Donation instrumental in bringing music to Salvos’ ears

NEW INSTRUMENTS: Just Brass participants (front) Isobel Burton and Isaac Saunders and (back) City of Orange Brass Band’s Matthew Gately, Salvation Army Major Karen Saunders, Kleenheat Gas representative Geoff Hill, Salvation Army Major Greg Saunders, Kathy Gott and George Godkin.

NEW INSTRUMENTS: Just Brass participants (front) Isobel Burton and Isaac Saunders and (back) City of Orange Brass Band’s Matthew Gately, Salvation Army Major Karen Saunders, Kleenheat Gas representative Geoff Hill, Salvation Army Major Greg Saunders, Kathy Gott and George Godkin.

YOUNG people in the Salvation Army’s Just Brass Program will now be able to learn music on new instruments, thanks to a $5000 grant from Kleenheat Gas.

The grant will ensure the program, which works with community groups like the City of Orange Brass Band to bring the joy of music to Orange residents regardless of family or financial circumstances, continues to expand.

Orange Kleenheat Gas representative Geoff Hill presented a cheque as part of the Regional Care Services Program, which Mr Hill said donated over $200,000 in cash and equipment across Australia to support the Salvation Army’s programs. 

“Kleenheat Gas is proud to provide this donation of $5000 to the Salvos in Orange,” Mr Hill said. 

“This will allow them to continue educating youth and encouraging them to be involved, which is very important work for the local community.”

Just Brass relies on a team of volunteers to cater for 18 learners and an intermediate band of 13, with learning programs for beginners, juniors and intermediate musicians. 

The program is provided at a low cost, making it accessible to everyone, and Salvation Army’s Major Greg Saunders said it was a valuable opportunity to teach young people music.

“It is gratifying to see the young, and the not so young, benefit from their learning and social interaction through our program,” Major Saunders said. “We are so grateful to all who assist us.”

alexandra.king@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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