The Esperance Brass Band celebrate 50 years in anniversary concert.

The Esperance Brass Band hit a major milestone over the weekend, after celebrating their 50th anniversary with a concert in the Civic Centre on Sunday.

The community based band, which encourages people of all ages to join, held its first concert in the Christmas of 1967.

Brass Band vice president Genevieve Redding said she believed more than 300 people attended the recent concert.

“The turn out was amazing, much more than we could have hoped for,” she said.

“The audience seemed really enthusiastic.”

Brass Band musical director Russell Palmer said the performance was ‘exquisite’.

“It was probably the best band I’ve ever had the honor of conducting,” he said.

Mr Palmer has been the band’s acting musical director for the last five years and said he was ‘blown away’ by the quality of the playing.

“There are some really talented musicians in that band and the solos were just stunning,” he said.

“Just the passion that people put into it and what music can do for you.

“Even when we finished our encore and the lights came up, nobody moved, they were wanting another number.”

Mr Palmer said the event was a family affair for one original member, who had both immediate and extended family members participating in the concert.

“One of the original members, Roger Durdin, is still playing with the band, after all that time,” he said.

“His son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren were all playing in it as well.”

Esperance resident Ruth McIntyre, who attended the concert, said the range of music highlighted the ‘enormous’ skill of the musicians.

“It reflected the hours uncounted of practice that must have been involved in harnessing the talents necessary to produce such a polished performance,” she said.

“[The band] have confirmed my faith that such wonderful things can make a real difference to a community.”

The Esperance Brass Band will be performing at the Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show from October 20 to October 21.


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