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 have been involved in the community band movement for nearly thirty-five years. First and foremost I am a member of two community bands, the Southern Area Concert Band which I joined in 1988 and am now a Life Member, and I am also a member of the Stonnington City Brass. Through this involvement I developed a deep appreciation for the history of the band movement in Australia and also the administration. In 2014 I joined the Executive Council of the Victorian Bands’ League and in 2018 I was elected as one of two Vice-Presidents – in this role I am responsible for the League’s History and Archives. Outside of this involement in the community band movement, I am a qualified musician, teacher, arts administrator and librarian, and I work in a dual role of Teacher-Librarian and Instrumental Music Teacher at one of Melbourne’s secondary colleges.
Acknowledgement of Country:
I acknowledge that I have been working and residing on the lands of the Bunurong, Wurrundjeri Woi Wurrung, and the Wadawurrung peoples, the first gatherers of information in this country, and I pay my respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.