WHO WE ARE
The Bathgate Band is an independent charity and one of Scotland’s oldest brass bands. The band regularly participates in competitions and concerts throughout the UK as well as performing at many community events throughout the year.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US
We are managed and run by volunteers who form our committee and we have no paid staff. Our aim is to help people young and old be involved in music and provide the equipment and space for them to do so. Recently the news has highlighted stories about cuts to free music tuition and the reduction in creative classes in schools. We want to give young people the chance to take up an instrument even if the schools they attend can’t. We find that through engagement with young people and our tuition they become confident, skilled and feel that they belong.
PLAYING FOR ALL
We have three different bands to cover all skillsets: Bathgate Youth Band for younger players learning, Bathgate Foundry Band for players getting back into banding and The Bathgate Band who are a 1st Section competing band. We currently rent rehearsal space in Livingston as there is no suitable alternative plan. Our main aim for the future is to raise the funds to build our own band hall so we can continue to encourage players of all ages to pick up or continue playing an instrument.
HOW WE HELP THE COMMUNITY
Members of the band come from all walks of life and have a variety of skills and experience. We engage our players through regular rehearsals and events so that they can exhibit the skills they learn. We find this approach enables our members to gain skills for life, independence and soft skills such as communication, team work and numeracy. We are one of few organisations in the area giving people the chance to take up an instrument and attend regular rehearsals to learn their instrument of choice and be a part of a band. We want to promote learning and an enjoyment of music to all.
HOW WILL WE USE THE MONEY?
If we are lucky enough to reach our target, we will use this money to hire a tutor for our beginners band and put the rest of the money towards instruments. These instruments can then be loaned to players so that they can practise and improve at home.