Bradford Band Donates $ 9,000 to School Board for Music Education
The Simcoe County District School Board Music Education Program received a boost of $ 9,000 last weekend from Bradford’s band, Ninth Line.
The Simcoe County District School Board Music Education Program received a boost of $ 9,000 last weekend from Bradford cover band Ninth Line.
Formed in the 1980s at Bradford District High School (BDHS), named after one of the town’s rural roads, the group returned to their hometown to donate to the school board while performing at its first performance since the start of the pandemic at the city’s annual Pumpkin Fest at Henderson Park.
“Ninth Line is where we rehearsed,” said band frontman Jimmy Skerratt. “This is where we made all our noise when we were younger.”
The band – Skerratt, Michael Jack, Joe Brett, Matthew Certosimo and new drummer John Lord – have come together in recent years to perform covers of 1980s rock ‘n’ roll, pop and blues classics. Their original drummer, Peter “Woody” Woodhead, sadly passed away earlier last year.
The group were joined by Holly Reynolds, head of the school board’s music program, Bonnie Black and Bradford District High School (BDHS), and Superintendent Chris Samis for a special check discount on Saturday afternoon.
Through the group’s charity, the Ninth Line Foundation, they donated $ 9,000 to the board of directors so they could purchase software and licenses for remote music lessons during the pandemic. The group also announced their Ninth Line Music Fellowship through the Ninth Line Foundation at BDHS, which was first awarded to a student entering a college music program.
“We always felt great in high school,” Skerratt said. “Music education has always been important to us, and it got us thinking about how we might give back.”
It took about three years for the band to collect money from the funds raised through concerts and merchandise sales.
In the past, the group has used their music to support school programs, purchasing musical instruments to donate to schools and providing scholarships to young people pursuing music studies, through the Ninth Line Foundation.
“The Ninth Line Foundation’s donations to SCDSB have been made possible by all of our friends and family who have attended the band’s concerts and purchased our ‘merch’ since our reunion in 2016, as well as the generous support of Scotto Electric, Bradford Print Shoppe and Borden Ladner Gervaus srl. “
As the restrictions related to the pandemic begin to ease, the band hope to continue performing and further supporting music education at SCDSB and across the country.
“Music isn’t much money anymore and concerts are scarce, we take it where we can,” Skerratt said. “We miss being in front of people. We all appreciate that.”
To learn more about the group and its foundation, visit their Facebook page here.