City of Devonport Brass Band Celebrations
Published on 17 February 2017
The City of Devonport Brass Band will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of its band room this month with new brass instruments, the launch of a community music program and a celebration barbeque.
The band was recently successful in securing a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund to allow them to deliver a new ‘Bring on the Brass’ community music program.
The Band has this week taken delivery of five new Yamaha brass instruments, including cornets, horns and a trombone, with further new instruments due to arrive later in the year.
“It’s been 50 years since our last major investment in instruments, which meant that it was a challenge for our learners and amateur musicians to generate a decent sound given the age of the instruments” said Band Treasurer Robert Apse
“These new instruments will not only be a major boost to the band’s music quality, they will also help us introduce more people to the joy and benefits of playing brass instruments” said Mr Apse.
“As well as playing at community events including Carols by Candlelight, Devonport Jazz, Anzac Day, Australia Day celebrations and more, we’re planning a number of pop-up shows in the Rooke Street Mall and will be delivering ‘Try Out Some Brass’ session during the school holidays and Adult Learners Week this year”.
The band room 50th anniversary celebrations will be held on Saturday, 25th February, commencing with a performance at the Devonport Farmers Market and march back to the band room. Mayor Steve Martin will officially “re-enact” the opening of the band room at 11am and help unveil a commemorative plaque. A community BBQ will follow, together with ‘brass instrument tryouts’.
Mr Apse said “It’s an opportunity for the community to help us celebrate as well as give our new instruments a go”.
Weather permitting, the band will hold weekly rehearsals in Roundhouse Park on a Sunday, in preparation for the National Band Championships in Launceston at Easter, with the public also invited to attend these sessions.
City of Devonport Brass Band Media Contact: Devonport City Council Media Contact:
Mr Robert Apse, Treasurer Karina Moore, Media & Communication Officer
0418 745 825 03 6424 0562 / 0407 506 840