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The Rockhampton City Brass Band through time

The evening of Friday November 27 2009 was filled with brass music, as the band performed its annual Brass in the Cathedral concert at St Josephs Cathedral.

An audience of over 100 people were entertained by the band, soloists and an ensemble, with almost $300 being raised for the cathedral renovation appeal.

Soloists Nathaniel Fitzgerald-Hood and Megan Murray performed, as did the Saturday Ensemble, and deputy conductor Ellen Ronalds conducted the band in her first public concert. Unfortunately, this was the last performance with us of Solo Cornet player Paulo de Figueiredo before his move interstate.

The band has one more engagement for the year, at the Emu Park Carols on Sunday December 13th.The band performing at Brass in the Cathedral

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The band will be holding its annual Brass in the Cathedral concert on Friday November 27, 2009.

The venue is St Josephs Cathedral in Allenstown, commencing at 7.00pm. Entry is by a gold coin donation, which will go towards the cathedral renovation.

Soloists, an ensemble and the full brass band will be heard on the evening. Our Saturday ensemble group will be heard for the first time in public, and is pictured here following their final rehearsal before the concert.

All are most welcome to attend.

The Saturday Ensemble

The Saturday Ensemble

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The band has once again taken part in Police Remembrance Day 2009. This year the service was held at the Salvation Army, North Rockhampton. We have participated in this ceremony for over 10 years now, despite it always being held on a weekday morning. Although it is impossible to have the whole band attend, we have always been able to assemble a capable group, and this year was no exception. Some players come straight from work, hence some different uniforms.

The band played a number of hyms prior to and during the service, and also performed the Requiescant, a bugle call reminiscent of the Last Post, but specially written for the event. We believe this is the only Police Remembrance Day ceremony held in Queensland, and possibly Australia, that has a brass band participating. Our performance was well received by all. Thank you to those members able to participate.

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Friday August 21 saw the hall sitting happily on its new stumps. Sporting a new “flat look” visitors can see just how far parts of it had sunk. Very little internal damage was sustained – the advantage of wooden construction – and the only internal issue is the large instrument cupboard which was built when the hall wasn’t level. Keith has already lowered many of the internal doors back to their proper height and they’re opening and closing as they should – something we haven’t seen for a couple of years!

We’ll post some more “after” photos, but here’s a quick look at the much cleaner area under the hall and the very consistent looking stumps (with sixty tonnes of concrete!). There’s still some plumbing work to complete but things will be working for Bingo’s return and then tidied up next week. There’s a a little more work to fix up the back stairs and decking as well as replacing the battens but then the whole building will be finished.

Well done to Lammi Bros Restumping for a job well done and a big thank you to those who assisted us get to this point. The Gambling Community Benefits Fund provided us with a grant of $28 000 which covered nearly half of the whole cost and has enabled us to undertake the project.

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Things are progressing nicely and about five trucks worth of concrete was poured and pumped under the hall. It’s all looking much more ship shape now. Once it’s dried a bit the hall will be lowered onto the poles and properly leveled. It seems that the back area of the hall where the toilets are was added to the building when it wasn’t level, now the pipes don’t reach the ground! The plumbers should have us up and running by Saturday for bingo’s return and then cleaned up next week.

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With the holes dug and inspected under the hall is looking a lot cleaner after a lot of rubbish and dirt has been removed. The poles are being hung and once they’re ready concrete will be poured around them.

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Things are moving a little slowly with restumping so bingo won’t be restarting until Saturday 22 August. But by then we will have

  • 5 x $100 in 90 calls (so there WILL be winners)
  • new bingo calling system
  • new bingo display
  • restumpted (and level) hall with replaced plumbing

We’ll have the same extra jackpots 5 x $100 in 90 calls on Thursday 27 August too!

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During: The dig

The lads from Lammi Bros Restumping and House Removals arrived Monday and have made great progress on removing the old stumps and digging the larger holes for the new ones. A quick water level around the hall showed that the whole building was virtually twisted and no two parts the same height as any other!

We found some changes to the front and side steps will cost an extra $1200 but that’s within our contingency budget limits so all in all a week in and things are looking pretty good. Our new bingo gear arrived too (yes we’re going all out!) and Keith’s updating the wall mounting to hold the new display. It’s all go (except for lunch)

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Whoa! It’s certainly an interesting view of the state of things under the hall. All this will be totally replaced:

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Well, we’re finally on our way with some action on the hall itself. Keith, Paulo, Terry, David, Brian and Chris have removed the battens around the hall to leave the stumps and their poor state clearly visible. It’s a great start and didn’t go too badly by all accounts.

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