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Brass on the Grass

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by Glenn Davies (subscribe)
Glenn Davies finds anything to do with history fascinating.
Experience the recreation of Qld's first brass concert
Bring your picnic basket and blanket for a delightful afternoon on the green, and experience history repeating itself in the City Botanic Gardens.

As part of Live! Queensland band culture, the State Library has organised a recreation of Queensland's very first band concert that was held in the City Botanic Gardens in 1857. The Brisbane Band 1857 recreation concert will take place at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens on Sunday, 28 April 2013 at 3:00 pm.

The Brisbane Band 1857 performance will be followed by the Brisbane City Big Band which is a subgroup of the Brisbane City Concert Band, the oldest continuously established band in Brisbane.
Brass band outside the conservatory in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queensland, ca. 1885
Brass band outside the conservatory in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queensland, ca. 1885 (JOL: 205158)

In the lead up to the Botanic Garden concert it might be fun to watch the feel-good movie, Brassed Off. In existence for a hundred years, Grimley Colliery Brass band is as old as the mine. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak.
Brassed Off, the movie

Although the arrival of flugelhorn player Gloria injects some life into the players, and bandleader Danny continues to exhort them to continue in the national competition, frictions and pressures are all too evident.

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Why? Experience the recreation of the first brass concert in Queensland
When: Sunday, 28 April 2013
Where: Rotunda, Botanic Gardens, Alice Street, City
Cost: Free
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