Tue. Jan 31st, 2023

DEBARY, Fla. – Two members of a Volusia County symphony orchestra are sharing the influence that thieves had on members after the thieves stole 1000’s of {dollars}’ price of musical gear.

Kay Cooke and Chas Monaghan with Volusia Group Arts based mostly in DeLand met with Information 6 in DeBary. Cooke is the president of the symphony orchestra, and Monaghan is a double bass participant.

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Each stated morale is low after their first observe with out devices over the weekend, however they’re nonetheless going to cost on.

“You don’t give up taking part in music as a result of any individual steps on you. You simply play louder with an even bigger smile,” Monaghan stated.

Monoghan stated the music won’t ever die, although the symphony orchestra has taken a serious setback this previous Wednesday when thieves stole the nonprofit’s trailer, which was crammed with greater than $20,000 price of kit. Together with the trailer and attachments, greater than $30,000 price of kit was stolen.

A wood block is all that continues to be on the West Volusia Shriner’s Membership the place the trailer was parked.

The gadgets contained in the trailer have been the vast majority of the percussion part.

“I can solely think about what they’re feeling. It’s like…. however that’s my instrument, that’s how I do what I do,” Cooke stated.

Cooke stated dropping the percussion part was like dropping their heartbeat.

“They suppose that every one the opposite devices just like the trumpets, so loud, so essential! However actually, it’s the percussion as a result of they’re the driving pressure of our beat, of our power,” Cooke stated.

The group has offered photos of the trailer to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Workplace.

It’s described as a 2009 white v-nose with a license plate studying LRII60.

Deputies even noting in a report a number of the contents of the trailer from stands, to a number of timpani, to stools.

It’s a loss that they’re making an attempt to regulate to as they proceed to observe forward of their spring concert events, Cooke stated.

“I had a metallic cleansing rod from my flute, so I’m handing it again to the percussion to have the ability to play a easy factor like a triangle,” Cooke stated.

Monaghan says for him, it’s unhappy to see this occur to his fellow members, saying they have been heaven-sent since transferring to Florida from Mississippi.

“After I moved to Florida, I mainly got here right here, I had a duffel bag, a guitar and $600, and I didn’t know what I used to be going to do, and this ministry in Sanford form of adopted me and bought me a spot to remain,” Monaghan stated.

From there, Monaghan stated he discovered his second household within the orchestra, including that whereas they’re going via onerous instances, their mission stays the identical.

“Orchestra and the Arts provides magnificence to life we wouldn’t have in any other case. I imply, with out that, what’s the purpose of doing the humdrum should you don’t have some profound magnificence and perception,” Monaghan stated.

That is nonetheless an energetic investigation for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Workplace, which urged anybody who might have seen or heard one thing to provide the workplace a name instantly.

As for Volusia Group Arts, they’re nonetheless leaning on the group. They’ve arrange a GoFundMe to assist regain a few of their misplaced gear.

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