May The 4th…

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.

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!