Lo­cal brass ent­hu­si­as­ts ta­ke to the s­treets

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ABERDEEN — Ma­ny re­si­dents of Aberdeen we­re cu­ri­ous last Sa­tur­day to he­ar the sounds of a brass band!

The young­sters in the band are part of the Bri­ga­de from the U­ni­ted Re­form C­hurch of South A­fri­ca, in Aberdeen to help the lo­cal c­hurch es­ta­blish a Bri­ga­de.

Vi­si­ting mem­bers of the B­ri­ga­des in Graaff­rei­net, Mid­del­burg and Jan­sen­vil­le wor­ked with the lo­cal mem­bers, who ha­ve been trying for se­ver­al y­e­ars to es­ta­blish a Bri­ga­de as a way of occu­pying the lo­cal child­ren. So far Cap­tain I­ris Mag­gie Jou­bert has 20 young­sters in the Aberdeen bri­ga­de, ran­ging in age from 8 to 25, all keen to be part of the dis­ci­pli­ned u­nit.

The vi­si­tors with a se­lecti­on of drums and brass in­stru­ments mar­ched from Lo­tus­vil­le to Aberdeen to­wn, per­for­ming for a whi­le out­si­de Pep S­to­res, w­he­re t­hey gat­he­red qui­te a cro­wd of on­look­ers. The Aberdeen Bri­ga­de mem­bers proud­ly mar­ched be­hind the band.

On Sa­tur­day nig­ht, a con­cert was held at Ka­bou­ter­land C­re­che, w­he­re o­ver 600 pe­op­le en­joy­ed sin­ging, dan­cing, acting and mu­sic. As well as pro­vi­ding en­ter­tai­n­ment, the aim of this was al­so to rai­se so­me des­pe­ra­te­ly-nee­ded funds so that the Aberdeen Bri­ga­de can buy in­stru­ments.

On Sun­day, despi­te the rain, the Bri­ga­de mem­bers mar­ched through Lo­tus­vil­le to the c­hurch, this ti­me in t­heir smart u­ni­forms.

Jou­bert is very keen to keep the mo­men­tum going that was ge­ne­ra­ted this wee­kend, and to main­tain the ent­hu­si­asm of the young­sters. To this end, she is ap­pe­a­ling to a­nyo­ne who can help in any way to ge­ne­ra­te fun­ding. She can be con­tacted on 073 274 1426.

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