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And the band played on

posted 8 Nov 2012, 14:40 by Mark Berry   [ updated 8 Nov 2012, 14:41 ]
The Advocate, Nov. 6, 2012, 1 a.m.


THE music continues with the Latrobe Federal Band celebrating its 140th year, making it the oldest, continuous brass band in Australia.

"While there are older brass bands, they have all had a period through their existence when they have stopped for a while," Latrobe Federal Band anniversary committee member Sonia Berry said.

"World wars, depressions and recessions, even the flower power music of the '60s have all failed to stop the music of the Latrobe Federal Band and this weekend we are focusing on celebrating this fantastic achievement of 140 years."

Throughout the past year, contact has been made with many former players and administrators involved with the Latrobe Federal Band, inviting them to a dinner to catch up with former members. Some of the long- serving members, including Bill Clarke and Geoff Brown together with others travelling from interstate, will get together to reminisce.

"Over the years, a couple of names have become synonymous with the Latrobe Federal Band, specifically the Clarke and Hicks families as musicians, and the Perkins family in an administrative role, all of whom still have a current involvement with the Latrobe Federal Band," Mrs Berry said.

"We came across a 1956 photo of band members including Lou Coventry, after whom the band rooms are named, amongst all our diggings for this occasion. We are delighted that all of them, with the exception of Lou who has passed away, will be attending the dinner."

Highlights of the dinner will include general trivia about the band, the awarding of life membership to the Latrobe Federal Band as well as Nobby Clarke's announcement of the Brass Band of the Century, which should be quite a line-up given the history of the Latrobe Federal Band.

"Recognising that not everyone has a personal link with the Latrobe Federal Band and is therefore unable to attend this auspicious occasion, we are taking full advantage of the occasion and hosting an anniversary concert on Saturday night," Mrs Berry said.

"The Anniversary Concert will feature performances by current members as well as a specially formed reunion band. We have even commissioned a piece of music for the Latrobe Federal Band that will be publicly performed for the first time at the Anniversary Concert."

Make sure you don't miss the community concert, admission is by gold-coin donation.

The Latrobe Federal Band's Anniversary Concert will be held at the Latrobe Memorial Hall and Performing Arts Center from 7pm on Saturday.



The Latrobe Federal Band in 1926, outside the Latrobe Post Office Reserve. All the living members of the band in the picture will attend 140th anniversary celebrations this weekend.
The Latrobe Federal Band in 1926, outside the Latrobe Post Office Reserve. All the living members of the band in the picture will attend 140th anniversary celebrations this weekend.

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