Mayor chosen as patron of Whyalla band

BANDSMEN: Musical director Phillip Babidge, left, and secretary Reg Warnes, of the Whyalla Community Brass Band, attended the council meeting with other band members to thank the mayor who is their patron.

BANDSMEN: Musical director Phillip Babidge, left, and secretary Reg Warnes, of the Whyalla Community Brass Band, attended the council meeting with other band members to thank the mayor who is their patron.

Lyn Breuer is marching into her mayoral term to the beat of the Whyalla Community Brass Band.

LEADER: Mayor Lyn Breuer is the new patron of the Whyalla Community Brass Band.

LEADER: Mayor Lyn Breuer is the new patron of the Whyalla Community Brass Band.

Eight uniform-clad members of the band sat in the gallery at the latest Whyalla City Council meeting to thank Ms Breuer for becoming their patron.

They have a special affinity for the newly-sworn mayor, saying she has a family history linked to the brass band movement.

The band, with its uplifting music, has a role to play in cheering a city hit by the steelworks crisis.

“We have experienced a lot of tough times this year,” said secretary of the band Reg Warnes.

“We were in the gallery because we wanted to show support for Lyn Breuer because she has accepted to be patron of the band. We sat there in the crowd so that she was aware that we appreciate her help.

“The late former mayor Jim Pollock was the previous patron. It is important the mayor is on board and understands the band's governance.

“Ms Breuer will have hands-on involvement. The intention is she will come to some rehearsals on Sunday afternoon.

“She has the council available with resources as well. If we need a hand, she can assist.

“We found out her family has a history of brass bands a few years ago.

“She thinks it draws people in – they come together.

“The community spirit spurs us on.”

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