Malton White Star Band 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.
Malton White Star Band - For Valentine's Day 2020 - Morrison's Malton
Malton White Star Band has been serving the Malton community for over 100 years. Throughout this time the band has been self supporting, raising money by its own efforts, playing at a wide variety of events. In recent years the band has raised money from collections in the Market Place in Malton playing for the monthly food markets, performing at several local shows, church events, Supermarkets, and Scampston Hall events, as well as giving concerts for Charity. A big fund raiser for the band would normally be playing Christmas Carols around town and further afield. Unfortunately all of these events have been cancelled this year by the Covid Pandemic.
MWSB playing at the Malton Food Market Sept 2019
Why are we crowdfunding?
We are asking for donations to help the band survive through this difficult period and to help us to develop our community training band initiative. In March this year we launched our new community band and had a good response but after just two rehearsals the lockdown came and we were not able to continue. When we are allowed to continue we want to develop and expand the band to include anyone from the community who would like to learn to play an instrument or develop previously learnt skills. We all know that playing a musical instrument has lots of benefits for people of all ages. It develops confidence, concentration and creativity, it also helps to improve memory, relieve stress (much needed at the present time) and gives lots of personal enjoyment while giving pleasure to others with performances. We will provide free tuition and free loan of an instrument so that everyone can have the opportunity to learn and no one is discriminated against by means of income, age or anything else. Please help us to continue this work by donating to our funding page.
The band has a long history having been founded over 100 years ago. It has had a few name changes in that time. Below is picture of the band in 1948. We want to be able to safeguard this legacy for the future benefit of young and old in the Malton area. Please help us to do this.
Current members of the band, Alan and John (below) can be seen receiving long service awards. They have been loyal members the band since they were young and we look forward to them joining us again as soon as it is safe to do so.
Alan Tong over 60yrs & John Taylor over 50yrs with MWSB
About Malton White Star Band
MWSB is a busy, friendly band. We rehearse on Thursday nights in our band room on Maltongate near the centre of Malton. Band members range from 12yrs to over 80 years old. Our two long serving members will have seen many changes. We really want the band to be able to continue for many years to come so that more people can enjoy making music together and entertaining the public. We do not take part in band contests but we play regularly for the community and for charity. We enjoy rehearsing, performing together and entertaining everyone. Christmas comes to life when you hear a brass band playing carols. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication but is very worthwhile and becomes a way of life.
Here are some photos of the band playing on the green at Thornton Dale.
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.