Second Chances band seeks permanent rehearsal space

A program that allows people with little or no musical training to learn to play instruments together is looking for a permanent home.

Band also needs space to store 4 timpani, 2 drum sets, xylophones and more

The Second Chances Community Band is currently rehearsing in a space owned by music store Long & McQuade. (CBC)

A program that allows people with little or no musical training to learn to play instruments together is looking for a permanent home. 

The Second Chances Community Band is a non-profit group open to anyone who wants to make music.

As the band gears up for its next season, it is on the hunt for a permanent rehearsal space. Right now it's operating in a space on Herring Cove Road owned by music store Long & McQuade.  

"They're willing to let us stay for the time being, and that may turn into something indefinite, but it may not," said Chris Ward, the executive director of the band.

Ward said the band is grateful for the space but the non-profit cannot afford to pay its landlord the same rate as a commercial tenant. 

On the move

Last fall, the program was being held in a Spryfield church, but some members had respiratory problems in the space. Ward said although the church investigated it wasn't able to figure out why. 

"So we said well, we're going to try to accommodate our membership, so we made a decision to move," he said. 

The program has almost a hundred people. It also has to find a place that can store xylophones, four timpani, two drum sets, and other large percussion instruments. 

President Tony Sweet said the band is a great experience. He plays the clarinet and tenor saxophone.

"It does give you a sense of cohesion and a sense of community as well," he said.  

Sweet came to the band without any musical training, but learned to play with the help of friends.

"We have a few laughs as we go along and support each other," he said.

Ward said the ideal space would be a large, well-lit room, with enough space to arrange 100 players, and secure storage for the percussion instruments. 

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