The sound of brass music in Whyalla has been a familiar one for 105 years now – and it says something that this music is still immensely popular after all this time.
The Whyalla Community Brass Band are planning to mark the anniversary in an inclusive way, bringing in bands from all around the state to provide a cacophony of powerful tunes for the community.
The celebrations will kick off with a performance by the Whyalla Community Brass Centenary Band, a combination of the local brass and the Port Lincoln Town Band, in the Sound Shell at 11:25am as part of Pride in the Park on October 21.
On the same day, in a special coup for the town, the Royal Australian Navy Band will be performing in front of Woolworths in the Westlands Shopping Centre at 10:30am.
Elsewhere the Marion Town Band will be performing at Viscount Slim from 11am, and the Kadina Wallaroo Moonta Band will be performing on Patterson Street at 11:30am.
Finally that night the Whyalla Community Brass Band will be hosting a 3-hour concert at 7pm featuring all of the bands previously mentioned along with the Samartian College and Whyalla High School bands at the Middleback Theatre
While tickets must be purchased from the Middleback Arts Centre for the premiere concert, the performances throughout the day will be held at no cost to the public.
Brass Band Secretary Reg Warnes said he was pleased to provide a mix of different bands to entertain the community.
“We’ve had wonderful support from both the town and people outside Whyalla. Ticket sales have been doing very well, we’ve got people from the capital cities as well as the regional areas coming up,” he said.
“We have local businesses on board as sponsors, plus we have a couple from Adelaide who have come on board to sponsor the concert.
“We’re very lucky in the support that they have given the band.”
Most bands will be performing for half and hour to an hour, giving the community a chance to meet and greet each band at different intervals.
Mr Warnes said he was excited to have the Royal Australian Navy performing as part of the event.
“The last time the Royal Australian Navy were in Whyalla was when the launch of the Whyalla Ship took place, which was around 34 years ago,” he said.
“All of the bands will be playing popular, traditional, each band has a different kind of expertise. Some will be playing the Lion King while others are doing some old time songs that everyone knows.
“The town will have a complete extravaganza of music. It’s all we have talked about for the last 12 months, every member of the band has had an input.”
The following day there will be Bands in the Park, an event which will serve as a send off to all of the bands which traveled to Whyalla to take part in the 105 year celebrations.
It will include a breakfast sausage sizzle between 10am and 12pm, and performances from several bands.
Tickets for the night performance will cost $15, $12.50 for concession, $10 for children and $44 for a family ticket.