Like most brass bands, Fairfield Brass band runs on good will and donations to fund its upkeep. On a Christmas afternoon, band members often play music around several Fairfield locations in the hope of encouraging band donations and, perhaps, of making a little extra towards a Christmas pint or two. Press to hear how hard this was in years gone by.
You can read a transcript of the audio below:
“His wife used to come to one of the windows, up on the first floor upstairs, and listen to us. She would then say “I will drop you this money – notes – out of the window.” There were three lads in the band, of which I was one, and she would say “If you can catch these in the bell of your instrument, you can have them. But, if they fall to the floor it goes to the band funds.” Of course, out in the open with bank notes drifting down – a ten shilling note, drifting about all over the place in the breeze – and no chance of catching them because we all played cornets anyway which only had small bells. If we had been playing basses, we might have stood a chance; but no it always finished up in the band funds unfortunately.”