Our Junior Brass & Wind Bands are preparing to head to Newcastle for the 2019 East Coast Band Championships, and the next step along the road is a fundraising concert to help with the travel and accommodation for the trip.
The bands will be performing their contest pieces at the Corrimal RSL auditorium at 2pm on Saturday 25 May.
Entry is just $5, and we’d love to have you there to hear what our up-and-coming musicians can do!
Star Wars Day is almost upon us, and to celebrate the incredible music of the film franchise a number of us will be part of a (free!) pop-up orchestra event in Wollongong Mall at 1pm on Saturday May 4.
Illawarra On Pointe Productions is organising the event, and you can find more details on their website.
Whether you love Star Wars, music, or both together, stop by the Crown St Mall Stage on Saturday and enjoy the talent of Wollongong’s musicians.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0431 065 359). Instruments will run out, so get in early!
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.