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The Bundaberg Municipal Band is looking for new members.

If you have a bit of a talent with a brass instrument or two, the Bundaberg Municipal Band is calling for new members to perform with them in 2020.

The community group has been playing in the region since the early 1930s, participating in local events and competitions right around Australia.

“We have around 20 members at the moment and we are looking to grow our numbers,” band president Toby Smith said.

“We play brass band instruments such as cornets, flugelhorns, tenor horns, baritones, euphoniums, trombones tubas and percussion.”

Toby said the band was formed in 1935 and had won many state and national titles through the years in all levels from A grade to C grade.

“The band has helped with the development of many musicians in the Bundaberg Region who have since gone on to become world-class musicians and composers,” he said.

Now, Toby said the band was looking to extend the group further by adding more instrumentalists.

“The band is looking for anyone that has played a instrument or wants to just give it a go,” Toby said.

“We are always looking for people to be involved with the band, helping to organise events and concerts throughout the year.

“All ages are welcome to come and play with us.”

Toby said the Bundaberg Municipal Band meets every Tuesday night at the band hall located in the Recreational Precinct off Kendalls Road.

“We perform regularly throughout the year, usually on a Sunday afternoon in local parks and we always support the community on Anzac Day,” he said.

“Our first performance of the year is on Sunday, 1 March at the Bargara foreshore.”

Toby said there were many benefits of joining the band, including the opportunity to meet new people and grow as a musician in a fun, family-orientated environment.

“Our current members love coming to band being able to challenge themselves against players of better abilities and gives them something to aim for,” he said.

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The tuba section ready for action at the 2018 gala concert.

Musical director wanted for brass band

Toby said the Bundaberg Munipal Band was also on the hunt for a musical director.

He said the perfect candidate would have a passion for community bands and understand the crucial role the band plays in Bundaberg.

“We would like someone with a solid understanding and experience of conducting and someone who is wanting to see the band grow over the next few years,” he said.

If you would like to join the Bundaberg Municipal Band or have any questions, contact Toby Smith on 0439 693 436.

You can check out the band's Facebook page here.

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