If you are looking for a specific way to contribute to the continued success of the Naples Concert Band, below are a few items on our Wish List. Over the years, we have had wonderful response from members of our audience in helping us purchase important equipment for our Band that is beyond our ability to include in our annual budget. Some examples of these responses are our improved sound system, our present uniforms ($11,000 Memorial), a new concert bass drum, airfare and publicity costs for a guest performer, a recent donation of a used vibraphone, cash to support our scholarship program, specialized percussion instruments, our special music stand for our Conductor and many other items too numerous to list.
Underwriters for guest conductors and performers - in our 2012 – 2013 season program we will be bringin in a guest conductor for a concert performance. Estimated cost: $2,000 to $3,000.
Vibraphone repair – we have a vibraphone that needs a new motor and other minor repairs. Estimated cost: $400.
Student scholarships – although we have some other income sources for this program, we never seem to have enough and must delay or postpone needed expenses to meet this very important program. Cost: $5,000 per season.
Purchase and maintenance of Band uniforms - even though our Band members are required to share in this expense, we must maintain an inventory of uniforms in all sizes to meet the needs of new Band members. Estimated cost: $500 per year.
New set of tympani – we have a need for a second set of tympani (5 kettle drums) to avoid the difficult job of moving our present set from Cambier Park to our rehearsal hall at Gulfview Middle School. The school Music Director would welcome a second set to facilitate her concert program at the school. We have a good lead on a new set of tympani at a wholesale price of $8,000. A new set can run between $10,000 to 15,000.
Architectural Drawings for a new rehearsal building – we have secured permission to build a new building on free land at a local school campus. We must raise $1.5 to $2 million for this new building but need the preliminary building drawings to publicize our need in a capital fund drive. The preliminary drawings will cost $6,000.
If you’d like more details please contact Ev Hughes, (239) 566-9960 or via e-mail.