JUST ENJOY: Richard Walker isn’t one to blow his own trumpet but encourages any musicians to join the Emerald Town Band. rp-030211-2001
JUST ENJOY: Richard Walker isn’t one to blow his own trumpet but encourages any musicians to join the Emerald Town Band. rp-030211-2001

Come join the band

START each week with a bit of a bang - a musical bang that is.

Emerald Town Band is looking for new members to join the basic concert band which plays a selection of classic, jazz and modern pop music.

The band meets every Monday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at 61 Roberts St.

Trumpet player and secretary/treasurer of the band, Richard Walker, said anyone who could play an instrument could attend the weekly rehearsals.

“All instrument players are welcome, we never knock anybody back,” he said.

“We rehearse every week and hope to play in the community at events, wherever music is required.”

Some of the places Emerald Town Band has performed include Anzac Day celebrations and the Emerald 100.

There is no joining fee or age restrictions, the only requirement is for students to complete Standard of Excellence level two.

“Members just need a basic playing level, we aren’t age specific so anyone is welcome to come,” Mr Walker said.

Emerald Town Band is divided into four sections of woodwind, brass, tuned percussion and untuned percussion and is welcoming all musicians but is particularly looking for a tuba player.

Band member Richard said he was part of the ensemble for the enjoyment of music and that he had been playing music for the past 62 years.

Richard was a conductor for 24 years and now plays trumpet and cornet while also taking on the role of deputy conductor.

“My son, my two daughters and my wife have all played in the band, it’s enjoyment for the whole family,” he said.

Richard said his favourite memory of playing in the band was at the Lord Mayor’s concert a few years ago.

“We all found that performance quite enjoyable.”


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