Got a Stradivarius collecting dust in a closet? How about that Moog Sythesizer you had back in your high school garage band days? Or that Gibson guitar you never quite got around to playing back in the day?
Well, you might not have anything quite like those instruments kicking around but the Community Foundation is betting there are lots of instruments looking for new owners. And so it is collaborating with the Community Band and the SD 19 elementary school music program to sponsor a musical instrument/equipment swap meet on Saturday, September 19 from 11 am to 3 pm in the Begbie View Elementary school gym. This is a fundraising event with profits shared amongst the three groups.
The Revelstoke Community Band has existed for 120 years! In a typical year there are 15-20 members who participate in local events throughout the year. John Baker is the band leader and conductor and has done this for many years. The Community Band hopes the swap meet will become an annual event to help redistribute music equipment and instruments and get them into the hands of musicians in an affordable fashion.
The event is open to everyone. Here’s how it will work:
- Drop off your instrument or piece of musical equipment at BVE between 9 and 11 am;
- You’ll be charged a $2 per item registration fee; and
- The swap meet runs from 11 am until 3 pm and if your item sells, you’ll pay a 20% commission.
Swap meet organizers will accept cash, debit cards and credit cards but not — Alas! —personal cheques.
Advisors will be on hand to help with the event.
All sales are final and unsold items can be picked up between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. No early birds please. Questions on the event can be directed to Steven at 250-837-1096.