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THE Wonthaggi Citizens’ Band staged an incredibly exciting concert on October 19, at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

Standout show: the musicians of the Wonthaggi Citizens Band rise for the crowd. Photo by Trevor Foon    www.foons.com.au

Standout show: the musicians of the Wonthaggi Citizens Band rise for the crowd. Photo by Trevor Foon    www.foons.com.au

Leading man: musical director Craig Marinus in mid concert flight. Photo by Trevor Foon    www.foons.com.au

Leading man: musical director Craig Marinus in mid concert flight. Photo by Trevor Foon    www.foons.com.au

Concert time: Josh Hook played piano, as well as trombone, on the night. Photo by Trevor Foon    www.foons.com.au

Concert time: Josh Hook played piano, as well as trombone, on the night. Photo by Trevor Foon    www.foons.com.au

A voiceover from Wonthaggi identity Kevin Andrighetto (alias Kevin John from Radio Magic 1278) welcomed the audience.
Before a near capacity audience, the band’s 33 musicians put on a breathtaking display, under the expert direction of musical director Craig Marinus.
In his 15th year as musical director of the band, Craig chose an amazingly varied program of numbers; opening with a traditional march Castell Coch.
Other memorable numbers included the big sounding Ghostbusters and Highlights from Hook, together with a beautiful rendition of the hymn Lloyd.
The second half opened with the number TV March Themes, featuring at front of stage, side drummer Adam Richards, with Mark Drury on bass drum.
Later in the concert the band’s quintet of Nick, Cameron, Jeremy, Anthony and Alicia, performed at the front of stage, in the lively number The Woltonian.
The audience also appreciated My Way/New York New York, featuring the band’s principal euphonium player, Nick Beale.
In introducing this number, compere Chris Longstaff announced the new instrument Nick was playing had recently been purchased by the band for $9500 from interest generated by the perpetuity fund, established three years ago through an initiative of Alan Brown.
Mr Marinus was ecstatic with the band’s performance.
“I am extremely proud of your performance”, Craig told his players.
“The community has been incredibly supportive of the band in recent years, and you have acknowledged that support tonight with a fantastic performance.”
As in previous concerts, pianist extraordinaire Josh Hooke mesmerised the audience with a masterly performance.
Supporting the band were vocalists Mitchell Sanders and Tom Green, accompanied on piano by Kirk Skinner and violinist Mitchell Gin.
Further support came from the Newhaven College Boys Vocal Group, making their first major public appearance under the direction of head of music Kirk Skinner.
The vocal group, also accompanied beautifully by Mitchell Gin, received a huge response from the audience.
After interval, a raffle draw saw Ray Addicoat win the $250 gift card donated by RACV Inverloch Resort.
Well known Wonthaggi resident Olive Cadwallender won the $500 function package donated by The Wonthaggi Club.
Following two encores from the band, a wonderful night of entertainment concluded with an enthusiastic audience rendition of There’s A Part Of My Heart In Wonthaggi.

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