Pride in Mann: Helpers keep band marching on

The volunteers who help train the next generation of musicians for Rushen Silver Band have been nominated

The volunteers who help train the next generation of musicians for Rushen Silver Band have been nominated

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The huge volunteer effort that helps a well-known community band marching on has been recognised with a nomination for an award.

Rushen Silver Band member Martin Norbury has paid tribute to the teachers that shape the next generation of musicians and the all-important fundraisers for the musical institution.

He’s nominated them in the Charity and Volunteers category of the Isle of Man Newspapers Pride in Mann awards, sponsored by the Steam Packet Company.

Formed as the Surby band in 1926 and becoming the Rushen Silver Band in 1949, the group performs at scores of events around the island.

Volunteers and band members offer both one-to-one tuition for newcomers and the chance to join the the main band through the Ballafesson Brass training band.

Mr Norbury said: ‘For adults and children who wish to learn to play a brass or percussion instrument, the band has a regular set of Friday night tuition classes, with the ultimate aim of the players joining the full band and keeping an invaluable community organisation alive.

‘All of the organisation and training is voluntary and testament to the players and supporters who give up their Friday nights on a weekly basis along with time for an ever-increasing number of concerts. Such dedication is well worthy of a nomination.’

Mr Norbury has also nominated the Friends of Rushen Silver Band, who raise essentail funds to keep the group on the road.

‘The Friends of the Band play a key part in its success and ability to continue to do so much work in the community,’ he said.

‘Their fundraising and support in other ways for concerts and other band events is hugely important. All of the volunteers who make up the Friends of the Band deserve nomination for Pride in Mann.’

Volunteer teacher Jim Crebbin said: ‘It’s an honour for everyone involved to be nominated for what we do.

‘At the moment we have a waiting list for people who want to have lessons. That’s really quite special, so we must be doing something right!’

Find out all about the Pride in Mann awards at prideinmann.com

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