The main source of income for the band is the annual "Café Suite". The band has held nine of these events so far, each one very well attended. The event combines a concert by the band along with finger food and beverages included in the price of each ticket. There are door prizes and a silent auction. In its 15 years of operation, the band has received no government support. Other income is derived from honoraria for performing at community events.
The first Café Suite was held at the new St. Mary's Church in Metchosin. Those since have taken place at The Forge church.
Café Suite usually takes place near the end of March, so in the months before that members of the band request donations of items that could be used for either a silent auction item, or for a door prize. Donors are publicly acknowledged during the event, as well as on this website.
Our sincere thanks go to the many donors
for Café Suites 1 to 10.
Click HERE for what we hope is a complete list (in PDF format) of donors to Café Suites 1 to 10. We hope that band members and the public will, in turn, support these community-minded businesses.
West Shore Arts Council
When the band celebrated its first 10 years with an Anniversary Concert on October 20, 2012, the expenses were covered by a generous grant from the WEST SHORE ARTS COUNCIL. That resulted in the band being able to donate over four boxes of food and approximately $350 in cash to the local foodbank, all of which was collected during the concert.
The WCCB acknowledges the ongoing financial support of the West Shore Arts Council, which generously provided grants-in-aid in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The WCCB is proud to be a group member of the WSAC.
The members of the band gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided through this program. it has enabled us to purchase new uniforms and music, among other things.
Thanks go also to the following:
- Hourigan's Carpet, who donated carpeting to cover our conductor's podium, and to Robert Hume and Gail Nash who supplied the other materials and labour to construct it,
- John Billett, who spent hours building secure cases for the storage of our pair of tympani,
- Larry Moss of Mountain.Web, who built the tracking system for Café Suite donations.