Southern Districts Bands Inc back together


People involved in the Southern Districts Bands Inc over the years at the reunion.
People involved in the Southern Districts Bands Inc over the years at the reunion.

GENERATIONS of musicians came together for a celebration of 50 years since the Southern Districts Bands Inc became incorporated.

The organisation, which includes the Town of Victoria Park Brass Band and the Swing Shift Big Band, welcomed the milestone at an event at the Victoria Park Carlisle Bowling Club on October 14.

Southern Districts Bands Inc president Jessie Smoor said the brass band had performed at a number of high- profile events, including Anzac Day events in the city.

“They performed recently at the Car Free Day event and usually perform at the Town of Victoria Park’s Australia Day event,” she said.

“The Swing Shift Band have performed for the centenary of the Royal Perth Yacht Club and has twice performed live for Telethon.

“Each of the band has about 20 members at the moment and it was great to get everyone together on the night.

“The current band continues an 87-year tradition which strengthens the fabric of the community by bringing people together to enjoy cultural activities and experiences.”

The organisation dates back to the 1930s when City of Perth councillor Ray Read got together with representatives from the Victoria Park Business Men’s Association, the local RSL Branch and the Ugly Men’s Association to form the Victoria Park Citizens’ Band.

In 1967, three trustees from the band registered Victoria Park Citizens’ Band Inc. and then in July, 1969 the same three people changed the name of the incorporated entity to Southern Districts Bands Inc. with an addendum to the constitution to note that it combined Vic Park Citizens’ Band and Southern Districts youth band.

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