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Derbyshire Freemasons Keep Drums Beating

Derbyshire Freemasons Keep Derwent Drums Beating

The combined efforts of Belper based Freemasons ‘Bradelei Lodge’ and the ‘Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire’ have resulted in a sizeable donation to Derwent Brass.


 An application by the band’s Fundraising Officer Kevin Stewart was successful to help the band secure enough funds to purchase yet further assets during their 25th anniversary year. On this occasion the band were looking to further strength the percussion inventory with some high calibre snare drums. 

 “Particularly in modern works, demands on the percussion team are high and the purchase of these high-end snares, alongside the existing talents within the section, puts additional clarity, precision and power at our disposal. In Derwent Brass the percussion is an integral part of the band, not an extra, and I’m delighted that we are able to continually improve and extend the range of instruments they have available.” (Keith Leonard, Musical Director)

 “The Masonic Charitable Foundation regularly awards grants to charities and relevant organisations to support their development and growth. The Freemasons exist not only to enjoy partnerships, meetings, and other events, but more importantly to support the local community through funds raised from within its own membership. We thank Bradelei Lodge for their kind donation and of course the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire for fund-matching the sum. The combined efforts have enabled a substantial purchase which will be a quality asset to the band for years to come.” (Kevin Stewart, Fundraising Officer)

The new equipment, sourced by Bell Percussion, will be put through its paces when the band performs at it's annual Festival of Remembrance - 'A Night To Remember' at St. Peter's Church, Belper on November 11th. For more click here.

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