Fall River band raises money following massive equipment theft
By: Ellie Romano
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – The community is helping a Fall River band get back on its feet after $25,000 in musical equipment was stolen from them last month.
Some of the items stolen from the St. Cecilia Philharmonic Band include cymbals, music stands, a tuba, speakers, a drum set, and thousands of sheets of music.
“It’s just like a fight between two heavyweights,” explained the band’s conductor Peter Camara. “The thieves got a good punch in but we came back swinging with the help of the community.”
On Saturday, the band held a lunch fundraiser to try and raise money for new equipment. The community was quick to come to the band’s aid.
“Tickets started to sell fast,” said Camara.
The band has been getting by for the past month by borrowing instruments from other organizations.
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