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ISLANDER MAGAZINE, DECEMBER, 1971 - BIRTH OF A BAND
When, on those glorious hot sunny days, the music of a band floats in the warm air how many of us realize the hard work, the time given freely and unselfishly plus the sheer devotion to music that has made it possible for us to be entertained.
Ryde Borough Band is not strictly a contesting band like those very famous names in the North of England but on two occasions it did gain a third prize in open contests on the mainland plus a wealth of experience.
In 1962 the Band felt they would like to enjoy a greater measure of independence. In that year they had said goodbye to all their old friends of 1024 Squadron. A caretaker committee was set up and an approach was made to Ryde Borough Council for guidance and possible assistance. They found a sympathetic ear with our Council.
It was necessary to purchase the entire equipment for all sections of the Band and for this purpose Ryde Borough Council very kindly gave them a loan at the usual rate of interest and the Mayor of Ryde agreed to become their President. Although they carry the name Ryde Borough Band they are still quite an independent body.
The Council aided further by asking them to play at a number of concerts throughout the season and the fees thus earned enabled them to pay off their debt to the Council and become a solvent viable unit.
The main purpose of any band is to make music and this Band certainly does just that, bringing pleasure to thousands of visitors during the season, and to our own residents throughout the year. Every member of this band is clearly dedicated to music and they willingly accept charity engagements throughout the winter in order to enable residents to enjoy the music which this band loves to play.
Under their Leader David Cruickshank the band has made immense musical progress. Mr. Cruickshank is ex Royal Marine School of Music.
Of course, like all other organizations Ryde Borough Band are always in need of money and can invariably find a useful purpose to put it to. Instruments wear out and need replacing, uniforms are required etc., and to assist them in this direction they have a very hard working and very keen Supporters Club. This Club offers a very warm welcome to anyone who would like to swell their ranks. If you should have any instruments lying around unwanted then maybe this Band could put them to good use. Or if your cheque book is not too far away and you are feeling in a charitable mood then this is a worthy cause—it takes money to bring pleasure and happiness to thousands of people. The members of the Band look forward to meeting anyone at their future concerts and we can assure you they are a most interesting crowd of chaps to talk to.