Local band has a lot to offer
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Community band: From left, Mary Millard, Grant Millard, Roma Jenner and Robert Pollard from the Campbelltown Camden District Band. Picture: Anna WarrYou’ve probably seen them at countless Macarthur events, but you might not know their name.
The Campbelltown Camden District Band play at Australia Day, ANZAC Day and Fisher’s Ghost celebrations every year, and have been a part of the Macarthur community for more than sixty years.
Band member Grant Millard, who plays the saxophone and percussion, said the band is constantly involving new members and has community spirit.
‘‘Around 95 per cent of the band are from the Macarthur area,’’ Mr Millard, of Picton, said.
‘‘Our members are very committed to the community, and make sure to show up and do street parades at all the major community events — we’re all about giving back to the community.’’
The Band start a three-year training program for prospective members — children and adults alike — every year, where they can perfect their chosen instruments under the tutelage of qualified music teachers from the band.
Mr Millard said the band will even help out program participants who do not own their own instrument, by supplying them with one of the band’s for $25 a year.
‘‘At the end of the three-year program, [participants] are able to audition for the main wind ensemble of the band, which is the one you’ll see at ANZAC day and other events,’’ The 36-year veteran of the band said.
The band, which currently has around 50 members, also has a branch called the Daytones, mostly comprised of retirees.
‘‘For going on a year now we’ve had the Daytones,’’ Mr Millard said.
‘‘It’s easier for this group to rehearse in the day, so they get together and go around to nursing homes and shopping centres to perform.’’
The three main things that make a Campbelltown Camden District Band member, Mr Millard said, are an ability to have fun with music, an enjoyment of the team environment, and an understanding that one doesn’t need special skills to take up and master a musical instrument.
‘‘My mother didn’t start playing until she was in her 40s,’’ said Narellan-raised Mr Millard, whose brother and sister are also members.
‘‘She would take us kids to practice and performances and decided she wanted to have a go to, so she took up the clarinet.
‘‘It really is for everybody.’’
The Campbelltown Camden District Band will start their training program on February 23.
For further information visit www.ccdb.org.au or email [email protected]
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