If you would like to help Motor City Brass Band replace percussion instruments stolen earlier this year, please mail a check made out to and mail it to: Craig Strain, Motor City Brass Band Music Director, 37804 Connaught, Northville, 48167.
The instruments and the trailer used to house and transport them between concert sites were stolen in June, 2018 from a Salvation Army facility in Southfield, Mich., near where the band rehearses. Drums, timpanis, chimes, cymbals, xylophones, congas and a gong are among the stolen instruments.
“Be On the Look-Out” (BOLO): The black, 16-by-7-foot trailer, Michigan license plate D023019 is described as an American Hauler model number NH716TA2, serial number SN6200G22EE1044296. MCBB reports the passenger side light on the fender is broken. The trailer also is distinguished by a red, coiled cable that connects the trailer to the vehicle hauling it.
The airplane in the photo at the top of the page is “Hairless Joe,” a Douglas C-47 Skytrain, one of three airworthy, multi-engine, World War II-era aircraft in the care of Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti. In addition to its role ferrying troops and supplies, the “Gooney Bird” played a central role in the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49, helping deliver food and supplies to help keep the city from falling under Soviet domination.
In more recent times, the patriotic men and women of the Motor City Brass Band have volunteered to commemorate the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces through performances on national holidays and special observances, including a stirring concert performance at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 2016.