HITTING NEW HEIGHTS - Glenn Van Looy talks exclusively to British Bandsman

Issue 5977

FRANKLY SPEAKING - The first of a new series by Frank Renton, this month focusing on musical education

THE GREAT TRIUMVIRATE - Tim Mutum looks at the life and times of John Gladney 

Instrument donations to Ugandan bands

Friday 17 February, 2017

A new international friendship between Katie Bell of The Bell School of Music Knaresborough, Shepherd Brass Concert Band of York, and Philip Monk who runs the Mbale Schools Band in Uganda was formed recently, when 26 brass instruments were handed over to Philip to take to Uganda. Harrogate High School music department also kindly gave a full set of band uniforms to complete the donation.

Katie Bell commented to British Bandsman: “The chance viewing of the Mbale School Brass Band performing on Facebook, prompted me to donate instruments from the music school. Friend, and conductor of Shepherd Brass band, Richard Wilton also wanted to help, and between us a selection of cornets, trumpets, horns, trombones and a euphonium were gathered. Philip Monk was delighted to meet the band and drove to York, having flown in from Uganda the previous day, where he spoke about the difficulties of engaging young people in Uganda and how, through brass banding, he now has 500 members in several bands.”

The bands aim to become self sufficient but still rely heavily on donations from other countries for instruments, music and child sponsorship. This sponsorship is vital to pay for education and medical costs as well as simple daily necessities like food.

Katie, who is hoping to raise enough money to sponsor several children through a summer concert with Shepherd Brass Band, her choir The Northern Songbirds and guest soloist Alan Morrison, added: “If every brass band in Yorkshire sponsored a child (£15.00 per month) the youngsters of Uganda would benefit enormously. Please contact Philip Monk via email at ugive2uganda1@aol.com if you are able to make a donation or sponsor a child.”