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The 2008 RSPBA Grade 1 Champion of Champions St. Laurence O’Toole of Dublin have launched a new “Friends of the Band” program where supporters of the group can contribute funds and receive band merchandise in return.
“Friends of the band all came about as result of various enquiries for merchandise from the United States and Canada,” St. Laurence O’Toole’s band secretary commented. “It gives us an outlet to distribute various merchandise to fans of the band. The income generated by this new venture helps to subsidize the band’s various trips to Scotland.”
SLOT does not have a title or primary sponsor, but is supported by various manufacturers that supply equipment, including Premier Percussion and Warnock Reeds and Chanters.
Contributors to the Friends of the Band program receive SLOT-branded merchandise commensurate with their level of contribution. Donors also have their names added to the “Hall of Fame” on the band’s website.
The band also revealed that it will embark on a busy 2009, with two concerts in one week in March. The first show is on March 21st in the Armagh City Hotel, Co. Armagh, and the second performance will be at the Guild Hall in Derry City on March 28th. Details of the events will be made public soon, according to a source within the band.
The first “Friends of . . .” program by a pipe band was started by the 78th Fraser Highlanders in 1992, and the idea has since become popular with bands throughout the world.