was re-formed in the 1960s. Since that time it has gradually grown in membership and the standard of playing has progressed steadily.
Current membership includes people of many different ages and professions.
Cranbrook Town Band is self supporting; it’s main income is obtained from concert performances throughout Kent & Sussex during the summer months. It does however take the time to support other organisations and has links with many charities, the British Legion and various churches. In addition the band does what it can to support music in schools and promote brass band music throughout the country.