About this blog:
Hello all and welcome to my blog, “Band Blasts From the Past”. Here you will find posts on the anecdotes, stories and personalities of the early brass, military and concert band movements in Australia. The primary time period is between 1900-1950 where much of the development in bands took place. The bands have a rich history and it is not often the big stories like results and competitions that create the stories, but the little stories as well. The Trove Archive is the main source of information and within the posts will be links to the many newspaper articles that I find.
I’ve been involved in the community band scene for over thirty years from when I joined the Southern Area Concert Band in 1988 and am now a Life Member. I’m also a member of the Stonnington City Brass and through my travels as a teacher have previously played with the Riverina Concert Band, the Albury City Band and Bairnsdale Citizens’ Band (East Gippsland Brass). I have a strong interest in the administration of bands, and in 2014 I joined the Victorian Bands’ League as an Executive Councilor. In 2018 I was elected as one of two Vice-Presidents of the VBL and am currently responsible for the VBL Library & Archive and IT requirements.