Salvation Army Balga Community Band and Canning City Brass Band in Remembrance Day concert

Michelle Wilde (Canning City Brass Band) and David Scott (Balga Community Band). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d488004
Michelle Wilde (Canning City Brass Band) and David Scott (Balga Community Band). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d488004

BANDS from Balga and Canning will take the public on a musical and visual tour in recognition of significant war veterans and events as part of a Remembrance Day concert.

The Salvation Army Balga Community Band and the Canning City Brass Band are collaborating for the first time and will perform Notes From a War Diary to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Canning band member Matt Barker said the concert paid tribute to those who sacrificed themselves to serve their country and those who were in active service today.

Balga band member Ray Fischer, whose father Gordon served in Papua New Guinea during World War II, said there were more than 60 people involved including vocal soloist Courtney Weaver.

Notes from a War Diary is a reference to the musical notes that have come to represent the significant events of war that would warrant a diary entry,” he said.

“Within the performance group we have people who played in army, air force and navy bands including father-son trombonists Rob and Clinton Palmer – who had seven relatives serve in World War II.”

He said the bands aimed to fill the venue for both concerts with a total of 600 people.

He urged people to wear their medals for the concerts.

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: Notes From a War Diary concert

WHEN: November 10 and 11, doors open at 3.30pm with complimentary afternoon tea, concert runs from 4.30pm to 5.45pm.

WHERE: The Salvation Army, corner of Princess Road and Lavant Way, Balga

TICKETS: Cost $15. Book at www.balgasalvationarmy.org/bookings or buy limited tickets at the door. Proceeds go towards Salvos’ Just Brass program

For information, call 9349 7488.