The Band made their 9th appearance at the world famous Meredith Music Festival in December 2013, and the intense media coverage leading up to our appearance had the crowd in a frenzy of anticipation as we took the stage on a mild and pleasant Saturday morning.
The irrepressible Bob Pattie took the conductor’s baton, forgoing his usual role as our solo trumpeter extraordinaire, and led the band with great gusto through a series of classics old and new.
The City of Ballarat Municipal Brass band has made their 8th successive appearance at the hallowed Meredith Music Festival in December 2012.
It was a hot, dusty and windy morning, but the punters still showed up in force. Support for the band at this festival grows every year, and as well as the usual chants and cheers of encouragement, some audience members even went to the trouble of making a witty banner.
After waking up any fuzzy-headed late sleepers with a bunch of fanfares, the band took the stage, and played a mix of old favourites and more recent additions to our repertoire like Riders in the Sky, Angels and Bohemian Rhapsody.
The highlight as always was Georgia On My Mind, with another sensational trumpet solo from the irrepressible Bob Pattie:
It’s always an honour to play at Meredith, and this year we shared the stage with some hugely successful bands like Regurgitator, Turbonegro and Primal Scream.
Of course the work of a brass band is never complete, and after packing up we headed back into Ballarat to play Christmas carols on Sturt Street.
We love the opportunity to play at Meredith, and hope there will be many more to come!