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Chance to Help Burlington Resident give Burlington Teen Tour Band a Musical Gift

Chance to Help Burlington Resident give Burlington Teen Tour Band a Musical Gift

With the Burlington Teen Tour Band celebrating its 75th anniversary, long-time Burlington resident Lawson Hunter thought it would be great to have a special piece of music to celebrate the milestone.

In discussions with BTTB Managing Director, Rob Bennett, Mr. Hunter learned that the Band had no official piece of music to commemorate the anniversary.  Bennett explained that years ago, to celebrate an earlier anniversary, a special piece of band music was commissioned to mark the occasion

Hunter had a conversation with fellow Burlington resident Ryan Meeboer, a musical educator and a professional composer of music.  Meeboer’s compositions are used by concert bands of all different levels of skill and band sizes (small jazz groups, ensembles, big bands).  In fact, Meeboer has even worked with the Burlington Teen Tour Band.

Hunter suggested Meeboer, who publishes his compositions through Eighth Note Publications, could write a piece to commemorate the BTTB’s 75th anniversary.  The challenge is the cost of commissioning a complex score (with dozens of different instruments), royalties, fees, publishing and printing of charts.

“I thought the solution would be to initiate a Kickstarter.com campaign to raise the funds,” Hunter states.  Kickstarter.com has raised money for thousands of campaigns to help ‘kickstart’ artistic projects. Potential donors register, post a donation, but only pay if the campaign reaches it’s target goal.  “It’s an all-or-nothing style of raising funds for a good cause,” he explained.

The Kickstarter.com campaign has just begun.  Supporters are encouraged to pledge any amount.  Deadline for completion is September 7th, to allow time to have the piece written, rehearsed, and performed before the end of the year.  Any funds pledged above the target goal will go towards operational costs for the Burlington Teen Tour Band.

The Burlington Teen Tour Band has represented the city of Burlington, and its residents, throughout the world over the years –  Expo ‘67, Japan, D-Day ceremonies in France, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbour, and even the Tournament of Roses (Rose Bowl Parade).  Hunter says “it’s time to give something back to the Band.”

Title of the Kickstarter.com project: Burlington Teen Tour Band 75th Anniversary Composition Target Goal to be Raised: $3,000 (including fees charged by Kickstarter.com) Deadline for campaign: September 7, 2022. To donate click here.

For more information, contact: Lawson Hunter, 905-802-8633, lawson@cogeco.ca

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