Citizens' band celebrates 89 years

This weekend will play host to many family events over the weekend with Sunday an official farewell to the Whyalla Citizens Band.

A Family Fun Day at Jessop-White Park on Sunday, December 1 will celebrate the 89-year chapter of the Whyalla Citizens Band.

Whyalla Music Association Incorporated chairperson Ron Hay said the group will sadly disband on this day.

"Whyalla residents that have lived here for a good number of years, they would possibly remember the Whyalla Citizens Band taking part in a number of activities including Pageants, Anzac Day services and community events," Mr Hay said.

"The Whyalla Citizens Band formed around 1924 and had a rich history of playing their music over the years, not only in Whyalla, but around the regional areas of Eyre Peninsula."

The band had a membership of approximately 40 persons at one point and an inventory of 57 instruments, which included "a bag of various noisemakers and sticks" which nowadays would be referred to as percussion instruments

Representatives of the Whyalla Music Association have been working with the remaining members of the WCB, to assist them in finalising aspects of the organisation to bring it to the position where it is now.

"It has been a journey that has been heartfelt from the first realisation that the organisation was struggling to get additional members to come along, to enable it to continue," Mr Hay said.

"When you are sitting in a meeting with someone who has been part of an organisation in excess of 70 years and you are discussing the steps that need to be implemented to wind it up, it is difficult not to feel the emotion that is the air at that time."

Mr Hay said it was important as a community to acknowledge the Whyalla Citizens Band as an organisation and their achievements over the years.

"The remaining members, who under difficult circumstances of membership, met on a regular basis to share their thoughts, memories and friendship," Mr Hay said.

The Whyalla Music Association approached Whyalla City Council's group manager corporate services Migelle Hiscock with a proposal to hold an event that would recognise the contribution of the Whyalla Citizens Band to this community.

"I would like to thank the Whyalla City Council for their partnership with the Whyalla Music Association, to establish this event and in particular the tremendous support and professionalism of Migelle Hiscock," Mr Hay said.

"The official part of the day will commence around 12.30pm, with some speeches and the presentation of a cheque from the Whyalla Citizens Band to a local organization."

The Family Fun Day will be a day of celebration as we recognize past, current and future musicians of Whyalla, so come down to the Jessop-White Park and enjoy what the day has to offer.

FAREWELL: Whyalla Music Association committee member Gail Rostig (left), association secretary Brian Krawczyk and committee member Colby Krawczyk planning where the installation of a commemorative plaque to the Whyalla Citizens Band will be put.

FAREWELL: Whyalla Music Association committee member Gail Rostig (left), association secretary Brian Krawczyk and committee member Colby Krawczyk planning where the installation of a commemorative plaque to the Whyalla Citizens Band will be put.