Dordon Co-op shoppers hit the right note for marching band

Members of a Dordon marching band will be stepping out in style in outfits specially imported from the USA, thanks to shoppers giving up their dividends.

Dordon Co-op customers donated the rewards earned on their purchases to raise £500 for the Dynamic Vibe Performance Ensemble.

•Manager of Dordon Co-op, presents cheque to corps director of Dynamic Vibe Performance Ensemble, with jubilant members of band outside club where rehearse

Julie-ann Kester, manager of Dordon Co-op, presents a cheque for £500 to Sandra Webb, corps director of Dynamic Vibe Performance Ensemble, with jubilant members of the band outside Birch Coppice Social Club where they rehearse.

The money will fund new uniforms for the girls in the ‘colour guard’ who provide the visual element of the band’s show. They perform gymnastics and other routines, involving the throwing and catching of flags, as well as imitation rifles and swords.

The 19-strong ensemble models itself on American college bands and accepts people of all ages, abilities and disabilities into its ranks. One of the percussionists has epileptic seizures following a stroke, but still manages to play. Several generations of one family are also in the band, whose ages range from eight to 65. All are self-taught.

Julie-ann Kester, manager of the Tamworth Co-operative Society owned convenience store, presented a cheque for the cash raised to the group during a rehearsal.

She said: “I’m really pleased that we’re able to make a significant contribution to such a deserving community organisation right here on our doorstep. Our customers supported  the band as part of the Society’s annual Community Dividend Fund scheme.”

Dynamic Vibe corps director Sandra Webb said there would even be funds left over to buy two new drum stands.

“We’re very grateful to the Co-op and the customers for their generosity. It’s absolutely brilliant. We’ve got three big competitions coming up in Barnsley, Telford and Widnes against some big bands, so this donation has come at just the right time.”

The troupe, which was formed five years ago, will be given a score on a show lasting 15 minutes, which includes a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Dynamic Vibe also perform at local events, such as Polesworth Carnival, and Remembrance parades.