14 November 2006 Community invited to celebrate 100 years with Nambour and Maroochy District Band.
The Nambour and Maroochy District Band are celebrating their centenary with a Mayoral Dinner on Saturday November 18 at 6pm at the Nambour Civic Centre.
Entertainment on the night will be provided by the Nambour and Maroochy District Band along with guest appearances from world renowned musicians such as John Thomas and Greg Aitken, Fiona Simpson, Kirsten James and Adrian Ross with his didgeridoo and dance troupe.
Tickets are available from Band President Adrian van Gaalen on 5441 6751 or Gordon Parker on 0415 959 778, and are $30 per person. For a table of eight - tickets are $25 per person, which includes a two-course meal, a drink on entry and pre-dinner nibbles with tea or coffee.
For a great night out and terrific entertainment please book your ticket and come along to the Nambour and Maroochy District Band's Mayoral Dinner to celebrate their 100th birthday.
History of the Nambour and Maroochy District Band.
More than one hundred years ago, in January 1906, a public meeting resolved "that in the opinion of this meeting it is advisable to have a brass band in Nambour". Less than two months later the Nambour Town Band was formed with Mr AH 'Daddy' Brookes, a well known singer and musician, appointed conductor of the band. In his efforts to secure instruments, Mr Brookes travelled by horse and then a punt, to a house on Petrie Creek where he was offered a collection of eight (8) instruments. On the return journey, he tested the instruments between spells on the oars.
The Band's first public performance was in Currie Street, Nambour in July 1906, with an audience of about 400. They were extremely well supported by the citizens of the town. More than one hundred years down the track and the band is still being strongly supported by the people of the Nambour and Maroochy districts.
In 1913, the land the current band hall now stands on was donated to the band and the hall was constructed soon after. Although the band was extremely active playing at concerts and dances around the region, there were always a shortage of musicians - at one stage local employers were encouraged to only give jobs to people who also play a brass instrument.
At the outbreak of World War I, the band was in its prime. Twelve (12) members enlisted as Bandsmen in the services and tragically, four of them were killed in action.
By 1929, the band was ready to hold its first contest, which was organised as part of a May Day carnival. However by 1931, there was a split within the group and a new band called the Maroochy District Band was formed. Peter Harrison, the conductor of the Nambour Town Band became the conductor of Maroochy and it was one of his pupils who took over the reigns of the Nambour group.
By the mid 1930s the Nambour band had started to decline and an amalgamation was discussed however the two bands could not reach an agreement and the Nambour Town Band ceased to operate.
The Maroochy District Band continued to thrive until the commencement of World War II when its instruments were loaned to the Army. After the war, the band was re-formed and during the 1950s and 1960s, was more active than ever. The band would hold a street march every Saturday night and a concert afterward - In fact, it was said the members were so busy with music that they had little time for their day jobs.
The Band regularly competed in Queensland Championships and District contests throughout this period, however in 1966, tragedy befell the band when Mr Fred Biggs, the conductor at that time, collapsed and died as he walked off the stage at the Queensland Championships. The band later learned it had won the item Mr Biggs had conducted just moments before his death.
The Band has always relied heavily on community support for fundraising and in 1956 they bought the old Methodist Hall and moved to Daniel Street. Over the years the hall has been raised and refurbished, and with continued support from Maroochy Shire Council even further upgrades have been made with the restoration of the hall's flooring.
During the 1960s, it was decided to recognise the common heritage of the two bands and the name was changed to the Nambour and Maroochy District Band. It continues to be actively involved in competitions, performances and marches across the region, under the direction of Mr Adrian Frost, a very talented player, teacher and conductor and the band president Mr Adrian van Gaalen.