ROCA grant is music to ears of Incredibles Plastic Band

THE INCREDIBLE Plastic Band love to blow their own trumpets, trombones and any other woodwind instruments they can get their hands on.

Now, the Mossley based group of youngsters are taking their music to a new audience.
So successful has the IPB become that earlier this year a second branch was started in Oldham, based in the Lees area.

Members of the IPB

To help their development and buy new instruments, organiser, Beren Airstone, successfully applied for a £500 grant from the Respect our Community Awards (ROCA) in conjunction with First Choice Homes.

They were one of 41 projects from 72 applications to share a total of £19,486. The new IPB is drawn from the Alt and Holts communities.

“You have to write a bid for your scheme relating to how you will use the £500 on offer and submit your application on the spot,” explained Beren.

“The panel then let you know within a two or three days if you’ve been successful.

“We were happy to receive the grant and with additional help from Brass Bands England (the Norman Jones Trust) were able to buy a full set of new plastic trumpets for our Oldham branch.

“Our existing band in Mossley still rehearse on a Thursday at the Vale and is successfully self-funded by the parents of the children.”

Beren with the cheque

The two branches are joining together over the summer for some joint performances:
Saturday, May 13: HurstFest (Hurst Cross, Ashton United FC, 11am)
Friday, June 9: Mossley Whit Walks (Mossley Market Ground, 9am);
Sunday, June 25- Stalybridge Carnival (town centre parade, 1pm);
Saturday, July 15: Oldham Flower Festival (town centre, 11am);
Saturday, July 22: Mossley Community Centre parade (Mossley Market Ground, time tbc).


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