Friday, September 08, 2006

Pursuing Grants

I have volunteered to pursue grant funding for the small community orchestra I play in. We need instruments specifically large low contrabasses and since we all play recorders our needs are unique. There is an entire family of recorders available and some very good reasonably priced plastic ones. But the big low instruments (none of which are made of plastic or are mass produced) start at 3,000 dollars.
This represents a significant investment to an amateur and may not be justified by an occasional consort player . But contrabasses are absolutely crucial in an orchestra.
I just received my contrabass from Bill Lazar. It is an odd looking thing but it sounds wonderful.