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Oakleigh Brass goes Green May 2018

Thanks to a great idea from one of our members, we are striving to reduce the amount of material that Oakleigh Brass sends to landfill.   We are still taking a break during rehearsals for welcome cup of tea and a biscuit, but now ask members to bring their own mug! It’s a small step to take – but one that means we are not sending 1,200 + used polystyrene cups to landfill each year.   We’re busy encouraging other green measures with lift sharing, as well as trying to recycle everything we can.

Innovations concert review October 2017

Sunday 22nd October 2017, our concert “125 Years of Innovation”, celebrated 125 years of brass bands in Oakleigh and innovations that had occurred over that time period. We played a great range of genres spanning the years 1892 to 2017 and was accompanied by visual presentations spanning the same years, that represented the history of brass bands in Oakleigh, world events, and innovations that had occurred over that time. Pieces such as “Ghost Busters”, “Instant Concert” and “A Whiter Shade of Pale” were accompanied by unique visual presentations. The concert also featured the marches “Oakleigh”, originally commissioned in 1988 in...

So how old are we? October 2017

Thanks to TROVE’s wonderful project to digitise local newspapers Oakleigh Brass has discovered that it is older than it knew. In the mid 1980’s, Norm Best, then Secretary of the band, performed extensive research, and discovered that Oakleigh and District Brass Band was rehearsing in 1910. Norm carefully documented his findings in a book “A history of Oakleigh City Band : old bandsmen never die – they just blow away”, available at the Victorian State Library (and from the band). Casual searching on TROVE lead us to an earlier news article, asking for support to start a band in 1892....