Musical director Bruce Foster said band members were looking forward to playing at the Joondalup-Wanneroo relay for the WA Cancer Council.
‘When asked if they would like to attend, 24 volunteered,’ he said.
‘Some have personal stories of battling cancer, but most know relatives or close friends hurt by the disease.’
Tenor horn player Janine Stielow said her father died of prostate cancer just a month ago.
In 1998, she suffered from thyroid cancer, but is clear now.
‘It’s wonderful for the band to be involved in such a great cause,’ she said.
Thankfully euphonium horn player Neville Threlfall had his kidney cancer detected and treated early.
‘Thank God for that,’ he said. ‘That was few years ago, but I am OK now.’
Trombonist Michael Pantner is no stranger to Relay for Life events, having taken part in the Joondalup relay two years ago.
‘It was an incredible experience,’ he said. ‘We took out the award for the best baton at the relay.’
Band president Arthur Thompson said it had a proud history of community involvement that went back 26 years.
‘Originally it was set up to encourage young people with disabilities to learn music and play with other musicians,’ he said.
‘It was very successful though most of those early musicians have since moved on.
‘Taking part in this year’s relay is another example of our on-going community involvement.’
Email relayteamsjoondalup email@example.com or call 0497 384 486 to register or form a Relay for Life team.