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posted 10 Apr 2012, 17:19 by Mark Berry   [ updated 10 Apr 2012, 17:45 ]

140th Birthday for Latrobe brass band

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BY KATE PRESTT
09 Apr, 2012 09:20 AM
A BIRTHDAY TO CELEBRATE: Latrobe Federal Band members at St Lukefs Church are (back, from left) Leigh Heron, David Richards, James Walsh, Peter Walsh, Tayla Radford, Mark Berry and band president Kem Perkins; (front) Jamie Padman, Michelle Bauld, Shantel Radford, Dominique Baker, Xiao Xia Jiang, Ebony Richards, Melinda Poon, Janette Mallinson and Alan Macleod. Pictures: Katrina Dodd.

THERE was plenty to be joyful about as the Latrobe Federal Band celebrated its 140th birthday.

Yesterday, amid the Easter service, the St Lukefs Anglican Church congregation was pleased to welcome the Latrobe Federal Band to help it mark

this special occasion. The Latrobe Brass Band was formed with 12 members on

April 8, 1872, by Captain McNee, a former British army bandsman who had seen service in a military band in India before immigrating to Tasmania.

It wasnft until 1890 the name was changed to the Latrobe Federal Band.

Today it is the oldest continuously functioning brass band in Australia. Members of the band played before the church service and accompanied the hymns

throughout.

Minister Chris Thiele drew on the bandfs win in the 1976 A grade section of band competitions in Ballarat with the hymn Jesus Himself Drew Near and linked it to the Easter message.

He did a good job by relating his Easter sermon to the ''band and its history,ff long-time president,'' Mr Perkins said.

Mr Perkins, who has been the band president since 1966, said reaching 140 years is an excellent achievement for an organisation from a small town.

''We started off with 12 members in 1872 and today we have 30 members in the junior and senior band,'' he said. Following the service the congregation stayed behind and chatted to the band members and shared morning tea. Mr Perkins said the celebrations will continue on Thursday with a civic reception hosted by the Latrobe Council.


A BIRTHDAY TO CELEBRATE: Latrobe Federal Band members at St Lukefs Church are (back, from left) Leigh Heron, David Richards, James Walsh, Peter Walsh, Tayla Radford, Mark Berry and band president Kem Perkins; (front) Jamie Padman, Michelle Bauld, Shantel Radford, Dominique Baker, Xiao Xia Jiang, Ebony Richards, Melinda Poon, Janette Mallinson and Alan Macleod. Pictures: Katrina Dodd.

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Mark Berry,
10 Apr 2012, 17:21
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