Bendigo Brass Band celebrates milestone

The Bendigo Brass Band enjoyed centre stage yesterday as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations.

Members of the group reflected on the history of the band as they played a number of their favourite tunes in front of a crowd at The Capital theatre.

The group formed after a small notice appeared in The Advertiser newspaper in 1962, calling for people to join an amateur band.Yesterday musical director Cally Bartlett said it was a cause for celebration that they were still thriving.

“It’s not usual that we have our own concert. We thought it would be a special event to go with the 150th events. There’s people in the group that have grown up with the band.”

The group has been celebrating this year, along with the 150th anniversary of rail in Bendigo.

They were joined on stage yesterday by the Bendigo Highland Pipe Band and a number of soloists.

ABC Central Victoria host Jonathan Ridnell talked through the band’s history and said the group played an important role in the city’s celebrations. 

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