WRCB Stolen Percussion Instruments
The 40th year of the Western Region Concert Band has started off on a sour note. A trailer containing thousands of dollars’ worth of the band’s equipment has been stolen.
Inside the trailer was a number of very valuable percussion instruments, including three timpani, a marimba, glockenspiel, and a drum kit. The theft comes as the band begins a busy year, with celebrations for the band’s 40th anniversary being planned, as well as the popular annual ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert. The trailer was stolen just before Christmas, and efforts to recover the trailer and the instruments have so far been unsuccessful.
Established in 1977, the Western Region Concert Band are a community, volunteer-based band comprising of approximately 40 members from all walks of life and ranging in age from 15 to 80 years. The band has continued to contribute to the cultural and community life in the western suburbs of Melbourne and beyond over their 40 years. For the past 17 years, their annual ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert has proven to be an anticipated community event.
The band is seeking assistance from the community in the recovery and replacement of their stolen instruments and equipment so that they can continue to play the music that has been enjoyed by the community for the past 40 years.
Our trailer registration is R10101. It has doors which open at the rear and on the driver's side.
Funds raised will be used to purchase replacement percussion equipment . The equipment is used to provide an opportunity for community musicians to have access to instruments to participate in numerous community events, training and workshops.
I deally, we would love to replace all of our stolen percussion items in time for our 40th Anniversary concert in June.
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We still have more equipment to purchase to be able to replace the many items stolen from us.
With the generous support of our members, friends, families, patrons and wider community we have been able to replace 2 timpani, a drum kit, cases for our drums, a mark tree, stand and a Glockenspiel.
We are looking to replace another timpani and some of the bigger items such as marimba and vibraphone. Just over $400 to go to reach our target!
This weekend we celebrated 40 years of making music in the community! Here is to another 40 years and beyond...
Huge thanks to Clare Perry, Casey Tait and Erin Bucknell for their creative efforts to raise much needed funds. We really do have an incredible bunch of people at WRCB.
We are over 70% of our target and getting closer. None of this could be possible without your generous support.
Still no report or sign of any of our stolen percussion gear or our trailer. But we have some good news...
Today we collected our brand new Pearl Export drum kit and cases.
We also purchased Paiste Hand Cymbals and a stand PLUS some LP Bar Chimes/Mark Tree and stand.
We hope to display this equipment at our upcoming 40th Anniversary Concert at Wyndham Cultural Centre on Sat 3 June. Tickets available www.wyncc.com.au Box Office 8734 6000
Thanks to generous support we have been able to replace some of our missing items and look forward to adding a few more soon.
As previously updated, we have received two timpani from Queensland and a glockenspiel from South Australia.
We have just ordered a new Pearl Drum Kit and cases and we still have a few bigger items to purchase as funds come in.
We could not do this without YOU!
The band is working hard towards some major events.
May 5 - Presentation and Awards Evening @ Bowery Theatre, St Albans Community Centre
June 3 - 40th Anniversary Concert @ Wyndham Cultural Centre - tickets - www.wyncc.com.au
Oct 14 - Last Night of the Proms @ Williamstown Town Hall
A big thanks from all of us at WRCB for your support!
The photos were taken on Monday in our rehearsal venue at STACC (St Albans Community Centre)
We continue to source replacement percussion items and received a Suzuki glockenspiel yesterday. We had it shipped in from South Australia. None of this would have been possible without the support of our amazing donors.
Western Region Concert Band