By Ken Bennett
THE OLDEST brass band in the Southern Hemisphere is to make a star-studded appearance at one of Saddleworth’s oldest band clubs.
Dobcross Silver Band are proud to host Tanunda Town Band, one of the most talented and popular brass bands in Australia in June.
The band is spending ten days in the UK, including marching with the churches for the Whit Walks on June 9 and then playing in the evening’s brass band contests.
They have agreed a joint concert with Dobcross Silver Band at the world famous Dobcross Band Club, on Platt Lane, on Thursday, June 1 at 7.30pm.
From humble beginnings in 1857, the Tanunda Town Band is recognised as the oldest continual Brass band in the Southern Hemisphere.
Based in the iconic Barossa Valley in South Australia the band, which is the current South Australian Champion Band, draws on the strong German roots of the area.
Band members volunteer their time and skills at weekly rehearsals, public concerts, competitions, corporate engagements, community events and trips locally and worldwide.
Their UK tour is arranged by local musical luminary, Phil Beckwith, of Champion Brass. Tickets cost £3 from the Band Club or £5 on the door.
They are also performing at Brass Fest 7 at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on Saturday, June 10, with Brass Band Feldmusik Zell, Brass Band Lengnau, and Brass Band Neuenkirch from Swizterland, and then at Delph on Sunday, June 11.