In January 2007, I travelled to England to take part in Brass Band Aid activities centered around the Mineworker's Open Brass Band Contest, held at the Butlin's Resort in Skegness. Among the things I did to benefit Brass Band Aid was to present Brass Band Aid with a check for £1,500 ($3,000) from the New England Brass Band, representing the funds we had rasied up to that point during the New England Brass Band's 2006-07 season. In the photo above, I am presenting our check to Briony Thompson, daughter of Bob Thompson, the founder of Brass Band Aid. We at the New England Brass Band were delighted that we reached our fund raising goal for Brass Band Aid so early in our season and thank our audiences for their enthusiastic response to our appeal for Brass Band Aid and the work they are doing in Ethiopia. Read more below to hear how the NEBB raisesd money for Brass Band Aid and click here for photos and commentary about my trip to England on behalf of Brass Band Aid.
The New England Brass Band, of which I am music director, has recently decided to embark on an historic partnership with Brass Band Aid, a global effort of brass bands who are joining together to help make poverty history. Initially sponsored and started by Britain's Stanhope Brass Band, Brass Band Aid has partnered with World Vision in the construction and equipping of a school in Adet, Ethiopia. To date, over $100,000 (£50,000 Sterling) has been raised by brass bands to support this project. Bands around the world have been contributing by giving charity concerts, conducting auctions and selling the Brass Band Aid CDs (discs that result in 100% of procedes from sales going to Brass Band Aid as they were recorded entirely through donated goods and services).
In keeping with its mission as an organized charity, the New England Brass Band, based in Boston, Massachusetts, decided to partner with Brass Band Aid during its 2006-07 season to support the ongoing efforts to build and equip the school in Adet, Ethiopia.
At the meeting of the band's board of directors on March 19, 2006, the NEBB board agreed to a tri-parte support of Brass Band Aid consisting of the following:
The New England Brass Band, my wife and I were all very excited to be a part of this important effort to reach out and help those in Adet, Ethiopia while raising awareness of world-wide poverty through the medium of brass banding. By the end of our 2006-07 season, the New England Brass Band had raised $4,500 which was given to Brass Band Aid.
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