Westfield Community Band Aims to Raise $3K for New Music
Sunday, September 29, 2013 • 4:54pm
WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Community Band is hoping to raise $3,000 by Nov. 7 to buy about 20 new pieces of music to play throughout the year.
“You have to consistently upgrade the library so you don’t play the same music,” explained Ruth Diamond Fabes, who is heading up the fundraising effort.
In addition to the amount of new music it needs to aquire every year, this year the non-professional band will need even more as it expands the number of free concerts that it plans to offer. The band hopes to record a CD, as well, according to Diamond Fabes.
Members of the non-professional band come from all over New Jersey and range in age from 16 to 90, according to Diamond Fabes. Some musicians have been with the band for over 50 years, and family members playing together span generations.
“It’s very social,” said Diamond Fabes. “It’s wonderful for seniors.”
The performances themselves are important for young audiences, Diamond Fabes believes.
“There’s an entire generation of kids now who don’t hear live music,” she explained.
For this fundraiser, “perks” are available to donors of $25 or more, including a patron credit in upcoming programs for a $25 donation, a Community Band golf shirt for $100 and advertising in upcoming programs for larger donations.
To read more about the band and to donate, click here.
Interested in joining the band? Rehearsals take place each Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the community room in the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street. Experienced musicians should contact Band President Barry Rosenberg at 908-337-9073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.