Mr. Keith Munns

Mr Keith Munns, Band President and former conductor, being awarded Life Membership of the Queensland Band Association by QBA Secretary, Meg FixterRockhampton City Brass Band 130th Anniversary Dinner, Sept 6 2003

Mr Keith Munns, Band President and former conductor, being awarded Life Membership of the Queensland Band Association by QBA Secretary, Meg Fixter Rockhampton City Brass Band 130th Anniversary Dinner, Sept 6 2003.

Keith was the longest serving conductor of the Rockhampton City Band, wielding the baton from 1961 until 1984, and was acting conductor a number of times after that. He was also president of the band for a number of years.

Keith was  well known to bands throughout the country as a player, adjudicator and conductor.

He had competed with a number of A Grade bands, including Townsville Citizens, South Brisbane Federal, Brisbane Excelsior, Toowoomba Municipal, Maryborough Federal and Rockhampton City. He studied conducting and adjudication under the late J. J. Kelly.

He was renowned as a soloist on his chosen instrument, the flugel.
His achievements on this instrument included:

  • Queensland Champion Flugel 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1964
  • Queensland Champion of Champions 1951, 1959
  • Australian Champion Flugel 1952, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1965

He also performed as a soloist on various radio programmes throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Although he no longer played in any band, Keith continued playing his flugel for his own enjoyment until very recently. In later years, he was a fixture in the audience at contests all over the country, and was looking forward to attending the forthcoming National Championships in Brisbane.

He was a Life Member of the Rockhampton City Brass Band, and was only the eighth person to be awarded life membership of the Queensland Band Association.

Keith passed away on February 23, 2008, after a short illness.

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