St. Ronan’s Silver Band, based in the Borders town of Innerleithen, has made it to the final of the Jubilee People’s Millions 2011.
The People’s Millions is a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with ITV.
This year they have £3.6 million to give out and expect to award up to £60,000 (including VAT) to four projects in each of the 15 ITV regional news areas.
The band’s ‘Tuba Dreams’ project is a bid to win £60,000 to supply the band with new instruments to allow more young people and members of the community to play.
The competition will get underway at 9.00am on Monday 27th June when a special phone number will be released to vote for various projects.
Voting continues until 12 midnight with the result announced the next day.
The band’s ‘Tuba Dreams’ project is a bid to win £60,000 to supply the band with new instruments to allow more young people and members of the community to play4BR
St. Ronan’s is regarded as the oldest band in Scotland and currently supports a training section, youth band and senior band, but a lack of instruments has meant that the family of bands has not been able to continue its growth.
"We have an amazing opportunity, through the Jubilee People’s Millions, to give more people the opportunity to play and more people the opportunity to listen to and enjoy our music," explained Band Chairman Murray Charters to 4BR.
"We want everyone to vote for ‘Tuba Dreams’ on Monday 27 June and help live music thrive in the Borders and beyond," he added.
Each line is allowed ten votes with each call costs just 11 pence.