Another Great ANZAC Turnout

ANZAC Day 2019 once again demonstrated the dedication and commitment of the Wollongong Brass and Wind Bands with a fantastic turnout at all of our events.

Starting with the Corrimal pre-ANZAC day commemoration, we had just over 30 band members who marched and played hymns. About a third of those were from our Wind Band, who (for the first time!) were invited to participate this year.

The dawn service at Port Kembla saw the band grow to just over 40, and numbers swelled again to 55 for the Windang march and commemorative service.

The Wollongong march capped off the day with the band numbering about 60 players, and producing an epic sound.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to our conductor Leanne and Drum Major Alex for keeping us in line (literally!).

ANZAC Day 2019

As usual, we will be participating in a number of ANZAC-related events over the next few weeks.

First up, we’ll be marching and playing hymns at the Corrimal RSL pre-commemorative march on 14 April at 1:45pm. The march starts at the RSL and finishes at the ANZAC Memorial grove off Railway St. There will be a commemorative service at the memorial.

On ANZAC Day itself (25 April), we’ll be starting at the 6am dawn service at Port Kembla (corner of Allen St and Military Rd), playing hymns and bugle calls. From there, we move to Windang where we’ll march in the parade at 7:45am and play hymns for the service at Windang Bowling Club.

Finally, we’ll be in Wollongong for the main march at 10am.

We hope to see you all out-and-about supporting ANZAC events around the Illawarra.

Dapto Uniting Church Markets

Quick update: the Wind Band will be playing a couple of sets on Saturday April 6 (tomorrow!) from 10am , providing some light entertainment at the Dapto Uniting Church markets.

The markets are held at the church grounds at 122 Princes Hwy, Dapto, opposite Dapto Mall. We’ll be in the hall if it’s raining.

Hope to see you there!

Junior Wind Players Needed

Our Junior Wind Band is playing great music and sounding fantastic, but we need more players!

If you are/know/are-related-to someone under 19 who plays a wind instrument (e.g. flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone) or percussion, we’d love to have you/them join our band. We’d also like to start up a beginner band for kids who are new to their instruments.

The Junior Wind Band is a great way for kids who play in school bands to extend their skills and get performance experience. It’s great fun, and we’ve got some exciting events coming up later in the year including a tour to Newcastle, concerts and playouts.

You can find out more about joining, and our rehearsal times here on the web site. Get in touch!

Beginner Brass 2019 Underway

Last night’s brass rehearsal saw the new beginner brass group receive their loan instruments and make their first sounds as a band. It’s fair to say that there was a lot of excitement amongst the kids, and perhaps some feelings of trepidation amongst the parents. You’ll have to trust us on this, learning how to make a good sound on a brass instrument takes time, those sounds will get better!

The process of learning how to read and play music begins in earnest next week, and so (we hope!) will the practice at home.

Happy playing everyone!

Want to learn a brass instrument?

If you or your kids have ever wanted to learn a brass instrument, there’s no better time to start than now!

We’re about to start a new group of musicians catering for first-timers. The beginner group will meet on Fridays from 5 to 5:30pm during school terms. It’s mainly aimed at kids, but adults are welcome too. Kids must be in Year 4 at school, or older.

The best part? The annual fee is only $40, and we’ll loan you an instrument
(subject to availability, of course) at no extra cost. That’s right, for just $40 you get a weekly group lesson, and a brass instrument to play for the whole year.

The information session is on Friday 1 March 2019 at 5pm in the band hall. For more information, contact Des Cannings (des.cannings@gmail.com or call 0431 065 359). Instruments will run out, so get in early!

Dedication Rewarded

Our “As Time Goes By” concert last weekend brought together our Brass and Wind bands at a single concert for the first time ever, but that wasn’t the only exciting thing that happened on the day.

We were also thrilled to be able to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of some of our members with the prestigious award of Life Membership of the band.

Awards went to Fay Craig and Lindsay Dunstan for their dedication and service to the band both as players and committee members over many years, and to Leanne Walton for her hard work as Musical Director of the 3 Wind bands (beginner, junior, and senior). Leanne is the first ever recipient of Life Membership from the Wind band side of the organisation.

Congratulations to Leanne, Lindsay and Fay!

Get Involved in Music!

Now that 2019 is in full swing, school is back, and we can all finally focus on our New Year’s Resolutions (they start in February, right?!) there’s no better time to get involved in music.

If your children are getting back to school and thinking about joining the school band, or just starting music lessons, they can come and join one of our beginner or junior bands and play a brass or wind instrument.

It’s going to be a big year for our junior bands. The junior brass have just kicked off 2019 with their annual camp. After just a couple of days they are producing some exceptional music (they had a lot of fun as well, of course). Further ahead, there will be concerts, competitions, workshops, and hopefully a short tour!

We’re always looking for new players in our adult bands as well. If you play a brass or wind instrument or you’d like to learn one, give us a call on 4228 6018 (please, leave a message!). You can find our rehearsal times and instruments here on the web site.

Seniors Festival Concert

We’re celebrating the 2019 Seniors Festival by bringing together our flagship brass and wind bands for our first combined concert. We’ll be covering a lot of musical territory, we’ve got music by Percy Grainger, The Seekers, ABBA, and Queen. Oh, and Sinatra, and Paul Simon… And let’s not forget Elvis…! There’s bound to be a few (maybe more than a few) that you can sing along to!

The concert is on 16 February 2019 at 2pm in the Figtree Anglican Church Auditorium on Gibson Rd. You can pre-purchase tickets at http://www.trybooking.com/BAGDK.

We hope you can join us for a musical stroll down memory lane!

Honk! Oz 2019

Back for the 5th year running, the Honk Street Music Festival is coming to Wollongong this weekend. The festival runs from January 10 to 12, showcasing bands and street music around central Wollongong. It’s always fun, so why not get out there and listen to some music?

The City of Wollongong Wind Band will be taking part in the festival with a performance on Saturday 12 January, although we’re not exactly sure when or where yet, so stay tuned!

UPDATE: We’re performing at the Arts Precinct (next to IPAC) from 10:00am to 10:30am.