The Brass section of the Nuneaton Air Cadet Band has recently received a welcome boost with the donation of two new instruments.
Mr Roy Stringfellow presented members of the 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Band with two of his instruments, one a conventional Slide Trombone and the other a rarely seen Valve Trombone which uses the same fingering as the trumpet which makes it an ideal instrument for the Squadrons existing trumpeters to convert to.
At the presentation Mr Stringfellow, himself a former member of the Royal Air Force said, Unfortunately I’m no longer able to play the instruments myself and I was keen to see them put to good use, what better home for them than the Air Cadet band where they will hopefully inspire more of these young people to take an interest in music.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “We were delighted to hear that Roy was thinking of donating two of his instruments but when we saw them we were over the moon. We had no idea that they would be in such good condition, they’re almost new and the fact that one of them is a Valve Trombone enabled our trumpeters to start using it on the night that it was presented. It must be very difficult for Roy to part with his instruments but I would like to thank him for donating them to our band thus giving our youngsters the opportunity to take a further interest in music. In fact Roy’s Valve Trombone is already a key element in our Brass Sections line-up and saw its first outing with the band when we led the recent Remembrance Day Parade on the 11th November 2012.”
He added, “We are always on the lookout for additional brass instruments so that we can give even more cadets the opportunity of playing with the band and I would appeal to anyone else out there who may have serviceable instruments that they no longer use to consider the possibility of donating them to the Squadron. We would also be interested to hear from anyone with musical experience who would be able to give up some of their time to come along to the Squadron to help teach our young musicians.”