The Friends of Manx Youth Orchestra has been awarded a grant of £3,972 to facilitate the creation of a pep band, a dynamic and exciting addition to the Orchestra’s repertoire.
Founded in 1971, the Manx Youth Orchestra has been a vital platform for young musicians across the Isle of Man to explore orchestral music. Every Saturday during term time, over 200 young musicians gather at St Ninian's Lower School to rehearse under the guidance of a professional team of tutors from the Isle of Man Music Service and the Island’s secondary schools.
Pep bands, more commonly known as marching bands, have gained popularity among young musicians due to their energetic and captivating repertoire and are often seen at sports events to motivate participants and spectators.
Alan Crebbin, Chairman, from the Manx Youth Orchestra said: ‘Pep bands rely heavily on large percussion instruments, supported by extensive wind and brass sections. The capital outlay required to purchase such specialist equipment would be extensive, and something the Manx Youth Orchestra could not have asked of our students. We’re therefore thrilled to have received this grant from Manx Lottery Trust which will enable us to purchase the new instruments required to create our very own marching band and introduce a fresh and innovative ensemble style to our young musicians.’
Stephen Turner, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, added: ‘The Manx Youth Orchestra has been committed to nurturing the musical endeavours of the Island’s younger generations for over half a century. The Trust is therefore delighted to support the Orchestra on their journey to creating a pep band for their younger musicians and we wish them every success with this new musical venture.’
In addition to acquiring new instruments, the grant will facilitate access to specialised scores tailored for this format of band, enriching the musical experience for both participants and audiences alike.
This grant is from Manx Lottery Trust’s Community Awards Programme. Manx Lottery Trust has been delegated to distribute National Lottery money from The National Lottery Community Fund. To find out more, visit: www.mlt.org.im