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The Rockhampton City Brass Band through time

The weather didn’t look promising when we arrived at Emu Park on Sunday for their markets.  The sun did come out, however, and the playout proceeded apace.

Our location was very central, adjacent to the hamburger stall, so we had a ready supply of onlookers.  Some clapped along, some sang along, and one  little girl even dropped a donation into an inadvertently opened instrument case. And everyone had a good time

I think we’ll probably be back to perform at another Emu Park market in the near future.

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After the Flood

Flood waters have now receded from the hall, however the memories linger. There are still large standing pools of water behind the hall, and also underneath.

Fortunately, water didn’t enter the hall at all, but there was still heaps to do to get the hall back into action. Mud was everywhere outside, so a small working bee was held to start the cleaning process. Sandflies are resident in huge clouds at the moment, and mosquitos will appear shortly. Due to boggy conditions, bingo had to be cancelled again this week.

Bingo will definitely resume on Thursday January 20. Rehearsals resume on Monday January 17.

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The current flooding situation over much of Queensland has affected our bandhall somewhat. Coincidentally, we also had problems with our website, and couldn’t update it for a while.

The band is currently in Christmas recess, however members still hold our regular bingo games, which provide the funds that keep the band going. With the bandhall now surrounded by water, these games are currently suspended. It is hoped they will resume on Thursday January 13.

Fortunately, Rockhampton gets ample warning of largescale floods, so a couple of members attended and moved items to higher ground, just in case. Fortunately, with the water levels not reaching the 1991 level, no water entered the hall. We hope to begin rehearsals again on Monday January 17.

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At the band Christmas Party, held at the band hall in December, three new life members were presented with their certificates and medals.

Nathaniel, Keith and Len with their certificates and medals

The three, Nathaniel Fitzgerald-Hood, Keith Stock, and Len Sinnott, have been with the band for some time, and were given this honour in respect of their committed service to the band.

Nathaniel has played euphonium for some years with the band, and served as treasurer for a number of years.

Keith is a percussionist, and has always been on hand to perform a multitude of tasks, including that of custodian.

Len has been the band drum major for many years. He was awarded the Champion Drum Major of Australia title in 1995.

Unfortunately, Nathaniel has now moved away from town and Len has retired from his drum major duties. Our best wishes to all our life members.

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For the final time this year, the band has performed at the Rockhampton Heritage Village Markets. As it was also the last markets before Christmas, the band performed sets of Christmas carols and songs, accompanied by a number of local vocalists.

Although the threat of rain was ever present throughout the day, it held off  just long enough for our performance to conclude.

We have one more engagement remaining for the year at the Emu Park Carols by Candlelight.

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A hot and humid day greeted us at St Pauls Anglican Cathedral, Rockhampton, for the 2010 Police Remembrance Day Service.

As usual, it is impossible to get a full band to the service, which we have attended for many years. This year, a group of our players gathered to participate.  As it is a church service, a number of hymns were played, the National Anthem, and the Requiescant – a piece in the style of the Last Post, written especially for Australian Police Remembrance Day services.

Thank you to those who attended.

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Under blue winter skies, the band performed its annual engagement at the All Saints Fete in North Rockhampton.

The crowd enjoyed a varied selection of music, from the traditional marches to popular items. This was the final engagement with the band for our secretary, Madison, who will be leaving Rockhampton shortly to take up a new job.

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The Rockhampton City Brass Band has hosted the first ABODA Qld (Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association, Queensland) Rockhampton Hub conducting workshop.

A number of aspiring conductors from various organisations gathered at the band hall to take part in the event, with instruction being given by Lewes Peddell.

After the initial instruction had concluded, an ensemble drawn from a number of local music groups was played to give the newly inspired conductors some practical experience. This is probably the first time that a group comprising brass, woodwind, strings and percussion have gathered in the band hall in its 60 years of existence.

Thanks to all involved, in what is hoped to be the first of many such gatherings.

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It is with much regret that the band advises the passing of Life Member, Mr Ron Munns.
Ron was a talented musician who played bass with the band. He passed away at the age of 82.
The funeral for Mr Munns will be held on Saturday, April 24. Further details will be posted here when they come to hand.

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The band will play at the Rockhampton Heritage Village Markets this Sunday March 14th at 9am, 10am and 11am.

For Band Members

We will be playing just inside the main front gate which is opposite the Parkhurst Tavern which is in the street off the highway.

When you enter optionally pay the gold coin donation, turn right and we are playing  on the road at the back of the “wool shed” so it should be very easy to find. There is a big three there too I believe  but I don’t know if it will give us shade.

We are to play at 9, 10 and 11 so arrive by 8:30 to help with final set up please. We are planning on about 25 minutes per session.

Uniform

Dress that was decided was white shirt, no tie, but hat in case of sun.

Playlist

Songs will be selected from these depending on who is there at each session.

  • Brass Band boogie
  • Beer Barrel Polka
  • Boom boom
  • Cross Of Honor The
  • Flintstones
  • Fiesta Della Costa
  • Guantanamera
  • Greenbrier
  • James Bond Theme The
  • In The MOod
  • Lion sleeps Tonight The
  • Kracken
  • Mr Jumms
  • Pink Panther Theme
  • Sing Along Max
  • Side By Side
  • Sweet Gingerbread Man
  • Smoke On The WAter
  • Those Magnificent Men
  • Valero
  • What A Wonderful world
  • Voice Of The Guns The
  • When The Saints Go Marching In
  • Volare
  • Victoria

See you there!



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