Category Archives: Festivals

Meredith Music Festival – 14 December 2013

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.

This photo is from Aunty Meredith’s official photo stream, which is a great source of colourful snaps from the Festival:

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This year’s setlist included some ripping songs from the Beatles and Queen, some old time favourites like Little Brown Jug, and even a Lady Gaga song in case anyone under 30 was listening.

This year we warmed up the stage for some great Aussie bands like Beasts of Bourbon and Spiderbait, as well as international megastars Chic, who are the undisputed kings of disco music.

Our banner-making friends from last year were there again too, and hooked us up with another great sign to adorn our band room – thanks!

The Meredith gig is always a highlight of our year, and 2013 was no exception.

Begonia Festival Parade – 11 March 2013

One of the great things about being a member of the Ballarat Brass Band is that you get to play at some great local events throughout the year.

One of our favourites is the Begonia Festival parade, which takes place on the Monday of the Labour Day long weekend in March each year.

This year’s parade was held in baking hot weather, but despite the heat a huge crowd turned up to enjoy the colour, costumes and festive atmosphere.

Here’s a photo taken before the parade began as the band was about to get into marching formation:

Before the parade

Before the parade

Ballarat Courier photographer Justin Whitelock took some great photos during the parade. I’ll post a couple of them here, but please check out the full photo gallery at the Courier web site here.

Smiling despite the heat

Smiling despite the heat

Marching in March!

Marching in March!

It’s always great to be involved in the Begonia Festival, when the sun is shining and Ballarat is looking magnificent.

Meredith Music Festival – 8 December 2012

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.

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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! 

Blue Lake Brass Band Festival – Mt Gambier, 17 November 2012

The band made its annual trip to Mt Gambier in November 2012 for the Blue Lake Brass Band festival.

We played a song called St Kilda in the Street March competition, and were led by Lindsay Govan, who won the Best Drum Major award in the previous year’s contest.

Here’s the footage of the march:

After taking part in the Christmas Parade later that morning, the band headed to the Helpmann Theatre for the Afternoon Music Contest.

It was a great privilege to share the stage with so many great brass bands from around Victoria and South Australia, and we were lucky enough to take out first place in our section.

Here’s our performance of the City of Ballarat March, written by the great Percy Code:

Full results from the weekend can be viewed here.

It was a great weekend all round, and we can’t wait to get back to Mt Gambier again in 2013!