Community

For the most part the Band sees itself as a community service organisation, providing the pageantry of brass music at ceremonial occasions throughout the Shire. For example the band’s year starts off with Australia Day at the Drouin Breakfast followed by the Warragul gathering at the West Gippsland Arts Centre. Probably the next most if not the most important playout is on ANZAC Day. The band participates in ceremonies at both Warragul and Bunyip and which are always well attended by the players who deem it a privilege and honour to be able to participate in this most important of national days.

From time to time the band plays at what could only be described as ‘once in a life time’ experiences. The recent Olympic Torch Relay Street Parade in Warragul and the Federation March in Melbourne are recent examples.

Other community events attended by the band are Carols By Candlelight (Drouin & Warragul) , Ficifolia Festival, Hospital Fair, Service Club Dinners.

During the year the band is also involved in ‘in house’ competitions at regional, state and national levels. This usually goes un-noticed by the general public but is an important activity of the band as it provides a yardstick for its musical competency. There is no better way to motivate the players and bandmaster alike than to enter a competition and contest against other bands in friendly rivalry. The spin off from this is that the playing of the individual and band improves.

Of course the band also plays out at many other functions which includes fundraisers (like the famous coffee melody nights), concerts, street processions and parades, luncheons, dinners, field days, agricultural shows, weddings, garden parties and pre function ensemble work just to mention a few.

The band is always available for hire (subject to availability) to perform, the fee is $300 which normally guarantees two hours of music with 20 to 25 players.