Friends of Towcester Studio Band (FrOTS)
During 2015 Towcester Studio Band established a charitable arm to help make the Band more visible to the growing population of Towcester and surrounding areas, and to spearhead fundraising to meet the Band’s playing and educational needs. ‘Friends of Towcester Studio Band’ is a new charity, recognised by H M Revenue & Customs and will register with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2016.
Towcester Studio Band has, for all of its 105 year history, been self-sufficient – income is derived from membership subscriptions and concerts. Nevertheless, the Band has always relied on the generosity of local individuals and organisations to make this possible and the new Friends charity will help expand and direct the support of Friends, Patrons and Sponsors to the Band’s current and future needs, so that the musical legacy that we have inherited can be made even richer for future generations.
The charity’s objectives include the establishment of a Training Band to provide new opportunites for young and developing local players through training, education and enjoyment of brass and percussion playing in Towcester and surrounding villages.
Northamptonshire has a music service which is second to none in the UK, but it is very expensive for children to access and a Junior Band, where children can learn an instrument (also provided by the Band) at little or no cost to them, is as vital now as it ever was. We are therefore now recruiting and would like to invite anyone with an interest to become a 'Friend' of Towcester Studio Band. In return for signing up you will receive information about the Band and its activities and enjoy the satisfaction of supporting and being involved in the continuing tradition of Towcester’s brass band history. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact details provided and we very much hope that you will join us.