Barnsley Brass Instrument Refurbishment Project

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Project by Barnsley Brass

Total raised £6,115

raised so far

+ est. £873.75 Gift Aid



We need to refurbish our 4 tubas. They are now almost unplayable and need urgent attention at a cost of around £2400 each.

We're still collecting donations

On the 31st December 2020 we'd raised £5,855 with 91 supporters in 48 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

  • Barnsley Brass is part of a national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to save the many UK brass bands who are struggling to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Brass bands are a core of their local community, and many risk disappearing altogether without your help. 

Barnsley Brass love to entertain our local community. Our plan this year was to refurbish our 4 tubas, but with the COVID-19 situation this year our income has been zero! Our instruments need urgent attention, so we are asking for donations OR pledging for a reward.

Why are we crowdfunding? sound of a Brass Band is well loved, but it's dependant on the sound of the Bass section but ours currently isn't sounding great due to the fact that our tubas are now over 45 years old and are in need of replacement OR at least full refurbishment. The cost of these refurbishments are around £2400 each (a new tuba is around £6000) so we are looking to refurbish them at a total of around £9600! Our plan this year was to at least start the project but because of the COVID-19 situation our income has been zero and our funds are quickly reducing just to keep the band alive. Please help if you can.

About Barnsley Brass

Barnsley Brass, a traditional brass band, has been presenting concerts in and around South an1604055826_1604055826215.jpegd West Yorkshire for over 115 years. The band is at the heart of the local community, particularly through the strong affinity that exists for former colliery brass bands. During the time of support from the mining industry, we were the Barrow Colliery Band. We aim to maintain the traditions of the town by providing opportunities for young players to continue with their musical talents beyond school years, through performances within the local community. We are now totally self-funded and are keen to keep this tradition going.


We are currently ranked in the second section in the national grading system.

How can you help:

  • Please donate or purchase one of our wonderful rewards.
  • Please share our page with your friends/crowd on social media or via e-mail to help us get the word out.
  • You could even create your own fundraising page by clicking the fundraising button on the right. Then the money you raise will go towards our cause and you can sell the rewards we have available out to your friends and family in return for donations.

About Save Our Brass Bands

Brass bands exist in every corner of the UK, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community.

But we risk losing this forever.

Brass Bands saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they ceased being able to perform in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Months later, we still don’t know when normal performances will be able to take place. A significant loss in income over the Summer months, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid compliant means that many Brass Bands are in a perilous financial situation.

Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing Brass Bands. Please help us to make sure they survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.


Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our Brass Bands survive this crisis.

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This project offered rewards

£75 or more

Care home Carols

During the lockdown it's been very hard for family members with loved ones in Care homes! So a small group of our band will play carols outside a care home (of your choice) to bring some Christmas cheer! (Barnsley area) from 7/12 to 20/12

£5 or more

Conduct the Band

We will hold a raffle, tickets are £5 each and the winner will be invited to one of our future concerts and will be able to conduct the band. This could be a great Christmas present for your family member! This will be drawn on 20 December 2020

£20 or more

CD Reward

A band CD

£20 or more

Lesson Reward

A half hour brass lesson by one of the band over Zoom.

£20 or more

Beanie Hat Reward

A Barnsley Brass beanie hat with band logo.

£50 or more

Couple of Carols At Your Place

Two carols played outside your home 7/12/to 20/12 (Barnsley / Sheffield area).

£100 or more

£100 Reward

We will play carols for half an hour outside your house or workplace Barnsley / Sheffield area (6 players) 7/12 to 20/12.

£750 or more

Corporate Reward

If you would like a Brass Band at your company function we would love to come along and help make your event extra special!

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