Calling all brass enthusiasts; new band formed

All instrument players and lovers of brass are being encouraged to join the Whyalla Christian Brass Group.

Forming just over 12 months ago following the demise of the Salvation Army Citadel Band, a group of five have continued to meet and rehearse music together.

The group is made up of not only former Salvation Army band members but other church members and a past member of the Whyalla Citizens band.

Dean Stewart on the trumpet, Ron Hale on the baritone, Phillip Bambidge on the tenor horn, George Rice on the drums and secretary Reg Warne who has had many year's experience in band management

The band is interdenominational and open to any person of any age who may be interested in brass music.

Whyalla Christian Brass Group secretary Reg Warne said it was all about sharing an interest in brass instruments.

"You don't have to have your own instrument, we have some spares," Mr Warne said.

"There is no cost, we just get together socially and have a good blow - it's fun."

The group plays a variety of music from Christian music, general popular music as well as traditional Australian music.

"We are doing an ANZAC theme march at the moment, as well as a bit of contemporary stuff, Christmas carols - it's a variety,"Mr Bambidge said.

The band is encouraging any former Whyalla Citizens Band members or Combined School Choir members to come and give it a try.

"It's a pretty laid back rehearsal, informal, It is just a matter of enjoying playing the music," Mr Warne said.

So far the group has been rehearsing at Mr Bambidge's home, but could have access to a classroom in Whyalla's TAFE campus if new members permit the space.

The group is particularly looking for a bass player and trombone player to join the group, but are encouraging musicians of all instruments to get involved.

"We have been offered some performances in the future but are just consolidating at the moment, getting ourselves organised as a group," Mr Warne said.

Anyone who would like more information on the group should contact secretary Reg Warne on 0401991090.

BRASS BAND: A recently formed brass band is encouraging brass enthusiasts to join in on the musical fun. Members were (from left) Dean Stewart with the trumpet, Ron Hale with the Baritone, Phillip Bambidge on the tenor horn and band secretary Reg Warne. Missing: George Rice on the drums.

BRASS BAND: A recently formed brass band is encouraging brass enthusiasts to join in on the musical fun. Members were (from left) Dean Stewart with the trumpet, Ron Hale with the Baritone, Phillip Bambidge on the tenor horn and band secretary Reg Warne. Missing: George Rice on the drums.