On 28 July 2021, H.E. Herbert Beck, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, handed over a donation of brass instruments to the QueenZab Brass Band from Groot Aub, represented by Maureen Rooi. The donation consists of trumpets, trombones, tubas, a marching band drum set, an euphonium and music stands worth N$110, 735.00. The funding was provided by the Goethe-Institut in the framework of their support to music groups in countries all over the world.
The QueenZab Brass Band was formed in Groot-Aub in 2007 and is active performing at community events such as funerals, weddings and church functions. Maureen Rooi, leader of the QueenZab Brass Band said: “We did not expect such a quick response and assistance especially in such difficult time like this one we are in. We will make use of the donation in order to get the youth more involved in learning how to play the instruments. It is a great help for the youth to be more involved in music than to be on the streets.”
Ambassador Beck added: “Cultural programme work - promoting art and exhibitions, film, theatre, dance, literature and music - is a key component of the foreign cultural and education policy of the Federal Republic of Germany. We are glad to support the QueenZab Brass Band with instruments so that they will be able to continue their work in the community and we are looking forward to seeing and hearing the instruments in action once the Covid-pandemic is over. So please, stay healthy.”