Gigs easy with grant-funded trailer

September 11, 2021 BY

Entertainers: Band members recently performed as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival. Photo: SUPPLIED

WITH nearly thirty young people in their training band, and approximately fifty members in total, the City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band is growing.

While heading out to festive gigs across the city last December, secretary Chris Ducardus said the band realised three cars were needed to transport band equipment like percussion instruments, music stands and chairs each time.

This wasn’t sustainable, but they knew a trailer would be.

“We started researching and looking for our own trailer, and approached the Community Bank Buninyong who authorised a grant for $5400,” he said.

“We now have a trailer, and have spent some additional money to get waterproof storage on the front for quick and easy access to gear.

“We’re very grateful to the Community Bank and are planning to put on a free concert at Buninyong when it’s safe to do so.”

Regardless of lockdowns, Mr Ducardus said the band is going well, with junior and senior players having the opportunity to perform on The George Hotel balcony throughout the Ballarat heritage and winter festivals.

“The trailer was really handy. We had all our extra gear brought down, and everything that we needed,” he said.

The City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band welcomes new member inquiries for younger and older musicians via [email protected].

“Brass bands are starting to attract more of the younger generation. Some in our band started when they were 13 or 14 years old, and they are now in their 30s,” Mr Ducardus said.

The band’s rehearsal hall can be found at 212 Ripon Street South, just behind the Western Oval.

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