BREAK FROM TRADITION: coronavirus has meant The Warwick City Band has had to change their traditional performance style. Note: photo taken before social distancing. Photo File
BREAK FROM TRADITION: coronavirus has meant The Warwick City Band has had to change their traditional performance style. Note: photo taken before social distancing. Photo File

Warwick City Band brings live music back to town

FOR the oldest continuing brass band in Australia, months without practice or performances was unlike anything members of the Warwick City Band had seen in its 154 years.

Luckily, the beloved group is finally making its big return this weekend with a Sunday Concert in the Park, in conjunction with the Toowoomba Concert Band.

The last time the band played this year was at the Apple and Grape Festival before coronavirus hit, cancelling performances at Jumpers and Jazz, ANZAC Day and now the Warwick Rodeo.

For president Ian Darnell, the chance to play a gig, no matter how small, was one all members jumped at.

“Everyone has been champing at the bit to get back, and we thought, if they are able to play football, we should be able to play, too,” he said.

After returning to practice in Stage 3 restrictions, rehearsals are a new game for the local band, Mr Darnell said.

With 1.5m distancing each band member and separate drip rags now needed for each brass-playing member, it had been an interesting but worthwhile return.

“The condensation is bit of a problem but we are really careful. Everyone signs in, signs out,” Mr Darnell said.

“We often play with other bands, as part of the social aspect, so to have the support of the Toowoomba Concert Band should lead to a pretty good event.”

The concert will be held at Leslie Park from 1—2.30pm this Sunday.

Bring your own chairs and blankets, and be aware of social distancing.