The popular Sekunjalo Delft Big Band is pleading for any financial aid or equipment donations from the public, after the band was robbed of its instruments over the Easter weekend.
Their practice room was broken into and the thieves made off with several instruments and band equipment.
This comes hot on the heels of the NPO's stellar performance and success on the Cape Town International Jazz Fest stage.
The band's project coordinator, Trudy Rushin, says members discovered the theft on Tuesday evening when they arrived for practice.
Rushin explains that the musicians found a hole in the wall of the practice room, through which the robbers entered.
These are some of the items that were stolen:
- an electric piano
- a base amp
- a guitar amp
- microphones and mic stands
- fifteen music stands
- a PA mixer desk
- a pair of speakers
- half of the main drum kit
Rushin says the thieves could have gotten away with more, if some band members had not taken their instruments home.
Meanwhile, the Cape Music Institute has volunteered to open its doors and provide the band with a temporary rehearsal space equipped with sound.
The band will have to borrow or hire some music equipment to perform at their scheduled gigs, Rushin says.
Rushin says financial aid or any donated equipment would be greatly appreciated. Contact her on 083 4913048 or find them on their Facebook page.
Fortunately, the band members take their horns and their guitars home with them. It would have been even worse if everything was left there.— Trudy Rushin, project coordinator at Sekunjalo Delft Big Band
They couldn't rehearse. The room is not usable right now. It was quite devastating.— Trudy Rushin, project coordinator at Sekunjalo Delft Big Band
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