Conductor Peter Pagett leads the Bundaberg Municipal Band at the Shalom Performing Arts Precinct.
Conductor Peter Pagett leads the Bundaberg Municipal Band at the Shalom Performing Arts Precinct. Photos Mike Knott BUNBND

Hint of Christmas at concert

NOT only was yesterday's Bundaberg Municipal Band concert a good excuse to escape the hot weather, but an even better one to catch the band's last major concert for the year.

The Hint of Christmas one-day concert had a good roll-up at the Shalom College Performing Arts Precinct, and secretary Neil McCabe said the audience was not disappointed.

"It's an end-of-year concert with a hint of Christmas," he said.

"The first half played regular band pieces like Blue Rondo a la Turk, plus we've got some Elton John pieces."

The second half of the performance was dedicated to Christmas tunes, which certainly proved popular among the audience.

"The most enjoyable thing is watching the audience enjoy themselves," Mr McCabe said.

Although it was the group's last major concert for the year, he said there were several other "play-outs" in the coming weeks.

"We've still got the Pageant of Lights to come, and a concert next weekend at Carlyle Village," he said.

"On top of that we're playing with the Orpheus Singers at the Holy Rosary church next Sunday night.

"That's a really nice concert - it will be a full audience."

With a full schedule right up until next year, it's a wonder the Municipal Band gets any time to rest.

"We're always busy at this time of year," the band secretary said.



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