Band calls to keep the music going

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
City of Albany Band member Sandra Woonings.
Camera IconCity of Albany Band member Sandra Woonings. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Refusing to let the sounds of the City of Albany Band fade, member Sandra Woonings is calling on all music enthusiasts to grab an instrument and join the group.

The Great Southern’s only brass band started in 1880 and Mrs Woonings is determined to honour its rich history by keeping the music alive. “We have around 25 members but we would love to see more,” she said.

The band is starting an all-ages junior group and a beginners’ class for anyone who wants to learn.

Woonings has been in the band for more than 20 years and says she would love to see it start growing again.

The City of Albany Band performs at services around Albany and plays at fundraising events and concerts during the year.

The band welcomes people of all ages and abilities who share the love of music.

The youngest member is 10 years old and the oldest is 75.

A small membership fee includes an instrument and uniform. The band rehearses at 7.30pm each Tuesday evening at the hall on the corner of Little Henry Street and Lancaster Road.

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