THE Australian Army Band Newcastle are hosting a concert in Port Stephens to raise funds for Legacy, which is bound to be an event not to be missed.
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With only a short break from service after World War Two and under various names and configurations, the Australian Army Band Newcastle has existed as Newcastle and the Hunter region of New South Wales’ own military band since 1861.
The members of the Australian Army Band Newcastle are heavily invested in the support and promotion of the Australian Defence Force whilst striving to develop music and musicians within the Hunter region.
The band members are drawn from the local community who, in addition to their normal employment, are talented musicians employed on a part-time basis by the Australian Army.
The band’s main job involves the support and promotion of the Australian Defence Force units within the Hunter region of NSW though they are also very active in community development and support.
The band comprises ensembles from quartets to a full military band and performs music from all genres to suit any occasion.
It also features a Pipes and Drums section making it a very versatile package.
Members of the Australian Army Band Newcastle enjoy the privileges of being an Australian Army musician, a part-time job that offers amazing performing opportunities both domestically and internationally.
The Legacy concert will take place at the Tomaree Education Centre on Saturday 22 September from 2-4pm, with support from the PCYC Band from 1:30pm.
The Legacy concert is one of two regular showcase performances on the Army Band’s annual calendar, the other being Music of the Guns at Fort Scratchley in March each year.
Music of the Guns includes the playing of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, incorporating the spectacular firing of the Fort’s historic cannons.
These two performances give the band a platform to showcase the unique abilities of Service musicians and there will be a special element to the performance at the Legacy concert this year.
Make sure you don’t miss it!
Tickets will be available at the door, with school children free.
All proceeds raised on the day will be donated to Legacy.
By Rachael VAUGHAN