The sound of brass instruments will fill Alexandra Park on Sunday when the Bundaberg Municipal Brass Band hosts its free community Winter Warm Up concert.
Member Elaine Quinn said the band will perform for over an hour and will cover a variety of tunes including the March of the Cobblers, made famous in the Brassed Off movie.
“There are a few tunes for our younger audience too, with songs from The Lion King and Toy Story, as well as some classics like Kalinka, Mamma Mia and Boogie in the Bandstand to get your toes tapping,” she said.
“There is no cost, just bring a chair or rug to sit on.
“We do bring along our battered old tuba so people can throw a coin or two in as a donation to help the band keep running if they choose.”
Elaine said the band was currently made up of about 20 regular members.
“We range in age from teenagers to oldies, and from beginners to those who have been playing with us for decades,” she said.
“We are also lucky enough to have a handful of players from Rockhamptom who will be joining us on Sunday, so there will be a full range of brass instruments being played, from the small cornets to the big tubas.”
Bundaberg Municipal Brass Band was established in 1935 and has won many competitions at state and national levels over the years,
The band also plays for the community regularly, including at the Anzac Day parade and the recent Gayndah Festival.
“With Covid, losing our younger members to further education in Brisbane, and the aging band members no longer playing, the band's numbers have fallen over the years -so we're always looking for new members,” Elaine said.
“We meet on Monday night from 7 pm to 8.30 pm at the Band Hall in the Recreational Precinct off Kendalls Road.
“We do have some instruments available to hire if anyone is interested in joining us, so if you enjoyed playing at school maybe and would like to take up playing again, please give our Musical Director, Neil, a ring on 0427 952 537 or come and have a chat with us on Sunday.”
The Winter Warm Up concert will be held on Sunday 16 July at Alexander Park (near the bandstand) from 2 pm.
Find out more about the Bundaberg Municipal Band here.
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