Concert 120 years in making
BRASS combined with singing and bagpipes in Leongatha on Saturday night, as more than 300 people helped the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band commemorate its 120th birthday.
The band performed a variety concert at Memorial Hall, ranging from the march Aces High and the favourite New York, New York, to the hymn Lloyd and the upbeat Rock Around The Clock.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of life memberships to band stalwarts Darryl and Judy Hunt.
President since 1998, Darryl was praised by vice-president Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks for his dedication to the band since joining in 1991 and taking up an instrument as an adult.
Darryl has since helped restore the band’s current home, the Leongatha Courthouse, and spends countless hours on administration, cleaning and teaching learners.
Even former musical director Peter Borman sent his best wishes to Darryl on the night. Peter, Darryl and Judy are the only life members of the band since the former Woorayl Municipal Band was renamed.
Judy shares his passion by serving on the committee, attending to the courthouse garden and cleaning, preparing supper and general organising.
Former band member Charles Pearce returned from King Island to sing, and the concert featured numerous solos and showcased the breadth of talent within the band’s ranks.
More photos in next week’s Star.
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