Band Rehearsals on Hold due to COVID-19

This message probably doesn’t come as a great surprise.

The band executive and MD have been contemplating whether rehearsals should continue given the current government advice for social distancing to restrict the spread of COVID-19. We have sought advice from a medical professional who has recommended we suspend rehearsals until further notice, with the following info.

Department of Health advice states the following that applies to our rehearsals:

– No non-essential contact with groups of others over 90 minutes.
– No close contact in groups.
– Defer large meetings.
– No handshaking or touching others.

We know that people will be unhappy with this decision, but in the interest of public health we will follow the advice given and suspend rehearsals until further notice.

Updates will be posted when we know more about the possible resumption of our rehearsals. Please keep practising at home.

Bendigo Carols on this Sunday – 22nd December

As has become a tradition for the band, we will once again be a major part of the Bendigo Carols by Candlelight in Rosalind Park in 2019. Under the professional management of Bendigo Rotary, the carols will kick off at around 6pm for pre-event entertainment. The main carols event will start at 8pm. The band is expecting to play a bracket of songs at around 7.45pm and will accompany the traditional carol singing throughout the evening. It looks like the weather will be behaving itself as well. See you there..!!!

Prepare for the Proms

The City of Greater Bendigo Brass Band presents Brass Night of the Proms: A Celebration of Brass will be held on Sunday, 17th November, starting at 2pm at the Capital Theatre in View Street, Bendigo. Get your tickets at the Capital Box Office.

The band has had a very successful 2019, winning at the Bendigo Competitions and placing 3rd at the Victorian State Championships.

This November they bring their award winning music to audiences in Bendigo, celebrating the wonderful playing of committed band members. Join MC Chris Emond while the band features all the different sections of the band as well as soloists and duets.

The concert will also feature the Proms classics that our audiences have some to love. Prepare to sing along to Rule Brittania, Land of Hope and Glory and many more. Please join us for a flag waving, exciting afternoon of music.

ANZAC Day Ceremonies Strongly Supported

The Bendigo community turned out in force for the two ceremonies that the band played at on ANZAC Day 2019. A very large crowd sat and stood for the service at Huntly starting at 9am. Later in the morning Pall Mall was lined with an excellent crowd for the annual march and it was then standing room only for the 11am service at the RSL.

Well done again to Don for leading the band during the march and a special well done to Cally for keeping us on track for the hymns and national anthems. Also congrats to both Fred (Bendigo) and Luka (Huntly) for excellent renditions of the last post.

(Photo from Kate Emond’s video)

Brilliant Easter Weekend

The band did itself proud over the Easter 2019 weekend with some outstanding marching in both the Torchlight Procession (Saturday) and the big Gala Parade (Sunday). This year the band kept the huge crowds entertained with a quick paced version of YMCA. We also made use of our colourful plastic instruments to brighten up our presentation.

Well done to Don for leading us through both processions.

(Photo courtesy of the Bendigo Advertiser)

Heathcote Pre-School Opening

Come and listen to the Band playing at the Heathcote Pre-School Opening this Saturday, February 9, from 11am to 12pm. The Pre-School is located at 165 High Street Heathcote.

The band will be performing a number of children’s arrangements, so people of all ages should enjoy our repertoire.

Band members please arrive by 10:30am for set-up.

A Great Start to the Year

For Australia Day, the band was out in full strength at both the breakfast event at Maiden Gully and then at Lake Weeroona at Midday. Some great Australian music was played. Well done to Cally and Brendan for their excellent new arrangements of some well known Austrlian pop numbers. Oi..!

Rehearsals Kick Off for 2019

In preparation for this weekend’s Australia Day festivities, the band will be starting its 2019 rehearsals at the Tom Flood Centre tomorrow (Wednesday) night, from 7.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there and are looking forward to a great year..!!!

Happy New Year !!!

Happy new year to all band members, families and our extended network of banding friends.  We hope that 2019 will be a wonderful year for you all and we look forward to seeing you at our first engagement this year, which just happens to be Australia Day.  More details to follow.