A group of Haverhill musicians has been overwhelmed with support following the theft of £2,000 worth of their equipment.
A PA system and a CD player were amongst the items taken from the premises of Haverhill Drum Tuition at a break in on January 11.
The studio in Haverhill’s Homefield Road is used as a teaching space for children learning to play the drums and as a rehearsal area for local bands.
Since the break in, there has been an outpouring of support from the community, trying to get the musicians back on their feet.
Tony Mumford teaches drums at the studio and also plays drums for Haverhill group, That Eighties Band.
I’ve been really pleasantly surprised by all the donations from other musicians,” he said. “A couple of my students donated their old drum kits. A chap called Jim Furlong donated his old drum kit as well.
“Ian Croft from the Cambridge Drum Company sent us £100. I don’t even know the guy. Another drum tutor, Martin Everett has also taken on some of my students until we’re back on our feet. I’d like to thank him too.”
Help has also been given by Sudbury company, EPSL (Events Promotion Sound Light), who have agreed to help with That Eighties Band’s on stage sound and light system following the theft of their PA system from the studio.
“It restores my faith in humanity,” said Bob Spinks, bass player with That Eighties Band and owner of the unit that houses the drum studio. “We’ve had a lot of really nice responses from people and there have been offers to help with equipment and to replace some of the disks students use fro their grades that were taken.”
That Eighties Band had been due to perform a gig at Haverhill Arts Centre on Saturday (February 14) and had offered free tickets and a meal for two to anyone who could offer them information that may help to discover the culprits.
Due to unrelated circumstances, the gig has been postponed until May 2, but the offer of a reward for information about the break in still stands.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Rupert Beynon at Haverhill police on 101, quoting crime reference HH/15/83.