£2,000 boost for St John’s Band youth section

DEVELOPMENT of the youth section at St John’s Band, Mossley, has been boosted by a £2,000 grant thanks to a veterans’ community organisation.Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) applied for the grant from Tesco to support music for young people.

They chose the brass band as it is part of local heritage and has a great reputation for working with youngsters, but not always has the funds.

Band president Kevin Hartley said: “The grant will go toward new instruments. We pride ourselves on our work with youngsters and they are the future of this very important style of music.”

Kevin is himself a veteran with long service, who works to secure employment for ex-service personnel, added: “We are very grateful for the donation as instruments are very expensive and often beyond the means of many families.”

Frank Travis, a founder member of TASC, explained: “One of the team saw an opportunity to bid for funding as part of our remit to reach out into the community with our message about recognising our service personnel and honouring the Armed Forces Covenant.

“We were really pleased Kevin signed the covenant on behalf of the St John’s Band on Armed Forces Day this year.”

Signing the covenant is making a promise to support the services community in whatever ways are appropriate for the organisation. In the case of St John’s they will be putting on a concert in aid of TASC and support the ex-services’ community by promoting awareness.

The youngest member of the youth section is six years old and others are not much older.

• The band welcomes new members of all ages and can be contacted by email: paul@stjohnsband.co.uk

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