Index Somerset East Boys and Girls Brigade appeals for instruments
Date Added: 31 October 2012

The Somerset East Boys and Girls Brigade marching band, in the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality, is appealing to local residents and businesses for funds to aid it in procuring new instruments.

“The Boys and Girls Brigade was first established in South Africa in 1889, while the Somerset East Boys and Girls Brigade, which is affiliated to the Port Elizabeth branch of the Eastern Cape Battalion, was established in 2003,” said Company Captain, Raymond Michaels. He said the Brigade serves the Blue Crane Route area of Somerset East, Pearston and Cookhouse.

“We rely on donations and fundraising to keep us going. In 2008, we were lucky enough to receive a trumpet and a trombone, however, we are now in desperate need of new instruments – usually we get a R300 donation when we perform in the community but it is not enough since we still need to cover costs like transportation.”

“While we are usually seen performing at various local community events, we are often also invited to perform at funerals of members of the uniformed forces,” explained Michaels.

Boys and girls can join the Somerset East Brigade between the ages of 7 and 21 years old.

“The Somerset East Boys and Girls Brigade help to keep local youths occupied over weekends, thereby keeping vices that plague our communities at bay. Currently our membership consists of 32 boys and 7 girls as well as seven officers,” he described, adding that plans were underway to launch another company for the Aeroville community, just outside of Somerset East.

Michael said that if funds permitted, he would like to see every community of the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality forming part of the Boys and Girls Brigade movement.

Banking details for donations are as follows:
Standard Bank Somerset East
Account: Somerset East Girls and Boys Brigade
Account Number: 186928092