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Third Carrickfergus Band Instruments

(Antrim)

Third Carrickfergus Band really needs to replace one of the largest and most expensive instruments, a B flat tuba, as the existing instrument is very old and is wearing away in holes. The tubas are so expensive that it would take the band a very long time to save for this. The tuba player, the band as a whole and future audiences will benefit.

Our goals:

  • Third Carrickfergus Band will be able to play on instruments commensurate with the championship section in which we compete st band contests. Success in band contests brings pride to the local community.
  • The tuba section will be able to play with a better overall sound and with better intonation, allowing us to successfully tackle a wider range of musical repertoire which can be performed at community events in Northern Ireland.
  • To educate young people in the Carrickfergus area in brass playing. The old tuba will pass down to the youth band, who would benefit from an instrument on which to develop a learner. Band playing develops skills such as team-working and listening.
£10k project Currently ranked 1 in Community Groups

How we will achieve our goals

The award would allow the band to purchase a tuba this year, which would otherwise not be possible due to the band running on members dues and income from local engagements, and having to pay a conductor and rent rehearsal space in the local Eden Community Centre, barely breaking even.

Where the money will go

Third Carrickfergus Band plays at many community events, such as Remembrance Sunday service at the cenotaph, Armed Forces Day at Knockagh monument, concerts with local schools and choirs, park engagements for local councils, charity events. Audiences all over Northern Ireland will benefit from a better quality performance and listening experience.

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