Warwick city band turns 150
TODAY is the occasion for the biggest birthday party Warwick has seen this year, marking the 150th anniversary of the Warwick City Band.
It's a massive milestone for the band, which is the longest continuously running brass band in Australia.
Warwick City Band member Brearne Marsh said the band would perform in Leslie Park from 9am today and would be supported by some big names in brass from Queensland, who would come to Warwick to help celebrate.
"These will include The Toowoomba Municipal Band; Toowoomba's Resident B-grade band who are shaping up for their annual charity fundraiser and the state championships," Miss Marsh said.
"Brisbane Brass will also be there, an A-grade band that is currently ranked fourth in the country.
"The RAAF Amberley Band, which comprises a mix of serving Air Force members, defence contractors, retired service personnel, spouses and dependents of serving members as well as civilian members from the Ipswich community.
"The Stanthorpe RSL Band is a band that just keeps going from strength to strength. They have over 30 members of all ages, making it one of the largest in brass bands in rural Australia and, of course, the Warwick City Band."
Warwick City Band has had musicians play at each of the 100 Anzac Day commemorations and were there in 1917 at the infamous egg-throwing incident, as well as many more community events during the past 150 years.
Miss Marsh said some members were fifth- generation members.
"Some have grown up with, fallen in love and married into the band," she said. "It's a part of our community, a way of life and a continuous melody telling the story of our region."
It all happens at Leslie Park from 9am until 3pm today with the listed bands playing throughout the day.
A massed band performance will take place at 2pm.