Ian Darnell, Gabi Laws, Greg and Robyn Marsh at Bunnings today.
Ian Darnell, Gabi Laws, Greg and Robyn Marsh at Bunnings today. Sean Teuma

Historic Warwick band unites with Australian tradition

THEY'RE Warwick's band with an incredible record, and they're looking for Rose City residents to join the tradition.

The Warwick City Band made their debut at the Bunnings community sausage sizzle today, to raise funds and spread the name of the historic group.

The group is Australia's oldest continuous playing band.

Secretary Robyn Marsh said the crew had a fantastic experience at their first involvement.

"We had a great time today,” Mrs Marsh said.

"We're hopeful of being involved in more next year.”

Mrs Marsh said the group required assistance to assure their continued capacity within the community.

"We're looking for a sponsor to help with new uniforms,” she said.

"We also offer school scholarships, where we go around to local schools and offer children the chance to come in and learn an instrument.”

As well as compiling music the Rose City has enjoyed for over 150 years, the group has also helped a few individuals meet their life partner.

"My daughter met her husband through the band. He was a member of the Toowoomba Municipial Band,” Mrs Marsh said.

"My grandparents met through the band as well.”

"At the Apple and Grape Festival in Stanthorpe, all bands come together,” she said.

"People maintain friendships, perform as a mass band and form close links.”

Mrs Marsh said the band has been very active over the course of the last fortnight.

"We performed at the Warwick Carols in the Park last Sunday,” she said.

"We will also be helping out the Salvation Army tonight for the Christmas carols in Allora.”

To find out how you can get involved with the Rose City Band, contact Ian on 0478 217 021.



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